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Cruising the Nile, Egypt

Cruising the Nile, Egypt recommendations

To cruise along the River Nile in Egypt is to appreciate over 2,000 years of history. But what is the best way to set sail?

Nile cruise Top 5

  1. Hop off your boat and take a sunrise balloon trip from Luxor’s West Bank – floating silently above the temples is a magical experience. Once you've landed you can explore the Valley of the Kings from ground level; get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds and the heat of the midday sun.
  2. Visit Edfu’s Temple of Horus after 6pm when the tour groups have gone back to their boats for dinner. This mighty site is the second-largest temple in Egypt (after Karnak), dedicated to the falcon god Horus, and buily around 240 BC.
  3. Spend time in Luxor: Karnak is best visited early in the morning (it opens at 6am, when you can have it nearly to yourself); Luxor temple is best visited in the early evening – be there 30 minutes before sunset, and then enjoy the temple as the lights come on.
  4. Explore Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city, including the temples of Philae and Elephantine Island. Don't miss the chance to sip cocktails on the veranda of the historic Cataract Hotel. Be warned: it gets incredibly hot in Aswan; August highs average over 40°C, so it's best to visit in the winter months.
  5. Visit Abu Simbel’s Great Temple and the smaller Temple of Hathor by air from Aswan or on a Lake Nasser cruise. Incredibly, this impressive complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s to avoid being submerged by the rising water levels resulting from the Aswan Dam.

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