New Nile River Cruise


Tom Harper River Journeys’ newest addition to its repertoire of epic river cruises is Egypt.

The 12-day adventure has the best of Egypt’s sites, including a seven-night cruise on the Nile, visits to the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and tomb of Tutankhamen, Philae Temple, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, Abu Simbel and an array of other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Journeying from one ancient wonder to another aboard a deluxe Nile River cruiser is the perfect way to explore Egypt and its mysteries in comfort and style, with all meals, 22 excursions and 11 cultural exchanges included, the company says.

For more information on this Egypt adventure starting at $3,499, visit .

The tour begins in Cairo where guests will explore the Egyptian Museum, with its priceless collection of artifacts and mummies, marvel at the architectural splendor of ancient mosques, and experience the myriad of sights, sounds and smells of the Khan el-Khalili souk. After boarding the 150-passenger MS Steigenberger Minerva, guests will see the Obelisk, Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, and Aswan High Dam, whose 1970 construction tamed annual flooding on the Nile while providing electrical power and irrigation to the region.

Next, guests will tour the Valley of the Kings and tomb of Tutankhamen (aka King Tut), who was only nine years old when he became Pharaoh. Although artifacts from the tomb make the rounds of museum exhibits worldwide, Tutankhamen’s mummy still rests here.

A “Sound and Light” audio-visual extravaganza at the Pyramids of Giza, coupled with touring the burial chambers is a fitting finale to an unforgettable adventure.

The MS Steigenberger Minerva features a sun deck with outdoor swimming pool and shaded lounging terrace, as well as a dining room, lounge, fitness centre and laundry facilities. Most cabins have French balconies, and all have luxurious bedding, air conditioning, TV, telephone, refrigerator, safe, and private bathroom with shower.

For the first 100 travellers, Tom Harper is offering $999 international airfare from most US and Canadian cities, plus free single supplements for solo travellers through Feb. 10.

Optional extensions to fabled Alexandria or Petra, Amman and the Dead Sea of Jordan are also available.