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January 29, 2020

Nile cruise5 / Crucero por el Nilo5 / Croisière sur le Nil5 / Cruzeiro no Nilo5

In English:

What to see on the Nile Cruise?

General information.

In 2011, we spent one-week vacation on the Nile cruise in Egypt. We bought all-inclusive package tour, including flights between Helsinki and Hurghada, transfers between Aswan and Hurghada, all visits on ancient temples, nights on a cruise boat with food and drinks.

How it was! Awesome. All the temples leave on visitors an unforgettable impression. There is much to see and to shoot photos. I shot 1926 photos of which I’ll present 361 in eight posts! We visited to these temples: Karnak, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Philae, Hatsesup, Colossi of Memnon.

The cruise is like making a time travel, travelling back in history for thousands of years. The scenery changes slowly and life along the banks of the Nile seems to be slow life, no hurry. From time to time we encountered other cruise ships, onshore we saw bovines, camels, fishermen, shacks, debris, palm trees, distant mountains, and as the evening progresses, spectacular sunsets.

The slow life continues on a cruise boat, eating, drinking ,sun bathing, admiring sceneries, resting and swimming in a pool. Everyday worries and care are behind and it’s time to enjoy life. The mind is filled with the excitement of waiting to see all those old temples.

This post:

Visiting Temple of Kom Ombo (the hill of the gold).

The (Arabic) word Kom means small hill and the word Ombo Hieroglyphic (ancient Egyptian language) means gold. Kom Ombo is this the Hill of the gold. Some sources say that is means City of Gold.

We visited the Temple of Kom Ombo, which is situated 47km / 29.2mi north of Aswan and 168km / 104.3mi south of Luxor on the east bank of Nile. It is double temple dedicated to two gods the crocodile-god Sobek and the falcon god Horus. Kom Ombo was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC and it is double temple built during the Ptolemaic period. It is must-visit-place when on Nile cruise.

En español:

¿Qué ver en el crucero por el Nilo?

Información general.

En 2011, pasamos una semana de vacaciones en el crucero por el Nilo en Egipto. Compramos un paquete turístico con todo incluido, incluidos vuelos entre Helsinki y Hurghada, traslados entre Aswan y Hurghada, todas las visitas a templos antiguos, noches en un crucero con comidas y bebidas.
¡Fue maravilloso! Increíble. Todos los templos dejan en los visitantes una impresión inolvidable. Hay mucho para ver y tomar fotos. ¡Saqué 1926 fotos de las cuales presentaré 361 en ocho publicaciones! Visitábamos a estos templos: Karnak, Lúxor, Kom Ombo, Philae, Hatshepsut, Colosos de Memnon.

El crucero es como viajar en el tiempo, viajar en la historia durante miles de años. El paisaje cambia lentamente y la vida a lo largo de las orillas del Nilo parece ser lenta, sin prisas. De vez en cuando nos encontramos con otros cruceros, en tierra vimos bovinos, camellos, pescadores, chozas, escombros, palmeras, montañas distantes y, a medida que avanza la noche, espectaculares puestas de sol. La vida lenta continúa en un crucero, comiendo, bebiendo, tomando el sol, admirando paisajes, descansando y nadando en una piscina. Las preocupaciones y los cuidados cotidianos están atrás y es hora de disfrutar la vida. La mente está llena de la emoción de esperar para ver todos esos viejos templos.

Esta publicación:

Visitando el templo de Kom Ombo (la colina del oro).

La palabra (árabe) Kom significa pequeña colina y la palabra jeroglífica Ombo (idioma egipcio antiguo) significa oro. Kom Ombo es, asi que, la colina del oro. Algunas fuentes dicen que eso significa Ciudad de Oro.

Visitábamos el Templo de Kom Ombo, que se encuentra a 47 km / 29,2 millas al norte de Asuán y 168 km / 104,3 millas al sur de Luxor, en la orilla este del Nilo. Es un templo doble dedicado a dos dioses, el dios cocodrilo Sobek y el dios halcón Horus. Kom Ombo fue construido durante la dinastía ptolemaica, 180–47 aC y es un templo doble construido durante el período ptolemaico. Es un lugar de visita obligada cuando se realiza un crucero por el Nilo.

En francais:

Que voir sur le navire de croisière sur le Nil?

Informations générales.

En 2011, nous avons passé une semaine sur la croisière sur le Nil en Égypte. Nous avons acheté un forfait tout compris, comprenant les vols entre Helsinki et Hurghada, les transferts entre Assouan et Hurghada, toutes les visites dans des temples anciens, des nuits en bateau de croisière avec nourriture et boissons.

Comment c’était! Impressionnant. Tous les temples laissent aux visiteurs une impression inoubliable et profonde. Il y a beaucoup à voir et à prendre des photos. J’ai pris 1926 photos dont 361 dans huit messages! Nous avons visité ces temples: Karnak, Louxor, Kom Ombo, Philae, Hatsesup, Colosses de Memnon.

La croisière est comme un voyage dans le temps, remonter dans l’histoire depuis des milliers d’années. Le paysage change lentement et la vie sur les rives du Nil semble être lente, sans hâte. De temps en temps, nous rencontrâmes d’autres navires de croisière. À terre, nous voyions des bovins, des chameaux, des pêcheurs, des cabanes, des débris, des palmiers, des montagnes lointaines et, au fil de la soirée, des couchers de soleil spectaculaires. La vie lente continue sur le bateau de croisière: manger, boire, se bronzer, admirer des paysages, se reposer et nager dans une piscine. Les soucis et les soins quotidiens sont derrière et il est temps de profiter de la vie. L’esprit est plein d’attente de voir tous ces vieux temples.

Ce post:

Visite du temple de Kom Ombo (la colline de l’or).

Le mot (arabe) Kom signifie petite colline et le mot Ombo Hiéroglyphique (ancienne langue égyptienne) signifie or. Kom Ombo est alors la colline de l’or. Certaines sources disent que cela signifie la ville d’or.

Nous avons visité le temple de Kom Ombo, situé à 47 km au nord d’Assouan et à 168 km au sud de Louxor, sur la rive est du Nil. C’est un double temple dédié à deux dieux, le dieu crocodile Sobek et le dieu faucon Horus. Kom Ombo a été construit pendant la dynastie ptolémaïque, entre 180 et 47 av. J.-C. Il s’agit d’un double temple construit pendant la période ptolémaïque. C’est un endroit incontournable lors d’une croisière sur le Nil.

Em português:

O que ver num cruzeiro no Nilo?

Informação geral.

Em 2011, passamos uma semana de férias no cruzeiro do Nilo no Egito. Compramos um pacote com tudo incluído, incluindo voos entre Helsinque e Hurghada, transferências entre Aswan e Hurghada, todas as visitas a templos antigos, noites em um barco de cruzeiro com alimentos e bebidas.
Como foi! Impressionante. Todos os templos deixavam aos visitantes uma impressão inesquecível. Havia muito para ver e tirar fotos. Tirei 1926 fotos, das quais vou apresentar 361 em oito postagens! Visitamos esses templos: Carnaque, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Philae, Hatsetsup, Colossos de Mêmnon.

O cruzeiro é como fazer uma viagem no tempo, viajando de volta à história por milhares de anos. O cenário muda lentamente e a vida ao longo das margens do Nilo parece ser lenta, sem pressa. De tempos em tempos, encontramos outros navios de cruzeiro; em terra, vimos bovinos, camelos, pescadores, barracos, destroços, palmeiras, montanhas distantes e, à medida que a noite avança, pôr do sol espetacular. A vida lenta continua em um barco de cruzeiro, comendo, bebendo, tomando banho de sol, admirando paisagens, descansando e nadando em uma piscina. As preocupações e os cuidados diários estão atrasados e é hora de aproveitar a vida. A mente está cheia da emoção de esperar para ver todos aqueles velhos templos.

Esta postagem:

Visitando o Templo de Kom Ombo (a colina do ouro).

A palavra (árabe) Kom significa então pequena colina e a palavra Ombo Hieroglyphic (antiga língua egípcia) significa ouro. Kom Ombo é desta forma o monte do ouro. Algumas fontes dizem que isso significa Cidade do Ouro.

Visitamos o Templo de Kom Ombo, situado a 47 km ao norte de Aswan e a 168 km ao sul de Luxor, na margem leste do Nilo. É um templo duplo dedicado a dois deuses, o deus do crocodilo Sobek e o deus do falcão Hórus. Kom Ombo foi construído durante a dinastia ptolomaica, 180–47 aC e é um templo duplo construído durante o período ptolomaico. É um local de visita obrigatória quando estiver em um cruzeiro pelo Nilo.

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61 Comments »

  1. Hello! Looking at Kom Ombo’s temple, I felt the greatness of Egyptian civilization and history just like you. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — January 29, 2020 @ 08:30 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      Wonders of Egypt continued. Next post will my favorite. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 08:59 | Reply

  2. Truly amazing! The sheer size of the structures…makes you wonder how they accomplished such incredible feats.

    Comment by Cathy — January 29, 2020 @ 09:59 | Reply

    • Hello Cathy.

      Me too! Nile offers amazing wonders for a visitor. Thank you.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 10:20 | Reply

  3. Egypt is a gorgeous country

    Comment by Bernieshoot — January 29, 2020 @ 11:17 | Reply

    • Thank you, Bernie. Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 11:19 | Reply

  4. Qué bien que guardes tanto material fotográfico de tu viaje, es un placer recrearse en las imágenes que nos proporcionas. Tienen todas una gran calidad, y como buen observador, me ha encantado que también te fijaras en el pájaro asido a la pared.
    Muchas gracias y feliz semana, Matti.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — January 29, 2020 @ 11:34 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras, me dan mucho ánimo. Muy bien. ¿Notaste otro pájaro en la foto anterior? ¡Qué casualidad! 🙂
      Un abrazo y ¡buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 11:39 | Reply

  5. Hello Mr. Matti,

    The intricate details of these ancient architectures are incredible. I can’t imagine how such technology was mastered so long ago. Thank you for sharing more stories from your trip.

    Wish you and your family a good day,
    Takami

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — January 29, 2020 @ 11:47 | Reply

    • Hello Takami-san.

      Yes, incredible. There was recently in our TV a Program in which was explained how Pyramids were built. Thank you.

      素晴らしい日を過ごしてください!

      マッティ

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 12:03 | Reply

  6. What a beautiful history and gorgeous photos, my dear! Happy New year! Bye. Kamila

    Comment by Kamila Pala — January 29, 2020 @ 12:03 | Reply

    • Hello Kamila.

      I am glad that you left your kind comment and love my photos.

      Happy new year you too,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 12:06 | Reply

  7. tous ces détails sont extrêmement intéressants! je vois qu’une affiche est écrite en français et ça m’étonne! l’oiseau (moineau?) accroché à la paroi donne de la vie à l’ensemble de ces pierres 🙂
    bravo et merci Matti!

    Comment by malyloup — January 29, 2020 @ 12:08 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      J’adore ton commentaire. Je vous remercie. Si possible, vérifiez à nouveau la photo précédente et trouvez un autre oiseau! 🙂

      Bonne juornée à toi,

      Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 12:15 | Reply

      • alors j’ai regardé de nouveau et je n’ai vu que les oiseaux sculptés dans la pierre 😉
        peux-tu mettre la photo dans le commentaire?

        Comment by malyloup — January 29, 2020 @ 12:29 | Reply

  8. That’s great!!!

    Comment by Giovanni Augello — January 29, 2020 @ 12:59 | Reply

    • Ciao.

      Mille grazie Giovanni per i vostri gentili commenti.

      Passa una splendida giornata!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 13:07 | Reply

  9. Hello (^^)
    The greatness and magnificence of Egyptian civilization has been communicated in your photos.
    I yearn for a relaxing Nile cruise.

    Have a good day.

    Comment by saganhama — January 29, 2020 @ 13:08 | Reply

    • Hello Saganhama.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment.

      今晩は

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2020 @ 13:18 | Reply

  10. Great photos as ever Matti, and especially welcome on a freezing cold day here in London.

    Comment by Stella — January 29, 2020 @ 14:16 | Reply

  11. Great close-ups! 🙂

    Comment by Pit — January 29, 2020 @ 15:03 | Reply

    • Hello Pit.

      Thank you. I tried my best.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 07:32 | Reply

  12. Oh, the stories that are told in all those marvelous carvings! I’m sure certain things have been figured out, but there are always those hidden tales of which we can only guess. Fantastic photos!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — January 29, 2020 @ 15:46 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Huge Stones and carvings are incredible. Stories told in them is a mystery to me. Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 07:39 | Reply

  13. Amazing structures of Ancient Egypt! Thanks for sharing your experiences of your Nile expedition with us!

    Comment by Peter Klopp — January 29, 2020 @ 16:06 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      I am glad that you made this trip with us thru my photos. Thank You.

      Have a nice!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 07:41 | Reply

  14. Fantastic temples with great history. All those figures and hieroglyphs are fantastic. Super pictures!

    Comment by utesmile — January 29, 2020 @ 20:02 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      I love them also and would love to know what their story is! Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 07:47 | Reply

  15. What a wonderful Nile expedition, Matti–the amazing structures and carvings. Thanks so much for sharing the photos and your experience with us. 📚Christine

    Comment by C.E.Robinson — January 30, 2020 @ 00:53 | Reply

    • Hello Christine.

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad that you loved my post!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 07:57 | Reply

  16. Wonderful building, did a little research on it ,it took a hundred years to build ,and the two gods were enemies, that I found rather interesting . Thank you,I am enjoying learning more about Eypgt.

    Comment by Deb — January 30, 2020 @ 01:40 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank you leaving your kind words! Life is learning and it is valid in this case also!

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 08:04 | Reply

  17. I was delighted by your photo of the bird, tucked into the middle of the photos of such an old civilization. It was fun looking at the inscriptions and carvings, too: some were recognizable, like the ankh, the symbol of life. A friend who visited Egypt many years ago brought me a necklace made of a cartouche. It was nice to see those scattered around, too.
    Were the orange scarves a way to identify people from your group?

    Comment by shoreacres — January 30, 2020 @ 03:15 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Your kind comment made me very glad. Thank you. How nice that you noticed the bird some symbols among my pics! Yellow scarves were inteded to identyfy us among other traveller.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 09:55 | Reply

  18. Hello Matti. Happy New Year. These are amazing, I would love to experience a Nile Cruise one day 🙂

    Comment by A Mindful Traveler — January 30, 2020 @ 03:42 | Reply

    • Hello Lorelle.

      Thank you and Happy NewYear you also. Making a Nile Cruise is worth of doing it.

      Have good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 10:46 | Reply

  19. Fascinating photos all! I think many of us dream of a visit to Egypt. It’s one of those ancient civilizations that capture our imagination. It’s sad that there have been several incidents of tourist groups being attacked in recent years. I might be slightly apprehensive about visiting there at the present.

    Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — January 30, 2020 @ 05:37 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Before we visited there, there have been some incidents here and there, if I remember correct. Duo to these, they were very friendly towards us and apparently, they wanted welcome tourists back. Thank you commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2020 @ 11:01 | Reply

  20. fantastic detailed and sharp images

    Comment by dianaed14 — January 30, 2020 @ 13:59 | Reply

    • Hello Diana.

      Thank you praising my photos.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2020 @ 07:37 | Reply

  21. It’s interesting to imagine that each story of structures.

    Comment by 洋子 — January 30, 2020 @ 19:04 | Reply

    • Hello Yoko.

      Wise words. I am glad that you loved this post! Thank you commenting.

      素敵な1日を!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2020 @ 07:46 | Reply

  22. Oh! Egypt
    Grate scale!
    I feel hystric roman and good photos.
    Thank you!

    Comment by キース — February 1, 2020 @ 05:44 | Reply

    • Hello Keith-

      Thank you for your kind words and loving my photos.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2020 @ 08:47 | Reply

  23. Very informative post Matti which I very much enjoyed reading. Apologies for not commenting sooner but I’ve just got back from a trip:myself. Hope you are having a good weekend. It’s cold and very windy here,

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — February 1, 2020 @ 17:12 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Thank you. How nice to read that you made a trip again – sounds great.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2020 @ 07:50 | Reply

  24. There is so much amazing detail in the carvings on these structures. You could look at them many times and find something new each time.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — February 2, 2020 @ 06:53 | Reply

    • Good morning Carol.

      You are right, there are so many details indeed. To learn the meaning of them would take years! Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2020 @ 07:43 | Reply

  25. Foto stupende! Grazie per condividere… da Berenice sul Mar Rosso sono stata a Luxor, non sapevo che ci fossero dei reperti archeologici così belli anche a Kom Ombo!
    Quest’anno il viaggio a Capo Nord lo faremo…. quindi nel mese di giugno, se passiamo vicino a dove tu vivi, passiamo a trovarti! Presto pubblicherò l’itinerario sul mio blog… Ti auguro uan serena settimanna 🙂 claudine

    Comment by Giovannoni Claudine — February 3, 2020 @ 23:00 | Reply

    • Hello Claudine.

      I answer in English, because I never learnt Italian, but I understand it written due to the similarities with Spanish, Portuguese and French. My wife started to Learn it las autumn. She says also that written Italian is easy. In our home TV we have Rai 1. Every evening, if possible, we look at it about 15 minutes. It is great program and I guess that it is popular. I watch occasionally Swiss Sport TV Formel one.

      Thank you for your kind answer and telling that you are planning to visit Nord Kapp. It is gorgeous place! Visiting it thru Finland it is much faster to reach than travelling thru Norway. We made many years ago road trip there and this trip stays in our memories yet today. I can imagine that you will come to Helsinki by boat via Travemünde. I will check your blog to get more information.

      Here is my old post:

      Road trip to Nordkapp

      At the and there is short (37 seconds long) video, worth to watch!

      Have a good day!

      P.S. Enjoy white nights!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 4, 2020 @ 08:10 | Reply

  26. Me encanta este recorrido contigo por el Nilo y sus monumentales monumentos bellos, bellísimos.
    Fotos estupendas que te trasladan allí.
    Bello, bello.
    Feliz Semana, Matti.

    Comment by Lu — February 3, 2020 @ 23:40 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      ¡Qué contento me hizo tu comentario! Nuestra aventura continuará también la próxima semana y luego ya verás, entre otros, el paseo en camello de mi esposa. 🙂 MUchas gracias.

      Un abrazo y ¡buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 4, 2020 @ 08:22 | Reply

  27. I’ve always wanted to see that – amazing pictures!

    Comment by Pam — February 10, 2020 @ 20:49 | Reply

    • Hello Pam.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment. One week on the Nile Cruise offers very much to see for everybody.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2020 @ 07:34 | Reply

      • Happy travels!

        Comment by Pam — February 11, 2020 @ 19:15 | Reply


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