TUI River Cruises will offer a new sailing along the River Nile on TUI Al Horeya. Credit: TUI RIver Cruises

Brand-new Nile river cruises

Author: Daniel Edward

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For the first time ever, explore the Nile with TUI River Cruises... now on sale for winter 2024. Set sail around Egypt's iconic Luxor

Maybe you’ve already visited the heart of the Roman Empire in Rome, or the imposing seat of the ancient Greek gods in Athens and Olympia, and you’re eying up another legendary ancient civilisation… Ancient Egypt. Well, from winter 2024 TUI River Cruises is ready to take you there.

Explore ancient Egypt, extraordinarily well-preserved along the banks of the Nile, from the comfort of TUI Al Horeya, the river cruise line’s new ship dedicated to the River Nile.

Al Horeya – meaning ‘freedom’ in Arabic – will sail the world’s longest river with up to 148 guests.

The line’s celebrated balance of great value and a top experience is enhanced further on TUI Al Horeya by an enrichment programme led by a dedicated expert Egyptologist.

Our fascination with ancient Egypt has endured for centuries. Credit: TUI River Cruises

A sneak peak onboard TUI Al Horeya
Arranged over five decks, TUI Al Horeya is taller than your typical river ship, which is an absolute blessing for those sunset views from the split-tier open top deck, where you’ll find a pool, hot tubs and a comfortable open area for lounging and sunbathing.

On the accommodation decks you’ve got a fantastic choice of four styles of cabins, ranging from single cabins for solo cruisers (with a window that actually opens), all the way up to the roomy superior French balcony cabins and the super spacious balcony suites, which feature a cute Juliette balcony for your own private space to connect with the view.

British cruisers will love the fact that all rooms onboard TUI Al Horeya come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, so you don’t need to see anyone before you’ve had your first cup of the day.

Nightly entertainment is hosted in the Observatory Lounge and ranges from quizzes and films to live music and even local acts from your ports of call.

A TUI river cruise is the perfect opportunity to come together and create new memories. Credit: TUI River Cruises

Let’s map your journey
TUI Al Horeya’s seven-night ‘Legends of the Nile’ cruise visits five ports, which showcase the very best of the Nile and its neighbouring communities.

And the great thing about this itinerary is the amount of time you’ll have in port to explore these magnificent destinations, because you definitely won’t want to rush. There’s so much to see!

Let’s start in Luxor. You’ll fly in and TUI provides a transfer to the ship, which is just under half an hour from the airport. With a day-and-a-half to explore, you’ll revel in what’s often dubbed ‘the world’s greatest open-air museum.’

The modern city of Luxor is the site of the ancient city of Thebes, previously one of Egypt’s capital cities. There are some monumentally important ancient landmarks here, including the Luxor and Karnak temples, which date back around 3000 years.

After a lengthy stay in Luxor, it’s time for a bit of port hopping to capture an extra dose of highlights in the heart of your cruise. Edfu and Kom Ombo make up the double billing on day four of the journey, and you can even join the expert Egyptologist on a complimentary excursion to visit the main points of interest, for all the stories and context.

The second half of the voyage again allows you plenty of time to indulge in the magnificence of the region and truly soak up the wonder of the ancient Egyptian world. With almost two days in Aswan, you’ll have lots of time to visit another of Egypt’s ancient cities, with an astounding amount of architecture and monuments still standing proudly to this day. Explore independently or join one of the ship’s expert-led excursions for the full experience.

And finally, the trip rounds off back in Luxor with a full day to continue diving into the legendary world of the Pharaohs. Head out of town to explore the Valley of the Kings, or get a taste of modern Egyptian life at one of the city’s bustling souks.

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