Egypt resumes cruises on the Nile between Cairo and Aswan after 18 years

Posted by on August 29, 2012

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The government of Egypt has decided to resume Nile cruises that start from Cairo to Aswan. This is after 18 year hiatus. This move was made to encourage tourists to come and see the Nile. It was reported that the number of tourists had gone down. Aside from this move, they also decided to put back the airline that goes from Tokyo to Cairo and vice versa. They are targeting Japan and other nearby countries to visit Egypt. The interior ministries of the country gave detailed plan on the security of Nile cruises including other tourist spots within the area. Basically they are responsible for protecting the locals and residents alike. The country is really optimistic on the impact of the resumption of the cruises between Cairo and Aswan. The head of water resources and irrigation is focusing on providing water level to the river so that the ships can easily navigate the area.

Nile cruise boat

Nile cruise boat

Another Nile cruise boat

Another Nile cruise boat

From Cairo to Aswan is a fourteen day voyage considering it as a long nile cruise. This is part of Egypt plans to boost its tourism which plummeted due to the uprising of nearby Arab region.  Before the cruises were only operating on the upper Nile stretch that starts from Luxor to the southern part of Aswan. Operators on the area have no licenses to sail the river of North Luxor. For this reason a typical visit would include several days in Cairo to see the Great Pyramid and Sphinx. This is followed by cruise to the south of upper nile that would take a week.

Room of a cruise boat

Room of a cruise boat

Pool at the top of a cruise boat

Pool at the top of a cruise boat

Great Pyramid and Sphinx

Great Pyramid and Sphinx

The cruises that normally take about two weeks were stopped in 1994. This is due to several reasons like concern in the security and the river was becoming polluted. The new part of the plan would include making improvements on the structure and repairing the river bed. The government is said to only issue permits to boats with shallow drafts. The hits along the Nile River are due to the short cruises.

Nile rush! Cruise ships race each other to get to the lock first

Nile rush! Cruise ships race each other to get to the lock first

The cruise ship will pass by the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple.  It will also go through the Edfu, Edna and Kom Ombo. On the way to Aswan, you will go the Temple of Philae. There are no other cultural edifices several miles after Luxor but it will pick you up again in Memphis and Sakkara. You can enjoy relaxing on the decks while watching people on the river banks. This is certainly a new kind of adventure for repeat visitors. Boarding the ship on the Nile and sailing to Aswan has a certain romantic appeal to couples and it is also a great journey for families. This is really great news for those who are planning to explore Egypt in a different way.

Edfu temple

Edfu temple

Nile Cruise ship in front of Kom Ombo Temple

Nile Cruise ship in front of Kom Ombo Temple

Temple of Philae

Temple of Philae

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