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Nile Travel Guide

Welcome to the Nile River, the heart of Egypt and a timeless route of travel and discovery. Imagine gliding along the same waters that pharaohs once navigated, surrounded by a landscape filled with palm trees and the distant Giza Pyramids. Nile cruises offer a unique way to experience Egypt's rich history and vibrant culture. From the comfort of your ship, watch the shores pass by, dotted with ancient temples, bustling markets, and the everyday life of riverside communities. This isn't just another boat trip — it's a journey into the past. Each stop presents an opportunity to step ashore and explore world-famous monuments like Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. The warm Egyptian hospitality and delicious local cuisine add to the experience, making a Nile cruise a perfect blend of relaxation, education, and adventure. Whether you're a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply in search of a journey unlike any other, a cruise down the Nile is an experience you won't forget. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Nile river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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May 30, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLiliaCairoCairo12$5,599
May 30, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLiliaCairoCairo12$5,599
May 31, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,599
May 31, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo8$5,599
May 31, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$4,199
May 31, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,998
May 31, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 03, 2024VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$6,499
Jun 06, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLiliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 06, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLiliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 07, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 07, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo8$5,599
Jun 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$4,199
Jun 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,998
Jun 07, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 13, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLiliaCairoCairo12$5,499
Jun 13, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLiliaCairoCairo12$5,499
Jun 14, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 14, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo8$5,599
Jun 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$3,949
Jun 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,748
Jun 14, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,599
Jun 21, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,499
Jun 21, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo8$5,499
Jun 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$3,949
Jun 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,748
Jun 21, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaDahliaCairoCairo12$5,499
Aug 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$3,949
Aug 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,748
Aug 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$3,949
Aug 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,748
Aug 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$3,949
Aug 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,748
Aug 21, 2024VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$6,999
Aug 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoCairo10$3,949
Aug 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysMS FarahCairoAmman14$5,898
Aug 23, 2024VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$6,499
Aug 24, 2024VikingViking HathorCairoCairo12$5,999
Aug 25, 2024VikingViking AtonCairoCairo12$5,999
Aug 26, 2024VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$5,999

Nile Travel Guide

Nile River Cruises Highlights

  • Luxor (Upper Egypt): Luxor, often called the world's greatest open-air museum, is where your historical adventure begins or ends. Here, you're a stone's throw away from the Valley of the Kings and the majestic Karnak Temple. The port facilities are just a short walk or drive from these iconic landmarks, and you'll find the town brimming with vibrant bazaars and welcoming cafes.
  • Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor: This vast open-air museum boasts a staggering collection of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons, and obelisks dedicated to the Theban gods. It is famous for its Hypostyle Hall, with 134 massive columns reflecting the grandeur of the New Kingdom.
  • Valley of the Kings in Luxor: The final resting place of Egypt's rulers from the 16th to 11th century BC, this valley is home to more than 60 tombs, including that of the famous Tutankhamun. The tombs are adorned with intricate hieroglyphics and paintings.
  • Aswan (Upper Egypt): Aswan offers a more laid-back atmosphere. The port here gives you access to the High Dam and the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Aswan is also the gateway to the Temple of Abu Simbel, a bit further away but worth the trip. The port area itself is well-organized, offering easy access to feluccas—traditional sailboats—for a peaceful ride on the river.
  • Philae Temple in Aswan: Set on an island, you'll reach this site by a short boat ride. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Isis and showcases a blend of architectural styles from various periods.
  • The High Dam in Aswan: A modern engineering marvel, the dam controls the Nile's flooding, generates power, and stores water for irrigation. Its construction created Lake Nasser, one of the world's largest man-made lakes.
  • Edfu (Upper Egypt): At Edfu, the Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved ancient monuments, awaits. The docking area is small but efficient, with transportation readily available to take you to the temple. The journey from the port to the temple is part of the experience, often including a horse-drawn carriage ride through the bustling town.
  • Kom Ombo (Upper Egypt): The port at Kom Ombo is unique for the dual deities temple standing majestically on the riverbank, dedicated to Sobek and Horus. The proximity of the temple to the port means you can practically step off the boat and walk to this intriguing site. It's a lesser crowd-puller, which makes a visit here a more tranquil experience.
  • Temple of Kom Ombo: Unique for its 'double' design, this temple was divided for worship to two sets of gods. The southern half was dedicated to Sobek, the god of fertility, and the northern part to Horus the Elder.
  • Luxor Temple: Located in the heart of Luxor, this temple was used for the ritual of the royal ka, a part of the king's soul believed to reside there.

Nile River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes for onshore excursions, a hat, sunglasses, and strong sunscreen to shield you from the Egyptian sun. Lightweight, long-sleeved garments will protect you from the sun and respect local customs.
  • The currency is the Egyptian pound, and it's best to carry some cash, as smaller vendors may not accept cards.
  • Take a small flashlight with you as a backup for finding your way through dark areas on tours.
  • Don't forget your camera, with extra batteries or a charger, to capture the memories you'll make each day.

Nile River Cruises Things To Do

  • Cairo, Egypt
    Cairo, Egypt

    Cairo, Egypt is where you can see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sitting on the west bank of the Nile River, the Great Sphinx of Giza is made out of limestone and was built to protect the pyramid tombs. According to archeologists, the date of the carving goes back to 2500 BC. The Sphinx's head was formed to resemble the Pharaoh Khafra. You will find that Cairo is a hub for adventure, as it is also home to the Egyptian museum and close to other important Nile River destinations, such as Luxor and Aswan.

    Best Time To Visit

    Travel experts suggest you see Cairo between October and April when temperatures are less scorching. Traveling during this time of year will make it easier to visit the Egyptian tombs and enjoy the marketplaces, such as the labyrinthine Khan El-Khalili souk with its array of trinkets, lanterns, and jewelry.


    You Should Know

    The Pyramids of Giza represent the tombs of three different Egyptian 4th Dynasty pharaohs. The oldest and largest tomb of the group was built for Khufu and is called the Great Pyramid. The middle pyramid is the tomb of the pharaoh Khafre. The third and last pyramid is the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Menkaure. The Great Pyramid is perfectly aligned with the constellation Orion. The Pyramids were built with 2.5 million blocks of quarried limestone. Some of the larger granite blocks originated from Aswan, which is approximately 500 miles away. Two large islands lie in the middle of the city of Cairo. The Egyptian Museum houses more interesting treasures from the tombs of the Pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun's possessions.
  • Luxor, Egypt
    Luxor, Egypt

    Located in southern or Upper Egypt, Luxor is situated close to some of Egypt's most important ancient sites. Some of the major sites include the necropolis of the Valley of the Kings and Karnak, a celebrated temple complex that was constructed over a 200-year period. 

    Best Time To Visit

    According to U.S. News Travel, the best time to see Luxor is either from March to April or from October to November. These shoulder seasons give you a chance to experience pleasanter temperatures, more affordable prices, and smaller crowds.


    You Should Know

    You will find the tomb of the boy pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in the Valley of the Kings. The pharaoh's last resting place is numbered KV62. The tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered by archeologist Howard Carter in November 1922. You can still see the home where Carter lived on your journey into the wadi (valley). To enter the Valley of the Kings, you will follow a remote road to access the entrance. When you get to the information center, hop on a small train to make it easier to get to the heart of the valley.
  • Luxor Temple
    Luxor Temple

    Built over a span of hundreds of years by various pharaohs, including Ramses II and Tutankhamun, the Luxor Temple served as the most significant and largest religious building in ancient Egypt. During that time, Luxor was called Thebes. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Go between March and April or from October to November to avoid crowds and experience a more temperate climate.


    You Should Know

    The Luxor Temple is the spot of the First Occasion – an event where the God Amon was reborn during the pharaoh's re-enactment of the coronation ceremony. The Great Colonnade Hall is one of the major attractions of the Luxor Temple ruins. The hall's decorations were primarily overseen by King Tutankhamun around 1330 BC.
  • The Karnak Temples in Luxor
    The Karnak Temples in Luxor

    This site, which represents the largest religious attraction worldwide, features three major temples. The largest of these temples if the Precinct of Amun-Re, which is dedicated to the god Amon. It is the only part of the complex open for public viewing. The Precinct of Montu and the Precinct of Mut cannot be accessed by tourists. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see the Karnak temples is either in April and May or October and November.


    You Should Know

    The Karnak complex dates back to 2000 BC. Around 30 pharaohs had buildings, chapels, temples, and similar constructions added to the temple complex. A sacred lake is featured at the facility.
  • The Mummification Museum in Luxor
    The Mummification Museum in Luxor

    Sitting on the east bank of Luxor and the Nile River, the Mummification Museum can be easily found, as a large sign directed you to the entrance. The museum provides details on the mummification techniques used by ancient Egyptians, which included humans, household pets, and crocodiles. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit the Mummification Museum from April through May or from October to November when crowds are fewer and temperatures are more pleasant.


    You Should Know

    The mummified body of the high priest of Amun, Masaharta is featured in the museum. The remains date back to 1050 BC. The museum features samples of tools that were used for draining vital fluids and removing body organs. Artifacts, such as canopic jars and coffins, are displayed. You might want to avoid a visit if you are uncomfortable about seeing these kinds of things.
  • Aswan - Egypt
    Aswan - Egypt

    Located in southernmost Egypt, Aswan is a relaxed and comfortable cruise city. A trip to Aswan provides a nice respite from the busier and more crowded places of Cairo and Egypt.  Once known as a Gateway to Africa, Aswan provides the ideal opportunity to see the sites and attractions of southernmost Egypt. Many of the journeys can be managed on day trips. Stop at a café for some mint tea on Aswan's waterfront promenade. The corniche provides a welcome interlude for relaxation and socialization after a day of sightseeing. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Enjoy your cruise tour to Aswan in the shoulder seasons of April through May or October and November.


    You Should Know

    If you only have time for a one-day journey from Aswan, choose to go to Abu Simbel. This architectural marvel sits on the banks of Lake Nassar and is unlike anything you will ever see. Seeing the Great Temple of Ramses (built by Ramses II) and the Temple of Hathor is an unforgettable experience. The Old Cataract Hotel is one of the easily seen landmarks in Aswan. The hotel is noted as being the place where Agatha Christie wrote a portion of her famous mystery, Death on the Nile.
  • Elephantine Island in Aswan
    Elephantine Island in Aswan

    A major tourist attraction, Elephantine Island features the Ruins of Abu and the Aswan Museum. See the Temple of Khnum and Temple of Satet, which are part of the Ruins of Abu (the most ancient settlement in Aswan). 

    Best Time To Visit

    Enjoy your trip to Elephantine Island during April or May or from October to November.


    You Should Know

    After exploring the ruins of Abu, you might want to explore the villages of Siou and Koti. You will enjoy seeing the local houses vibrantly painted in various designs. Catch a rowboat from western Siou to check out the scenery on Kitchener's Island. Once the home of Lord Kitchener, who transformed the place into a garden oasis, Kirtchener Isle is also known as the Aswan Botanical Gardens. However, locals just refer to the island name. Frequent ferries shuttle passengers to Elephantine Island from downtown Aswan.
  • Temple of Isis or the Philae Temple (Agilika Island/Aswan)
    Temple of Isis or the Philae Temple (Agilika Island/Aswan)

    The Philae Temple represents one of Upper Egypt's more beguiling and artistic landmarks, known for its architectural symmetry and detailed reliefs. Saved by the rising floodwaters of Lake Nassar, the monument was moved from Philae Island and relocated to Agilika Island where it now stands. 

    Best Time To Visit

    It is always a good time to visit the Temple of Isis in early spring (April or May) or in the fall during October or November.


    You Should Know

    You will see 8 columns in the first temple room along with Greek inscriptions. Coptic crosses reveal the temple's transformation into a Christian place of worship during the Byzantine age.

Nile River Cruise Packages

  • Getting There

    To start your Nile River cruise, you'll typically arrive in one of Egypt's key cities, such as Cairo to the north or Luxor and Aswan towards the south. Cairo serves as the main gateway with its international airport that welcomes flights from all over the world. From there, a short domestic flight or a scenic drive can take you to Luxor or Aswan, where most cruise journeys begin.

    The ports in Luxor and Aswan are well-equipped to welcome travelers, with staff ready to guide you to your cruise ship. These docking spots are strategically located near the city centers, making them easily accessible and providing a smooth start to your river adventure. Whether you're arriving by air or by land, the path to your Nile cruise is straightforward and part of the excitement leading up to your voyage through history.

  • The Perfect Time for a Nile River Cruise

    When planning a Nile River cruise, the timing is critical to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey. The optimal period for such a cruise is from October to April, when Egypt's climate is cooler, making it more suitable for exploring the country's ancient wonders. During these months, the days are warm enough for pleasant sightseeing, while the nights tend to be cooler, ideal for spending time on the deck under the stars and enjoying the serene ambiance of the Nile.

    The summertime, stretching from May to September, brings intense heat to the Nile region, with temperatures frequently rising above 95°F (35°C). This extreme heat can be challenging for those not accustomed to such conditions. However, summer river cruises on the Nile have their advantages, such as fewer tourists and potential cost savings, offering a more peaceful experience and better value.

    It's important to note that the peak tourist season on the Nile River coincides with the mildest weather, from December to February. Consequently, popular sites and the river itself are more crowded during these months. For travelers seeking a quieter river cruising experience with fewer fellow tourists, the shoulder months of October, November, March, or April are recommended. These months strike a balance between comfortable weather and reduced tourist activity, providing an ideal setting for a Nile River cruise that combines comfort with the opportunity for a more intimate exploration of Egypt's rich historical and cultural heritage.

  • Experience the Flavors of Egypt

    The flavors of Egypt are as rich and varied as its history, offering an array of dishes that reflect the country's diverse cultural influences. Egyptian cuisine is hearty, flavorful, and often centered around bread, rice, beans, and lentils, with an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits that are staples in the local diet.

    A must-try dish is "koshari," a mix of pasta, rice, lentils, and chickpeas topped with a spicy tomato sauce and crispy onions. Equally famous is "ful medames," a fava bean stew typically eaten for breakfast. For a taste of something sweet, "baklava," layers of flaky pastry filled with nuts and honey, is a delightful treat.

    When it comes to drinks, "chai" (tea) is the national beverage, often served sweet and with fresh mint. For a refreshing cooler, "karkade," a hibiscus tea, can be enjoyed both hot and cold.

    Dining by the Nile is an experience in itself, with many restaurants in Luxor and Aswan offering beautiful views. Don't pass up the chance to have a meal or a drink at one of the floating restaurants. Additionally, on your cruise, you'll likely have the opportunity to savor a variety of these dishes with the added charm of riverside scenery. For a truly immersive experience, visit a local market and try some street food where the flavors are as authentic as they come.

  • Immerse Yourself in Egyptian Culture

    Egyptian culture is a captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern practices. Respect for elders and hospitality are cornerstones of social life. You'll often find bustling cafes where locals play backgammon and sip on mint tea, embodying the relaxed aspect of Egyptian social customs.

    The country's calendar is dotted with festivals, with Ramadan and Eid being the most significant. During these times, the festive spirit is palpable, with streets lit up and families gathering to break their fasts together. Islamic traditions are deeply woven into the cultural fabric, alongside Coptic Christian practices, especially visible during Christmas and Easter.

    Visitors are welcomed with the phrase "Ahlan wa sahlan" (welcome), and offering a friendly "Shukran" (thank you) in response to the warm hospitality is appreciated. When visiting temples and religious sites, dressing modestly is expected as a sign of respect for local customs.

    Experiencing Egyptian culture is to witness a living history, one that continues to honor its ancient roots while embracing the present.

  • Why Book a Nile River Cruise?

    Booking a Nile River cruise is a smart choice for anyone looking to get a comprehensive experience of Egypt with great value for money. A cruise offers a unique vantage point of Egypt's historical landscape, allowing you to enjoy coastal views that are inaccessible by any other means. The convenience of a cruise is unmatched – your accommodations travel with you, there's no need to unpack at each new destination, and every day, you wake up to a new chapter of Egyptian history right outside your window.

    The cost is often more economical than piecing together separate accommodations, meals, and transport, and the included guided tours add significant value. Additionally, some cruises provide exclusive access to sites and special activities that are only available to cruising guests, such as private viewings of certain monuments or evening cultural performances at historical sites. The onboard experience also enriches your journey with cultural presentations, authentic cuisine, and opportunities to interact with knowledgeable guides and fellow travelers. Opting for a Nile River cruise means choosing a hassle-free, culturally rich, and thoroughly enjoyable Egyptian adventure.

  • Ready to Book Your Nile River Cruise?

    If the allure of ancient history and the promise of serene river landscapes call to you, then a Nile River cruise is your next must-book journey. Picture yourself gliding between the banks where pharaohs once ruled and temples still stand as sentinels of a bygone era. It's not just a vacation; it's a passage through time, wrapped in the comfort of modern amenities. With the ease of travel, cultural riches, and the chance to witness some of the world's most storied monuments, a Nile cruise offers an unrivaled experience. So why wait? Secure your spot on this voyage through the heart of Egypt and prepare to be enchanted by the timeless rhythm of the Nile. Whether it's history, relaxation, or adventure you seek, the river awaits to sweep you into the narrative of its ancient waters.

    Book your Nile River cruise today and set sail on an unforgettable escapade.

Nile River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is a Nile River Cruise?

    You can choose Nile River cruises that last three days, sail over four nights, or provide week-long tours. If you choose the shorter cruise trips, you normally will sail from Aswan to Luxor. Cruise-goers often get to see the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak Temples, and King Tutankhamun's tomb on this cruise trip.  Some of the cruise lines journey to and from Cairo on 7-day and 9-day journeys. 

  • What’s Included on a Nile River Cruise?

    When you opt for a cruise package, you will get a lot of amenities for one price. Your river cruise will include your cabin, port excursions, and related activities. You also receive onboard meals and complimentary beverages, including coffee, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and wine. On some cruises, you can stay in hotels and participate in shipboard activities. Wi-Fi access is also available. Many Nile River cruises allow you to include your airfare into the cost of the package.

  • What’s the Best Cruise for a Nile River Cruise?

    You can find several cruise lines that will take you on a Nile River Cruise. If you want to include Cairo (the Three Pyramids and the Sphinx), Aswan, and Luxor on your cruise holiday, a good choice is Peregrine Cruises. 

  • How Much Does a Nile River Cruise Cost?

    Anticipate to pay $3,000 per person for this type of adventure if you choose a luxury trip. This price covers a cruise to and from Cairo, which last 9 days. The price drops to about $450 per person if you select a cruise line with more economical accommodations and last around 3 to 4 days.

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