Pyramids and Feluccas
Egypt, the land of the Nile, is home to Pyramids and Feluccas. My cruise ship the Pacific Princess stopped at three ports in Egypt: Safalga, Sharm al Sheik and Port Said. In addition to those three ports of call, another highlight was passing through the Suez Canal.
Safalga is a port on the Red Sea. For cruise ships it is the gateway to Luxor, and thus to Karnak and the Valley of Kings. Luxor is on the Nile River so reaching it from the Red Sea is an adventure in itself. One person on my bus said it looked like the I-15 to Las Vegas, and in many ways it did. Because of time limitations I had to forgo my visit to Karnak, instead visiting the Temple at Luxor and taking a boat ride on a felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) in the Nile. The Nile is the World’s Largest River (though the Amazon has far more water). The Temple of Luxor is fascinating and I almost could not believe that I was in the Nile, riding a felucca and having lunch. The felucca ride was one of my best experiences in Egypt.
On the west side of the Nile is the Valley of Kings. It is in the Valley of Kings (built long after the Pyramids at Giza) that King Tut’s Tomb was discovered. For a small amount of extra money I entered his tomb as well.
To the north lies Cairo, Egypt’s capital city. From Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea I took another bus there to the famous Pyramids of Giza. I also went and saw the Step Pyramid at Sakkara (the pyramid at Sakkara is the oldest in the world). Of course near the Pyramids at Giza is the famous Sphinx. All of these are must-sees for any traveler.
At Sharm al Sheik, in the Sinai, I made my way to a Bedouin Camp. It was there that I rode a camel for the first time. It is a unique experience to say the least, but as for me I prefer the cruise ship.
From Egypt my ship sailed to Israel and the Holy Lands.