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Egypt: Nile Cruise

Updated on February 9, 2015

Nile Cruise: The Best Way to See Egypt.

The best way to see Ancient Egypt is to cruise along the Nile, although there is a lot to see in Cairo or the Valley of the Kings, for a few days, without traveling the length of the Nile. Many tourists also go to Egypt for the beaches, diving and snorkeling opportunities.

The Nile cruises mostly go from Luxor, near the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens to Aswan, stopping at various temples and ancient sites along the way: El Minya; Beni Hasan; Tell El Amarna; Asyut; Abydos; Dandara; Luxor Temple; Karnak Temple; Necropolis of Thebes (including the tombs of Rameses VI, tomb 9, Seti I, tomb 17, Tutankhamun, Tomb 62 and the Colossi of Memnon, Deir El Bahri and Medinet Habu); Isna; Idfu; Kom Ombo; The Botanic Island, Granite Quarries, High Dam and Philae Temples in Aswan. Abu Simbel is another sight that can be access in a separate cruise from Aswan or by plane. The Temple of Rameses II is another important sight.

This article features photographs from Cairo, Gisa, along the Nile to Luxor and Aswan and travel tips, advice and recommendations of the best places to stay and best archeological sites in Egypt.

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The Pyramids at Giza

Map of Egypt - Map of the Nile in Egypt

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A markerCairo, Egypt -
Cairo, Egypt
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B markerLuxor, Egypt -
Luxor, Egypt
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C markerAswan, Egypt -
Aswan, Egypt
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Photo of the Pyramids

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

More Pyramids

The view you rarely see

The Sphynx

The Nile Cruise

Many cruises have a fancy dress party one evening to allow you to meet the other guests and make a fool of yourself, but where do you get fancy dress from? While waiting to go through a lock, queued up with many other cruise ships, suddenly you will find your ship surrounded by many small boats and you can haggle from the top deck for clothes. They throw them up for you to look at, and try on, then if you like them throw money down money to them.

The Cruise

The gym on the top-deck of a cruise ship.

The Nile

Egypt Excursions

The Nile has so many wonderful sights to see and the cruise ships stop at each of the major ones for small groups to disembark and be escorted by horse-drawn carriage, coach or small boat. Excursions include many archeological sites featuring ancient mummies and temples dedicated to many different gods. This really is a relaxing way to see the sights.

Photographic Equipment

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digital SLR cameras

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Aswan, Egypt

Aswan is the end of the cruise, because the enormous Aswan High Dam gets in the way, although you can take another cruise from here on to Abu Simbal. The best place to stay in Aswan is the Old Cateract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote The Death on The Nile. It retains the character of the era in which she wrote the novel and has wonderful views from the bar across the river to the botanical gardens.

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      Venus 2 years ago

      Been around the world and eye eye eye, I can't find my baby~SB...I too long to be a world taervler. Africa, Europe, Trinidad and Tobego, The Figi's you name it, I want to go... Thankfully I have been fortunate to see a few places in my day which has truly expanded my thinking about humanity and America.... I think that everyone in the States should be afforded the opportunity to leave the country atleast once in his or her lifetime. Unless of course they are on house arrest. It can make a world of difference. You go!

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      Venus 2 years ago

      Been around the world and eye eye eye, I can't find my baby~SB...I too long to be a world taervler. Africa, Europe, Trinidad and Tobego, The Figi's you name it, I want to go... Thankfully I have been fortunate to see a few places in my day which has truly expanded my thinking about humanity and America.... I think that everyone in the States should be afforded the opportunity to leave the country atleast once in his or her lifetime. Unless of course they are on house arrest. It can make a world of difference. You go!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Very interesting

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I would so love to visit there one day. Taking a cruise on the Nile would be the icing on the cake.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      I've never felt any urge to go on a conventional "cruise" - big ocean liner, too much food, shuffleboard, all that sort of thing - but you've certainly made me *crave* a cruise on the Nile!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      It's funny, when I think of Egypt I don't think snorkeling. LOL. I think archeology and history.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      It's funny, when I think of Egypt I don't think snorkeling. LOL. I think archeology and history.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I want to travel to Egypt this summer. Thanks for all the great pictures and hardwork on this lens. You have put a lot of information on here. If you want to read more about Egypt and Egyptian Magick check out my blog here -> nibiru

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      sambukashot 7 years ago

      We have several boats for the perfect river nile cruise

      http://www.expressbookers.co.uk/rivercruises.aspx

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      mike0079 7 years ago

      Excellent Information with great pix!

      Egypt is such a hottest tourist destination on the earth.

      And it has so much to offer to its tourists.

      Especailly, Pyramids at Giza and the Cruise

      I am also planning a trip to Egypt with the help of www.southalltravel.co.uk

      Hopefully, I will be there in the month of April.

      I think, it is a good time to visit here.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Travel Lens. Photos are awesome! A trip down the Nile is definitely on our Trip List. Happy Holidays to you and Best Wishes for 2010! :)

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      Angela F 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a great travelogue! A Nile cruise is definitely on my "must-do" list. Thanks for sharing your awesome pics.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Those Pyramids are spectacular--Rare footage--Beautiful!!

      Fived and faved!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Someday I will travel the world

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      One day I will travel on the Nile! Such history, such beauty!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Sold! I'll have a cruise please. I'm ashamed to say that I still haven't seen the pyramids. Really must get there soon as I feel a real connection, there is something magical about them and the Sphynx. Lovely photos, 5* lens.

      Mike.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You've done it again, Andy! You took me to Egypt for a Nile Cruise and I didn't even have to get a passport! Great photos, thanks so much for sharing your world travels!

      - Seen your update on twitter! - Been getting some visiting done today, beats working on lenses all the time! - Love visiting you and your adventures!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Wow! The color of the sky is so vivid. What an awesome trip this must surely be -- we can only dream of cruising the Nile! Wonderful lens my dear.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Wow! The color of the sky is so vivid. What an awesome trip this must surely be -- we can only dream of cruising the Nile! Wonderful lens my dear.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Wow! You truly have traveled the world.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens Andy, great photos 5***** Back in the early 90's I was on safari in Kenya with a load of backpackers, and became good friends with one, an East German guy who was working in Cairo. He said that one night he had climbed the Great Pyramid and sat on the top to watch the sun come up. Sounds so cool...

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      momsherbs 8 years ago

      One of my dream locations I would love to travel to.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Egypt and the Pyramids are on my 'Bucket List'. Stunning photos. 5*s.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      You can feel the magick in these pictures. You really take wonderful photo's

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      Mayflowerblood 8 years ago

      This travel lens looks very pleasent.

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      What a spectacular trip, beautiful and intriguing photos and beautiful lens.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Wow! I would love to see the pyramids!

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      Mazzer 8 years ago

      I really like the images! I sooo want to go there - it is freezing here at the moment and those blue skies are so tempting!

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Eygpt is on my list of 'must go to' places. Although I've heard lots of travellers get bad stomachs there. The photos are stunning, as usual. 5***** for you!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      Andy, great lens and photos...Egypt is another one on my list...I see my cousin Trixi (below) was here, she loved Egypt.......5*

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Another beauty! Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      Lamar Ross 9 years ago from Florida

      I thought I had seen a lot of the world until I started following your lenses. Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group. We look forward to seeing your other travel related lenses in our group. Keep up the good work.

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      TrixiJahn 9 years ago

      Real cool lens...ofcourse I lensrolled it...you got me beat in seeing the stuff down south...still have that ahead of me. *5 for sure on this one :-)))