“The river may be wide, but it can always be crossed.”
The best time to cruise the Nile is in winter when the heat is most bearable. Watching Egypt pass by while drinking a chill glass of wine is one of the greater experiences in life.
Between November and March the daytimes are pleasantly warm, whereas evenings and nights are cool and enjoyable in all of Egypt.
In April and May temperatures are generally mild and this is an ideal time to visit any destination in Egypt.
Late September and October, as well as April and May are thus ideal for touring Egypt. And the November to February period offers the pleasant balmy weather that is perfect for cruising down the Nile.
Sailing the Nile along the lush Nile Valley surrounded by golden dunes and sightseeing Ancient Egyptian monuments such as Kom Ombo and Abu Simbel is live at its best. Wake to the soft light of the morning sun, take in the heat and cool off in the pool on the deck of a cruiser; watch fishermen cast their nets, farmers take to their fields, a flight of birds, and water buffalos staring back at you.
For a softer but still very inspiring cruise experience in Egypt, try the short felucca cruises on the Nile, in Aswan, Luxor or Cairo, or take it to the next level and enjoy an unforgettable night aboard one of the luxurious dinner cruises available in the Egyptian capital.
Notice the header as I'm not looking for a fight or discussion. You probably won't like me very much after reading this post but I can't help myself for telling. Let's start of with the psychologically correct positive pointer by stating some great things I love about Egypt so far:
Here comes the 'you hating me' part, for I'm about to tell you the thing I really dislike about Egypt. The men in southern Egypt are the filthiest pigs I've ever come upon (and thats bad news as I've met some horrendous dudes in my life apart from the guy in the mirror). Yes I know, it's probably generalizing and unfair etc. to the maybe two or three non feminizing, sexist, sexual harassing or foulmouthed men this part of the country has to offer and I really pitty them for being surrounded by the herds of dumass sexual frustrated dickheads. They should serve as a warning to other civilizations. You will fall from great hights into major devastation if you let yourself slip.
Don't know if I can fix this by ending with yet another positive pointer but I'll try:
The Nile Cruise Crew and Guide where very kind, thoughtful and did their very best to make us feel at home. They even made apologies for the bad behaviour of their fellow countrymen and told us that they couldn't help themselfs as they never went to school.
Still hate me? Well don't like me then.
The Nile is the longest river in the world, stretching north for approximately 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean.
Where it al begins
Egypt was high on our list and in 2007 we had ten days to spare so we decided to cruise the Nile. Most people don't realize that there are 600 kilometers between the Sphinx with the most famous Pyramids near Cairo up North and the Luxor Temples down South and yet another 200 kilometers between Luxor and Aswan both major important places with famous ancient Egyptian Temples.
If you've got enough time and money you definitely should see the Sphinx and Pyramids and the Temples along the river Nile. We choose to go twice and leave Cairo with its Sphinx and Pyramids for last.
Egypt left a lasting legacy. Its art and architecture were widely copied, and its antiquities carried off to far corners of the world. Its monumental ruins have inspired the imaginations of travellers and writers for centuries.
So what should you see and what is great about Egypt? We've copied a list from another site as we couldn't be bothered to spend time creating our own and reckon the other site admin did a thorough enough job.
Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Sakkara
Pyramids of Dahshour
Pyramids of Abu sir
Pyramids of Mydoum
Pyramids of Eleisht
Pyramids of Hawara
Pyamrids of Abu Rawash
Pyramids of El Lahaoun
Pyramids of Hawara
pyramid of Mazghuna
The Egyptian Museum
The Coptic Museum
The Castle of Saladin
The Old Market "Khan El-Khalili"
The Hanging Church
Old Islamic Cairo:
Sultan Hassan Mosque
The Colossi of Memnon
Valley of the Kings
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Temple of Medinat Hapu & Ramses
Valley of the Queens
Valley of the Nobles
Temple of Dendera
Temple of Esna
Temple of Abydos
Temple of Philae
Aswan Botanical Garden
Nefertari's Temple of Hathor
Temple of Ramses II
Actualy I did have to add more than I wished for as Aswan and Abu Simbel were left out in the original list. Below we've posted some other Egyptian places of interest. Should you miss some sites worth mentioning don't be shy and contact us.
Castle of Qaitbay
Montazah Palace Gardens
Red Sea Coast:
Monastery of St. paul
Mostry of St Anthony
Check out our 2007 Egypt tour in slideshow mode
Cruising from Luxor to Aswan, visiting iconic ancient Egyptian sites. This classic journey has been the standard way of travelling across Egypt since the days pharaohs toured their empire.
During the first two days the cruise ships are moored on the East Bank and you will visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank. After the tour, a buffet is served on board while you cruise for Esna where you may enjoy the local market, the Temple of Edfu and party aboard while sailing for Aswan.
You will visit major attractions such as the High Dam, Temple of Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk, Kitchener’s Island and Abu Simbel and get to explore all that Luxor has to offer, from hot air balloon rides, shop for souvenirs in a traditional bazaar, the Temple of Karnak, several museums to the Temple of Luxor and of course the sound and light show at Philae Temple or Abu Simbel.
The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.
The main temple at Dendera is the grandest and most elaborately decorated of its period. It is also one of the most important temple sites of Egypt, providing examples of a rich variety of later temple features. It is also one of the best preserved temples of this period, surviving despite the destruction of the temples of Hathor's consort Horus and their child Ihy or Harsomtus which originally stood close by.
Egyptians are very proud of their High Dam. To me it's nothing more than a not very impressive Dam and one which destroyed numerous ancient Egyptian sites. If you are allowed to skip the High Dam tour you won't have missed much in my opinion.
Temple of Philae
The approach by water is quite the most beautiful. Seen from the level of a small boat, the island, with its palms, its colonnades, its pylons, seems to rise out of the river like a mirage. Piled rocks frame it on either side, and the purple mountains close up the distance. As the boat glides nearer between glistening boulders, those sculptured towers rise higher and even higher against the sky. They show no sign of ruin or age. All looks solid, stately, perfect. One forgets for the moment that anything is changed. If a sound of antique chanting were to be borne along the quiet air–if a procession of white-robed priests bearing aloft the veiled ark of the God, were to come sweeping round between the palms and pylons–we should not think it strange.
The key difference between Karnak and most of the other temples and sites in Egypt is the length of time over which it was developed and used. Construction work began in the 16th century BC. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the buildings, enabling it to reach a size, complexity and diversity not seen elsewhere. Few of the individual features of Karnak are unique, but the size and number of features are overwhelming.
Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes). You can see a 25 metre (82 ft) tall pink granite obelisk: one of a matching pair until 1835, when the other one was taken to Paris where it now stands in the centre of the Place de la Concorde.
A cache of 26 New Kingdom statues was found under the floor in the inner sanctum area in 1989 – hidden away by pious priests, presumably, at some moment of internal upheaval or invasion. These splendid pieces are now on display at the nearby Luxor Museum.
Valley of the Kings
The Valley contains 62 tombs to-date, excavated by the Egyptologists and archaeologists from many countries. Not all of the tombs belonged to the king and royal family. Some tombs belonged to privileged nobles and were usually undecorated. Not all the tombs were discovered intact, and some were never completed. Today, only a few of the Entrance to Tutankhamun's Tomb 62 known tombs are accessible and open to the public. Eleven of the tombs, including Tutankhamun’s, Ramesses VI, Amenhotep II, and Seti I, have been set with electrical lighting.
By Cruising the Nile you will get to see 70% of all the temples in Egypt, thus your missing almost non of the highlights. You will get a very good impression of ancient Egypt, while you enjoy a relaxing holiday.