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

Best 8-Day Nile River Cruise from Luxor Including Aswan and Optional Private Guide

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 the the Upper Nile, described as the greatest outdoor museum in the world!

Scheduled guided tours on the cruise include the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak and Luxor Temples, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo and the beautiful Philae Temple in Aswan. You also have the opportunity to upgrade to a private guided tour so you can plan your itinerary with a qualified Egyptologist during the cruise!


  • Eight-day River Nile cruise from Luxor
  • Scheduled group tours include Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor Temples, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo and Philae Temple in Aswan
  • Upgrade for your own private guide and enjoy privileged, personalized attention !
  • Optional tours available, including Abu Simbel, hot-air balloon flight over Luxor and Aswan sound and light show
  • Evening entertainment including Nubian music and dancers, a Galabayeh night and belly dancing
  • All meals included, featuring a mix of Egyptian and Western food
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Luxor hotels, airport or port

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What You Can Expect

Best 8-Day Nile River Cruise from Luxor Including Aswan and Optional Private Guide

Admire Philae Temple

The deluxe Nile cruiser M/Y Mirage has an onboard restaurant, lounges and reading areas, a discotheque, swimming pool with jacuzzi, large shaded sundeck with bar, massage service, boutique, gift shop and laundry service. Evening entertainment may include Nubian music and dancers, a Galabayeh night and belly dancing. The cruiser's 58 air-conditioned cabins have private facilities and satellite TV.

Opt for your own expert local guide and ensure a more personal experience on your visit to Egypt’s ancient sites and monuments accompanied by a qualified Egyptologist. Alternatively, group sightseeing offers a great money-saving option and with group sizes restricted to 20 people you have plenty of opportunity to interact with your guide and ask questions.

With all meals, accommodation and sightseeing included, your M/Y Mirage cruise on the Nile River makes your journey into ancient Egypt as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. And with your own guide to lead the way at each of the stops, you'll gain valuable insights into Egypt's ancient history and civilization on this laidback but informative cruise.

Please note: Groups of travelers requiring different cabin types are required to make separate bookings in order to guarantee cabins of their choice


8-Day Nile River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (L,D):

  • Embarkation upon arrival to Luxor
  • Visit the East Bank (Karnak and Luxor Temple)
  • Overnight in Luxor with opportunity to disembark

Day 2 (B, L, D):

  • Early morning sail to Esna and Edfu
  • Overnight in Edfu

Day 3 (B, L, D):

  • Breakfast on board
  • Visit Horus Temple in Edfu
  • Sail to Kom Ombo and Aswan
  • Overnight in Aswan (late night arrival)

Day 4 (B, L, D):

  • Visit the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple
  • Afternoon Felucca tour around Islands of Aswan
  • Overnight in Aswan with opportunity to disembark or optional Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple (additional cost)

Day 5 (B, L, D):

  • Free day in Aswan with possibility of optional tour to Abu Simbel (additional cost)
  • Overnight in Aswan with opportunity to disembark

Day 6 (B, L, D):

  • Sail to Kom Ombo and visit of Kom Ombo Temple
  • Sail to Luxor
  • Overnight in Luxor with opportunity to disembark

Day 7 (B, L, D):

  • Possibility of optional Hot Air Ballooning over the West Bank (additional cost)
  • Visit the West Bank (Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon)
  • Overnight in Luxor with opportunity to disembark or optional Sound and Light Show at Karnak (additional cost)

Day 8 (B):

  • Check-out after breakfast

Schedule subject to change due to Nile River traffic, conditions and water levels

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The is the second time we have taken this cruise in 12 months. The staff was great and we can't say enough about how wonderful everyone treated us. Our guide was excellent and will remain friends with us for years to come.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was our first tour booked with Viator and we were pleasantly surprised. Very organised which gave piece of mind to mum, super friendly guide and #39;Haythem and #39; who looked after every detail for us, and the cruise had large clean rooms, smooth sailing, the food varied a mixture of western and egyptian.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I would guve this trip 10 stars not just 5. The boat and staff were so nice and went out of their ways to make us happy. Iour tour guide was amazing! Very polite and pleasant person. We enjoyed his company very much. I will try to add puctures to this review later! It was such an amazing trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great cruise. We had a very knowledgable guide and his brilliance made our experience incredible. AWESOME!!!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Could not fault the ship itself, the food or board service. Excellent in all respects. Only drawback was initial boarding at which point all we had was a voucher and there was no one to meet us on boarding the ship. To their credit however the front office manager of the ship soon inquired as to who we were and organised our documentation. They ended up sending over a guide some 2 hours later who informed us of the program and told us the cabin number. That part could have been much better handled but the overall experience was excellent. Would recommend but make sure they provide written documentation before you board.

Michael K
Saudi Arabia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

El Nil, as we now call it went beyond all my expectations it was a wonderful experience especially so as there was only 10 passengers for the first 4 days and 25 for the last 3. The up side of cruising out of season! Full marks also for the tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2008

Great trip! Service on the boat was excellent during this peak Christmas week. The boat was relaxing since it was the 7-night tour, but you could do the Nile cruise in 4 or 5 days as is also offered on this boat (though for some reason, not by Viator). Pack your jacket during the winter months as the mornings and evenings are cool, but days are sunny and warm. Entertainment was weak. Food was pretty good for a buffet, always with red meat, chicken, fish, salads, and fresh fruits. Heard no stories of intestinal disorders. We had a fantastic guide who gave us the history in a compelling fashion without endlessly going on and on or just repeating phrases as inexperienced guides can do. He made our tour experience fun and memorable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2007

I thought this was a great quality cruising experience, with friendly and attentive staff who made us feel very welcome. We were well looked after.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

The tour is really great. The room is perfect. However, if the door at the end of the hallway is left open, then the exhaust fumes comes into the boat and the room and it is nauseating. Make sure they keep that door shut. It is totally worth paying for the private tour. Aviator on-line support was amazing. However, I sent Aviator about 10 meals asking to clarify certain things. They promised to respond within 24-36 hours...they have not responded to a single one!!! Viator just abandoned us.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

I really enjoyed this cruise. There is a lot of free time and you can choose what you would like to do on excursions. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. There were not many passengers onboard for our trip, and we had the same guide for our group of five the whole time. Food was great!

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