In my opinion, there is no doubt about the fact that the Nile River is the most interesting and important river in the world. Just by crossing Egpyt it makes it the most “Unesco Rich” river with so much to see on its shores. But being the longest river in the world, it also crosses numerous rivers all the way up to Lake Victoria in Uganda! This year I decided to start from the mouth of the Nile, in Alexandria, and make my way all the way up to the border of Sudan in Abu Simbel.
From the Red dot on top, My road following the Nile upstream to Sudan
After a few days in Alexandria enjoying its Mediterranean atmosphere, I went up to Cairo to “Visa hunt” as there are so many embassies in one of the most important capitals in Africa. So I rented an apartment and settled for almost 2 weeks in the big city. It wasn’t my first time in Cairo, but I still enjoyed my time here to visit a couple historical sites again, such as the Egyptian Museum. This is definitely one of the top 5 museums in the world and everybody should come here to acknowledge all the history that is contained within its walls. It is just magnificent and to my eyes, it easily ridicules most other museums in the world. Once you come here, you will be disappointed in most other museums of the world where at best you see broken pots and broken arrows…
Luxor Temple, in Luxor
Egypt is definitely a “gift to humanity”. And with the last devaluation of the Egyptian pounds that decreased its value by 2 times this year, it is a bargain to come here at the moment. I don’t think there is any other place in the world that is as cheap for the quality of a holiday that you gets. This is why I usually recommend Egypt as one of the best historical trips to do in the world.
My Cruise Ship Sailing from Luxor
My journey continued up the Nile to Luxor with a little stop in Hurghada on the Red Sea, to enjoy a little bit of sun before boarding a Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, with several stops on the way to visit Ancient temples. First, Luxor has its share of interesting sites, with the Karnak temple, the Luxor temple and the Valley of the kings. Luxor is incredible, and even after visiting all these sites for the second time, I might even claim that through my 177 countries visited yet, Luxor is the richest city in the world in terms of Historical sites! If there is one place everybody in this world absolutely needs to visit before dying, it should be Luxor! There is so much to see that it is easy to pass by some significant details that you can see on a second visit. Even one of my guides was telling me that each and every visits he does he discovers something new.
Beautiful sunset on the Nile
From Luxor, I hopped on the M.S. Nile Dolphin, a river cruise ship that sails all the way to Aswan in 5 days, passing by Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Truly amazing and great way to travel up the Nile. 10 years ago when I first came to Egypt I did the whole trip on local buses, as the cruises were expensive. But since the revolution, tourism was halved and prices have gone done, it is really affordable to travel on these all-inclusive ships nowadays! And Hassle Free!
View from the Bow of the Ship
Great place to Set office as a Digital Nomad
My trip will now continue south, following the Nile deep into the Sahara Desert through my 178th country: Sudan.
more to come…