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Nile River Cruises in Egypt

Discover the spectacular history and temples of the ancient Egyptians on the River Nile through the highlights of Egypt

Due to Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, all our Nile cruises which visit Cairo are currently suspended.

  • Map of River Nile, Egypt
  • Columns at Luxor
  • Temple of Philae
    • Dahabiyyas
      • A unique all-inclusive luxury voyage from Luxor to Aswan on a 12-passenger dahabiyya, modelled on the craft of 19th century aristocrats, with included excursions and private moorings

      • World River Cruise
    • Red Sea Holidays Ship - MS Grand Rose
      MS Grand Rose
      • Explore the historic sites of Egypt on this all-inclusive Nile journey from Luxor on board MS Grand Rose

      • World River Cruise
    • Red Sea Holidays Ship - MS Grand Rose
      Choice of Ships
      • Combine a 7-night Red Sea hotel stay on an all-inclusive basis with an all-inclusive 7-night Nile voyage discovering the highlights of Egypt. Includes flights, transfers and excursions on board

      • Cruise and Stay

Some of our collection start in Luxor, with Red Sea hotel stays available. From the historic city of Luxor, you can explore the Valley of the Kings, the final resting place of Pharaohs, including Tutankhamun. You can also visit the Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Memnon, two impressive stone statues. It is often possible to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor.

Discover the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed God Horus, explore the magnificent Great Hypostyle Hall in Karnak which boasts 134 columns and visit the famous Kom Ombo temple, dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek. Visit the Aswan High Dam and the magnificent Philae Temple, moved from its original position and rebuilt to avoid being submerged by the rising waters of the new Lake Nasser.

From the colourful city of Aswan, there are optional excursions to the spectacular temples of Abu Simbel, situated next to Lake Nasser. Visits to Cairo are usually based on Giza to the south east of the city, where you find the Pyramids and the Sphinx and be amazed by their size.

The fascinating Egyptian Museum includes the burial treasures of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. In the evening is a Sound and Light Show in the shadow of the Sphinx. For the ultimate in luxury, explore the highlights of the Nile on a traditional 12-passenger dahabiyya on Nostalgic Nile, a recreation of a 19th century craft used by aristocrats to discover the Nile in style.

The Sphinx Temple of Horus, Edfu


Adabiyah is an Egyptian port, situated south of Suez and north of the resort of El Sokhna. There is no town attached to the port, which is used as a base for tours to Cairo, the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.


Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and its chief port. Although a Middle-eastern city, it has a Mediterranean atmosphere. It was the site of the lighthouse of Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which is now the site of Qaitbey Fort. Alexandria is also famous for its library and the Kom el Shokafa Catacombs, large burial grounds three floors deep.

Cairo (Alexandria, Egypt)

Port Said

Port Said sits at the Mediterranean entrance to the Suez Canal on the north coast of Egypt and is the starting point for excursions to Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.


Safaga attracts tourists from all over the world to its wide bay with splendid turquoise waters and long beaches. It is a favourite Red Sea resort for windsurfers - the World Championships were held here in 1993 - and for scuba diving experts and enthusiasts, with an incredible variety of underwater life. Safaga is the starting point for excursions to the famed Egyptian ruins of the Temple of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings where Egyptian rulers were buried.


This lively beach resort on the Sinai Peninsula has therapeutic thermal springs, palm-fringed beaches and a wide variety of shops. The island of Tiran is a popular visit for diving and snorkelling. A day's excursion from here is St Catherine's Monastery. the walled enclave in the shadow of Mount Sinai, built on the site of the burning bush which appeared to Moses.

Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt)

Suez Canal

Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal took 10 years to build, and after several extensions is now 120 miles long, running at sea level for its entire length with no locks. It runs between Port Said in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Suez in the Red Sea, and allows shipping to avoid the long journey around Africa and the Cape, connecting Europe to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.