Sailing Through Ancient History
It’s been a while since I’ve read about ancient history, but I’ve always imagined what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of Pharaohs, to wander among impressive ancient temples, curious how they were built. I find this all absolutely amazing, considering the sites and artifacts date back over 2000 years.
Experience these history books coming to life on a river cruise along the storied Nile River. A relaxing and safe way to travel – modern comfort combined with remarkable guided tours discovering ancient civilizations.
A number of river cruise and land tour companies have come back to the region, and interest is growing quickly. Exceptional itineraries explore the following sites:
Itineraries start and end in Egypt’s capital city. Explore areas such as Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo, the walled city of Islamic Cairo, open air markets and souks. A highlight will certainly be the Egyptian Museum with its collection of pharaonic artifacts, including from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
GIZA and the Ancient City of Memphis
In Giza explore the ancient pyramids, the Great Sphinx and other museums relating to the history of the Nile. Memphis is one of the oldest and most important cities of ancient Egypt located at the entrance of the Nile River Valley.
Luxor sits on the Nile River and is where cruises start/finish. Luxor is the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaoh’s capital at the height of their power. The city surrounds two amazing monuments, the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the world’s largest ancient religious complex.
ALONG THE NILE
Major sites visited between Luxor and Aswan include Dendera, the Valley of Kings (the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty), the Valley of Queens, Temple of Horus and Kom Ombo.
Aswan marks the other end of where cruises start/finish. It is well known for its stone quarries and granite stone known as Syenite. Depending on time, you may discover the souks and spice markets, the botanical gardens or explore the Nile on a felucca, a traditional wooden boat with two distinctive sails.
This part of the world has some of the world’s most fascinating history, so I’m excited to see these itineraries coming back. Companies pulled out a few years ago due to safety reasons - they wouldn't be back if this had not changed.
A great opportunity for that culture seeker in you!
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Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder