A cruise on the Nile is quite possibly the most unique cruising experience you are likely to enjoy. There are few other cruises which present you with such a magnitude of historical wonders in such a short space of time! Here are a select few sites which, if you decide to take to the Nile, should not be missed!
The Temple of Edfu
Ancient Egypt is renown for its remarkable temples, and none are more striking in appearance than the temple of Edfu. Constructed for the god Horus, Edfu is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It is hard not to be completely awestruck at the sheer size of it not to mention the carvings which decorate the walls and pillars. This temple is something you are not likely to forget while on your travels.
Luxor is a beautiful city, with many restaurants and attractions. Luxor also boasts a heavy collection of temples and other historical sites. The Valley of the Kings is one of the most popular; this is the site where many of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were buried. The tombs are open for you to explore to see how intricately decorated they were with the original colours still bright and clear.
Another popular attraction is the Avenue of Sphinxes. Two rows of these stone carved creatures originally stretched from Luxor to the Karnak temples, and restoration is being performed to recreate this sight.
Temple of Kom Ombo
Yes, another temple, but like the ancient gods they were created for, each temple is unique. Kom Ombo is no exception and is unique in that it is a double plan temple created for the god Sobek, the crocodile headed god of fertility and god Haroeris. The temple is symmetrical on its axis and the sanctuaries and court halls are all big enough to house both gods. This temple also hosts a museum of some of the preserved mummified crocodiles which were found here.
Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser
The first thing on this list which doesn’t involve Ancient Egypt, the Aswan dam is a marvel of human construction (apart from the Temples of course!). Built between 1958 and 1971, the dam stretches across the Nile and is therefore the last stop on a Nile Cruise. The construction of the dam has resulted in a reservoir known as Lake Nasser, one of the largest manmade lakes in the world. Looking out across Lake Nasser you might be forgiven in thinking you’re at the beach, as this Lake is so vast.
The Nile River
It’s hard to miss as you will be cruising down it, but the Nile itself is a fascinating thing to behold. As you cruise along you can see the local people bathing, washing clothes and playing in the world-famous waters. Sometimes the local salesmen will row out to the boat to sell their wares, including Jellabiyas, the traditional clothing of the Egyptians (which is handy for keeping cool!). At night, due to the low levels of any light pollution, the sky is alight with stars and, of course, it’s hard to spend a week on the Nile without witnessing at least one fantastic sunset. If you’re lucky, you might also see one of the aptly named Nile crocodiles, the inspiration for the fertility god Sobek. Just don’t get too close!
Viewing the Nile is an experience which is likely to stay with you for a lifetime, as well as these few sights there are a wealth more to see. It is definitely a cruise not to be missed!