Nile River, Egypt

Nile Cruises

With so much focus on the Nile, a cruise offers the perfect platform from which to access many of the country’s greatest archaeological treasures and sights.

There are many boats to choose from, however, we only work with a handful of the smaller vessels and know each of them personally and can advise which would best suit your holiday depending on the type of experience you are looking for.

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau – A Dahabiya, Egypt

The Nile Experience

The Nile enabled one of the greatest civilizations to grow and flourish. The Pharaohs’ spectacular architectural legacy has captured the imagination of travellers for generations and there remains no better introduction than a river journey on The Nile.

Cruises between Luxor and Aswan can take between three and seven nights and you can choose between a boat offering the ultimate in comfort and luxury onboard The Oberoi Zahra through to a more traditional Nile experience, onboard a dahabiya which relies on the river’s currents and the gentle breeze.

The Oberoi Zahra, Nile Cruises, Egypt
The Oberoi Zahra, Nile Cruises, Egypt
The suite, The Oberoi Zahra, Egypt
The suite, The Oberoi Zahra, Egypt

Luxury Egypt with Oberoi Zahra

This holiday offers the perfect combination of a luxury cruise down the River Nile while taking in some of the best known Egyptian archaeological and historical sites. Expect personalised service and private guiding by expert Egyptologists

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Dahabiya sundeck, Nile River, Egypt

Cruise by Ship

Drift in ultimate comfort between the iconic sights of Ancient Egypt on board a choice of luxurious cruise boats.

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River Nile, Aswan, Egypt

Cruise by Private Sailing Boat

Hire a private sailing boat or Felucca with a tailored itinerary, docking in small harbours and quiet bays along the river.

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Avenue of the Sphnixs, Luxor Temple, Egypt

Expert Egyptologists

Benefit from the company of an expert Egyptologist who can guide you through the many archaeological sites and stories.

Fishing boat, River Nile, Egypt

Life on the Nile

Experience life on the Nile and what this mighty river means to the local people.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Royal Steam Ship MISR £££££

  • North Africa

A small steam powered boat, the MISR Royal Steamer was originally commissioned by the British Royal Navy and launched in 1918 when she journeyed 3276 nautical miles from England to Alexandria. Steeped in history she has since served in multiple wars and been the private yacht to Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk before being restored and rebuilt to her original drawings in 2006.

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Kazazian Cruises £££££

  • Egypt

Cruise in complete serenity aboard Kazazian Cruises in one of their Nile view cabins or owner’s suite, only available by private charter.

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Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau – A Dahabiya £££££

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a traditional dahabiya, a river-going sailboat which was common in Egypt in the 1920s-40s when aristocrats and sophisticated travellers loved to cruise the Nile in style. With only four cabins and two suites, it can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests. Perfect for celebrations and family gatherings. Chartering a dahabiya offers the unique opportunity to tailor an Egypt cruise and each day’s sightseeing by offering an “a la carte” style touring itinerary.

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Sanctuary Nile Adventurer £££££

  • Egypt

The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer is an elegant, 32 cabin cruise boat, with a contemporary style combining splashes of colour with more traditional Egyptian features. All cabins are Nile facing and the two presidential suites have private balconies. The sun deck houses a small swimming pool with space to relax and enjoy the view.

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Sanctuary Sun Boat III £££££

The Sanctuary Sun Boat III is an intimate river yacht representing the ultimate in luxury Nile cruises. Style, comfort and refinement are reflected throughout this small yacht. This elegant Egypt cruise boat accommodates up to 36 guests in 18 beautifully designed cabins.  Currently, it is available for private charters. There are two royal suites and two presidential suites. Evoking the heyday of Egypt’s past, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III has several times been voted among the top 100 most beautiful boats in the world by Condé Nast readers. Modelled on the opulent era of the 20s and 30s, this graceful cruiser has exquisite facilities from delicious gourmet dining in the restaurant to sipping refreshing cocktails around the pool area on the sun deck, or enjoying afternoon tea in the lounge.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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