River Nile Cruises Tourist Attractions to take in for travelers wishing to revel in natural beauty and architectural gems in Egypt.
Of late, Egypt has emerged out as a popular destination for backpackers and leisure travelers. All thanks to the natural beauty and affordable tourist packages one could enjoy with this place. The country’s history is rich and complex, and needless to say it has many historical monuments that offer the travelers enough opportunities to explore and have a good time. But above all, one thing that attracts is the river Nile that remains the longest river in the world.
River Nile Cruises remains one of the major attractions for tourists as it offers them the chance to visit a number of historical places, monuments and ruins. Above all the relaxing journey on the water with tasty local food, it has much more to offer. Well, time to check the Touristic Attractions to see during your Nile Cruise in Egypt as under:
Abu Simbel Temples
The first thing to explore in River Nile Cruises is Abu Simbel Temples. These temples were built by Pharaoh Ramesses II, which is dedicated to Amun, Ra-Horakhty. These temples are known for their cool iconography, which have stood for more than 2000 years. These temples were relocated in the mid-sixties due to the construction of Aswan High Dam seeking the help of international cadre of experts who dismantled the temples and brought them at the safe distance from the shore. In this way, several temples were saved and were recreated.
Aswan High Dam
This remains the basic source of drinking water for the country, which remains the key attraction for the tourists. The Aswan High Dam was constructed in the early sixties and was designed and financed by the Russian government. It was developed on the world’s largest manmade lake called Lake Nasser. It’s a huge dam and remains a key attraction along the Nile. It is known for its magnificence and impressive structure.
The other key attraction with River Nile Cruises is Unfinished Obelisk. It is the largest ever carved massive obelisk. While it was getting carved, the granite inside it cracked allowing the obelisk to remain incomplete and thus it was never raised and freed. There are several lessons one can draw while visiting this attraction via the cruise boat. It keeps you wondering as to how the ancient Egyptians managed to build massive size monoliths without using any iron tools.
The other place to explore is the Philae Temple. It is located at the south of Aswan, and over the northern end of Lake Nasser. This temple has been known for the Isis worshippers who have been taking care of the temple since the 6th century AD, when Emperor Constantine banned the practice. The oldest section of this temple dates back to the 690 BC constructed by the 25th Dynasty of the New Kingdom. Since then the subsequent rulers kept on adding sections including Emperor Hadrian erected his self-named arch. The light and sound show at night gives the history behind the temple.
A Felucca Ride on the Nile
The Felucca Ride is one of the best experiences one can have while getting it with the Nile Cruise. You can enjoy the same with a traditional boat. Here you get the chance to enjoy lunch or dinner along with taking a stop on Elephantine Island where one can find the Nubian villages and botanical garden to visit. It is always a pleasant experience to go down over the river, especially at the sunset when the temperatures are not very much stifling. You will also get the chance to enjoy the Nubian songs during your Nile sailing trip.
Temple of Horus at Edfu
The other key attraction you can cover is getting the chance to visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu. These temples are based across the Nile temples away from the busy city and a bit far from the river. These were constructed during the Ptolemaic Period (somewhere in between 237 and 57 BC). It is among the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and helps you explore the carvings of the Roman rule. In some of the sections one can find the well-preserved and colorful decorations.
The other place to visit with your cruise is Luxor Temple. It dates back to 1392 BCE, and is considered to be a treasure when it comes to the ancient temple building and statues. It was found in the ancient city of Thebes which was regarded as Pharaoh’s capital. It is also regarded as an ‘open-air museum’ for its vast array of archaeological delights and located at the eastern bank of the river. Exploring the temple gives you a chance to check things like the fascinating mummification museum, Temples of the Nobles, the Mortuary Temple of Seti I, and the Luxor Museum.
These are some of popular places to explore when it comes to enjoying the River Nile Cruises. So, what are you waiting for, plan your visit soon.