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Egypt Nile River Cruise: Is it worth it? How much? 2022 Guide

Who has never heard of Cleopatra? Or dreamed of visiting the pyramids and the tomb of Tutankhamun? Taking a trip in Egypt that includes a Nile River Cruise is without a doubt the trip of a lifetime.

Sailing between the cities of Luxor and Aswan on a cruise is one of the most incredible things in Egypt.

The energy of the “river of life”, as the locals say, is very strong throughout the country, even in Cairo.

If you looking for Egypt Nile Cruise Packages and want to book your Nile cruise trip in this article will answer your key questions: Is it worth it? What is the price? What is the itinerary? Is it suitable for family vacations?

 

Egypt Nile River Cruise

1- What is the Egypt Nile River Cruise? And why do you take it?

A Nile River cruise is one of the popular ways to see the sights overlooking the Nile in Upper Egypt.

Sailing on an Egypt Nile River Cruise is one of the most incredible and dense things on the planet.

Going on a Nile cruise allows you to discover historical sites while sailing through the longest river in the world.

 

Is Egypt Nile River cruise worth it?

It’s impossible to answer this question with “yes” or “no,” because it depends a lot on your travel style.

If you are looking for comfort and/or traveling as a family, I think this is the perfect way to get to know Upper Egypt.

If you want to save as much as possible, I suggest looking for other ways to explore the area.

But all we can say is that the Nile cruise in Egypt is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime.

It will take you to another world on the banks of the Nile, full of attractions and picturesque nature.

Egypt Nile River Cruise

How much does a cruise cost in Egypt?

There are several different cruises, which greatly influence the value of the packages that you will find on Nile River cruises.

There are:

  • 4 days/3 nights packages that start from $ 400
  • 5 days/4 nights packages that start from $ 550
  • 8-night packages on a luxury ship for $ 2000.

For you to have a calculation base for your trip, I will put here some examples of the cruises I found while doing this search before my trip.

MS Mayfair Nile River Cruise

Cruise with the best cost x benefit I found! It is ideal for those who have a tight schedule and want to explore southern Egypt in a short time.

Although not luxurious, it has comfortable cabins and a varied menu. Start From U $ 480 per person.

Steignberger Minerva Nile River Cruise

The difference with this cruise is that it departs from Aswan on Mondays and Luxor on Thursdays, meaning you are likely to find the best sights along the way less tumultuous than usual. Start From $ 550 per person.

Luxor & Aswan Nile Cruises:

  • M/S Concerto Nile Cruise

    From$430
    5 Days or 4 Days
    Concerto Nile Cruise is an elegant five-star cruise ship offering excursions to the best attractions of ancient Egyptian civilization in the Nile Valley between Luxor […]
  • Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise

    Steigenberger Minerva Nile Cruise

    From$560
    5 Days or 4 Days
    Sail the Nile comfortably on the luxurious five-star Minerva Nile Cruise. It creates an ideal atmosphere and a comfortable home base to explore the same […]
  • esadora nile cruise

    Royal Esadora Nile Cruise

    From$360
    5 Days or 4 Days
    Royal Esadora Nile Cruise is a luxurious 5 * Nile Deluxe boat with excellent facilities that enable you to enjoy the best of the Nile […]
  • Blue Shadow Nile Cruise

    Blue Shadow Nile Cruise

    From$400
    5 Days or 4 Days
    MS Blue Shadow Nile Cruise is the newest cruise in the Nile and sailing between Aswan and Luxor in order to enjoy discovering the best […]
  • Mirage Nile Cruise

    MS Mirage Nile Cruise

    From$360
    5 Days or 4 Days
    Whether you are on a personal visit to Egypt or on a honeymoon, Mirage Nile Cruise will provide you with a unique experience during your […]
  • Iberotel Crown Emperor Nile Cruise

    From$430
    5 Days or 4 Days
    The magnificent Iberotel Crown Emperor Nile Cruise offers our travelers the ultimate comfort and charm during their vacation creating an atmosphere in which their preferences […]
  • Emilio Prestige Nile Cruise

    From$360
    5 Days or 4 Days
    Enjoy a great Nile cruise on the modern Emilio Prestige Cruise, which has been designed in a high-quality style, to suit your level of luxury. […]
  • Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise

    Amwaj Livingstone Nile Cruise

    From$360
    5 Days or 4 Days
    MS Amwaj Living Stone Nile Cruise One of the finest luxury excursions in the Nile River, Enjoy a luxurious stay with a high level of […]

 

Oberoi Zahra – A Luxury Nile River Cruise

A Luxury Nile cruise with more days dedicated to the Luxor – Aswan route, which makes the itinerary much more peaceful and pleasant. With 6 or 8 days onboard the Oberoi Zahra, it is possible to get to know the southern region of Egypt more fully. Start From $ 1850 per person.

Luxury Nile Cruises:

  • Oberoi Philae 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 […]
  • Oberoi Zahra 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 […]
  • Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise

    Sonesta Moon Goddess Luxury 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 […]
  • Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise

    Sonesta St. George Luxury 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 […]

 

When are prices lowest?

Egypt Nile River Cruise

To make sure you’re prepared to face the weather in Egypt, I think it’s important to know the best time is to travel.

The climate in Egypt has two seasons:

  • Mild winter, from October to April
  • Hot and dry summer, starting in May and ending in September.

The heat is intense in the summer months, which is in the middle of the year – from June to August.

Summer is considered the low season in Egypt when daily rates are cheaper – it is a good time to take a cruise on the Nile River.

This warmer period can be interesting for those who want to spend less.

 

What is included in the Nile River Cruises?

During your cruise trip, don’t worry about anything other than exploring the sights, resting, going to the pool, eating well… That is: it is a great choice for a family vacation or to enjoy with two.

Egypt Nile River Cruise

Food
Cruises generally have a full pension scheme. This means that you can have your meals on the ship – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals are served in buffet form and drinks are served separately.

If you don’t like to venture into Egyptian cuisines, you can rest easy with the varied international cuisine options.

If you want to eat the traditional dishes during your trip, you will try several of them on the cruise.

Transport
One of the advantages of sailing the Nile is that you don’t have to worry about going to the tourist attractions. This will all be included in your package.

Tours
Egypt is well prepared to receive tourists from all over the world. So, it’s possible to arrange your cruise with a guide who speaks your language.

Most major tours are included, such as visiting the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Philae. Also, it is possible to add Abu Simbel or a hot air balloon ride to your package!

 

What is the Egypt Nile River Cruise itinerary?

Egypt Nile River Cruise

There are two very common routes to sailing the Nile river on a cruise:

  • Aswan x Luxor route, which takes 4 days (3 nights).
  • Luxor x Aswan route, which takes 5 days (4 nights).

Sailing the Nile between Luxor and Aswan is the most common route for anyone looking to cruise along the Nile River is to navigate between two historic cities in southern Egypt: Luxor and Aswan.

Nile cruise itinerary from Luxor to Aswan

Luxor was the capital of Ancient Egypt which had the name of Thebes – is, so far, where most archaeological treasures have been found across the country.

For those who choose to leave Luxor, get ready to discover the largest temple complex in the world, the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple right away.

On the second day, continue to explore Luxor: the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Following, the cruise sails to the Edfu Temple.

After overnight in Edfu, you will proceed to Kom Ombo and finally Aswan.

In Aswan, visit the Upper Aswan Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, and the Temple of Philae. Also, you can take a felucca tour of the Nile.

Nile cruise itinerary from Aswan to Luxor

Aswan is a small city built on the banks of the Nile River that is full of beautiful and picturesque nature that will amaze you.

If you choose to start your tour in Aswan, on the first day you will visit the Aswan Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the Philae Temple.

On the morning of the second day, there will be a visit to the Sobek Temple in Kom Ombo and, next, to the Edfu Temple.

On the third day, you will visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Luxor, and Karnak temples.

On the morning of the fourth day, it is time to say goodbye to the cruise.

 

How long would it take to sail down the Nile?

One of the most important pieces of information is deciding how many days to cruise on the Nile.

The number of days will impact how much you pay and how you visit tourist attractions. The most common are 4-night cruises and 3-night cruises.

We offer 4-night cruises from Luxor and 3-night cruises from Aswan.

Nile River Cruise: 3 nights

The 3-night cruise usually departs from Aswan.

Visits to the Philae Temple, Aswan Dam, and a visit to the Nubian village are included.

If you want to visit the unfinished obelisk and Aswan Museum, you can spend a day in the city before starting your cruise.

You can visit Abu Simbel Temple (usually paid separately), which is one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt.

The 3-night cruise is the most cost-effective as it visits almost the same places as the 4-night and 7-night cruise.

The trip is more crowded because there are at least two visits per day and you don’t spend much time in each tourist attraction.

Egypt Nile River Cruise

Nile River Cruise: 4 nights

The 4 nights Nile River cruise is the most popular as it is always the best option for visitors.

The city is the main tourist destination when it comes to ancient Egypt.

The 4-night cruise visits almost the same places as the 3-night cruise.

The difference is that there is more time to explore the sights.

Nile River Cruise: 7 nights

The week-long, 7-night cruise is the quietest and slowest-paced.

The itinerary doesn’t change much from the other two cruises mentioned above, so you have more time to relax on the boat.

In addition, there is a free day in Luxor, ideal for discovering attractions that are not on the itinerary of the guided tour.

For those who want to visit historical attractions and relax, this is the best option for seniors.

Another very interesting aspect is that this cruise departs and returns from Luxor.

Unlike other cruises that embark in Luxor and disembark in Aswan or vice versa.

This cruise is not very popular, mainly due to the higher value, so fewer companies are offering it.

 

Nile River Cruises: Which cruise to choose?

Egypt Nile River Cruise

The great thing about taking a cruise is having everything at your disposal during the cruise.

All cruises are all-inclusive, meaning that meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – and drinks are included in the price.

Types of cruises:
All Egypt cruises are rated 5 stars, there are:

  • Standard cruise
  • Luxury cruises
  • Superior luxury
  • Dahabiya Boats

Standard 5 star cruises are the most functional, but having the luxury 5 stars are a little more comfortable. They have a gym, spa, suites with balconies, environments with a more “premium” decoration, and more diversified food.

Best Dahabiya Nile Cruise:

  • Dahabiya Sonesta Amirat

    8 Days
    Don't miss this luxury cruise on the Nile aboard the Dahabeya Sonesta Amirat, a traditional Egyptian sailboat, between Luxor and Aswan and at a better […]
  • Lazuli Dahabiya

    Lazuli Dahabiya

    6 Days
    Sail up the Nile aboard Dahabeya Lazuli and discover the authenticity and refinement of Egypt in a different way. This elegant double Latin sailboat is […]
  • Dahabeya Nebyt Nile Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Discover unique itineraries by visiting the Nile River in an exclusive and luxurious way by taking one of the twin dahabiyas, Nuun and Nuut. Spend […]
  • Dahabiya Nour El Nile

    6 Days
    Nour El Nil Dahabiya is a luxury Dahabiya cruise sailing between Esna and Aswan. Have the best getaway and relaxation by spending a wonderful time […]
  • Dahabiya Amoura

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Dahabiya Amoura is rated 5 stars luxury recommended and recommended especially for those who want to admire the natural beauty such as the clear water […]
  • Dahabeya of Eyaru

    8 Days
    Discover the classic and luxurious way to sail the Nile aboard one of the most luxurious Dahabiyas, Eyaru Dahabiya. Enjoy the most luxurious hospitality while […]
  • Dahabiya Nuun and Nuut

    Dahabiya Nuun and Nuut

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Discover unique itineraries by visiting the Nile River in an exclusive and luxurious way by taking one of the twin dahabiyas, Nuun and Nuut. Spend […]

 

When to take the Nile River cruise?

The cruise can be done all year round, however, it is recommended to avoid choosing the summer months (June to August) as the cheapest period.

Many archaeological sites have little shade, which prompts you to walk under the scorching sun.

Therefore, from October to April are the months when the temperatures are less intense and more pleasant for tourism in southern Egypt.

Read our guide about: Best Time to Travel to Egypt

 

What to wear and bring for a Nile cruise?

Egypt Nile River Cruise

Of course, you should make sure to bring comfortable clothing that breathes well, dries quickly, is lightweight, and does not absorb the heat of the sun.

Linen shirts and pants are the best options for such temperatures as some sportswear.

As a woman, you should wear simple skirts or cotton dresses, which are a great way to stay covered and cool.

It is better not to wear high-heeled shoes, evening shoes, or narrow shoes since it would not be better to go out on a tour to visit temples and enjoy your tour.

It is preferred to choose light colors because of the desert character that dominates the weather conditions there.

Also, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses as they are a must when going out on your tour.

You can easily buy your sunglasses outside of many other websites at a very cheap price.

Finally, it is a good idea to bring a sun hat to protect you from the scorching sun while walking around and visiting temples.

Read our guide about: What to bring for a trip to Egypt?

 

Egypt Nile River Cruise

Egypt Nile River Cruise Tips

It is best to book your tour with a local operator who has experience in organizing trips all over the country.

So, Egypt Time Travel has many partnerships with the best cruise operator that you can book at the best prices.

Include your Nile cruise trip with one of our Egypt Vacation Packages and get up to 10% off.

It is good to know that there are Nile cruises beyond the High Dam between Aswan and Abu Simbel, they are called Lake Nasser cruises.

Lake Nasser Cruises:

  • Lake Nasser Cruise

    Nubian Sea Lake Nasser Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Enjoy a wonderful vacation in Lake Nasser when you book your Nile cruise on the lake overlooking the top sights in Aswan and Abu Simbel […]
  • Lake Nasser Cruise

    Steigenberger Omar El Khayam Lake Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Book a trip on Lake Nasser between Aswan and Abu Simbel on Steigenberger Omar El Khayam Lake Cruise, the latest luxury Nile cruise on Lake […]
  • Lake Nasser Cruise

    Movenpick Prince Abbas Lake Cruise

    5 Days or 4 Days
    Book your sightseeing tour to discover the most important landmarks of Lake Nasser between Aswan and Abu Simbel through Movenpick Prince Abbas Lake Cruise, one […]

 

So, did you manage to define the best cruise option for your trip? I highly recommend that you set aside 4 or 5 days of your vacation to Egypt for this. After you return from your trip, tell us in the comments how your experience on a Nile cruise was! I’m sure you will love it too.

 

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About the author

Hagar El Sayed is a tour guide with a true passion for travel and writing. She shows her passion in her role as a writer for creative content on history, archeology, and tourism in general as she strives to evoke a strong sense of place in her writing.
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