Egypt Vacations: Enjoy Cruises In The Nile, Red Sea & Lake Nasser
By Andrew Muigai
Among the most interesting holiday activities you can enjoy during your Egypt vacation, luxurious Nile cruises, red sea cruises, and cruises in Lake Nasser rank quite high. The Nile has won many people's hearts from the days of the Egyptian pharaohs. Today, travelers seeking ideal Egypt vacations undertake Nile cruises annually.
The captivating landscape of the Nile valley adds great value to the nile cruise, allowing you to enjoy the best of the Nile while sampling the rich Egyptian cuisine. A typical nile cruise starts from either Luxor or Aswan, lasting either three nights, four nights, or seven nights. There are however shorter trips between Aswan and Luxor that take only a few hours.
Egypt Nile Cruisers are often referred to as floating hotels. With such features as small swimming pools, hot bath tubs, exercise rooms/gymnasiums, small libraries, nice restaurants, and even nightclubs, the cruisers have all the amenities of land based hotels. Most cruisers operate throughout the year, though the period between October and mid April is the best time for a Nile cruise due to the fairly cool weather.
The Egyptian Red Sea is also a fascinating destination.
Located between Asia and Africa, Red Sea has over the centuries attracted numerous people as it serves as a link between the East and West. The Red Sea receives thousands of scuba divers from around the world as well as visitors wishing to take vacations at the Red Sea coast.
The coast of the red sea stretches from Suez down to the Sudan border. The red mountain ranges in the sea are rich in minerals, which is what inspired the ancient days travelers to give the sea the name Mare Rostrum - i.e the red sea. All year round, thousands of birds migrate to the Red sea shores, making the place a birdwatchers' paradise. The sea also has over 800 fish species including the deadly stone fish and the butterfly fish.
Another natural extension to a Nile luxury cruise or any other Egypt holiday activity would be a cruise in Lake Nasser, the world's largest man-made lake. Lake Nasser, formed after the construction of the Aswan High dam in the 1960's, is about 498.9 km long with depths of up to 600 feet. The lake was named after after the then president of Egypt - Gamal Abdel Nasser.
The two temples at Abu Simbel are some of the greatest attractions around lake Nasser region. Ranking alongside the great pyramids of Giza as Egypt's top tourist attractions, the Abu Simbel temples represent an amazing engineering accomplishment. The temples were relocated from their original site to a higher ground during the construction of the dam, to prevent them from being submerged in the resultant lake Nasser.
In addition to the Abu Simbel temples, lake Nasser is one of the best spot in the world for freshwater fishing. Both the Nile perch and the tiger fish abound in the lake.
Getting to Egypt and traveling within the country is relatively easy by flight. EgyptAir is one of the several airlines that operate flights to Egypt. Most international flights to Egypt land at the Cairo International Airport, while others arrive at the Sharm el Sheik airport. While a self explanatory map of Egypt is available, you may require a tour guide to help you move around and explore the country.
Andrew Muigai is the MD of Africapoint.com, a travel agency that offers Egypt Vacation Packages, Egypt flights, and reservations for Egypt Hotels among other Egypt travel services.