We are thinking of visiting Egypt in March but my hubby hates cruise!! I’ve heard that cruising down the Nile river from Cairo to Aswan is a "must do". How does everyone around here feel?
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How important is it to do the Nile cruise when visiting Egypt?
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10 thoughts on “How important is it to do the Nile cruise when visiting Egypt?

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    not essential at all, the first time i went to Egypt i had a young child with me and you are not advised to take children under 12 on a cruise. So we stayed in Luxor and saw the sites around luxor. you will see at least as much staying there as you would on a cruise.
    the normal itinerary on a cruise is the following;
    in luxor itself,
    valley of kings and temple of Hatsheput
    karnak and luxor temples and sometimes valley of the queens,
    going down the Nile, the temples of edfu and kom ombo, Philae. the town of aswan also a few optional trips including abu simble. and on some trips there will also be a trip to dendara.
    so you can obviously see all the luxor sites staying in luxor, just find a local taxi driver negotiate your price and your off.
    as to the rest of the trips. if you want to visit dendera then an hours drive north in convoy will get you there. the same is also true for trips to all the other places south though it is a longer trip. If you want to visit abu simble i would recommend a flight not a bus trip.
    but if you just want to stay in luxor and see some other fabulous sites, i would recommend medinet habu temple and the temple of seti. also the valley of the workers or deir el medina also the valley of the nobles.
    finally dont miss luxor museum.

    havning said all of that i finally went on the nile cruise 2 years ago and i loved it, i have never been on a cruise before and the idea of one of those big cruise ships in the med horrifies me but the Nile cruise is i think quite different from the usual cruise.. the ships are small and you have an egytian guide to take you round all the sites. the food is a little mundane, but the company is good as most people want to be there to see the sites too

    i should also add that i have visited egypt around 20 times now, going back to luxor in 5 weeks and again in 10, to be honest i lost count and done the cruise twice and have every intention of doing it again as well as doing the aswan cruise. so i know luxor fairly well.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    It is important… amazing at night

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    Well IS you Are In Cairo You Truly Must Do it Especially Bottom Glass Ships! But For Example If You Plan On Going To Sharm El Sheikh Or Alexandria Or Louxor Then You Won’t Be Able to Do It Unless You go there for example to get from Alexandria to Cairo it takes A 3 or 4 hour drive

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    first of all cruises from aswan till cairo are not organized since few yrs, all what u can do is take a cruise from luxor to aswan or opposite direction (but i recommend the first option cause it takes one more day). second of all he will not feel even for one second like he is making cruise, there are absolutely no waves that can move those boats.
    and third of all force him cause it’s the best way to visit upper egypt.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    It sure is a must, the cruise is worth it even if u hate cruising. For starters the nile water is very different from the sea, it is a very smooth experience unlike ships in the sea, so there is absolutely nothing to fear. Another point is you do not spend a lot of time sailing, u get to visit several cities and towns along the way.

    Why is it a must? because u get to see a lot of interesting monuments, temples and other sites that you usually wont see if you simply visit luxor & aswan by plane. The cruise it self is amazing, relaxing and fun. You get to experience the other side of Egypt which only a few people are exposed to. Sailing along the nile valley allows u to see the amazing scenerey.

    So, if you hate cruising, most of the sea cruising negative experiences are just not there and the plus is you get to see some great stuff.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    since your husband doesnt like a long Nile cruise , you can take a short Nile cruise in Cairo from Grand Hyatt or Giza .
    it takes about 2.30 hrs .
    dinner is served during the cruise and there is a show as well.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    Ah, but a cruise on the Nile is like NO other, the experience is out of this world.
    Imagine, approaching the city of Luxor on the top deck of a beautiful Nile boat, standing at the railing, high above the banks of the river. One of the first things you can see is the temple of Queen Hatchepsut on the left hand side, wonderful seen from the distance. The next thing on the right as you head for the city, is Luxor temple, it sent shivers down my spine.
    Is it worth doing, boy is it!

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    A Nile cruise is much different from a sea cruise. The water is calm, and you stop several times to visit temples in between Luxor and Aswan. There is no cruise from Cairo to Aswan nowadays. It is only 3 or 4 days depending on the direction.
    When you do this cruise you digest the information much better. You will see so many fantastic things, if you move by car it will be too hectic. While on a boat you get to know people and you see what you would not see otherwise.

  • August 30, 2010 at 5:27 am
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    its A MUST take it from me ….its very improtant and very Nice and you cannot come to Egypt without visiting Luxor and Aswan …these cities are AMAZING

  • August 31, 2010 at 8:17 am
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    When you go to Egypt you either go for a seaside resort (Sharm El Sheikh – Hurghada – Marsa Alam ….etc) and just enjoy the sun and the beach, or you go to a Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan and enjoy the historical places there. Doing both is nearly impossible, and the decision is yours according to what you prefer to do on a holiday. But if you went to Hurghada, you can take one day trip to Luxor and enjoy some (not all) of the historical places.

    If you want my personal opinion, the Nile cruise is something you must do once in your life, it’s amazing and you will really enjoy it.

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