The Middle East will astound you with its contrasts of bustling Arab cities and culture coupled with the beauty and starkness of the surrounding deserts. Egypt is a land of ancient splendor enriched by centuries of culture. Sail along the narrow ribbon of the 960 mile River Nile, where dynasties of kings and queens created monumental legacies that will fascinate you. Visit a wide variety of historic towns and sites along the river banks.
Good to Know:
Best Time to Cruise
Cruises from the UAE operate between December and March. The best time to cruise on the Nile is from October to April when the weather is cooler. Throughout the area, days are hot and nights are cool. There are really only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October.
United Arab Emirates: A typical 7 night cruise takes in the United Arab Emirates and mysterious Oman.
Egypt: Nile cruises vary from 3, 4 and 7 night cruises and the typical route runs from Upper to Lower Egypt, beginning in Luxor and finishing in Aswan.
Unique UAE & Nile Cruise Experiences:
Shop up a storm in Dubai, especially at the souks (markets).
Experience 360-degree sweeping views from Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest tower.
Visit the Al Bidya Mosque in Fujairah (UAE), a unique feat of engineering.
Enjoy a camel ride on a desert safari in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Don't miss the world's fastest rollercoaster, reaching speeds of up to 240 km/h at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
Take a city tour in Muscat, Oman, that includes the Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos, with its bright colors, innumerable lights and a room large enough for six thousand men.
Visit magnificent Luxor, Egypt, described as the world's biggest open air museum and explore the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple.
Visit the High Dam in Aswan, one of the most important engineering achievements in Egypt and enjoy a trip by felucca to the Botanical Gardens.
Cruise Lines in Middle East & Egypt:
Costa Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Movenpick Nile Cruises, Spring Tours Nile Cruises, Presidential Nile Cruises.
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