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A river cruise down the Nile is con­sid­ered safe again, with a sharp rise in tourist num­bers ex­pected this year af­ter a decade of po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity. See the un­miss­able Pyra­mids of Giza – the only re­main­ing con­struc­tion of the Seven Wonders of the An­cient world – and the Great Sphinx, both of which can also be viewed atop a camel.

Open­ing in March, the Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum will be the largest ar­chae­o­log­i­cal mu­seum in the world, dis­play­ing thou­sands of arte­facts and a mummy room. The cen­tre­piece is King Tu­tankhamun’s burial col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing a 3300-year-old char­iot and fu­neral bed.

In Luxor, at the Val­ley of the Kings, trav­ellers can learn about the lega­cies of the pharaohs and the burial prac­tices of the Egyp­tians. Or visit the site of the Great Li­brary of Alexan­dria, which burned down in 48BC and has been re­placed with four mu­se­ums and a new li­brary hous­ing mil­lions of books.

For a re­lax­ing day, head to the warm waters of the Red Sea to swim among the colour­ful ma­rine life. Div­ing and snorkelling ex­cur­sions de­part from the ports of Safaga, Aqaba and Sharm el-sheikh. Vik­ing and Ce­lestyal Cruises are sail­ing here in 2019 and Uni­world has an­nounced a ship for 2020.

Tu­tankhamun, the Sphinx, the pyra­mids and the Val­ley of the Kings all await as you leave your ship. Wonders in­deed!

Feluc­cas are part of the beau­ti­ful scenery you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence cruis­ing the Nile Val­ley in Aswan.

Herbs and spices cre­ate aro­mas for you to savour in thriv­ing mar­ket­places. In Kar­nak, be awed by the grand­ness of old tem­ples, py­lons and places of wor­ship. Amaz­ing!

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