11 TIPS FOR THE NILE CRUISE WITH NOUR EL NIL
The Nile cruise with Nour El Nil is an experience of a lifetime that gives visitors both a taste of the best of Egypt as well as the comfort and luxury to enjoy yourself on a very stylish and elegant sail boat with exquisite food and service. The cruises leave on Mondays from Esna and arrive in Aswan on Friday evening where the dahabiya is in dock until Saturday morning when passengers leave the cruise. To learn more about the Nour El Nil experience, read our blog post NILE RIVER CRUISE IN STYLE: ONBOARD NOUR EL NIL’S DAHABIYA.
Here are 11 tips to help you prepare for the Nile river cruise with Nour El Nil.
• All meals, soft drinks, and entrance fees are included in the price of the cruise with Nour El Nil. The prices are listed on Nour El Nil's website.
• Alcohol is available on the dahabiya at a reasonable price. The local Egyptian wines and beer are surprisingly good.
• Packing your hiking shoes is recommended since the cruise includes several walks in the desert, some marshy areas, and local villages - you will get your 10,000+ steps in on most days.
• The cruise starts with a pick up on Monday morning between 9-9.30 am. Small buses take passengers to Esna, a 1.45-hour drive from Luxor. The drive is fascinating as you pass the local villages alongside the Nile, the bus being overtaken by trucks carrying bananas and cows. Sit on the right side for a better view and have your camera ready.
• Before boarding the dahabiya, you will visit Esna Temple - wear comfortable shoes and clothing the morning you are picked up from the hotel on the first day.
• On the morning of departure (Saturday around 9am), the transfer to the hotels in Aswan is included in the price. Anything else can be arranged with the crew for an extra fee.
• As you visit some tourist sites, you will meet kids selling hand made bracelets, knit hats and trinkets. The kids are very friendly but their "selling techniques" can be somewhat aggressive. Do not accept anything, even when they tell you it is a present, unless you intend to buy it. They will demand the "present" back if you do not pay.
• Hair dryer and shampoo is available in each room on the dahabiya. The crew cleans the rooms every time the passengers are out touring the sites. You will return to a room with fresh towels neetly folded into an elephant or some other fun creation.
• Free bottled water is available on the boat and the the crew also hands out bottles of water before each tour.
• The recommended tip per Nour El Nil's website is 100 euros per traveller per entire cruise.
• Egypt is safe. There are x-ray machines and armed guards in hotels and major tourist sites, and there is visible security presence on the roads. The tourist sites are not that crowded, go to Egypt now before the crowds take over.