Nile Cruises in Egypt

Aswan-Luxor or Luxor-Aswan

2016-2017

A typical Luxury Nile Cruise boat is a floating, 5-star hotel, providing  most of the amenities of a normal 5-star hotel, including a relaxing sun deck and swimming pool. All your meals are included, though beverages and bottled water are extra.

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 There is a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available at the bar, creations of innovative bar tenders. You will have your own en-suite, air-conditioned cabin (we book upper deck cabins wherever possible), and full use of all the boats facilities (restaurants, ships, sun deck, swimming pool, etc) 
We use several different 5 star cruise boats on the Nile, and we will inform you exactly which boat we will use at the time of reservation, as the boats shuttle back and forth on the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, with regular breaks for cleaning and maintenance. However, we regularly inspect to ensure they are of the same 5-star deluxe standard. We send our own Egyptologist guides on board with you. This means that you do the sightseeing tours either with your own private guide or with one of our small groups and a guide that you know, rather than joining one of the large parties with the rest of the people on the boat. Our guide is also at your service during the cruise to help with any problems with your cabin, dietary requirements at mealtimes, or just to sit and talk about Egypt with you, answering any questions you may have

special 10% additional discount on bookings made before 30 Sep 2016

Egypt Specials Nile cruises (3nights from Aswan to Luxor) - #12

Egypt Travel Specials Nile cruise (4nights from Luxor to Aswan) - #13

Nile Cruise Special with Abu Simbel (3nights - Aswan to Luxor and 1night Cairo) - #14

Nile Cruise Special with Abu Simbel (4nights - Luxor to Aswan and 1night Cairo) - #15

7Night/8 Day Nile Cruises          #16   or special    long cruise for 14 nights/15 days form Cairo to Aswan or reverse # 21

3 Nights Cruise 2nights Cairo  (Cairo, Aswan, High Dam Edfu, Luxor with air)   #17

4 Nights Nile Cruise 2nights Cairo   (Cairo, Luxor, Valley of the Queen and Kings, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan) # 18  

Nile cruise specials - Nile cruise and Cairo hotel stay  - #2 (8 nights programs with sleeper train - 2 nights Cairo 3nights cruise and 2nights train)

Egypt Travel - Nile Cruises  # 4 (4nights Cairo and 4 nights Nile cruise program - sightseeing in Cairo around the pyramids with flights to Luxor and/or Aswan and Nile cruise)

Egypt Nile cruise and Sleeper train (7nights Cairo - Nile cruise and sleeper train - 1night Cairo, 2 nights on train, 4 nights Nile cruise)  - #10 

Nile Cruises and Cairo  2 nights in Cairo 4 nights Nile cruise and 2 nights on overnight train  # 12

Egypt Nile cruise and Tour (3 nights Cairo, 4nights Nile cruise ) - #11

Nile cruise special Aswan - Luxor , Luxor - Aswan - 3 and 4nights - #19

Food on Board
Accommodation aboard the cruise boats is on full board basis. All meals are included and are in an open buffet style, some days there are many varieties, depending of the type and quality of the cruise boat; these meals are served with a fixed timetable. Tea and coffee is available, while on the move, every day at 5:00 pm. Other drinks are offered in the bar area.

Entertainment
Discotheque, Belly Dance Show, Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party, fancy Galabia Party and Nubian Folkloric Show

Every day there is a full entertainment program, which differs from one boat to the other. On most cruise trips that I have conducted, the first day is usually a cocktail party, run by the boat, where they offer free drinks and introduce the staff on board. This party is also called “the manager’s party”, where the manager introduces his crew to the guests on board; don’t forget to wear formal clothes during this party!

Another night there is a “Galabia party” or long dress party, where you will be encouraged to get Egyptian outfits and wear the local Galabia. During such parties, some games are conducted; the tour guides on board run the party, which offers much fun!! To buy a Galabia will cost you around 50 LE, but if you do not wish to buy one, you can hire one from the bazaar shop located on board.

Another night will have a Nubian show, where you will see Nubian dancers and singers in their local outfit.

The last evening’s entertainment is usually has: a belly dancing show, a juggler’s show, and local singers and bands.

There are many bazaars outside the Temples that you will be visit during your cruise. Don’t forget to haggle hard! 

 

Dress Code: 
During the daytime, while enjoying the tours, you can wear whatever you like, though due to the extreme heat it is recommended you wear lightweight clothes. While relaxing on board you may wear shorts and swimming costumes, if you wish. Breakfast and lunch can be taken dressed like this, but for dinner, please wear smarter clothes! 

How to pay your Extras: 
All extras such as drink, laundry, and telephones bills, should be settled on the last day of your cruise at check out time. Payment can be made with credit cards, traveller’s cheque, or cash. Make sure you have enough cash, just in case your card is not working properly.

Please note: Many cruise boats do not accept personal cheques or money orders!

 

Tipping:

Don’t forget to leave tips for the cruise staff, not less than $3 PER PERSON PER DAY!  

These tips should be given to the boat, place them in a an envelope and hand it to the reception. After all the groups have checked out, the cruise manager, together with the accountant and the reception, will open all the envelopes and distribute the money to all of the crew. This way each person will get his fair share.

Please Note: this does not include tips to your Tour Guide, this is separate, and it is entirely up to you to decide the size of tip that you will give to him/her.

 


Check-In/Out:
Check-in 12:00 p.m.
Check-out 08:00 a.m.

Clothing:
During the daytime, while enjoying the tours, you can wear whatever you like, though due to the extreme heat it is recommended you wear lightweight clothes. While relaxing on board you may wear shorts and swimming costumes, if you wish. But beware of too much exposure to the sun! Apply plenty of high factor sun block! 

    You should avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol especially if you have equilibrium problems. You are not just    putting yourself at peril, but also the other guests and staff too.

    People with equilibrium problems should not spend too much time on deck at night, on a fast moving ship; it is dangerous in case you fall over.

    Smoking in bed is dangerous; the mattresses are very flammable!

    People who tend to sleep walk should never take a cabin with a balcony, an inside cabin with a window would be far safer.

    Make sure that you know where the muster stations are, in case you have to abandon ship.

    If you get sick whilst on board, some cruise boats have a resident doctor on board. If not, they have doctors assigned in each town that can be called on in case of emergency.

    If you need some more heath and safety tips, please read my health page to know more about health and safety on board a Nile cruise.

Useful tips:

    For practical reasons on the Nile, the cruise may be subject to slight alterations at short notice while you are in Egypt.

    Most sailing is done during the day, but during some periods some sailing may be required after dark

    At busy periods the boat may be required to wait for a short time to get through the lock on the Nile at Esna

    When moored, several cruise boats may be required to moor alongside each other. This can restrict views and require clients to cross several boats to reach the shore. Assistance will be provided if required.

    Upon checking in on the cruise boat, it is advisable to leave your valuables in a safety deposit box. This will be available either in the reception, or a private safe in your cabin.

    If you wish to buy any items from the shops on board, the opportunity for shopping is generally limited due to the small size of these shops. But on the other hand you will get plenty of time to check what you are buying, and haggle over the price!

    To call home, most of the cruise boats offer telephone facilities on board, but the quality is not as good as onshore.

    We would recommend visiting a bank, to change your money, before cruising, as most of the cruise boats do not offer this facility and you will not get access to onshore banks while you are cruising.

 


 

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