The Nile River connects Egypt from north to south, breathing life to the land on its banks. The Nile River is the longest river in Africa, and through history, it attracted people from all over the world, who managed to create a civilization that lasted to be told.
The ancient Egyptians worshiped “Hapi” the god of the annual Nile flooding, as they believed in its power.
Now, you can find various Nile River trips unveiling the ancient civilization’s hidden secrets and treasures.
Egypt is located in northeast Africa; it’s famous for its amazing ancient history attractions. You must have heard or seen a very small part of this history in movies like The Mummy and Night at the Museum. However, exploring this history in real life is a completely new level of excitement. If traveling to Egypt is your dream, book your flight, to start a journey to remember. To enjoy your trip to the max, you have to include a Nile cruise trip in your itinerary.
You can book your trip from many offers available online, before you travel to search for companies offering Nile cruise tours, check the reviews and choose what suits your priorities. If you want an extensive tour around Egypt’s most famous attractions, you can start from Cairo making your way to Upper Egypt, to visit Luxor and Aswan.
A vacation in Egypt is not complete without going to see the magnificent Giza Pyramids. It’s one of the wonders of the ancient world, it has to be on the top of your list.
While you are in Cairo, you can enjoy dinner on a short Nile cruise, sailing on a floating restaurant.
Booking a Nile cruise is a better option if you want a guided tour, it takes you places you wouldn’t have seen if you traveled on your own.
Egypt Nile cruises are diverse; you can find a one-day tour or a tour of up to 7 days. Also, you can choose your tour according to your budget, from luxurious ships to economical ones.
As mentioned, you can enjoy dinner onboard a floating boat, with folklore and belly dancing shows included.
the other hand, you can experience an epic sightseeing trip cruising the Nile River through Luxor and Aswan.
The most popular Nile River trips in Egypt are the ones offering a round trip from Aswan to Luxor, allowing you to witness the past while enjoying the luxury of the future.
This tour gives you the opportunity to explore the ancient Egyptian History up close, visit temples you wouldn’t have visited otherwise such as Kom Ombo and Edfu temples.
You will start this tour by visiting Aswan landmarks including:
- The Unfinished Obelisk
- Aswan High Dam
- Philae Temple
After spending a day or two exploring the history of Pharaohs in Aswan, you will sail to Kom Ombo temple that’s overlooking the Nile.
If there is time left during the day the ship will move to the most preserved Greco-Roman temple in Egypt; Edfu temple. However, you could be spending the night in Kom Ombo, completing your trip the next morning.
During your time onboard, you can relax on the sun deck and enjoy the beautiful landscape along the Nile banks. Take lots and lots of photos, document every moment while enjoying your time.
Nights on the Nile cruise are also charming, you can spend the night star gazing or you can have some fun and party with friends aboard the ship.
The next step is arriving at Luxor, The City with Hundred Gates. Luxor is the place for a breathtaking collection of Pharaonic temples and monuments, which includes:
- Karnak Temples
- Queen Hatshepsut Temple
- Colossi of Memnon
- Valley of the Kings
These sites take you deep in the ancient Pharaonic history and make you wonder how these monuments were built by humans. In every inch of the land, you can find landmarks or ancient ruins, recording every step the ancient Egyptians took to build their civilization.
This tour has the same itineraries as the previous one, yet it starts from Luxor ending the journey in Aswan.
Personally I prefer this trip more, as it gives you the opportunity to visit Gharb Seheyl village and discover a part of the Nubian culture.
Located 7 miles Southwest Aswan, the village is famous for its colorful houses, marvelous landscape and friendly people.
Going to Gharb Seheyl will be the cherry on top of a very good cake.
If you want to have the best of both worlds, you can spend a couple of days at Marsa Alam; one of Egypt’s’ most beautiful coastal cities. This city gained popularity in recent years, for its shores, rich marine life and is a peaceful retreat for many tourists.
Many tourism companies offer packages combining a relaxing yet exciting trip with a trip through history.
The company will transfer you to Luxor or Aswan by car or a minibus, to start the Nile Cruise tour similar to the previous ones.
Whatever you choose, make sure to choose the right time to travel and a perfect company for the perfect trip.
If you choose to fulfil your dream and go on the trip of your dreams, we recommend that you check these tours: 5 Days Dahabiya Nile Cruise, 7 Night Nile cruise holidays, and 8 Days Egypt Nile Cruise holidays.