Nile traditional cruise of Egypt

“Few experiences possess the timeless romance that comes from a cruise along the River Nile. Sail from Luxor to Aswan aboard a dahabiya houseboat, exploring islands and ancient ruins in style.”


Nile cruise | Luxor | Luxor Museum | Dendera | Luxor Temple | Temple of Karnak | Valley of the Kings | Valley of the Queens | Esna | Dahabiya cruise | El Hegz | Edfu Temple | Ramadi | Quarries of El Silsila-Farez | Daraw camel market | Kom Ombo | Aswan | Philae |

Description of Nile traditional cruise of Egypt

Follow the River Nile from Esna to Aswan aboard a comfortable and spacious dahabiya houseboat, pausing at iconic locations including majestic Kom Ombo, the temples of Philae and Edfu, and the bustling camel market at Daraw, on this memorable small group trip.

The tour gets underway in the ancient city of Luxor, once home to pharaohs and todayone of the most renowned destinations of the Nile. You’ll hike through the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, escaping the crowds to enjoy impressive panoramas over the river’s west bank, and sites including the Colossi of Memnon.

Boarding your vessel at the famed locks of Esna, you’ll slip gracefully into the current for several days of relaxed sightseeing along the Nile. Life on both riverbanks continues much as it has done for millennia, with villagers tending their crops in peaceful farming communities, and felucca sailboats darting around. There will be opportunities to step ashore and meet the locals, between visits to well-known locations such as Edfu, and lesser-visited places such as the quarries of El Silsila-Farez.

The southernmost point of your voyage, Aswan, is a fascinating blend of Arab and African cultures, the gateway to Nubia, and a constant hive of activity. Here you’ll make one final stop, at the handsome island temple of Philae, and take lunch with views of the Aswan Dam, before your group disperses.

There are different ways to travel the Nile of course, but very few can compare to the romance and elegance of a dahabiya houseboat. You’ll be accompanied by local guides throughout, on an environmentally friendly cruise that seeks to show you parts of the Nile that others do not.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nile traditional cruise of Egypt


With such a rich history, the southern stretches of the Nile has long attracted travellers, and whilst the antiquities are available for all to enjoy, the way that we visit can make a huge difference, ensuring that generations to come can share this privilege.

This trip travellers by Dahabia – a traditional type of small boat that carries a maximum of 18 people. This allows us to lead river cruising with controlled sanitary drainage disposal (which takes place in the assigned harbors) and prevents its discharge to the River Nile, thus avoiding the pollution generated by larger cruise liners.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some remote sites that aren’t policed by tourist regulators.

In addition, when you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions such as those caused by your flight. They work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint, in an effort to then reduce their carbon emissions. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf such as through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.


In addition to the environmental advantages, the Dahabia program has helped us create a stable relation between environmental tourism and the understanding of sustainable development. By involving local villages and visiting human settlements on the banks of the river, we aim to draw tourism away from the main sites of Luxor and Aswan, and to support the socially and economically underdeveloped parts of Egypt. Travelers have the chance to cross beyond the regular travel programs to Egypt and understand more about the country and the people, ensuring that funds are channelled into local communities.

All of the services of the program are provided by various Egyptian suppliers – many of them are young Egyptian entrepreneurs, giving them the ability to control their own future rather than just wait for the government’s employment

We use local guides, staff, lodges, and buy food locally, thereby directly benefiting the local economy.

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