We offer different holidays combining a
Nile River cruise with visits to the main sights of Egypt. We
offer many Nile River cruise and stay options, of lengths from 8 to 17
days. Itineraries can include Egypt Land Tours, Red Sea Diving Holidays, Red Sea
Liveaboard Safari, Western Desert Oasis Safari, Cairo and the
Pyramids, or extensions to Abu Simbel by lake Nasser Nile River
cruise ship or air.
Visits to Cairo are usually based on
Giza to the south east of the city, where you find the Pyramids
and the Sphinx and be amazed by their size. The fascinating
Egyptian Museum includes the burial treasures of the Pharaoh
Tutankhamun. In the evening is a Sound and Light Show in the
shadow of the Sphinx.
From Cairo fly to Luxor or Aswan to
join your Nile River cruise ship - alternatively start your
holiday by direct flight to Luxor. From Luxor some Nile River cruises go
north to Dendera, for a visit to the temple of the God Hathor,
then sail back to Luxor.
From Luxor visit the Valley of the
Kings, with its hundreds of tombs, most famously that of
Tutankhamun. See also the Valley of the Queens, Deir El Bahari,
the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of
Memnon. Nile River Cruises also offer visits to the temple complexes of
Luxor and Karnak, both noted architectural sights.
Your Nile River cruise ship sails via the river
lock at Esna to Edfu. The temple of Edfu, dedicated to the
falcon-headed God Horus, is one of the best preserved in Egypt.
Further down the River Nile is the famous Kom Ombo temple
dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek, with its mummified
Aswan is a colorful city, noted for its
markets. Visit the Aswan High Dam, and the temple of Philae,
which was dismantled and rebuilt to avoid being submerged under
the Dam's rising waters. Kitcheners Island is a beautiful
botanic garden with many exotic plants and trees.
From Aswan there are excursions by air
to the temples of Abu Simbel. This massive ancient site was
moved from its original position and rebuilt to avoid being
submerged by the rising waters of the new Lake Nasser. The
people in the picture (bottom right) indicate its huge size.
It is also possible to cruise from
Aswan to Abu Simbel and see marvelous desert landscapes,
particularly sunrises and sunsets. This allows visits to temples
and sights only accessible by water, on the shores of Lake
Nasser. There are virtually no towns or villages, or mooring
sites, so small boats are used for transport ashore. Excursions
include Wadi El Seboua and the temple of Ramsis II, Kasr Ibrim
and the relocated temple of Amada.
The Nile River cruise listing below shows the
length of each Nile River cruise holiday and the areas covered. Click on
the Nile River cruise name to reach the detailed information pages.