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Measuring 4,150 miles (6,680 kilometers) from end to end, the Nile River is the world’s longest and arguably the most important in the region. Egypt’s some 83 million residents, living along the edge of the pitiless Sahara Desert, have always relied on the waters of the Nile for basic sustenance.

More than 240 riverboats sail up and down the waters of the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan, and cruising on one of them tops many an Egyptian travel itinerary. Along the way, you’ll make stops at a few of the countless temples dotting the shore, including the Temple of Edfu, built in honor of the god Horus and better maintained than any other Pharaonic structure along the river, and the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek.

At Aswan, marvel at the controversial Aswan High Dam, a feat of engineering responsible for harnessing the Nile and creating the world’s largest artificial lake. To put things in perspective, the dam required 18 times more building materials than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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Nile River Dinner Cruise in Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 122 Reviews

Enjoy a Nile River dinner cruise aboard the Nile Maxim , one of the most elegant cruising restaurants sailing the world's longest waterway. You'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00

4-Day Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Optional Private Guide

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 4-day journey from Aswan to Luxor. Sightseeing, entrance fees and meals are included on this ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, concludes Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $234.00

8-Day Nile River Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Optional Private Guide

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Spend eight days on a voyage down the beautiful and romantic Nile River on a cruise from Luxor to Aswan and explore the historic temples, tombs and relics of ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $423.00

8-Day Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Optional Private Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Spend eight days relaxing on a leisurely Nile River cruise from Aswan to Luxor and explore the historic temples, tombs and relics of the the Upper Nile, ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $423.00

5-Day Nile River Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Optional Private Guide

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 5-day journey from Luxor to Aswan. You also have the opportunity to upgrade to a private guided tour so ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, concludes Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $307.00

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

For unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples, take a hot-air balloon flight over the Nile River's west bank. Away from the crowds in the peaceful glow of ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

From USD $187.00

Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island

With artifacts which date back to the predynastic periods, Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt. Spend a few hours exploring the ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00

Private Boat Tour: Soheil Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

To learn about the Nubians you must spend time with them. This private tour to Soheil Island lets you meet and spend time with Nubian people in their village.

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00

Luxor Shore Excursion: Private Tour of the West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple

When your ship docks in the port of Luxor, tour some of ancient Egypt’s most famous sites on the west bank of the Nile River on this private morning shore ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

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