A Trip on the Nile
Egypt has fascinated people for centuries, from its mythical history to its incredible ancient architecture. The land of the Pharaohs is captivating to visit — even over the Christmas holidays!
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises commences one of their trips in Cairo, which includes a visit to the Egyptian Museum and the chance to view the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. A visit to the Old Citadel of Salah al-Din follows — a medieval fortification that was the seat of government and residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
Aboard Uniworld’s newest river ship, the S.S. Sphinx, experience the wonders of the Nile in comfort and luxury. This new luxury ship provides an authentic Egyptian experience with its exquisite design. The ship’s staff and crew are exceptional and treat their guests like royalty. Holiday celebrations on the ship include festive cookies, gourmet dinner, decorations, and carols. The onboard cuisine is a blend of international and western favorites and locally inspired dishes.
While sailing along the world’s longest river, it is also possible to explore the land of mysteries, pyramids, ancient temples, and archeological wonders. The Temple of Hathor, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, King Tut’s tomb, Hatshepsut Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, and Philae Temple are just some of the iconic monuments along the journey. Walid is one of the talented and knowledgeable Egyptologists/tour guides who accompany visitors to Egypt’s renowned monuments, provide fascinating history, and enrich the experience of this sacred land even further.
Travelers are quick to learn of the Muslim ritual of the call to prayer five times a day. Sailing the Nile, watching the sun start to fade, listening to the hauntingly beautiful chanting of the call to prayer from the many mosque towers in the distance is unbelievably peaceful and relaxing.
Standing amongst the never-ending rows of beautiful hieroglyphs within any of the many ancient temples is enough to render anyone speechless. Messages from the past that were painstakingly carved by someone thousands of years ago are abundant and intriguing. Despite thousands of years of sandstorms and earthquakes, the painted colors on the tombs and temples are still vibrant on many. Exploring the ruins of ancient Egypt, wandering among the tombs of kings and queens of dynasties that existed many centuries before Christ, is a memorable and breathtaking experience where time stands still.
Back in Cairo, a final stop is the Great Pyramid of Giza, built circa 2500 BC., the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — and the only one still standing. A walk between the pyramids, witnessing and feeling their sheer enormity and precision, will inspire awe. The blocks of limestone and granite are magnificent in every way. It is challenging to fathom how people moved them at the time — a genuinely masterful engineering achievement.
Egypt offers a feeling of safety for travelers while being exotic, spectacular, and timeless. Celebrating the holidays on a trip to Egypt will prove unforgettable. Although travel may not be as smooth as it has been, travelers and destinations are becoming more adaptable.
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By Cynthia Heath
Hager’s Journeys a Coastline Travel affiliate & Virtuoso Member
From the author: I hope this inspires you for future travels when you are ready. If you would like more information about this trip or any of your travel needs, please contact me.
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(Wishing you a Happy New Year). May 2022 be filled with new adventures.