Nile River Cruising

The most romantic way to visit Egypt is on a cruise down the fabled River Nile.

A rite of passage for travellers, following in the footsteps of early explorers, there is no better way to explore the famous sites of Egypt than by river cruiser. The Nile has been the centre of life within Egypt for millennia and, as a result, many of the country’s greatest treasures lie within a few kilometres of its banks. Floating slowly down the Nile (or up from Luxor to Aswan) you will pass timeless landscapes of picturesque villages, farmers riding on donkeys and fishermen hauling in their catch.  Ancient temples stand on the riverbank and you will go ashore with a guide to visit them, as well as exploring tombs and other monuments.

We recommend a minimum 4 night cruise, allowing plenty of time to see the sites, relax on-board and just enjoy the scenery.

The first (and sometimes second night depending on the length of the cruise) is spent on-board in Luxor. The city has a wealth of incredible temples and sites to explore and is often known as the world’s “greatest open air museum”. The East Bank is home to the legendary temples of Luxor and Karnak whilst across the river on the West Bank lies the famous Theban Necropolis (city of the dead) – The Valley of the Kings. The valley is the ancient burial site of pharaohs, queens and nobles of the New Kingdom between 1539and 1075 BC.

Other sites enroute to Aswan include the Temple of Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo. The last two nights are usually spent in Aswan. The city boasts a plethora of ancient and fascinating sites including Philae Temple on Agilkia Island and the Unfinished Obelisk.

For avid cruise enthusiasts there are a handful of longer cruises between Cairo and Aswan of up to 14 nights in length. These cruises are for travellers that enjoy sitting peacefully on-board and are content to watch the world pass by. Some itineraries have one or perhaps two days without a scheduled stop. However, a benefit to these departures are visits to some lesser known (or less visited) sites such as beautiful Dendra Temple, The Temple of Seti I (also known as the Great Temple of Abydos), Tuna El Gebel – the ancient Necropolis at Hermopolis – and Beni Hassan, another ancient cemetery.

The best way to finish a Nile cruise itinerary is with a short flight to Abu Simbel, site of the Great Temple of Ramses II, one of the most famous and beautiful temples in Egypt. Built by Ramses in 1300 BC, the temple was carefully moved in 1968 due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam.


Why should I visit take a Nile Cruise?

  • One of the best way to discover Egypt’s tombs and temples
  • Follow in the footsteps of early explorers
  • Luxor – home to the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s tomb
  • Relax onboard as you sail slowly down the Nile passing ancient landscapes
  • Picturesque Aswan and the islands temple of Philae

When is the best time to take a Nile cruise?

The beauty about Egypt is that it’s a year-round destination – particularly for anyone that loves hot, sunny days. The cooler months between October and April are more popular whilst May to September can be very very hot. If you wish to travel during the cooler months, but avoid the peak crowds, then February and March are the best times to visit. The Christmas and New Year period is often the busiest time in Egypt.

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How long is a Nile River Cruise?

Most Nile cruise itineraries operate between Luxor and Aswan and take 2 to 5 nights. For avid cruise enthusiasts there are a handful of longer cruises between Cairo and Aswan of up to 14 nights in length.

Egypt Overview

Why should I visit Egypt? 
Egypt is a destination in itself; offering travellers a mouth-watering combination of ancient history, diverse cultures, awe-inspiring architectural wonders and relaxing river cruising. This exotic destination is also perfect for sun-seekers with warm, dry days for most of the year. The scenery is unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert. 

What is the climate in Egypt?
Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although fairly hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C). 

What can I combine Egypt with? 
Egypt is best combined with neighbouring Jordan and Israel. Both countries compliment a visit to Egypt with further historic Middle-Eastern sights such as PetraBethlehem and Jerash. A little further afield, the United Arab Emirates and Oman are other popular destinations to visit. Alternatively Egypt can be combined with a safari in Tanzania – perfect during the months of December to March.   

How to get to Egypt? 
There are regular flights between Egypt’s capital Cairo and the Middle East as well as many major European cities. The country’s chief carrier – Egypt Air – also fly to North American cities including New York and Toronto. Egypt Air also offer internal connecting flights to major hubs including LuxorAswan and Abu Simbel.      

US – There are plenty of options to choose from when travelling between North America and Egypt. Egypt Air offer direct flights to Cairo from both Washington DC and New York. Alternatively European airlines to consider with just one stopover include British Airways, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.  

Europe – Egypt is easily reached with direct flights between Cairo and almost every European airlines major carrier. Alternatively Egypt Air fly to over 20 cities across Europe.    

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