Lake Nasser cruise – The cruise in Egypt that too many people miss out on!
I’ve found over the years that many people come to look at Egypt with a dream of cruising on the Nile. They also want to see the temples of Abu Simbel, which is without doubt one of the world’s most extraordinary sights.
What few people think of is combining the two!
It’s not only a possibility – it’s the best way to visit the temples. They are astonishing not just because of their scale and majesty, but because they are so remote. To see them, it’s either 45 minutes by air from Aswan, or a half-day drive, or half a week by boat.
If you sail along the waters of Lake Nasser, you’ll take in not just Abu Simbel, but some of the other sites around the south of Egypt, some of which are nothing short of spectacular. And by the time you reach Abu Simbel, it will belong to just you and your fellow passengers, because the hordes who scramble in by road and air in the mornings are gone by the early afternoon.
You have the afternoon by the temples, the evening at the sound and light show, and the night time on the top deck of the boat, eating with the carvings illuminated in the background. The experience is like few others.
It doesn’t have to be at the exclusion of sailing on the Nile – in fact, the two complement each other really well, and joining one cruise from the next at Aswan can make for a seamless route through an unforgettable part of the world.