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Ancient Wonders of the Nile

A unique river journey sailing from Cairo to Aswan 

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  • Karnak Temple, Luxor

Noble Caledonia’s cruises along a 600 mile stretch of the Nile from Cairo to Aswan aboard the SS Misr will bring to life the intriguing history of Egypt under the pharaohs through the stunning visual impact of its art and architecture. On the escarpment of the Western Desert at Giza where the Great Sphinx gazes towards the rising sun stand the awe-inspiring pyramids, built by native Egyptians (not foreign slaves) to ensure survival of their god-kings in the Hereafter. A thousand years later in the Valley of the Kings we find the walls of the tombs, some cut over 100 metres into the cliffs, lavishly decorated with scenes of dangerous creatures which the Sun god and the pharaoh needed to overcome on their journey through the Underworld. In contrast the series of rock-cut tombs of Beni Hassan belonging to District Governors provide, in superb wall paintings, a panorama of daily life in Egypt four thousand years ago from the leisure pursuits of the elite to workers in vineyards or children playing games.

At Thebes, modern Luxor, the temples of Egypt’s Golden Age are symbols of the devotion which pharaohs and queens expressed towards the highest deities in the pantheon. Wandering through the overwhelming expanse of Temple of Amun at Karnak, you will come across monumental gateways, obelisks, courts and halls with numerous columns and statues – and everywhere carvings of processions and rituals embellished by a myriad of hieroglyphs. In the New Year Festival Temple at Luxor the pylons depicting the Battle of Kadesh between the Egyptians and Hittites are magically enhanced at night with lighting bringing out details hard to see in the glare of sunshine. Also belonging to this glorious era are the exquisite coloured reliefs in the Temple of King Sety I at Abydos – surely the zenith of Ancient Egyptian art.

These long cruises provide access to historically important sites less frequently visited such as Tel El Amarna where you can survey the ruins of the temples and palaces of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti whose city here was destroyed soon after their reign in a reaction against the traumatic religious reforms that they had enforced on Egypt. You will see some of the distinctive art of this period in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo – where of course you will also be able to feast your eyes on the treasures from the tomb of Akhenaten’s son – Tutankhamun.

Following the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., Greek rulers inaugurated many new temples and after the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 B.C. this building programme was inherited and extended by the Roman emperors. You will find each of these temples possessing its own charm or individuality. The imposing temple of the Horus at Edfu is the most architecturally complete to survive from antiquity, the temple at Kom-Ombo is uniquely shared between the priests of Horus the hawk and of Sobek the crocodile, while at Dendera the temple of Hathor goddess of love and joy boasts the only surviving images of Cleopatra VII as an Egyptian queen. The temple of Isis at Philae was the final bastion of Egyptian religion against the advent of Christianity – here a few surviving priests and priestesses performed their last rituals in honour of the goddess and the scribes wrote their last hieroglyphs.

Although the Egypt of the Pharaohs came to an end almost two millennia ago, this cruise will leave you with a wealth of memories about its people, its monuments and its mysteries.

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  • The Timeless Nile

    A cruise on a Nile steamer as a leisure pursuit was pioneered by British tourists in the late 19th century looking for a comfortable way to visit Egypt’s sites and we are delighted to have chartered the lovingly restored SS Misr to offer our passengers the chance to discover the many wonders of this ancient land in a high degree of comfort.

    Our cruises along the Nile between Aswan and Cairo are passages through antiquity, incomparable river voyages which bring to life the great monuments of the Pharaohs, the divine kings comprising thirty dynasties, who ruled Egypt during the 3000 years before Christ. Pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt sailed often on the River Nile in luxurious royal boats – by far the most rewarding way to see the landscape and monuments of their realm. Evoking this regal way of travel, the SS Misr cruises at a gentle speed which is essential to be able to drink in the rhythm of life and scenes which have changed little over hundreds of years on the banks of the Nile.

    Our journey has only been made possible once again by the recent reopening of the lower Nile allowing the opportunity to visit some of the lesser known archaeological sites and temples, and experience the wonders of the great civilisation that flourished in the Nile Valley. We will visit Beni Hassan private tombs, Tel El Amarna, Abydos and Dendera temples, not forgetting of course some of the most famous sites in the country including the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent Karnak.

    A 100 Year Celebration

    Making our voyages even more special is the fact that 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the SS Misr. Originally built in Preston in 1918 by the Royal Navy, the SS Misr is a propeller steam vessel. Having served in World War II in May 1918, the SS Misr (“Egypt” in Arabic) also participated as a warship and troop transporter for the British Egyptian joint task force. After retiring from active duty, Misr went through an entire overhaul; converted into a luxury yacht in 1938 to be used by Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk. After Egypt’s monarchy was overthrown in 1952, the SS Misr became state property and was allocated to the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation where it languished in a shipyard in a Cairo suburb until it was purchased in 2003. With special permission from the state authorities, the steam ship was then entirely rebuilt according to its original drawings and re-launched and returned to the glorified splendour of her heyday in 2006. 

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  • Featured Experts

    George Hart

    Following degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, he joined the staff of the British Museum in 1973. He was the Principal Lecturer on the British Museum’s antiquities collections from Egypt, Greece, the Levant and civilisations of the Mediterranean World and ran courses on Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs. He was Chairman of the Friends of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for the first twelve years after its foundation in 1988 and Committee Member of the Egypt Exploration Society for a number of years. He is also an Editorial Advisor on its bulletin called “Egyptian Archaeology.” Having taken early retirement from the British Museum in 2004 to devote more time to writing, he is a regular speaker on Nile cruises and cruises on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. George will be joining our March 2018 sailings. 

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Misr

Misr

Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, the SS Misr was purchased and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk. Now fully restored to a five-star deluxe propeller steam vessel, she accommodates just 45 passengers in spacious, air-conditioned cabins and suites. Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ and the décor throughout the vessel reflects the period.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London Heathrow to Cairo, Egypt.

Fly by scheduled flight to Cairo. Upon arrival transfer to the SS Misr and embark. Moor overnight this evening in Cairo.

Day 2 - Cairo.

During our full day guided tour of Cairo we will visit the impressive Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only survivor of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the tombs of the great Pharaohs and their queens. After lunch we visit the Egyptian museum, situated at Tahrir square, with 107 halls that are separated into seven sections. The museum houses statues, jewels and treasures of Tutankhamun. We will visit the Amarna Room and see the Fayoum portraits and monuments from the later periods from the Greeks and the Romans. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a welcome cocktail party. Moor overnight in Cairo.

Day 3 - Cruising.

Enjoy a relaxing day on board as we cruise to Beni Suef where we will moor overnight.

Day 4 - Beni Suef.

This morning we visit the Maydom pyramid which is dedicated to the King Snefru of the 4th dynasty. We return to the ship for lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Moor overnight in Beni Suef.

Day 5 - Cruising.

A leisurely day spent cruising and witnessing daily life on the banks of the Nile.

Day 6 - Tuna El Gebel & Ashmunein.

Our touring today begins with a visit to Tuna El Gebel and Ashmunin, where the oldest monument is a boundary stela of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. The site is best known for its animal necropolis housing thousands of mummified baboons and Ibis sacred to Thoth. We continue to Ashmunein (Hermopolis Magna): known in ancient times as “Khemenu”, or the “City of the Ogdoad”, referring to the eight primeval gods who, according to ancient Egyptian Mythology, created the world. Today, the site houses the ruins of the temple of Thoth, temple of Amun, a small open air museum displaying two massive statues of “Thoth” as a baboon. There are also some remains of a Roman Christian Basilica, which was built over the site of an earlier Ptolemaic temple. The structure retains most of its granite columns and it is the only basilica to have survived to this degree of preservation anywhere in Egypt. After lunch on board, we continue our tour to the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan, an ancient Egyptian cemetery site, located south of Minya. The necropolis of Beni Hassan reflects the political differences between the provinces rulers and the Pharaohs kings. Due to the layout and more complex decorations the tombs mark a transition stage in the style of the tombs from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom.

Day 7 - Tel El Amarna.

Today we start the day with a tour to Akhenaten’s royal city, tomb and palace at Amarna, it is here we visit the tombs of Ahmose, Pentu, Panehesy and the Royal tomb of Akhenaten. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing on board whilst we sail towards Aysut.

Day 8 - Cruising.

Relax on deck enjoying the passing scenery and attend a lecture or two by our Egyptologist.

Day 9 - Abydos Temple.

This morning we arrive in Balyana. After breakfast, we transfer to the temple that the Greeks called the Memnonium in Abydos, dedicated to Seti, Osiris, Isis, Ptah, Ptah- Sokar, Nefertem, Re-Horakhty, Amun and Horus. Its structure, built of white limestone is one of the most impressive religious structures in Egypt. Return to the ship this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure on board.

Day 10 - Dendera Temple.

This morning is dedicated to the goddess Hathor as we visit the Dendera Temple also known as the ‘castle of the Sistrum’. Hathor was the goddess of love, joy and beauty and the Dendara Temple was associated with healing. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing to Luxor where we moor overnight.

Day 11 - Luxor.

Today we visit the West Bank, one of the most famous and important archaeological sites in the world. See the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs for a period of 500 years. The tombs vividly depict the journey of the sun god and pharaoh through the dangers of the underworld. In the temple of Queen Hatshepsut you will discover scenes commemorating the reign of this exceptional monarch such as the ambitious voyage where she sent her ships on the Red Sea to the mysterious land of Punt. We stop at the Colossi of Memnon to witness the two imposing 18 metre high quartzite seated statues which marked the entrance to the now vanished memorial temple of the pharaoh Amenhotep III whose reign in the 14th century B.C. was one of the most opulent in Egyptian history.

Day 12 - Luxor.

This morning we visit the temples of Karnak, one of the most memorable and popular historical areas to visit in the world. Here you will witness the unbelievably vast array of monuments dedicated to Amun-Ra, king of the gods, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Just two of the highlights you will see are the great hypostyle hall with over 130 columns some 22 meters high and the obelisk of the powerful Queen pharaoh Hatshepsut. Our tour will conclude with a visit to the illuminated Luxor temple, situated on the east bank of the river Nile. This evening enjoy a Galabya party on board as we sail to Edfu and moor overnight.

Day 13 - Edfu & Kom Ombo.

Today we visit Edfu Temple, an ancient Egyptian temple that is set on the west bank of the Nile and is said to be one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Dedicated to the Falcon god Horus and built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 B.C. Set sail this afternoon to Kom Ombo and after lunch we depart for a visit to the temple of Kom Ombo. It was mainly built during the Ptolemaic dynasty and completed under the Roman Emperors. The temple is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for the two gods worshipped here. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris. Among the carved reliefs along the inside of the outer wall are images thought to be connected with Egyptian medicine, including displays of birthing chairs and surgical instruments.

Day 14 - Aswan.

This morning we will visit the high Dam at Aswan, considered an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s with a huge impact on the economy and culture in Egypt in the last century. Today it provides electricity and irrigation for the whole of Egypt. We continue to the temple island of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. The story of Osiris is represented on the walls of the temple, with two of its inner chambers which are rich in symbolic imagery. The temple was originally on Philae Island but because of high water levels was dismantled in 1977 and reconstructed on a nearby higher island called Algilkia. The main elements of the temple such as the two Pylons, hypostyle halls and sanctuaries were built by the Ptolemaic kings. Later, the Roman rulers added the colonnades in front of the temple as well as the ceremonial entrance to the island known as Trajan’s Kiosk. After lunch we visit the Nubian Museum, due to the materials recovered from Tombs, temples and settlements, UNESCO was encouraged in the 1980’s to plan a Nubian museum, but it was not until 1997 that the museum opened its doors. The complex is 50,000 square metres and is enclosed by walls to evoke the traditional Nubian village architecture. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner onboard.

Day 15 - Aswan to London Heathrow.

Disembark this morning and fly by indirect scheduled flight from Aswan via Cairo to London Heathrow.

Dates and Prices

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Prices per person based on double occupancy
20 March 2018 to 3 April 2018 • 25 September 2018 to 9 October 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
4 Twin/Double cabin on lower/main deck £4895 £4695
3 Twin/Double cabin on upper deck £5195 £4995
2 Suite on main/upper deck £5395 £5195
1 Panorama suite on main deck £5595 £5395
5 Single cabin on lower deck Fully Booked Fully Booked
4 Twin/Double cabin on Lower/Main deck for Sole Use £5895 £5695

Tour Reference Code: RCMISR200318/RCMISR250918

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 14 nights aboard SS Misr on full board basis, shore excursions with local English speaking guides, Tour Manager, Guest speaker, entrance fees, transfers, airport taxes, gratuities.

Not included: Travel insurance, visa.

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Misr

Originally constructed in Preston by the Royal Navy in 1918, the SS Misr was purchased and later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk. Now fully restored to a five-star deluxe propeller steam vessel, she accommodates just 45 passengers in spacious, air-conditioned cabins and suites. Misr means ‘the Kingdom of Egypt’ and the décor throughout the vessel reflects the period.

 
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    Category 2 Suite
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    Sun Deck
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    Restaurant
  • Pool
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    Public areas
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    Sun deck
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Each cabin and suite has its own individual style and all feature a private balcony, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer, mini-bar, robes and television. The suites on the upper deck are almost 50% larger in size than the standard cabins. 

    The 14 category 3 and 4, twin/double cabins measure 21 square metres and feature a sweeping window that opens up to a private terrace with chairs so that guests can enjoy the spectacular view of the Nile at all times. The category 2 suites are approximately 30 square metres. Spacious and welcoming, these exquisitely appointed suites offer the perfect refuge to unwind after a day of adventure and sightseeing. Luxuriously designed, each suite includes an elegant living area that contains a stylish loveseat and chairs, complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a private terrace so that guests can enjoy the spectacular view of the Nile. The category 1 panorama suites are approximately 35 square metres and are situated at the front of the vessel and offer impressive panoramic views. Unlike the other accommodations, these suites come with a private, furnished panoramic terrace that offers a spectacular 180-degree view of the Nile, so that guests can enjoy the inspiring view from every angle while cruising. This is the perfect spot to relax after a long day with a drink or book, or to watch the leisurely sail along the Nile to the next destination. There are also dedicated single cabins which measure 14.5 square metres.

  • Your Dining

    The restaurant, situated on the main deck serves international cuisine and seats all passengers in one open seating arrangement. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style whilst dinner is seated waiter service. Tables seat six to eight people. Tea and coffee are served on a complimentary basis after all meals and there are tea and coffee amenities in the cabins. A complimentary bottle of water will be provided in your cabin. 

  • Your Space

    The SS Misr is both elegantly furnished and spacious throughout. The Marasem Restaurant, Saraya Lounge and Dahabia Bar are located on the higher decks offering wonderful views of the Nile. The period-style restaurant accommodates all guests at one sitting. There is also a lower sun deck with comfortable wicker chairs and an upper sun deck with a pool and sun beds for relaxation. The onboard attentive staff are always available to offer a cool beverage whilst watching the ever changing passing scenery.  The ship also has an onboard souvenir and gift shop selling jewellery and local handmade gifts. 

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The Timeless Nile

A cruise on a Nile steamer as a leisure pursuit was pioneered by British tourists in the late 19th century looking for a comfortable way to visit Egypt’s sites and we are delighted to have chartered the lovingly restored SS Misr to offer our passengers the chance to discover the many wonders of this ancient land in a high degree of comfort.

Our cruises along the Nile between Aswan and Cairo are passages through antiquity, incomparable river voyages which bring to life the great monuments of the Pharaohs, the divine kings comprising thirty dynasties, who ruled Egypt during the 3000 years before Christ. Pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt sailed often on the River Nile in luxurious royal boats – by far the most rewarding way to see the landscape and monuments of their realm. Evoking this regal way of travel, the SS Misr cruises at a gentle speed which is essential to be able to drink in the rhythm of life and scenes which have changed little over hundreds of years on the banks of the Nile.

Our journey has only been made possible once again by the recent reopening of the lower Nile allowing the opportunity to visit some of the lesser known archaeological sites and temples, and experience the wonders of the great civilisation that flourished in the Nile Valley. We will visit Beni Hassan private tombs, Tel El Amarna, Abydos and Dendera temples, not forgetting of course some of the most famous sites in the country including the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent Karnak.

A 100 Year Celebration

Making our voyages even more special is the fact that 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the SS Misr. Originally built in Preston in 1918 by the Royal Navy, the SS Misr is a propeller steam vessel. Having served in World War II in May 1918, the SS Misr (“Egypt” in Arabic) also participated as a warship and troop transporter for the British Egyptian joint task force. After retiring from active duty, Misr went through an entire overhaul; converted into a luxury yacht in 1938 to be used by Egypt’s last Monarch, King Farouk. After Egypt’s monarchy was overthrown in 1952, the SS Misr became state property and was allocated to the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation where it languished in a shipyard in a Cairo suburb until it was purchased in 2003. With special permission from the state authorities, the steam ship was then entirely rebuilt according to its original drawings and re-launched and returned to the glorified splendour of her heyday in 2006. 

Onboard Team

  • George Hart

    George Hart

    Following degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, he joined the staff of the British Museum in 1973. He was the Principal Lecturer on the British Museum’s antiquities collections from Egypt, Greece, the Levant and civilisations of the Mediterranean World and ran courses on Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

    He was Chairman of the Friends of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for the first twelve years after its foundation in 1988 and Committee Member of the Egypt Exploration Society for a number of years. He is also an Editorial Advisor on its bulletin, Egyptian Archaeology.

    Having taken early retirement from the British Museum in 2004 to devote more time to writing, he is a regular speaker on Nile cruises and cruises on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

    George Hart will be on the following tour dates: 20 March 2018 to 3 April 2018 • 25 September 2018 to 9 October 2018
  • Christopher Naunton

    Chris Naunton

    Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist currently working on a freelance basis as a writer, broadcaster and public speaker. His book, Search for the Missing Tombs of Egypt. is due for publication in 2018.  Chris frequently appears on television and radio as an expert on ancient Egypt, notably as the presenter of documentaries about the archaeologist Flinders Petrie (The Man who Discovered Egypt, BBC4) and new research into the mummy of Tutankhamun (The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy, Channel 4). A former Director of the Egypt Exploration Society, he is currently Director of the Robert Anderson Trust and President of the International Association of Egyptologists.  Chris has visited Egypt more than thirty times -  including archaeological projects in Abydos and Luxor - and passionately believes that there is no better way of sharing what he has learned about the country than by experiencing the sites and monuments in person; he looks forward to revisiting the ‘Ancient Wonders of the Nile’.

    Chris Naunton will be on the following tour dates: 20 March 2018 to 3 April 2018

Our View

By Egyptologist & Guest Speaker, George Hart

Noble Caledonia’s cruises along a 600 mile stretch of the Nile from Cairo to Aswan aboard the SS Misr will bring to life the intriguing history of Egypt under the pharaohs through the stunning visual impact of its art and architecture. On the escarpment of the Western Desert at Giza where the Great Sphinx gazes towards the rising sun stand the awe-inspiring pyramids, built by native Egyptians (not foreign slaves) to ensure survival of their god-kings in the Hereafter. A thousand years later in the Valley of the Kings we find the walls of the tombs, some cut over 100 metres into the cliffs, lavishly decorated with scenes of dangerous creatures which the Sun god and the pharaoh needed to overcome on their journey through the Underworld. In contrast the series of rock-cut tombs of Beni Hassan belonging to District Governors provide, in superb wall paintings, a panorama of daily life in Egypt four thousand years ago from the leisure pursuits of the elite to workers in vineyards or children playing games.

At Thebes, modern Luxor, the temples of Egypt’s Golden Age are symbols of the devotion which pharaohs and queens expressed towards the highest deities in the pantheon. Wandering through the overwhelming expanse of Temple of Amun at Karnak, you will come across monumental gateways, obelisks, courts and halls with numerous columns and statues – and everywhere carvings of processions and rituals embellished by a myriad of hieroglyphs. In the New Year Festival Temple at Luxor the pylons depicting the Battle of Kadesh between the Egyptians and Hittites are magically enhanced at night with lighting bringing out details hard to see in the glare of sunshine. Also belonging to this glorious era are the exquisite coloured reliefs in the Temple of King Sety I at Abydos – surely the zenith of Ancient Egyptian art.

These long cruises provide access to historically important sites less frequently visited such as Tel El Amarna where you can survey the ruins of the temples and palaces of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti whose city here was destroyed soon after their reign in a reaction against the traumatic religious reforms that they had enforced on Egypt. You will see some of the distinctive art of this period in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo – where of course you will also be able to feast your eyes on the treasures from the tomb of Akhenaten’s son – Tutankhamun.

Following the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., Greek rulers inaugurated many new temples and after the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 B.C. this building programme was inherited and extended by the Roman emperors. You will find each of these temples possessing its own charm or individuality. The imposing temple of the Horus at Edfu is the most architecturally complete to survive from antiquity, the temple at Kom-Ombo is uniquely shared between the priests of Horus the hawk and of Sobek the crocodile, while at Dendera the temple of Hathor goddess of love and joy boasts the only surviving images of Cleopatra VII as an Egyptian queen. The temple of Isis at Philae was the final bastion of Egyptian religion against the advent of Christianity – here a few surviving priests and priestesses performed their last rituals in honour of the goddess and the scribes wrote their last hieroglyphs.

Although the Egypt of the Pharaohs came to an end almost two millennia ago, this cruise will leave you with a wealth of memories about its people, its monuments and its mysteries.

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    • The Nile at Aswan
      Nile

    At 6650 km (4130 miles), the Nile is the longest river in the world and passes through 11 countries – Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. There are two major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The former rises around Lake Victoria in central Africa but its actual source is still disputed as the lake has feeder rivers. The Blue Nile’s source is Lake Tana in Ethiopia and the two rivers meet near Khartoum in Sudan.

    The Nile is an important water source for much of its length. In many places it floods – becoming a natural source of irrigation – though, since the building of the Aswan Dam in 1970, this is no longer the case in Egypt. It passes through many lakes – Kyoga and Albert in Uganda, Lake Nasser in Sudan and Egypt – and flows over a number of cataracts. In Egypt it splits into the branches that form the Nile Delta that feed the Mediterranean. The river is, of course, most famous for its role in the cities and sites of great antiquity within Egypt. Its flooding made a great contribution to the development of agriculture and civilisation in the region as the river overflowed its banks and brought rich silt making the land fertile. Most cruises travel the river between Luxor and Aswan in an area filled with such extraordinary sites as the temples of the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the desert city of Akhenaten, the tombs of Beni Hassan and Tutankhamun. There can be few places where 5000 years of history unrolls before your eyes within a landscape that still looks as it would in biblical times.

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