Nile River Cruise Direction

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Jul 9th, 2003, 09:25 AM
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Nile River Cruise Direction

We are thinking of doing Intrav's Wings Over Nile in the fall of 2004. Part of the itinerary includes a Nile River Cruise. Is there any advantage in choosing one direction over the other. Aswan to Luxor (south to north) or Luxor to Aswan (n to s).
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Jul 9th, 2003, 11:31 AM
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We did a cruise heading north. It is difficult for me to imagine why it would matter which way one went. Our cruise was 4 days, but we actually sailed only about 1/2 that time - the distances are not really that great and with stops and side trips, that is about the right amount of time.

That said, the cruise was incredible. I could have stayed on the top deck for hours and just watched the shore go by - things looked as they must have looed thousands of years ago. Have a great trip - Egypt was incredible.
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Jul 9th, 2003, 02:29 PM
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We also did the trip from Upper Egypt (which is south) to Lower Egypt (north) on our Nile cruise.

Our flight from Cairo was suppose to stop in Aswan before going onto Abu Simbel, but since everyone on the plane was going to Abu Simbel, no stop at Aswan. When our time at Abu Simbel was completed we flew to Aswan where we boarded our cruise.

We visited the sites around Aswan including felluca cruise, visit to Agha Kahn Mausoleum and the Nubian Museum that afternoon (also shopping), overnighted in port, following morning visted the Old & New Dams and trip to Philae island, the Unfinished Obelisk before cruising late morning thru lunch to Kom Ombo. Toured the temples here, then cruise thru dinner and overnighted at Edfu.

In morning at Edfu we visited the Temple of Horus early. Reboarded and cruised thru lunch to Esna and visited Temple of Khnum. Rest of afternoon was interesting in passing thru the Esna Locks, but note that all cruises don't necessarily stop here, depending on water levels in the Nile.

Once thru the Locks we cruised to Luxor where we docked at Crocodile Island (instead of bulkhead moorings in Luxor proper) overnighted here. Following day visited West Bank Valley of Kings & Queens.

We were scheduled to visit Luxor and Kharnak Temples in late afternoon, but decided to postpone till next morning. Instead spent afternoon bending our elbows at the Old Winter Palace inside and out on terrace watching people and the sunset; having dinner in Luxor (instead of on boat) before heading to Luxor Temple for the Light 'n Sound Show.

Next morning on our own without guide visited Luxor and Kharnak Temples, then back to boat for some sun and swim before disembarking and flying back to Cairo.

I don't think it makes much difference which way you travel, alot has to do with your particular boat and if you're boarding a return trip from the opposite direction - also some trips accommodate guest one night on land in either Luxor or Aswan.

The temples are so amazing, that it really doesn't matter which direction. Enjoy your trip.
 
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