Egypt is a mystical place which is on the list of every traveler. The tombs, temples and the hieroglyphs still starkly remind us of the era of the pharaohs. The Nile is the longest river and taking a cruise on this river is the best way to see the Egyptian life up close. When you cruise through the Nile River the attractions you see are some of the most breathtaking ones in all of Egypt.
Here’s a list of the must-see sights on The Nile River Cruise Tour.
1. Aswan High Dam
Most of the cruise for the Nile River Tour set out from Aswan and hence this is the first destination you should see on your tour. The Aswan High Dam is an engineering marvel. It took 10 years to be constructed and is a must see attraction. It is because of Aswan dam that the annual flooding of Nile is no more destructive and can be controlled.
2. Luxor Temple
When you visit the city of Luxor, one place you should not miss visiting is the Luxor temple. The massive structure is the most exquisite reminder of the egyptian history and is used as a place of worship till date. It was built by Amenoteph III and was completed by Tutankhamun and Horemheb. Later many additions were made to it too. The temple looks spectacular after sunset when it is all lit up.
3. Karnak Temple
The Karnak Temple in Luxor is the biggest temple complex ever built. It comes second after Angkor Wat as the largest religious site in the world. Karnak is the most famous spot for tourists in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza. The largest temple of this complex is the Temple of the God Amun-Ra on of the chief Egyptian Deity.
4. Philae Temple
Philae Temple is the temple of one of the most important figure in ancient Egyptian history. It's the temple of goddess Isis and she is considered as the protector of Kings, healer and giver of life. The temple was submerged when the first Aswan dam was built and now after the water has stabilized by the new dam the temple is accessible.
5. Abu Simbel Temples
The Abu Simbel temples are situated on the banks of lake Nasser and are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples are carved out from a cliff and are a sight to behold. There are two temple complexes one of King Ramses II and other of Queen Nefertari. The entrance is made in such a way that every year on the dates 21st February and 21st October the sun shines onto the statues of King Ramses, Nefertari and the pharaoh.
6. Kom Ombo
The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual sight. It's a double temple of two Gods. The temple is half dedicated to Crocodile God Sobek and Falcon God Horus. The temple has double of everything, from entrances to courtrooms to halls etc.
7. Temple of Edfu
The Temple of Edfu is the most famous and the second largest temple in Egypt. It is also the one which has been preserved amazingly since years and so, is in good condition than other temples. The inner sanctum of the temple still has the granite shrine which had the gold statue of the Falcon God, Horus.
8. Valley of Kings
The Valley of the Kings is the large area to the west of River Nile where the kings and dynasts of Egypt rest in peace. It was a place of choice by these kings for their tombs to be built. The most visited tomb is that of the boy king Tutankhamun. In these tombs you get to see the firm belief of Egyptians in after life. Furniture, food, clothing etc have been excavated which showcase the same belief.