What to expect on a Nile River Cruise in Egypt?February 2, 2022
Discover the Nile
Taking a cruise on the Nile is the best way to discover Egypt from the inside. Indeed, most of the big cities and historic sites being spread over the banks of the river, allowing the discovery of the country in depth, in a totally bucolic way.
The Nile , with its length of approximately 6,700 kilometers, is the longest river in the world along with the Amazon River . It is made up of the White Nile and the Blue Nile, and crosses eight countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. The Nile has always been the fertilizer of the Land of Egypt, since Antiquity. Thanks to its annual floods, the deposit of black silt that covered the land brought abundance and civilization. The Nile even had its own divinity in ancient Egyptian times, in the form of the fertility god, named Hâpy. The Nile has always been used for the transport of goods, actively participating in economic life.
Namely: The Nile flows from South to North, from Aswan to Alexandria. So choose a cruise from Aswan, which will allow you to get to the different sites more quickly.
The main sites to discover on a Nile cruise
Among the countless sites to visit, here is a small selection, starting from Aswan :
The Aswan Dam
This gigantic dam with a height of 111 meters is one of the most imposing dams in the world . It was inaugurated by Egyptian President Nasser in 1970 and is located on the border with Sudan. The Aswan dam allowed the creation of Lake Nasser (Egyptian side) or Lake Nubia (Sudanese side).
The temples of Abu Simbel
Carved out of the rock, the two temples of Abu Simbel were built during the reign of Ramses II , in commemoration of the battle of Qadesh . The largest temple was intended for the worship of the Egyptian gods and the pharaoh himself, the second for that of the royal wife, Nefertari . Threatened by rising water levels during the construction of the Aswan Dam , the site was cut up and moved higher thanks to a UNESCO rescue operation from 1964 to 1968.
Named Thebes during Antiquity , this site includes the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens , respectively housing the monumental tombs of many pharaohs and their wives. You will find there in particular the oldest tomb, that of Thutmose Ier, then the hypogeums of Ramses I , Séthi Ier , Ramses II and Ramses III . You can also discover the tombs of Tutankhamun and Hatshepsut and the temple of the Millions of Years.
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Temples of Karnak
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the Karnak site contains several sumptuous temples to visit. By visiting the gigantic shrine of Karnak , you will discover the temple of Amon , that of the goddess Mut , then of the god Khonsu . Excavations are still being undertaken on the site, which is far from having given us all its secrets.
Giza pyramid complex
The three great pyramids of Cheops, Khafre and Menkaure , accompanied by the Sphinx , will welcome you for an unforgettable visit. The largest of them, the pyramid of Cheops , is the only Wonder of the World still visible in our time.
The island of Philae is swallowed up in 1970, after construction of the Aswan Dam . The temples present on this island have been moved to the neighboring island of Aguilkia . One can visit there in particular the temple of Isis , the vault of Hathor , the temple of Horus and Roman constructions.
All these wonders are open to you, give in to the temptation of offering yourself an unforgettable Nile Cruise for your next vacation or you can book your entire Egypt tours with Luxor and Aswan Travel!