What To Expect On A Cruise On The Nile

For years, cruises on the River Nile have been carrying travellers on a magical journey back in time along this impressive river. A combination of exploring the wonders of ancient Egypt combined with a gentle journey south from Luxor to Aswan is ever desirable with visitors.


A typical River Nile cruise lasts 7 nights and run Monday to Monday. Direct flights from United Kingdom bring visitors to Luxor where they are moved to their cruise ship to check in. The next morning, the journey into historical Egypt begins with a check out to the East Bank of the Nile at Luxor such as the Temples of Karnak and Luxor.


The next day, the sightseeing moves on to the West Bank of the Nile which includes the Valley of the Kings just before returning to the cruise boat for lunch. After lunch, the cruise ship departs Luxor travelling south for Edfu. After an overnight mooring at Edfu, there are additional tours to temples at both Edfu and Kom Ombo just before carrying on to Aswan.


The following morning, it is time to experience Aswan and a more modern construction; the Aswan High Dam. Built in the 1950s, the Aswan High Dam produced Lake Nasser, itself a cruise choice. In the afternoon, there is time to sail on a traditional Egyptian Felucca along this very attractive section of the Nile. The Cataract Hotel in Aswan looks out onto the River Nile and it is here that Agatha Christie authored part of her famous book, “Death on the Nile”.


Following an overnight stop in Aswan, there is some time available to explore the town or otherwise, there is an optional visit to the superb Temple of Abu Simbel at the other end of Lake Nasser. It is quite a distance to Abu Simbel, either three quarters of an hour by air or three hours but it is really worth the effort.


Aswan signifies the turn-around point for Nile cruises and now the boat heads back north the 80 miles to Luxor. The journey lasts two days with an overnight stay at Edfu just before going back to Luxor. The week sailing along the River Nile is over and holiday makers return to the airport and home.

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