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Luxury Nile Cruises

The River Nile is the longest river in the world, running through north-eastern Africa. Historically, the Nile has been incredibly important in the development of settlements and civilisations throughout not only north Africa but also the Middle East and Mediterranean. Travellers from far and wide visit the Nile and the beautifully preserved ancient ruins along its banks, learning about the region's complex history and culture from its archaeology.

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Uniworld S.S. Sphinx

The Most Egyptian Ship in the World?
Welcome to the ultimate river cruise on the longest river in the world! We spend a week on board Uniworld's newest Super Ship, the S.S.Sphinx on the river Nile in Egypt.

Helen & Rich Chalu
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Top 10 Things to do on a Nile Cruise

  1. Visit the Pyramids of Giza
  2. Tour the Valley of the Kings
  3. 4x4 sand Jeep experience
  4. Haggle in the bazaars in Luxor and Aswan
  5. Visit Karnak Temple
  6. Marvel at the Colissi of Memnon
  7. Enjoy bird-watching on the river
  8. Visit the Temple of Esna and Esna's street markets
  9. Tour the ancient city of Memphis
  10. Ride a felucca at sunset

Nature and wildlife

Birds are abundant in the Nile Valley with around 500 species of birds recorded throughout the region, including the endangered Egyptian Vulture. In addition to the majestic creatures of the skies, you are likely to spot a number of river creatures too, from the soft-shelled Nile turtle and curious monitor lizards to the elusive Nile crocodile.

Vegetation along the Nile is an unusual sight to behold; more scrub-like than lush and green, bamboo-like grasses and papyrus grow on the riverbanks, with the occasional splash of colour with the growth of water hyacinths.


The history of the Pharaohs and Ancient Egypt is what draws most travellers to the River Nile. Egypt was one of the earliest civilisations, so sailing the Nile and walking through ancient ruins and temples offers us a glimpse into one of the most fascinating periods of history. Learn about the famous King Tut, the discovery of his tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter, the romance between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and the development of heiroglyphics as an ancient language.

When is the Best Time to Cruise the Nile?

The best time to cruise the River Nile is between October and April. During this period, the weather is pleasant but not too hot - a vital factor to consider when exploring temples in the desert heat during the day.

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