If you would like a Nile cruise or a Nile cruise and stay holiday in December 2014, let Nile Cruises with GoCruise help find the ideal one for you.
We can offer a good selection of boats ranging from a 4 star up to a 5 star luxury, most of which are on a full board basis. There are also some which can be booked on an All Inclusive basis, so there should be a boat and board basis to match your requirements. The cruise lines we use mainly are Discover Egypt, with Alexander the Great, Royal Viking & Viking Princess, Red Sea Holidays with Grand Rose, Grand Preziosa & Grand Star, as well as Bales Worldwide with their traditional Dahabiyyas. Other companies we use include Longwood Holidays, Presidential Nile Cruises, Kuoni, and Titan Travel etc, which offer a wide selection of boats between them.
You can add 3 nights in Cairo to make a 10 night holiday including the Nile cruise, or how about a week at a hotel in Luxor or perhaps at a Red Sea resort such as El Gouna, Hurghada or Makadi Bay. When staying by the Red Sea you could go diving, and even obtain your PADI certificate while you are there. Alternatively why not take your clubs and play a few rounds of golf. There is an option to add a short cruise on Lake Nasser on some departures, which is an amazing way to see Abu Simbel, as your boat moors within walking distance of the temple. The main boats we use for Lake Nasser are Eugenie, Kasr Ibrim & Prince Abbas.
There are usually 10 excursions included in the price of your 7 night Nile cruise and, while the selection might vary slightly from one cruise line to another, they usually include the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Temple of Karnak, Temple of Luxor, the High Dam at Aswan, Temple of Philae, Temple of Horus & Sobek at Edfu, and a ride in a traditional Felucca. Various optional excursions are usually available to be booked locally, and these include a sound & light show at one of the temples, a trip to Abu Simbel, a hot air balloon flight from Luxor, and if you add the Cairo hotel stay you can visit the Pyramids & Sphinx. Alternatively you can take a full day excursion by air to Cairo from Luxor, or from Hurghada on the Red Sea, and see the main sights.
Flights depart from Gatwick on a Monday in the main, but some itineraries have the option of a Manchester departure, which could be a Wednesday though. If you are doing a 14 night Nile cruise and stay with Red Sea Resorts it would be a Friday departure, from Gatwick or Manchester. On a 10 nights Cairo and Nile cruise holiday, you would need to fly from Heathrow on a Monday or a Friday.