Aswan is the gateway to southern Egypt, a bustling market city on the eastern bank of the River Nile. Nubian villages and historic monuments are to be explored in this enchanting part of the country, where Arabia melds with Africa.
Nile cruises are a great way to experience timeless Aswan. Cruises on traditional feluccas and luxury vessels start in Aswan and make their way downstream to Luxor. Life on the riverbank continues as it has for time immemorial - ibis paddle in the shallows and egrets skim the surface of the water as they fish. Donkeys turn waterwheels and farmers tend their crops.
Between Aswan and Luxor are the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, both well worth visiting. Meanwhile, travelling south - upstream - from Aswan takes travellers to the Aswan High Dam. This major construction project created Lake Nasser, one of the world's largest man-made lakes. Overlooking the lake near the border with Sudan is another breathtaking Egyptian temple complex, Abu Simbel, built three millennia ago for the pharaoh, Rameses II and his queen, Nefertari.
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Egypt is a country packed with history, where world-famous sites such as the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings complement the spectacular scenery of the River Nile. Explore it all in style by combining a luxury Sanctuary Retreats Nile cruise with stays at two of Egypt's most iconic luxury hotels.
For more than 5,000 years the world's longest river has been the lifeblood of Egypt and a cruise on the Nile is a must in any lifetime. However Egypt offers so much more, from Cairo's Pyramids to the stunning Red Sea - experience a bit of everything on this spectacular highlights tour.
Paired with the highlights of Cairo, this 8-day river cruise aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV takes in everything from the Valley of the Kings to the great temples of Aswan. And, spread across a total of eight luxurious days, it's a truly relaxed way to explore the highlights of the Nile Valley.
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The mighty rock temples of Abu Simbel were built for one of Egypt's most powerful and celebrated pharaohs, Rameses II - or Rameses The Great. He ruled Egypt for 66 years, led military expeditions into Nubia and was a prolific temple builder.
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