Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2024

53 TUI River Cruises’ new vessel TUI Al Horeya will visit Luxor in Egypt as part of its ‘Legends of the Nile’ itinerary with magnificent ancient temples and pharaohs’ resting places, combined with hidden spice-scented souks and bustling city life. Transfers can whisk guests from the airport to the port in as little as 25 minutes so quite simply, Luxor is a fascinating place with great transport links and in our view, the perfect get away.” So, what exactly does the itinerary offer? The trip will begin either from London Gatwick or Manchester Airport, as guests travel on a direct, non-stop charter flight from the UK to Luxor. Guests will embark TUI Al Horeya and stay onboard as they spend the first three days of their trip exploring Luxor. They will then sail to the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo for two set excursions that are included within the sailing package price, before travelling on to Aswan and then returning to Luxor on the final day of the cruise. “We have chosen to include two shore excursions into the package that are the must-have experiences in those ports,” says Berzins. “However, we wanted to allow our guests the flexibility and choice to design the right holidays and experiences for them in Luxor and Aswan where we offer a wide range of experiences. Options include discovering the Temples of Karnak and Luxor with the Sphinx Avenue, a strikingly graceful piece of architecture on the banks of the Nile; experiencing a sound and light show at Karnak Temple, which recounts the history of Thebes and the lives of pharaohs; visiting the Nubian Village and sailing on a traditional felucca, a canvas sail boat; or touring the High Dam, Obelisk and Philae Temple, which was built in 1960.” The TUI team considered several important factors when designing the itinerary for TUI Al Horeya. “As an established global operator, we’ve conducted extensive research and drawn on our previous experience of operating in Egypt,” says Berzins. “We’ve also benefited from the knowledge of our colleagues in both product and destination teams to launch the TUI River Cruises ‘Legends of the Nile’ itinerary. “The unique sites along the Nile naturally form a key part of our planning, and understanding what is available and the best times of day to visit was imperative to ensure we allocated the right amount of time in each port for guests to maximise their experiences both on and off the ship and allow them to plan their river cruise, their way.”