As river cruises go, the Nile is often considered the ultimate experience. Winding its way through the nation of Egypt like a silver dragon lying across the dusty desert, the body of water that gave life to one of the greatest civilisations in history is a joy to explore.
Such a splendid waterway needs a great cruise tour to get the most out of it, and there is none better than the 10 Night Nile Grand Tour. Starting at the fascinating city of Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza, this part of the trip is in a hotel before air transfer to the outdoor museum that is Luxor for a cruise that takes you all the way to Abu Simbel. This incredible journey allows for all the essential Egyptian sights at a comfortable pace. Intrepid travellers can check off a number of items from their bucket lists, including the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the ancient city of Thebes.
But the cruise also features a number of lesser-known archaeological wonders that nonetheless show off the skills and innovation of those ancient builders. The Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Temple of Derr, for example, offer superb insights into how an ancient race lived and died.
Another unexpected highlight comes in the form of the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. When one thinks of Egypt, the overbearing image is a harsh one of unforgiving dust and desert. But the extraordinary flora that can be found here is quick to dispel that illusion, and the many shades of green defying the sun is simply wonderful.
As well as visiting the stunning attractions above, the 10 Night Nile Grand Tour features accommodation aboard Five-Star Deluxe cruise vessels designed to ensure comfort throughout the trip. So if you want to witness the entirety of this extraordinary waterway, you know now which cruise tour to book.