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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Location: Aswan, concludes Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 4 days

From USD $234.00

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Location: Luxor, concludes Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 5 days

From USD $307.00

Nile River Dinner Cruise in Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 145 Reviews

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $62.00
From USD $423.00
From USD $423.00

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

From USD $187.00

Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $25.00

Private Boat Tour: Soheil Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $25.00

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