***PLEASE NOTE: THE MS MONICA IS CURRENTLY NOT OPERATING***
This 5* Nile cruise boat has been specially selected by Orbital Travel for its high standards of service and comfort. The reception deck level boasts one of the most impressive entrance areas on a Nile cruise boat, with its beautiful staircase leading up to the accommodation levels.
The main restaurant is located on the lower deck leaving more space for accommodation on the upper levels. The boat has extensive facilities on board for all guests to enjoy while cruising down the Nile.
Ms Monica has a large swimming pool on the sun deck, ideal for cooling off after a tour around the historical sites, and of course there is bar service on the sun deck. There is plenty of shade for those who want to sit and watch the countryside go by as the boat cruises from Luxor to Aswan.
Ms Monica sails on a Wednesday and flights are available from Manchester, London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
In our opinion: refitted to an exceptionally high standard, the Ms Monica is a wonderful Nile cruiser.
Buffet restaurant situated on the lower deck for up to 160 guests.
Full range of well presented options for breakfast, lunch and dinner to suit all tastes.
Daytime: lightweight and informal summer clothes are the norm.
Evening Dining: informal smart/casual attire.
MS Monica has 68 cabins (approx. 20m²) and 6 Presidential Suites (approx 30m²).
All rooms are complete with:
Day 1 – Wednesday
Met and transferred from Luxor airport to your cruise vessel, check into your cabin on board and freshen up for dinner, overnight stay in Luxor.
Day 2 – Thursday
Early morning visit to the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch on board then afternoon at leisure or take on of the optional excursions available. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 3 – Friday
Relaxing day as the boat leaves Luxor and sails south to the Esna lock and beyond to Edfu. Lunch and dinner on board during the sailing. Overnight in Edfu.
Day 4 – Saturday
Morning at leisure. Lunch on board as the boat departs for Aswan. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 5 – Sunday
Visit the High Dam – finished in 1971; it has ensured up to three harvests a year. The Unfinished Obelisk – still rooted to the bedrock of pink granite and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy a boat trip around Elephantine Island which will lead you to the Botanical Gardens on General Kitchener island given as a gift in 1890. Evening show with the Nubian dance troop. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 6 – Monday
*Optional excursion to the ancient wonder of Abu Simbel by road or air. Morning at leisure for those clients not taking the optional Abu Simbel trip, a chance to lie in the sun, or wander around the busy city of Aswan. Lunch on board while the boat departs for Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris and then onto Edfu for the night.
Day 1 – Tuesday
Morning sail back towards Esna and visit the partly excavated Temple of Khnum at Esna. Dedicated to the ram- headed god Khnum, who was the patron god of the cataracts, who is said to have fashioned mankind from Nile clay on his potter’s wheel. Lunch on board and sail to Luxor.
Afternoon, East Bank tour which combines a visit to Luxor Temple, originally joined to Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes and Karnak temple which covers a huge area and includes several temples, the largest being the Temple of Amun. Evening the famous Belly dance show on board. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 8 – Wednesday
Check-out and transfer to Luxor international airport for your return flight to the UK.
Please Note: The order or content of your itinerary may have to be amended due to lock closures, low water levels or any other unforeseeable circumstances. Due to the increasing number of boats on the Nile, at some docking points boats are moored side by side obstructing the view from cabins.
General Information: Occasionally, due to operational difficulties a change of vessel can occur. However, the sightseeing itinerary will remain the same.
*Orbital Travel act as agents for the activity operator/supplier only. The contract for these excursions, tours and activities is between the client and the local suppliers who offer them. Local suppliers are independent of Orbital Travel Limited. Optional excursions are payable in cash at the time of booking.
Traditionally, a tip is expected at the rate of £4.00 per person per night which includes coach drivers, bell boys, housekeeping staff, crew, bar/restaurant staff and all off the boat tipping. Additional tipping is not expected. Credit cards are accepted on board Ms Monica.