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Exotic, idyllic, yet soothingly familiar
Its been a lifelong dream to cruise down the Nile, and although our tight schedule didnt afford us the luxury of unwinding for four days down from Luxor to Aswan, Id say we found an equally rewarding experience on the Sunset Felucca cruise. Theres something deeply tranquil about sailing gently upstream against a fresh Nile breeze, taking in the best of Luxors ruins. Our tour guide, George, was very resourceful in pointing out the sights, but perhaps more importantly in highlighting the role of the Nile in sustaining the agrarian lifestyle of the many residents of the West Bank. Amidst all the correspondence of Egyptian instability in the West, its simple things like experiencing the hospitality of the people of Banana Island a great halfway point for some tea and snacks! while appreciating the contrast of the desert and farmland from the best vantage point in the city, that simultaneously make you appreciate the gentleness of the human condition and the beauty of Egypt.
Doing what: Sunset Felucca
William Z USA
We had high hopes for this tour, but ended with a disappointing trip. The feluccas weren't sailing, because of the lack of wind, and our tour of the sights was limited. We did not see much of the ancient village, and the Aswan Museum on the island is not worth visiting. We had a "row" from the dock to the island and a "float" back to the shore...nothing to write home about. Being on the Nile was fun, but this could have been a much better trip.
Doing what: Private Felucca Tour: Elephantine Island
I really enjoyed this tour, it was great to be in a felucca on the Nile with nothing but the sound of the wind. The Nile really is most beautiful here and worth spending time sailing around to see the desert and city from the water. The gardens are really pretty and its a nice break away from the big number of people everywhere else in Upper Egypt.
Doing what: Private Felucca Tour: Aswan Botanic Gardens
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