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Spanning 4,184 miles from Uganda to Alexandria, Egypt, the Nile River, unlike other rivers, flows from the south to the north. Nile River cruises normally feature three to seven-day trips that are part of an Egyptian tour package. Many travel experts state that taking a Nile River cruise is one of the best ways to explore the Three Great Pyramids and Egypt. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Nile river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Dec 30, 2020VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$6,599
Feb 06, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Feb 13, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Feb 20, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$5,999
Feb 27, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Mar 06, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Mar 13, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$5,999
Mar 20, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Mar 27, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Apr 03, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Apr 10, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$6,299
Apr 17, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$4,999
Apr 24, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$5,999
May 01, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$4,799
May 08, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$4,499
May 15, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$4,499
May 22, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$4,499
Aug 20, 2021VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$6,299
Aug 27, 2021VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$6,299
Aug 30, 2021VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$5,599
Sep 01, 2021VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$5,899
Sep 03, 2021VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$6,299
Sep 08, 2021VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$5,899
Sep 10, 2021VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$6,299
Sep 13, 2021VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$6,199
Sep 15, 2021VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$5,899
Sep 17, 2021VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$6,299
Sep 22, 2021VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$6,299
Sep 24, 2021VikingViking RaCairoCairo12$7,099
Sep 25, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$5,799
Sep 25, 2021UniworldRiver ToscaCairoCairo12$7,299
Sep 27, 2021VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$6,099
Sep 29, 2021VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$6,299
Oct 02, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$5,999
Oct 02, 2021UniworldRiver ToscaCairoCairo12$7,499
Oct 04, 2021VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$6,499
Oct 09, 2021UniworldSS SphinxCairoCairo12$5,999
Oct 09, 2021UniworldRiver ToscaCairoCairo12$7,499
Oct 11, 2021VikingMS AntaresCairoCairo12$6,999
Oct 13, 2021VikingViking OsirisCairoCairo12$7,499

Nile Travel Guide

Nile River Cruises Highlights

  • Spend the day among the only Ancient Wonders of the World still standing – The Pyramids of Giza and the incredible Sphinx.
  • Discover the Valley of Kings.
  • See Abu Simbel on a side trip.
  • Discover the traditions, culture, and cuisine of Egypt onboard ship and during your excursions.
  • Check out marketplaces in Cairo, such as the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, where you can lose yourself in the sounds and colors of this one-of-a-kind place.
  • Spend time in a Cairo coffee shop where you can sip on mint tea/coffee and chat with the locals.
  • Visit the tomb of King Tut.
  • Visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo where you can see more treasures from Egyptian tombs.
  • Revel in the beauty of the Nile landscape from your ship's shaded observation deck

Nile River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Wearing comfortable footwear that has a good tread is imperative, as you will be walking on steep and rocky hillsides.
  • Don a hat with a brim and apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, as you will be visiting places with little shade.
  • Take a small flashlight with you as a backup for finding your way through dark areas on tours.
  • Dress in conservative and lightweight clothing, wearing long sleeves and pants or slacks, not tank tops, short sleeves, or shorts. 
  • Ramadan takes place in the spring (or in April and early May). This holy time can provide you with a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. Be aware - some regular services may be delayed.

Nile River Cruises Things To Do

  • Cairo, Egypt
    Cairo, Egypt

    Cairo, Egypt is where you can see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sitting on the west bank of the Nile River, the Great Sphinx of Giza is made out of limestone and was built to protect the pyramid tombs. According to archeologists, the date of the carving goes back to 2500 BC. The Sphinx's head was formed to resemble the Pharaoh Khafra. You will find that Cairo is a hub for adventure, as it is also home to the Egyptian museum and close to other important Nile River destinations, such as Luxor and Aswan.

    Best Time To Visit

    Travel experts suggest you see Cairo between October and April when temperatures are less scorching. Traveling during this time of year will make it easier to visit the Egyptian tombs and enjoy the marketplaces, such as the labyrinthine Khan El-Khalili souk with its array of trinkets, lanterns, and jewelry.

     

    You Should Know

    The Pyramids of Giza represent the tombs of three different Egyptian 4th Dynasty pharaohs. The oldest and largest tomb of the group was built for Khufu and is called the Great Pyramid. The middle pyramid is the tomb of the pharaoh Khafre. The third and last pyramid is the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Menkaure. The Great Pyramid is perfectly aligned with the constellation Orion. The Pyramids were built with 2.5 million blocks of quarried limestone. Some of the larger granite blocks originated from Aswan, which is approximately 500 miles away. Two large islands lie in the middle of the city of Cairo. The Egyptian Museum houses more interesting treasures from the tombs of the Pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun's possessions.

  • Luxor, Egypt
    Luxor, Egypt

    Located in southern or Upper Egypt, Luxor is situated close to some of Egypt's most important ancient sites. Some of the major sites include the necropolis of the Valley of the Kings and Karnak, a celebrated temple complex that was constructed over a 200-year period. 

    Best Time To Visit

    According to U.S. News Travel, the best time to see Luxor is either from March to April or from October to November. These shoulder seasons give you a chance to experience pleasanter temperatures, more affordable prices, and smaller crowds.

     

    You Should Know

    You will find the tomb of the boy pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in the Valley of the Kings. The pharaoh's last resting place is numbered KV62. The tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered by archeologist Howard Carter in November 1922. You can still see the home where Carter lived on your journey into the wadi (valley). To enter the Valley of the Kings, you will follow a remote road to access the entrance. When you get to the information center, hop on a small train to make it easier to get to the heart of the valley.

  • Luxor Temple
    Luxor Temple

    Built over a span of hundreds of years by various pharaohs, including Ramses II and Tutankhamun, the Luxor Temple served as the most significant and largest religious building in ancient Egypt. During that time, Luxor was called Thebes. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Go between March and April or from October to November to avoid crowds and experience a more temperate climate.

     

    You Should Know

    The Luxor Temple is the spot of the First Occasion – an event where the God Amon was reborn during the pharaoh's re-enactment of the coronation ceremony. The Great Colonnade Hall is one of the major attractions of the Luxor Temple ruins. The hall's decorations were primarily overseen by King Tutankhamun around 1330 BC.

  • The Karnak Temples in Luxor
    The Karnak Temples in Luxor

    This site, which represents the largest religious attraction worldwide, features three major temples. The largest of these temples if the Precinct of Amun-Re, which is dedicated to the god Amon. It is the only part of the complex open for public viewing. The Precinct of Montu and the Precinct of Mut cannot be accessed by tourists. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see the Karnak temples is either in April and May or October and November.

     

    You Should Know

    The Karnak complex dates back to 2000 BC. Around 30 pharaohs had buildings, chapels, temples, and similar constructions added to the temple complex. A sacred lake is featured at the facility.

  • The Mummification Museum in Luxor
    The Mummification Museum in Luxor

    Sitting on the east bank of Luxor and the Nile River, the Mummification Museum can be easily found, as a large sign directed you to the entrance. The museum provides details on the mummification techniques used by ancient Egyptians, which included humans, household pets, and crocodiles. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit the Mummification Museum from April through May or from October to November when crowds are fewer and temperatures are more pleasant.

     

    You Should Know

    The mummified body of the high priest of Amun, Masaharta is featured in the museum. The remains date back to 1050 BC. The museum features samples of tools that were used for draining vital fluids and removing body organs. Artifacts, such as canopic jars and coffins, are displayed. You might want to avoid a visit if you are uncomfortable about seeing these kinds of things.

  • Aswan - Egypt
    Aswan - Egypt

    Located in southernmost Egypt, Aswan is a relaxed and comfortable cruise city. A trip to Aswan provides a nice respite from the busier and more crowded places of Cairo and Egypt.  Once known as a Gateway to Africa, Aswan provides the ideal opportunity to see the sites and attractions of southernmost Egypt. Many of the journeys can be managed on day trips. Stop at a café for some mint tea on Aswan's waterfront promenade. The corniche provides a welcome interlude for relaxation and socialization after a day of sightseeing. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Enjoy your cruise tour to Aswan in the shoulder seasons of April through May or October and November.

     

    You Should Know

    If you only have time for a one-day journey from Aswan, choose to go to Abu Simbel. This architectural marvel sits on the banks of Lake Nassar and is unlike anything you will ever see. Seeing the Great Temple of Ramses (built by Ramses II) and the Temple of Hathor is an unforgettable experience. The Old Cataract Hotel is one of the easily seen landmarks in Aswan. The hotel is noted as being the place where Agatha Christie wrote a portion of her famous mystery, Death on the Nile.

  • Elephantine Island in Aswan
    Elephantine Island in Aswan

    A major tourist attraction, Elephantine Island features the Ruins of Abu and the Aswan Museum. See the Temple of Khnum and Temple of Satet, which are part of the Ruins of Abu (the most ancient settlement in Aswan). 

    Best Time To Visit

    Enjoy your trip to Elephantine Island during April or May or from October to November.

     

    You Should Know

    After exploring the ruins of Abu, you might want to explore the villages of Siou and Koti. You will enjoy seeing the local houses vibrantly painted in various designs. Catch a rowboat from western Siou to check out the scenery on Kitchener's Island. Once the home of Lord Kitchener, who transformed the place into a garden oasis, Kirtchener Isle is also known as the Aswan Botanical Gardens. However, locals just refer to the island name. Frequent ferries shuttle passengers to Elephantine Island from downtown Aswan.

  • Temple of Isis or the Philae Temple (Agilika Island/Aswan)
    Temple of Isis or the Philae Temple (Agilika Island/Aswan)

    The Philae Temple represents one of Upper Egypt's more beguiling and artistic landmarks, known for its architectural symmetry and detailed reliefs. Saved by the rising floodwaters of Lake Nassar, the monument was moved from Philae Island and relocated to Agilika Island where it now stands. 

    Best Time To Visit

    It is always a good time to visit the Temple of Isis in early spring (April or May) or in the fall during October or November.

     

    You Should Know

    You will see 8 columns in the first temple room along with Greek inscriptions. Coptic crosses reveal the temple's transformation into a Christian place of worship during the Byzantine age.

Nile River Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

The best time to embark on a cruise down the Nile River is between the months of October and April. During this time, the temperatures are not as hot, which is important, especially when taking day trip excursions.

You will not find a great deal of shade, if any, around the stone temples and tombs. Therefore, you need to make sure you wear sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing.

Remember: The temperature inside some of the tombs will even be hotter than it is outside. That is why it is a good idea to choose a cruise company that starts their visits in the early morning hours.

Nile River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Nile River Cruise?

You can choose Nile River cruises that last three days, sail over four nights, or provide week-long tours. If you choose the shorter cruise trips, you normally will sail from Aswan to Luxor. Cruise-goers often get to see the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak Temples, and King Tutankhamun's tomb on this cruise trip.  Some of the cruise lines journey to and from Cairo on 7-day and 9-day journeys. 

What’s Included on a Nile River Cruise?

When you opt for a cruise package, you will get a lot of amenities for one price. Your river cruise will include your cabin, port excursions, and related activities. You also receive onboard meals and complimentary beverages, including coffee, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and wine. On some cruises, you can stay in hotels and participate in shipboard activities. Wi-Fi access is also available. Many Nile River cruises allow you to include your airfare into the cost of the package.

What’s the Best Cruise for a Nile River Cruise?

You can find several cruise lines that will take you on a Nile River Cruise. If you want to include Cairo (the Three Pyramids and the Sphinx), Aswan, and Luxor on your cruise holiday, a good choice is Peregrine Cruises. 

How Much Does a Nile River Cruise Cost?

Anticipate to pay $3,000 per person for this type of adventure if you choose a luxury trip. This price covers a cruise to and from Cairo, which last 9 days. The price drops to about $450 per person if you select a cruise line with more economical accommodations and last around 3 to 4 days.

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