One of the best ways to explore everything from exotic islands to historic places of interest is on a river cruise. And fortunately, most Nile river cruises feature smaller crowds so you will feel like you’re getting the same individual attention as you would on a luxury cruise aboard a larger liner. Before we dive into the many luxury Nile River cruise options (and other types of Nile cruises), continue reading to learn more about river cruises and what to expect.
What is a river cruise?
A river cruise is a form of travel that typically takes place aboard a small vessel that navigates the inland waterways of the world. Unlike large cruise ships, river cruise ships allow the passenger to get up close and personal with the countryside, culture, and unique aspects of animal and marine life.
While river cruise ships tend to be much smaller than bigger ships, many have the same amenities and they are seen as just as elegant as some of the larger, high-end vessels. Some river cruise ships may resemble five-star hotels with luxurious accommodations as well as passenger sun decks, dining rooms, lounges, fitness facilities, swimming pools, casinos and other entertainment facilities. In addition, many river cruise ships offer both on board and off board tours of everything from museums and galleries to dozens of other historical and exotic points of interest.
There are so many river cruises on the market today that it’s becoming more and more difficult to choose just one. There are, however, several popular river cruises that won’t disappoint. The most popular river cruises include: Nile (Exotic River), Mississippi (North American River), Yangtze (Exotic River), Mekong (Exotic River), the Danube (European River), Rhine (European River), Seine (European River) and Volga (Russia River).
Nile River Cruises
Nile River cruises allow the passenger to experience Egyptian history and culture on an intimate level as smaller Nile River cruise ships will visit some of the most remote parts of Egypt – remote places larger cruise ships just can’t reach. A Nile River cruise also gives the passenger an opportunity to get up close and personal some of Egypt’s most stunning pieces of architecture.
Local Egyptian guides will take you to sites such as Luxor on the ancient site of Thebes, ancient Temples, the Valley of the Kings, and the High Dam in Aswan, to name a few. While Nile River cruises are typically part of a larger itinerary which may include may include a visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, the pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, Djoser’s Step Pyramid in Sakkara, and Alexandria, in some cases Nile River cruises can last from seven days up to 47 days! The most popular Nile cruises range from 9-15 days.
There are many different cruise lines and tour companies that offer a wide variety of Nile River cruises ranging from Red Sea Gateway Nile cruises to Passage through Egypt tours. Some of the top cruise lines and tour companies include: African Tvl, A & K (Abercrombie & Kent), Contiki, Insight Vacations, Gap Adventures, Viking River Cruises, Brendan Worldwide Vacations, Globus, Trafalgar, Uniworld River Cruises, Tauck Cruises, Collette Vacations, and Gate 1 Travel.
Depending on a variety of factors such as cruise line, type of cruise, season, class, destination, and length of cruise, a Nile River cruise can cost anywhere from $230 for a 4-day cruise up to $8,700 or more for a 15-day luxury cruise. 47-day budget cruises may cost around $6,100.
In some cases, a Nile cruise that is part of a longer cruise itinerary may also include hotel stays. In these cases, you may enjoy savings up to 40%. If you are interested in booking a Nile cruise, visit any of the cruise lines or tour companies listed above or you can visit VacationsToGo.com to browse through a wide variety of Nile River cruise offerings along with just about any discount, promotion or deal available. You can also contact your local cruise travel agent.