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Enjoy a trip to the heart of Egypt when booking one of our Egypt Nile Cruise Packages between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa, or a Lake Nasser cruise. It is the best way to see the incredible ruins of Ancient Egypt and modern life along the banks of the Nile, which has brought life to Egypt for millennia.

We offer a variety of excellent Nile River Cruises in Egypt with different categories of 5 stars and luxury, which sail in the south of the country from the city of Luxor to the city of Aswan or vice versa. Enjoy incredible visits to the majestic Temple of Karnak, Hatshepsut temple, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Luxor, Temple of Edfu, High Dam, Temple of Philae, Temple of Kom Ombo, and other attractions.

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  • MS Mayfair Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Experience true luxury exclusively onboard MS Mayfair Nile Cruise, where exceptional services are available on its elegant five floors, coupled with attentive and friendly staff, guarantees you an unparalleled experience in order to enjoy your vacation. Book Now!
  • Amarco I Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Staying at M/S Amarco Nile Cruise is like being a guest in a well-run private house. An elegant yet intimate atmosphere, great meals but don't pretend the suit, the staff are friendly but respectful, and take care of all your desires in an effective calm.
  • Al Hambra Nile Cruise

    Al Hambra Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Al Hambra Nile Cruise offers the largest standard suites on the Nile and offers a level of luxury that is suitable for VIPs and first-class customers who want a new perspective of luxury through a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan.
  • Alyssa Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Spend the most wonderful vacation in Egypt with a Nile cruise on the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan aboard Alyssa Nile Cruise. Unlike most cruise ships on the Nile, M / Y Alyssa is unique in the sense that all designs, planning, and furniture on board the ship are exclusively made for the ship.
  • Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise is a luxurious 5-star Nile cruise, distinguished in a distinctly French style, it offers luxurious accommodations that offer the utmost comfort, elegance and design, 47 deluxe cabins, 9 presidential suites, one royal suite, all of which feature high-quality furniture and upscale amenities.
  • Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Enjoy a fantastic and luxurious cruise trip on the Nile with Sonesta Moon Goddess with excellent comfort and excellent service. Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise is one of the most charming cruises in Egypt. Book now with Egypt Time Travel!
  • Movenpick MS Royal Lotus Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Movenpick MS Royal Lotus Nile Cruise is one of the most popular and demanded cruises from our customers. It offers a high level of luxury that makes visitors get a hassle-free vacation. Book your Nile Cruise with Egypt Time Travel onboard Movenpick Royal Lotus.
  • Movenpick MS Royal Lily Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Movenpick MS Royal Lily Nile Cruise offers a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of the banks of the Nile and see the magnificent temples and tombs of the ancient world in Luxor and Aswan with guest cabins arranged on the upper floors and with interior corridors.
  • MS Amarco II Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Get a great opportunity to enjoy and see the magnificent temples and tombs in Luxor and Aswan aboard the M/S Amarco II Nile Cruise. An elegant and intimate atmosphere, and wonderful meals on a vacation that will not forget your life. Book now

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Luxor aswan Nile Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Egypt on a Nile cruise when booking a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan. Choose your dream cruise through a variety of Nile cruises in the land of the Pharaohs, sailing through southern Egypt. Experience the most incredible and majestic temples that spread between the cities of Luxor and Aswan. The famous Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Abu Simbel, Hatshepsut, check out the mysterious Valley of the Kings, where the sumptuous tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamon is located. Discover the Aswan Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, the Temple of Philae, Horus, and much more. Embark on a journey along the River Nile in the very near future, don't stop dreaming! Enjoy your free time in the comfort of your own home, and plan now your vacation and travel after. Check out our amazing cruises along the Nile River that will allow you to celebrate life.

Luxury Nile Cruise

See much of this beautiful world has to offer. Watch as the years of one of the greatest and oldest civilizations that ever existed pass by taking one of our luxury cruises on the Nile. Enjoy a trip to the heart of Egypt and take the Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or a Lake Nasser Cruise. It is the best way to see the incredible ruins of ancient Egypt and modern life along the banks of the Nile that have brought Egypt to life for thousands of years. Explore Egypt by water on Luxury Egypt Nile Cruise 2020, Egypt Time Travel offers several 5 Star Nile Cruises between Luxor, Aswan, Edfu, and Kom Ombo and also from Cairo to Upper Egypt. Decide for yourself with which Nile cruise ship you want to travel and don't miss the chance to visit the breathtaking sights of Egypt such as Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, and Aswan Dam. There are Nile cruise ships with a French balcony or only with a window. After the Nile cruise, you can book a bathing stay extra. With an optional bathing stay, you can relax on the beach or enjoy the colorful underwater world of the sea. Book your Luxury Nile cruise now with Egypt Time Travel. The experts are always there for you.

Dahabiya Boats

Do you like quiet? Do you like the Nile of Egypt? A Nile Cruise in Dahabiya is a great way for a memorable trip on the Nile between Luxor, Aswan, and Esna. Away from the crowds and pre-packaged entertainment on the big ships, enjoy exclusive comfort and privacy. A Dahabiya is a 2-masted ship sailing with the wind, sometimes towed by a tugboat if the wind is calm. It is a small boat ideal for small groups, friends, individuals, and newlyweds. Families also use it as a private cruise or boat/family home with high-end privacy, private tours, special food, and special memories of the Nile and the people. Through Dahabiya, you will explore the attractions of the most amazing sites on the banks of the Nile such as Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, High Dam, Temple of Philae, and Temple of Kom Ombo. Thus, a Dahabiya can dock at the most inaccessible sites, not to be seen in advance! So, this is an opportunity to discover several must-see sites, but also to see the rural life on the banks of the Nile. The Dahabiyas is built on the traditional sailing model of ancient Egypt and include new means of comfort and convenience.

Lake Nasser Cruise

Do you dream of dining in front of the famous temples of Abu Simbel? Would you like to experience the pharaonic spirit that fills every temple on Lake Nasser? Explore with us temples saved from the water, exotic Nubian landscapes, and enjoy an exceptional journey. Take a look at our itineraries for an unforgettable 4 or 5-day cruise on Lake Nasser. Enjoy a timeless journey through the legends of Nubia on a luxury cruise through the tranquil waters of Lake Nasser. Here you will discover the lesser-known temples as well as Abu Simbel, Egypt's largest monument after the pyramids. Lake Nasser, otherwise known as the Nubian Sea in southern Egypt, is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It was created following the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile and is named after Nasser, Egypt's second president. With an opportunity to explore the bustling streets of Aswan and visit the spectacular World Heritage site of Abu Simbel, this remarkable journey encompasses some of Egypt's most sublimely beautiful and culturally diverse landscapes.

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Egypt Nile Cruise at a glance

Nile cruises in Egypt are definitely one of the experiences to be included in your trip to Egypt, an opportunity to relax and make the trip unforgettable through the history of ancient Egypt. So here we have, a few tips for you when booking any Egypt Nile Cruise Packages as we want you to make the most of your trip to this land.

What are the available Nile cruise packages in Egypt?

If you are bored of visiting the ancient monuments, you can take up Nile River Cruises in Egypt for a change. These are fun activities and can be very refreshing. Here are some best picks-

  • Egypt Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
  • Egypt Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan
  • Dahabiya Boats
  • River cruise tour through Cairo, Giza, Aswan
  • A river cruise through Cairo, Luxor, Dendera

What is a Nile Cruise?

A Nile Cruise is a river cruise on the Nile, the most common route between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt. The ship makes several stops at different stations to allow its passengers to visit the ancient Egyptian monuments. It is the best way to take a trip into the past to get close to the pharaonic culture and enjoy the breathtaking nature of the Nile Valley.

As already mentioned, most Nile cruise ships operate between Luxor and Aswan. The trip south from Luxor to Aswan takes 5 days and vice versa from Aswan to Luxor takes 4 days.

During the journey, the most important monuments in Upper Egypt are visited. In Luxor, one visits the Luxor temple and the Karnak temple, one of the biggest temple arrangements of Egypt on the eastern Nile shore Theben east. On the western side in Thebes-West the temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings.

In Aswan, the dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the Philae Temple on Elephant Island are visited. Between both cities, the Horus Temple in Edfu and the double temple of the two gods Sobek and Haroeris in Kom Ombo are visited.

When the ship docks at Aswan, passengers can make an optional excursion to Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser to visit the impressive temple complex of Ramses II.

There are very few ships that sail the route in a different period and then make a few more sights, but here we have introduced you to what most ships do.

Also, there is the big or long Nile cruise that goes from Aswan or Luxor to Cairo or of course vice versa. This takes place however only at certain times because of the Nile level, which is why most visitors to Egypt prefer a short stay in Cairo, after or before the Nile cruise in Upper Egypt, if you want to see the sights of all Egypt.

How does the Nile Cruise work?

The duration of a Nile cruise varies according to the route the ship takes. There is either the small Nile cruise, which only goes in Upper Egypt from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa, and the long or large Nile cruise, which goes from Cairo to Luxor or Aswan and vice versa. From Luxor to Aswan it takes 5 days and from Aswan to Luxor 4 days.

It is also possible to go from Luxor to Aswan and back to Luxor and in this case the trip takes 8 days. The same is valid of course for the journey Aswan-Aswan. The ships that make the long Nile cruise are considerably less than those that travel between Luxor and Aswan, and besides, this cruise is only possible at certain times of the year due to the level of the Nile.

There are very few fleets of ships, among which the two Oberoi Nile cruise ships Philae and Zahra, which make the route between Luxor and Aswan at a different time of year. They sail from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa in 6 or 7 days. With all the rest of the ships the journey takes the same time as mentioned above, the only difference is the day of the week when the respective ship starts the journey.

On the way between Aswan and Luxor, one visits different beautiful sights for example, in Thebes-East (Karnak and Luxor Temple), then in Thebes-West (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Memnon Colossus). Afterward one visits the legendary Horus Temple in Edfu and the double temple in Kom Ombo. Do not miss the chance and take part in one of our Nile cruises.

Which deck to choose on the Nile Cruise?

Actually, you are only in the cabin for sleeping and therefore you should not pay too much attention to it, but we still want to give you some useful tips and advice on how to choose the right cabin.

In general, cabins in the middle deck are the most popular because it is the quietest there. On the upper deck, you will be disturbed by the pattering on the sun deck and you can hear it when tables or sunbeds are pushed.

On the Nile deck, you may hear the engines in the cabins in the stern. But it is important to mention that the ship almost always sails during the day and therefore the engines are off at night while the guests are sleeping.

For the same reason it is rather unimportant on which side your cabin is, because the ship sails almost exclusively during the day, you will have a view on the Nile anyway.

During the times when your ship will be onshore and the view from another ship is blocked on one side, you will either be on a sightseeing tour or you will sleep.

As we told you above, the guests are in their cabins almost only at night to sleep, otherwise, you are either on a tour, in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, in the bar, or lying by the pool on the sun deck.

When is the best time for a Nile Cruise?

The Nile Cruise is a river cruise on the Nile, the most frequent between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt. The ship makes several stops at different stations to allow its passengers to visit the ancient Egyptian monuments. It is the best way to take a trip into the past to get close to the pharaonic culture and enjoy the breathtaking nature of the Nile Valley.

The best time for a Nile cruise in Upper Egypt can not be determined, because it depends on the interests of the visitor and his resilience in heat. One could only say that the Nile Valley in summer (May to September) can be too hot for most European visitors. The temperatures in Luxor and Aswan are about 45° and therefore it is not suitable for a Nile cruise especially for people who cannot stand the heat or who have circulation problems.

In the months from October to April, the maximum temperature is 30° and therefore one could say that this is the optimal time for a Nile cruise. If you plan bathing stay at the Red Sea after or before the Nile cruise in Upper Egypt, you should consider that it can be rather too cold for bathing in the winter months (December to February). At this time the temperatures in Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheik can sink up to 10°.

But it is also worth mentioning that the heat in Upper Egypt is dry and that the above mentioned high temperatures are only under the sun and that it is mostly bearable in the shade. Therefore, despite the heat, some travelers still decide to go on a Nile cruise in the summer months.

The ships are seldom fully occupied and one can avoid the crowds at the monuments. Most of the sightseeing tours take place early in the morning and the tour guide always looks for a place in the shade if he wants to explain something to the group. Also, the prices fall at this time and one finds a lot of special offers for a Nile cruise in Upper Egypt.

What clothes do you pack for the Nile Cruise?

Every place has its matching clothes, even on the sundeck. Because of this, you should consider appropriate clothing if you want to travel. For example, half-naked during temple visits are not normal and customary. On high-quality luxury Nile cruises, you can choose something more festive to wear. Your suitable, carefully chosen clothes will distinguish you from the ship’s restaurant crew and you will, therefore, follow the dress code correctly.

Every place has its suitable clothes, even on the sun deck. Because of this, you should consider appropriate clothing when you travel. For example, half-naked during temple visits are not normal and customary. On high-quality luxury Nile cruises, you can choose something more festive to wear.

Your suitable, carefully chosen clothes will distinguish you from the ship’s restaurant crew and you will, therefore, follow the dress code correctly.

As far as women are concerned, unlike most Upper Egyptian cities, it is quite alright for women to walk in shorts and spaghetti straps, or to lie down comfortably in Bikini by the pool. Luxor and Aswan are two of the most important tourist destinations in the world and their inhabitants have been used to the European way of dressing for a long time and show a great tolerance towards different cultures.

However, shorts and flip-flops or sandals are forbidden for men as well as for women in the restaurant of the ship. You do not necessarily have to wear a suit or an evening dress for lunch, but you are expected to wear at least a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.

Onboard, the program includes a Nubian show, Galabya party, or belly dance show. There are nice costumes, which you can buy with the help of your guide from the market during the excursions.

On excursions, you should pay attention to appropriate clothing, so miniskirts or shorts are not recommended. Half-naked through the temples does not go down well.

A further hint would be sturdy shoes for the sightseeing tours. Please note that the monuments you will visit are located in the desert. You will also often have to walk a distance until you reach the temple or until you have seen all parts of the huge temple complexes. Many women in Egypt wear a hijab/headscarf, but this is not required for tourists. You will need to cover your head with a headscarf when you visit a mosque.

Don’t miss the chance and choose one of our Egypt Nile Cruise Packages, where you will learn about the ancient fascinating history.

Tipping on a Nile cruise

Is it customary to tip on a Nile cruise?
As is common in the cruise world, it is customary, or rather expected, to tip on board. The staff on the ship will do their best to make the stay of their guests as pleasant as possible, and are therefore happy to receive the tip in appreciation of this.

Is it obligatory to tip on board?
You can never say that tipping is obligatory, but unfortunately, it has come to pass that the staff of the ships see tipping as a fixed part of their remuneration due to the low payments in Egypt. But as already mentioned, this is not mandatory and if you think at the end of the trip, which is very rarely the case, that the staff has not earned the tip, then tell the Reileiter and tell him the reason right away.

Who should I give the money to?
The tour guide will come to you at the end of the trip and ask nicely and politely about the tip, which is collected from the guests and then distributed among the crew. It is therefore collected so that everyone gets something because the guests do not come into contact with all the staff on board. It would be possible to tip the bartender directly during the cruise, but in this case, it would be unfair to cooks or machinists you don’t usually meet.

How much should I tip?
There are of course no exact figures as to how much you should pay, but about 5$ per day per person, for every adult in the family, is reasonable. If you think this amount is too much, imagine there are about 50 people on board to make sure you feel comfortable during the trip.

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