Nile cruise holiday in Egypt

“A nine day holiday seeing Egypt’s wonders from the water, with four nights on board a five star cruise boat, and the rest in fine hotels in Cairo and Luxor. Fully guided, travelling in a small group. ”


Five star cruise boat on the Nile | Cairo | Pyramids at Giza | Luxor | Valley of the Kings | Karnak | Edfu | Aswan | Felucca sailboat on Nile | Optional visit to Abu Simbel | Optional visit to Aswan Dam

Description of Nile cruise holiday in Egypt

This nine day Nile cruise holiday in Egypt actually starts on land, taking time to explore the world famous historical monuments and ancient architecture that the city and its surrounds are so famous for. Including, of course, the Great Pyramids of Giza where over a hundred of these Ancient Egyptian constructions are a powerful sight to behold.

After taking an internal flight to Luxor, we take time to visit the stunning Valley of the Kings, a labyrinth of underground tombs including King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. Crossing back over the Nile’s east bank we explore Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple complex, before boarding the luxury cruise boat. This boat is an extremely comfortable way to spend the next four nights, as we journey on to more architectural greats, including Kom Ombo and Edfu Ptomelaic temples. These were dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, which you still see symbols of everywhere along the Nile, particularly in Nubian homes. Another highlight of this holiday is a trip on board a traditional Nile felucca sailing boat, sailing with a small group and travelling in and out of some of the river’s islands and communities.

There are several optional extras on this trip, including a trip to Aswan Dam and also Abu Simbel in the south, a collection of temples that were rescued from flooding by UNESCO when the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser were built in the 1960’s when they were relocated to this stunning site.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nile cruise holiday in Egypt

Accommodation and Meals:
You will spend half of the nights on a luxury cruise boat on the Nile and the remainder in hotels. Both types of accommodation are locally staffed, which is wonderful for providing employment opportunities in the area. Where meals are provided, we use fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish etc. of which there is an abundance here. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, falafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads. Clients are encouraged to eat in small restaurants, cafes and markets when their meal is not included, and local guides can suggest what the best places are. There are even options to have a Nubian dinner or a home cooked meal in Cairo, where clients can have an authentic meal and see directly who their money is going to.

We support A.C.E (Animal Care in Egypt) by sending clients to visit their centre and promoting their work to encourage donations. A.C.E. is a charity dedicated to stopping the suffering of animals in the most deprived communities in Luxor by providing free veterinary care and education. There is now a walk-in clinic, a hospital for crucial surgery and 25 stables which allow animals to recover from injury and pressure of working life. This is not just an amazing cause for the animals, but by teaching over 150 children a week, plus owners and veterinary students, communities gain a lot of valuable training.

Our tour is largely culturally and historically focused, with our itinerary including a large number of significant Egyptian sites. We visit Al Azhar mosque, Cairo's oldest mosque, university and bazaar, Aswan bazaar and corniche, the Egyptian museum, El Azhar Mosque, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor temple, the Nubian museum, Aswan High Dam etc. This not only promotes these cultural assets by encouraging international appreciation of the architecture, history and relics inside these buildings, but we are creating a demand for local employment and income for the sellers and service providers in surrounding areas.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

1 Reviews of Nile cruise holiday in Egypt

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The attention given to us by our leader Mohammed he made sure we did not miss anything

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This is not a relaxing holiday there are early starts and long days but well worth it the train journey is long and not smooth all the way

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

5 star apart from the train journey. Saw everything we wanted plus more. It was a fabulous holiday, Mohammed is so knowledgeable - he is a credit to your company. Well done!

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