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Nile River Cruises in Egypt

Discover the spectacular history and mighty monuments of the ancient Egyptians on the River Nile, Egypt’s lifeline since ancient times. Cruise between Luxor and Aswan, where little seems to have changed since the time of the pharaohs, and experience the wonders of Ancient Egypt. Relax in luxurious surroundings whilst seeing different awe-inspiring sights every day, a truly unforgettable experience

  • Map of River Nile, Egypt
  • Abu Simbel
  • Temple of Philae

About Nile Cruises

For the experience of a lifetime sail down the magical Nile past famous pyramids, tombs and temples, to discover the greatest and oldest of all the ancient civilizations.

Many Nile river cruises include a hotel stay in Cairo, the heart of modern-day Egypt. Right in the centre of Cairo, the Egyptian Museum houses many priceless treasures including the Tutankhamun exhibition. Just outside the city are the iconic Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza, as well as the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara - at over 4,600 years ago, this is Egypt's first proper pyramid, and considered to be the oldest stone building in the world.

From the historic city of Luxor, you can explore the famous Valley of the Kings, the final resting place of Pharaohs, including Tutankhamun. See the majestic Temple of Karnak complex, the ancient healing centre of Dendera and the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo. The wonders of Aswan include the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex - a great contrast to the huge Aswan High Dam, a marvel of modern engineering.

The Sphinx The Great Pyramid of Giza

Cruise Collection 2018 / 2019

  • Wonders of the Nile

    10 Nights - Cairo to Luxor

    Movenpick Darakum Movenpick Darakum

    Visit the legendary Pyramids and enigmatic Sphinx at Giza, see the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen and discover the lesser-known Step Pyramid on this 10-night River Nile cruise. Includes shore excursions and return flights from London Heathrow 2018 - Sep, Oct 2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct No single supplement!

    Sphinx Fly Cruise Package
    From £1990pp
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  • Classic Nile

    14 Nights - Cairo to Aswan

    Movenpick Darakum Movenpick Darakum

    Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt on this 14-night River Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan with highlights including the Great Pyramids, the remarkable Valley of the Kings and the impressive Aswan High Dam. Includes shore excursions and return flights from London Heathrow 2018 - Nov 2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct No single supplement!

    sphinx Fly Cruise Package
    From £2875pp
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  • Splendours of Egypt

    11 Nights - Cairo and Back

    River Tosca River Tosca

    Cruise the Nile in luxury and enjoy hotel stays in lively Cairo on this superb 12-day holiday to Egypt, with highlights including the famous Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. Includes guided shore excursions and complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks on board 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Free Business Class Flight Upgrade on 2019 Departures!

    Cairo Fly Cruise Package
    From £3949pp
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  • Treasures of Egypt

    10 Nights - Giza to Cairo

    Sanctuary Sun Boat III Sanctuary Sun Boat III

    Enjoy an unforgettable journey through ancient Egypt's most fascinating sights, from the temples of Luxor to the Great Pyramids of Giza on this 10-night holiday combining a 4-night River Nile cruise with luxury hotel stays in Giza, Luxor, Aswan and Cairo. Includes return flights from the UK, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board and exclusive Scenic Enrich experience 2018 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Abu Simbel Fly Cruise Package
    From £4595pp
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  • Pharaohs and Pyramids

    11 Nights - Cairo and Back

    Viking Ra Viking Ra

    Uncover the secrets of ancient Egypt, see the Great Pyramids on a camel, enjoy a traditional felucca boat ride and explore Aswan's spice market on this River Nile cruise with hotel stays in Cairo. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions 2019 - Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    Aswan Fly Cruise Package
    From £6295pp
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  • Essence of Egypt and Jordan

    19 Nights - Giza to Amman

    Sanctuary Sun Boat III Sanctuary Sun Boat III

    Uncover the ancient history and culture of Egypt and Jordan on this 19-night holiday which combines a 4-night River Nile cruise with hotel stays in cities including Cairo, Luxor and Petra and a night under the stars in the desert in a unique luxury Martian Dome. Includes return flights from the UK, complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board and exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences 2018 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Petra Fly Cruise Package
    From £7795pp
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Nile Highlights

Aswan

Aswan is the home of the Nubian people. The monumental Aswan High Dam is a marvel of modern engineering and created Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes. Discover the beautiful Osiris temple complex of Philae which was moved to the island of Agilika to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Visit the stone quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk, commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut, which would have been the largest obelisk ever attempted if it had been completed.

Cairo

Port Said at the head of the Suez Canal is the main gateway for Cairo, a busy and chaotic city of mosques, palaces, bazaars and shops. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities has over 100,000 relics, including objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun. The market of Khan Al-Khalili, the revolving restaurant in the Cairo Tower and the Mosque of Sultan Hassan are among the city sights, the main highlight being the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx on the edge of the city.

Cairo (Egypt)

Dendera

Dendera was an ancient healing centre where pilgrims came for miraculous cures, to bathe in the sacred waters and to commune with the gods in their dreams. The Temple of Hathor is one of the most complete in all of Egypt and is dedicated to Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and healing.

Edfu

Edfu was a prosperous city in ancient Egypt. The atmospheric Temple of Horus (also known as the Temple of Edfu) is dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god, and is considered to be the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt, thanks to the desert sand which covered it after paganism was banned.

Edfu (Egypt)

Karnak

The magnificent Temple of Karnak is a vast complex which took 2,000 years to complete and was considered one of the most sacred sites in Egypt. Buried under sand for a thousand years, the site consists of three main temples and several outer temples. Stroll amongst the gigantic columns, vast halls and broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes to truly experience what life was like in ancient Egypt.

Karnak (Egypt)

Luxor Temple

Perhaps the most beautiful stone temple is Luxor Temple, one of the best-preserved ancient monuments. The temple was constructed by the pharaoh Amenhotep III and Tutankhamen, then developed by Ramesses II and Alexander the Great. The temple was the focus of the important religious Opet Festival, when the cult statues of Amun, Mut and Khonsu travelled from the temple complex of Karnak along the Avenue of the Sphinxes to Luxor.

Luxor Temple (Egypt)

Saqqara

Saqqara, City of the Dead, is a vast burial ground which served as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step Pyramid which, at 4,600 years old, is the oldest all-stone structure in the world and was also the world’s first pyramid. The unusual Bent Pyramid, named for its change in angle half way to its peak, was the first pyramid to be constructed with smooth sides.

Saqqara (Egypt)

Valley of the Kings

One of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, the Valley of the Kings was used for royal burials for nearly 500 years and is home to the mummified remains of the boy king Tutankhamen. The elaborate tombs were well stocked with material goods a ruler might need in the afterlife, food and drink for royal feasting in the next world, and sacred objects to help achieve eternal life.