Our Favorite River Cruises in Egypt

If cruising the Nile River is on your bucket list, don’t miss the chance to take a river cruise around the historic sites and legendary markets of Egypt. Several luxury cruises offer relaxing journeys around the ruins of Ancient Nubia and educational experiences to the heart of Egypt. Here are some of our best picks for cruises in Egypt.

Viking River Cruises: Pharaohs & Pyramids Cruise

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Discover the magic and history of ancient Egypt with a guided journey around the pyramids and preserved temples. This 12-day Nile tour includes a journey through the capital city of Cairo where you can see monuments from 5,000 years ago. You’ll also get to see the Hundred-Gated City described by Greek poet Homer, and see some fo the ancient ruins and colonial hotels. The colorful markets of Aswan and the temple of the falcon-headed god Horus in Edfu are other highlights of this adventure.

Sanctuary Retreats: Luxury Nile Cruise

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Discover the artifacts and ruins of Luxor and enjoy a tase of Egyptian hospitality and service aboard this epic Nile cruise. The shores of the river are littered with tombs and temples that you can tour or sail by as you discover the history and legends of the area. You’ll get to visit Aswan, also known as the “Jewel of the Nile,” as well as many ruins along the way. Take your pick of sun boats, boutique ships, and private charters that offer the five-star experience no matter the destination.

Variety Cruises: Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the Red Sea

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Travel with an expert Egyptologist on board and on shore with this multi-destination cruise.  The trip includes a trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery, the Valley of Kings, and Luxor. The 8-day journey begins in Ain Sokhna, Egypt and takes you to Aqaba, Jordan for an unforgettable adventure aboard the Harmony G ship that can only take 44 guests on a voyage at a time.

If these cruises aren’t quite enough for you, remember to check out other river cruises in Africa for an amazing journey.

Our Favorite At-Sea Spas to Canada

If you’ve set your heart on setting sail to Canada and New England this year, make sure you choose a cruise line that offers indulgent spa treatments along the way. Only a few cruise lines have amazing spas on board and can offer a few hours of pampering on your voyage. Here are some of our best picks at-sea spas heading to Canada, New England, and other northeastern destinations. 

Seabourn Quest 

The Spa at Seabourn was designed with Dr. Andrew Weil and is the first of its kind to be available at sea. Dr. Weil is a pioneer in integrative medicine with a focus on combining physical, social, environmental and spiritual factors for optimal health. Spending time at the spas will give you a chance to work with a certified yoga and meditation practitioner, take Mindful Living courses, and enjoy indulgent spa treatments to feel rejuvenated and restored.

Caribbean Princess

Princess Cruises gave the Caribbean Princess an overhaul in 2017 to add some incredible spa experiences on board. You can head to the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center for some pampering treatments and also relax in The Sanctuary.  The Lotus Spa was named Best Spa on a Cruise Ship by Spafinder Wellness 365 and offers everything from detox ocean wraps to aroma stone therapy massages.

Norwegian Encore

The Encore is the newest ship in the fleet and will make its debut in Miami in Fall 2019. It will have itineraries to Canada and New England so you can plan a fall or winter adventure aboard this brand new ship. The ship will include The Haven Spa Suite where you can enjoy in-room treatments, as well as access to the Mandara Spa where you can get a Thermal Suite pass for thermal and water therapies between exotic Elemis spa treatments.

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