After Death on the Nile hit the big screen, Egyptian cruises have caught worldwide attention. Here’s how you can immerse yourself in Agatha Christie’s world with four of the best Nile river cruises to book for 2022/23. 

Launched in cinemas on 11 February, 2022, Death on the Nile follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) on his journey on a luxurious cruise down the river Nile when a newlywed heiress was found killed on board SS Karnak

But beyond the classical mystery vibe of Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel, the film shows you the mysticism of the River Nile and the splendour of ancient Egyptian structures from Aswan to Luxor. 

And if you want to visit Egypt yourself on a cruise, you can do so by booking a river voyage onboard the best cruises, sans the murder, of course. 

Taste of Egypt (Avalon Waterways) 

The 10-day Cairo roundtrip cruise will take you to the incredible monuments to pharaohs and gods of Egyptian history. But in Old Cairo, you will also see the Church of the Virgin Mary, built in the place where Mary and Jesus were said to find refuge during their flight to Egypt. 

Aboard MS Farah, the river cruise also features a visit to the Luxor Temple, Temple of Amun-Ra, Avenue of the Sphinxes, Karnak monument, and the valley of Kings and Queens undisturbed tomb of King Tut is located. 

Then the journey continues to the twin temples at Kon Ombo, devoted to the falcon god Horus and the crocodile god Sobek-Ra.

A tour of the granite quarries where an uncompleted obelisk remains will help you ponder the magnitude of the task of building the pyramids. 

The Temple of Isis is next on the list of your tours before you return to Cairo to explore the largest open-air museum in the world and browse the bustling maze of the endless bazaar in the medieval alleys of the ancient city. 

To help you appreciate the local history and culture, a local expert in Egyptology will join you on your voyage. 

This cruise departs monthly throughout 2022. Click here to find out more. 

Splendours of Egypt & The Nile (Uniworld)

Uniworld’s 12-day River Nile cruise will allow you to follow the footsteps of renowned scholars and explorers as your journey ventures into the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty. 

You’ll enjoy an exhilarating ride in a traditional river sailboat known as a felucca.

The spectacular voyage starts and ends in Cairo, where cruisers can visit the famous Egyptian Museum and its fantastic collection of ancient artifacts, including the beautiful treasures discovered from the tomb of King Tut.

Your Egyptian escapade will not be complete without visiting Giza to gaze upon the mighty ancient pyramids and the iconic Sphinx.   

Onboard the SS Sphinx, you’ll get the Egyptian vibe thanks to the immersive onboard experience with custom decor by local artisans and materials sourced in the region, such as hand-carved blonde wood, marble, and Egyptian cotton. 

The riverboat features 42 generously appointed staterooms, a massage room, a swimming pool and two gourmet dining venues. 

Uniworld’s Egyptian cruise departs regularly from Feb to May and September to December. Click here to learn more. 

Treasures of Egypt (Scenic)

This mystical journey with Scenic begins and ends in Cairo and is filled with the biggest concentration of ancient wonders. Pyramids, tombs and temples – the glorious past is yours to discover in style. 

The cruise highlight includes an excursion to the Giza Plateau, where you can gaze upon the marvels of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, then in Luxor to stand among ancient monuments, tombs, and temples. 

Retrace the footsteps of ancient Egyptian royalty on a 5-star cruise along the Nile, the lifeblood of Egypt and explore the temples of the old world before relaxing in iconic luxury at Aswan. 

Marvel the spectacular relics of Abu Simbel and discover the engineering feats of the ancient world. A visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum, the biggest archeological museum globally, is a must.

Your Scenic 5-star inclusion features Sundowners where you can enjoy drinks and canapes as the sun sets over the magnificent pyramids. 

All tours are fully escorted by small group land journeys. Click here for more information. 

Pharaohs & Pyramids (Viking River Cruises) 

Most river journeys on the Nile are cruising the 140-mile stretch between Aswan and Luxor. But the 12-day Viking’s cruise travels north of Luxor to Qena nearby Dendera temple complex – a lesser-visited Greco-Roman ruins. 

Beyond the usual excursions in Cairo and Giza, this river cruise offers more destinations such as Aswan, Esna and Edfu.

For example, you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you pass the marvellous landmarks such as the Agha Khan Mausoleum and the West Bank – a spectacular hillside dotted with the Tombs of the Nobles.  

An Egyptologist will join you on your cruise to guide you throughout the journey. Click here for more information.