Quick Guide to Nile Cruise
When people think Egypt they imagine the Pyramids, beaches and the chaotic hum of a country that never sleeps. However, a Nile cruise offers you a different viewpoint while on holiday in Egypt.
You'll avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and see some of Egypt's greatest sights as you sail down the serene river from Aswan to Luxor, taking in scenes of archaeological riches and ancient monuments.
From exploring the magnificent temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna to taking a unique excursion on the river in a traditional felucca and seeing villagers go about their day, a Nile cruise shows you Egypt like you've never seen it before. And the river sunsets? Out of this world.
Fab holidays for:
History lovers, Winter sun breaks, Cultural excursions
Cairo and Luxor Airport
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Sights along the Nile
Egypt is known for its fantastic array of historical monuments and a Nile cruise will float you on to some of the best.
- Valley of the Kings & Queens
- Once called the Place of Truth, this valley is home to 63 magnificent royal tombs from 1550 - 1069 B.C.
- Colossi Memnon
- Rising 18 metres from the plain, the two faceless Colossi Memnon are the first monuments you see when you visit the west bank. It's all that's left of what was once the largest temple built in Egypt.
- Aswan High Dam
- The controversial High Dam contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and created Lake Nasser, the world's largest artificial lake.
- Unfinished Obelisk
- At 1,168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned. However, during production a flaw was found in the rock and it was left abandoned - no one knows what it was being created into.
- Temple of Kom Ombo
- At a bend in the Nile stands the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to local gods Sobek and Haroeris. Explore this stunning temple and marvel at its twin entrances, halls, and sanctuaries. The western side is in honour of Haroeris and the eastern side is dedicated to Sobek.
When to go
As you'll want the best weather (hot but not too humid) opt to travel between December and February, exactly what winter sunseekers are looking for. Alternatively, if you want to avoid high season, book your Nile cruise holiday in April, May, October or early November. Hotels in Egypt will be quieter and there will be fewer crowds at popular sites.
How to get to the Nile
It's now easier than ever to bag a cheap flight to Egypt. The UK is well connected with regular flights departing from London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow. It's most usual to take a flight into Luxor if you want to see all the treasures of the Nile, although it also flows through the capital of Cairo, so it's possible to start your trip there too.
Where to stay in the Nile
Cairo and Luxor are your two main choices for places to stay when you want to visit the Nile region, but a Nile cruise is undoubtedly the way to go if you want to see everything that lines the river. You get to wake up near new attractions every day, and the ships are usually pretty intimate with plenty of time in ports to see the sights.