Ancient Egypt and Cruising the Nile
What better way to explore 5000 years of history and culture in Egypt than to sail down the River Nile, visiting fascinating tombs, temples and treasures of Ancient Egypt. Relax, sunbathe and enjoy the biblical landscape of palm trees, sugar cane, mud brick houses and ramshackle animal shelters.
Sailing the 220km between Luxor and Aswan, there are now numerous ships with a variety of grades, from the most luxurious Oberoi Group, to boutique-style and more modern ships. Each cruise is accompanied by an Egyptologist and includes visits to the temples of Karnak, Edfu and Kom Ombo, as well as Luxor, Aswan and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. There are also the legendary Sound and Light shows at the Pyramids at Giza, Temples of Karnak, Philae and Abu Simbel.
A fabulous extra excursion is available to the two temples at Abu Simbel, which are among the most magnificent monuments in the world – even their removal and reconstruction was an historic event! The complete, vast structure was moved up the mountain when the Aswan High Dam was built to make room for the creation of Lake Nasser.
One of the most peaceful experiences on offer is a sail on a Felucca at Aswan, near Kitchener’s Island with its peaceful Botanic Gardens, or a hot air balloon ride over the West Bank.
For clients who really want to take in the culture of Egypt, I can recommend the best way to see as much as possible in a couple of weeks.
There are options to combine a holiday in Egypt with other countries such as Jordan. Please ask for details.
Cruising on Lake Nasser, including Abu Simbel
This is an attractive way of seeing Abu Simbel and other fascinating sights around Lake Nasser. For those who have already experienced a Nile cruise, this is an opportunity to take an additional 4-night cruise on Lake Nasser, aboard a stylish, renovated deluxe cruiser. This allows guests to view the two temples at sunrise and sunset. A further stay at a Red Sea beach resort can be added on.
Shorter Nile Cruise and Beach
For clients who want more relaxation as well as some culture, try a 3 or 4-night Nile Cruise, with a longer stay at a Red Sea beach resort. There are several combinations available with many different grades of ship.
Diving and Water Sports
Qualified divers, and those wishing instruction at all levels, are catered for in many of the Red Sea resorts. Ask about the specialised brochures. Other water sports are also available.
Much Improved and New Travel Options for Visitors to Egypt
More flights and improved infrastructure mean that it is now possible to combine many of the traditional historic sites with beach and activity holidays.
Direct flights from the UK to Marsa Matruh on Egypt’s far north Mediterranean coast means that visitors can enjoy a quality relaxing resort on this coast while adding in side trips to Alexandria or a desert experience at Siwa Oasis.
Taba is now connected by air to Cairo making the capital an easy combination with Taba Heights.
The resort of Ain Sukhna, located where the Suez Canal meets the Red Sea, now has much easier and faster connections with Cairo after major road improvements reducing the journey time to two hours.
Most people think of Sharm el Sheikh when you mention the Red Sea, but Egypt now has resorts the whole length of the Red sea from Ain Sukhna travelling southwards including Taba Heights, Soma Bay, Makadi Bay, Sahl Hashish, Hurghada City, El Gouna and Marsa Alam.
With direct flights to Marsa Alam and improved roads, it is easier now to access the Nile valley and the historic treasures of the Luxor area and the Nile itself.
You are spoilt for choice for cruising the Nile with traditional cruisers, new boutique style vessels and luxury dahabiyas (the traditional sailboat of the Nile).
Being outside the Euro-zone, Egypt offers fabulous value for money eating out, and water-based excursions, and shopping; Egypt’s cotton is World renowned.
Flights from the UK operate to Taba, Marsa Matruh, Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Luxor and a winter flight to Aswan.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
Photo: Aswan (SG) 9