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Western Desert Tours

Western Desert Tours is your tour operator for private guided desert safaris in Egypt’s Western Desert including the Black and White Desert, the oases of Faiyum, Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, and Siwa, the Great Sand Sea, and the Gilf Kebir.

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What is a Nile cruise and what can I expect on board?

A Nile cruise is a type of river cruise that takes place on the River Nile in Egypt. Passengers can expect to enjoy a variety of activities such as sightseeing, shopping, cultural experiences, and relaxation while cruising the river. On board, passengers can expect to find a variety of amenities such as restaurants, bars, lounges, pools, and day trips to popular tourist sites.

How long do Nile cruises typically last and what is the itinerary?

Nile cruises typically last between 4 and 7 nights. Itineraries vary but generally include stops in major archaeological sites such as Karnak, Luxor, and Abu Simbel, as well as visits to local villages, markets, and temples.

 

What are the most popular sights and attractions that I will see on a Nile cruise?

Popular sights and attractions that can be seen on a Nile cruise include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, the Abu Simbel Temples, and the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Additionally, travelers may have the chance to explore Pharaonic villages, visit ancient tombs and ruins, and experience traditional Egyptian activities such as felucca sailing.

 

What kind of accommodations can I expect on a Nile cruise?

A Nile cruise typically includes all meals and entertainment, and passengers generally stay in private cabins, which can be air-conditioned and may include private bathrooms and televisions. Some boats may also include other amenities such as a swimming pool, spa, gym, and bars.

 

What kind of clothing should I pack for a Nile cruise holidays in Egypt?

For a Nile cruise in Egypt, pack comfortable, lightweight clothes such as shorts, t-shirts, and sundresses. Bring a light jacket for cooler nights and evenings, as well as long pants and a few long-sleeve shirts. It is also advisable to bring a swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sandals.

 

Are there any health risks I should be aware of when taking a Nile cruise?

Yes, there are health risks to consider when taking a Nile cruise. The most common health risks include traveler’s diarrhea, insect bites, and heat exhaustion. It is also important to be aware of the potential dangers related to swimming in the Nile River, as it may contain high levels of bacteria and parasites. Finally, travelers should take precautions to protect against sunburn and ensure that they drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

 

What kind of food and dining options are available on board the cruise ship?

Depending on the cruise line, there are a variety of food and dining options available on board. Options may include buffets, restaurants, cafes, lounges, and bars. Many cruise ships also offer specialty dining experiences such as gourmet restaurants, ethnic cuisine, and themed evenings.

 

Is it safe to travel to Egypt and take a Nile cruise?

Yes, it is generally safe to travel to Egypt and take a Nile cruise. However, it is important to note that some areas of the country can be dangerous, so you should always research the area before traveling and follow government advisories. Additionally, always keep your passport and other valuable items secure while traveling.

 

Can I customize my Nile cruise itinerary or add additional excursions?

Yes, Nile cruises are flexible and can be customized to meet your needs. You can work with a travel agent to add additional excursions or customize the itinerary to your preferences.

 

What kind of activities and entertainment are available on board the cruise ship?

Most cruise ships offer a variety of activities and entertainment, such as live music, comedy shows, dance clubs, casinos, movies, dance classes, art auctions, lectures, karaoke nights, trivia nights, cooking classes, bingo tournaments, game shows, and more. Many ships also offer special onboard activities for kids and teens.

 

What kind of language is spoken on board the cruise ship and will I need to know Arabic?

On board the cruise ship, English is the primary language spoken. Arabic is not a requirement to understand or communicate on board the ship.

 

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