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Reasons to look forward to Luxor

The ancient city of Luxor is a popular stop over on many Nile cruises. In this blog, we highlight some reasons you should make sure your itinerary includes this fascinating destination. The pharaoh’s capital During their height of power, between the 16th century and 11th century B.C., Luxor was the power hub of the ancient...
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Late winter sun – why a Nile cruise and stay is the perfect getaway

We’re finally out of January, and it seems as though longer days and warmer evenings will soon be within our grasp. But we’re not there yet, so if you’re thinking of getting some late winter sun, a Nile cruise is the perfect way to do so, without breaking the bank. Nile cruise holidays are an...
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The Nile uncovered – journey to Ancient Egypt

Laying eyes on the vivid and exotic scenery that peppers the Nile shoreline is perhaps as magical as the Ancient Gods and mythical stories you’ll uncover as you embark on your Nile cruise. Traversing this picturesque body of water, that has acted historically as Egypt’s permanent lifeline, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget and...
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The best souvenirs to bring back from your Nile cruise holiday

Undoubtedly, your Egypt cruise will be an epic getaway that you will remember for a lifetime; an authentic Egyptian souvenir will consolidate your memories and be treasured forever. Whether the keepsake is for you or for your loved ones back at home, this list will breakdown the top five souvenirs to bring back from your...
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Visit the Step Pyramid and Giza while cruising the River Nile

Visits to Egypt and Nile River cruises can be a relaxing and cultural experience at the same time. If you’re flying into Cairo for a hotel-cruise holiday, you’ll possibly be heading out to the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis and to Saggara to discover the Step Pyramid and Giza prior to joining your cruise liner....
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Top 5 things to do on your river Nile cruise

Try something different this year and embark on a luxurious river Nile cruise. Wind your way through the waters of Egypt, taking in the beautiful landscape and iconic monuments on your journey. An Egyptian holiday will surprise you as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here is a list of the top five things...
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Nile river cruises – in the footsteps of Thomas Cook, Florence Nightingale & Agatha Christie

Embarking on a Nile cruise means travelling down a historic river in the ultimate luxury and style. It also means following in the footsteps of the early Victorian tourists who flocked to Egypt to marvel at the ancient wonders. It was Thomas Cook who first brought British travellers to the Nile on an organised tour....
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Five reasons why egypt should be your next holiday destination

Egypt can often be overlooked as a tourist destination, however, this iconic and ancient country should be at the top of your list for holiday destinations, as its diversity means there’s something on offer for everyone. Architecture, history, even adrenaline sports are just some of the wonderful reasons to visit Egypt. If that’s still not...
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More than just pyramids: Nile river cruise surprises

While most people associate a trip to Egypt with taking in the sights of the Sphinx and the pyramids, there’s a lot more history to the country than you might initially think. While the pyramids are breathtakingly impressive – they are, after all, one of the wonders of the world – there are plenty of...
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Let’s talk about the Nile cruise liners – spotlight on the MS Royal Esadora

You’re going to spend quite a bit of time aboard your chosen boat when you embark on a Nile cruise. So let us introduce you to the 5 star MS Royal Esadora on which many of our trippers have spent their happy holidays. Built in 2006, the MS Royal Esadora has been extensively renovated in...
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Top 5 drinks to try on your Nile river cruise

You’ve booked the tickets, the itinerary is settled, and now you’re finally sitting in the airport lounge browsing last minute guides to Nile river cruises. You’ve read every suggested list of what to see, what to watch, what to eat, but… hang on a second, what about what to drink? Here’s your recommendation for the...
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Tailor-made Nile cruises – what do you need to know?

At Classic Holidays, we specialise in tailor-made Nile cruise holidays for our customers. Seeing one of the world’s oldest civilisations by boat is a truly memorable experience and makes for a classic holiday. There are, however, some important things to know before booking your idyllic River Nile cruise which we’ve outlined below. We work with...
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Five of the best attractions in Makadi Bay

Just a few miles from the bustle of Hurghada lies one of the Red Sea’s most secluded and beautiful resorts. Makadi Bay is located perfectly between stunning desert mountains and glistening azure waters, and has been purpose-built for those seeking sun on its white sand beaches. We’ve listed the top five things to experience in...
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What to do while you are in Luxor if you love history

One of the best things about enjoying a Nile cruise is that you get to visit a lot of different places in Egypt. You get to see a lot of what the country has to offer and take in the delights of each region, whilst also enjoying the beauty of this world-famous river. Many of...
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Hidden gems to visit in Egypt

For those who have never travelled to Egypt, a trip to this magical and historical country is often filled with excitement at seeing attractions like the pyramids and the country’s capital Cairo, to name a couple. However, Egypt is home to so many more wonders than you can count, and perhaps one of the best...
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Quick fire guide to top Cairo restaurants

If you are visiting Cairo for a few days as part of your Nile cruise, there are a plethora of dining options available to you. In this blog, we take a look at some eateries which are certainly worth checking out in the Egyptian capital: Zitouni If you have worked up an appetite during your...
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3 reasons you should choose a cruise over a traditional hotel stay

Cruising is fast becoming one of the more popular ways to travel and see the world, and for good reason. Unparalleled freedom, luxury and the sheer value for money in terms of what you can see and do on a cruising holiday are 3 of the primary reasons that people are setting sail over staying...
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3 reasons to celebrate Christmas with a Nile river cruise

Christmas is now just a couple of months away which is a terrifying prospect, isn’t it? Think about it. Would you like to spend another year doing the same old Christmas things or would you like to experience something truly amazing over the festive period? If you’re inclined towards the latter then a Christmas Nile...
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4 must-do activities in Sharm El Sheikh

Egypt has long played a key role in shaping our culture today. From ancient hieroglyphics to Tutankhamun and mummies, Egypt has contributed hugely to our lives and today’s modern forms of communication. It’s believed hieroglyphics are one of the first forms of communication. Egypt is full of ancient history and beautiful sunshine, making it one...
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3 must visit locations in Cairo for history lovers

Egypt’s capital has quickly become a tourist haven in recent years. Cairo is an ever popular location due to its beautiful architecture, good weather and culture. Built in 939 AD, modern day Cairo has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. One of the biggest draws of Cairo for many people is its...
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5 foods you must try on your Nile cruise

They say if you really want to experience the culture of a country you need to experience its cuisine. Egyptian food may not have the international reputation of French or Italian cuisine, but it has a lightness and simplicity that makes its greatest dishes well worth seeking out on your next Nile cruise. Ful and...
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Spotlight on El Gouna: new Egypt attractions

When planning a Nile cruise, it’s easy to focus on exotic and famous destinations such as Cairo and Luxor. However, if you’re checking out Nile cruise holidays, you may well be interested to learn more about a lesser known, but equally exciting stop off point. The stunning resort town of El Gouna. One of the...
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Why a Nile Cruise is the perfect late summer getaway

Close your eyes and imagine drifting down the Nile on a beautifully hot day, the sound of the water lapping against the boat and the shore, a cocktail in hand. Sounds good, right? Of course it does. A Nile cruise is the perfect late summer getaway, and with Classic Holidays, you can find the perfect...
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Anniversary cruise on the Nile

We all love to celebrate an anniversary. A River Nile cruise through Egypt can form unique and unforgettable anniversary memories that will last a lifetime. Exploring rich history by day and experiencing romantic meals and sunsets by night, the Nile offers the perfect holiday to celebrate. Memories that last a lifetime Spending an evening on...
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Where to dine in Luxor

An authentic Egyptian experience awaits you as you explore this ancient and magnificent Egyptian city. Challenge yourself with what you eat whilst exploring – you’ll have earned it after learning about the city’s ancient past and seeing the sights. Here are the best places to dine in Luxor for the best Egyptian and Arabic food....
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The 5 must-pack items for your Nile cruise

On the cusp between history and leisure, a Nile cruise is one of the world’s great travel experiences, taking in the legendary sights and sounds of Egypt in all its beauty. From majestic World Heritage sites to spectacular sunsets, a river Nile cruise has it all. If you want to make the most of your...
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6 must-read blogs for people planning a Nile Cruise

Read through anyone’s bucketlist and it’s likely you’ll see ‘take a cruise on the River Nile’ somewhere near the top. For many people, this is the holiday of a lifetime – meaning there’ll be weeks or even months of getting excited and researching what they can expect. Our blog is chock-full of useful tips for...
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Take our 5-minute Cairo and Luxor trivia quiz

A Nile cruise is surely one of the best ways to treat yourself to that special holiday. Many of the terrific itinerary options involve staying in some of the amazing hotel choices in either Cairo or Luxor. To find out more about these renowned destinations, here’s a quick trivia quiz. Simply decide whether each of...
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How to spend 12 hours in Cairo

It’s been over 150 years since Egypt’s big, bold capital was given a Parisian makeover. Last year, heritage buildings were returned to their former glory to remind us exactly why Cairo was once called the Paris of the Middle East. With a wave of new galleries, restaurants and hotels opening to celebrate the anniversary, now’s...
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Why the Nile is a must-see for history lovers

If you’re considering Egypt for your next holiday destination, or you’re just a fan of history and love delving into the past, then Nile cruise holidays might just be the perfect way for you to see modern Egypt from a location steeped in rich history and importance. A seven night Nile cruise can provide everything...
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Nile River trivia to amuse your cruise companions

Cruising the River Nile can be a perfect choice of holiday, giving you opportunities to meet a wide range of interesting fellow passengers. The River Nile runs through nine different countries and spans more than 4,000 miles in length. This amazing river stretches from Uganda to Alexandria in Egypt, where it flows out into the...
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The best 4 things to do on a visit to Luxor

If you are planning a Nile cruise in Egypt then you are in for a truly amazing experience. Home to one of the world’s most ancient and revered civilisations, it is a country that still has so much to offer today. Of course, sailing down the magical Nile is one of THE classic holidays still...
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4 must-see attractions along the River Nile

A Nile Cruise is the perfect way to experience the world’s longest river. Spanning 4,258 miles and passing through 11 different countries there are plenty of intriguing attractions to see and visit during your seven-night Nile cruise. From the busy market of Aswan to the breath-taking Giza Necropolis we’ve put together four must-see attractions and...
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Top 3 films to get you in the mood for your Nile cruise

You’ve set the date, and you’re ready for your unforgettable Nile cruise. So what’s next? Well, apart from packing up your sun hat and making sure you’ve got your passport ready, we thought our top 3 films might get you in the perfect mood to experience Egypt from its most beautiful and magical setting. Cleopatra...
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Archaeology and tourism – more compatible than you’d think!

Classic holidays in Egypt tend to follow a set pattern: a whiz through some of the sights – Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, the pyramids (the latter sometimes combined with a ride on a camel) – followed by a cruise on the Nile, and then a swift retreat to the hotel swimming pool, where...
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Five things the River Nile is famous for

When you take a Nile River cruise, you will be travelling along a river that has thousands of years of history behind it. The River Nile is one of the most well-known rivers around the world and has its fair share of fame. Here are five things the River Nile is famous for: 1. Agatha...
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The serpent of the Nile: Cleopatra

As you plan your luxury Nile cruise, consider that the River Nile remains one of the most fascinating places to explore, not only for its diverse wildlife and fauna but also for its incredible history. Cleopatra, the enigmatic ruler of Egypt, was one such intriguing figure from history. If the legend of Cleopatra is to...
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Wildlife on the Nile: amazing creatures to look out for

A Nile River Cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the historical splendour of Egypt, but did you know that the amazing creatures you can see today on the Nile were also of great importance to the ancient Egyptians. On your trip you will see them depicted again and again on tomb...
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4 non-essential things you might want to pack when you visit Egypt

There’s nothing more exciting than a holiday abroad – and when you’re going to a location with as much history and culture as Egypt, you absolutely need to make the most of it. Beyond the basics, here are some of the non-essential items you might want to slip in your suitcase before you depart for...
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4 books to inspire you before your Egyptian holiday

With its breathtaking landscapes, awe-inspiring monuments, and thousands of years of history, it’s easy to see why Egypt has captured the imagination of so many visitors. Hundreds of writers have found inspiration in the pyramids, sprawling desert, and the enormous River Nile running through the heart of the country. If you’ve decided to embark on...
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Arabic made simple: The first-timer’s guide to speaking Arabic in Egypt

If you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to communicate with ease on holiday in Egypt, we’ve got good news: when read phonetically, Arabic isn’t as difficult a language as you might think. While most people understand at least basic English, Arabic is the official language of Egypt, so it’s recommended that you learn a...
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Interesting facts about the River Nile

If you are planning on taking a Nile cruise, you are bound to have a fantastic time. Egypt is a place with an incredible history, beautiful scenery and so much to offer. The Nile River epitomises this. Read on to discover some interesting factors about the River Nile… The Ancient Egyptian god of the Nile...
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7 facts you probably didn’t know about Egypt

If you’re planning a river Nile cruise, you’re bound to be looking forward to visiting ancient tombs, enjoying the sunshine and taking in the beautiful scenery. At Classic Holidays we love everything Egyptian and are passionate about this amazing country. We’ve put together these interesting Egyptian facts so you can wow fellow travellers on your...
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All about Egypt: fun ways to learn about Ancient Egypt before your trip

If you’re planning a Nile cruise, then you’re sure to be looking forward to discovering the treasures and history of this amazing country. From ancient temples to beautiful artefacts, our Nile cruises are an amazing way to discover this incredible land. If you can’t wait until your trip to Egypt, start learning about it now,...
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Essentials to pack for your trip to Egypt

If you’ve decided to go to Egypt this year, congratulations! Whether you’re going on a 7-night Nile cruise or plan on staying at a hotel in one of Egypt’s gorgeous cities, here’s a list of 6 essentials to put in your suitcase. Re-hydration packets Just in case you over-do it in the sun, bring some...
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Why take a Nile cruise?

The Nile is well known for its beauty, mystery and amazing sights, but do you actually know what you could experience when taking a River Nile cruise? Experience the atmosphere of the Nile The benefit of a cruise is that you get to take in the culture, the sights and sounds from the luxury and...
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The best things to do in Egypt

Are you looking for the perfect destination for your next holiday? Why not visit Egypt? Egypt is a beautiful country and has lots to do. Pyramids and Sphinx Going to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx may seem like an obvious choice, but it wouldn’t be a trip to Egypt without seeing these world famous...
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Jewels of the Nile: 5 of the best

With its exotic appeal and sense of adventure, there is nowhere else quite like the River Nile. If you’re planning a Nile cruise in 2018, there are certain must-see attractions that you won’t want to miss. In this blog, we share our top five things to experience on your Egypt cruise holiday. 1. The Temple...
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Experience Egyptian street food

Egypt is a beautiful destination filled with dazzling architecture and enticing culture. It would be a shame not to totally immerse yourself in the environment. By eating street food, you can truly experience the every-day interactions of Egyptian life. The river Nile and surrounds are rich with vendors who make tasty, spicy foods that you...
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Activities to enjoy during your Red Sea stay

At Classic Holidays many of our Nile Cruise itineraries include a stay in a Red Sea Hotel. This is an ideal opportunity to take a breather, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand that this holiday region is famous for. However, the Red Sea resorts of Makadi Bay, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh are...
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