A trip to Egypt makes a wonderful holiday, but it can be tiring as there is so much to see and do in this extraordinary country.
Partaking in Nile cruises is the best way to relax and unwind while visiting Egypt’s archaeological and historical treasures. The Nile River has always played an important part in the country’s history and travelling on it by boat gives a unique insight into Egypt’s past.
Most Nile cruises begin in Luxor, an ancient riverside town where many cruise ships are based. Some of the most famous and historic temples and burial sites in Egypt, such as the Valley of the Kings, are situated in this area.
From Luxor, cruise ships sail south and pass many temples on the riverbanks. The furthest southern destination is Aswan, where visitors can see the spectacular High Dam. Sailing north from Luxor, cruises visit the capital, Cairo, and may travel as far as the city of Alexandria, at the mouth of the Nile on the Mediterranean Sea.
The benefits of river cruising
Egypt is a huge country and travelling between ancient monuments can involve long and uncomfortable journeys by road. Travelling by boat is far more comfortable and relaxing, and makes it easy to view many famous sights from the deck. A Nile cruise gives the opportunity to disembark in order to explore and look around, before sailing further along the river.
Life on the Nile
Egypt’s famous tombs, temples and pyramids are a lasting monument to its ancient empire, but life on the riverbank lets visitors look into the past, too. The way of life has changed very little since ancient times in many parts of Egypt, with cattle being herded along the banks and villagers washing in the river.
Stretching through the length of Egypt, the Nile provides the best way to see the country. A Nile cruise makes sightseeing a pleasure, with a comfortable cabin, fine dining and relaxation waiting at the end of every day. Passengers travel back in time and enjoy a slower pace of life.