Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 4-Day Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Optional Private Guide. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
We highly recommend this cruise and tour company to see the ancient Egyptian sites on the Nile. The crew was exceedingly helpful, from the administration to the doormen and room cleaners. The food was served buffet style and was delicious The room was very comfortable and clean and had an adjoining bathroom with a tub and shower. Every night we were surprised to return to the room and find an animal creation made from towels. Very imaginative and creative! The crew appeared to number as many as the passengers and we felt very well cared for. At the end a group tip was suggested which we were more than happy to fund because of the superior performance of everyone. Also booking was easy through the internet and with a NY phone number for questions. The touring was done by Adel Eldesouki who was excellent. He had a degree in Egyptology, spoke good English, and was knowledgeable about everything we asked about. He had a wonderful sense of humor and when we dragged behind, he gently told us, help me help you. At the beginning and the end, we were met by professional staff who escorted us from and to the airport. Everything went like clockwork. We highly recommend Viator.
Exceptional cruise. Far more than expected. The staff is wonderful and the service is impeccable. Highly recommended.
We originally booked on the M/Y Mirage but, as numbers were low, we ended up on the M/S Amarco, which we were told was an upgrade. We were very happy with the Amarco; the cabin was wood-panelled and very comfortable, the meals were very good and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We took the cruise from Aswan to Luxor, which matched our dates but which meant there was only one day actually cruising. Our main aim was to see the ancient sites, so this wasn't a problems for us, but we thoroughly enjoyed the cruising, so regretted only having one day of it. It was well worth paying a little extra to have a private guide for our party of four. Our guide did an excellent job, sharing a wealth of information with us as we visited the Aswan High Dam, the temples at Philae, Kom Ombo and Edfu, as well as the Valley of the Kings. He also ensured that all aspects of the trip went smoothly, including the various mini-buses, the felucca at Aswan, the caleche to get to the temple at Edfu. The whole experience was wonderful!
Amazing value !!! A very relaxing and super informative tour. You will miss a lot if you just stay in Cairo and visit the pyramids. Lots of temples and Valley of the Kings !!!. Ship and crew where wonderful. Our tours where conducted by the local Viator agent South Sinai Travel. They make sure you are escorted when you leave the ship. Our local guide "Moe" who stayed with us in the cruise is a very qualified Egyptologist from Cairo University who gave us a very comprehensive background on egyptian mythology and history. So if you rather do the photography thing than learning egyptology, make sure to inform him so that he can talk less and give you more photo time !!! I recommend to take the optional Abu Simbel tour. Definitely better than the pyramids !!!
Word of warning !! Egypt has no oil and is a poor country. Lots of people depends on the tourist trade so do not freak out if there are hordes of vendors trying to sell you some tourist trinkets. They will not accept a "No thank you". Just don't make I contact and smile and say No and go on your way. Avoid private taxi tours or horse carriage rides beacuse they will bring you to their own perfume shops and egyptian dress shops and if you don't buy anything, they will demand a bigger tip aside from the agreed fare.
Just brilliant! We were a little worried about making such a tour booking online, but from our meeting at the airport in Aswan, until our farewell in Luxor, we were treated very well and felt safe all the way. Food was top notch, the pool on the top deck bliss, and our rooms were better than we expected. There were only 14 guests on our boat, which actually holds 120, so we were very spoilt for space. Our guide Mustafa was a real gentleman, gave us all the history/stories/real life of Egypt. My biggest tip for future travellers would be to take US$50 in one dollar bills to use for tipping, since we found it very difficult to get small Egyptian Pound notes anywhere. Also take 50 + pens to give to children, since many were asking! Best day on the cruise was the 8 hour journey between temples, during the day, since we really got a great view of the Nile from the pool deck. Boat did not have any snack foods on board, so take your own, or buy on the street. Finally, we made specific room requests via Viator (2 x twin + 1 x double) and this was passed onto the boat operator. Very happy all around!
Travel really cool, amazing places. The ship is comfortable, the food is good and the service was great (guide, transfers, officials of the ship). Viator is always very efficient and has quality services.
Highly recommended. Great experience.
The Cruise was good and the room was very comfortable . Excellent tours and our guide was very kind, friendly and informative.
Aiman (guide) is the best. Great experience. The cruise staff was fantastic, very good food and nice and clean room.
Wonderful. The guide was very kind. The ship personnel very helpful and friendly. The room was very comfortable. The visits to the monuments were wonderful. The Nile Cruise is a must go experience!
This trip was FANTASTIC! Worth every single penny! Cruising the Nile is a very unique and beautiful experience. The ship was beautifully decorated, and the cabins are large, clean and equivalent to fancy hotel rooms. The food on board was absolutely delicious! The best food I've tasted in all of Egypt!
The guided tours were nice as was spending time on the cruise ship itself. There is a pool and plenty of lounge areas to relax from the Upper Egypt Heat.
Overall, the cruise is a very well organized experience. Would definitely recommend to others!
This was one of the best experiences of my life. The rooms on the ship are clean and beautiful. The staff are accommodating, friendly and extremely helpful. The best part is that you get your own private guide. I believe I had the best guide in all of Egypt. He was highly qualified, extremely knowledgeable, and super fun to be around!
Excellent value for money. Private guide means private guide! Our guide, Hatem Saman met us at our accommodation and we started with a land tour in Aswan. We boarded the boat for lunch and and were pleased with the quality of the boat. Hatem accompanied us on the boat. At first this seemed weird, but we soon realised other people also had their own guide. This is much better than being in a group, you get the type of tour you want. Hatem was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Egyptology. He gave us time to look around ourselves and made the tours enjoyable. We were able to skip the things we didnt want to do and do more of the things that interested us. The tour is not exactly 4 days as everyone leaves the boat after an early breakfast on Day 4. Many people went on to do extra tours with their guide on Day 4 but we were heading to the Red Sea, so it suited us perfectly. The only difference I can see in this tour and longer tours offered by other companies is that the longer tours seem to have more days at leisure.
United Arab Emirates
This trip made my stay in Egypt worth while. Best way to see Egypt is to take a Nile cruise from Aswan to Cairo so that all the site seeing activities are covered. This cruise would leave you with least tension of arranging your own daily tours. Service, food and journey was flawless.
After roughing it on a tour for a couple of weeks, this is a great way to see the remainder of Egypt's treasures. Our cabin was huge, with everything that you could wish for. Our Cabin boys were a hoot - making different creations from towels at each room service which is twice a day! The food buffet was very comprehensive although they are quite pedantic about sticking to times and seats. We used the pool. massage, billiards table, internet - be aware that everything comes with a cost.