Luxor is the primary point of departure for cruises along the Nile River. Having played a significant role in historic Egypt, Luxor is filled with endless remnants reminiscent of Egyptian rule. If you are fascinated by history, you will jump at your chance to explore ancient burial grounds, royal temples, tombs and ruins frozen in time, and more. In between an exciting day of taking in all that Luxor has to offer, you can find yourself enjoying some of the country’s local cuisine, complete with fresh pita bread. There are also restaurants that serve more familiar food, if you’re not much of a culinary adventurer.
CroisiEurope offers cruises from Luxor. Their brand new, 25-guest river ship, Jaz Royale features 7- and 10-night Egypt cruises. Among the port stops on these itineraries include Luxor, Aswan, and Cairo (on the 10-night voyages). A great time take a cruise from Luxor is between March and April or October or November, just outside of peak tourist season, but also with comfortable weather. Luxor’s hottest weather occurs between May and September, so it is advisable to avoid traveling during these months.
Some cruise lines that offer cruises departing from Luxor actually dock in the port city of Safaga, which is about a 3-hour drive from Luxor. This is a great option if you're looking to experience life along the Nile River, but onboard a luxury yacht filled with amenities, instead of a small river ship that focuses primarily on shore excursions and destinations.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Luxor, along with a brief description:
♦ Valley of Kings
If you have time before or after your cruise from Luxor, you definitely don’t want to miss out on touring this famous landmark. The Valley of Kings is an ancient burial ground containing 65 tombs of famous rulers, including Tutankhamun and Ramses VI (both of which have an additional cost to visit). Admission will get you into a small handful of tombs, as not all are available to visit. However, the tombs you can see are beautifully decorated with paintings, hieroglyphics, and artifacts, making a visit to this site a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
♦ Ancient Temples
Ancient temples are the highlight of cruises from Luxor. Karnak Temple is the biggest and most popular temple you can visit in this city. Luxor Temple, surrounded by a row of Sphinxes, is another popular temple you can visit. To explore the temple of a Queen, Hatshepsut Temple is located near the Valley of Kings and is one of the most beautiful ones. Exploring these temples is a wonderful and exciting way to step back in time, learn about ancient Egyptian civilization, and witness some of the most breathtaking designs you might ever see.
♦ Felucca Rides
For something a little different while spending time in Luxor, you might consider experiencing a felucca ride. Feluccas are a special kind of sailboat that frequently sails on the Nile River and they’re the best seat in the house for viewing the sunset. Many river cruise lines offer felucca rides as an excursion, but there is also the option to book them independently.
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