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
Direction: 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 the 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.
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.
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!
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!
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 a personal matter and tipping is entirely at the discretion of the individuals.