Nile River Tours & Trip Packages

Nile River Tours & Trips

33 Nile River trips. Tours from 19 tour companies. 237 reviews. 4.9/5 avg rating.

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Nile Cruise
4.7/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
With a wide range of trip styles, Exodus caters to every type of traveler out there- even those with specific interests from cycling to winter hiking.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Abu Simbel, Aswan, Cairo, Luxor

Highlights

  • Visit the pyramids
  • Explore ancient temples and tombs
  • Cruise on the Nile
  • Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Aswan

Themes

Cultural

What travelers are saying

"Excellent trek doing the Tour du Mont Blanc (camping trip). I have done a number of Exodus trips in the past and all have been brilliant. This one was no exception, well run, exceptional staff and a great itinerary!"

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Pyramids, Temples and the Nile: the Ultimate Egypt Experience | August 25, 2022
5/5 Excellent
12 reviews
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Aswan, Cairo, Luxor Temple, Nubian Desert, Pyramid of Giza

Highlights

  • Gaze in awe at the Great Pyramid and Sphinx of Giza
  • Discover the overlooked architectural wonders of Cairo's historic centre
  • Explore the ancient Luxor Temple illuminated by candlelight
  • Enjoy a cocktail party on a traditional felucca at sunset
  • Cruise down the Nile on a luxury ship
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Themes

Cultural, Education / Learning, Photography

What travelers are saying

"A Culture Trip curated trip is a must for anyone burnt out planning their own trips or going to a remote or unfamiliar area. Having a local insider was the highlight of the trip. From the moment we landed to the moment we had to go through security to leave, we were completely taken care of. Our insider gave us great recommendations for restaurants and was very adaptable to any situation that arose."

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Egypt, A Family Adventure
5/5 Excellent
21 reviews
Private Guided
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Wheelchair Accessible
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Abu Simbel, Aswan, Cairo, Luxor Temple, Pyramid of Giza, Sahara Desert, Sphinx, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings

Highlights

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with an Egyptologist guide
  • Daily breakfast and many meals
  • Special experiences for children
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Egyptian Museum
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Themes

Cultural, Nature & Wildlife

What travelers are saying

"We booked a trip to Italy with Sky Vacations and could not have been happier with the results. We didn’t want to do the usual tourist visits because we had been to Italy before. They designed a trip that took us to Umbria and Marche and Lake Bracciano and it was great. We wanted to stay in luxury, smaller hotels, do cooking classes, wine tasting and some touring and every item was executed perfectly. We’re now booking Greece with them. A great company we highly recommend."

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New Zealand South Island Adventure
4.3/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Alps, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound

Highlights

  • Take in the magic of the spectacular Fox Glacier region weaving through rainforests and a walk around the shimmering Lake Matheson.
  • Witness the stunning, millions of years old scenery at the dramatic Pancake Rocks and the Hokitika Gorge, and spot fur seals at Cape Foulwind.
  • Soak up the silence of Milford Sound on a cruise across its waters – you’ll be left speechless by the hundreds of tumbling cascades and deeply forested mountains.
  • Cross the Foveaux Strait to unspoilt Stewart Island and spend two days cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks in search of kiwis.

Themes

High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Explore Egypt & Jordan
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Amman, Aqaba, Aswan, Cairo, Dead Sea, Edfu, Jerash, Luxor, Luxor Temple, Madaba, Petra, Pyramid of Giza, Shobak, Sphinx, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Wadi Rum

Highlights

  • You’ll never forget your first glimpse of The Treasury in Petra. Spend a day taking in the majesty and mystery of this unforgettable place on a guided tour then enjoy free time to explore.
  • Set sail down the Nile – one of the world’s most iconic rivers. Relax in comfort as scenes of everyday Egyptian life stream by and experience day turn to night from your sundeck.
  • Experience the unique sensation of floating in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea, then cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud for a spa treatment like no other.
  • Explore the magnificent temples at Abu Simbel and see the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, carved directly out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile.
  • Meet Bedouin locals, learn about their ways, and sleep under the stars in a desert camp in the far-out destination of Wadi Rum.

Themes

Cultural, High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Premium Egypt & Jordan in Depth
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Amman, Aswan, Cairo, Dead Sea, Jerash, Jordan Valley, Luxor, Luxor Temple, Madaba, Nubian Desert, Petra, Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Wadi Rum

Highlights

  • Discover the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, the ancient city of Alexandria, battle site of El Alamein, the majesty of Petra, and embark on a 4WD drive adventure through wind-swept rock formations of Wadi Rum.
  • Enjoy unforgettable Exclusive Experiences, including dinner in a family’s home in Cairo, a visit to the city’s oldest coffeeshop, sunset drinks on board a traditional felucca and a zarb dinner with your Bedouin hosts in Wadi Rum.
  • Take your time exploring Abu Simbel with an overnight stay, discovering this magnificent monument carved out of the mountainside with less crowds, followed by a Premium Exclusive Experience; an incredible sound and light show.
  • Relax with four nights on a premium Nile riverboat, allowing you to cruise up the river in comfort, and experience isolated elegance during your stay at a luxury camp in Wadi Rum, your Feature Stays for this adventure.
  • Experience the best of Middle Eastern cuisine during welcome dinners in Cairo and Amman, high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, traditional meals in two family homes and a family-run cooking class in Amman.

Themes

Cultural, High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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New Zealand West Coast Adventure
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Alps, Christchurch

Highlights

  • Get out and see a different side to the South Island, making the most of the wide-open spaces of the rugged and largely unexplored West Coast.
  • Go deeper into the history of the area with stories of the goldrush days during visits to Reefton, Kumara and Arrowtown.
  • Take in the magic of the spectacular Fox Glacier region weaving through rainforests and a walk along shimmering Lake Matheson.
  • Witness the stunning, millions of years old scenery at the dramatic Pancake Rocks and the Hokitika Gorge, and spot fur seals at Cape Foulwind.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Forest & Bird. Donations help them give nature a voice - protecting wildlife and wild places in Aotearoa New Zealand by advocating for conservation on the ground and at a government level.

Themes

Cultural, High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Explore Egypt: Cairo & Nile River Cruise
4.1/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Cairo, Luxor

Highlights

  • Cairo Sightseeing Tour, including the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Khan El-Khalili Bazaar (full-day, with lunch)
  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple and Temple of Luxor (half-day)
  • Guided tour of the West Bank, including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon
  • Guided tour of The Temple of Horus (Edfu) and Kom Ombo Temple (Sobek)

Themes

Cultural, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"The trip was planned in an excellent way to see the sights without any hassle. It was a seamless experience and the price for the trip was reasonable. Each of our transfers from airports was on time with no effort from us. Our two excursions were an excellent way to learn more about Panama and Colombia. The hotels that were chosen were in the heart of the areas and very nice. I am consistently impressed with how GVV organizes their travel packages and the customer service is always top notch. This is the 5th trip we have taken through GVV, I tell everyone we meet about this amazing service! 5 starts isn't enough :)"

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Nile River Reviews & Ratings

4.9/5  Excellent
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Oct 2018

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postscript

Sorry, I meant to add that Exodus should perhaps delete the reference to the "library" on the cruise from the Trip Notes. The library consisted of 16 dog-eared bo...

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Oct 2018

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Nile Cruise

This was a wonderful trip - I enjoyed it enormously. Visit to the temples at Karnak & Luxor Khaled Lotfy was an excellent & inspirational group leader. He ...

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Oct 2018

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History in the Heat

I've always been interested in Egyptian history and when friends suggested joining this holiday I booked straight away. And it didn't disappoint. Seeing & bein...

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Feb 2018

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Nile Cruise

I do not have a very long 'bucket list', in fact Egypt is the only destination on it and this holiday did not disappoint. From the flight to Cairo to the flight ho...

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Jan 2018

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Nile Cruise and Pyramids

This was a wonderful trip. It was very exciting to get our first glimpse of the Pyramids which were only a short ride from the airport. There was a few early mor...

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Nile River Tour Selection Trips

  •   While Egypt does have other attractions along the Mediterranean and in the desert, a Nile cruise is the best way to see Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and  many other treasures of ancient Egypt
  • Allow three to four days for your Nile cruise and additional time to tour Cairo and view the Giza Pyramids at the beginning or end of your cruise
  • You can begin your Nile cruise either in Luxor and go south to Aswan, or the opposite (the Nile flows from south to north).
  • Aswan to Luxor cruises (north, with the current) are typically four days and three nights while Luxor to Aswan cruises (south, against the current) are typically five days and four nights
  • Roundtrip cruises take one week
  • Stopovers are mostly the same whichever cruise boat you take
  • The boats can differ quite markedly in cabin size, decor and amenities, leading to differences in price.
  • While cruise boats operate year-round, winter is the most comfortable season to travel; summers are very hot
  • Though safety is a general concern when traveling Egypt, Nile cruises are generally safe -- you will be completely separated from the threats of petty theft, and for the majority of trip removed from any terrorist concerns in the larger cities.
  • Take advantage of the drop-off in Egyptian tourism to see the Nile and its treasures before crowds return
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The Nile is most closely associated with Egypt, when in fact, it flows through a total of 9 African countries. River cruises along the Nile are most popular in Egypt, and this is the primary offering. Typically Nile River cruises run between 4-9 days.

Trips to Egypt and the Nile River are great for history buffs, archaeology nerds, and adventurous travelers seeking to step outside their comfort zone.

Nile River Cruises

Nile River cruises usually follow similar routes, beginning in Aswan and sailing north to Luxor. The number of stops you make and sites you visit along the way depends on the length of your cruise.

However most excursions along the cruise will allow the opportunity to visit the main sites in Egypt that most tourists to Egypt long to see: the pyramids, Abu Simbel temple, and The Valley of the Kings. You’ll get your share of hieroglyphics and egyptology along a Nile River Cruise.

Most Nile River cruises feature traditional Egyptian modes of transport in addition to a normal river cruise vessel. This includes riding in feluccas, with their distinctive sails; you might also take a camel ride through the desert.

Luxury Nile River Cruises 

A luxury cruise on the Nile usually means that the boat you will be traveling on is of much higher quality, with larger rooms and a higher quality of service. You can also expect certain perks, luxury cruises often include more meals, both of your flights, and other kinds of benefits.

For example, some luxury cruises will give include a complimentary SIM card for your mobile device, bottled water throughout the entire tour, and guaranteed guided tours at every attraction. This reduces the hassle of having to worry about your own details or coordinate your own guides, or missing out an experience without one. 

How Long Are Nile River Cruises?

Shared by 10 other countries besides Egypt and spanning 6,650 kilometers (4,132 miles), it is no surprise that the Nile River is the longest one in the world. It then makes sense why Nile River cruises are usually around two weeks in length.

While there are shorter options for Nile River cruises, the smallest of which is just a few days, these options seriously cut down on travelers’ ability to see as much of Egypt as possible. These shorter cruises provide minimal time to explore the famous urban centers of Luxor or Cairo that juxtapose so well with their ancient counterparts in the desert.

Longer Nile River cruises give travelers the luxury of time for exciting activities such as camel-riding, scuba-diving and museum tours.

Will I Visit the Pyramids?

While the Sphinx is undeniably one of the most well-known attractions for travelers on the Nile River, the astounding pyramids that dot the harsh desert landscape are also popular.

Most cruises along the Nile River will make stops at the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sakkara Pyramids. Not only are these pyramids symbols of amazing architectural feats, but also the final resting places of ancient Egypt’s famous rulers.

King Tut’s famous tomb and the Valley of Kings are crucial aspects of Egyptian culture and are therefore a highlight of the majority of Nile River Cruises. The ancient temples of Hathor, Abu Simbel, and even Edfu are just as ancient as the pyramids and are also available for exploration with numerous Nile River cruises.

Best Time to Take a Nile River Cruise

  • October through January

Surrounded on all sides by miles of unrelenting desert terrain that is broken only by cities and towns, the Nile River is a unique source of life for the Sahara desert region. While picturesque and green in some areas, Nile River cruises come with a unique set of natural phenomena that some travelers may opt to avoid.

The months of October until January are the best times to travel the Nile River by cruise. This is because earlier months of the year (March through May) are notorious for desert sandstorms and summers (July through August) are the hottest months for the region. Travelers who do not mind a colder vacation should visit during December and January, as the winter season for the region is the perfect (and most popular) time to visit the Great Pyramids and temples.

It is important to note that the cultural event of Ramadan takes place around the end of April until the end of May (it changes by the year). This tradition brings travelers from across the globe for food, cultural events, and colorful wares that can be found in few other places in the world on such a large scale. While it is one of the best times to visit the Nile River, booking lodging and travel accommodations for cruises in advance is crucial.

The Weather on the Nile River

Egypts weather is typically very hot, reaching temperatures around 100 degrees F in the warmest months between June and August.

When touring temples, you can expect to experience even a few degrees higher, as the heat radiates from the stones, and many tourists are milling around exploring the sometimes tight spaces and pathways.

As a result, tours through Egypt can be more physically exhausting than some might expect. A cruise is a good way to reduce the extreme duress of traveling in between sites on foot and in cramped taxis, and is well suited to older travelers.

It is also better to avoid the heat at all costs, making the best time to visit in between October and April, when the heat is less intense, and there are fewer crowds of tourists.

What to Wear on a Nile River Cruise

The heat is going to dictate your packing list, but also remember that Egypt is a predominantly muslim country, so for exploring Cairo and other cities, wearing relatively conservative clothing is recommended. This stands true especially for women.

  1. Sun Hat / Head Scarf - There isn’t a lot of shade to be found along the Nile, or the many temples you’ll visit along the way. A wide brimmed sun-hat, or a handy pashmina, will save you a lot of discomfort from the sun beating down. The pashmina, or small head scarf, will also be helpful for women when you try to enter any of the historic mosques on your trip -- covering your hair is respectful, and many places, required.  But definitely don’t let either replace sunscreen! Both are essential for a comfortable trip.
  2. Breathable layers - Lightweight clothing that covers shoulders and legs is ideal for traveling along the Nile. Not only does it provide more sun protection, it is respectful of the culture. Consider fabrics like linen and cotton, and in light colors that won’t absorb the heat.
  3. Bug spray - Most river environments are ideal homes for mosquitos, and the Nile is no exception. Keeping bug spray nearby is going to be essential for your comfort! And definitely keep windows closed in your room as much as possible, especially at night.
  4. Sturdy shoes - Many of the temples you’ll explore have uneven surfaces, and stubbing toes is something you’ll want to avoid. Rubber soled and closed toed sandals are a great choice, as they will still allow your feet to breath, while also being protective. Due to the hard surfaces, flats and flimsy sandals with no support will also tire your feet out a lot more quickly.

Dos and Don'ts on a Nile River Cruise

While Nile River cruises will stop for tours at staggering temples and ancient resting places, it is important for travelers to remember that the sites are both sacred and subject to Egyptian law. It is strictly forbidden to take any piece of the architecture home. Pictures are allowed in most landmarks, but flash photography may not always be.

By listening to tour guides, travelers can become aware of which regulations they are expected to follow at the sites they visit. Travelers are strongly cautioned against trekking alone in the desert without a guide or group for support. When it comes to long days of hiking or boating, sunscreen is a necessity to avoid a painful vacation.

In the same way, remaining hydrated prevents the risk of illness or heatstroke. As a conservative country, women should consider wearing clothing that covers their shoulders and pants if possible. This is especially true in mosques or other religious buildings and should be followed by men as well.

Carrying Egyptian pounds (national currency) is a requirement to purchase goods and souvenirs from vendors. Fortunately, haggling is allowed in marketplaces but not in stores or restaurants. Tipping is also a custom in Egypt. While travelers may see a “service” charge on bills, this goes directly to the restaurant and not the waiter.

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