EGYPT: Nile Cruise & Ancient Monuments (Luxor, Aswan, Giza)
Impression of Egypt along the Nile. More videos of the 7-day Nile Cruise:
Egyptian civilization have depended on the river Nile since ancient times. Most of the population and cities of Egypt lie along the Nile valley north of Aswan. Silt deposits from the Nile made the surrounding land fertile because the river overflowed its banks annually. The Ancient Egyptians cultivated and traded wheat, flax, papyrus and other crops around the Nile. The Nile was also a convenient and efficient means of transportation for people and goods. Nearly all the cultural and historical sites of Ancient Egypt are found along river banks.
The Nile was an important part of ancient Egyptian spiritual life and considered to be a causeway from life to death and the afterlife. The east was thought of as a place of birth and growth, and the west was considered the place of death. Thus, all tombs were west of the Nile, because the Egyptians believed that in order to enter the afterlife, they had to be buried on the side that symbolized death.
Day 1 (00:35) – Hurghada to Luxor (by bus)
Day 2 (02:33) – Cruiseship MS Nile Odyssey; Karnak Temple; Luxor to Edfu
Day 3 (09:40) – Edfu to Kom Ombo; Kom Ombo Temple; Kom Ombo to Aswan
Day 4 (13:59) – ASWAN: Philae Temple; Aswan High Dam; Kitchener Island (botanic garden); Nubian village
Day 5 (22:57) – Abu Simbel Temples; Aswan to Edfu
Day 6 (28:45) – Edfu to Luxor; Esna lock; Luxor Temple; Luxor Museum
Day 7 (38:23) – LUXOR: Valley of the Kings; Alabaster factory; Hatshepsut Temple; Medinet Habu Temple; Colossi of Memnon; Luxor carriage ride
Extra (54:57) – CAIRO: Hurghada to Cairo (by bus); Egyptian Museum; Giza Pyramids & Sphinx
For more detailed information about each monument see the description of each individual video. Except for:
The Colossi of Memnon (51:16) are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. For the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs: these are his wife Tiye and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god Hapy.
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (55:30), known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo-Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities.
Part of the collection will be moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum set to open in 2020. It will house Tutankhamun’s complete collection of between 4000 and 5000 artefacts, many of which are undergoing restoration and have never been displayed; the vast collection we have viewed at the old museum represents only about a third of the whole. The Grand Egyptian Museum is located on 50 hectares at Giza, two kilometres from the Grand Pyramids. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo will remain open.
Filmed in March 2019 with the Panasonic HC-VX1 in full HD 1080p-50fps, mp4-format.
No tripod was used, it was not allowed (also there wouldn’t be enough time during group excursions).
A videography ticket (EP 300) is needed to film inside the Abu Simbel Temples, Valley of the Kings, and museums.
To take pictures only in museums, a photography ticket is needed (EGP 50).
The cruise was booked via Corendon travel agency in the Netherlands/Holland.
1 week Nile Cruise – all inclusive:
1 week Nile Cruise + 1 week in resort (where we stayed)- all inclusive:
Optional (not included): Abu Simbel Temples (by bus), Kitchener’s Island & Nubian village, Luxor Carriage ride, Luxor museum, Giza pyramids (by bus).
Our Corendon guide during the cruise was Essam Fayez (Egyptian nacionality). This excellent Dutch speaking guide contributed greatly to a fantastic holiday.