The Nile is the world’s longest river and has been the lifeblood of Egypt for thousands of years.
Cruising its waters is like stepping back to the ancient reign of the pharaohs. The pace is peaceful with visits centred on the breath-taking array of antiquities; the monuments, temples and tombs, combined with a way of life little changed over centuries.
Experiencing Egypt’s distinctive culture is a key attraction of sailings where Egyptologist guides not only detail the country’s fascinating history, but take travellers into aromatic spice markets and bustling bazaars full of haggling souvenir sellers.
Most sailings are between Luxor and Aswan with highlights including the Valley of the Kings, Aswan and notable temples including Karnak and Edfu.
Some packages include two or three nights in Cairo where the Pyramids at Giza and the Egyptian Museum, which displays the priceless riches of Tutankhamen’s tomb, are the top attractions.
The Nile’s unique allure has made it a longstanding favourite for cruises
Sailings generally operate between September and May to avoid the fierce heat of summer between June and September when temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius, but some summer departures are creeping into schedules.
These revolve around tours of Ancient Egyptian antiquities with the pyramids of Cairo; Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Luxor and its grand Karnak Temple, and the Temple of Abu Simbel in Aswan, along with the Aswan Dam.