A Nile River cruise is the best way to explore the enormous wealth of history, culture and architecture that lines the length of this mighty waterway as it snakes through Egypt.
The Nile is the world's longest river and a luxury Nile River cruise still ranks as one of the most exciting and romantic journeys in the world. The lifeblood of Egypt, a cruise down the Nile allows you to explore 5,000 years of history.
Despite the river’s length, most cruises run from Luxor to Aswan, with stops at the architectural and archaeological treasures of Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings, where you'll see the tomb of Tutankhamen, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Queens.
When to go:
Although you can take a Nile river cruise year-round, the water level is lowest between October and May. The best time to visit is between December and February when it’s hot but not too humid. In the summer months the temperature can exceed 40C while August is only for dedicated sunseekers.
Other highlights include the Ptolemaic temples of Esna, the Temple of Horus at Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo, as well as stunning desert scenery. Finish in Aswan with visits to the Unfinished Obelisk, the Temple of Isis, the temples of Abu Simbel and the Aswan High Dam.
In between excursions retreat from the crowds and escape the dusty roads by retreating to your luxury river cruise ship and get to know the country through lectures and talks with onboard Egyptologists.
Life along the Nile is a mix of ancient and modern. Tailor your Nile cruise by adding a city stay in Cairo to explore the Pyramids, see the Sphinx or visit Alexandria.