"What one sees in dreams surpasses reality,
but all that one could dream
of Egypt falls short of the truth"
Egypt, the Gift of the Nile is the land where Alexander the Great, (III) was born. Back in 356 B.C.E., Alexander was amidst the Pella over in Macedonia. Alexander set the mark, which included a royal surrounding. Yet the fame Greek Aristotle, a philosopher assisted Alexander in learning about science, philosophy, and medicine. This led to development of the Homer mythological writing, which you can find information in some of the lands or Egypt. Throughout this event Alexander’s observers’ claimed that he had memorized more than 15,690 poetry lines. Today, you can view some of these lines of poetry as you stop along the trail of your Nile River Cruise.
My River Nile
Cleanse me. Baptize me.
River Nile, My River Nile -
Your mystic keeps me dreaming
Your wonder fills my longing
River Nile, My River Nile -
Your power keeps me floating
Your healing ends my bleeding
Like a desert baptized by the sky,
Love overflows in me, My River Nile.
The Nile has always invoked a feeling of the exotic, of mystery and even intrigue. Excitement stirs the night with anticipation of tomorrow’s discoveries. The Nile River seems to pass as does time, slowly witnessing the progress of mankind. Gazing upon the grand Nile for the first time washes most people in emotion. Suddenly, one actually feels history. It is a sensation like no other, a feeling of quiet knowledge.
Sailing along…There is nothing in the world like sailing across the perky blue waters of the Great Nile. When you sail you enjoy nature at its best. Setting sail with Nile River Cruises adds to this feeling by taking you through the channels of the most historical lands ever recorded in history. You will never experience the feelings you will experience on a Nile River Cruise, since not only will you grip the bible, you will walk, wander, and drift through the areas where the Romans once owned. And the divine valleys where the Kings and Queens once lived.
As you sail along on a Nile River Cruise you will watch closely as secret treasures unfold before your eyes. Through the Nile you will watch as history comes alive as you view the pyramids, tombs, monuments, chapels, etc. In summary, setting sail on a Nile River Cruise will bring your recall of historic, biblical memory alive.
Setting sail on a Nile River Cruise is an adventure you will never forget. Egypt is the land where famous Romans, Greeks, Pharaohs, Kings, Queens, great warriors, and where Joseph to Mary to give birth to Jesus Christ himself. You’ll walk, and cruise along the banks and shores of Holy fields, which will inspire you to remember the in enchanting moments forever.
The most ideal way to enjoy this heritage is by cruising the Nile on the luxury cruisers also known as floating hotels in Egypt
Jewels of the Nile
Has often been called the world’s greatest open air museum, as indeed it isandmuch more.The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area areunparalleled anywhere else in the world. To say that the Luxor area is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt would be an understatement. It has been a tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Even in ancient times, during the late Dynasties of the Greek and Roman periods, the area drew tourists, and has been doing so ever since.
On Luxor the east bank lies Karnak Temple - the biggest temple complex in the world, covering an area of 100 hectares. The area of the sacred enclosure of Amen alone is 61 acres and would hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big; St Peter’s, Milan and Notre Dame Cathedrals could be lost within its walls. It is the mother of all religious buildings, the largest ever made as well as a place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years.
Then the Luxor temple that's located in the middle of Luxor city. The temples were meant to honor the dead king, perhaps through eternity.On Luxor west bank the visit goes to the Valley of the Kings, the terrace temple of Hatshepsut and the Memnon Colossus. The west bank at Luxor is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: - Valley of the Kings, the terrace temple of Hatshepsut and the Memnon Colossus. The Valley of the Kings, in Thebes, is the burial place of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom, 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties. To date, more than 62 tombs have been identified.Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern:
three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. These catacombs were harder to rob and were more easily concealed. The switch to burying the pharaohs within the valley instead of pyramids was intended to safeguard against tomb robbers.
Construction of a tomb usually lasted six years, beginning with each new reign. The design of each tomb varies throughout the period in which they were built and it is interesting to see the progression of shape and decoration from the earliest ones to the later Ramesside tombs.Sites such as Karnak, Dendera and Kom Ombo would most likely fall under the category of “God’s mansion”. While the god may certainly have been worshiped in these temples, it was also his symbolic home, if not considered his physical residence, and the functions of the temple were as much to serve his or her symbolic physical needs as they were for the god’s worship.
Here the great temple of the Royal Falcon god Horus is located. Built in Greek / Roman times, and very important as it's the most intact of all temples in Egypt. Horus was married to the goddess Hathor who lived in Dendera Temple, and they sailed a private cruise each year to visit each other. Horus sailed once a year from Edfu to his wife in Dendera, and Hathor sailed south to Edfu to visit her husband Horus. This is documented in the temple, and of course the fight between Horus and Seth - as Seth was the brother murderer who killed the father of Horus.
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This is in many ways the most idyllic temple seen from the Nile. The temple is a double temple, meaning that it was built as two parallel temples. One part for the crocodile god Sobek, and the other part for a variant of the Royal god Horus. The legendary Imhotep is here found - he was considered an expert in numerous fields, and among these was medicine. The medical part was so important that he later was considered a god, and during the Greek culture he was named as the father of Medicine. That Imhotep with representation of medical instruments are documented at the Kom Ombo Temple shows that this was a temple for medical pilgrimage where people came to seek healing.
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Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
In Aswan the Nile is at its most beautiful, flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, and it's still a perfect place to get away from it all.
On a small island south of the city of Aswan lies the beautiful temple complex of Philae. Philae in Greek meaning ‘the end,’ defined the southern most limit of Egypt.
The temple at Philae was nearly lost under water when the high Aswan dam was built in the 1960s.The complex contains all the elements of ancient Egyptian history, with Egyptian, Greek and Roman architecture blending together.
Ancient Aswan was further the border area between the Egyptian kingdom and the kingdom of Nubia, and it was here one for the first time met any hindrance in the Nile if one came all the way from the Mediterranean. It's with this first cataract of the Nile that the first dam was built. The High Dam, the second and largest dam created the largest manmade lake in the world (Lake Nasser) and was finished in the end of the sixties.
180 miles south of Aswan on the shore of Lake Nasser sits what is one of the most intriguing monuments of Egypt -- Abu Simbel, possibly the most astounding piece of Pharaonic Egyptian architecture.
Abu Simbel was built by Ramses II, the most prolific pharaoh in terms of building works. There are two temples, both originally built into a rock face. The Great Temple is dedicated to Ra, the sun god, and also really to Ramses himself. The smaller temple is dedicated to the cow goddess Hathor and also to Ramses II's favorite wife, Nefertari.The above are some of the must-sees when cruising down the Nile!!