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The Nile River is the the longest river in the world at 4,132 miles (6,650 kilometres) flowing through eastern Africa, Sudan & Egypt where nearly all the cultural and historical sites of Ancient Egypt are found along its riverbanks.

The Nile River is the world’s longest river at 4,132 miles (6,650 kilometres) and believed to be the longest river in the world and is a combination of three long rivers in central Africa: the White Nile, the Blue Nile and the Atbara. It rises south of the equator and flows northward through eastern Africa, Kenya, Eritrea, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. The Nile Delta in Northern Egypt is where the Nile River drains in to the Mediterranean Sea. Around 40 million people (half of Egypt's population) live in the Nile Delta region. The famous Rosetta stone was found in the city of Rosetta in 1787, an ancient Egyptian artefact which has played a key role in modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphics.

The Nile River has huge significance in regards to Ancient Egypt. Crucial to Egyptian life, the Nile was considered to be the pathway 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, which is why all tombs are located west of the Nile, as the Egyptians believed that in order to enter the afterlife, they must be buried on the side that symbolized death.

Most of Ancient Egypt's historical sites are located along the banks of the Nile River including cities such as Luxor and Cairo, making a Nile cruise perfect for discovering the ancient wonders of Egypt. Experience the heart and soul of this fascinating country as you journey up the Nile, which has been Egypt's lifeline since ancient times. Admire grand Hieroglyphic-covered temples and mysteriously built pyramids, enjoy bustling marketplaces and step back in time in rural villages. River cruises between Luxor and Aswan are ideal for visiting ancient site like the Valley of the Kings and Philae, and immersing yourself in an unforgettable cultural experience as you watching the sun rise and set over the Sahara.

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