Great Things to Do
Combine a Nile cruise with a week in one of Egypt’s super cities, such as Cairo (where you’ll find the pyramids and Sphinx), Luxor, or Red Sea resort Hurghada, to maximise your Egyptian experience.
Take a Closer Look at the City of Luxor
You will probably board your cruise in Luxor, but the city itself is a treasure trove of temples and monuments that deserve your full attention first. As the largest open air museum in the world, Luxor is home to sites including Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak. You’ll also find a souk, so hone your haggling skills!
Discover the Innovation of Aswan Dam q
Despite its ancient history, Egypt is not short of modern innovations, and the vast Aswan Dam is proof of that. Opened in 1970, this impressive dam helps to prevent the Nile from flooding. Further downstream you will find Agilkia Island, which is home to the beautiful Philae Temple, also known as the Temple of Isis.
Meet the Pharaoh’s at Grand Abu Simbel
On the shore of Lake Nasser sit the ancient Abu Simbel temples of Ramesses II and Nefatari. Apparently, the Great Temple was constructed at such an angle that sunlight penetrates the Pharaoh statues twice a year, and if you’re lucky enough to be holidaying on one of these dates (Oct 22nd and Feb 20th), you could witness it!
Lose Yourself in the Valley of the Kings
Upon your return to Luxor, a visit to the West Bank is a must. This side of the Nile is home to the magnificent Valley of the Kings, which was the ancient burial ground for Pharaohs, including the renowned Tutankhamen. The Valley of the Queens is also nearby, which is where the wives and children of Pharaohs were entombed.