What To Expect On A Cruise On The NileBy
For many decades, River Nile cruises have been carrying holidaymakers and visitors on a magical journey back in time along this magnificent river. A combination of exploring the wonders of ancient Egypt combined with a peaceful journey south from Luxor to Aswan is ever favourite with travellers.
A classic Nile cruise lasts seven nights and run Monday to Monday. Direct flights from Great Britain bring holidaymakers to Luxor where they are transferred to their cruise vessel to check in. The following morning, the journey into age-old Egypt commences with a pay a visit to the East Bank of the Nile at Luxor like the Temples of Karnak and Luxor.
The following morning, the sightseeing continues on to the West Bank of the Nile including the Valley of the Kings prior to coming back to the boat for lunch. After lunch, the cruise ship departs Luxor travelling south for Edfu. Immediately after an overnight mooring at Edfu, there are further visits to temples at both Edfu and Kom Ombo just before moving on to Aswan.
The following day, it is time to experience Aswan and a more advanced construction; the Aswan High Dam. Built in the 1950s, the Aswan High Dam created Lake Nasser, itself a cruise place. In the afternoon, there is time to sail on a traditional Egyptian Felucca along this very beautiful section of the River nile. The Cataract Hotel in Aswan looks out onto the River Nile and it is here that Agatha Christie published part of her famous book, “Death on the Nile”.
Following an overnight stop in Aswan, there is free time available to explore the town or otherwise, there is an optional visit to the impressive Temple of Abu Simbel at the southern end of Lake Nasser. It is a long way to Abu Simbel, either three quarters of an hour by plane or three hours but it is really worth the effort.
Aswan marks the turnaround point for Nile cruises and now the boat heads back north the 80 miles to Luxor. The journey takes a couple of days with an overnight stay at Edfu prior to going back to Luxor. The week sailing along the River Nile is over and tourists return to the airport and home.