A quiet town with sand dune beaches
A gateway to the marvels of Luxor
The stupendous complex of the Karnak Temple

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Following in the footsteps of the Pharaohs

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Following in the footsteps of the Pharaohs

Port Safaga (Bur Safaga in Arabic) is a village on the Red Sea coast, which you will discover on your Middle East cruise.

Port Safaga (Bur Safaga in Arabic) is a village on the Red Sea coast, which you will discover on your Middle East cruise. 

The town’s economy is driven by the nearby phosphate mines.
Don’t miss the chance to go on a shore excursion and discover Luxor and the overwhelming concentration of relics in the area starting from Port Safaga.

Ever since Nile steamers began calling in the nineteenth century, visitors come to view the remains of Thebes, Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom capital, and its associated sites. The town itself boasts Luxor Temple, a graceful ornament to its waterfront and “downtown”, while a mile or so north is Karnak Temple, a stupendous complex built over 1,300 years. Across the river are the amazing tombs and mortuary temples of the Theban Necropolis, an attraction not to be missed on yourholiday in Egypt.

Luxor Temple stands aloof in the heart of town, ennobling the view from the waterfront and Midan el-Haggag with its grand colonnades and pylons.

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    In the shade of the pyramids
    In the shade of the pyramids

    Ancient Greeks and Romans started the trend, coming to goggle at the cyclopean scale of the Pyramids and the Colossi of Thebes.

    During colonial times, Napoleon and the British looted Egypt’s treasures to fill their national museums, sparking off a trickle of Grand Tourists that eventually became a flood of travellers, taken on Nile cruises and Egyptology lectures by the enterprising Thomas Cook. A cruise to Egypt today boasts not only the monuments of the Nile Valley and the souks, mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo, but also fantastic coral reefs and tropical fish, dunes, ancient fortresses, monasteries and prehistoric rock art. The land itself is a freak of nature, its lifeblood the River Nile.

    From the Sudanese border to the shores of the Mediterranean, the Nile Valley and its Delta are flanked by arid wastes, the latter as empty as the former are teeming with people. This stark duality between fertility and desolation is fundamental to Egypt’s character and has shaped its development since prehistoric times, imparting continuity to diverse cultures and peoples over seven millennia. Though most visitors travel to Egypt for its monuments, the enduring memory is likely to be of its people and their way of life.