A cruise on the Nile is an amazing experience, and not only will you see some fantastic scenery, you will also learn so much about Egypt. It really is surprising just how advanced the ancient Egyptian civilisation was when they were building their massive temples, tombs and pyramids.
A Nile cruise is generally 7 nights long and goes from Luxor to Aswan and back again. From the UK you would usually fly out on a Monday from Heathrow and join your boat. While onboard for the 7 nights, you will be accompanied by a fully qualified Egyptologist, who will be with you when you go and see the various sites along the way. Although the can vary slightly, you would normally expect to see the following sites, which are included in the price of your Nile cruise: –
- Valley of the Kings
- Temple of Hatshepsut
- Valley of the Queens
- Colossi of Memnon
- Temples of Karnak and Luxor
- Temple of Esna or Edfu
- Temple of Sobek (Kom Ombo)
- High Dam at Aswan
- Temple of Philae
- Old Granite Quarries & the Unfinished Obelisk
- Felucca trip
Also included in the price you pay would be return scheduled flights from Heathrow, resort transfers, and 7 nights full board on your chosen boat. These include the MS Tulip, Sonesta Star Goddess and the Steigenberger Legacy. Optional excursions are available, such as a trip to Abu Simbel from Aswan, or a Sound and Light Show at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor.
You could also opt for a small Dahabiya, which carries less than 20 passengers. The Sonesta Amirat moves at a more leisurely pace and does the 7 nights cruise either from Luxor to Aswan or from Aswan to Luxor.
If visiting the Great Pyramids, or seeing the Sphinx at Giza, is important to you, then you will need to include Cairo in your holiday. this can easily be done in one of two ways: –
~ Add a short hotel stay (usually 3 nights) in Cairo either before or after taking your Nile cruise. If you choose this option, the price quoted will include the additional flight between Cairo and Luxor
~ book a Long Nile Cruise, and visit the sites of Cairo from your boat, the Jaz Royale, and your Nile cruise includes the section between Cairo and Luxor. These don’t operate every week, and you can do Cairo to Luxor, Cairo to Aswan, Aswan to Cairo or Luxor to Cairo. for more details click on the following link for the Ultimate Long Nile Cruise.
You can also combine any of the above options with a hotel stay in Luxor, or at a Red Sea Resort, to make the holiday you want. For more details on any of the above options, call EgyptIan at Nile Cruises with GoCruise on 01455821770 or 08002922850.