Luxury Nile River Cruises

Discover the ancient land of the pharaohs in luxurious comfort on a Nile River cruise with Scott Dunn:

  • Tailor-made itineraries to fulfil your every desire
  • Out-of-the-ordinary experiences curated by local guides
  • Seamless 24/7 support whenever you need it
  • Unforgettable trips from award-winning travel experts

Snaking through Egypt on its journey through Africa, the green shores and deep waters of the River Nile have been sustaining life since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Discover why the Nile River is just as special today on a luxury cruise from Cairo to the charming islands of Aswan or the huge temples of Luxor.

Exploring this world-famous river while experiencing the comfort of a cruise is ideal for couples and families alike. From the fascinating history of the land of the pharaohs to the magnificent scenery along the shoreline, there's so much to make a Nile River cruise unforgettable – especially when you travel with Scott Dunn.

What to Expect From a Luxury Cruise on the Nile River

Travelling on a luxury cruise along the River Nile is a fascinating way to immerse yourself in one of history's most magnificent civilisations. Sit back and relax as our local experts guide you through fertile farmlands, panoramic desertscapes, and, of course, the preserved glory of ancient Egypt's finest temples, palaces, and tombs.

Our Senior Travel Specialist, Matt Shock, describes what makes a Scott Dunn Nile River cruise so special:

“A Nile cruise is a very relaxing and classic way to explore Egypt. You get to see all the sights but can then relax and unwind whilst cruising down the Nile in comfort. As the itineraries for Egypt are generally fairly busy, the Nile cruises are a perfect way to take a break and let the desert landscapes and the Nile delta pass you by. It’s also a great way to get away from all the hustle and bustle that often surrounds Egypt’s sites and cities.”

How to choose the right Nile River cruise for you

Here are a few things you should consider so you get the best experience from your luxury Nile River cruise:

  • The boat size: Smaller vessels accommodate fewer passengers, allowing for a more intimate experience. You'll be closer to your guide and have greater access to their expertise. Plus, you'll get to know your fellow passengers better.
  • The itinerary: Each of our itineraries is unique and tailored to the type of experience you desire. Whether you want to spend most of your time exploring the different historical sites along the Nile River or relaxing in opulence onboard the cruise ship, we'll do our best to make it happen.
  • The amenities: We choose the finest ships for you, so rest assured your comfort is guaranteed when you travel with us. But different ships have different amenities. You should consider which will make the biggest difference to you during your trip.

With Scott Dunn, the sky's the limit. Tell our travel specialists what you want from your cruise on the Nile River and we'll craft the perfect experience for you.

Featured Nile River Cruise Ships and Itineraries

From elegant and authentic dahabiyas to opulent yachts teeming with facilities, we work with only the finest vessels to make your Nile River cruise as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We've also curated a selection of itineraries to capture the very best experiences of the River Nile as well as other parts of Egypt. We'll use one of these as a basis for your personalized itinerary, pulling out all the stops to make your cruise on the Nile River unforgettable.

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The Oberoi Zahra

The Oberoi Zahra

Nile, Egypt

The Oberoi Zahra is the finest and most luxurious ship operating on the Nile. The leisurely 7-night cruise gives the perfect balance between sightseeing and relaxation – with on board spa treatments that pamper you like a Pharaoh.

Cruise Culture Spa & health
Sanctuary MS Nile Adventurer

Sanctuary MS Nile Adventurer

Nile, Egypt

The Sanctuary MS Nile Adventurer is a modern boat with all the amenities for a perfect cruise down the River Nile. Choose between a three night cruise (Aswan – Luxor) or a more relaxing four night cruise (Luxor – Aswan).

Adventure Cruise Culture
Nour El Nil Nile Cruises

Nour El Nil Nile Cruises

Nile, Egypt

Uncover the wonders of ancient Egypt on board one of Nour El Nil’s six elegant dahabiyas. Cruise for 6 nights in total comfort and style down the majestic River Nile from Luxor to Aswan.

Cruise Culture Adventure
Sanctuary Sun Boat III

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

The Nile, Egypt

Sanctuary Sun Boat III offers three- and four-night cruises in an intimate atmosphere. With just 18 cabins and suites, it is one of the smallest cruise boats on the Nile. Sun Boat III's elegant style is evocative of the River Nile's colonial past.

Culture Couples
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Nile, Egypt

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV has just 40 cabins and suites in total, with a chic art deco style. Offering three-, four- and 10-night itineraries, the boat sails between Luxor and Aswan offering guests the chance to explore the legendary sites along the Nile.

Couples Culture
The Oberoi Philae

The Oberoi Philae

Nile, Egypt

The Oberoi Philae offers a luxurious cruise along the Nile that sails past the landmarks of an ancient civilisation. The elegant cruiser sails from Aswan to Luxor or vice versa and courses through Pharaonic dynasties that span thousands of years.

Adventure Couples Cruise Culture
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Meet our Nile River cruise expert

Matt Shock

Africa & Safari Specialist

Safari encapsulates everything that I love and yearn for in travel – wildlife, remote landscapes, wonderful people and special memories – and I am so lucky to have been able to form a career around these passions.

Luxury Nile River Cruise FAQs

  • When's the best time to take a cruise on the Nile River?

    The best time to take a Nile River cruise depends on what you most want from the experience. In terms of weather, between October and April is the best time to go. This is before the extreme heat of summer, so it's cooler and pleasant. However, this also means it's the busiest period, so you can expect to experience crowds. The shoulder months from May to September are less popular, making it possible to explore onshore in relative peace. You'll have to be comfortable with significantly higher temperatures, though. Tell our travel specialists what matters most to you and we'll let you know the best time for your luxury Nile River cruise.

  • Can I see the pyramids on a Nile River cruise?

    No trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the pyramids, which is why excursions to the iconic Pyramids of Giza are included on all our featured Nile River cruise itineraries. They're located on the Giza Plateau just 10 miles from Cairo, so we typically arrange for you to come to the capital a few days before or after your cruise. We'll ensure you have plenty of time to explore the last of the remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World up close.

  • What should I wear for a Nile River cruise?

    You'll want clothes to keep you as comfortable as possible. Generally, this means clothes made from light and airy fabrics like cotton and linen. But bear in mind that it'll also depend on the time of year you take your cruise on the Nile River. Our experts will explain the details of what you should wear and pack after you book, so you'll always be prepared to make the most of your trip.

  • How long does a Nile River cruise typically last?

    Our cruise itineraries last between 11 and 15 nights, giving you plenty of time to soak up all the Nile River has to offer. Be sure to let us know if you want your trip to be shorter or longer and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Plan your luxury Nile River cruise with Scott Dunn

Ready to take the first step? Start planning your holiday of a lifetime by calling us on the number listed below or filling out our online enquiry form. Our team of travel experts will get to know you and create an itinerary tailored to your every wish and requirement.

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