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26 V I K I N G C R U I S E S From the pyramids to the spice markets, Egypt is overflowing with culture and exciting activities, but two of Viking's most popular Egyptian attractions would have to be e Temples at Abu Simbel and the Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Nile's west bank. UNESCO-listed Abu Simbel is one of the most recognisable ancient sites in Egypt, featuring two intricately carved temples. e larger of the two temples contains four magnificent statues of a seated Pharaoh Ramesses II at its entrance. e other temple, dedicated to Queen Nefertari, features two statues of the queen and four of the Ramesses II, surrounded by hieroglyphs. Exploring Egypt's storied past at Abu Simbel is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Round-trip flights from Aswan are included on this seven-hour optional tour. A hot air balloon ride above the River Nile's west bank is guaranteed to take your breath away. Absorb the serenity of the Egyptian skies at dawn and witness a spectacular sunrise as you float over the Valleys of the Kings and Queens – the burial ground for the great pharaohs and noblemen of Egypt. is is an unforgettable experience like no other. Both of these optional tours sell out extremely fast and must be booked well in advance. The River Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt, and our Pharaohs & Pyramids river cruise is the perfect way to explore this stunning part of the world Ancient Worlds Giza, Egypt

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