Upper Egypt, sometimes known as Middle Egypt, is located on the western side of the Nile River. Upper Egypt is a prime location, south of Cairo, and lying near the Red Sea, which is its eastern border. The land of Upper Egypt has a lot to offer travelers and adventurers alike; however, one of the most fulfilling ways to fully explore all that ancient Upper Egypt has to offer is to take a Nile cruise along the world’s most famous river. Regarded as the longest river in the world, the Nile’s waters certainly run deep. This river has been witness to thousands of years of history and ancient kingdoms, and Ker & Downey’s exceptional luxury Nile cruise offerings promise a beautiful snapshot of all the history and beauty Egypt has to offer.
Any luxury travel experience to Upper Egypt with Ker & Downey is steeped in ancient history. From cities like Aswan and Cairo, Nile cruise adventures begin and travel up and down the ancient river. Along the way, it stops at all sorts of impressive destinations. Additionally, the landscape is constantly evolving with new monuments excavated on a regular basis.
Guided by private expert Egyptologist guides, guests of Ker & Downey embark on various land tours to famous landmarks including the temples at Luxor and Karnak, the High Dam near Aswan, and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, undoubtedly one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. The scale of the Temple of Karnak alone surpasses every other temple complex in the entire ancient world. Nearby, the Temple of Luxor, built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and Alexander the Great, is currently undergoing extensive archaeological restoration to create a one-thousand sphinx roadway between it and Karnak reminiscent of the original processional road built by Amenhotep III.
The Valley of Kings is a gilded standalone site of its own. 62 Pharaohs—including the famous boy-king Tutankhamen—are entombed here. Surrounding them are treasures and replicas of all they would need in the afterlife. In many areas of the temples, the colors are still vibrant. You can almost imagine yourself transported back in time, walking along the halls of these great temples.
There are a variety of Upper Egypt excursions and Nile cruises to choose from, but Ker & Downey has sought out the best and most luxurious of cruises to help you in choosing. From style, adventure, luxury, and history, Upper Egypt and Ker & Downey cover it all! Contact a Ker & Downey destination specialist today to begin planning your unforgettable journey down the Nile.