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May 21, 2013

2007 ~ Cruising the Nile


 

Egypt, where it al begins

 
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We paid Egypt a 10 day visit in 2007 and decided to cruise the Nile. Most people don't realize that there are 600 kilometers between the Sphinx or the most famous Pyramids near Cairo in the Northern part of the country and the Luxor Temples down South and yet another 200 kilometers between Luxor and Aswan and again a 300 kilometers between Aswan and Abu Simbel, all important and special places from ancient Egyptian History with many beautiful temples. If you've got enough time and money you definitely should see the Cairo Pyramids with its Sphinx and all the main Egyptian Temples along the Nile river. We choose to go twice and leave Cairo with the Sphinx and Pyramids for last and another time. Cruising from Luxor to Aswan, visiting iconic ancient Egyptian sites. This classic journey has been the standard way of travelling across Egypt since the days pharaohs toured their empire.

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The Nile is the longest river in the world, stretching north for approximately 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean.

During the first two days the cruise ships are moored on the East Bank and you will visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank. After the tour, a buffet is served on board while you cruise for Esna where you may enjoy the local market, the Temple of Edfu and party aboard while sailing for Aswan.

You will visit major attractions such as the High Dam, Temple of Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk, Kitchener’s Island and Abu Simbel and get to explore all that Luxor has to offer, from hot air balloon rides, shop for souvenirs in a traditional bazaar, the Temple of Karnak, several museums to the Temple of Luxor and of course the sound and light show at Philae Temple or Abu Simbel.

By Cruising the Nile you will get to see 70% of all the temples in Egypt, thus your missing almost non of the highlights. You will get a very good impression of ancient Egypt, while you enjoy a relaxing holiday.
 
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When to go

The best time to cruise the Nile is in winter when the heat is most bearable. Watching Egypt pass by while drinking a fine glas of wine is one of the greater experiences in life.



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Between November and March the daytimes are pleasantly warm, whereas evenings and nights are cool and enjoyable in all of Egypt.
In April and May temperatures are generally mild and this is an ideal time to visit any destination in Egypt.
Late September and October, as well as April and May are thus ideal for touring Egypt. And the November to February period offers the pleasant balmy weather that is perfect for cruising down the Nile.



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Sailing the Nile along the Nile Valley surrounded by golden dunes with palmtrees and sightseeing Ancient Egyptian monuments such as Kom Ombo and Abu Simbel is live at its best.

It's a perfect mix between seeing everything Egypt has to offer and on the other hand not having to worry about anything while you travel in style and luxury. I really enjoyed our clean and spacious cabin and the massive window. It gave us a continuous changing panoramic view of the Nile passing by while we took our well deserved rest after another day with lasting impressions.

Waking to the soft light of the morning sun, take in the heat and cool off in the pool on the deck of the cruise ship while watching fishermen cast their nets, farmers take to their fields, a flight of birds, and water buffalos staring back at you.
We took a short felucca cruise on the Nile, in Aswan which was impressive and takes you back in time.


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My personal opinion about Southern Egypt

Notice the header as I'm not looking for a fight or discussion. You probably won't like me very much after reading this post but I can't help myself. Let's start of with the psychologically correct positive pointer by stating some great things I love about Egypt so far:
  • Scenery and landscape (beautiful)
  • Ancient Temples and wall carvings (magnificent)
  • History (impressive)
  • Climate (just my thing)
Here comes the 'you hating me' part, for I'm about to tell you the thing I really dislike about Egypt. The men in Southern Egypt are the filthiest pigs I've ever come upon (and thats bad news as I've met some horrendous dudes in my life not to mention the guy in the mirror). Yes I know, it's probably generalizing and unfair etc. to the maybe two or three non feminizing, sexist, sexual harassing or foulmouthed men this part of the country has to offer and I really pitty them for being surrounded by the herds of sexually frustrated dickheads. They should serve as a warning to other civilizations. You will fall from great hights into major devastation if you let yourself slip.

We love to explore places and most of the time we meet nice and special people doing so. That is not the case in Luxor or Aswan and I strongly advice you not to bring your beautiful girlfriend or wife and wonder of by yourselfs because you won't enjoy the trip.
Don't know if I can fix this by ending with yet another positive pointer but I'll try:
The Nile Cruise Crew and Guide where very kind, thoughtful and did their very best to make us feel at home. They even made apologies for the bad behaviour of their fellow countrymen and told us that they couldn't help themselfs as they never went to school. I think its a lame excuse for treating your mums, wifes and sisters the way they do.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow very nice blog of Nile cruise. Nile cruise is the most beautiful place in Egypt. Cruising the Nile has long been seen as the most romantic way of visiting the monuments and historical places of Ancient Egypt. It is a wonderful experience to see the beauty of Nile cruise. Keep posting like t his.

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