Egypt, Israel, Jordan & The Nile

Discover our three insightful itineraries

The heart of Egypt, the spirit of Israel and the essence of Jordan

We invite you to join Emerald Waterways as we tell the ancient tales of Egypt and Jordan on our two brand-new itineraries, seeking to unveil these magical Nile cruise destinations which, until now, may only have existed in your imagination

We’ve learnt so much about Ancient Egypt from its plentiful monuments, archaeological sites and recovered artefacts, but this is your opportunity to gain an understanding of what life was like for this early civilisation. Not forgetting just how important the Nile River was to the societies that lined its banks.

The contemporary MS Hamees river ship will be your home during your four-night Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Elegant and thoughtful interior design plays host to spacious cabins, complete with private bathroom and excellent amenities, including a lounge bar and sun deck.

To find your perfect Nile cruise, browse below to find out the finer details of our itineraries, destinations and the specific features of the MS Hamees. 

The Nile

Your journey through this unmistakable landscape includes a river ship cruise down The Nile. Recognised as the longest river in the world, the Nile has been named the ‘Father of African Rivers’ and rises from the south of the equator through north east Africa, before draining in the Mediterranean Sea. A lifeline for the Ancient Egyptians, contending with little yearly rainfall, the river aided agriculture as it provided a fertile setting from which to prosper.
Nile River Trees

MS Hamees - your comfortable river ship

Fresh from its extensive refurbishment in 2018, our chartered Mövenpick MS Hamees is a comfortable and contemporary ship that offers superb service. Embark on a truly memorable journey from Luxor to Aswan as you experience Egypt’s most spectacular sites from the chic surrounds of one of the largest and most stylish river ships on the Nile. Encompassing a range of facilities, including a pool, reading room, and sun deck with space to socialise. 

The Mövenpick MS Hamees provides a wonderful selection of dining and entertainment options. The restaurant offers an international and local buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the elegantly appointed lounge bar is perfect for enjoying afternoon tea, delectable cocktails and evening entertainment. Soak up the beautiful sunshine from the sun deck, marvelling at the magnificence of the Nile as it unwinds before you, and toast with a variety of beverages and accompanying snacks, before evening cocktail receptions, an oriental show, and a fancy dress Galabeya party.


On your Nile cruise, you'll experience the Egyptian capital and one of the country’s largest cities, Cairo is the gateway to the Nile delta. A magnificent mix of Roman, Arab and Turkish influence, lush vegetation and contemporary skyscrapers co-exist among its 400 plus registered monuments. Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx. Visit the Egyptian Museum, home to items discovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun, and enjoy shopping around one of the city’s main hotspots, the bazaar district, where you’ll visit Khan el-Khalili, a busy and open-air souk in central Cairo.
Pyramids with Camel


A journey to Jordan is not complete without a visit to Petra. At the main entrance, the Nabatean capital, stands the Treasury, believed to be over 2,000 years old, its excellent preservation certain to leave a lasting impression. The intricate carvings adorning its façade provide a wonderful insight into Nabatean culture, with the inside compared to that of a film set. Catch it at its most ethereal between 9am and 11am, as the sun hits it directly, or between 5pm and 6pm as the pink glow of the setting sun smothers its intricate structure.
Petra Jordan Night Time


Where east meets west on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is known by some as ‘the biblical holy land’. Spirituality and culture combine for a city unique to anywhere else in the world, as the pull of modernity and a long-lasting commitment to religion, meet for the most sensational of experiences. And Tel Aviv has it all. An international outlook and cultural scene invite excellent cuisine and world-class nightlife. Northern Israel is home to the lush, mountainous region of Galilee, known for the Sea of Galilee. The capital Jerusalem offers both historic spaces and modern essentials, giving you insight into its religious communities before a night out in one of the many dazzling local restaurants!