River Nile Cruises enable you to visit all the major historic sites and monument along the Nile in comfortable surroundings, visiting spectacular temples along the way- Nile Cruise Highlights; Karnak Temple with its famous Hypostyle Hall, the Valley of the Kings where the boy King Tutankhamun was buried, Kom Ombo with its double Temple dedicated to Sobek and Haroeris and the Temple of Isis on the beautiful island of Philae. The lush green banks and the beautiful sunsets over the Nile, together with the Best Nile Cruise facilities make this an unforgettable way to travel. The Nile is the life blood of Egypt, at the heart of this ancient and modern land and should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
After disembarking their ocean liner at Alexandria, the 19th-century tourist would board a train for Cairo where they would hire a boat at the port of Bulaq. They would then make their way in a leisurely fashion down the Nile stopping off at each archaeological site along the way. River Nile Cruises would take about 10 days, ending at Aswan, where a cataract rendered any further progress south impossible. That same journey cannot be made today, but a four- or seven-day cruise stopping at the major monuments of Upper (southern) Egypt remains by far the best way to experience the country.
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1 The Route 2 The Itinerary 3 The Boats 4 Feluccas 5 Steamers 6 Dahabiyyas 7 Life On Board 8 Life on the Nile 9 Death on the Nile 10 Cruising Lake Nasser
1- The Route Since the 1980s boats no longer sail through Middle Egypt. Nile Cruises departure are from Luxor, taking four days to reach Aswan and then turning around to make the return journey
2- The Itinerary As well as the sites at Luxor and Aswan, the cruises stop at Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo, each of which has a Pharaonic temple. Full-day excursions are typically offered to Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser
3- There are over 300 Nile Cruises on the Nile, varying in size from those with just a handful of cabins to vessels capable of carrying several hundred people. Nearly all have air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms
4- Felucca Nile Cruises. The cheapest way of sailing the Nile is to charter one of the small single-sailed boats that scud about the river. These are hired in Aswan, usually for a three-day, two-night journey to Edfu. Sleeping arrangements are a blanket and you bring your own provisions
5- Steamers Nile Cruise, These were the boats that cruised the Nile in the early years of the 20th century. Now meticulously restored, they provide a more characterful, though still affordable, option than the standard Nile cruiser
6- Dahabiyya Nile Cruise, The most exclusive option is a berth on a dahabiyya, a newly-built replica of the twin-sail boat that used to cruise the Nile in the 19th century. Each carries between 5 and 20 people in ﬁve-star comfort
7- Life On River Nile Cruises, Most cruise packages include an Egyptologist, who delivers lectures on ancient Egyptian history and acts as a guide on visits to the monuments. Parties and folkloric events are organized as evening entertainment
8- Life on the Nile Part of the appeal of a cruise is the opportunity to observe rural life on the shores of the river- water buffalo bathing in the shallows, villagers at work in the cane ﬁelds and an abundance of water birds
9- Death on the Nile Agatha Christie’s 1937 murder mystery is recommended reading on a River Nile Cruise as it takes place on board a Nile steamer and at the Pharaonic sites of Upper Egypt. It was written in part during a stay at Aswan’s Old Cataract Hotel
10- Cruising Lake Nasser As an alternative to the Nile cruise, a number of boats cruise Lake Nasser, sailing from moorings at the High Dam, south of Aswan, to the great Temple of Abu Simbel, and stopping at several little-visited desert temples en route