A journey to the past, cruising through the former dynasties of ancient Egypt
While you have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours to Egypt's most famous landmarks, the lesser known botanical garden of Aswan on Kitchener's Island is a worthwhile visit.
- Safaga - Safaga
- Nile River
- December 2019 - January 2022
To really get a feel for what life was like for ancient Egyptians living on the banks of the Nile, be adventurous and enjoy a ride in a felucca, a traditional Nile river sailboat.
- Safaga - Safaga
- Nile River
- December 2019 - January 2020
Stretching along a desert strip between the sea and the mountains, Safaga is a port town in Egypt that sits on the coast of the Red Sea. Although historically a merchant port, the seaside town also has a small tourism industry. The many coral reefs in the area, especially off the city of Hurghada just 53 kilometres south, make the region a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. To accommodate these visiting divers, the town offers vacancies in several hotels, bungalows and rest houses.
Aswan is a southern Egyptian city on the east bank of the Nile. Serving as the capital of the Aswan Governorate, the city is a bustling centre for markets and tourists. Aswan offers many opportunities to see and learn about Egyptian ruins, sitting at the southern frontier of ancient Egypt. The region's granite quarries provided raw material for the production of sculptures and obelisks.
Esna is an Egyptian city located on the west bank of the Nile just 64 kilometres south of Luxor. While most famous for the preserved pronaos of the Temple of Khnum, the city has its own rural charm. A market, filling a couple of streets leading inland from the corniche, has been a hot spot for tourists. The Roman temple, sitting about nine metres below the streets of the old town area, has only been partially excavated.
Situated between the southern Egyptian cities of Esna and Aswan on the west bank of the Nile River is the town of Edfu. Its location in the fertile Nile Valley justifies the town's agricultural prowess, especially in sugarcane production. Edfu is most known for the remains of the town's ancient settlement and the most completely preserved Temple of Horus, spared from the destructive Nile floods.
The farming town of Kom Ombo sits on the banks of the Nile, about 50 kilometres north of Aswan in Egypt. The town's position gave it control over some trading routes from Nubia to the Nile Valley. Kom Ombo is famous for its eponymous twin temples, which were erected in the second century BC, signifying the town's rise to prominence. The temple ruins spent years buried in sand until French archaeologist Jacques Jean Morgan rediscovered them in 1893.
The Egyptian city of Qena is situated on a major bend of the Nile as well as at the intersection of two main roads: one that runs alongside the river and one that traverses the desert to the Red Sea. This market town is also the capital of the province. Many travellers use this junction as an opportunity to visit the neighbouring temple complex at Dendera.
Sitting near the Nile Delta, Egypt's capital, Cairo, is the largest metropolitan area in both the Middle East and Arab world. Cairo plays a major role in the region, acting as the centre of politics and culture and boasting an impressive collection of both traditional and modern Islamic architecture. To this day, Cairo is still associated with the ancient world with the famous Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza just next door.
Thebes is located in Upper Egypt and was one of the ancient Egyptian cities lying on the river Nile. As if 1979 it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wadi El Sebua is the northernmost of the sites lying on around the Nasser lake. The bane of this temple means "The Valley of Lions" and was built during the reign of Ramses II. in the 12th century BC.
Memphis is located 18km south of Cairo, and was the capital of the first nome of Lower Egypt. Manetho reports that Memphis was founded by King Menes, according to legend, in 3000 BC. During the Old Kingdom it was the capital of Egypt, and remained an essential city in Egyptian history.
Hermopolis Magna is the Greek name for the capital city of the 15th Upper Egyptian nome. It is located on the west bank of the Nile and is renowned for the many excavations have been conducted here.
Al Minya is a city on the Nile River in Upper Egypt. It is 225km away from Cairo, the capital of the country. The city was the ancestral home of some of the pharaohs, there are also some pyramids here.
This place is situated in the Egyptian part of Nubia and is famous for its rock temples, which were built by Pharaoh Ramses II in the 19th Dynasty of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom. The temples were in included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Gebel Silsila is an archaeological site on both banks of the Nile river in Upper Egypt, controlled by the Aswan Governement. It is also the largest sandstone quarry in Egypt.
Dendora is a small town on the banks of the Nile, most famed for the Temple of Hathor, one of the most intact temples in Egypt. Ancient paintings and reliefs can be seen here.
Egypt and the Nile
Egypt is a land of ancient splendour enriched by centuries of culture. Along the narrow ribbon of the 1,545-kilometre River Nile, dynasties of Kings and Queens created monumental legacies that will fascinate you.
Nile cruises visit a wider variety of antiquities along the banks of the river. But equally important, they also allow the tourist to gain a prospective of the rural Egypt, where people live much the same way they did even thousands of years ago, in mud-brick homes, tending their fields with wooden ploughs and moving produce via donkey. It is a wonderful experience to sit on a shaded deck of a floating hotel, sipping an iced beverage while watching 5,000 years of culture slowly drift by.
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