Ahh the magical Nile River it is known as the worlds longest river and Egypt’s greatest gift. Without the Nile Egypt as we know it would have never existed. It is the life source of Egypt and cities and towns have clinged to it’s banks for milennia. Before roads and railways were built in the 19th century the Nile was the highway of these fertil lands. It was used to move cargo, send messages and visit other areas of the country.
I’m a backpacker I know it and love it. I love traveling on a budget, but sometimes even I need some luxury. Okay I lie… I am okay without it but sometimes I have no choice or it’s something I have always wanted to do so splurge a bit more and make it happen anyway. Like the time I splurged to do a Sahara Desert expedition in Morocco or exploring the Kerala Backwaters by Houseboat. Well a Nile Cruise between Aswan and Luxor was just that case; an other expensive tour that I know I didn’t want to miss. Seeing the Nile via cruise has always been a dream of mine… like visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza. Last time I was in Egypt sadly the workers were on strike of the many dams you pass by to get between the two cities so I couldn’t do it. This time around I knew I had some unfinished business in Aswan and Luxor so returned to take care of it and doing the nile cruise was on the top of my list.
THE LUXURY CRUISE
When you arrive in Aswan or Luxor you will find a million options for a cruise between the amazing cities with a lot of different things they offer. I ended up choosing the 5 STAR SUNRISE NILE CRUISE because of the price and everything I would get for it. It was an all inclusive cruise except for drinks and it didn’t disappoint. From the moment I walked in I knew it was going to be special. The beautiful stair case connecting the several floors of the cruise was at the center of it all. The halls and decorations were all so fancy and then I arrived in my room. I had a mini bar, sitting area, bathtub and a panorama window offering magnificat views of the Nile. On deck was fully carpeted sun deck with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym area with a like a million lounge chairs and tables for you to enjoy reading a book or watching life on the Nile pass by.
While you are on the cruise you have a view of the Nile just about everywhere you go. You can see it from the sun deck, the restaurant or your bedroom. It is amazing no matter where you are seeing it from. The endless rows of palm trees along the river, or towns clinging to the banks of the river or the endless amount of desert dunes you see everywhere is just spectacular. You watch life go by as you stare at a gaze. You see people using the river to bathe, to swim, to wash dishes, to fish it takes you back to how life must have really been along the Nile thousands of years ago.
Everyone knows I’m a fat ass that loves to eat and well even though I had always wanted to do this cruise for the NILE and the TEMPLES what I was really excited for was the buffet I would have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every meal was a different taste from foods around the world. I had Egyptian, Italian, American and many more for everything from the main meal to the desserts. I made sure I was full satisfied for every meal and take advantage of the buffet opportunity. I did hate that drinks were so damn expensive so I just stuck to water, but it’s okay I could have Coke any other time.
TEMPLE OF KOM OMBO
One of the most unique Temples in Egypt because of its dual dedication to two local crocodile Gods Sobek and Haroeris. The Temple is located right on the bank of the Nile. You will get a stunning view of the Temple from the sun deck of the cruise. Sadly much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects. In my opinion it is not one of the most amazing Temples in Egypt and rather small compared to others however it is worth a visit because it is part of just about every cruise itinerary.
TEMPLE OF HORUS
The Temple of Horus is located in the city of Edfu and is also known as the Temple of Edfu. Because the temple was covered by sand as far as 200 years ago it is one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt. This is one of the temples I had most wanted to see just to see the Statue of Horus. This is my favorite God of all the ancient Egyptian Gods. I don’t know why… just love him. “Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the latePredynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egyptologists.” – Wikipedia. I loved the statues and loved seeing him so many of the reliefs around the temples.
Even though I was by myself I did manage to meet an entire group of Colombians who more than happy to chat away with me. It was an amazing experience because I made friends on the boat, but even with them I managed to spend a lot of time on my own off line reading book II of the Fifty Shades trilogy, swimming in the pool, laying out or just watching life go by on the Nile. The only thing I did hate about it was that well it is a “TOUR” and they have everything set down to the minute. They have everything scheduled from your meals to tea time to how long you have at each temple. For some one who is used to doing everything independently it was quite a change. Even with that though the luxury cruise, the views, the food, the temples were all amazing and lived up to my expectations. It was 3 days and 2 nights that will go down as some of my favorite days/nights of my trip. So yup even though I am a backpacker I still know how to enjoy some luxury and know when to splurge and when not.
Doing a Nile Cruise is something I would recommend anyone who visits Egypt to do, because it truly is a magical experience. You will spend most of your time gazing out thinking “it’s crazy that thousands of years ago the blocks for the greatest pyramids and temples of all were being carried through here” or thinking “I wonder how many treasures the ancient waters of the Nile are keeping from us”. When your mind is unoccupied and has an amazing natural wonder to gaze at it just runs at a million miles an hour with a million thoughts.