Nile River Tours

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Nile River
Measuring a mighty 4,150 miles (6,680 kilometers) from end to end, the Nile is the world’s longest river. It’s also the lifeblood of Egypt, flowing through the heart of the Sahara desert, and passing through cities, including Khartoum, Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo, before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria.
 
The Basics
A boat ride along the Nile is a quintessential Egypt experience and there are plenty of ways to get on the water. Admire Cairo's illuminated skyline on an evening dinner cruise, marvel at the ancient wonders of Luxor's East Bank and West Bank on a sunset cruise, or set sail aboard a traditional felucca for Elephantine Island or Soheil Island from Aswan.
 
Multi-day cruises also run up and down the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, affording spectacular views and stopping at sights such as Aswan High Dam and the temples of Philae, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor, and Karnak.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to pack sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and lightweight clothing, as well as modest clothing suitable for visiting temples and mosques.
  • Most multi-day cruises include a choice of standard or deluxe cabins, and meals (often a buffet) are served on board.
  • Many boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.
 
How to Get There
The Nile River runs right through the heart of Egypt, passing numerous towns and cities along the way. The main ports for multi-day cruises are in Aswan and Luxor, while short sightseeing cruises are a popular choice in Cairo.
 
When to Get There
Cruises run year-round, but the best time for a Nile River cruise is between October and April, when the weather is hot but manageable. Temperatures can reach over 104˚F (40˚C) in the summer months of June to August.
 
Wildlife of the Nile
The vast riverbanks of the Nile River provide a habitat to a huge variety of wildlife. Most notorious is the Nile crocodile, which can reach lengths of up to 20 feet (6 meters), but more welcome sightings include African tigerfish, Vundu catfish, turtles, and tortoises. In more remote rural areas, hippopotamuses, wildebeests, rhinoceros, and mongoose flock to the Nile to drink, while the Nile Delta in the north is home to a sizable population of water birds, including little gulls and whiskered terns.
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4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor

Savor the timeless experience that is a Nile cruise as you sail from Aswan to Luxor on an indulgent ship with onboard swimming pool. Feast on breakfast, lunch, dinner—and even afternoon tea—as you discover ancient Egypt’s highlights. Professional Egyptologists are on hand as you visit the temples of Philae, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor, and Karnak.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$290.00
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3-Hour Nile River Buffet Dinner Cruise

Explore the Nile River on this relaxing 3-hour, buffet dinner cruise. Like Cleopatra and Mark Anthony from yesteryear, sail the Nile, enjoy a delicious Egyptian buffet dinner and take in the evening’s entertainment with Egyptian song and dance — all with a spectacular view of the longest river in the world alongside Egypt’s bustling capital city. Complimentary mineral water, plus transportation, including a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off, are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$28.00
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Cairo Day Tour to Giza including Nile Dinner Cruise and Lunch

Experience the magic of cruising the Nile on an unforgettable full-day tour to Giza from Cairo. Alongside an expert Egyptologist guide, behold the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza and receive a fascinating introduction to the ancient history of the structure. Admire the resplendent golden mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum; enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch in a rustic restaurant; and absorb the historical charm of Cairo’s Old Town on a guided tour. Conclude your excursion with a romantic cruise down the Nile River; onboard, delight in a gourmet meal and a traditional dance performance before returning to your Cairo hotel.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$57.20
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Nile River Dinner Cruise in Cairo

Celebrate an evening in Cairo with a glittering 2-hour dinner cruise along the iconic Nile River. Step aboard the elegant Nile Maxim cruise boat, and soak up the sparkling city lights, delicious food and live entertainment as you glide along the beautiful Nile. Feast on your choice of either a scrumptious set menu or à la carte menu; listen to tunes from the house band; and enjoy an after-dinner folklore show featuring sequinned belly dancers and spinning ‘tanoura’ artistes performing to foot-tapping folklore music.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$75.60
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Luxor Nile River Private Felucca Ride at Sunset

Advance-booking a 'felucca' sailboat ride in Luxor will save you the hassle and time of organizing it on the ground. With this trip, ride a private white-sailed felucca on the River Nile as the sun sets behind the West Bank hills. Soak in the views, learn about the sights from a guide, and visit Banana Island to savor fresh bananas and Egyptian tea. Ideal for families and couples, with hotel transfers included for ease.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$16.00
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Private Boat Tour: Soheil Island

Board a private felucca on the Nile, navigate Aswan’s cataracts and visit Soheil Island, a Nubian community in the heart of the river. Discover Nubia’s rich culture and ancient history on a 3-hour tour with an Egyptologist, meet the locals and get a glimpse of daily life in a Nubian house. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$27.30
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Cairo by Night Tour Including Felucca Ride and Bustling Khan El Khalili Souk

Cairo and the Nile River are especially scenic at night, but getting around after dark can be overwhelming for first time visitors. This 3-hour, private tour is a convenient way to explore in the evening, and includes a felucca ride down the Nile, shopping at the Khan el Khalili bazaar, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$29.00
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Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island

Set sail in a private felucca and discover Aswan’s Elephantine Island, the legendary home of a Nile River god. Get a glimpse of Egypt’s richly layered past on a personalized, 2-hour tour with an Egyptologist guide; Elephantine is fringed with rocky coasts that shelter ancient ruins and temple sites, a fortified town, and a Roman-era nilometer that measured the river’s yearly floods until the 19th century. 
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$29.40
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Private 7-Night Cairo, Aswan, and Nile Cruise with Flights

Explore Cairo and cruise the Nile from Aswan to Luxor on this private 7-night tour. See the Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and then fly to Aswan for your 3-night cruise to Luxor. Visit temples on route and in Luxor, take a West Bank tour. Later, fly back to Cairo for a day free or optional Alexandria tour (additional cost). Includes domestic flights, full-board cruise, and choice of 4- or 5-star Cairo accommodation.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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US$514.00
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5-Day 4-Night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

A fantastic value for the money, this five-day, four-night cruise from Luxor to Aswan takes you to the most significant historical and cultural landmarks in the region.  Relax and let the crew take care of everything—meals and entrance fees are included, so all you have to do is show up ready for adventure. Visit the temples of Karnak, Edfu, Valley of the Kings, and more.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$300.00
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Private Guided Night Tour of Cairo

Watch Cairo come to life after dark with a 6-hour, private tour through the city’s most atmospheric spots. Take in the view from the top of the iconic Cairo Tower, then cast off on the Nile River in a traditional felucca sailboat. Sip tea high above the city from the peak of El Mokkatam mountain and enjoy a traditional Egyptian dinner. Finish your evening at the bustling Khan El Khalili bazaar, where vendors pile their stalls will brilliant displays of antiques, handicrafts and jewelry.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$28.57
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Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Buffet, Cultural Show and Private Transfer in Cairo

Celebrate an evening in Cairo with a glittering 2-hour dinner cruise along the River Nile, with round-trip private hotel transfers. Travel to the riverside by private, air-conditioned minivan, and step aboard an elegant cruise boat, festooned in beautiful lights. Soak up the soft breezes and Cairo’s bright lights from the top deck as you glide by illuminated skyscrapers, bridges, mosques and other landmarks. Then, sit down to a delicious buffet dinner as you enjoy a colorful programme of folkloric entertainment, from sequinned belly dancing shows to whirling ‘tanoura’ shows.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$32.50
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3-Day Tour around Cairo and to Alexandria from Cairo

Take the strain out of itinerary planning on this action-packed 3-day private tour of Cairo and Alexandria. See the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur, and ride a camel across the desert; explore the Egyptian Museum, the Alabaster Mosque, and the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar, and ride a felucca on the Nile; admire the library, the catacombs, the Citadel of Qaitbay, and Pompey’s Pillar. Tour includes lunch and door-to-door round-trip transfers.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$377.00
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6-Day Tour of Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum

Set out on a grand 5-night tour of Egypt’s history and heritage, and discover Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum’s most iconic sites. See in the Great Pyramid and Sphinx at Giza then explore the sprawling Sakkara necropolis. Travel to the legendary city of Alexandria to visit Roman catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar and the 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel. Walk the bustling streets of Egypt’s oldest city and finish your tour with an in-depth trip through the capital’s landmark churches, a renowned mosque and Saladin’s fortified citadel.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$100.00
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Private Day Tour from Luxor to Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk and Philae

Enjoy a day tour to the amazing High Dam, this engineering masterpiece was built to protect Egypt from annual floods from the River Nile. Then proceed on to visit the famous Unfinished Obelisk, where you will see how the ancient Egyptians cut the huge stones to make the obelisks. After this continue onto the very beautiful Philae Temple, which was built in honour of the Goddess Isis.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$125.00
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3 days private budget tour in Giza Cairo and Alexandria

See the best of Northern Egypt without breaking the bank with this three-day private tour. You'll see sights such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and the multiple Coptic sights in Old Cairo, not to mention Alexandria's most interesting attractions, including the Catacombs and the Old Lighthouse.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$100.00
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Dinner cruise and dinner with belly dancer and folklore show

Dinner cruise and dinner with belly dancer and folklore show2 hour sailing on nile river pick up from cairo or giza hotel
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$25.00
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1-Hour Felucca Sunset Sail on the Nile in Cairo

Relax and enjoy the ambiance, views, and scenery on this one-hour Nile River outing. After pickup at your hotel, drive to the Cairo pier where you will board a traditional wooden sailboat called a felucca. Take in the sights and the evening sunset as you observe the bustling city life onshore. After the cruise, your driver takes you back to your Cairo or Giza hotel.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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US$21.00
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A Day Tour to Cairo group price

Staying in Hurghada needn’t mean missing out on the joys of Cairo. Check off the city’s star attractions in just one day on this convenient guided tour. First, head to Giza for the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, and the Valley Temple. Next, soak up the atmosphere in Cairo as you visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Your tour includes lunch and hotel transfers.
  • Duration: 20 hours
  • Duration: 20 hours
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US$65.00
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2-Hour Felucca Ride on the River Nile from Cairo - Sunset or Sunrise Options

Take a scenic trip down the Nile River on a 2-hour felucca ride from Cairo with hotel transfer. Choose a sunrise or sunset trip, then watch the warm breeze fill the traditional lateen-rigged sails. See minarets and skyscrapers drift by, and enjoy the serenity of life on the water, away from the city’s bustling streets. Simply relax on deck as the morning or evening light illuminates the riverfront’s swaying palms and wharves, then finish the trip with return transfer to your hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$32.33
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2-Hour Nile River Lunch Cruise in Cairo

Navigate the Nile River’s gentle current with a 2-hour lunch cruise with hotel transfer. Escape Cairo’s busy streets and enjoy warm breezes as you sample Egyptian delicacies from an open buffet. Watch swaying palms and the city skyline drift by, spot traditional feluccas and fishing boats, and take in the sights from the water. When you return to port, simply meet your driver for the return trip to your hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$28.57
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Private Felucca in the River Nile

Cruise down the River Nile like an ancient pharaoh during this 60-minute private ride aboard an iconic Egyptian Felucca boat. These small water vessels, typically propelled by oars or sails, have plied the waters of this ancient aquatic highway for centuries. Soak up a slice of Egyptian life as you cruise, watching for small villages and river islands as you ride. Your cruise also includes an on-board Egyptologist guide, boat fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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US$18.75
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Evening Dinner Nile Cruise in Cairo with Private Transport

Watch the Cairo skyline light up after dark on a 2-hour dinner cruise of the Nile with two remarkable dance performances. Enjoy the convenience of a private hotel transfer as you travel to the port, then enjoy a sumptuous Egyptian meal on deck. Watch belly dancers and Tannoura performers bring their traditions to life with a mesmerizing blend of twirling skirts and sensuous movements. Listen to live music from an Egyptian band and take in stunning views of the city at night while palm trees and glittering skyscrapers drift past.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$10.00
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Private Giza Pyramids and Cairo Layover Day Tour from Cairo Airport

During your next layover in Cairo, skip the long wait in the airport and visit Egypt’s top attractions. Hit up downtown locations like the Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square, and tick off the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx—with plenty of time to catch your next flight. Tours include a personalized pickup with signboard at arrivals, and comfortable transfers between locations in an air-conditioned private vehicle.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$64.00
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