Egypt cruises are your gateway to an ancient land where the legacy of one of history's mightiest civilisations is begging to be explored.
Many of Egypt's key ports, iconic sites and ruins are situated on the banks of the mighty River Nile, Egypt's lifeblood since the country was first habited in the 10th millennium BC, where you can discover awe-inspiring pyramids, temples, and tombs to kings long past. The beautiful and historic port of Alexandria and the lively resort of Sharm el Sheikh are also yours to experience.
Many Egypt cruises call at Port Sokhna, the gateway to Egypt's ancient capital Cairo; now a humming metropolis where traditional, bustling street markets and state-of-the-art arcades offer contrasting shopping experiences and ancient mosques and temples demand further exploration. Many cruise excursions also include a visit to the Antiquities Museum, home to the world's largest collection of Egyptian artefacts. Outside the city, a trip to the Giza Plateau is a must, for it is here that you'll find the three great pyramids and of course, the awe-inspiring Great Sphinx. The ruins of Keops Pyramid and the ruins of Dahshur are also reachable from Cairo.
Safaga is another key historic port of call for Egypt cruises, as it serves as the cruiser's gateway to the Luxor, which is home to the site of Thebes, an ancient Egyptian city, and the Temple of Karnak, which is actually a complex of fascinating temple ruins and the area's must-see attractions. As a result, Luxor is often referred to as the ‘world's greatest open air museum'. Opposite the city lies the Necropolis, where the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens can be found. These ancient burial grounds are home to the tombs of many pharaohs, including Tutankhamun and Ramses III and queens such as Nefertari and Queen Sitre.
Lying on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria has the feel of a coastal European resort and a stroll along the Corniche, a beautiful restaurant and market-lined coastal boardwalk, completes the mood. It was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and today offers a host of architectural attractions which showcase its long and exciting history, such as the spectacular Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi, El-Salamlek Palace and the Roman Amphitheatre. Stanley Bridge is a more modern attraction, which offers some memorable views of the Mediterranean.
As a place which is thought of in terms of ancient historical sites, you may be forgiven for forgetting that Egypt's the perfect place for a beach holiday and indeed, Sharm El Sheikh is a resort which should certainly be on the agenda of sand and sea lovers. There are so many beaches to choose from, but two of the most popular ones are Terrazzina Beach and Ras um Sid. The Red Sea's great for swimming, and indeed snorkelling, if you're feeling a little more adventurous. For those seeking a truly religious experience, the city is also home to Sinai Mountain, believed by many to be none other than the Biblical Mount Sinai, where Moses received the tablets which held the Ten Commandments.
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