A Nile cruise is an eagerly anticipated part of an Egypt holiday and a great way to see the historic monuments that dot the riverbank between Luxor and Aswan. Vessels range from luxury cruise ships - with sumptuous cabins, swimming pools on deck and evening entertainment under the African sky - to traditional Egyptian feluccas. These simple sailing boats offer a more rugged form of transport, but one that sings with the romance of Egypt past and present.
Gently meandering along the river is a delightful Egypt travel experience and old-style dahabiyas are another cruise option. With wood-panelled cabins and double lateen sails they recall the elegance of travel in days gone by, but with all the modern amenities. Like feluccas, these distinctive sailing boats have the advantage of being able to moor at places that the bigger cruise ships can't reach. Itineraries on the smaller craft also tend to be less rigid, meaning that temples can be visited outside peak times.