Nile

For centuries taking a boat down the Nile was the only way to travel through Egypt and today, it's an atmospheric introduction to the country and its history. Over the last 10 years a new breed of luxury boats has been introduced with modern facilities like WiFi access and small on-board spas. The most typical cruise is for seven nights, following the Luxor to Aswan and return route and most include visits to all the main sites, such as the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Kom Ombo. Days, interspersed with sightseeing, float by at a leisurely pace and meals feature Egyptian cuisine, with dinner often followed by belly dancing. If you're looking for an Agatha Christie-style experience opt for the high-end boats. Is it for you? Great for culture vultures who want to see Upper Egypt without the hassle of going it alone. When to go Avoid the hottest months from June to September when temperatures can soar to 42°C/107°F. Must-see shore excursion Edfu Temple, built by Cleopatra's father, is the country's second largest temple. What to take A sun hat and plenty of suncreen for sightsightseeing. Ladies should be prepared to cover up; Egypt is a Muslim country. What to try Full medames, made with slow-cooked fava beans, olive oil and lemon juice, topped with hard-boiled egg, is often eaten at breakfast. What to buy Leather goods, brass and copperware, hand-loomed cotton, spices and papyrus paintings are all good buys. Be prepared to haggle. What to pack Read our essential guide to what to pack for a Nile Cruise

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