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The River Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt, and is as important today as it was in the time of the Pharoahs

Therefore, a wonderful way of seeing the abundance of historic sights in relaxed comfort and great style, is to take a Nile Cruise.  To do so, you fly into Luxor airport, where you will be met and taken to your chosen cruise ship.

The city of Luxor is on the eastern bank of the Nile, about 420 miles south, [that's up-river], of Cairo, the  country's hectic, exciting capital.

Luxor is built on the 4000 year old site of the ancient capital, Thebes.

The focal point is Luxor Temple with its incredible statues, shrines and obelisks.

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The immense splendour of Temple of Karnak is also close by, whilst  the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings -- burial place of  King Tut and countless monarchs --- are just across the Nile on the West Bank.

A Nile Cruise takes in all of these fantastic sights, as well as carrying  you up the Nile to visit  more historic temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo.

As you travel, you can relax on your sunlounger up on deck, drifting past the Egyptian landscape and soaking up the way of life of the Nile's riverside dwellers.

Your cruise then takes you to Aswan, one of the most attractive towns in Egypt.

Here you can visit one of the wonders of modern Egypt, the Aswan High Dam, built to regulate the damaging flood-waters of the life-giving Nile and to provide Egypt with essential hydro-electricity.

A 7 night Nile Cruise can also be combined with a 7 night stay at a top rate hotel on the Red Sea coast, which is especially famous for snorkelling and scuba diving.

The Red Sea offers some of the world's most fascinating underwater scenery and is a diver's paradise.

Hurghada is the favourite resort here for both divers and sun-seekers.

The sea is full of  colourful tropical fish that dart in and out of living coral reefs. Absolutely beautiful!! This is also a great place to haggle with traders in the bazaar area and pick up gold and leather  bargains.

A few miles along the Red Sea coast are the modern purpose-built resorts of El Gouna, to the north of Hurghada and Makadi Bay to the south.

They are very clean and popular with visitors from northern Europe, especially in winter, when the Mediterranean has gone a bit too cool for some holidaymakers.

Soma Bay, about 1 hour 15 minutes from Hurghada airport, is the latest purpose-built, resort village on the Red Sea Riviera ... as it is now known!

This coast is growing quickly in popularity as people seek out new places to visit, which have almost guaranteed sunshine.

Speaking of sunshine, the cosmopolitan Sharm El Sheikh, across the Red Sea, on the southern tip of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, is growing very rapidly as a stylish resort, popular with sun-worshippers and scuba divers.

It has its own airport and is located between the Sinai Desert and the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. 

It has a very good selection of tastefully designed, modern hotels and a great choice of international restaurants.

In the centre of the resort is Naama Bay with a host of modern facilities, including shops, lively bars and nightclubs.

From Sharm El Sheikh, you can even travel further north by coach to bustling Cairo, and visit Egypt's most famous ancient sights of all ..... the world-famous Sphinx and Pyramids, at Giza, just outside the capital!!

Now they have to be worth seeing!!!