It’s often said that once you go on a cruise holiday, it’s hard to go back to any other type of travel. Not only do the memories of a delightful trip stay with you, so does the notion of touring in the ultimate style and comfort.
For the seasoned voyager and nautical novice alike, one journey well worth considering is a River Nile Cruise – the best and most exciting way to see the great sights of Egypt.
There are a number of cruise specialists who provide some excellent excursions. Here are some of the ones we came across.
White Star Cruises has a 12-night fly-cruise holiday from Heathrow which includes stays in Cairo and Luxor, a tour of the Pyramids and seven nights on the River Nile on the Sonesta St George I. Visit spectacles including the Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut and the Colossi Memnon, Kom Ombo and the Temple of Philae before a final overnight stay in Luxor.
The St George I has 47 deluxe cabins and 10 suites, along with a spa and fitness centre, restaurant, bars and entertainment. The on-board Egyptologists are on hand to guide you through your voyage of discovery and prices start at £3,550 per person.
A premium River Nile Cruise on board the MS Nile starts at £1,207 per person for seven nights and is available from Nile Cruises at www.nile-cruises.co.uk. Once you have flown from Gatwick, set sail from Luxor, visiting the the Tomb of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI, the Temple of Horus at Edfu, and Aswan and Philae before heading to amazing Temple of Karnak on the way back to Luxor.
Other optional excursions are available including Abu Simbel with temples dedicated to Ramses II and Queen Nefertiti and a sound and light show at the Temple of Isis.
The MS Nile has 56 standard cabins, two Ambassador suites with private balcony and two Presidential suites with large bathroom and separate seating area. Nightly entertainment includes traditional belly dancing.
For those who want to avoid flights completely, Cunard offers a round trip from Southampton to Cairo which takes in a 12-hour Nile cruise excursion, including a visit to the three Great Pyramids of Giza and Tutankhamun Galleries. Cairo is also a port of call on some of the company’s Mediterranean voyages. These destinations can be booked through Cunard’s online Voyage Personaliser where you can also choose from ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.