There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than to experience the wonder of the ancient world by taking a Nile cruise through Egypt’s Pharaonic sites in Luxor and Aswan. Indeed there is no tour package that doesn’t include a luxurious cruise down the Nile! That’s because, you’re perception of Egypt changes forever once you take a look upon those scenic landscapes and remarkable temples which are far away from the hustle & bustle of Cairo’s city life. But with the amount of Nile cruise tours out there, planning your holiday to Egypt can seem a little daunting!
If you want to have the best Nile cruise experience when travelling to Egypt,
Here’s what you need to know;
What makes the best Nile cruise tours and holiday deals;
1. Picking the right Nile cruise ship that suits your needs
Picking the right type of Nile cruise boat for your type of vacation is essential for a superior experience even if the destination Luxor- Aswan is all the same. This can sometimes be a little tricky, because of all the options available out there. What you need to know however, is that cruise ships in Egypt come in various sizes, activities and packages so chances are you will find something that suits your needs. For instance if you’re on a family vacation with children, then you might want to consider the all inclusive Nile cruise liners only, another example, would be if you’re used to a certain standard of luxury, then remember that you get what you pay for, so with the pricier cruise ships, you get a much more luxurious tour because there are fewer cabins so rooms tend to be larger and more lavishly furnished than others, not to mention the elevated high end luxury food you receive in comparison. Nearly all Nile cruise boats for that matter are operated by hotel groups with varying levels of luxury, such as the Semiramis, Mövenpick, Oberoi, Sheraton and the luxurious Sonesta St George Nile cruise so you can easily find the Nile cruise holiday you need but that’s not all, or greater privacy you can opt for a felucca/sailboat or a small dahabiyya cruise if you would rather not stay at a hotel liner. In the end, you should pick what suits your interests and budget best regardless anything else.
2. Top must see sights along the way
Nearly every Nile cruise in Egypt regardless of the differences starts at the same point which is at Luxor city and ends in beautiful Aswan. Both cities brimming with ancient archeological sites, colorful ancient Egyptian art, old temples and mesmerizing romantic sunsets, are all you need for a dream vacation. So be sure to check your Nile cruise itinerary so as not to miss out on the magical places Luxor and Aswan have to offer!
Whether southbound or northbound, these are the major stops which are the same for nearly every Nile cruise ship:-
First-off the temple of Karnak which is the home of the Egyptian sun god Amun-Re is bound to impress on any Nile cruise holiday with its intricate designs of pillars, obelisks and the sheer size of it! Secondly, they don’t call it valley of the kings for no reason, this is the place where young pharaoh Tutankhamen along with other kings such as Ramses IX, Ramses II, Merenptah were buried with their hidden treasures! Add the stunning hieroglyphics and you’ll never want your Nile cruise to end. But that’s nothing next to the fascinating Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God, Horus, this temple lies between Luxor and Aswan dating back to 237 BC, today it is known as the largest and most preserved Graeco-Roman temple in Egypt! Another precious gem in any Nile cruise tour is the Temple of Philae, situated on an island in the middle of the Nile, Philae is thought to be one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt! Last but not least, Kom ombo were crocodiles were treated with both admiration and fear by the ancient Egyptians, thus out of respect they built this temple devoted to crocodile god sobek. These top must see sites, should be on most Nile cruise itineraries
3. Deciding the Duration of your Nile cruise holiday deal
Even though the river Nile is the longest river in the world (6,695 km), most Egyptian Nile cruise tours take between 4 to 5 days or if you opt for it, the longer 6 to 7 day cruise. Deciding the duration of your Nile cruise tour will certainly affect the amount of places you see and how much further along the Nile you travel. The short 4 to 5 day trip usually covers the most important sites, however longer cruises sail north to Dendera and Abydos which has some of the most significant archeological sites in Egypt. Even longer are the 10 to 12day cruises, with visits to Sohag, El Amarna, Tuna El-Gabal, and Ashmunein, all of which are important archeological sites constructed in the time of Pharaoh Akhenaton. With that being said, how far you may want to go on your Nile cruise tour is solely up to you.
4. Do not underestimate the difference a guide can make
Taking a luxurious cruise tour down the river Nile can be a pleasant experience, what with the stunning nature, ancient temples, noisy markets and friendly people; nevertheless, without the accompaniment of a tour guide on your Nile cruise holiday, it would all be a waste. Certainly, in order to have a quality vacation, investing in a tour guide and a comprehensive Nile cruise holiday package would be the key to a successful trip, because understanding Ancient Egyptian history is no easy task so having it explained by a professional, can really make all the difference in the world!
In the end, when planning your dream vacation to the ancient cities of Luxor and Aswan, do not forget these four key points for a memorable tailor-made Nile cruise holiday designed especially for you and your family!