A Nile cruise is undeniably the best way to explore the treasures of Ancient Egypt. Cruises usually run between Luxor and Aswan (and in reverse). What’s more, some cruises such as the Oberoi Zahra take you north to Dendara & Abydos in addition to sailing to Aswan. The cruise usually takes three or four nights, although some cruises can take longer. If you want a really lovely slow way of enjoying a Nile cruise, then also consider a luxury Dahabiya cruise. These traditional sailing boats are usually smaller than the larger ships and offer a surprisingly relaxing experience. You can also charter these if you are putting together a tour of Egypt for a family or a group of friends.
Some ships have outdoor pools on the roof which is particularly welcome after seeing the sites. Some more exclusive ships also have their own private moorings. You also need to consider if you want a balcony to watch the Nile from the privacy of your own cabin. Guiding is usually conducted as part of a group from the ship. However, we can arrange for private guiding should you want it. Trips down the Nile from Luxor spend the first night or two in Luxor. This allows you to see the main sites such as the Luxor and Karnak Temples couple with the Valley of the Kings. Do note that you usually only conduct a short visit to the Valley of the Kings. It might be worth considering a night in Luxor before you board to see it more comprehensively.
On route down to Aswan, you tend to stop at the Temple of Khnum at Esna, the Temple at Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo. You then see the Philae Temple, Granite Quarries, Elephantine Island in Aswan. There is the option of flying down to Abu Simbel on your final day. You can fly back to Cairo after you have seen the site. Any Nile cruise can, of course, could be done in reverse.