We offer different holidays combining a Nile
River cruise with visits to the main sights of Egypt. We offer many cruise
and stay options, of lengths from 8 to 17 days. Itineraries can include
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 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 Bahri, the mortuary temple of Queen
Hatsheput and the Colossi of Memnon. Cruises also offer visits to the
temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak, both noted architectural sights.
Your 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
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
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 cruise listing below shows the length of each
cruise holiday and the areas covered. Click on the cruise name to reach
the detailed information pages.