The Red Sea is flanked by Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea on the eastern side, with Saudi Arabia and the Yemen to the west. It is connected to the Arabian Sea via the Gulf of Aden. Our Cultural Cruises in the Red Sea let you sail along this narrow inlet and on some you might even experience a voyage along the Suez Canal, which is the man-made waterway that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. During our cruises you will learn more about the intriguing history and ancient civilisations that occupied this part of the world. The Red Sea forms part of the Great Rift Valley and there are extensive shallow areas which sustain a remarkable diversity of coral and marine life. Diving in the Red Sea is a popular activity that you may get to try for yourself if your cruise holiday takes you to coastal resorts such as Hurghada or Sharm El-Sheikh.
Cultural Cruises in the Red Sea
Destinations on Cultural Cruises in the Red Sea
One of the highlights of sailing on the Red Sea is Egypt and all of its awe-inspiring temples and monuments. Some Cultural Cruises in the Red Sea dock at Safaga, where you will disembark for an excursion to Luxor. The city is built on the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often referred to as a huge open-air museum due to the sheer amount of ruins and archaeological sites. With two magnificent temples, the Temple of Luxor and the Karnak Temple complex, you can really lose yourself in the history of the city, which has been occupied since around 3200BC.
On the opposite bank of the River Nile to Luxor, there is the legendary Valley of the Kings, which is the home of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and many other tombs, temples and monuments. Discover more about the ancient pharaohs when your Red Sea cruise arrives there.
Another highlight of a voyage in the Red Sea is the coastal resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. While it is a popular place for beach-lovers, the city also holds a significant history and there are several notable buildings which you may visit during your cruise holiday. St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and when you visit here during Cultural Cruises in the Red Sea you will see the Chapel of the Burning Bush and learn more about the biblical story of Moses.