One of the World‘s First Tourist Attractions – an Aristocratic Cruise on the Nile
The cruise on the River Nile – one of the world‘s most popular cruises – has been around since the 19th century. In 1869, the famous tour organiser Thomas Cook was the first to offer steamboat trips to the rich and highborn.
Many famous people were among the early travellers, including the writer Agatha Christie, who’d created yet another detective story with Hercule Poirot called Death on the Nile. These days, the tour is dominated by hundreds of cruise ships, yet there are still several steamboats. You can also sail on dahabiya – large ships designed especially for cruises.
The shores of the Nile are full of splendid Ancient Egyptian monuments, and Arab towns with their authentic environments, farmland and pastures. Here you can also see many luxurious villas that belong to both the local and foreign wealthy, as everyone wants to own a view of the river, and is ready to pay a large sum for it. All of this warms the hearts of every guest on the cruise, resting comfortably in a cot on the deck, sipping cold hibiscus tea.
The tours will transport you thousands of years back in time, immersing you into the land of Ancient Egyptian architecture. Visit the world’s largest Karnak Temple Complex, enjoy the multi-coloured gravesites of the Karnak Valley, stop the time in the best-preserved Edfu Temple for the Egyptian god Horus, learn about the cult rites of the goddess Isis in the Temple of Philae, see the mummified crocodiles in god Sobek’s temple Kom Ombo, visit the royal hall of the Giza Pyramid, and marvel at the burial traditions in Alexandria’s Kom el-Shoqafa catacombs.
The cruise is truly wonderful in its variety of transport vehicles – you’ll be travelling on ships, buses and trains. If at all possible, those who’d like to add variety to their free time will be offered a ride inside a carriage in Luxor’s market, or a row on a traditional boat, called felucca, to a natural oasis in a botanical garden on the Kitchener’s Island. From there, manoeuvring round the granite cliffs in your motor ship, you’ll go to visit a Nubian village, where you can see a local school and traditional Nubian houses.
Thanks to the ship’s personnel, one can feel like a true lord or lady, paid exceptional attention and constantly entertained. The ship’s restaurant surprises not only with dishes from European, but also Arab cuisines.
The world of flora and fauna, always full of surprises and the will to amaze, will delight the guests with monitor lizards, kingfishers, hoopoes, different species of acacia, and mango and chorisia trees with giant spikes.
One of the world’s first tourist attractions remains popular and interesting even in these modern times, filled with travel choices.