Egypt relaunches 'long Nile cruise'

Egypt relaunches 'long Nile cruise'

Part of the Nile is set reopen to cruise boats after a break of 16 years

There's some good news in store for planning an Egyptian honeymoon if you've fallen under the spell of the land of the pharaohs; cruises along the Lower Nile are set to resume at the end of May. After a break of 16 years, couples wanting to sail in the path of Anthony and Cleopatra will once again be able to take a long cruise up the Nile.

The stretch of the river between Cairo and Luxor will be reopened thanks to extensive irrigation and a safety report. In a bid to boost tourism after the Arab Spring, which saw a fall in visitors to the country, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has said that 40 of the 270 boats that travel the Nile can resume their passage of this stretch.

Since 1994, cruise boats have been confined to the area between Luxor and Aswan, known as the Upper Nile. Couples who also wish to visit Cairo have, until now, had to travel by alternative means from the boat to the ancient city. Longer cruises, ranging from 11-14 days will be on offer allowing travellers to visit the lesser-known tombs at Beni Hasan and Temple of Dendera as well as take in the rich scenery and wildlife.

Since it first announced the reissuing of sailing permits last November, the government has been investing in the region's cultural attractions and the rejuvenating of ports, many of which had fallen into disrepair. Only boats with shallow drafts will be allowed to undertake the 'long Nile cruise', meaning both a spectacular journey, and plenty of alone time together.

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