Most Nile cruises sail between Luxor and Aswan, where average temperatures range from between 20 degrees to well over 40 degrees celsius.
The hottest months on the Nile are between May and October, with the warmest month usually being June, and the coolest being January. However, it is usually much easier to cope with high temperatures in Egypt, because it is a dry heat and not as debilitating as a humid heat.
The “high season” for Nile cruises is the reverse of most holiday destinations, being between October and March. Accordingly, you will pay more for departures in these months From May through to September, the day time temperatures can become really high, and you should take this into account before booking.
So what is the best month to take a Nile cruise?
For many people, the ideal months to travel are October and April, as the day time temperatures are lovely and warm and the evening temperatures are warm enough to sit outside on the sundeck without a pullover or cardigan.
There is really nothing more atmospheric than to be sitting out in the evening on the ships’ sundeck, listening to the call to prayer from the nearby mosques, the sound of the livestock on the banks of the Nile, and the constant sounds of the insects and the river. We have cruised The Nile at various times of the year, and can tell you that no matter which month you choose to take this magical trip, you will still have a wonderful time.
If you are looking for Nile cruise deals what is the best way to go about finding them?
And are all last-minute Nile cruises actual deals?</p?
Is it simply a matter of logging on to Google and using the search terms “Nile cruise deals” or “last-minute Nile cruise” or are there more, relevant phrases that might lead to better results?
And what exactly is a “last-minute Nile cruise“?
Is it a Nile cruise that leaves within the next few days, within the week, the month? Or is it a stock phrase that the Nile cruise specialist operators use to describe their departures right across the board? Remember some operators will use the term to attract buyers to their pages that in fact will include departure dates going up to a year ahead.
So how can you determine that you are actually receiving any sort of benefit from booking a Nile cruise at the very last minute?
Well, I would suggest that to check that the prices that you are looking at are lower than the prices they were at least a week ago, or better still, a month ago. That way you can be sure that it is a deal that you are looking at and not just a description used by the operator to sell that actual departure date.
As a Nile cruise specialist, I can tell you that actual Nile cruise deals are rarer than you think. Because the flight element of the Nile cruise package is usually the same price, (or even more) as the flight departure gets nearer, it’s the actual operator’s portion of the cost that will be hit most by any reduction. True Nile cruise deals are usually last-minute cancellations that the operator has received the full payment for. Terms and conditions usually state up to 100% cancellation charges for last-minute cancellations. So, having already covered all their costs the operator can afford to reduce the costs to make the sale more attractive.
So, in conclusion, the best way is to keep checking the website prices of a Nile cruise operator/specialist such as ourselves and see if there has been an actual and worthwhile price reduction.
Tonight, Wednesday 2nd January 2019, you can enjoy BBC2’s fascinating programme about The Nile.
Here’s the programme’s description:
For a river that conjures up images of pyramids and pharaohs, the Nile turns out to be a truly surprising river that changes at every twist and turn of its journey. As its flows into increasingly arid latitudes on its journey north it becomes an evermore vital lifeline for animals and people, but only if they can conquer the challenges that this ever-changing river throws at them. The Nile’s story begins in a spectacular, tropical mountain range – the Rwenzoris. Streams plunge from these snowy peaks creating wetlands on the plains below. Here they create a mobile water garden of papyrus reeds, home to one of the world’s strangest birds- a shoebill stork. Though beautiful, clumps of reeds break up and float around creating a challenging environment for would-be fishermen. A stork’s best way of finding prey is to form a rather strange alliance – wily shoebills follow hippos whose great bulk opens up fishing channels for them.
The Nile’s headwaters create huge lakes in the equatorial heart of Africa – everything here is on a vast scale, especially Lake Victoria which is the size of Ireland. Here vast swarms of lakeflies sweep across its waters on a biblical scale, providing an unexpected feast for local people who trap the insects to make ‘fly burgers’. It is not just Lake Victoria’s immense size which makes it so dramatic. The vast lake has only a single exit channel of ferocious white water – the aptly named White Nile. People come from around the globe to tackle the rapids here which are some of the most powerful and infamous in the world. A local heroine, Amina Tayona (a mum from a nearby village) is brave enough to ride them. Amina has learnt to kayak on these treacherous rapids – and now competes against international athletes.
The next stage of the Nile’s great journey are the wild Savannah lands of Uganda and the awesome spectacle of one the world’s most powerful waterfalls, Murchison Falls. Here, valiant crocodile mothers try to defend their nest against hungry predators. Even though they are such fearsome predators – crocodiles have a weakness which other animals exploit. Watch as cunning Nile monitor lizards try to outwit an increasingly desperate Nile crocodile mother who faces a terrible dilemma. Further downstream is the setting for one of the episode’s most surprising stories. Filmed for the first time using the latest camera-trap technology, cameras reveal strange goings-on at the abandoned country home of infamous and exiled dictator, Idi Amin. Its ruins are attracting new, wild guests. Many of Africa’s big predators make their home here today.
In South Sudan, the Nile river slows and spreads out transforming into a huge wetland – the Sudd (Arabic for barrier). Half of its water is lost due to evaporation here and this is before the river embarks on its epic crossing of the Sahara – a desert the size of China. Every year, the dwindling Nile receives a massive, timely injection of water far to the east. In the Ethiopian highlands, the Nile’s greatest tributary – the Blue Nile – is swelled by the wet season creating some of the most turbulent and dramatic seasonal waterfalls on Earth and forming a spectacular gorge which is nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon.
The Blue Nile is a river revered and used in a variety of incredible ways – from mass baptism ceremonies in the ancient Ethiopian city of Gondar to colonies of cheeky weaver birds who use the riverbank’s reeds to build intricate nests. The Blue Nile replenishes the main Nile channel at the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum, the two become one and embark on the epic crossing of the Sahara. The miracle of the Nile is that it has allowed great civilisations to thrive in a desolate and arid region – today and throughout history. From the exotic city of Cairo, to the glories of ancient Egypt, breathtaking photography reveals the extent of the Nile’s power to transport water from one part of world and deliver it to another, building and supporting life.
Tonight, on Channel 5, sees Tony Robinson going all Indiana Jones, scrabbling around archaeological excavations by the Nile and getting very muddy. We see him wandering around the great ancient Egyptian monuments in Giza and Luxor, but it’s far more interesting to follow him as he becomes one of the first laymen to catch sight of new discoveries being made in previously unexplored tombs.
Like the dozens of pots containing the detritus of a mummification process – including an accidentally discarded major organ that Tony’s pleased as punch to get to hold – or the exquisitely carved but unfinished entranceway to the home for eternity of an ancient local dignitary. As he says, “The Egyptians did death better than anyone else.”
Tonight’s programme is part one of two.
In part two Tony goes on a journey across Egypt, where a series of incredible new tomb discoveries are being made. He travels the length of the Nile, from Cairo to Aswan, to investigate tombs of all shapes and sizes, and meets the archaeologists, including John Ward, who are unearthing extraordinary wonders.
If you would like to know more about cruising The Nile and all of the wonders and treasures you will see on a Nile cruise please visit my dedicated Nile cruise website, www.nile-cruises-4u.co.uk or call me at any time on Freephone 0808 1089 100 and I’ll be more than happy to tell you about this wonderful travel experience. Barbara