Nile Cruise - yes or no?

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Sep 13th, 2004, 01:36 PM
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The climb is a minor inconvenience but the reward is to be in the King's burial chamber where his granite sarcophagus still sits.My wife and 6&8 year old children did it no problem.People who whine about it should be ashamed of themselves and think of the history.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 09:19 PM
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Thanks for the comments on my photos, kopp. Glad you like them. You will see how easy it is to get great shots in Egypt - everything is spectacular.

Regarding pyramid diving, I've only been in Menkaure, the smallest of the three, and the climb down wasn't too bad. If you suffer any amount of claustrophopia, this isn't the trek for you. While it is amazing, I think it pales in comparison to the tombs around Luxor. Of course, the pyramid tombs have a 1000+ years on their counterparts.

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Sep 14th, 2004, 01:15 AM
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Sandi, I really would like more information about who you booked through, the safety, the sanitation, the weather, (I prefer the coolest time of course), the costs. Would you direct me to a site or email me or post it here, please?
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:05 AM
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Everittp -

There are a number of in-country tour operators found thru a search on this board that provide good service for a trip to Egypt. The first post above lists MISR and Egypt Connections; another in egyptonline.com - also believe Egypt Experience (hope some aren't one and the same).

The coolest (weather) time to visit would be in Jan - Mar/Apr, but that would be in Cairo. However, as you travel south to Upper Egypt - Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel) it gets hotter and hotter. During the months of Mar/Apr you might run into sand storms. I believe the ideal time to travel is Oct-Dec, but this is also the high-season; even Egyptians holiday during these months to visit and enjoy their country. Egypt is generally hot - though Cairo may be cooler, but regardless the closer to the Equator, the hotter, all-year-round.

We had no problems with sanitation. Our hotels in Cairo and Nile Cruise boat were clean with decent food, though not gourmet. The guide we had in Cairo was excellent; the crew on the boat were warm and friendly, and our guide here (for English speaking passengers - about 20) was excellent.

I happened to have used a tour operator in the States, who doesn't do Egypt any longer. That said, most who have posted here have used in-country tour operators with success. What you have to do with any company you select is be sure to choose reputable hotels and Nile cruise boat (there are 100s that cruise the river) some better than others. And new boats come on line each year.

In Cairo we stayed at the Movenpick Resort on the Giza side down the street from the Mena House - all low buildings, more like bungalows, large rooms with plenty of a/c; set in a garden. Our Nile Cruiser was the Movenpick Radamis (and just saw from another post that there is a Radamis II, probably newer boat). And for the 2-days on return to Cairo, stayed at the Sheraton-el-Gazeriah (sp) located on an island in the middle of the Nile with large rooms and plenty of a/c. Even though on the island, we had no problem grabbing a taxi to spend the day at the Khah-el-Khalili Bazaar and another stop at the Museum.

Generally, a basic Egypt (9-10/days)tour covers the same sites, but your selections will have to be based on the time you have for your trip and your budget. Hope this helps you get started.
 
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:41 AM
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Just some added advice.I would book the best and newest boat that my budget could stand.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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I would also add that your guide can make a real difference. Ours was an Alexanderian who had a Masters in Egyptology (didn't know that was a separate field...) and he could read the hieroglyphs off the walls. His knowledge was quite extensive and he would also tell us the BS some of the other guides were laying on their group.

If booking a tour, you should inquire as to your guide's qualifications. I didn't know this at the time, but got lucky.

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