Nile Cruises

A journey to the past, cruising through the former dynasties of ancient Egypt

Nile River

As one of the greatest rivers in the world, the Nile should be one of the ultimate incentives to visit northeastern Africa. Its waters connect eleven African countries. The Nile's life-supporting powers directly led to the growth and prosperity of ancient Egypt. A cruise to modern-day Egypt will offer you endless opportunities and unforgettable sights, such as sensational sunrises and vast desert landscapes. The Nile plays a vital role in sustaining the livelihoods of cities, towns, and villages that touch its shores, and this power should be celebrated. What better way to do so than to cruise on the Nile and experience Egypt from a refreshing perspective?


The Nile is the key to some of the best sights Africa has to offer. Cruising up the Nile will take you to Egypt, awarding you spectacular views of the pyramids and temples towering above, a trip to the Valley of the Kings, where the tomb of Tutankhamun was unearthed, and a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. You could also take a break along the way to explore Dendara, Edfu, or one of the many waterside temples. Choose a Nile River cruise that will lead you to the holy Mount Sinai, the ancient Ruins of Abu, the brilliant White Desert National Park, the Monastery of Saint Paul the Anchorite and so much more!

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Our Recommendations
  Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Voyage on Vasco da Gama via Suez Canal
Voyage on Vasco da Gama via Suez Canal
51 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Vasco da Gama
 28.02.2021
p.p.from $8,199
Discover Asia & the Mediterranean
Discover Asia & the Mediterranean
65 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 Vasco da Gama
 13.02.2021
p.p.from $9,199
61 day expedition from Singapore
61 day expedition from Singapore
60 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
 15.02.2021
p.p.from $7,725
Travelling with the Columbus to Tilbury from Hong Kong
Travelling with the Columbus to Tilbury from Hong Kong
43 Nights with the Columbus
 23.03.2020
p.p.from $7,499
75 day cruise from Perth (Fremantle) to Tilbury (London)
75 day cruise from Perth (Fremantle) to Tilbury (London)
74 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
 01.02.2021
p.p.from $9,240
  High-Rated Cruises
Trip with Crystal Cruises from Miami
Trip with Crystal Cruises from Miami
127 Nights with the Crystal Serenity
 05.01.2021
p.p.from $169,178
Expedition with the Crystal Serenity from Los Angeles
Expedition with the Crystal Serenity from Los Angeles
111 Nights with the Crystal Serenity
 21.01.2021
p.p.from $150,325
18 day cruise with the Azamara Pursuit to Dubai
18 day cruise with the Azamara Pursuit to Dubai
17 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
 24.10.2020
p.p.from $6,625
Expedition with the Azamara Journey to Dubai from Athens
Expedition with the Azamara Journey to Dubai from Athens
16 Nights with the Azamara Journey
 23.10.2021
p.p.from $5,179
Cruise with Azamara Club Cruises from Athens to Dubai
Cruise with Azamara Club Cruises from Athens to Dubai
17 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
 24.10.2020
p.p.from $6,625
  Short Nile Voyages
11 day cruise from Athens
11 day cruise from Athens
10 Nights with the Le Bougainville
 15.11.2019
p.p.from $9,740
Sail with Viking River Cruises from Cairo
Sail with Viking River Cruises from Cairo
11 Nights with the Viking Ra
 October 2019 - January 2020
p.p.from On Request
Travelling from Cairo with the River Tosca
Travelling from Cairo with the River Tosca
11 Nights with the River Tosca
 October 2019 - January 2020
p.p.from On Request
Our Recommendations
Teresa
Sail with Viking River Cruises from Cairo
Before flying to Luxor to embark on your week-long cruise adventure, stopping along Luxor, Qena, Asna and many other ports, enjoy three days in Cairo with a two-night inclusive hotel stay. Enjoy one last night relaxing in a hotel before flying back to Cairo.
Our advice:
While you have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours to Egypt's most famous landmarks, the lesser known botanical garden of Aswan on Kitchener's Island is a worthwhile visit.

  • Safaga - Safaga
  • Africa,Red Sea,Nile River
  • October 2019 - January 2020

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Jocelyn
Travelling from Cairo with the River Tosca
This Uniworld cruise will take you on a twelve-day voyage, visiting the wondeful spectacles of Egypt. Enjoy hotel stays in the modern city of Cairo before flying to Luxor to board the modern ship River Tosca. You will enjoy a life-changing journey on board.
Our advice:
To really get a feel for what life was like for ancient Egyptians living on the banks of the Nile, be adventurous and enjoy a ride in a felucca, a traditional Nile river sailboat.

  • Safaga - Safaga
  • Africa,Red Sea,Nile River
  • October 2019 - January 2020

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Katalin
Trip with the Norwegian Dawn to Civitavecchia from Dubai
This great 20 day voyage will take you from Dubai to Rome. You will be able to take in the rich cultures of Egypt, Israel and Cyprus. Plus see incredible Mediterranean locations like Greece and Italy towards the end of your journey.
Our advice:
Make sure your camera is fully charged because there will be plenty of photo opportunities with temple ruins and the Valley of the Kings just across the Nile.

  • Dubai - Civitavecchia (Rome)
  • Southern Europe,Middle East,Africa,Red Sea,Nile River,Mediterranean Sea
  • 21.03.2021

from $5,379
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Top Ports on the Nile
Safaga, Egyptfrom
$2,166

Stretching along a desert strip between the sea and the mountains, Safaga is a port town in Egypt that sits on the coast of the Red Sea. Although historically a merchant port, the seaside town also has a small tourism industry. The many coral reefs in the area, especially off the city of Hurghada just 53 kilometres south, make the region a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. To accommodate these visiting divers, the town offers vacancies in several hotels, bungalows and rest houses.

Highlights of Safaga
  • Admire the beauty of the coral reefs
  • Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Red Sea
  • Test your nerves with some adventurous water sports
Aswan, Egyptfrom
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Aswan is a southern Egyptian city on the east bank of the Nile. Serving as the capital of the Aswan Governorate, the city is a bustling centre for markets and tourists. Aswan offers many opportunities to see and learn about Egyptian ruins, sitting at the southern frontier of ancient Egypt. The region's granite quarries provided raw material for the production of sculptures and obelisks.

Highlights of Aswan
  • Spend a few hours learning at the Nubia Museum
  • Go on a stroll in the Aswan Botanical Gardens
  • Take a journey to the past at the Ruins of Abu
Esna, Egyptfrom
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Esna is an Egyptian city located on the west bank of the Nile just 64 kilometres south of Luxor. While most famous for the preserved pronaos of the Temple of Khnum, the city has its own rural charm. A market, filling a couple of streets leading inland from the corniche, has been a hot spot for tourists. The Roman temple, sitting about nine metres below the streets of the old town area, has only been partially excavated.

Highlights of Esna
  • Visit the Temple of Khnum
  • Awe at the wooden lattice screens of the 19th-century waterfront homes
  • See the humbly beautiful Ottoman caravanserai
Edfu, Egyptfrom
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Situated between the southern Egyptian cities of Esna and Aswan on the west bank of the Nile River is the town of Edfu. Its location in the fertile Nile Valley justifies the town's agricultural prowess, especially in sugarcane production. Edfu is most known for the remains of the town's ancient settlement and the most completely preserved Temple of Horus, spared from the destructive Nile floods.

Highlights of Edfu
  • Reflect on the mysteries of ancient Egypt at the Temple of Horus
  • Enjoy the Edfu Sound and Light Show
  • Take in the sunset views looking out at the Nile
Kom Ombo, Egyptfrom
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The farming town of Kom Ombo sits on the banks of the Nile, about 50 kilometres north of Aswan in Egypt. The town's position gave it control over some trading routes from Nubia to the Nile Valley. Kom Ombo is famous for its eponymous twin temples, which were erected in the second century BC, signifying the town's rise to prominence. The temple ruins spent years buried in sand until French archaeologist Jacques Jean Morgan rediscovered them in 1893.

Highlights of Kom Ombo
  • Visit the famous Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Spend some time at the archaeological Crocodile Museum
  • Take a peek in the Temple of Sobek and Horus
Cairo, Egyptfrom
$36,468

Sitting near the Nile Delta, Egypt's capital, Cairo, is the largest metropolitan area in both the Middle East and Arab world. Cairo plays a major role in the region, acting as the centre of politics and culture and boasting an impressive collection of both traditional and modern Islamic architecture. To this day, Cairo is still associated with the ancient world with the famous Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza just next door.

Highlights of Cairo
  • Visit a wonder of the world: the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • See ancient artifacts at the Egyptian Museum
  • Pick up a souvenir at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar
Qena, Egyptfrom
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The Egyptian city of Qena is situated on a major bend of the Nile as well as at the intersection of two main roads: one that runs alongside the river and one that traverses the desert to the Red Sea. This market town is also the capital of the province. Many travellers use this junction as an opportunity to visit the neighbouring temple complex at Dendera.

Highlights of Qena
  • Study the beautiful structures at the Dendera Temple complex
  • Visit the classical Egyptian temple to Hathor, the goddess of love
  • Celebrate the city's patron saint on the 14th of the Islamic month of Sha'ban
Thebes, Egyptfrom
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Thebes is located in Upper Egypt and was one of the ancient Egyptian cities lying on the river Nile. As if 1979 it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Memphis, Egyptfrom
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Memphis is located 18km south of Cairo, and was the capital of the first nome of Lower Egypt. Manetho reports that Memphis was founded by King Menes, according to legend, in 3000 BC. During the Old Kingdom it was the capital of Egypt, and remained an essential city in Egyptian history.
Wadi el-Sebua, Egyptfrom
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Wadi El Sebua is the northernmost of the sites lying on around the Nasser lake. The bane of this temple means "The Valley of Lions" and was built during the reign of Ramses II. in the 12th century BC.
Abu Simbel, Egyptfrom
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This place is situated in the Egyptian part of Nubia and is famous for its rock temples, which were built by Pharaoh Ramses II in the 19th Dynasty of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom. The temples were in included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Hermopolis, Egyptfrom
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Hermopolis Magna is the Greek name for the capital city of the 15th Upper Egyptian nome. It is located on the west bank of the Nile and is renowned for the many excavations have been conducted here.
Al Minya, Egyptfrom
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Al Minya is a city on the Nile River in Upper Egypt. It is 225km away from Cairo, the capital of the country. The city was the ancestral home of some of the pharaohs, there are also some pyramids here.
Gebel el Silsila, Egyptfrom
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Gebel Silsila is an archaeological site on both banks of the Nile river in Upper Egypt, controlled by the Aswan Governement. It is also the largest sandstone quarry in Egypt.
Amada, Egyptfrom
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Amada is a village 180km south of Aswan. It is the site of the Egyptian temple of the New Kingdom, which was moved 2.6 km inland. in 1964, to protect it from flooding.
Nile River

Egypt and the Nile

Egypt is a land of ancient splendour enriched by centuries of culture. Along the narrow ribbon of the 1,545-kilometre River Nile, dynasties of Kings and Queens created monumental legacies that will fascinate you.

Nile cruises visit a wider variety of antiquities along the banks of the river. But equally important, they also allow the tourist to gain a prospective of the rural Egypt, where people live much the same way they did even thousands of years ago, in mud-brick homes, tending their fields with wooden ploughs and moving produce via donkey. It is a wonderful experience to sit on a shaded deck of a floating hotel, sipping an iced beverage while watching 5,000 years of culture slowly drift by.