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. ”

Highlights

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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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.

Charity:
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.

Activity:
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.
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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.

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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.

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6 Reviews of Nile cruise holiday in Egypt

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Reviewed on 09 Jan 2020 by

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


I really enjoy the people I meet in the small group travel adventures booked through your vendors. Also, of course, Egypt is amazing and full of cultural wonders

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


Temper your expectations about some of the accommodations. And prepare for very aggressive merchandise hawkers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Egypt is definitely not up to Western Standards on conservation/environmental issues.

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


excellent.

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2019 by

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


Loved the temples and cruise

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


No comments. It's personal

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

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


Very good

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019 by

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


The Valley of the Kings and Temple at Karnak. Also loved cruising down the Nile.

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


Be aware that the first day is very full-on and tiring.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

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


An amazing experience, not to be missed.

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by

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


Visits to Abu Simbel. Valley of the Kings tombs. Edfu, Kim Ombo, Karnak and Luxor temples. Cruising the Nile. In fact all of the tour was memorable and special.

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


It was very hot indeed so try and visit on cooler months. Also wear cover up loose clothing against the heat. Take tummy medication just in case.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Water was provided so we reused same bottle throughout. Opportunity to support local school and children and also to use local businesses.

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


The tour guide was great. Wished we could have had more time at each place we visited. A lot was crammed in to the time we had.

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2019 by

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


For me, the Nile Cruise and also the visit to Karnak temple.

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


Enjoy watching the vegetation on the Nile Cruise, it is fantastic. Take as many optional tours as you can, but I am not sure about the Abu Simbel one (which I
did not take), it was a very long trip and there were enormous crowds making the same trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


To a point, I would like to benefit them a bit more on the holiday, but am not sure how.

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


Very good, the only thing I wonder about is how fresh the air in the boat cabin was, as it was imossible to open a window, so I am not sure how fresh it always
was (air conditioning).

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2018 by

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


It was all memorable from the boat cruise to Karnak to the Valley of the Kings to Abu simbel. One of the best holidays I've had in years.

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


Accept the early starts they help you see things before it gets too hot.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I liked the fact we were supplied with drinking water.

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


Excellent.

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