Best time to visit Egypt

Nile River Cruise in Egypt

Enjoy the beautiful Nile Valley as you cruise and check out Aswan, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and the Hatshepsut Temple

Best time: October–April

Nile River Cruise
Nile River Cruise

Most of Egypt's historical sites are located along the banks of the Nile River. Aswan, an idyllic city located in southern Egypt is a great place to explore that country's epic history. Luxor, once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's greatest open-air museum. Explorers, historians, aficionados of mythology and others who wish to experience the many splendours and curiosities of ancient Egypt will enjoy this journey. Sail down the Nile River and visit the Ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor and Aswan, see the tombs of Egyptian kings, and ancient landscapes that haven't changed since the time of pharaohs. On both banks of the river, you can find kids bathing their donkeys, farmers that tend their land with hoes and mud brick houses just as they have done for centuries. You can even try a traditional felucca sailboat for your cruise. A period between October and April is the best time for a Nile Cruise because it is not so hot and you can visit all the attractions along the way.

Practical info

When is the best time to go on a Nile River Cruise in Egypt?

The ideal time for a Nile River Cruise is between October and April, when temperatures are milder and more comfortable for sightseeing the neighboring sites. The summer months can be very sweltering, making the Nile sail uncomfortable. The best time to experience this marvel and enjoy its ancient history is during the cooler months. Show more

Where can I visit during the Nile River Cruise?

The Nile River Cruise sails through many historical and cultural sites located in the Nile Valley. A journey on this yacht guarantees a rich exploration of ancient monuments and ruins at Luxor, Aswan, the Valley of the Kings, the Hatshepsut Temple, and other historically significant locations along the Nile. The available packages cater to different budget levels while covering these locations of interest. Show more

What are some traditional activities to experience during the cruise?

The Nile river Cruise offers many traditional experiences like riding the felucca sailboat as you explore the river, witnessing entertaining evening shows that showcase the cultural heritage of the people, and observing the ancient civilization's fascinating artifacts. Various packages offer more experiences such as authentic Egyptian cuisine or attending cultural events that highlight the Nile Valley's rich history and tradition. Show more

Where can I find information about the historical significance of the places visited during the cruise?

You can access tourist guides aboard the Nile River Cruise ships who provide commentary and information about the historical significance of the visited sites. Alternatively, researching and perusing the highlights beforehand is an excellent way to motivate your understanding of the various locations en route. The Nile Cruise is an unparalleled way to witness and learn about Egypt's cultural history and civilization. Show more

When is the best time to see the farmers tend their land and other traditional activities along the banks of Nile River?

Plan to experience the traditional activities along the Nile River during the early morning - when there may be more activity from the farmers in their fields. Late afternoons are another ideal viewing time. Harvest season presents visitors with yet another time to observe the farmers' activity. You can also explore smaller communities situated along the banks of the river to experience traditional activities such as farming, fishing or just observing their everyday routines. Show more

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