Nile River Cruises
Nile River Cruises
A Nile Cruise was considered the centerpiece of a trip to Egypt, traditionally. Now, it is an important part also in the plan of many visitors. Nile cruises are the best way to explore the amazing ruins of Ancient Egypt and modern life along the banks of the Nile.
Since Thomas Cook, creator of package holidays, took his first tourists on a voyage along Egypt's famous river in 1869, Nile cruises have provided the easiest, most enjoyable introduction to the country's cultural treasures.
in general, the Nile cruise itinerary include tours from Cairo to see the landmark sights of Cairo like the Great Pyramids of Giza, and after that take the Nile River Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Lake Nasser Cruise to discover the civilization of the ancient Egyptians in Luxor and Aswan.
What is the best time for a Nile River Cruise
The best time and most comfortable & nice time for a Nile Cruise is between October and April. It is not too hot in these months and it is so necessary to can visit the temples and the archeological sites in the deserts. It is not advisable to take a Nile Cruise during the peak summer months from June to August.
-What do you see on a Nile Cruise
Most Nile Cruises including Luxor and Aswan as main point to visit and stopping at another points of interest along the way.
Luxor is a beautiful city in Upper Egypt. it houses many ancient attractions. In Luxor you will enjoy seeing the Valley of the Kings. Where you can see the tombs of the ancient pharaohs. You'll visit also, the most famous temples; Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, and the Queen Hatshepsut Temple. In addition to some other sites such as the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Queens and many museums including the amazing museum of mummification. Luxor is considered one of the top places in the world for a hot air balloon ride.
Edfu city including one of the most famous temples in Egypt. the Temple of Edfu, which is dedicated to the god Horus. The temple is the best -preserved temple in the country. The Temple of Edfu is considered the biggest temple in Egypt and took over 200 years to build.
Kom Ombo is just a stop, but it has the amazing temple of Kom Ombo. It is an interesting temple dedicated to two gods, the falcon god Horus and the crocodile god Sobek. In Kom Ombo there is another must-see is the Crocodile Museum, where you can see 22 mummies of crocodiles.
Aswan is a beautiful and simply city that located in the Upper Egypt. normally, it will be the start or end point of your Nile cruise depending on which direction you choose to go. In Aswan you can visit the famous High Dam, the Temple of Philae, which dedicated to the god Horus, and the Elephantine Island.
In Aswan, there is a special part that attract several visitors, the Nubian Village and the spice market. Aswan is also, the gateway to Abu-Simbel, one of the most imponent and important ancient attractions.
How Long Do You Want to Cruise for
It is very important to know the time you want to spend in a Nile Cruise. It is considered the first step in planning your trip. On one hand, some cruises are short 4 days and 3 nights but really it is very short time get the best experience and explore all the sites and relaxing on the Nile Cruise. At least 5 days and 4 nights Nile Cruise is best to explore and enjoy with the best sites and it is the most popular choice for many tourists. On the other hand, there are long Nile Cruise for a week or longer until two weeks.
Where Do You Want to Start your Nile Cruise
Nile cruises usually start in one of two destinations: Aswan or Luxor. And there is no difference between the cruises depending on the start point. As you'll stop at the same sights and attractions along the way. There is another option for you, you can do a longer Nile cruise that starts in Cairo and ends in Aswan. It takes about two weeks.
How Much does Nile Cruise Cost
There are many levels of Nile cruises ranging from cheap felucca-type cruises which require camping on the deck to five-star, all-inclusive luxury from world-renown cruise ship operators and luxury- Nile cruise.
There is an important thing you should take care of when looking at the price of the Nile cruise is the inclusions. A lot of Nile cruises not only include accommodation, transportation and meals, but also guided tours and the entry passes to all the sights that mentioned in the itinerary.
Egypt Nile River cruises can be very affordable. In fact, depending on the type of cruise you do, an Egyptian Nile cruise might actually end up costing you less than if you were to visit all these sites and travel by land.
High-End Ships for Nile Cruises are the top of the line and the best choice for those looking into Luxury tours in Egypt. the cabins are a good size and decorated in a modern elegant design. Many of these ships have award-winning chefs, and additional facilities like an onboard fitness room, rooftop swimming pool, or spa. Additionally, your archeologists guide for all sights and attractions along the way are included in the price of your luxury Egypt tour.
Here are some examples of these type of ships for a luxury Nile cruise:
-The Sanctuary Sun Boat
-Sonesta Star Goddess
-Sonesta St. George
*Good Quality but More Affordable Ships
These ships are well-decorated. On the board of these ships they served the meals on a buffet-style. In addition, some of these ships represent additional features like spas, pools, or fitness centers. As with all the other Nile cruise ships, professional Egyptologists are included to guide you through the temples and sites that you'll visit along the way.
Here are some examples for these good ships but more affordable:
-Movenpick Royal Lily
-Movenpick Royal Lotus
-Amwaj Living Stone
-Types of Egypt Nile River Cruises
1-Luxor Aswan Cruises
Cruising between Luxor and Aswan is the best way to relax while enjoying daily tours from your Nile Cruise to the most spectacular ancient Egyptians monuments such as the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple, Hatshepsut Temple, Philae Temple, Abu Simbel and many more as your itinerary.
The most important Nile Cruises are:
-MS Salacia Nile cruise
-MS Esplanade Nile Cruise
-The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
-Movenpick Royal Lily
-Movenpick Royal Lotus
2-Lake Nasser Cruises
It is the ideal way to relax away from the crowed of the city and leave the stress and worries you have behind. Lake Nasser is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Sailing south on Lake Nasser will make you explore the monuments and ruins of Ancient Nubia. And seeing on its shores the admirable wonders like Abu Simbel Temples.
Here are some examples for Lake Nasser Cruises:
1-SAL Dahabiya Lake Cruise
2-Prince Abbas Cruise
3-Nubian Sea Cruise
4-Omar El-Khayam Cruise
3-River Yacht Cruises and Dahabiya Cruises
The most exclusive and luxurious way to experience the river Nile. It is more comfortable than the larger ships to avoid the crowds and prepackaged entertainment.
Examples for this type of cruises:
-Nour El Nil Dahbaiya Cruises
4-Nile Steamer Cruise Ships
Enjoy the luxury and leisure of royalty in this Nile cruise. One century ago, people used to move along the Nile River in the luxury and stunning Movenpick Nile Streamer Cruise. It is a historic steamship that hosted kings and queens in different times.
From this type only one royal ship:
-Movenpick SS Misr Steamer Nile Cruise
5-Cairo Aswan Nile Cruises
Have an amazing long Nile Cruise in Egypt between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. In this deluxe Nile cruise you will experience the amazing Nile from Cairo to Aswan or vice versa.
-Movenpick MS Darakum Nile Cruise
-Nile River Cruise Safety
Safety onboard Egypt Nile Cruises
-Most cruises are equipped with safety features and life jackets are usually placed under your cabin bed
-Avoid drinking too much of alcohol and smoking
-Persons with equilibrium problems should not spend too much time on deck at night, especially when the ship is moving fast.
-Smoking inside the cabin can be dangerous or fatal, the mattresses are highly flammable.
-People who has sleepwalking issues should avoid taking a cabin with a balcony, an inside cabin with a widow would be far safer.
-Resident doctor are always on board if you, get sick whilst on board, do check with them for any short of medical help.
- Other useful Tips
-After checking-in at a cruise, it is advisable to leave your valuables in your rooms' safety deposit box. As all cabins have a private safe!
-Most of the cruise boats offer telephone facilities onboard, if you want to call home. But the sound quality is not as good as onshore.
-We would recommend visiting a bank to change your money, before cruising, as most of the boats do not offer to exchange money facilities and you will not get access to onshore banks while you are cruising.