Actress Joanna Lumley lives her childhood dream of traveling the length of the Nile river, from the Mediterranean to its source, a 4000 mile journey. In this first episode, she travels from Alexandria, now a modern city to Cairo. There she visits Cairo's famous bazaar and takes a camel ride through the streets to visit the pyramids at Giza. The Nile once ran right by this famous landmark but urban sprawl now puts it at quite a distance from the waterfront. From Cairo she takes the overnight train to Luxor in a first class coach with a very nice sleeper bed. Once there, she embarks on a Nile cruise ship to Aswan. The ship is also quite luxurious and gives her beautiful views of the river and life along its banks.