Nile Cruises allow us to view some of the attractions and architectural highlights of Egypt. About 5,000 years ago, a remarkable way of life, and civilization, grew up along the banks of the Nile in Egypt. For tens of thousands of years the focal point of Egyptian life has been the River Nile. Egypt is the gift of the Nile and Egypt's two most important areas are the Delta and the Nile Valley. The ancient Egyptians believed that the waters of the Nile came from a "mysterious heaven of plenty". All of Egypt depended on the Nile for water, food, and transportation.