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Nile by Luxury Riverboat

The best stops along the mighty African waterway from Aswan to Luxor.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  The thriving markets of Aswan. The grand archaeological sites of Luxor. The lush, ancient landscapes. Experience a luxuriously... more »

Tips:  Most Nile cruises sail year-round; from September to May is optimal, when the weather is mild and breezy.

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Points of Interest

1. Abercrombie & Kent Sun Boat IV

A&K has new, comfortable boats, with internet access, lounge pools, and private docks (which means faster, more accessible loading).

Address:
Egypt

Phone:
(800) 554-7016

Al Moudira—a baroque hotel fit for royalty, just a few miles south of the Valley of the Queens—incorporates materials salvaged from the corners of Egypt: stained glass lines the ceilings; frescoes and latticework adorn the arched walls; and 100-year-old wooden columns surround the swimming pool. The air is fragrant with henna and jasmine, wafting ... More

3. Assouan

An intimate boat, equipped for 16 passengers. Excursion are tailored to each passenger, but those who crave creature comforts should be wary, as the double-masted sailing vessel does not have air-conditioning or a pool. The emphasis is on the natural surroundings.

Address:
The Nile Corniche
Aswan
Egypt

Phone:
20-106-57-8322

4. Hotel Cataract Aswan

Intricate artwork adorns the balconied guest rooms at this 146-room Egyptian hotel. Agatha Christie penned parts of Death on the Nile at this hotel, try not to get spooked by the creaking of the French doors.

Address:
Abtal El Tahrir St.
Aswan
Egypt

Phone:
20-972-31-6000

5. Kom Ombo Temple

The most breathtaking ruin on the Nile, Kom Ombo has thick round columns supporting the roof.

Address:
Kom Ombo
Egypt

6. La Flâneuse du Nil

A seven-bedroom sailboat, fit for 14 passengers. Trips can be tailored for first-timers or Nile aficionados.

Address:
Nile River
Egypt

Phone:
33-6-12-47-13-02

With what is perhaps the most coveted location in all of Egypt—on 40 lush acres in the shadow of Khufu or “Great” Pyramid in the Cairo suburbs—the Mena House started life in 1869 as a royal hunting lodge. The original “palace,” with its stately Islamic detailing (colored marble mosaics, harem windows, carved Mashrabiya woodwork), now houses 34... More

8. Oberoi Zahra

The latest luxury cruise ship to hit the Nile, this vessel has spacious accommodations, spa suites, and a pool. The boat has private docks and Wi-Fi, and an onboard Egyptologist provides daily lectures.

Address:
Egypt

Phone:
20-233-77-3222

9. Open Air Museum

Composed of many historic ruins under restoration, the museum creates facsimiles put in place to hold up the fragile structures.

Address:
Karnak
Luxor
Egypt

The Sofitel-managed property overlooking the Nile, near the temple of Luxor, was built in 1886 for European aristocracy.

Address:
Corniche El Nile St.
Luxor
Egypt

Phone:
20-952-38-0425

11. Sonesta St. George

Travcoa Escorted Journeys takes small groups of 18 on a guided trip down the Nile. Passengers stay in presidential suites. The tour also encompasses the Upper Delta’s ancient sites.

Address:
Corniche El Nil St.
Luxor
Egypt

Phone:
20-952-38-2575

12. Sudan

Cruise along the Nile for four days from Aswan to Luxor in this 1885 steamship that was renovated in 2007. The 23 rooms and five suites are arranged on two tiers that overlook the wide generous deck equipped with tables and wicker chairs. Recline on one of the comfortable chaise lounges on the top deck. The meals in the wood-paneled dining room... More

13. Lindblad Expeditions Salacia

Explore Cairo and sail the Nile aboard this 40-passenger ship. Enjoy tours and lectures led by Lindblad Expeditions’ expert guides.

Address:
Egypt

Phone:
(800) 397-3348