A cruise down the Nile and along the Red Sea coast is an adventure that you should embark upon at least once in your lifetime. The Nile is acknowledged as the longest river in the world and on this voyage you can explore ancient cities as well as take some time out to laze around on beautiful beaches.
In contact with history
You’re going on a journey of kings when you board the liner on Red Sea cruises, and it’s a journey not to be missed. You can encounter cities such as Luxor, which provides you with easy access to famous locations such as the Valley of the Kings and the ancient city of Thebes. If you travel a little further, there’s scope to make the immense rock temples of Abu Simbel part of your journey; these temples were carved from the face of a mountain over 3,000 years ago. This is definitely a trip for culture vultures. Every day brings a new point of interest.
The Red Sea coast
Many people will choose a multi-destination Nile and Red Sea cruise, giving themselves the best of both worlds — old and new. The Red Sea coast features vacation destinations such as the beach resorts of Soma Bay and Sharm el Sheikh. Call in at these locations and you can venture into the waters for wreck and reef diving or take a camel ride in the Sinai Desert. You may even set out on an overnight journey to the summit of Mount Sinai to witness the sunrise, which you should make the most of if you have the opportunity. Of course, you can always laze around on the beaches too — the weather isn’t likely to spoil this relaxation.
The best way to take in the whole cruise experience is to overnight on board the ship, but some will combine their journey with hotels. This allows them to spend time sailing the Nile and then sleep on dry land. This option gives you time to cram in some more activities and extra excursions such as trips to Cairo to see the pyramids and even a visit to the historic city of Alexandria.
The bonus of a cruise vacation is of course that you need simply relax while you follow the sun to your next port of call. Many people dream of visiting this part of the world and a cruise holiday will help you to experience more of this northeast African beauty spot.
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