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Nile Cruise Holidays

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CurrencyEGP: Egyptian Pound LanguageArabic Flight Duration5 hours 15 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +2 hours

Boasting thousands of years of fascinating ancient history, Egypt is a haven for history buffs looking to immerse themselves in its intriguing past. Luckily, many of the major sights are on the banks of the Nile, and so a cruise along this prolific river is a great way of dipping your toe into the wonder of Egypt, by sailing by, mooring up and ticking off the must-see attractions.

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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.

Getting Around

With a Nile Cruise, your main transportation will be the boat that is allowing you to see all the sights from the river. When you’re off the boat, walking is probably the most recommended way of getting around the sights, but be careful of the heat. Bicycles can also be hired, and if you choose to enjoy a cruise and stay holiday, buses, taxis and even motorbikes are available, cheap and convenient.

By Bus

When you step off the boat to explore, microbuses are the best way of getting around, particularly in the city of Luxor. They are cheap, and can be hailed by simply looking in their direction!

By Car

When not on the cruise, it’s recommended that you don’t bother with hiring a car, because there are far better (and safer) ways of getting around. Car hire and fuel can also be expensive.

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Passports and Visas

You will need to purchase a visa from the airport, for a charge of $25USD. Passports should also have at least 6 months remaining on them. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

To protect you against any eventuality while away, travel insurance is highly recommended.. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/health

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