Don’t miss these significant ports on a Nile River cruise
Cairo: Cairo serves as the gateway to some of the most famous sites in Egypt. There’s so much to see that it’s hard to fit it all in, but worth trying. Visitors can make their way to the Pyramids of Giza, the mysterious Sphinx, the amazing collection of artifacts at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and the Citadel.
Luxor: This essential port of call was once an Ancient Egyptian capital and is now home to many of Egypt’s must-visit attractions. The Valley of the Kings, home to Tutankhamen’s tomb, can be found here, as well as the impressive and expansive Karnak Temple Complex. More sites include the grand and well-preserved Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Medinet Habu.
Alexandria: Once the intellectual hub of the ancient world, Alexandria is often called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean.” Though little remains of the old city, visit the Alexandria National Museum for insight into the city’s legacy. The Bibliotheca Alexandria is a beautiful modern library inspired by what was considered to be the greatest library of all time. Don’t forget to stroll along Corniche, Alexandria’s lively seafront boulevard.
Aswan: Much of Egypt can feel hectic, but Aswan offers a serene Nile Valley oasis. If you want more than just relaxation, consider sailing to the temple of Philae, or visiting St. Simeon’s Monastery. The Nubian Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts, and the city’s market is a must-visit cultural melting pot. Be sure to stop in at a floating restaurant for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.