The Explorations on the River Cruise On the Nile
What to see on the way on a Nile River cruises 2021? Again, it will depend on your choice of craft and your timing. As a result, you may have the chance to see:
Luxor, the Ancient City
Nicknamed the “City of a Hundred Doors”, Luxor was one of the greatest ancient capitals and for 1,000 years the capital of the Egyptian Empire. From this rich past remain many temples dedicated to the gods Amon, Mut and Khonsu, the most famous of which are those of Karnak and Luxor.
Other must-sees in Luxor: the Alley of the Sphinxes, crossing the city for 3 km, recently opened to the sky, and on the other side of the Nile, the Colossi of Memnon and a succession of mortuary temples, the most remarkable of which are of Hatshepsut and Medinet Habu. Finally opens the Valley of the Kings and its underground tombs including that of Tutankhamun.
Aswan, At the Gateway to Nubia
On the southern border of the country, Aswan has long been the limit beyond which few tourists ventured. Yet the city has many pagan places of worship, mausoleums, temples and a monastery. The best way to visit the city is, winter and summer, to observe it from the terraces that line the banks of the river. We fell in love with the Old Cataract, a former palace converted into a luxury hotel, having welcomed historic people.
Lake Nasser, a Pharaminous Project
Largest artificial lake in the world, Lake Nasser bears the name of the one who thought and wanted it. The dam that allows it to exist was built between 1958 and 1970 by some 30,000 workers. This colossal project has caused the displacement of tens of thousands of inhabitants but also produced a new ecosystem, attracting many species of birds. Thanks to UNESCO’s intervention, the temples threatened by water could be dismantled, stone by stone, and rebuilt further up.
Abu Simbel, Temple Saved From the Waters
Whether you reach the entrance to the temples by land or by water, the emotion aroused at the sight of the sculpted colossi of Abu Simbel remains intact. Erected in the effigy of Ramses II, they symbolize his omnipotence, his gaze riveted on the desert. This temple is one of the temples rebuilt by UNESCO. Imagine the work and the funding required for this feat carried out by archaeologists, architects, engineers. These temples, which today majestically overlook Lake Nasser, have thus been moved to an artificial hill 200 meters high to escape the water.
Beware Of Organized Travel Scams
The Nile cruise is a popular trip with tourists. This is understandable given the richness and beauty of the landscapes to be discovered. Suddenly there are an incredible number of offers of all kinds and the quality and prices vary dramatically. So beware of the many scams and other “unpleasant” situations you could find yourself in when you plan to go on an organized trip such as a cruise.
Take a Good Look at What the Offer Includes
Before booking your trip, pay attention to everything that is included in the price (plane tickets, visa, airport transfer, excursions, meals, drinks, etc.). Indeed, you can quickly be surprised at the time of departure or even as soon as you arrive on site. And that can quickly increase your budget if you haven’t planned everything.
Then, for the curious and amateurs of cooking, the meals offered are often composed of Western cuisine. This is to make it appealing to everyone. But if you go to Egypt it’s still a shame not to enjoy good local food. Prefer to eat traditional Egyptian food with a few fries.
In conclusion, you have to be vigilant for possible scams but if you organize yourself well, a cruise on the Nile can be a truly incredible experience.