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Continent: Africa. Country: Egypt. City: The Valley Of The Kings.

Classic Nile Cruise With Shearings Holidays

By Carol Sims

The Nile is the longest river in the world, running through ten countries and most closely associated with Egypt. I was lucky enough to experience a Shearings Classic Nile Cruise, which captures the essence of ancient civilisations, temples and tombs whilst staying on a luxurious ship, the Viking Princess.

There were so many highlights I don’t have room to talk about them all! Here are some of my personal favourites...

The direct flight from Manchester with Monarch saved time and money, as we didn’t have to travel to London. Flights from other regional airports are also available.

Once on board, the fabulous reps were so knowledgeable. They escort you on excursions and fill your mind with interesting facts. They have also appeared many times on the Discovery Channel talking about Egypt!

Most excursions are included, which takes the hassle out of booking and dealing with currency. Only Abu Simbel, the Sound and Light Show and hot air ballooning are optional extras. The excursions generally take place early in the morning before it’s too hot and busy. Afternoons can be spent relaxing on the sun deck where afternoon tea and cake is served.  Be sure to have your camera ready as there are loads and loads of photo opportunities – you may even spot a crocodile!  

Our 5-star river cruise ship, the Viking Princess, was beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean – even the vegetables are washed in bottled water.

Onto the excursions. The Valley of the Kings – wow! On this included excursion you can choose three tombs to enter. In total there are 18 open to the public, but they’re rarely open at the same time. The tombs are breathtakingly decorated in Egyptian mythology, even the ceilings were decorated in stars. The Tutankhamen KV62 tomb has a separate charge, payable locally in dollars. On entering tomb KV62 I had to leave my bag and camera. I expected the tomb to be very busy but there were only four of us down there!  Entrance to the Valley of the Kings

We also visited the Valley of the Queens where, as you’d expect, the wives of the pharaohs were buried. And watching the sun come up over popular Hatshepsut’s Temple was amazing.

Another highlight was the Galabeya Party. I didn’t really want to get dressed up, but I did in the end and really enjoyed it. I bought my dress on board which cost less than £10 but could have bought it earlier that day from the market. That evening nearly everyone on board was dressed in Egyptian costume, so I really would have felt left out if I hadn’t bought my dress. Forget your inhibitions and join in the fun!

Abu Simbel is an optional excursion by coach, and even though it involves a 4.30am start it’s really worth it. Little did I know this was a World Heritage Site and had been relocated, otherwise it would be submerged underwater. The reps excelled here, explaining the history and how the sun would light the sanctuary at certain times of the year, illuminating the statues at the back of the temple except one, a god  connected with the underworld. Abu Simbel was simply amazing.

The Temple of Karnak is the largest temple complex built by man. It has everything that you associate Egypt with: temples, pylons and mountains of history, which cover many years. Once again, the reps were worth their weight in gold.

Temple of Philae – oh my god, I loved this excursion! This complex was dismantled and rebuilt or it otherwise would be underwater but it’s hard to believe it’s been moved! I loved how you travelled by boat to reach the Island and how it crept up upon you, it was lovely and had a tranquil feeling. 

The hot air balloon ride is an optional excursion. We travelled above Hatshepsut’s Temple and even though I am scared of heights and clung to the basket for dear life I did enjoy it and got some amazing photos.

There is so much more included that I enjoyed but don’t have room to mention. The Classic Nile Cruise offers unbelievable value for money, and I would recommend it to everyone.

Written By Carol Sims

Travel Consultant at Wallace arnold Travelshop, Castleford

Page 84 of the 2013 Shearings Holidays’ River Cruise Brochure

www.shearings.com/rivercruises

Tel – 0844 874 7788

 

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