Guides / January 12, 2018

4 Vital Pieces of Information You Need to Know Before Cruising Egypt on the Nile River

Fancy doing something a little different for your next vacation?

A Nile Cruise might be just the thing you’re after. This type of cruise offers you the chance to see Egypt from a unique perspective without having to sacrifice any luxury.

Now that I have your attention, let’s take a look at exactly what you’re in for if you opt for a Nile Cruise this vacation.

Cruises generally last anywhere between 3 and 7 days. How long you want to spend on the boat is entirely up to you, but the longer your cruise, the more you will see. Obviously.

1. When Should I Go?

Unless you want to scorch to death you should avoid Nile Cruises in the summer. The temperature from June through to August can reach 100 degrees. The ideal window for travel is during the winter. November until February sees days in the mid-80s and nights that don’t get colder than about 65.

2. What Are the Boats Like?

Nile Cruise boats come in all shapes and sizes but usually, they will have around 40 cabins (equipped with air-conditioning, don’t worry). There will also be a dining area and a lounge as well as a pool and possibly even a gym. Usually, Nile Cruises are offered on a full board basis so all your meals will be included.

3. What Will I See?

This is the part you’ve been waiting for. Up until this point, I could have been describing a cruise anywhere in the world. What makes a Nile Cruises so incredible is the sights you’ll see along the way.

Most cruises sail from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa.

As you ply through the waters of the Nile, you will stop off at multiple locations in order to visit Horus Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Temples of Kom Ombo and more.

If you are interested in ancient history or you have a penchant for temples then there probably isn’t a better experience. If neither of those apply to you then just kick back in the sunshine next to the boat’s pool and enjoy the staggering desert landscapes that unfold alongside you. Enjoy this rare opportunity to disconnect for a bit. Seriously, Egypt's WiFi is awful.

Cruising along the Nile River is stunning!

Cruising along the Nile offers up some truly beautiful views of Egypt.

In the evenings, passengers are treated to a range of cultural delights.

These include belly-dancing shows, Galabia Parties, and Nubian Folkloric Shows. This is a great way to get an authentic taste of Egypt whilst on your Nile Cruise.

Want some more? Here are some of the extras you can add on to your trip.

  • Hot air balloon ride in Luxor
  • Shopping in the old markets in Luxor or Aswan
  • Sound and light show in Luxor

4. What Should You Wear?

Remember that Egypt is a Muslim country. This won’t affect you while you are on the boat but bear in mind that in order to visit the temples you will have to dress modestly. This means covering your arms and legs and, for women, possibly your hair as well.

Similarly, in the cities, it is a good idea to dress conservatively in order to respect local customs. On the boat, you will be fine wearing light summer clothes and swimwear.

The best thing about a cruise is that everything is sorted for you. No need to work out transport or accommodation because your accommodation is your transport. All you need to do is get on board and relax!

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