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Egypt - Cruise on the Nile

I'm considering doing a cruise on the Nile (sometime in 2020 or 2021).

I'm just now beginning my research so I have more questions then answers.

To keep this easy----
1) Does anyone have suggestions on the BETTER time to visit Egypt (lower season/not super hot weather....)
2) Does anyone have first hand experience with a Cruise provider on the Nile.

Again - I'm just starting out my research so I don't even know how long I want to go, or how much my budget is, or when is the best time for me.

Thanks

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I will be following this with interest. DH has suddenly taken it into his head that he wants to do this too.

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4120 posts

Did a great Nile cruise in December. It was still 90 degrees F. Don't even think of doing it in the Summer or late Spring/early Fall.

Lots of companies to check out.
Great budget lines are Gate 1 and Viator.

Viking, Uniworld, there are many to compare.

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I used Gate1 Travel last year for my 10 days (including cruise) to Egypt.
It was a fantastic experience and Gate 1 took care of absolutely everything at a very reasonable price.
I suggest you go November - March. We went in late April and it was very hot.

My first visit was in January on a previous trip and that was very cool and great weather for site-seeing.
I used Memphis Tours on that trip and they too were excellent.
They took care of everything and we had no issues whatsoever.

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Just did the excellent Nile cruise with Grand Circle Travel, Dec. 2019. Great comfy weather, never over 74F, mostly in the 60's. Their tour entitled "Ancient Egypt & the Nile River" does three full days based in Cairo, seven on the Nile (Aswan to Luxor - we flew Cairo to Aswan), & three more back in Cairo (flew from Luxor). Pre- & post-trips available, pre to Jerusalem & Amman, post to Alexandria. Highly recommend, for both the GC organization & the wonderful Egyptian people themselves. And the history, and the food, and, and, and!

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We are in Egypt now and spent four nights on Lake Nasser visiting incredible sites including Abu Simbel . Then we spent three nights on the Nile, Aswan to Luxor. Both boats were very nice, excellent service and food. Owned by Swiss hotel group Movenpick. They have several boats on the Nile.
The weather now is cool mornings and nights, warmer daytimes. Layers from down coats, Jean jackets, sweaters, to shirt sleeves. Good time to visit. 40s-70s.

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Just remembered: Grand Circle's ship, the Nefertiti, gives every cabin a balcony, huge plus & huge rarity on the Nile.

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I just returned from a 17 day trip to Egypt and a Nile Cruise and would highly recommend you contact a local person in Luxor to assist you with everything. He can schedule everything for you, anywhere you want to go in Egypt, or just a Nile Cruise. There are lots of boats available to hire, and he will lead you to the right ones. Ours had a wonderful top deck, with lounge chairs, food and beverage service, and had a masseuse on board! The cabins were large, wonderful and clean, the staff was warm and friendly, and the boat had a gift shop and friendly helpful people at the reception desk. This guy is honest, trustworthy and dependable. We had a marvelous trip because of him, he knew where to stop and what sites to see, and he was always there when he said he would be. He is an Egyptologist and he knows the history very well. He reads the Hieroglyphics and explains this for you, including the current culture.

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Before I took up that last offer of a local tour guide, I would research the heck out of him and still be concerned.

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I backpacked Egypt for 2 weeks in nov 2017 . i inquired at the hostel i was staying in luxor about cruising on the river nile and they helped me set it up. i jumped on the ship 1 day after it started the cruise and had 4 days and 3 nights on the river for about 300 Can . always cheaper to arrange it when you are in the country

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I don't have any first hand experience yet, but I am getting ready to go to Egypt in another month or so. We will be cruising the Nile on a dahabiya with Djed Egypt Travel. The dahabiya is a sailing vessel with up to 10 passengers and a crew of 10. I don't know if that's the kind of experience you are looking for, but it may be worth checking into.

My impression is that the temperatures in Egypt are warm but manageable any time from October to March. December and January are the peak months, and summer is low (and unbearably hot) season. When I go in March I am expecting high temps in the low to mid-70's in Cairo and Alexandria and the mid-80's in Luxor and Aswan.

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We also did an amazing cruise down the Nile that Mohamed Zaki arranged. I was traveling with my husband and two boys (one of whom has special needs) and Mohamad was incredible with all of us. He speaks perfect English, and had a wealth of knowledge to impart regarding the ancient sites. I loved that he was on the Nile with us and felt perfectly safe the entire time because we had Mohamed as our guide. Check out his website https://seetherealegypt.com

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Forget to add Memphis Tours. I used them to arrange my Nile cruise some years ago and it was a great experience.
They arranged everything including transportation to the airport from my hotel in Cairo to the flight they booked for me to Aswan to join the cruise, and then the flight back from Luxor. I contacted them from the USA and everything was in place when I arrived in Egypt. Excellent customer service and wonderful cruise experience.

https://www.memphistours.com/

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Our four nights on a boat in Lake Nasser was so worthwhile, major historic sites only can be reached from a boat. Few tourists. Nile cruises were three nights, Aswan to Luxor or four nights Luxor to Aswan. More tourists but not mobbed. Love the food too.

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We traveled with Trafalgar Tours last February for a 12 day, eleven night tour with Nile cruise. It was wonderful.! Although 39 people in our group would seem like a lot to some, we never felt as if we were in a horde. Our guide Ramadan was excellent and our cruise of 7 days and nights was fulfilling yet relaxing. Service on the ship was efficient, friendly and considerate. The people in our tour were a very compatible and considerate and friendly group. We made some new friends and enjoyed meeting others from different parts of the US and from other countries as well.
February was a perfect month weatherwise, moderate days and evenings. It also meant fewer crowds at the sights we visited. The only times we saw very large groups were when we encountered school groups on field trips to learn their history, fortuitous encounters because of the joyful attitude of the children, who always waved and said hello.

This was my #1 bucket list trip, and although we seldom travel with a group, I must say that I have no complaints about our tour. I would repeat the trip in a heartbeat.

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I highly encourage travelers to include Egypt and Jordan. Trip of a lifetime. Never felt we were at risk.