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Down the nile south from cairo? advice

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1. Posted by jorppa (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


i'm planning taking the nile from cairo. I dont care about those luxury cruises. I have plenty of time to get to know the riverside and its attractions so going by land some of the way has crossed my mind.
What there is to expect? What kind of transportation there is? What about just bying a bike and riding it?
Im too lazy to do any netsurfing at the moment so if you have some tips or experiences about the nile please feel free to share them.


2. Posted by egy-bird (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi jorppa

how are you ? first welcome to egypt and i think your trip here to cairo is a good idea,esp to the river nile ..almost all the cruises
on the nile are very good . and some of them have a good program like belly dance and good show ..
about the bike , you can get it from here in cairo and you can take a trip around cairo and also i can help you about that man ..
also we have here taxi and under ground .. lots of things
i have just come from Estonia ..

what kind of music you play ? i like all kind of music ..
if you need anything man im here ,


3. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Doing the same travel as you will this summer. I am planning of taking the daytrain from Cairo to Luxor. There is also the possibilty of taking a night train but since this is my first time to Egypt I want to see the country. Since I have quit a tight schedule of traveling I have no time of seeing cities between Cairo and Luxor but when you travel slow you can get out and in of the train during the ride wherever you want.

4. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The best way by far is to take the train to Luxor and then do a deal with a faluka. These are the boats that rely upn the wind, they are slower than the cruises and you can just lay there watching the banks of the nile go by. You will have to use your top negociation skills of course, and possibly treat your guide to meals and beers. If you get lucky you will find one with family along the way and stop over lots. Ask him how much for Aswan and see where you go from there, should take you a nice week and a bit to do the trip! Ask him for a return fare, that way you get back for cheap as he has t oget back too! It also saves the train fare from Aswan back to Cairo!

Flights are dirt cheap internally in Egypt too! And instead of heading back to Cairo, get the bus down to Abu Simbul - well worth it, Guza Pyramids without the tourists...