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Nile River Cruises - Nilkreuzfahrten

 

The Nile River – the life of Egypt

 

Most visitors to Egypt make a cruise on the legendary Nile River a requisite excursion in their travel itinerary — sailing on the Nile River in a high standard cruise ship is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable excursion one can take when visiting Egypt. Be warned; the Egyptian people believe if you drink water from the Nile River, you will return to Egypt.

 

 

The Nile, longest river in the world, located in northeastern Africa. From its principal source, Lake Victoria, in east central Africa, the Nile flows north through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea, a distance of 5584 km (3470 mi). From its remotest headstream in Burundi, the river is 6,695 km (4,160 mi) long. The river basin covers an area of more than 3,349,000 sq km (more than 1,293,000 sq mi).

In pre-historic times, primeval forests covered the river banks when the river was a vast swamp composed of rushes, papyrus, and weeds. However, due to thousands of years of human intervention, the Nile throughout Egypt flows peacefully through green fields—looking much like a rich, well cultivated European plain.

The Delta, an area of about 10,000 square miles, is a broad swamp intersected by canals. The Mediterranean Sea influences this region bringing a regular winter rainy season. The Upper Nile valley is one great waterway, with insignificantly small irrigation canals scattered along its length. It is much drier than the Delta, with little to no rain. The lack of seasons makes it much easier to cultivate the land in the Upper Nile. Thus it was cultivated first and is much less swampy than the Delta, which is still being converted into arable land.

About our cruise ships & itineraries. . .

Be sure our quality of ships we select for our customers is excellent, and so is the service onboard. We personally select ships that we have onboard and know from first hand experience what to expect. You too will appreciate our choice selection.

Cruise itineraries include land tours of legendary sites along the Nile river. Tours are conducted by experienced licensed Egyptologists and are included in our prices.

Cruise Ship Information  & Itineraries

 
5 Star Super Deluxe Cruise Ships
M/S Oberoi Philae
M/S Sonesta Moon Goddess
 
5 Star Deluxe Cruise Ships
M/S Oberoi Shehrazad & M/S Sherayar
 
5 Star Standard Cruise Ships
M/S Presidential
M/S Sherry Boat
 
4 Star Standard Cruise Ships
M/S Rosetta

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In order to give you our best Offer we can for Summer & Winter 2004: Kindly send us E-mail with the following information & specify Full Name, Nationality, The Expected Arrive & Departure Date (Month), Number of Person & Accommodation Required (Double/Single/Triple) Hotel Category 5 Stars (Deluxe) or 4 Stars (First Class) or 3 Stars (Tourist) & if required Domestic Flights.

Nile Cruise Land Tour Extensions

Abu Simbel & Evening  Shows

  . . . a witness turned to stone as evidence to posterity of the power of the divine Pharaoh”

The Abu Simbel temples were carved out of a mountain on the west bank of the Nile. There are two: the colossal temple of Ramses, which was dedicated to the Egyptian gods Ra-Horakhty, Amun, and Ptah, and to the deified pharaoh himself. The smaller temple of Nefertari was dedicated to Hathor, the cow-headed Egyptian goddess of love. In the doorway to the main temple are four statues of Ramses, each more than 20 meters high, accompanied by smaller statues of the Queen Mother and Nefertari. Above the doorway stands a figure of the falcon-headed sun-god Ra-Horakhty. Inside, eight statues of Ramses hold up the roof of the Hypostyle Hall; the reliefs on the wall show the pharaoh victorious in various battles. In the next hall, Ramses and Nefertari are shown in front of the gods and the solar baroques that will carry them to the underworld. The innermost chamber is the sacred sanctuary, where the gods (including Ramses) sit on their thrones. Every February 22 and October 22 at sunrise, light penetrates the temple and illuminates the faces of these figures.  

If you decide to make an overnight at Abu Simbel, the sound & light show is truly memorizing—you will not want to miss this incredible display of history reflecting off the massive stone monuments with laser lights and amphitheater quality background music.

In addition, an optional Sound & Light show is performed every night at the Karnak Temple. At dusk, enjoy a magical experience as floodlit buildings are silhouetted against the volcanic rocks and surrounding water. Let your imagination take you back in time to experience how the ancient Pharaohs might have lived! Following is our tour extensions.

Abu Simbel - 1-Day Tour via Flight
Tour Highlight
  • Temples of Ramses II & Queen Nefertari
  • Sound & Light show at the temples

Tours Include

  • Round trip transfer to Abu Simbel/ Aswan via flight
  • Sightseeing tours per itinerary
  • Licensed guided tour leader on land tours
  • All entrance fees for tours & local taxes
Morning You will connect to your flight to Abu Simbel and Check in to he Seti Abu Simbel the only hotel with spectacular views of Lake Nasser. With its Nubian style domes, flowing waterfalls and gardens, the hotel itself is a view to behold. You will surely relax at the glorious swimming pool overlooking the lake and desert mountains.
Afternoon Transfer to Abu Simbel airport for return flight to Aswan.

Abu Simbel - 1-Day Tour via Coach

Tour Highlight
  • Temples of Ramses II & Queen Nefertari

Tours Include

  • Round trip transfer to Abu Simbel/ Aswan via coach
  • Sightseeing tours per itinerary
  • Licensed guided tour leader on land tours
  • All entrance fees for tours & local taxes
Morning Early in the morning about 04:00 hours your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you via A/C coach to Abu Simbel (about 4 hours each way). Upon arrival transfer directly to  the temples and make a  tour of  the most prodigious feats of engineering in Egypt, the Temples of Ramses II & Queen Nefertari.

The entire complex of temples was moved to its present location 30 meters above its old site to protect it from the rising water of the Nile river when the Aswan Dam was built in the early 1960’s.

Afternoon In the afternoon return  to Aswan.

Luxor Sound & Light Show

Tour Highlight
  • Sound & Light show at the Karnak Temple

Tours Include

  • Round trip transfers to the Karnak Temple
  • Entrance fees for show & local taxes  

Your tour guide will transfer you from your cruise ship to location of the sound & light show. You will enjoy a fascinating 2-hour display of laser lights reflecting off the massive stone walls of the temple; take a guided tour (narrated by an Egyptologist guide).

At the end of the show your tour guide will take you back to your cruise ship.

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In order to give you our best Offer we can for Summer & Winter 2017: Kindly send us E-mail with the following information & specify Full Name, Nationality, The Expected Arrive & Departure Date (Month), Number of Person & Accommodation Required (Double/Single/Triple) Hotel Category 5 Stars (Deluxe) or 4 Stars (First Class) or 3 Stars (Tourist) & if required Domestic Flights.

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