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Top Nile River Cruises - Dive Into History of Upper Egypt

Egypt Nile cruise down from Luxor to Aswan will allow you to get to the very heart of Egypt. See how the years of one of the greatest and oldest civilizations ever have passed by taking one of the many Nile cruises. An Egypt Nile Cruise is a Nile cruise on the Nile, the most common route between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt. The ship makes several stops at different stations. Thus, during the Nile cruises, you have the opportunity to visit the sights of Egypt along the Nile. With Egypt Nile cruises you sail comfortably along the Nile. You discover the beautiful sights of ancient Egypt along the Nile. By embarking on Egypt Nile cruises between Luxor and Aswan, you will have the opportunity to visit various fascinating attractions in Upper Egypt. Some of these attractions include the Karnak Temple, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Philae Temple, the Luxor Temple, the Abu Simbel Temple, the Aswan High Dam, and the Edfu Temple. Relax on one of the longest rivers in the world. Choose the right Nile cruise or sailing cruise in the land of the pharaohs.

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Blue Shadow Nile Cruise

The Blue Shadow Nile Cruise is a modern 5-star ship on the Nile. There are 54 deluxe cabins and three suites, and each is designed stylishly and has all the amenities you'd expect from a top-tier hotel. Several of Luxor and Aswan Travel's package deals come with tours. On the MS Blue Shadow Nile Cruise, guests can relax and unwind in our great spa, swimming pool, sun deck, or luxurious rooms while watching the traditional dance and music performances.
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Al Kahila Nile Cruise

The Al Kahila Nile Cruise is a great way to see all of Luxor's historical sites and temples. Visit the Valley of the Kings and the Karnak temple to learn about a culture that existed before the United States. As you sail down the Nile, which flows forever, take in the sights. You'd never forget a trip where you saw the most beautiful sights and rode in the lap of luxury.
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Farida Nile Cruise

On a Nile cruise on the MS Farida, you can see the sights of old Luxor. See the Karnak temple and the Valley of the Kings to learn more about a culture that has been around for almost 5,000 years. Take in the beauty of the Nile as you sail through its ancient waters. A trip that you will never forget will have the most beautiful scenery and the best ways to get around.
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Esmeralda Nile Cruise

The Esmeralda Nile Cruise is a classy way to see the Nile. From Luxor to Aswan, the Esmeralda Nile Cruise will take you through the beautiful landscape of the Pharaohs while you taste the food and see the sights of ancient Egypt.
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Moon Dance Nile Cruise

The moon spins. The Nile Cruise, a five-star super-deluxe floating hotel with 60 rooms and 8 suites, delivers exquisite comfort for up to 132 people in keeping with our traditions of ultimate hospitality.
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MS Salacia Nile cruise

A trip down the Nile on the MS Salacia will give you first-rate service, delicious food, and comfortable rooms, making for a vacation you'll never forget. The rooms and suites on the Salacia Nile trip, which is the best cruise on the Nile in its class, are great. There are two full-size windows in each of the ship's 21-square-meter Staterooms and 28-square-meter Royal Suites. In one of the luxurious staterooms, you'll have an adventure on the Nile that you'll never forget. Salacia Nile cruises are known for their high quality and luxurious amenities. They offer trips that last either three or four nights, during which you can see sights on both sides of the Nile.
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MS Radamis I Nile Cruise

Radamis I Nile Cruise Working on the Nile, I travel the 220 km between Luxor and Aswan, or the other way around. spending a night in both Luxor and Aswan (or Esna/Edfu). The ship moves through time between Aswan and Luxor as the world's longest river flows behind it. When you visit the temples of Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Philae in Aswan and Luxor, the world's largest open-air museum on the west bank of the Nile, expert guides will bring the ancient pharaohs to life.
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Al Hambra Nile Cruise

On the M/S Al Hambra, the 31-square-meter basic rooms and 6-square-meter bathrooms are unmatched in the industry. In April 2010, the M/S Al Hambra launched. The ship will include a two-level spa, indoor pool, and other amenities. M/S Al Hambra offers dignitaries and wealthy travellers a unique Nile cruise experience.
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Steigenberger Royale Nile Cruise

From the comfort of the Steigenberger Royale cruise, you can see both modern life along the Nile and some of Egypt's amazing ancient ruins. In one of the ship's many luxurious staterooms or suites, you can treat yourself like a king or queen. Each one has a panoramic view of the Nile and the best amenities. Use the ship's open-air swimming pool and Jacuzzi to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Sip some of the ship's creative and tasty drinks at the pool bar as you soak up the sun. The local restaurant on the cruise and the panoramic bar are both great places to learn about the ship's history and try some of the best food the area has to offer. The ship also has a gym and massage rooms that would be fit for a king. This cruise is really good enough for a king and queen.
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Nile Premium Nile cruise

One of the most luxurious boats on the Nile, the MS Nile Premium Cruise, was launched at the end of 2008 as part of a fleet called the Deluxe Nile Cruises. With its dark wood accents and tasteful, neutral decor, this cruise ship is the picture of Colonial elegance. The MS Nile Premium has an excellent set, and it's stylish without being stuffy and looks modern and like a home. This brand-new ship is the best regarding safety and comfort at sea.
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Iberotel Crown Emperor Cruise

As visitors arrive at the Iberotel Crown Emperor, they will be welcomed by a kind staff. The ship's best and most experienced hospitality crew promises individualized treatment before you ask.
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Alyssa Nile Cruise

The M/Y Alyssa was made by Pia Schmid, who is a designer (Swiss). Pia is an architect with a lot of experience in the hotel business. Europe loves her because of how skilled she is and how many different things she has done. She built M/Y Alyssa with a design philosophy emphasizing handiwork, respect for the ship's local environment, and color harmony. The people who worked on the M/Y Alyssa always thought about the environment. On the M/Y Alyssa, every piece of furniture, every part of upholstery, and the way each cabin was set up were custom-made for the yacht and not taken from a catalog. This includes several pure wool rugs for specific areas to match the look. The M/Y Alyssa is different from other cruise ships on the Nile because its interior furniture, layout, and design were made just for the ship. Forward on the top deck of the M/Y Alyssa is a wellness center with state-of-the-art features like a mud bath, sauna, jacuzzi, and a multi-purpose gym with cardiovascular equipment like a bike, rowing machine, treadmill, and multi-purpose machine. There is also a licensed masseuse on board.
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Steigenberger Legacy Nile Cruise

A trip down the Nile on the Steigenberger Legacy is really a five-star adventure. The MS Minerva Nile cruise and the Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise are really the same thing. The MS Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise is a great way to see the area and is a cosy place to stay. During a parade, the goal is to follow in the steps of the ancient Egyptian kings. The MS Steigenberger Legacy Nile cruise does offer comfortable rooms and tasty meals. On board, there are also many ways to have fun and relax. 
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Concerto Nile Cruise

The M/S Concerto Nile Cruise has 63 cabins and 4 suites with exquisite facilities. The cruise is 5-star. Egyptian Tourism Ministry developed New Norm (N/N) grade for M/S Concerto Nile Cruise to match global luxury requirements.
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H/S Kon Tiki Nile Cruise

The Kon Tiki Nile Cruise offers a high-end Nile experience. The HS Kon Tiki Nile cruise can carry up to 150 people. From Aswan, passengers may take a three-night Nile cruise; from Luxor, they can embark on a four-night excursion. In addition, the cruise provides a 7-night Nile excursion departing from both Aswan and Luxor. There are 70 accommodations available on the HS Kon Tiki Nile trip, including 64 standard cabins, four suites, and two panoramic suites. Each house and suite is decorated with a sophisticated sense of intimacy, providing guests with the highest level of comfort.
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Crown Prince Nile Cruise

The Crown Prince Nile Cruise is a beautiful and luxurious ship with five-star accommodations and amenities. It is a state-of-the-art, self-contained cruise ship that makes sure passengers have a peaceful and exciting vacation on the Nile. When you think about how romantic the views and landscapes along the Nile and in Upper Egypt are and how beautiful your surroundings are, you will realise that there is no better way to spend your vacation time in Egypt. The Crown Prince has a 24-hour front desk, Internet access, international phone and fax services (for a fee), and a conference room big enough for a wedding or other special event if the ship is rented out exclusively.
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MS Royal La Terrasse Nile Cruise

The M/S Royal La Terrasse Nile Cruise began in November 2008. It is a Deluxe Nile Cruise with 5 stars. The M/S La Terrasse gives you a sense of the elegance, charm, and comfort of a Nile River cruise.The M/S Royal La Terrasse Nile Cruise is a great way for everyone to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of Egypt. It has all the amenities and conditions of the New Norm (N/N), which is a new level of classification set by the Egyptian Tourism Ministry to match the international luxury levels.
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Iberotel Crown Empress cruise

On board our majestic cruise liner, you'll experience a voyage of unparalleled sophistication. As you cruise down the Nile, you can do so in comfort and style with a staff that wants to go above and beyond in terms of service and hospitality.
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MS Nile Goddess Nile Cruise

The Nile Goddess Nile Cruise is a 5-star, high-end cruise down the Nile. Sail between two of Egypt's most popular tourist spots, Luxor and Aswan, to see some of the country's most impressive ancient buildings. The people who work on the Nile Goddess Cruise want you to have a great trip. There are a lot of rooms to choose from, including 4 senator suites, 4 presidential suites, and 49 luxury cabins, all of which have private patios. The cruise has everything you need to have a great time in the Land of the Pharaohs. It has a wide range of amenities, large living spaces, and cabins that can be joined together. The cabins have amazing views of the Nile and the land around it. In addition to the disco and other ways to have fun on board, there is a spa and a fitness centre.
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Salima Nile Cruise

On the MS Salima Nile Cruise, you can see Luxor's ancient temples and monuments. Visit the Valley of the Kings and the Karnak temple to learn about a culture that has been around for more than 5,000 years. While cruising, take in the view of the Nile, which has always been there. The most relaxing view on a luxurious ride would make for a vacation you will never forget.
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Sabena Al Jamila Nile Cruise

Egypt's Nile Cruises are a must! From Luxor, you can go to Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan. Enjoy first-rate accommodations on board while you learn about the culture of ancient Egypt. The Luxor Nile Cruises are a unique way to see the world and relax. Experience an unforgettable cruise down the Nile. We're proud of how friendly and high-quality our Nile cruise ships are, which will let you see Egypt in style. One of the most exciting things to do on vacation in Egypt is to take a Nile cruise on one of our Nile cruise boats. You'll see some of the country's most important historical sites up close. Sabena: The 5-star luxury Al Jamila Nile cruise has 66 double rooms and four suites on the main, upper, and lower decks. Each cabin is 22 square meters and has a private bathroom with a shower. The suites are 35 square meters and have a separate living room. The Al Jamila Nile Cruise started in 2002 and got a complete makeover in the summer of 2010.
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Planning an Egypt Nile Cruise

Nile cruise in Egypt is definitely one of the experiences to be included in a trip to Egypt, an opportunity to relax and make the trip unforgettable through the history of ancient Egypt. So here we have, a few tips for you as we want you to make the most of your trip to this land.

Travel Advice to Egypt
  • Take your toilet paper. Finding one in Egypt can be a task!
  • You can use Uber in Cairo.
  • Always ask for prices before buying anything
  • You can use metros in Cairo, they are good and quick!
  • Wear comfortable shoes in Egypt and don’t forget to take an extra pair.
  • You need to stay hydrated.
  • Eat the local food, it is delicious!
  • Respect and maintain the culture.
  • No skin show please!
  • Bring a scarf to cover your hair when visiting mosques and other religious sights
  • Never film or make videos without the necessary permissions.
  • Never neglect your safety when trying any adventure activity.
  • Educate yourself about some of the instances of local culture and traditions.
  • Learn some of the words from the local cultures and traditions that are prevalent in the region.
  • Do not let anyone deceive you. It is always a good idea to gather sufficient information whenever you are traveling to any new destination or location.
What is a Nile Cruise?

A Nile Cruise is a river cruise on the Nile, the most common route between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt. The ship makes several stops at different stations to allow its passengers to visit the ancient Egyptian monuments. It is the best way to take a trip into the past to get close to the pharaonic culture and enjoy the breathtaking nature of the Nile Valley.

As already mentioned, most Nile cruise ships operate between Luxor and Aswan. The trip south from Luxor to Aswan takes 5 days and vice versa from Aswan to Luxor takes 4 days.

During the journey, the most important monuments in Upper Egypt are visited. In Luxor, one visits the Luxor temple and the Karnak temple, one of the biggest temple arrangements of Egypt on the eastern Nile shore Theben east. On the western side in Thebes-West the temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings.

The dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the Philae Temple on Elephant Island are visited in Aswan. Between both cities, the Horus Temple in Edfu and the double temple of the two gods Sobek and Haroeris in Kom Ombo are visited.

When the ship docks at Aswan, passengers can make an optional excursion to Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser to visit the impressive temple complex of Ramses II.

There are very few ships that sail the route in a different period and then make a few more sights, but here we have introduced you to what most ships do.

Also, there is the big or long Nile cruise that goes from Aswan or Luxor to Cairo or of course vice versa. This takes place however only at certain times because of the Nile level, which is why most visitors to Egypt prefer a short stay in Cairo, after or before the Nile cruise in Upper Egypt, if you want to see the sights of all Egypt.

Tipping on a Nile cruise

Is it customary to tip on a Nile cruise?
As is common in the cruise world, it is customary, or rather expected, to tip on board. The staff on the ship will do their best to make the stay of their guests as pleasant as possible, and are therefore happy to receive the tip in appreciation of this.

Is it obligatory to tip on board?
You can never say that tipping is obligatory, but unfortunately, it has come to pass that the staff of the ships see tipping as a fixed part of their remuneration due to the low payments in Egypt. But as already mentioned, this is not mandatory and if you think at the end of the trip, which is very rarely the case, that the staff has not earned the tip, then tell the Reileiter and tell him the reason right away.

Who should I give the money to?
The tour guide will come to you at the end of the trip and ask nicely and politely about the tip, which is collected from the guests and then distributed among the crew. It is therefore collected so that everyone gets something because the guests do not come into contact with all the staff on board. It would be possible to tip the bartender directly during the cruise, but in this case, it would be unfair to cooks or machinists you don’t usually meet.

How much should I tip?
There are of course no exact figures as to how much you should pay, but about 10€ per day per person, for every adult in the family, is reasonable. If you think this amount is too much, imagine there are about 50 people on board to make sure you feel comfortable during the trip.

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How does the Nile Cruise work?

The duration of a Nile cruise varies according to the route the ship takes. There is either the small Nile cruise, which only goes in Upper Egypt from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa, and the long or large Nile cruise, which goes from Cairo to Luxor or Aswan and vice versa. From Luxor to Aswan, it takes 5 days and from Aswan to Luxor 4 days.

It is also possible to go from Luxor to Aswan and back to Luxor and in this case the trip takes 8 days. The same is valid of course for the journey Aswan-Aswan. The long Nile cruise takes either 10 days from Luxor to Cairo, 12 days from Cairo to Luxor, 13 days from Aswan to Cairo, or 15 days from Cairo to Aswan. The ships that make the long Nile cruise are considerably less than those that travel between Luxor and Aswan, and besides, this cruise is only possible at certain times of the year due to the level of the Nile.

There are very few fleets of ships, among which the two Oberoi Nile cruise ships Philae and Zahra, which make the route between Luxor and Aswan at a different time of year. They sail from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa in 6 or 7 days. With all the rest of the ships the journey takes the same time as mentioned above, the only difference is the day of the week when the respective ship starts the journey.

On the way between Aswan and Luxor, one visits different beautiful sights for example, in Thebes-East (Karnak and Luxor Temple), then in Thebes-West (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Memnon Colossus). Afterward one visits the legendary Horus Temple in Edfu and the double temple in Kom Ombo. Do not miss the chance and take part in one of our Nile cruises.

Which deck to choose on the Nile Cruise?

Actually, you are only in the cabin for sleeping and therefore you should not pay too much attention to it, but we still want to give you some useful tips and advice on how to choose the right cabin.

In general, cabins in the middle deck are the most popular because it is the quietest there. On the upper deck, you will be disturbed by the pattering on the sun deck and you can hear it when tables or sunbeds are pushed.

On the Nile deck, you may hear the engines in the cabins in the stern. But it is important to mention that the ship almost always sails during the day and therefore the engines are off at night while the guests are sleeping.

For the same reason it is rather unimportant on which side your cabin is, because the ship sails almost exclusively during the day, you will have a view on the Nile anyway.

During the times when your ship will be onshore and the view from another ship is blocked on one side, you will either be on a sightseeing tour or you will sleep.

As we told you above, the guests are in their cabins almost only at night to sleep, otherwise, you are either on a tour, in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, in the bar, or lying by the pool on the sun deck.

When is the best time for a Nile Cruise?

The Nile Cruise is a Nile cruise, the most frequent between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt. The ship makes several stops at different stations to allow its passengers to visit the ancient Egyptian monuments. It is the best way to take a trip into the past to get close to the pharaonic culture and enjoy the breathtaking nature of the Nile Valley.

The best time for a Nile cruise in Upper Egypt can not be determined because it depends on the visitor’s interests and his resilience in heat. One could only say that the Nile Valley in summer (May to September) can be too hot for most European visitors. The temperatures in Luxor and Aswan are about 45°. Therefore, it is unsuitable for a Nile cruise, especially for people who cannot stand the heat or have circulation problems.

From October to April, the maximum temperature is 30°; therefore, one could say that this is the optimal time for a Nile cruise. If you plan to stay at the Red Sea after or before the Nile cruise in Upper Egypt, you should consider that it can be too cold for bathing in the winter months (December to February). At this time, the temperatures in Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheik can sink up to 10°.

But it is also worth mentioning that the heat in Upper Egypt is dry, the above-mentioned high temperatures are only under the sun, and it is primarily bearable in the shade. Therefore, despite the heat, some travelers still decide to go on a Nile cruise in the summer months.

The ships are seldom fully occupied, and one can avoid the crowds at the monuments. Most sightseeing tours take place early in the morning, and the tour guide always looks for a place in the shade if he wants to explain something to the group. Also, the prices fall at this time, and one finds a lot of special offers for a Nile cruise in Upper Egypt.

What clothes do you pack for the Nile Cruise?

Every place has its matching clothes, even on the sun deck. Because of this, you should consider appropriate clothing if you want to travel. For example, half-naked during temple visits are not typical and customary. On high-quality luxury Nile cruises, you can choose something more festive to wear. Your suitable, carefully selected clothes will distinguish you from the ship’s restaurant crew, and you will follow the dress code correctly.

Every place has suitable clothes, even on the sun deck. Because of this, you should consider appropriate clothing when you travel. For example, half-naked during temple visits are not typical and customary. On high-quality luxury Nile cruises, you can choose something more festive to wear. Your suitable, carefully selected clothes will distinguish you from the ship’s restaurant crew, and you will follow the dress code correctly.

As far as women are concerned, unlike most Upper Egyptian cities, it is pretty alright for women to walk in shorts and spaghetti straps or to lie down comfortably in Bikini by the pool. Luxor and Aswan are two of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Their inhabitants have been used to the European way of dressing for a long time and show excellent tolerance towards different cultures.

However, shorts and flip-flops or sandals are forbidden for men and women in the restaurant on the ship. You do not necessarily have to wear a suit or an evening dress for lunch, but you are expected to wear at least a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.

Onboard, the program includes a Nubian show, a Galabya party, or a belly dance show. There are lovely costumes, which you can buy with the help of your guide from the market during the excursions.

On excursions, you should pay attention to appropriate clothing, so miniskirts or shorts are not recommended. Being half-naked through the temples does not go down well.

A further hint would be sturdy shoes for the sightseeing tours; please note that the monuments you will visit are in the desert. You will also often have to walk a distance until you reach the temple or until you have seen all parts of the vast temple complexes. Many women in Egypt wear a hijab/headscarf, which is not required for tourists. It would be best if you covered your head with a headscarf when you visited a mosque.

What are the best Nile cruise options available in Egypt?

If you are bored of visiting the ancient monuments, you can take up Nile River Cruises in Egypt for a change. These are fun activities and can be very refreshing. Here are some best picks-

Egypt Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
Egypt Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan
Dahabiya Boats
River cruise tour through Cairo, Giza, Aswan
A river cruise through Cairo, Luxor, Dendera