After deliberating for sometime about where to holiday at this time of year, Lynn and I decided to visit Egypt as it was on the list of countries to travel before 'old age' sets in.
We opted to take a seven day cruise along the Nile starting from Luxor, which included a number of land excursions to temples and tombs. The trip involved a reasonable amount of walking, early morning starts and late nights at the bars putting the world to right.
As ever on these type of cruises, the standard of food and service was excellent, complimented by the fine company we enjoyed from other fellow travellers on-board the 'Crown Prince'.
Egypt is undoubtedly a wonderful country to visit. To see at first hand some of the ancient wonders of the world left us in awe at the scale and engineering feat that had been achieved by these lost civilisations.
To facilitate a smoother passage during the land excursions, the English passengers aboard 'Crown Prince' were split into three groups (circa 20 per group), each with their own guide. In our case, the trip was made all the more rewarding by our accomplished tour guide, Nader, who communicated a wealth of Egyptian history and general information, whilst displaying a wonderful sense of humour. He had a remarkable ability to switch topics quickly when spotting opportunities to take the group to a quieter location when visiting busy places, such as the Temples.
Apart from the embedded culture of bartering and individuals who kept coming up and asking for money when away from the boat or at excursion locations, the holiday provided a fascinating glimpse and everlasting memory into Egyptian history and way of life.
This section of the photo library contains five galleries, split as follows:
- Album 1 - Along the Nile and onboard the 'Crown Prince'
- Album 2 - Valley of the Kings and Queens, plus a balloon trip
- Album 3 - Abu Simbel and Denderah Temples
- Album 4 - Edfu, Karnak and Kom Ombo Temples
- Album 5 - Luxor and Philae Temples