Nile Cruise

Apr 16th, 2001, 12:26 PM
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Nile Cruise

Anyone with experience with river travel on the small sail boats. Is it practical to go from Aswan to Luxor this way. Also, what is the best way to get from Luxor/Aswan to Hurghada.
Apr 28th, 2001, 08:13 AM
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If you are young enough and flexible enough to hang your bum out over the side of the boat when necessary, then travel on a falouka from Aswan to Luxor is quite an adventure. I'm sure those that can "rough it" would have a great time. The rest of us should stick to the Nile Cruise boats.
As for the best way to get on over to Hurghada after your boat trip... if you are the falouka kind of guy and budget is the most important issue, then bus is probably the answer you need. If on the other hand you have the money.. fly. An airplane is the best way to go if you have the $$.
Apr 28th, 2001, 08:05 PM
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Hygiene would be the biggest consideration on a felucca next to the mosquitoes. They use the Nile River water for both cooking and drinking so taking your own water supply for the duration of the trip is a necessity. And after the picture Debbie painted above (butt overboard), don't think it would be my choice of transportation.
Apr 29th, 2001, 08:03 AM
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In the summer of '99, we went to Egypt and we, too, wanted to take a felucca trip from Aswan-Luxor. While in Aswan, we took a short, 2-hr ride and that changed our mind.

Feluccas are very small and have no "below deck" . . . there is a small, semi below, which was the cooking, food storage area, big enough for only one person. We were above desk the entire time, no chairs, no shade, just lying on the deck on a mat (it was about 120 degrees). We also saw what the captain was cooking for lunch, enough said.

After that little eye-opener, we decided against a lengthy felucca ride. Later, we talked with several young people who had sailed from Aswan-Luxor and they had all been eaten up by mosquitoes.

Put that w/iffy food, butt over side, and nothing cold to drink (read beer here), we were very glad we had decided NOT to have this experience.

If you decide to go anyway, would you please give us a report?

Have a fun and safe trip!
May 5th, 2001, 11:07 AM
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Yep, nothing like coming back to your cabin after a hard day in the Valley of the Kings and pulling out a nice cold Stella from the fridge!!

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