Cruise the Nile River

 

 

 

Traveling to Egypt for the holidays? Then don’t miss out on the Nile Cruise which gives you a classical experience of true Egyptian life. The only way to visit the numerous tombs and historical structures along the stretch of the river Nile, the cruise mixes luxury and adventure to give you a suitable blend of a truly remarkable holiday.

The best time to go on a Nile Cruise is from October to mid April when the climate is cool. Locks are located at different locations along the river and after April, the locks are closed due to increased water levels. However, some cruise boats operate the year around and you can go a cruise as and when you like with the exception of changing boats at different locks.

 

An important advantage of the Nile Cruise is that it lets you visit a rural part of Egypt where civilization failed to leave a mark. People who live along the banks of the river still follow ancient traditions and live in mud brick houses, using wooden plows and donkeys for farming and transportation. Another great thing is that for once, the entire hotel travels with you in contrast to other holiday packages where you need to rush to and from the hotel in between site tours.

Depending on the duration of your stay in Egypt, you can opt for 3 night, 4 night or 7 night cruises. The shorter trips usually take you from Luxor to Aswan and back with numerous site stops in between. The longer ones though, move further up North and you can end up visiting a whole lot of museums, historical monuments, pyramids, and trips to Cairo; along with a stop at Abu Simbel, the southern tip of Egypt along the river.

Almost all the cruise boats follow the same route up and down the river with similar stops. Hence if you are planning to go on a multiple day cruise, here’s a glimpse of the sites you are bound to see.

The 3 night cruise starts from Aswan and moves to Luxor. In between, you get to stop at The High Dam, The Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan; the Temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna; Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatsheput in Luxor.

The 4 night cruise starts the other way around from Luxor and moves to Aswan and includes visits to the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, the Temples of Queen Hatsheput, Luxor and Karnak; the temples of Esna, Kom Ombo and Edfu; The High Dam, The Temple of Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan; Botanical Island via felucca, Nubian Village, the Elephantine Village and the Tombs of the Nobles.

The 7 night cruise combines the itineraries of the above two cruises and stretches them over 7 nights, with 2 nights of relaxation. This is the best option for those who need to get a true Egyptian experience at their own leisurely pace.

An important point to be noted is that as and when you go ashore for sightseeing at various stops, you will be issued a boarding pass. Do keep it safe at hand for it is used to help identify your boat among the countless number of cruise boats in the area. The crew would also find it easier to acknowledge your return to the boat as is the case with all other tourists before they push off to the next location.

The usual Nile Cruiser is the floating hotel with luxury boats having all the facilities of a star hotel. There are smaller boats with fewer amenities for the budget conscious traveler as well. It all depends on the amount of money you are willing to shell out for the trip. Luxury boats have suites, private baths, and air conditioning in rooms; swimming pools, exercise rooms, hot tubs, night clubs, stores, libraries and TVs in rooms to view the countryside via cameras positioned at the deck. Diets, plans and health

 

Entertainment options are also aplenty in these hotels with everything from open air movies, discos, cocktail parties, belly dancing, fancy dress parties and even shows by professional artists.

The best way for you to get a good deal would be to go in for the All Inclusive package which combines the facilities provided on board, with site tours and inland transport.

Meals in almost all the vessels are buffet style in addition to local and international delicacies. The water provided by the crew is filtered but suitable only for showers. It is advised to drink bottled water provided by the boat at a small extra cost.

If you are feeling adventurous, then a better way to cruise along the river would be on board feluccas. These are the traditional sailboats of Egypt and have smaller and primitive rooms. The trips are mainly short (a few hours), enjoyable and give you the true experience of being a sailor, where you are expected to sleep in the open and share some sailing work while the actual sailors double as cooks.

So what are you waiting for? Jump onto a cruise boat and meander through the waters of the Nile River or better yet, become Sinbad the Sailor and set sail for some of the most spectacular sites you could ever see in your life.

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  • 1 Comment on Nile Cruise – The Ancient Egyptian Experience

  • HMB says: July 10, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Great travel, great cruise, great experience, i will go there again definitely!

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  • 1 Comment on Nile Cruise – The Ancient Egyptian Experience

    Great travel, great cruise, great experience, i will go there again definitely!

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