Trip Planning FAQs
How long is a Nile River cruise?
The typical Nile river cruise usually takes 4 days 3 nights to sail downstream from Aswan to Luxor, with stopovers at Edfu and Kom Ombo, or sails in a reversed route for 5 days 4 nights, including the same sightseeing tours en-route.
There are also some long cruises such as 6-8 days between Aswan and Luxor, 12-day cruise from Cairo to Luxor and 15-day cruise from Cairo to Aswan, which allow you more relaxing and peaceful time on board. Besides, the Lake Nasser cruise between Aswan and Abu Simbel takes 4-5 days. Our professional travel consultant is always ready to customize the most suitable trip for you based on your time and interest.
What are the differences among 4, 5, 7 or even long days Nile Cruise tours?
The major difference is the time that you stay on your ship. Whichever you choose a 4-5 day cruise tour or week-long itinerary, the usual highlighted sightseeing are the same, such as:
Aswan: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple, Abu Simbel
Kom Ombo: Kom Ombo Temple
Edfu: Edfu Temple (Temple of Horus)
Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple
The longer Nile cruises will add some extra stops for excursions or dock extra night in Aswan and Luxor, which will allow you to spend more time on the cruise itself. If you just have limited time for a highlight tour in Egypt, the four to five days' cruises are the best. While if you prefer a leisurely holiday on the cruise, our longer luxury Nile River cruise will provide a lifetime memory.
When is the best time for a Nile River Cruise?
We suggest you plan your Nile River cruise between October and April when the climate is pleasant. Egypt is tropical desert climate, which brings scorching heat in summer especially from June to August. Meanwhile, it will be much colder on the deck at night. If your Nile cruise is in the cooler months from November to March, it is advisable to prepare a warm coat for the evenings on the deck.
How can I choose a Nile Cruise ship?
There are over a hundred cruise ships on the Nile River and most of them boast luxury ones, which would make it a difficult choice for you. Just leave it to our expertise consultants, as we have the best choices through our field investigations and numerous former guests' feedbacks among luxury and budget Nile cruises. Our team knows what a real luxury criterion is, what the best value is, and how to save the money for our valued guests.
What should I pack for the Nile River Cruises?
Taking a trip in a tropical country, you will never go wrong to pack the bug spray, sun block and a hat. Light sports shoes are also necessary as some roads of the ancient heritages are not very smooth. The anti-diarrhea is suggested just in case. If there are still some space, you can bring a small flashlight, a binocular and a hand fan.
What should I wear for my Nile Cruise holiday?
For a better experience, we suggest you wear the light clothing for coolness and comfortable sneakers for the excursions. If your journey is in the winter, bringing the warm clothes is also needed, as you will feel cold on the deck in the evening. In the meantime, your clothing should not be exposed as Egypt is a Muslim country. For respecting their culture, wearing clothes covering shoulders and legs is recommended when you visit the monuments.