Mysterious temples, vast deserts and intriguing, winding alleyways, lined with stalls and dusty shops…it is little wonder that our Egypt tours are such a popular holiday destination. For years, it’s been one of Africa’s premier tourist destinations, thanks to its rich history and vibrant culture.
In a recent poll on Travel Talk Tours, we asked people to tell us what their favourite Egyptian adventure was; and with 27% of the votes the most popular activity, as voted by the Travel Talk community, was undertaking a Nile river tour. It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when embarking on an epic exploration of Egypt, but believe us when we say…it’s an experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Nile River Cruises: Sailing In Style Down The River Nile
So, just what is it that makes a Nile River tour so popular with travellers?
Of course, there is no one simple answer to that question. Here are just a few reasons why a serene cruise down Egypt’s arterial river is a simply unmissable experience of any Egypt tour.
The River Nile has a personality all of its own. The sleepy, slowly flowing waters are serene in the extreme, and it’s a strangely hypnotic experience to sail down the river, observing the fishermen (many still using traditional methods to catch fish), quiet little villages, and of course, the crumbling temples that line the muddy river banks.
Chances are that, somewhere along your cruise of the Nile River, you’ll be able to make a stop at Aswan. The city is, of course, most famous for its enormous High Dam, which is nearly 4,000 metres in length. It’s an impressive man-made construction, which has been highly important for the shaping of the Nile landscape as it is today; controlling the flood waters and protecting farmers against the loss of their crops.
The remarkable Temple of Edfu, situated on the west bank of the river, is incredibly well-preserved, given that it is thousands of years old. Visitors can wander through the complex, taking in the clear hieroglyphic reliefs on the walls and the mysterious sanctuary that lies within the centre of the Temple, before climbing back on the boat to continue their Nile River tour.
Temple Of Luxor
Located on the east bank, the mighty Temple of Luxor actually comprises of six temples, and was originally built in 1400BC. The ancient temple packs a serious punch when it comes to atmosphere, with a strange, mysterious ambiance that is enhanced by the sentinel statues at the entrance, and the huge obelisks and pillars that loom overhead as you explore the area.
Cruise The Nile River With Travel Talk Tours
We have a range of fantastic Egypt tours on offer, with many including Nile river cruises as part of the package. Our “Jewels Of The River Nile” tour is one you need to check out for sure! To book your own unforgettable Egyptian adventure, simply visit our website today.