Admire Ancient Wonders on a Nile River Cruise

28 May 2013
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Follow in the footsteps of the Pharaohs by boarding a vessel that floats serenely down the Nile, the "great river" and the lifeblood of no less than eleven African countries. Most the Egyptian population continue to live along the Nile and the banks are lined with fascinating ancient ruins. The ultimate adventure cruise, a Nile river expedition presents travellers with the opportunity to slow right down to a stylish pace and allows the astonishing ancient sights come to you. With many vessels in operation between Aswan and Luxor, there is sure to be a Nile River cruise to suit all tastes and budgets.

 The Majestic Nile River

The Oberoi Zahra
The Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser offers leisurely seven-day itineraries between Luxor and Aswan and a full-service spa - the only boat on the Nile to do so. Its elegant interior and spacious suites will have you feeling like Egyptian royalty. With exquisite dining and recreation options, as well as your own Egyptologist on board and accompanying you on excursions, The Oberoi Zahra means that your journey down the Nile will be the experience of a lifetime.

Abercrombie and Kent
The ultimate luxury adventure cruise comes in the form of an Abercrombie and Kent Sun Boat, allowing you to see Egypt's famous sights in style and comfort. Visit the legendary temples, tombs and vibrant bazaars along the way, and see the tiny river islands, from the deck of a traditional felluca, designed to sail just as it did thousands of years ago. Take a private tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to marvel over artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Discover some of the most luxurious Nile River cruising choices from the award-winning Sonesta cruise ships, travelling sedately between Aswan and Luxor. With the newest of their fleet of ships named The Moon Goddess, you just know you are in for a special treat. Spacious and opulently appointed suites, each with their own private balcony with views of the Nile, ensure you won't suffer from cabin fever while seeking the secrets of ancient Egypt.

Presidential Nile Cruises
Having stood the test of time, Presidential Nile Cruises still offer some of the best options when it comes to a river trip between Luxor and Aswan in Egypt. A fleet of seven ships offers five-star service, elegant amenities and outstanding entertainment, including traditional belly dancing. Opt for the extra sailing trip around the river islands of Aswan in a felucca.

Glory of Nubia
Arrange for an all-inclusive traditional felluca sailing trip, and experience travelling the Nile on a traditional wooden boat, relying on the wind and the river's currents for pace and position. Camp overnight on an exotic island in the heart of Aswan's archipelago and share delicious Egyptian meals around a campfire with your fellow passengers. Journey to Edfu and see the most fascinating Nile sights, including the Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk, the Monastery of St Simeon, the Tombs of the Nobles and a traditional Nubian village.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.