Elusive, mystic, and beautifully ancient, Egypt and its iconic Nile River have intrigued culturally curious travelers for centuries. And one of the best ways to experience this grandeur is on board an all-inclusive river cruise where you can enjoy a sunset over the water and desert as you soak in thousands of years of rich history.
Nile cruises are specifically designed to offer the very best of Egypt and surrounding Mediterranean ports. You can indulge in tantalizing Egyptian cuisine that has relatively remained unchanged for centuries with only minor enhancements. An enchanting land of marvels, myths, and wonders, old and new, Egypt is an extraordinary destination no modern-day explorer will want to miss.
Whether you are looking to hit the ground running on an active tour, or you prefer to unwind and simply relish the sights at a relaxed pace, your journey through the Nile can be tailored in many different ways. Here are a few of our favorite cruises on the Nile (and beyond).
Land of Splendor
For 12 unforgettable days, Uniworld’s Splendor of Egypt and the Nile journey highlights some of the country’s most elusive and magical sites in unimaginable luxury aboard the beautiful River Tosca ship. On this itinerary, travelers will explore the ruins of the Temple of Karnark, filled with exquisite stone carvings, and the entrancing Temple of Luxor, often referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum. You’ll visit temples dedicated to Hathor, Horus, and other mythological figures, and pay homage to the only female who ruled as a Pharaoh at the Temple of Hatshepsut.
You’ll experience a bygone time by visiting the Valley of the Kings, the ornate burial ground of Egyptian nobility, and enjoy an exhilarating ride in a felucca, a traditional Nile River sailboat. This thoughtfully-crafted itinerary begins and ends in Cairo, where you’ll visit the famous Egyptian Museum and bask in the wonder of its immense collection and display of ancient treasures including artifacts retrieved from the tomb of the eminent King Tutankhamun. Next it’s on to Giza to gaze upon the mighty ancient Pyramids and the cryptic Sphinx.
As your floating home, River Tosca will take your breath away. All Royal and Grand Suites aboard the ship feature custom-made beds fitted with exquisite linens. Amenities include a vanity and make-up mirror, spacious closets, individual thermostats for air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, and a balcony to privately take in all the sights.
Going with the Flow
Egypt and the Nile provide the adventure of a lifetime, so why not allow yourself to be treated to a connoisseur’s discovery of this ancient civilization as only AmaWaterways can provide. AmaWaterways’ unparalleled 11-night Nile River cruise and land experience includes everything an explorer could possibly want – exquisite cuisine, authentic experiences, and the extraordinary service for which the cruise line is renowned. On this unforgettable trip you’ll enjoy a three-night, pre-cruise stay in Cairo, a seven-night cruise round-trip to Luxor, and a one-night, post-cruise stay in Cairo.
Your floating palace is the luxurious, newly designed AmaDahlia which will take you to ancient wonders such as the beguiling Temple of Luxor and the mystifying Valley of the Kings and Queens. Plus, you’ll come face-to-face with the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Sphinx, and the three Pyramids of Giza, a visit to Memphis, the Solar Boat Museum, and lunch at the historic Mena House Hotel. This colorful itinerary includes exclusive experiences such as a private tour of the tomb of Queen Nefertari and a private lunch at the Abdeen Presidential Palace. You’ll have a full day to tour Cairo and to visit the Egyptian Museum (home to King Tut’s treasures), have lunch at the famous Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant in Khan El Khalili Bazaar, visit the Citadel of Salah Ed-Din and Alabaster Mosque, or see the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Throughout your journey, you’ll uncover the many mysteries and secrets that have shaped Egypt’s past and continue to influence the future of this remarkable land.
Elegance of the Pharaohs
Pharaohs, mummies, pyramids, golden treasures, the Sahara Desert, and the River Nile are just some of the initial thoughts that come to mind when thinking about Egypt. With a fascinating history dating back to 3,000 B.C., ancient Egypt continues to amaze and perplex all those who continue to dedicate their lives to studying one of the world’s most documented civilizations. Well ahead of its time in the ancient world, ancient Egypt was very advanced and evidence of their remarkable achievements in architecture and design still stand strong in the modern world, attracting millions of visitors to the country each year.
On Luxury Gold’s 10-Day Guided Tour of Egypt, travelers can follow in the footsteps of pharaohs, exploring a wide array of the country’s most important and prized antiquities. Guests can join an Egyptologist at the Pyramids of Giza for an insider’s look at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and enjoy a VIP, after-hours visit to the Temple of Luxor where they can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site free from other tour groups. At the Valley of the Kings, you will see where Tutankhamun, or the infamous King Tut, is buried. There will also be time to sit back and enjoy high tea on the terrace of the Cataract Hotel, where Winston Churchill once relaxed. And in Cairo, guests will visit the Egyptian Museum to view the many treasures originally found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
From Ancient Treasures to Archaeological Marvels
Egypt brings out the student in all of us – and on Abercrombie & Kent’s Egypt and Nile 2022 itinerary, guests will feel like explorers all over again. Limited to 18 travelers, this 10-day adventure basks in the timeless majesty of ancient Egypt on an immersive journey through the land of the pharaohs, exploring its quintessential archaeological treasures with an expert A&K Egyptologist. Guests will soak up striking views while sailing for four nights along the Nile aboard the stylish Sanctuary Sun Boat I. The journey begins with a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum to witness its vast trove of artifacts, some never before displayed, and then move on to Giza to venture inside one of the pyramids, and view the enigmatic Great Sphinx on the Giza Plateau.
Once on board Sanctuary Sun Boat I, guests will make their way up the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. There guests can descend into the tomb of King Tut and the colorful tomb of Seti I, father of legendary Ramses II. Here you’ll marvel at the colossal statues and towering colonnade of the sprawling Temple of Luxor, and listen as your expert A&K Egyptologist deciphers the hieroglyphs carved upon them. Then it’s on to Abu Simbel to set eyes upon the imposing twin temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Returning to Cairo you’ll have a full day of activities that include driving to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. After lunch you can choose to tour Islamic Cairo, Coptic Cairo and its famous Hanging Church, or say hello the Royal Mummies at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
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