Egypt tours with cruises on the Nile, the Red sea and Lake Nasser are some most interesting things that you can do while enjoying your Egypt vacation. Since the days of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the Nile River Valley has won the hearts of millions of visitors searching for the best of Egypt holidays and Egypt vacations.
The Nile valley has a very captivating landscape that provides you an opportunity to enjoy the best of the nile cruises as you sample the rich Egyptian cuisine. Typically, nile cruises take off from Luxor or Aswan, taking three nights, four nights, or seven nights. However, there are a number of shorter trips between Luxor and Aswan taking only a few hours.
The usual cruise is aboard a Nile cruiser, often referred to as a floating hotel. A cruiser has most features of a land based hotel, including small swimming pools, hot tubs, exercise rooms, nightclubs, good restaurants, stores and even small libraries. The best time for a Nile cruise is between October and mid April, when the weather is fairly cool. However, most cruise boats operate all year.
The Red Sea coast in Egypt is another interesting Egypt vacation destination. Situated between Asia and Africa, the red sea has for centuries been an important link between the East and the West. Every year, thousands of scuba divers from the world over are among the visitors that take Egypt vacations on the coast of the red sea.
The Red Sea’s coast stretches from the Gulf of Suez to the Sudanese boarder. The sea’s mineral-rich red mountain ranges inspired travelers of ancient times to name the sea Mare Rostrum, meaning the Red Sea. Thousands of migrating birds find themselves at the shores of the Red Sea throughout the year making it a paradise for birding enthusiasts. Red Sea has over 800 fish species, among them the deadly stone-fish and butterfly-fish.
Another natural extension to a Nile luxury cruise or any other Egypt holiday activity would be a cruise in Lake Nasser, the world’s largest man-made lake. Lake Nasser, formed after the construction of the Aswan High dam in the 1960’s, is about 498.9 km long with depths of up to 600 feet. The lake was named after after the then president of Egypt – Gamal Abdel Nasser.
The two temples at Abu Simbel are some of the greatest attractions around lake Nasser region. Ranking alongside the great pyramids of Giza as Egypt’s top tourist attractions, the Abu Simbel temples represent an amazing engineering accomplishment. The temples were relocated from their original site to a higher ground during the construction of the dam, to prevent them from being submerged in the resultant lake Nasser.
Lake Nasser is also a haven for lovers of fishing as it has some of the best freshwater fishing in the world for both Nile perch and Tiger Fish.
Traveling to and within Egypt is quite easy as numerous airlines, including EgyptAir offer flights to Egypt from various corners of the world. Most international arrivals are received at the Cairo International Airport although the Sharm el Sheik airport receives a huge number of international tourists. The map of Egypt is self explanatory but you may need to get a tour guide to take you around.
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