ROW has two variations of a classic adventure cruise trip that highlights ancient and modern Egypt. Overall trip itineraries are similar, but we offer the choice between a traditional large cruise ship and a smaller, historic two-masted yacht that carries just 10-12 passengers. The smaller yacht size gives a more intimate experience and grants us access to some of the more hidden sites along the Nile.
Regardless of the vessel, each Nile cruise is led by ROW's private Egyptologist for an in-depth exploration of the country and its rich culture. Starting in Cairo, you visit the pyramids at Giza, the Egyptian Museum and many other historic sites within the capital city. Then we'll fly south to Luxor and visit Egypt’s greatest compound of temples, the Temple of Luxor and the Temples of Karnak. From here we start our adventure cruise on the Nile and will float the shining thread of Egypt for several days.
Both adventure cruise trips stop in Aswan to visit the incomparable Valley of the Kings and other dramatic Egyptian sites. The cruise continues south to the ancient border between Egypt and the southern nation of the Nubians. It was here some 3,300 years ago that Ramses II carved the dramatic temples of Abu Simbel. Two of our yearly departures coincide with the twice-yearly "Miracle of the Sun." This is when the early morning sun illuminates the inner sanctuary, reaching the four statues carved around 211 feet from the temple's main entrance.
Mark Twain once said of Egypt, “We were glad to have seen the land which was the mother of civilization – which taught Greece her letters, and through Greece, Rome, and through Rome the world.”
We invite you to join ROW for an extraordinary adventure cruise through one of the world's richest histories.