Nile cruises are without question the best way for visitors to explore the many ancient sites located in the Nile River Valley. They’re luxurious; they’re thrilling and they’re entertaining.
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Cruising The Nile Is An Ancient Tradition
Nile River cruises have been immensely popular among travellers to Egypt for decades. Combining your Egypt sightseeing tours with a Nile cruise is by far the best way for you to explore a large number of ancient sights in Egypt, while traveling in the lap of comfort.
For countless years, cruising the Nile was the best and virtually the only way people could visit southern Egypt to see the classical sites there, and visit the temples and tombs that are located along this stretch of the Nile River.
As is to be expected, nowadays one can fly to cities like Aswan and Luxor, but there is still something magical about seeing old Egypt the old way – a Nile river cruise. It is also still a great way to visit Upper Egypt, and it has several advantages when compared to other modes of travel.
Why Choose Nile Cruises?
One obvious advantage of Nile cruises is the fact that you don’t have to keep on packing and unpacking your stuff. Move your baggage aboard, set up your quarters, and off you go. Your “hotel” travels with you while you relax in luxurious surrounding.
Another advantage for tourists is the opportunity to stop and spend some time exploring various local attractions along the route; the ones that airplanes simply fly over and bypass. One can really gain a wonderful appreciation of the realities of life in rural Egypt, as well as the antiquities to be found throughout the region.
You just can’t beat sitting in the shade on the deck of your floating hotel and enjoying a tall, cool refreshments as you watch the essence of Egypt drift by. With occasional stops permitting one to disembark and mingle with the local merchants, Egypt River Nile cruises are without question the most fulfilling way to go.
Types Of Nile Cruise And Stays In Egypt
Nile river cruises are usually either three, four or seven nights, but these can vary quite a bit. The shorter tours generally operate between Luxor and Aswan while some of the longer cruises head further north to Dendera, and often offer ground tours to a number of remote areas.
Thus, a fairly complete 15-day tour of Egypt might include several days around Cairo including seeing the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and other antiquities, and a brief flight down to Abu Simbel in the very southern part of Egypt, all structured around a basic, seven-day Nile cruise.
And, importantly, you don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable or inconvenienced in any way by virtue of your choice to travel by river. Most of the available cruise ships really are nothing but floating hotels, with all the amenities and pampering one would expect from their land-based cousins. You will discover night clubs, swimming pools, hot tubs, top restaurants, and even libraries, all aboard your cruise ship.
Just as with regular hotels, you get what you pay for when it comes to the cabins themselves, with everything from the most luxurious suites to basic single-bed accommodation from which to choose. It is common for there to be video movies each night, and some boats are even equipped with cameras allowing passengers to view the passing countryside on the TV in their cabins.
There is also no shortage of entertainment on board these cruise ships. Whatever your tastes; from disco dancing to belly dancers, to costume parties; all and more can be found on most Nile River cruises. And, you will find the same amount of variety beckons when it comes to food.
Buffets are very popular of course, but you will also find more formal, sit-down restaurants as well, and don’t forget, all meals are included in the price of your Nile cruise, so you can eat whatever you want and as much as you want without ever having to worry about the bill.
One thing though, you will want to bring along (or purchase onboard) bottled water to drink. The ships claim to have the most modern of water filtration systems, which is great for showering, but we personally advise our customers against drinking tap water during their cruise down the Nile.
When To Go On A Nile River Cruise?
The best time for all Nile River cruises, or any Egypt tour package for that matter, is basically between October and mid April, when the weather is nice and cool, and all the Nile’s locks are open. Still, cruises are available year-round.
Similar to land-based hotels, there is a wide range of pricing from which to choose. These are based on the quality of the boats and their accommodation options. Decent boats can range in price between about $75.00 USD to almost $400.00 USD per night, with seasonal increases of between 25% to 50% during Christmas and Easter.
More Than “Just” The Nile River
Most people who think of Egypt think of antiquities, but Egypt offers much more.
Certainly it is a prime location to see our great heritage from the ancient world, including Pyramids and wonderful tombs and temples, but it is also part of the Holy Land, and spiritual Egypt tours to Christian and other religious monuments are popular. Egypt also offers a great deal for nature lovers in the form of desert treks; fantastic scuba diving; golf; fishing, and even bird watching vacations…
Relax by the Red Sea; explore the Sinai coast, marvel at the antiquities of Cairo, or enjoy a leisurely float down the river on a luxurious Nile cruise boat. Come and see the many wonders of Egypt.
Our Nile cruise holidays are private and fully customizable, meaning you can have your Nile cruise 2015 your way when you travel to this magical kingdom with Egypt Tours Plus.