Cruising down the Nile

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Credit: Creative Commons/Amkwi2014

The ancient country of Egypt owes its life to the mighty river Nile. Touted as the world’s longest river, it is Egypt’s major source of wealth and fertility.
As you cruise along the Nile the sights and sounds can take you back to the days gone by. Smoke rising from the wooden huts, donkeys, ox drawn carts, the picture can belong to any century, Egypt by large remains unchanged. Sailing across the Nile can give you the most romantic experience of your life. Tourist boats are allowed to sail only till the Abydos. Most Nile cruises sail across the Luxor-Aswan section, which takes about three and seven nights duration. Most of Egypt’s historic sites – such as the temples of Karnak, Kom Ombo and Edfu are along this stretch.

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The Feluccas. Credit: Creative Commons/Marc Ryckaert

Selecting the right boat for your is very crucial as more than 250 vessels sail on the course in addition to the Feluccas. The Feluccas are no luxury travel – no toilet, no cabins, no running water. You will have to sleep on deck or camp ashore. But those who want all the frills there are ample economical ’n cheerful cruise boats available along with luxury liners that can be lavish with swimming pools, plush and spacious cabins, cigar lounges and even a full-on spa.

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Credit: Creative Commons/Karelj

The dahabiyya , houseboat with sails, offers the genuineness of a Felucca but with lots of comforts. These restored 19th-century sailing vessels have the style and allure with all the modern amenities.

Credit: Creative Commons/Karelj

Credit: Creative Commons/Karelj

But one thing is sure, whichever boat you choose a trip along the River Nile will give you an ageless look at this oldest of holiday-making destinations.

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