Cruise to the Suez Canal and discover the World's greatest shortcut. Opened in 1869 the 101-mile long canal allows ships to travel between Europe and Asia without having to navigate around Africa.
As you begin your adventure down the Canal keep your cameras ready to capture the beautiful public gardens and mosques on bright display in Port Said. Alexandria is a very popular port of call during a cruise from the Suez Canal and is located between the Mediterranean and Lake Mareotis. Visit the beautiful harbour and spectacular beaches perfect for relaxing on after a busy day's sightseeing. Other highlights in Alexandria include the modern library containing museums, exhibition areas and educational centres and the Roman Amphitheatre, which is beautifully decorated in green marble and mosaic paving.
During your cruise to the Suez Canal, make sure you are out on deck throughout the transit, as it is one of the world's most fascinating maritime experiences. It creates the bizarre impression that you are sailing right through the dry heart of the desert, a once in a lifetime opportunity!! But even if your ship just calls at Suez, it is well worth a stroll along the Corniche to watch the huge ships lined up to transit through the canal on their way to the other side of the world!
Lying at the Red Sea end of the Suez Canal, the bustling Egyptian port of Suez can be your starting point for exciting trips to Cairo and the Pyramids at Giza where you will be able to take advantage of many shore excursions available such as visits to the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, the world's most important collection of Egyptian antiquities dating from the earliest times to the 6th century BC. The treasures of the well known Tutankhamen collection, including his solid gold mask, are the highlight of this popular Cairo Museum which is just one of the highlights on a cruise from the Suez Canal.
Temperatures on the Suez Canal can reach 29 degrees Celsius in the summer months and can drop to 14 degrees Celsius in winter.
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