Death on the Nile: Top 6 Cruises on the River Nile | Cruise International

Death on the Nile cruises: Top 6 cruises on the river Nile for 2022 & 2023

By Claire Benktander | 9 Feb 2022

The Nile in Egypt at Aswan

The Nile in Egypt at Aswan

With Death on the Nile set for release in cinemas on Friday 11th February, Egyptian cruises are back in high demand. Here’s how you can follow in Agatha Christie’s footsteps with six of the best river Nile cruises to book now for 2022 and 2023.

Launching in cinemas on February 11th, Death on the Nile will take in the beauty of Egypt’s ancient tombs and the River Nile, from Luxor to Aswan. Based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same name, the film follows Hercule Poirot who investigates a murder on board the S.S. Karnak.

Death on the Nile: Top 6 river Nile cruises

Marking the 100th anniversary of Egypt’s independence from the UK (on 28th February 1922 Britain granted independence to Egypt, establishing an independent Kingdom of Egypt and bringing Britain’s protectorate over Egypt to a close) and the release of the film Death on the Nile, we take a look at the best Nile cruises to explore the ancient history of Egypt.

Discover six of the best river Nile cruises for 2022 and 2023 to book now to explore this extraordinary region below.

Pharaohs & Pyramids with Viking River Cruises

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Viking Ra on the Nile River

Most cruises stick to the 140-mile stretch of river between Luxor and Aswan, but Viking’s 12-day Pharaohs and Pyramids trip travels north of Luxor to Qena (near the lesser visited Greco-Roman temple complex of Dendera), combining a week-long cruise with time in Cairo.

As you skim the waters of the Nile by traditional felucca, you’ll join Viking’s expert Egyptologists on board a modern Nile ship, doing everything from seeing the pyramids on a camel to exploring the Temple of Karnak’s 136 soaring pillars and visiting Queen Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Viking’s 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids trip departs most weeks throughout the year (except July and August). Visit vikingrivercruises.co.uk to find out more.

Treasures of Egypt with Scenic

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The pyramids of Egypt

The classic stretch of Nile is one dazzling piece of history after another, and all can be explored on Scenic’s 14-day Treasures of Egypt tour. Explore the riverfront Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak, thought to be the world’s largest ancient religious complex, with giant columns and avenues lined with sphinxes.

The whole complex comes alive at night with a spectacular sound and light show – then, a short dive away across the river from Luxor is the Valley of the Kings, a breathtaking desert and rock setting where there are more than 60 tombs, including the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Scenic’s 14-day Treasures of Egypt tour departs between Feb-Apr and Sep-Nov 2023. Visit scenic.co.uk to find out more.

A Royal Steamer Restored with Jules Verne

The Mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al-Rifai in Cairo, Egypt

For a more unique take on exploring the river Nile, Jules Verne’s Royal Steamer Restored cruise will see you explore on the SS Misr, called ‘the most luxurious steamship on the Nile’. Offering Egyptian-style décor, it was built by the Royal Navy in 1918 and later owned by King Farouk. Following restoration led by Jules Verne, the steam-driven vessel with only 24 cabins offers five-star service, sundecks and a plunge pool.

The trip combines the ancient world with colonial splendour, with a cocktail reception in the Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel, where Howard Carter announced the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and tea at Aswan’s Old Cataract Hotel, which starred in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile book, and was where the 1978 movie was filmed.

Jules Verne’s A Royal Steamer Restored departs regularly between Nov 2022-Jan 2023 and Nov-Dec 2023. Visit vjv.com to find out more.

Splendours of Egypt and the Nile with Uniworld

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Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt. Credit: Unsplash

Uniworld’s 12-day Splendours of Egypt and the Nile voyage features two nights in Cairo both before and after the cruise, which includes a boat ride to see bird life (from kingfishers to vultures), a cruise in a traditional felucca and tea at the Old Cataract. On the way to Aswan is the Temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek – 300 mummified crocodiles are displayed in The Crocodile Museum.

You’ll also explore Elephantine Island, the site of the Aswan Museum, the ruins of the Temple of Khnum and the palm tree-filled Aswan Botanical Garden. From here most cruise companies offer additional tours to the Aswan High Dam; some by road, more extravagant ones by air. The dam itself is only a few miles but most tours head 14 miles south to the twin temples of Abu Simbel on the banks of the reservoir, Lake Nasser.

Uniworld’s 12-day Splendours of Egypt and the Nile departs regularly from Feb-May and Sep-Dec. Visit uniworld.com/uk to find out more.

Taste of Egypt with Jordan with Avalon Waterways

The Treasury in Petra, Jordan

The Treasury in Petra, Jordan. Credit: iStock

This extraordinary journey with Avalon Waterways begins and ends in Cairo, followed by a four-night stay in Jordan. Stand before the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza and survey King Tut’s treasures at the Egyptian Museum as you embark on a luxury cruise on the Nile River to the Valley of the Kings and Queens.

Later, spend one night each in Amman and Petra, and two nights at the Dead Sea, with superior accommodations, transportation, and guided sightseeing throughout with expert local guides, exploring the red city of Petra, Roman ruins of Amman, the ruins of Jerash and the Dead Sea.

Avalon Waterways’ Taste of Egypt with Jordan departs monthly throughout 2022. Visit avalonwaterways.com to find out more.

Cairo, Alexandria & Nile Cruise with Titan

Street market in Old Market, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Street market in Old Market, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Titan’s 12-day Cairo, Alexandria and a Nile Cruise focuses on Egypt’s historic sites from Alexandria, Cairo and the pyramids in the north to the treasures of Luxor, Edfu and Aswan in the south.

Discover ancient Alexandria (home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria) and visit Aswan’s 111m High Dam aboard the MS Nile Plaza – a small ship that carries a maximum of 110 passengers, with 55 cabins, a restaurant, bar and sundeck.

Titan’s Cairo, Alexandria and a Nile Cruise departs regularly between September and May. Visit titantravel.co.uk/holiday-types/river-cruising to find out more.

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