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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm ElSheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkel-ling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

 

 

 

Egypt Nile Cruise Tips

If you choose to go on a Nile cruise for Nile tours, make sure that the cruise is taken as “all inclusive”, i.e. accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation! This option is the best way for you to see all the possible Temples en route.

We would therefore recommend, for health and safety reasons, to choose only the five star or 5 star + Nile cruises! The cost for one night accommodation, ranges between $90 and $150 per person per night in a twin room.

Today there are more than 220 Nile cruisers on the Nile  between Luxor and Aswan, I various classes of 4 star, standard 5 star, and 5 star deluxe and imperial Ultra deluxe.


Your Cabin Location

Crow empress

Prices of accommodation depends largely on which deck you have chosen to stay, staying in the lower decks is generally cheaper than staying on the upper deck. Try and obtain a plan of the boat before you book. Your cabin will be fitted with air-conditioning and a TV set. Any good cruise boat will keep the cabins that are closer to the engine, for the staff! The guests staying away from engine noise.


There are 3 types of itineraries for Nile Cruises:

3 nights Nile cruise
03 Nights Cruise
Usually departs from
Aswan to Luxor

The cruise includes the following visits:
Aswan The High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae
Kom Ombo Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
Edfu Visit the Temple of Edfu
Esna Visit the Esna Temple
Luxor Visit the west bank in Luxor to see, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

*This is a short cruise, good for those who want to get just the cruise experience in glance and still enjoy the temples in between.

Please Note: It is very important to have your a tourist guide on-board during your cruise visits.


Cruise Itinerary
3 Nights / 04 Days - Aswan / Luxor

Day 01
Aswan / Nile Cruise Check-in before lunch. Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple. Overnight on board.
Day 02
Nile Cruise Sail to Kom Ombo Temple. Sail to Edfu Visit Edfu Temple. Sail to Luxor & overnight on board.
Day 03
Nile Cruise A.M. Visit the Valley of the King, Queen Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon. P.M. Visit Karnak and Luxor Temples. Overnight on board.
Day 04
Nile Cruise Check-out after breakfast.

 



3 nights Nile cruise
04 Nights Cruise
Usually departs from
Luxor to Aswan

The cruise includes the following visits:
Luxor Visit the west bank to see, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Then visit the east bank to see, the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak
Esna Visit the Esna Temple
Edfu visit the Temple of Edfu
Kom Ombo Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
Aswan Visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae Felucca boat outing to visit the Botanical Island, a trip to a Nubian village (optional) Visit to Elephantine Island and the Tombs of the Nobles (optional)

*This is a Medium range type of Nile cruise, good for those who want more of the cruise experience. while adding one extra night for more leisure time Good for those who would like to extend their stay to see Abu Simbel

Cruise itinerary
4 Nights / 5 Days - Luxor to Aswan

Day 01
Cairo / Nile Cruise Arrival Luxor Airport and transfer to the pier to embark your 4 nights / 05 days Nile Cruise. Visit Karnak & Luxor Temple. Overnight in Luxor
Day 02
Nile Cruise Visit the West Bank "Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Edfu and overnight.
Day 03
Nile Cruise Sail to Edfu and Visit Edfu Temple . Sail to Kom Ombo & Overnight in Kom Ombo.
Day 04
Nile Cruise Visit Kom-Ombo Temple and Sail to Aswan .P.M.Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 05
Nile Cruise Abu-Simbel Excursion by Air form Aswan. A.M. Optional Abu Simbel excursion by air from Aswan visiting Ramses II and Nefertari Temples. Return back to Aswan by flight. P.M Felucca sailing around the Islands in Aswan. Transfer to Aswan Airport.



3 nights Nile cruise
07 Nights Cruise either
Luxor to Aswan or
Aswan to Luxor


This 7 nights itinerary basically includes all the visits mentioned above, but divided over 7 nights, which gives you in total more more free nights to relax. It is very good choice for those who seek full relaxation.


Please Note: when leaving ship for sightseeing you will be given a boarding pass. This is to help you identify your boat later on in case you got lost, as well it helps the boat to know if they have all passenger onboard, so that they can continue sailing to the next stop of the cruise. While on tour Don't lose it! Keep it in a safe place and hand it over to reception each time you come back from a tour. The following chart will explain to you what you should visit during the various cruise schemes

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  cruise chart


Cruise Boat Category Cabins Operator Comments
Dahabeya Amirat Deluxe 7 Sonesta www.sonesta.com/NileCruises
Hapi I Standard 15 Hapi Travel www.hapigroup.com
Jaz Senator Deluxe 17 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Terramar Deluxe 20 Sunrise Cruises www.sunrisehotels-egypt.com
Misr Deluxe 24 Traveline Egypt www.traveline-eg.com
Oberoi Zahra Deluxe 27 Oberoi www.oberoihotels.com
Royal Orchid Deluxe 28 Nile Exploration Egypt www.nile-exploration.com
Royal Rhapsody Deluxe 28 Nile Exploration Egypt www.nile-exploration.com
Royal Serenade Deluxe 28 Nile Exploration Egypt www.nile-exploration.com
Tania 4 Star 28 Travcotels Lake Nasser: www.travcotels.com
Nile Empress Standard 29 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Alexander The Great Deluxe 30 Jolleys Travel http://www.alexander-yacht.com/shore.html
Star Goddess Deluxe 33 Sonesta www.sonesta.com/NileCruises
Amarco II Deluxe 35 Optima Cruises www.optimacruises.com
Amarante Isis Deluxe 37 Amarante Hotel http://www.amarantenilecruises.com
Amarante Osiris Deluxe 37 Amarante Hotel http://www.amarantenilecruises.com
Ramses of Egypt I Standard 37 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
Neptune Superior 39 Escapade Nile Cruises www.escapadetravel.com.eg
Farida Deluxe 40 Sabena Group www.sabenagroup.com
Shehrayar Deluxe 40 World of Creative www.worldofcreative.com
Shehrazad Deluxe 40 World of Creative www.worldofcreative.com
Aurora Standard 42 MG Travel www.mgnilecruises.com
Nile Express Superior 45 Amex Franchise www.amexfranchise.com
Nile Monarch Standard 45 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Zen Nile Dream 4 Superior 45 Sakkara Group www.sakkaragroup.com
Etoile De Nil II Standard 50 Angelotel Nile Cruises www.angelotel.com
Etoile De Nil III Standard 50 Angelotel Nile Cruises www.angelotel.com
Helio Standard 50 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Imperial Deluxe 50 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Kasr El-Nil Standard 50 Monica Nile Cruises www.monicanilecruises.com NO NEW SITE YET
Anni Deluxe 52 Selection Group www.selectiongroup.net
Darakum Deluxe 52 Traveline Egypt www.traveline-eg.com
Golden Boat Standard 52 MG Travel www.mgnilecruises.com
Jaz Regency Deluxe 52 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Jaz Royal Deluxe 52 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Tamr Henna Deluxe 52 Wings Tours www.wingsegypt.com
Amarco Deluxe 53 Optima Cruises www.optimacruises.com
Moon Goddess Deluxe 53 Sonesta www.sonesta.com/NileCruises
Nile Goddess Deluxe 53 Sonesta www.sonesta.com/NileCruises
Aton Deluxe 54 Selection Group www.selectiongroup.net
Chateau Lafayette Standard 55 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Tulip Deluxe 56 Wings Tours www.wingsegypt.com
St. George I Deluxe 57 Sonesta www.sonesta.com/NileCruises
Nile Crocodilo Standard 58 Travel Ways www.travelways-egypt.com
Jasmin Deluxe 59 Wings Tours www.wingsegypt.com
Nephtis Standard 59 World of Creative www.worldofcreative.com
Regina Standard 60 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Royal Lily Deluxe 60 Movenpick http://movenpick-nilecruises.com
Royal Princess Deluxe 60 National Travel Service(NTS) www.ntsegypt.com
Egyptian Princess Standard 61 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
Orchid Deluxe 61 Wings Tours www.wingsegypt.com
Tuya Deluxe 61 World of Creative www.worldofcreative.com
Mirage I Deluxe 62 South Sinai Group www.miragecruise.com
Oberoi Philae Deluxe 62 Oberoi www.oberoihotels.com
Queen Of Abu Simbel Standard 62 Naggar Group Lake Nasser: www.naggartravelgroup.com
Sun Goddess Deluxe 62 Sonesta www.sonesta.com/NileCruises
Etoile De Nil I Standard 63 Angelotel Nile Cruises www.angelotel.com
Sherry Standard 63 Sherry Nile Cruises www.sherryboat.com
Nile Festival Deluxe 64 Inter Team Travel www.interteam.com.eg
Royal Lotus Deluxe 64 Movenpick http://movenpick-nilecruises.com
Tiyi Deluxe 64 World of Creative www.worldofcreative.com
Al Nabilation Deluxe 65 Naggar Group www.naggartravelgroup.com
King of Thebes Deluxe 65 Naggar Group www.naggartravelgroup.com
Nile Dolphin Deluxe 65 Italian Express Cruises www.niledolphin.com
Ramses King of The Nile Deluxe 65 Naggar Group www.naggartravelgroup.com
Grand Princess Deluxe 66 National Travel Service (NTS) www.ntsegypt.com
Miss Egypt Deluxe 66 National Travel Service (NTS) www.ntsegypt.com
Sermiramis III Standard 66 Sunrise Cruises www.sunrisehotels-egypt.com
Solaris I (Nile Caesar) Superior 66 Solaris Cruises www.solaris2-eg.com
Sun Ray Deluxe 66 Traveline Egypt www.traveline-eg.com
Concerto Deluxe 67 Extension Group Travel www.extensiongroup.com.eg
Moon Dance Deluxe 68 Lilac Hotels www.lilachotels.com No Site For Boat
Nile Carnival Deluxe 68 Travel Ways www.travelways-egypt.com
Queen of Hanza Superior 68 Escapade Nile Cruises www.escapadetravel.com.eg
Zen Monaco Deluxe 68 Sakkara Group www.sakkaragroup.com
Marquis II Standard 69 Song of Egypt www.songofegypt.net
Nile Delta Standard 69 Hapi Travel www.hapigroup.com
Nile Marquis Standard 69 Song of Egypt www.songofegypt.net
Al-Jamila Deluxe 70 Sabena Group www.sabenagroup.com
Beau Soleil Deluxe 70 Flopatter Nile Cruises www.ms-beausoleil.com
Kon-Tiki Deluxe 70 Lilac Hotels www.lilachotels.com No Site For Boat
Lady Sophia Deluxe 70 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Miss World Deluxe 70 Extension Group Travel www.extensiongroup.com.eg
Princess Sarah Deluxe 54 Extension Group Travelp www.extensiongroup.com.eg
Sermiramis I Deluxe 70 Sunrise Cruises www.sunrisehotels-egypt.com
Sermiramis II Deluxe 70 Sunrise Cruises www.sunrisehotels-egypt.com
Zen Mojito Deluxe 70 Sakkara Group www.sakkaragroup.com
Royal Ruby Superior 71 Nile Sun www.nilesun.com
Zen Lady Diana Deluxe 71 Sakkara Group www.sakkaragroup.com
Zen Monte Carlo Standard 71 Sakkara Group www.sakkaragroup.com
Al- Kahila Deluxe 72 Sabena Group www.sabenagroup.com
Diamond Boat Standard 72 MG Travel www.mgnilecruises.com
Domina Prestige Emilio Deluxe 72 Emilio Travel www.emiliotravel.com
Hamees Deluxe 72 Traveline Egypt www.traveline-eg.com
Liberty Deluxe 72 MG Travel www.mgnilecruises.com
Queen of Sheeba Deluxe 72 Naggar Group www.naggartravelgroup.com
Stephanie Standard 72 Monica Nile Cruises www.monicanilecruises.com NO NEW SITE YET
Beau Rivage I Deluxe 73 Etapes Nouvelles Voyages www.etapes-eg.com No Site For Boat
Monica Deluxe 74 Monica Nile Cruises www.monicanilecruises.com NO NEW SITE YET
Nile Elite Standard 74 Memnon Tours and Cruises memnontours.net
Nile Ruby Deluxe 74 Nile Sun www.nilesun.com
Nile Smart Standard 74 Memnon Tours and Cruises memnontours.net
Nile Smile Standard 74 Memnon Tours and Cruises memnontours.net
Nile Supreme Standard 74 Memnon Tours and Cruises memnontours.net
Solaris II Deluxe 74 Solaris Cruises www.solaris2-eg.com
Ziena Deluxe 74 Song of Egypt www.songofegypt.net
Beau Rivage II Deluxe 75 Etapes Nouvelles Voyages www.etapes-eg.com No Site For Boat
Nile Bride Deluxe 75 Nile Bride www.nilebridestory.com
Jaz Legacy (New) Deluxe 76 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Nile Story Deluxe 76 Nile Bride www.nilebridestory.com
Radamis I Standard 76 Movenpick http://movenpick-nilecruises.com
Jaz Minerva (New) Deluxe 77 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Crown Jewel Deluxe 80 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Crown Prince Deluxe 80 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Jaz Jubilee Deluxe 80 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Jaz Omar El Khayam Deluxe 80 Travcotels Lake Nasser: www.travcotels.com
Regent Deluxe 80 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
El Fostate Deluxe 81 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
King Tut I Deluxe 81 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
King Tut II Deluxe 81 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
King Tut III Deluxe 81 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
King Tut IV Deluxe 81 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
Radamis II Standard 81 Movenpick http://movenpick-nilecruises.com
Ramses of Egypt III Deluxe 84 Shalkamy Groups www.shalkamy-eg.com
African Dreams Deluxe 87 Sunrise Cruises Lake Nasser: www.sunrisehotels-egypt.com
Opera Deluxe 101 Song Of Egypt www.songofegypt.net
Iberotel Crown Emperor Travcotels 118 Travcotels www.travcotels.com
Iberotel Crown Emperor Deluxe 128 Travcotels www.travcotels.com


What You Should Know when on a Nile  Cruise

Food on board:

Accommodation aboard the Nile cruise is entirely based on full board basis. (All meals are included ) mostly in an open buffet manner with  many varieties, depending of type and quality of the cruise boat you have selected; these meals are served with a fixed timetable each day.

Tea and coffee are available on board, served every day around 5:00 pm to 5:30. Other drinks are offered in the bar area are with additional cost.

Dress Code

During the daytime, while touring, you can wear whatever you really like,(Shorts are ok)  though due to the extreme heat it is recommended you wear lightweight clothes. 

While relaxing on board, and in doors you may wear shorts and swimming costumes, if you wish. Breakfast and lunch can be taken dressed like this, but for dinner, please wear smarter clothes! But beware of too much exposure to the sun! Apply plenty of high factor sun block! 

Nightlife:

Every day there is an entertainment programme, which differs from one boat to the other. On most cruise ships the first day is usually a cocktail party, presented and run by the boat manager, where they offer free drinks and introduce the  senior staff on board. This party is also known as  “The manager’s party”, where the manager introduces his crew to the passengers onboard.  It is Advised to wear smart causal cloths during this cocktail.

 2-Another night there is a “Galabia party”, where you will be encouraged to get Egyptian outfits and wear the local Galabia. To buy a Galabia, it will cost you around 50-70 LE, but if you do not wish to buy one, you can hire one from the bazaar shop located onboard.

If you choose to buy your Galabia from outside the boat There are many bazaars outside the Temples that you will be visit during your cruise. Don’t forget to haggle hard! 

-Another night will have a Nubian show, where you will see Nubian dancers and singers in their local outfit.

-The last evening’s entertainment is usually has: a belly dancing show, a juggler’s show (whirling dervishes) with local singers and bands. 

Your dress onboard:

During daytime, while touring, you can wear whatever you really like,(Shorts are ok)  though due to the extreme heat it is recommended you wear lightweight clothes. 

While relaxing on board, and in doors you may wear shorts and swimming costumes, if you wish. Breakfast and lunch can be taken dressed like this, but for dinner, please wear smarter clothes! But beware of too much exposure to the sun! Apply plenty of high factor sun block! 

How to pay your Extra bills:

All extras such as consumed beverages, laundry, and telephones bills, should be settled and paid at the last day of your cruise when you check out. Payment can be made with credit cards, traveller’s cheque, or cash. Make sure you have enough cash, just in case your credit card transaction didn't go through.

Please note: Many Nile cruise boats do not accept personal cheques or money orders ! many other don't accept travellers checks as well

Tipping:

Don’t forget to leave tips for the cruise staff, not less than $ 5-8  USD PER PERSON PER DAY!  

  • For 3 nights cruise  it  should be 15-25 USD per person ( in total)
  • For 4 nights cruise  it should be 20-35  USD per person ( in total)
  • For 7 nights cruise  it should be 35-55  USD per person ( in total)

This tipping should be given to the boat reception,  simply put your tip in an envelope and hand it over to boat reception. This money later will be distributed  evenly among the crew onboard. This way each person will get his fair share.

Please Note: This does not include tipping to your Tourist Guide, this should be separate, and it is entirely up to you to decide the amount of tip that you will give to him/her. Know that these are only guidelines, gratuities are personal matter and tipping is entirely at the discretion of the individuals.

 Health and Safety onboard Egypt Nile Cruises: 

All Nile cruises are equipped with safety features and life jackets are normally placed under your cabin bed.

  • You should avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol especially if you have equilibrium problems. You are not just putting yourself at risk but also the other guests and staff too.

  • People with equilibrium problems should not spend too much time on deck at night, on a fast moving ship; it is dangerous in case you fall over.

  • Smoking in bed is dangerous; the mattresses are very flammable!

  • People who tend to sleep walk should never take a cabin with a balcony, an inside cabin with a window would be far safer.online

  • Make sure that you know where the muster stations are, in case you have to abandon ship.

  • If you get sick whilst on board, some cruise boats have a resident doctor on board. If not, they have doctors assigned in each town that can be called on in case of emergency.

  • Nile Cruise other useful tips:
  • Firstly after checking-in at a cruise, it is advisable to leave your valuables in your rooms'  safety deposit box.  As all cabins have a private safe
  • If you wish to buy any items from the shops on board, the opportunity for shopping is generally limited due to the small size of these shops. But on the other hand you will get plenty of time to check what you are buying, and haggle over the price!
  • arrowTo call home, most of the cruise boats offer telephone facilities onboard, but the sound quality is not as good as onshore.
  • We would recommend visiting a bank, to change your money, before cruising, as most of the boats do not offer exchanging money facilities and you will not get access to onshore banks while you are cruising.

Here is a list of of the best Nile cruise and nile-dahabiya- that We have experienced on the Nile:

M/S Alexander The Great
30 suites is individually designed to provide the ideal blend of color.
M/s Movenpick Royal lotus
Mövenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruiser.
M/S Movepick Royal lily
The 56 cabins are approximately 22 square metres and are all tastefully and luxuriously.
M/S Movenpick Radames II
is comprised of 75 deluxe cabins and six spacious suites.
M/S Sonesta - St George
Comfort, elegance and design 47 deluxe cabins and 9 Presidential Suites, one Royal Suite.
M/S Sonesta - The Moon Goddess
M/S Sonesta - The Moon Goddess
M/S Sonesta - The Sun Goddess
M/S Sonesta - The Sun Goddess is 5 star ship
M/S Sun Ray
is one of the Largest and most Luxurious vessels on the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan.
M/S Senator
is an elegant yacht featuring all suites accommodation.
M/S Hamees
One of the 5 star vessels on the Nile river between Luxor and Aswan.
M/S Crown Empress
is the largest member of Travcotels fleet.
M/S Crown Jubilee
Cruise in comfort and style, onboard the deluxe five-star Jaz Jubilee.
M/S The Royale
is comfort and style creating a truly regal experience for all on board.
M/S TUYA
61 luxury, fully furnished 5-star deluxe rooms plus 5 Royal Suites. 3 dining facilities & bars.
M/S TIYI
is one of the luxurious cruises on which you can explore the wonders of the Nile.
M/S Oberoi Shehrazad
have 38 cabins, and 2 suits.
M/S Oberoi Shehrayar
OBEROI SHEHRAYAR NILE CRUISER
M/S Oberoi Philae
5 star Ultra Deluxe Cruise Boat
M/S Royal Ruby
5* Grand Deluxe M/S Royal Ruby.
M/S Beau Soliel
will allow you to experience Egypt's treasures and discover its ancient history.

 


Nile Dahabiya:

Dahabiya Nile Cruise (Amoura)
Imagine sailing down the Nile on a magical Sailing ship.
Dahabiya Nile Cruise (Donia)
Imagine sailing down the Nile on a sailing ship.
Dahabiya Nile Cruise (judi)
It truly is one of those "once in a lifetime" experiences.
Dahabiya Nile Cruise (Pacha)
To to enjoy the most fabulous European and Egyptian cuisine.

 

Egypt Nile Cruise Package

03 Night Nile Cruise package

Price: $490
01 Night in Cairo + 3 Nights Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan

04 Night Nile Cruise package

Price: $600
01 Night in Cairo + 04 Nights Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan

07 Night Nile Cruise package

Price: $770
01 Night in Cairo + 07 Nights Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan