Egypt is incredibly beautiful. Dry deserts, barren landscapes and home to the world's longest river, The Nile. In my opinion sailing The Nile is the best way to see southern Egypt.
During my two week trip to Egypt in October 2014 I had the opportunity to sail south through Egypt. It was the best of both world's! I got to experience the slow paced, relaxed atmosphere of the south while enjoying the creature comforts of home onboard a five-star cruise ship with Topdeck.
Before boarding my luxury home for the next two nights I had the opportunity to sail the Nile River on a Felucca! The design of these classic sail boats hasn't changed much since the pharaoh's ruled Egypt so sit back, soak up the sun and enjoy your authentic Egyptian experience.
The Nile is incredibly clean. So clean in fact my local Egyptian tour guide proceeded to fill a bottle from the river and drink it! As the sun began to set we docked on the outskirts of a small Nubian Village. I spent the last moments of sunlight, on a blazing hot Egyptian day, swimming in the world's longest river while many in the group headed forward into the village on camel back. Regrouping in a modest Nubian home we learnt all about the traditions of the village and people who lived there. Would you believe they have baby crocodiles as pets?!
Sailing back the way we came, we made our journey by boat to the five-star cruise ship that awaited us. Belly dancing, buffet food banquets, roof top pools and lounge chairs. This was a little slice of heaven!
Starting the cruise in Aswan, travel south an estimated 320 kms to reach the small town of Nubia where the Abu Simbel temples can be found. Carved out of rock, the temple build for Ramses II is incredible! The hand carved colourful hieroglyphics lining the walls floor to ceiling is something I will never forget.
Continue your Nile journey to the city of Edfu. Discover one of Egypt's best preserved temples; Temple of Edfu. This temple is the largest temple dedicated to Horus, the god of the sun, sky and kingship. Once you've taken in yet another awe inspiring Egyptian monument, head back onboard to watch the sun set over the Nile while enjoying a Sakara.
As hard as it is to say goodbye to the Nile, Luxor is the perfect destination to complete your Egyptian Nile experience. It is here where the famous Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple are located. Trek through the shadows of the Valley of the Kings to visit King Tutankhamun's mummy or soak in the incredible views where Transformers was filmed!