Packing List: Nile River Cruise

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Egypt’s climate in the summer is pretty much going to be hot! If you’ve been considering a trip, you’ve undoubtedly had questions on what to wear to stay cool while keeping modest. Below you’ll find our packing list for eight days spent in Cairo and on a Nile River Cruise during August/September. Iylana’s list for the ladies is first, followed by a … Read More

24 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Egypt

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Egypt captivates the imagination with its colossal pyramids and mind-bending temples. From Cairo to Aswan, a narrow strip of fertile land tells the story of an impressive civilization, while the warmth and hospitality of modern Egyptians invites you to discover more. Here is a look at some of the amazing treats that await explorers in two dozen pictures. Ready to plan your … Read More

Books and Mementos: Egypt

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Naguib Mahfouz is one of Egypt’s most famous authors and winner of the Nobel Prize. In preparation for our trip to Egypt, I read his Cairo Trilogy which is a multi-generational story about a Cairene family spanning the years from the Egyptian Revolution in 1919 to the end of World War II in 1944. It gives great insight into Egypt’s modern history … Read More

A Visit to the Old Cataract Hotel

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After a full day of sightseeing in Aswan, a member of our group was able to talk our guide, Sayed, into taking us to see the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote her popular novel Death on the Nile. So after our Nubian Village excursion, we took a small boat and docked next to the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel … Read More

The Nubian Village in Aswan

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Our last full day aboard our Nile River cruise was spent in Aswan. After seeing the main sites early in the day, we had the option of adding an extra excursion for a nominal cost. Our group agreed that a visit to the Nubian village sounded appealing, so we all boarded a small vessel and sailed upstream. When the high dam was … Read More

7 Stops in Aswan, Egypt

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Our last day on board our Nile River cruise included a full itinerary in Aswan. If you’re planning a visit to this fantastic southern Egyptian city, here’s a few ideas on what to see and do: 1. Walk on the unfinished obelisk. Many of Egypt’s ancient monuments were built from granite quarried in Aswan. At this quarry, you can see the … Read More

Kom Ombo Temple and the Sacred Crocodiles

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On the third day of our Nile River Cruise we visited the Horus Temple at Edfu early in the day and the Temple at Kom Ombo in evening. The sunset made Kom Ombo a breathtaking sight to behold, turning it into one of the highlights of the trip. The site is actually host to two temples, one dedicated to Harwer … Read More

Temple of Horus at Edfu

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The Horus Temple at Edfu is an incredibly well-preserved example of Egyptian architecture. It was built during the Ptolemaic period, with a starting construction date of 237 BC making it “only” 2200 years old, which is fairly young compared to some of the other ancient sites in Egypt. Edfu is a small town on the west bank of the Nile, … Read More

Visiting Luxor, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings

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Our Nile River cruise began in Luxor, which was the ancient city of Thebes—a capital city with a population of 80,000 at its height in 1400BC. It is considered the largest open-air museum in the world as the enormous temples of Luxor and Karnak dominate the landscape on the eastern side of the Nile. Just west of of the river is … Read More