Cruise ship on the River Nile

Nile Cruising in Egypt

About Nile Cruising

Generally regarded as the longest river in the world, the Nile has played a critical role in Egypt's history providing essential water to arid lands to allow the agricultural wealth that Egyptians have relied upon throughout antiquity. For visitors to Egypt one of the best ways to experience the Nile River in all its grandeur is aboard a 3/4 night one way cruise. Setting sail from either Luxor or Aswan, Nile cruise ships ply their route from Luxor south to Aswan or Aswan north to Luxor with stops made at a number of impressive archaeological sites along the way including the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.

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Rising up majestically from the dusty ground of Edfu is the Temple of Horus. Superbly preserved and actually built by the Greeks, it is the largest pharaonic temple in Egypt and is one of the last of its kind to have been built in ancient times. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, its excellent state of structural preservation fills in historical gaps with exquisite reliefs detailing temple rituals and providing insight into the power of the priesthood during these times. The temple houses a colossal statue of Horus as a falcon as well as a granite shrine and the remains of a birth house.

The Temple of Kom Ombo (or more correctly - the Temple of Haroeris and Sobek) is a unique double temple dedicated to both Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Standing on a low promontory near a bend in the river whose sandbanks were a basking point for crocodiles in ancient times, the complex is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple with two side-by-side sanctuaries and two parallel passageways leading through the outer parts of the temple.

Nile Cruising Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Nile Cruising

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Nile Cruising Hotels

If you are planning a Nile Cruising holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

M/S Al Jamila Nile Cruising

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 star cruise boat

The M/S Al Jamila is a luxurious cruise boat boasting spacious cabins with large panoramic windows. The facilities on the boat are plentiful and an internet connection is also available. The outside swimming pool and bar are the perfect combination for a relaxing experience cruising up the Nile. The M/S Al Jamila offers two programmes: 4 Nights every Saturday from Luxor to Aswan 3 nights every Wednesday from Aswan to Luxor

Nile Goddess Nile Cruising

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

One of Sonesta's famous Goddess fleet, the Nile Goddess is a duluxe cruise boat, elegant in design and luxurious in comfort. Cabins include large comfortable beds with all mod-cons including plasma TVs, Wi-Fi connection, panoramic windows and full size bathtubs. Guests can enjoy a plethora of entertainment on board including a fancy Galabya Part, Nubian Folklore Show and the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party. The Sonesta Nile Goddess sails between Luxor and Aswan on three, four and seven night cruises on the Nile.

Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruising

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Oberoi Zahra offers some of the most spacious accommodation on the Nile. The elegant interior of the luxury cabins and suites is complemented by expansive views of the river framed by large windows within the cabins. Guests are offered a bespoke pillow menu to cater for all tastes. The Oberoi Zahra is the only boat on the Nile with a full-service spa with a range of holistic treatments available. The sophisticated dining room is blessed with natural light during the day and a warmly-lit bespoke Alabaster wall panel at night.

Sonesta St George Cruise Ship Nile Cruising

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

The newest ship of the Sonesta Nile fleet is the Sonesta St. George I Nile with 47 deluxe cabins and 10 suites. With high quality furnishings and rich decorations, the cabins feature plasma screen TVs with a live sailing channel, panoramic French windows for amazing views, internet access and luxurious bathrooms. The St. George I offers a full-service spa and fitness centre, restaurant, bars, nightly entertainment and guided excursions.

Steam Ship Sudan Nile Cruising

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Cruise

The Steam Ship Sudan, an authentic steamship built at the dawn of the 20th century, brings turn-of-the-century travel to life again. The 5 suites and 18 cabins are laid out between the two decks, along broad passageways where passengers aboard the ship can sit, relax and read in the evening. The decor is subtle and airy, enlivened by coloured textiles and fabrics in delightful shades of fuschia, orange or absinthe.

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