Nile River Cruises

Round-trip flights included with all middle east itineraries.

Explore Egypt, Jordan and Israel

Step into history, this is your opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what life was like for these early civilizations, as well as their profound relationship with the Nile River. Our three hand-crafted itineraries will unveil destinations as you have never imagined.
Departures available through May 2021

Explore ancient Egypt from its plentiful monuments, archaeological sites and recovered artifacts, but this is your opportunity to gain an understanding of what life was like for this early civilization. Not forgetting just how important the Nile River was to the societies that lined its banks.

Enjoy an incredible journey on board the contemporary and spacious MS Hamees river ship will be your home during for four nights from Luxor to Aswan. Elegant and thoughtful interior design plays host to spacious cabins, complete with private bathroom and deluxe amenities. A lounge bar and sun deck are the perfect areas to relax, take in the exotic surroundings, and enjoy camaraderie with your fellow guests..


FLY FREE round-trip into Cairo or Tel Aviv with our 15 or 16-day tours, plus save $500 per couple*

FLY FREE round-trip into Cairo when you book our 10-day tour*

The Nile River: A Source of Life

Your journey through this unmistakable landscape includes a river ship cruise down The Nile. Recognised as the longest river in the world, the Nile has been named the ‘Father of African Rivers’ and rises from the south of the equator through north east Africa, before draining in the Mediterranean Sea.

A lifeline for the Ancient Egyptians, contending with little yearly rainfall, the river aided agriculture as it provided a fertile setting from which to prosper.

Interested in sailing in 2022?

Our all-new super yacht, Emerald Azzurra, will take you through the Red Sea and beyond, including Egypt, Israel, and Jordon.


Exceptional Value! It's all included in the price:

  • 4 nights accommodation on-board MS Hamees
  • Cruise Director services throughout your cruise
  • Most meals as per itinerary
  • 2 drinks per guest with lunch and dinner on-board
  • Excursions include complimentary bottled water
  • A variety of EmeraldPLUS activities, including home-hosted dinners in both Cairo and Amman
  • On-board entertainment
  • Tea & coffee facilities in all cabins
  • Airport transfers to and from your ship and hotels
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points
  • Port taxes and charges
    Plus all tipping included!

Featured Itineraries

Egypt: An Ancient civilization
Arrive in Cairo, Egypt before embarking on your 4-night Nile River cruise on-board MS Hamees, arriving back in Cairo for 3 nights.
Spectacular desert landscapes, home to thousands of years of history, great feats of archaeological wonder and Mother Nature’s sensational ability to create her own phenomenon. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets as you uncover this unique part of the world.

You'll experience the Egyptian capital and one of the country’s largest cities, Cairo, is the gateway to the Nile delta. A magnificent mix of Roman, Arab and Turkish influence, lush vegetation and contemporary skyscrapers co-exist among its 400+ registered monuments.

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx. Visit the Egyptian Museum, home to items discovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun, and enjoy shopping around one of the city’s main hotspots, the bazaar district, where you’ll visit Khan el-Khalili, a busy and open-air souk in central Cairo.

Israel: A Biblical Holy Land

Add 7 days exploring Israel's Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem & more, to our 10-day Ancient Egypt & Nile River Cruise program. 

Where east meets west on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is known by some as ‘the biblical holy land’. Spirituality and culture combine for a city unique to anywhere else in the world, as the pull of modernity and a long-lasting commitment to religion, meet for the most sensational of experiences.

From Tel Aviv’s colourful nightlife, Bauhaus buildings and coastal beauty, to the mountainous surrounds of Galilee and the oldest city in the world, Jerusalem. Israel offers a spiritual experience, with a great mix of the contemporary for good measure. We take you to the Egyptian capital, where you’ll enjoy dinner in the home of a local family, witness Luxor’s ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites then onward to Egypt and your Nile River cruise.

Jordan: Deserts and the Dead Sea
Explore ancient Egypt on a luxurious Nile River cruise and add 5 nights discovering Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, and the Dead Sea of Jordan.
Located on the east bank of the Jordan River, the country plays a huge role in biblical history and is defined by its ancient monuments, such as the Treasury at Petra. The capital, Amman, is thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world, with archaeologists suggesting humans settled as early as the 13th century BC.

A journey to Jordan is not complete without a visit to Petra. At the main entrance, the Nabatean capital, stands the Treasury, believed to be over 2,000 years old, its excellent preservation certain to leave a lasting impression. The intricate carvings adorning its façade provide a wonderful insight into Nabatean culture, with the inside compared to that of a film set. Catch it at its most ethereal between 9am and 11am, as the sun hits it directly, or between 5pm and 6pm as the pink glow of the setting sun smothers its intricate structure.
*Terms and Conditions: Offers valid for Egypt, Jordan, and Israel with Nile River cruises and tours departing April 2020 through May 2021 with Emerald Waterways. Offers valid until April 30, 2021. 10-day itinerary: Fly Free round-trip per person or receive an air credit of $550 in lieu of flights. 15+ day itineraries: Fly Free round-trip per person or receive an air credit of $750 in lieu of flights. 15+ day itineraries save an additional $250 per person. Airport taxes up to $680 per person are included. A non–refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required within 48hrs of booking, with full payment required 190 days prior to departure. A secondary non–refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due prior to air ticketing. Max amount for ticket is up to $1,650 per person. Emerald Waterways reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways choice of airlines from 11 specific Canadian gateways: YHZ, YYZ, YOW, YUL, YQR, YXE, YWG, YEG, YYC, YVR, & YYJ. All other gateways receive air credit savings. Select gateways have an additional fee of $175 per person. Offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion. Offer applies to groups. Prices are in CAD, based on double occupancy. Taxes & port charges are included in prices. Prices listed based on lowest available cabin category. Prices subject to change based on availability. Offer may be changed, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. For full booking terms and conditions go here ©EMERALD WATERWAYS | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | BC CONSUMER PROTECTION #40178.