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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