The Nile River: Lifeline to Egypt
When the Nile floods, deposits of silt from the riverbed intermix with the surrounding soil. This simple phenomenon allowed the early Egyptians to cultivate wheat and flax, which sustained one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Large populations of Egyptians still live in the great and ancient cities along the river: Luxor, Edfu, Aswan, and Kom Ombo, each built around stunning temple complexes. Beyond Boundaries Travel allows you to visit these historical cities via an eight-day, seven-night cruise down the Nile.
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Cruises take place aboard one of four five-star ships. The boats have about 70 cabins with private bathrooms and air conditioning as well as a restaurant, a swimming pool, and a discotheque. Some vessels add a little variety to the mix: the M/S Magic I recently installed a wine-and-cheese bar, and its fraternal twin, the M/S Magic II, boasts a sushi bar.
On day 2, the boat departs from Luxor and journeys south against the Nile current, docking for a day or two in three additional cities: Edfu, Aswan, and Kom Ombo. Each day, you can explore on your own or go on an optional guided excursion for an additional fee. Side trips range from a guided tour through of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor (Thebes), which contains 63 discovered tombs of pharaohs and nobles, to a leisurely camel ride in Aswan. Alternatively, you can explore the cities with nothing but a guidebook or simply hang back on the ship and work on your tan while practicing lines for the next Mummy sequel. On day 7, the ship reverses course for Luxor and lands back where it all started on day 8.
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