The Pharaohs' temples, tombs, obelisks and pyramids have captivated tourists since the time of Alexander the Great and today represent some of the world's most popular attractions. First time visitors wishing to explore the heart and soul of Egypt would do well to take a Nile cruise as it remains the best way to see the historic sites, virtually all of which are located along the banks of the river.
The most obvious advantage of taking a cruise up the Nile is the freedom from packing and unpacking to visit different sites around the country. By cruising up the Nile from lower to upper Egypt passengers can take in some of the most awe-inspiring achievements of antiquity. The temple of Karnak, more of a city of temples built over a period of more than 2,000 years, is one of the most striking historic sites in the world, giving visitors an insight into the power and majesty of the ancient Egypt.
Likewise, the temple of Luxor is one of the most famous sites in Egypt, constructed for the ritual practices of the Festival of Opet.However, the Valley of the Kings is the one site that simply can not be missed on any Nile Cruise. Containing more than 60 royal tombs, including that of Tutankhamen, the site is both mesmerising and haunting at the same time.
But by cruising up the Nile passengers are also given an insight into rural Egypt that few tourists ever see. Life outside the major cities has changed little over the last three thousand years, and it is easy to imaging the Pharaoh gazing across the same landscape thousand of years ago. Few locations on earth can offer the same combination of antiquity and culture with the elegance and luxury of a Nile Cruise, creating wonderful memories to relive time and again.