Discover Egypt's timeless treasures along the legendary Nile River. From Aswan's Philae Temple to Luxor's Valley of the Kings, embark on a historic voyage through ancient wonders.
Among the uncountable blessings in Egypt is the bewitching Nile River which stretches around 4160 miles from Uganda to Egypt. The most amazing thing about it is that it is considered the world’s longest river, and the Amazon River is the only river that challenges the Nile for being so long but the Nile River provided the whole world that it is incomparable, more fascinating, and super impressive.
The Nile River collects its water from 11 different African countries, and it passes through lots of different ecosystems that exist along its length; there are dozens of fabulous artifacts, attractions, and landmarks that are located all around its shores, and the most recommended notable way to explore & to visit them all is through a Nile River cruise tour that will take you deep in the Nile.
The Nile River has always had real significant importance through the different ages and eras, starting from the era of the ancient Egyptians, since it has affected in shaping their lives, culture, history, and agricultural system. While on board a Nile River cruise, you will have the best chance to check the greatest attractions in Luxor and Aswan, plus make use of the incredible facilities on board the deluxe, which makes it a really interesting and wonderful experience in Egypt. Here are the main Egyptian cities that you will have the opportunity to visit while being on board a Nile River cruise:
Aswan is located on the Nile’s eastern bank in southern Egypt, and it is home to some of the greatest ancient Egyptian attractions, landmarks, and the best modern accomplishments and structures.
Philae Temple is a miraculous symbol of divine golden allure and pure greatness that came into existence around the 7th or 6th century BC but the oldest part of the temple, which was built during 380-362 BC, is the temple of Isis, who is the goddess of motherhood and healing. Many Ptolemaic rulers in the world sought to immortalize their epic myth of Osiris, who she raised from the dead to become the ruler of the underworld.
The influential Aswan High Dam came to be between 1960 and 1970, with assistance from the Soviet Union to open a portal to the industrial age. It held the marvelous Lake Nasser, which is one of the world's largest man-made lakes. It provides water for irrigation and promotes finishing, farming, and tourism. It also became the main center for producing hydroelectric power and providing Egypt with a brighter future.
The shining golden temples of Abu Simbel have stood the powers of the sands of time for ages after Ramses the Great in 1200 BC established this heavenly gem as an immortal symbol of his might and many victories. The temple is entirely dedicated to the gods Ptah, Ra-Horakhty, and Amun, as well as to Pharaoh Ramesses II himself, as seen in the sun festival. Just 100 m away from the main temple is the temple of Nefertari, his beautiful wife, whom he attempted to immortalize as the Centerstone of his entire existence. Along with the Philae temple, they were moved in the 60s and 70s by UNESCO for their phenomenal historical and architectural importance.
The phenomenal Kom Ombo Temple is an immortal golden jewel that was established in the Greco-roman period between 180 BC and 47 BC to honor two great gods, Horus the Elder, the falcon-headed god Horus, and the crocodile-headed god Sobek, who is associated with fertility and the Nile. Its dual design is completely symmetrical and has many marvelous hieroglyphic inscriptions with carving and scenes showcasing medical instruments and surgical tools, plus many mythological and historical displays.
The powerful Edfu Temple has gained the reputation as one of the greatest and biggest temples in the world which was built around 237 BC and 57 BC. The Temple is famous for being highly preserved, located on the ground which held the great battle that took place between Hours the Falcon sky god, and Set, the evil god of the desert. The temple is filled with a number of magnificent cravings and inscriptions of ancient Egyptian mythology, religious beliefs, and very important historical events.
Found in the blessed golden lands of Aswan is the unique unfinished obelisk which could have been the biggest man-made obelisk in history which was never completed. It would be 1200 tons heavy and 137 feet (41.75 meters) long. It was ordered by Queen Hatshepsut (1479-1458 BCE) to stand at Karnak temple, so it was carved in the bedrock, but it was broken during its creation. It has the power to shed light on how the obelisks were made and the many advances made in the world of ancient Egyptian architecture and stone carvings.
One of the most magical destinations found in the southern parts of Aswan is the honorable Nubian village which is known for its traditional architecture, unique culture, colorful displays, and rich history, plus the warm hospitality of the Nubian people. The Nubian village has the power to tell many great stories and offer all artisans the chance to enjoy a new world that lived along the Nile River for millennia.
The majestic Monastery of Saint Simeon dates all the way back to the 7th century AD on the golden lands of Aswan, where it acted as a center for worship for Christian hermits and monks. It is made of mudbricks and contains unique Nubian and Coptic influences. It was named after a Christian ascetic who lived in the area in complete prayer and solitude.
The majestic Tombs of the Nobles are marvelous pieces of art found buried in the sands of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile River. The tombs date back to the Old Kingdom of Egypt (2686-2181 BCE), the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (2055-1650 BCE), and the New Kingdom of Egypt (1550-1070 BCE). The tombs belonged to a number of influential and important officials and nobles to worked under the authority of the Pharaoh. The adjoining tombs of father and son Mekhu and Sabni, The tomb of Sarenput II, and The tomb of Harkhuf are known to be the most famous. All the Rock-Cut tombs are found on the cliffs and hillsides and are filled with a number of very informative Hieroglyphic Inscriptions showcasing great details.
The golden area of the gods and Kings Karnak complex is a living piece of celestial art made of an epic collection of Temples, obelisks, pylons, chapels, and incredible ancient structures. This grand worship center is on 247 acres which was established between 2000 BC and 30 BC. The complex is dedicated to the Theban triad and is made of the Precinct of Amun-Re, the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Montu, the Hypostyle Hall, and the Avenue of Sphinxes.
The epic Luxor Museum houses some of the most amazing collections of artifacts and monuments, which was completed around 1975. It has the power to convey an informative vision of the incredible treasures of Egypt from various periods but mostly from the new kingdom. Through exploring the museum, all will get to learn valuable facts about the history, art, and culture of ancient Egypt.
The Royal mesmerizing wonder Luxor Temple has gained a number of different titles like the Southern Sanctuary and the House of Golden royalty, where it acted as the center for the crowing of many rulers like Amenhotep III, Ramses the Great, and more. It was completed around 1400 BC to be a main center for the worship of the creator god Amun and the golden Theban triad of the 18th dynasty. It is highly preserved as it is filled with some of the most incredible collections of intricate reliefs, architectural marvels, and hieroglyphic inscriptions that convey a lot of meaning about the history of the New Kingdom.
In the golden mythical sands of Thebes are hidden chambers filled with incredible stories and treasures that stood the test of time during the New Kingdom period. Valley of the Kings was the burial ground for pharaohs and high-ranking officials of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties, such as Ramses II, Thutmose III, Seti I, and Ramses III. The 63 royal tombs are filled with magical depictions of their lives, achievements, and magnificent facts about their religious beliefs.
The immortal Hatshepsut temple is a true mark of everlasting grace and allure, which has always been the holy and the holies and a true vision of the greatness of Pharaoh Hatshepsut. This three-level wonder was established around 1479 BC to stand as an architectural marvel dedicated to Amun and for her magnificent legacy as one of the greatest rulers in the history of Egypt.
One of the great remains of the grand temple of Memnon is the powerful colossi of Memnon, which is made of two great statues during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III between 1386 and 1349 BCE. Each Colossus is made of quartzite sandstone and is 60 feet (about 18 meters) tall. It holds the face of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who is seated on a throne with his hands resting on his knees.
Dendera Temples complex is a hidden gem of treasures and epic stories that were created around the old kingdom and continued all the way to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (4th century BCE to 1st century CE). The temple holds some of the finest examples of art and architecture, which include the temple of Hathor, the Zodiac, Crypts, and many other great works of art.
The epic temple of Abydos is one of the most important archaeological milestones in Egypt which was made during the 19th Dynasty (circa 1290-1279 BCE) and is dedicated to the god Osiris. Its most prized possession is the legendary Abydos King List which provides valuable historical information about the crowing of many royalty from menes to the new kingdom.
You can now book a wonderful Nile River cruise tour by checking our Nile River cruise packages to enjoy an ultimate experience all around the previously mentioned sites and much more.
The entire country of Egypt deserve to be explored with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen before any other such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak & Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan such as Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read more about the best places to visit in Egypt.
If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read more about Egypt travel visa.
Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.
The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a little tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the Climate is unsafe and if any changes have been made.
You should pack everything you could ever need in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
We have been creating the finest vacations for more than 20 years around the most majestic destinations in Egypt. Our staff consists of the best operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort to make you have the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time consultants to fit your every possible need during your vacation. It doesn't go without saying that your safety and comfort are our main priority and all of our resources will be directed to provide the finest atmosphere until you return home.
You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read more about is it safe to travel to Egypt.
Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light and comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt. Put on sun block during your time in Egypt in the summer to protect yourself from the sun.
The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.
There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read more about festivals & publich holidays in Egypt.
Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.
Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.
The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.
The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot but sometimes it becomes cold at night and winter is cool and mild. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and the average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.
It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.