The chance to see one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Home to the magnificent and historic River Nile, Egypt cruises offer holidaymakers the opportunity to uncover the many mysteries of the east in a luxurious cruise ship setting whilst the Red Sea is known the world round for its clear blue waters, pristine beaches and abundance of underwater life.
What to do in Egypt?
Egypt is located in North Africa bordering Libya, Sudan and Israel, as well as the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the popular holiday island of Cyprus. To the east, Egypt borders the Red Sea. Its sea coasts make Egypt cruises a simple way by which to explore the region. Famous for its historical legacy and biblical associations such as Moses and the Red Sea, Egypt also boasts some of the world's most famous monuments. Home to the Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx, such wonders can be explored on cruise-organised shore excursions. The southern city of Luxor is home to the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings, Egypt is also home to many ancient tombs that are popular among visiting tourists. The majority of the population of Egypt is based along the Nile Valley and delta due to arid conditions in the interior of the country. This area is home to sand dunes created by blowing winds and reaching more than 30 metres in height. Holidaymakers can nowadays sand-surf these dunes in a manner similar to snowboarding. Mostly rain-free throughout the year, temperatures in Egypt can reach 43 degrees Celsius in summer and 21 degrees Celsius in winter.
What to do in the Red Sea?
Some believe it was named after the majestic red mountain ranges lining its shores. Or is it from the strange phenomena that occurs every few years when rare floating algae give it a reddish-brown tinge? The Red Sea is the habitat of over 1000 invertebrate species and 200 soft and hard corals, of the many vertebrate species there are over 300 types of sharks. It is the second saltiest body of water in the world-second only to the Dead Sea which lies between Israel and Jordan. The Red Sea's most northerly point forms the Sinai Peninsula and stretches over a thousand miles south to join the Indian Ocean, between Djibouti and Yemen. It is roughly 1900 km long and 300 km across at its widest point. The Red Sea has long been used as a highway between East and West facilitating trade between many countries. Bordering countries on the African continent include Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea and Sudan. On the Asian continent, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen border its shores. From the resort towns of El Gouna, Eliat and Hurghada to the spectacular diving at Dahab and Sharm el Sheikh, the Red Sea offers something for every traveler. Explore the almost untouched dive sites of Marsa Alam & Lahami Bay in the Southern Red Sea, snorkel your way through pristine waters off the shore of Makadi Bay, or embark on a liveaboard diving safari off the pristine waters of the Red Sea coast. For those who like to venture off the beaten track, head to Sudan where the coast is riddled with reefs or to Saudi Arabia where much of the Red Sea coastline is now open to scuba diving. Jordan is one of the most welcoming, hospitable countries in the world and Aqaba, located in the far South, boasts some of the best diving.