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A Guide to River Cruises for your Egypt Vacation
If you like to just sit back and drift into an ancient civilization then take one of the many cruises on the Nile. Cruises usually range from seven to fourteen days, so depending on how deep your wallet can go and how much time you have to make this experience 'back into time'; the choice is definitely not far from perfect.

The Nile may be the best way to appreciate the splendor of temples and tombs sited along the banks of the river. Bask in the sun on the top deck while observing life as it was thousands of years ago. Most cruises will take you down the river at a leisurely pace as you watch the natives living along the banks of the river toiling their fields the way ancient Egyptians did.

Whilst along the Nile, pay a visit to Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, where you can also visit the Temple of Queen Hatsheput in the nearby Valley of the Queens. Visit what is believed to be the most preserved Egyptian Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the god Horus. Horus symbolized power and renewal and pharaohs were believed to be his reincarnation.

A popular tourist attraction that you will be taken to is the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan. You will be awed by the ancient Egyptian techniques of working with stone when visiting this historical site. Yes and how can we forget the beloved goddess Isis, who is the mother of Horus. Isis was believed to be the patron of magic and nature but was a friend of the downtrodden, sinners, artisans although she still watched over the benevolent. Visit the Philae Temple which was built in her honor.

When someone says, too much hype is given to something, it is usually true. In the case of the temple of Abu Simbel, there's never too much hype as it is the most popular tourist seeking attraction in Egypt. Now declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it comprises two massive rock temples which will awe you.

There are countless sights to satisfy your thirst for knowledge on the Egyptian Civilization. You will be mystified and awed by each and every task undertaken by the ancient Egyptian civilization. Although most cruises go down the same path and go pass the main attractions, to avoid disappoint, a little homework and planning would be advisable for the trip along the Nile. It will definitely be worth the while.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Egypt accommodation and World Vacation Rentals.
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