Avalon Waterways will return to Egypt next year with a Nile itinerary through to 2022.

The line has not operated in Egypt since 2016 but has scheduled an initial 15 departures between September and December next year.

Several lines including AmaWaterways, Uniworld and CroisiEurope have decided to increase capacity on the iconic African waterway in recent months.

Sales in the region had plummeted following terror attacks that targeted tourists and the downing of a Russian passenger aircraft in 2015.

Avalon’s new 10-day A Taste of Egypt itinerary includes a guided sightseeing trip to the pyramids and limestone statue – the Sphinx of Giza – before passengers fly to Luxor where they will board the line’s 62-cabin ship Farah.

Passengers will disembark the ship in Aswan five days later. Ports of call include Edfu and Kom Ombo.

After flying back to Cairo, passengers will take a tour of Khan el Khalili bazaar in the city’s Old Town.


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The line said multiple departures would be available every month in 2021.

Prices for 2020 departures start at £2,732, although prices for departures currently lead in at £2,625 in 2021. Flights and transfers are not included in the price.

Avalon UK chief executive Giles Hawke said: “Cruises on the Nile have always been very popular with British holidaymakers and demand appears to be returning in recent times.

“We are thrilled to be able to take Avalon guests to Egypt and the Nile river for this incredible holiday experience.

“This is a very special, awe-inspiring experience for travellers for all ages.”

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