You’ve probably heard — Egypt is in demand once again as a travel destination. The good news is that if you join us on our new Ancient Wonders: Egypt & the Nile Cruise, you’ll be there before the crowds. Sign up, and you can look forward to a unique journey of exploration that features two fabulous cruises: three nights exploring the hidden treasures of Lake Nasser, the enormous reservoir created by the Aswan High Dam, and four nights cruising the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, visiting such sites as the Karnak Temple and the temples at Kom Ombo and Edfu.
In fact, we’re so delighted to return to Egypt that we’ve selected it as the site of our 2018 President’s Adventure, which we’re calling Luxury on the Nile: President’s 2018 Ancient Wonders of Egypt. Join us on this very special cruisetour, scheduled for just two departures, and you’ll be treated like a pharaoh, with a private visit to the spectacular Egyptian Museum, a gala dinner in an ancient temple, and a luxury seven-night Nile cruise on an all-suites vessel that’s privately chartered, just for us.
Meanwhile, test your knowledge with our quiz about the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites that we visit on both journeys by reading the details of each first. Click here: Ancient Wonders: Egypt & the Nile Cruise or here: Luxury on the Nile: President’s 2018 Ancient Wonders of Egypt.
1The familiar three Pyramids of Giza on the edge of Cairo are part of a much larger UNESCO site known formally as Memphis and its Necropolis. In addition to the Pyramids and the Sphinx, you’ll visit another, even older, monument that is also part of the site. Which is it?
A) The Step Pyramid
B) Cleopatra’s Tomb
C) The Obelisk of John the Baptist
2The ancient center of Egypt’s largest city is a fascinating warren of covered streets, walls, market stalls, and fountains that was founded in the 10th century. Designated today as the Historic Cairo UNESCO World Heritage Site, it contains many fascinating examples of these houses of worship:
3Far south of Cairo, you’ll encounter the UNESCO site known as the Nubian Monuments, named for the region along the upper Nile that was home to one of Africa’s earliest civilizations. After the Aswan High Dam was completed, the waters rising behind it threatened to submerge one of the most famous of these monuments, which was guarded by four massive statues of the pharaoh Ramses II. Ultimately, that temple and the one next to it, dedicated to the pharaoh’s queen, were saved in a dramatic rescue mission. Where are those temples:
B) Abu Simbel
4Some of Egypt’s most striking UNESCO World Heritage Sites, located along either side of the Nile near Luxor, are known as Ancient Thebes with Its Necropolis. On the East Bank of the Nile, you’ll visit the great temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor. On the West Bank, you’ll visit the area where King Tut’s tomb, as well as many others, was discovered. It’s called:
A) The Valley of the Kings
B) The Cemetery of the Pharaohs
C) The Mausoleum of Thebes
Answers: Question 1: A; Question 2: C; Question 3: B; Question 4: A