TUI River Cruises announces River Nile cruise for winter

Thursday, July 20, 2023


TUI River Cruises has announced a brand-new River Nile cruise set to commence in Winter 2024 with exclusive TUI charter flights to Luxor from London Gatwick and Manchester Airports.

The exciting expansion means that the river cruise line will add a fully refurbished five-star ship, to be named TUI Al Horeya, which means ‘freedom’, to operate seven-night, all-inclusive round-trip sailings from Luxor. TUI Al Horeya can accommodate 145 passengers and offers 74 cabins including singles, standard cabins and suites.

Two flights per week will operate from London Gatwick and Manchester to Luxor; a city which encompasses a mesmerizing blend of history, architecture, and culture. The new routes is exclusive to TUI, which will be the only tour operator to offer direct, non-stop flights from the UK to Luxor which will operate weekly on a Thursday from 7th November 2024 until 24th April 2025.

Chris Hackney, the managing director of TUI River Cruises, expressed the company’s excitement about the latest offering on the Nile, confident that their customers will love it. He described a cruise along the Nile as a serene and unforgettable experience, showcasing lush landscapes, traditional villages, and iconic landmarks like the Luxor and Edfu Temples. Hackney emphasized that Egypt, with its year-round sunshine, provides the perfect destination for exploring ancient history and offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

He further mentioned that the name “TUI Al Horeya” was chosen to maintain a local connection to Egypt since it is their only TUI River Cruise ship that will remain in the country. In Arabic, “TUI Al Horeya” translates to “freedom,” symbolizing the freedom that water brings to explore, representing the essence of river cruising.

Dedicated licenced Egyptologists will be on hand throughout the trip to enhance the customer experience to be on hand to answer any questions. The modern and contemporary ship will boasts a top deck swimming pool, two whirlpools, an entertainment area, restaurant, Al Fresco dining, lounge bar, wellness studio and a boutique shop.

Like the rest of the fleet, TUI Al Horeya will include a day and night entertainment programme, as well as offering customers a wide range of excursions which have been curated by industry experts, guaranteed to transport visitors back in time to the era of pharaohs and dynasties.

There will be two set excursions included within the sailing package price, this includes the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the temple of Kom Ombo. To ensure that customers have as much flexibility within their cruise, a range of excursions will be on offer in Luxor and Awan for them to choose from. Options include:

Discovering the Temples of Karnak and Luxor with the Sphinx Avenue, a strikingly graceful piece or 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, located on an Island, and sail on a traditional felucca, a canvas-sailed boat;

Touring the High Dam, Obellsk and Phllae Temple, which was built in 1960

TUI Al Horeya is the latest addition to the TUI River Cruise fleet, which currently has three adult only ships. The announcement of this new destination comes on the back of strong demand from customers, with bookings increasing by 40 per cent compared to last year. To meet demand for Winter 2024, all three European ships will be going on sale for festive sailings and will include two new seven-night itineraries over New Year’s Eve; the ‘New Year Sail Away’ itinerary on-board TUI Isla, with New Year’s Eve spent in Cologne and ‘Sail into the New Year’ itinerary on TUI Maya, with new year’s celebrations in Frankfurt. This is in addition to the existing ‘New Year on The Rhine’ itinerary on Skyla.

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