If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring ancient Egypt longed to follow the footsteps of the Pharaohs or imagine the Desert sun setting over the Emerald Nile you’re ready to step aboard a Nile river cruise.
For over 5,000 years The Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt and there is simply no better way to experience that wealth of Egyptian history, culture and architecture than on a Nile river cruise.
The Nile is a wonder in its own right, the well spring of civilization in ancient Egypt and northern Africa for the last ten thousand years. In a desert region where it only rains a few times a year, The Nile is the only consistent source of water to sustain the necessities of civilization such as agriculture and drinking water.
The Nile River is the longest in the world at 6000,695 kilo meters for good reason most of the great cities and wonders in ancient Egypt and neighboring Sudan were built along its banks.
Nile River Map
Let's star our journey that perhaps the most famous of these ancient wonders the pyramids of Giza.
Is the northern extension of the necropolis of Memphis on the west bank of the Nile and is today among the suburbs of modern Cairo. When visiting the Giza pyramids for the first time you anticipate the experience of standing before these magnificent structures rising out of the desert sands in a kind of time wrap. The Giza plateau is famous for three pyramids Khufu, son Khafra constructed a pyramid next to his father's monument from a distance Khafra's pyramid looks higher than Khufu, but this illusion is due to the structures site on rising ground. The third pyramid belongs to Menkaure and is the smallest of the three. When they were built they were encased in thousands of blocks of white limestone from the Tora quarries across the river and must have presented an imposing sight shining from a great distance in the scorching sunlight of the desert. Now most of the casing stones have gone stolen in ancient times but some can still be seen the apex of Khafra's pyramid. To date archaeologists have found 118 pyramids in Egypt but the most perfect and biggest of them all is that built by Khufu, a ruler from the fourth dynasty two thousand six hundred to two thousand four hundred and eighty seven BCE known as the Great pyramid, the 147 meters structure is the first of the seven ancient wonders of the world and the only one still standing more than 4,500 years ago. About a hundred thousand workers painstakingly stacked up 2 million limestone blocks over 20 years to create a pyramid with a precise 51 slope on the four sides. The structure consists of an enormous quantity of limestone blocks estimated at around two million three hundred thousand quarried from an area southeast of the pyramid and transported over a ramp to the construction site. Khafra's monuments have survived better than most and his period makes an impressive backdrop to the Great sphinx which lies next to his causeway and was probably part of the pyramid complex. To the north Khafra's valley temple lies the Great Sphinx in its own enclosure. It is currently thought to have been modeled during Khafra's reign and would have been the first colossal statue in ancient Egypt. This monument almost the national emblem of Egypt has sparked the imagination of travelers, scholars, poets and writers for centuries. Fashioned from an outcrop of limestone left behind from the quarrying of stone of the Great pyramid The Sphinx crouches in a rectangular ditch bounded by Khafra's causeway to the south. It is a colossal crouching lion with a human head thought to be carved with the features of Khafra thought this is the subject of some debate. The body of the sphinx almost 60 Meters long and 20 meters high was carved from alternate soft and hard layers of Sediments and Majerle limestone laid down during the formation of the Giza plateau in the geological EC period.
Before leaving Cairo and heading downriver it is worth visiting the oldest pyramid in the world.
Saqqara is the location of the principal necropolis of ancient Memphis dating from the time of the foundation of the city. The site covers nine thousand hectares crowded with burials that span much of the whole period of Egyptian antiquity.
A quick flight to Luxor Airport and was soon on our way cruising down the Nile. Before we depart however, we need to visit two sites of great importance,
Luxor (Thebes ) was the capital of New Kingdom, Egypt Karnak is the biggest temple complex in the world covering an area of a hundred hectares and there is nowhere more impressive to the first time visitor much of it was restored during the last century and our knowledge of the buildings here in different periods of Egyptian history increases every year. In ancient times, Karnak was known as Ipet-isu it isn't the most select of places. The temples are built along two axes east-west and north-south with the original Middle Kingdom shrine built on a mound in the centre of what is now called the temple of Amun. An avenue of ram headed Sphinxes leads the visitor towards the entrance. The Sphinxes are fantastic beasts with the body of a lion and a head of ram a symbol of the God Amun through the entrance is the famous hypostyle hall standing among it’s a hundred and thirty four gigantic columns, the visitor can’t help but be inspired by the grandeur of the place the center twelve columns are larger at twenty-one meters tall and haven opened papyrus capitals may have been intended to symbolize the original mound of creation. The other and twenty two columns are 15 meters tall and have closed capitals perhaps representing the swamp that surrounded the mound. Karnak can be a confusing place its building span a long period in Egyptian history. Most visitors on guided tours had a very little time to see much of the temple and many visits are needed to get even a brief idea of the temple as a whole.
The earliest remains found at Luxor Temple date to the 18th dynasty. Unusually the temple does not face the river but its main access faces Karnak with the remains of an avenue of Sphinxes pointing to the processional way, this remaining 200 meter avenue of human- headed Sphinxes was erected by Nectanebo I. The modern entrance to the temple is to the west and after descending the new stone steps the visitor faces the massive pylon from the Greek word meaning gate. A pylon is a monumental entrance wall to a temple. Leaving Luxor behind we’re soon cruising down the Nile our next stop is Edfu.
We arrive at Edfu, of all the temple remains in Egypt the temple of Horus at Edfu is the best preserved and the only one we know to have been completed until recently visitors approached the temple past its massive enclosure wall on the western side carved with figures of the Ptolemaic kings making offerings to various deities.
Moving on from Edfu, we trabel to Kom Ombo.
Is very unusual it was dedicated to two triads of deities each with their own associated chambers and sanctuaries on the eastern side of the temple the crocodile God Sobek is honored with his wife who was here named as Hathor.
With only one more temple to see on our journey we decide to pay a visit to Kitchener island, an oval-shaped island in the Nile at Aswan was given to Lord Kitchener in the 1890 for his part in the Sudanese campaigns while he was the Egyptian Proconsul. Kitchener who a keen gardener turned his island home into a Botanical Garden importing exotic plants and trees which flourished in the Aswan climate. The visitors to Kitcheners island toady will find a peaceful paradise full of shady trees beautiful flowers and unusual plants the paved walkways. It is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or a little contemplation during otherwise hectic holiday.
We leave the colorful Kitchener Island and head south to the last stop on our Egyptian Tour.
The short trip in a motorboat will bring the visitors suddenly to a magnificent vista of the island before landing at what would have been the ancient key on the south side, the earliest of the surviving monuments of Philae is the Kiosk of Nectanebo I of the 30th dynasty most of the other structures are Ptolemaic and Roman and were reused by the early Christians when the temples were finally closed by the Emperor Justinian in 550 AD.
Egypt has been known as the cradle of civilization for centuries and also is the cradle of inspiration, the source of many discoveries and experiences whether it’s a desert adventure or the unfolding of history that interests you. Egypt will be the destination that sparks a burst of inspiration in your heart and mind. A great story awaits you on the banks of the Nile.
As mentioned in advance, the ancient Egyptians settled down and erected their civilization on the banks of the Nile River. Thus, most of Egypt historical destinations lie on the Nile shores, especially in Upper Egypt. Accordingly, travel agencies in Egypt and trip planners in Egypt tend to make use of the phenomenal geographic location of the Nile and it’s overlooking the remarkable sightseeing to make it a part of their Egypt tours packages in and around Luxor and Aswan. They add an option to see Luxor and Aswan spectacular landmarks on board Nile cruise where to discover both ancient and modern Egypt. This awesome waterway is the best way to witness many more of the timeless pharaonic temples and tombs, Karnak Temples, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel Temple and the three majestic temples of Philae, Edfu, and Kom Ombo which directly overlook the Nile stream. On board the cruise, travelers can do many activities, have fresh food and drinks, listen to music and dance, relax on deluxe swimming pools, and also massage sessions are available with the best service ever.
Egypt is home to one third of the world's antiquities, while Luxor is referred to as the world's greatest open air museum.
Opportunity to explore an ancient civilisation with access to 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.
Cruise the epic Nile River on board authentic boutique ships, guided by world renowned Egyptologists Wonderful blend of East and West.
Legendary Egyptian hospitality and service.
The Nile was the lifeline of ancient Egyptian civilisation and today the banks of the river are dotted with ancient tombs and temples.
Lying 420 miles south of Cairo, Luxor is the most dramatic historical site in Egypt - and is often referred to as the world’s greatest open air museum. Luxor is the modern day name for Thebes, the ancient capital city of the New Kingdom Pharaohs. Today, Luxor is home to more than half of Egyptian antiquities and is a must-see destination for any visitor to Egypt.
Aswan is the “Jewel of the Nile”. Pink and grey granite thrusts upward through the Nubian sandstone, forming mountains, cliffs and jagged outcrops. The Nile runs clear and cold here, and endless waves of golden sand swirl against its banks.
Q-How much is a Nile cruise? A-Nile cruises offered online or by JOURNEY TO EGYPT start from around $150 per day and that's for 5 star standard cruise ships. Generally these prices include 3 meals a day, plus 10 expert-led shore excursions with a Certified Professional Guides.
Q-Best time for Nile River Cruise? A-The best time to for Nile Cruise is October through April when the temperatures are mild and good weather. However, late spring – Easter Time – is also prime tourist season.
Q-Is it safe to do a Nile Cruise?A-There is no FCO advice against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist areas along the Nile, and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. The section of the country between the Nile and the Red Sea is also considered mostly safe.
Q-Which is the best Nile Cruise Ship?A- Most Nile Cruise Ships carry between 70 and 120 passengers and have four or five decks (but no lift), including a sun deck with loungers and a pool. The uber-stylish Oberoi Zahra is currently considered the best boat on the Nile.
Q-How long is a Nile Cruise?A-Most Nile cruise itineraries are a 3 night Nile cruise, 4 night Nile Cruise or 7 night Nile cruise. More exotic trips can occasionally stretch from 10 days to two weeks know as Long Nile Cruises
Q-How far is Luxor from Aswan? A-The distance between Luxor and Aswan is 181 km. The road distance is 214.5 km.
Q-Is the Nile River safe to swim in? A-Yes, of course! Every week our guests swim in the Nile without any problems or cause for concern. The currents ensure that you are swimming in clean, non-stagnant water.