Nile Information and Travel Tips to Plan your Nile Vacation

Nile River Cruise

The north-flowing River Nile is considered the longest river in the world and was a critical part of the ancient Egyptian life. This river flooded annually, depositing silt and making the land around it very fertile. Because of this, cities were centered on the Nile and many monuments and ruins are not far from its bank. A cruise down the Nile River is a great way to explore the many ancient, as well as modern, sights of Egypt.

Nile River Cruise


This is the starting point of most cruises on the Nile River, and one of the three major tourist cities on the Nile. Visit the many sights of this city, including the Unfinished Obelisk, Mausoleum of Aga Khan, and Philae Temple.

Elephantine Island

Enjoy a cruise on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailboat, around Elephantine Island, famous for it Nilometer, a structure that measures the Nile River s water level during the flood season.

High Dam

Completed in 1970, the High Dam was built to control the annual flooding of the Nile River. Lake Nasser, a reservoir created due to the damming, forced many people to relocate during the building of the dam. In addition, many ancient structures were also relocated, including the famous twin temples of Abu Simbel.


This city, located on the West Bank of the River Nile, is where you will find the Edfu Temple of Horus. This huge Ptolemaic temple was built from sandstone blocks and is one of the most completely preserved temples in all of Egypt.

Kom Ombo

The town of Kom Ombo is home to the famous Temple of Kom Ombo, a “double” temple where the Southern half was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the Northern half was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris. What is distinctive about this temple is its perfect symmetry along the main axis, with duplicate rooms and halls for the two gods.

Esna Lock

Vessels traveling the Nile River between Aswan and Luxor must pass through the lock system in Esna.


Most Nile River cruises end here in Luxor, a city of great historical value as it lies on the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. Visit sights such as the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Karnak, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el-Bahri, and Colossi of Memnon.


Situated on the East Bank of the River Nile, Qena is known for its pottery and for its proximity to the ruins of Dendera. Visit the Dendera Temple Complex as well as the Temple of Abydos on your visit here.

Based on your interest, we suggest the following tour packages which will provide you with the greatest enjoyment