Guide to a Perfect trip in Egypt!
If you choose to go on a Nile cruise, 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 stars, and 5 stars deluxe and imperial Ultra deluxe.
Prices of accommodation depend 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.
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 a quick glance and still enjoy the temples in between.
Please Note: It is very important to have your tourist guide onboard during your cruise visits.
|Aswan / Nile Cruise||Check-in before lunch. Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple. Overnight on board.|
|Nile Cruise||Sail to Kom Ombo Temple. Sail to Edfu Visit Edfu Temple. Sail to Luxor & overnight on board.|
|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.|
|Nile Cruise||Check-out after breakfast.|
04 Nights Cruise
Usually departs from
Luxor to Aswan
The cruise includes the following visits:
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
Visit the Esna Temple
Visit the Temple of Edfu
Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
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.
|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|
|Nile Cruise||Visit the West Bank "Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Edfu and overnight.|
|Nile Cruise||Sail to Edfu and Visit Edfu Temple. Sail to Kom Ombo & Overnight in Kom Ombo.|
|Nile Cruise||Visit Kom-Ombo Temple and Sail to Aswan .P.M.Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple. Overnight in Aswan.|
|Nile Cruise||Abu-Simbel Excursion by Air from 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.|
07 Nights Cruise either
Luxor to Aswan or
Aswan to Luxor
This 7 nights itinerary basically includes all the visits mentioned above, ut divided over 7 nights, which gives you in total more free nights to relax. It is very good choice for those who seek full relaxation.
Please Note: when leaving the 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
|Hapi I||Standard||15||Hapi Travel|
|Royal Orchid||Deluxe||28||Nile Exploration Egypt|
|Royal Rhapsody||Deluxe||28||Nile Exploration Egypt|
|Royal Serenade||Deluxe||28||Nile Exploration Egypt|
|Alexander The Great||Deluxe||30||Jolleys Travel|
|Amarco II||Deluxe||35||Optima Cruises|
|Amarante Isis||Deluxe||37||Amarante Hotel|
|Amarante Osiris||Deluxe||37||Amarante Hotel|
|Ramses of Egypt I||Standard||37||Shalkamy Groups|
|Neptune||Superior||39||Escapade Nile Cruises|
|Shehrayar||Deluxe||40||World of Creative|
|Shehrazad||Deluxe||40||World of Creative|
|Nile Express||Superior||45||Amex Franchise|
|Zen Nile Dream||4 Superior||45||Sakkara Group|
|Etoile De Nil II||Standard||50||Angelotel Nile Cruises|
|Etoile De Nil III||Standard||50||Angelotel Nile Cruises|
|Kasr El-Nil||Standard||50||Monica Nile Cruises|
|Golden Boat||Standard||52||MG Travel|
|Tamr Henna||Deluxe||52||Wings Tours|
|St. George I||Deluxe||57||Sonesta|
|Nile Crocodilo||Standard||58||Travel Ways|
|Nephtis||Standard||59||World of Creative|
|Royal Princess||Deluxe||60||National Travel Service(NTS)|
|Egyptian Princess||Standard||61||Shalkamy Groups|
|Tuya||Deluxe||61||World of Creative|
|Mirage I||Deluxe||62||South Sinai Group|
|Queen Of Abu Simbel||Standard||62||Naggar Group|
|Etoile De Nil I||Standard||63||Angelotel Nile Cruises|
|Sherry||Standard||63||Sherry Nile Cruises|
|Nile Festival||Deluxe||64||Inter Team Travel|
|Tiyi||Deluxe||64||World of Creative|
|Al Nabilation||Deluxe||65||Naggar Group|
|King of Thebes||Deluxe||65||Naggar Group|
|Nile Dolphin||Deluxe||65||Italian Express Cruises|
|Ramses King of The Nile||Deluxe||65||Naggar Group|
|Grand Princess||Deluxe||66||National Travel Service (NTS)|
|Miss Egypt||Deluxe||66||National Travel Service (NTS)|
|Sermiramis III||Standard||66||Sunrise Cruises|
|Solaris I (Nile Caesar)||Superior||66||Solaris Cruises|
|Sun Ray||Deluxe||66||Traveline Egypt|
|Concerto||Deluxe||67||Extension Group Travel|
|Moon Dance||Deluxe||68||Lilac Hotels|
|Nile Carnival||Deluxe||68||Travel Ways|
|Queen of Hanza||Superior||68||Escapade Nile Cruises|
|Zen Monaco||Deluxe||68||Sakkara Group|
|Marquis II||Standard||69||Song of Egypt|
|Nile Delta||Standard||69||Hapi Travel|
|Nile Marquis||Standard||69||Song of Egypt|
|Beau Soleil||Deluxe||70||Flopatter Nile Cruises|
|Miss World||Deluxe||70||Extension Group Travel|
|Princess Sarah||Deluxe||54||Extension Group Travelp|
|Sermiramis I||Deluxe||70||Sunrise Cruises|
|Sermiramis II||Deluxe||70||Sunrise Cruises|
|Zen Mojito||Deluxe||70||Sakkara Group|
|Royal Ruby||Superior||71||Nile Sun|
|Zen Lady Diana||Deluxe||71||Sakkara Group|
|Zen Monte Carlo||Standard||71||Sakkara Group|
|Al- Kahila||Deluxe||72||Sabena Group|
|Diamond Boat||Standard||72||MG Travel|
|Domina Prestige Emilio||Deluxe||72||Emilio Travel|
|Queen of Sheeba||Deluxe||72||Naggar Group|
|Stephanie||Standard||72||Monica Nile Cruises|
|Beau Rivage I||Deluxe||73||Etapes Nouvelles Voyages|
|Monica||Deluxe||74||Monica Nile Cruises|
|Nile Elite||Standard||74||Memnon Tours and Cruises|
|Nile Ruby||Deluxe||74||Nile Sun|
|Nile Smart||Standard||74||Memnon Tours and Cruises|
|Nile Smile||Standard||74||Memnon Tours and Cruises|
|Nile Supreme||Standard||74||Memnon Tours and Cruises|
|Solaris II||Deluxe||74||Solaris Cruises|
|Ziena||Deluxe||74||Song of Egypt|
|Beau Rivage II||Deluxe||75||Etapes Nouvelles Voyages|
|Nile Bride||Deluxe||75||Nile Bride|
|Jaz Legacy (New)||Deluxe||76||Travcotels|
|Nile Story||Deluxe||76||Nile Bride|
|Jaz Minerva (New)||Deluxe||77||Travcotels|
|Jaz Omar El Khayam||Deluxe||80||Travcotels|
|El Fostate||Deluxe||81||Shalkamy Groups|
|King Tut I||Deluxe||81||Shalkamy Groups|
|King Tut II||Deluxe||81||Shalkamy Groups|
|King Tut III||Deluxe||81||Shalkamy Groups|
|King Tut IV||Deluxe||81||Shalkamy Groups|
|Ramses of Egypt III||Deluxe||84||Shalkamy Groups|
|African Dreams||Deluxe||87||Sunrise Cruises|
|Opera||Deluxe||101||Song Of Egypt|
|Iberotel Crown Emperor||Travcotels||118||Travcotels|
|Iberotel Crown Emperor||Deluxe||128||Travcotels|
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 on 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.
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 indoors, 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 sunblock!
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 casual clothes during this cocktail.
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 indoors, 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 sunblock!
How to pay your Extra bills:
All extras such as consumed beverages, laundry, and telephones bills, should be settled and paid on the last day of your cruise when you check out. Payment can be made with credit cards, traveler’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 others don't accept traveler's checks as well
Don’t forget to leave tips for the cruise staff, not less than $ 5-8 USD PER PERSON PER DAY!
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 a 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.
Nile Cruise other useful tips: