For decades, cruises on the River Nile have been taking tourists on a magical journey back in time along this impressive river.
A combination of exploring the wonders of historic Egypt coupled with a mellow journey south from Luxor to Aswan is ever renowned with visitors.
A typical cruise on the Nile lasts seven nights and operate Monday to Monday. Direct flights from Europe bring tourists to Luxor and then they are transported to their cruise vessel to check in. The next morning, the journey into age-old Egypt starts with a drop by to the East Bank of the Nile at Luxor including the Temples of Karnak and Luxor.
The next day, the sightseeing continues on to the West Bank of the Nile which includes the Valley of the Kings prior to going back to the cruise boat for lunch. Immediately following lunch, the boat leaves Luxor going south for Edfu. Immediately following an overnight mooring at Edfu, there are additional excursions to temples at both Edfu and Kom Ombo before continuing to Aswan.
The following day, it is time to explore Aswan and a more modern construction; the Aswan High Dam. Built in the 1950s, the Aswan High Dam produced Lake Nasser, itself a cruise choice. In the afternoon, there is time to sail on a classic Egyptian Felucca along this very beautiful part of the river. The Cataract Hotel in Aswan overlooks the river and it is here that Agatha Christie published part of her famous novel, "Death on the Nile".
Immediately following an overnight stop in Aswan, there is some time available to explore the town or otherwise, there is an optional visit to the impressive Temple of Abu Simbel at the far end of Lake Nasser. It is a long way to Abu Simbel, either 45 minutes by air or 3 hours but it is really worth the hassle.
Aswan represents the turn-around point for Nile cruises and now the boat heads back north the 80 miles to Luxor. The journey takes two days with an over night stop at Edfu just before heading back to Luxor.
The week cruising the River Nile is over and visitors head back to the airport and home.