This is a must do evening activity! It is great fun! It can be booked through your travel rep or Jolley’s travel agent by the Winter Palace for between 28-35GBP. A mini bus collects you from your hotel and you get taken to the Movenpick resort on Crocodile Island. Here, you have to put on the traditional Egyptian robe (yours to keep) and then you all board either a Felucca or motor boat to gently cruise down the Nile for an hour at sunset. Then you all take your seat in the tent where you are entertained by a band, dancers, belly dancer, snake charmer and whirling dervish. Also included is an all you can eat and drink Egyptian buffet - so much to choose from! There is a lot of audience participation. I can’t believe I plucked up the courage to have a cobra wrapped round my neck! The night starts at 5pm and carries on until around 9.30pm when the minibus drops you back to your hotel.
Dress Code: You are given Egyptian dress to wear and keep.
Sound & Light Show will accompany you in a further delightful tour on foot inside Karnak Complex as you move around, till you reach the sacred lake to have your seat and enjoy the last portion of the show
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Dress Code: Free
This offer is rumored voice, accompanied by music in a very graphic creativity, good stories and the history curriculum bone kings who ruled Egypt and dominated world that the time was shorter present to Egypt, and stable for big families kings. It also attracts attention to the sites of the events that tells, in presenting dazzling untold supply are seven languages are Arabic, English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and last for a half hour and supply goes where the viewer time with the imagination that the events of ancient Egyptian history and all the splendour of His Majesty.
Various shows are in English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Arabic, so it is good to check out which performance one wishes to attend prior to showtime. i think they have added more languages also please ask in your hotel about that!!!
Dress Code: please note that ticket price is different than price of day time ticket.the price of light and sound show in Karnak temple is 120LE until the date i write this tip
In order to respect the culture of the Arab people, you will not see alot of alcohol consumption. Tea and Tobacco are acceptable, but for the most part, there were not any visible "bars" for tourists.
You can however enjoy a Stella Beer on your cruise ship. It by far was the most expensive thing I purchased in all of Egypt.
Not the best beer I ever tasted, but it was decent.
You will not feel bore in the evenings and at nights in cruise. Evening walks on a main deck, dances, watching video, alcohol in the bar will allow you to have a rest after the sated day time excursions. Also you may admire sunrises and sunsets over the Nile...
You may watch my 4 min 01 sec VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel: Egypt Luxor Cruise Boat and Sunset over the Nile
Whenever you go abroad, there is a Brit bar.
Luxor is no different.
One of the only places I found that had any sort of nightlife. Includes a very unusual 'Bob Marley Corner'
They also do a range of English meal options, not too bad actually.
Internet, range of beers, pool table, music, food.
Home from home.
We went to a son et lumiere (sound and light) show at Karnak temple. I have to say after paying our £14 we were all disappointed and very bored with it all. I think I expected more from the show-perhaps I was imagining the Jean Michel Jarre concert in the London docklands I don’t know but this sound and light show was nothing like it!
The narrative which I lost track of very quickly was accompanied by parts of the temple being illuminated by white or the odd coloured light-there were no moving images or lasers to be seen anywhere. The music that was played during the performance didn’t sound remotely Egyptian- again I think I imagined Aida or Nabucco.
As one part of the narrative is over everyone moves en mass to the next point where another part of the narrative begins. The last 45 minutes were sat on some seats overlooking the sacred lake while the music, disjointed narrative and lights continued-the lights in the sky from the crescent moon, stars and planets were far more interesting
We often finished our exploration of the temples as the sun was setting, and so dinner was often by candle light. We found nothing worriesome about central Luxor, and frequently visited the Luxor Temple, which lit up at night. The streets are busy at night, and we enjoyed the free time strolling the streets and window shopping a bit.
Its not the best sound and light show in Egypt but is still a great experience, and if you are only there for a Nile cruise it`s the most accessable. Definately worth a visit
Dress Code: cover up to keep the mozzies at bay, but it will still be warm. A small torch is handy to help keep your footing.
the picture is the ticket from the show at Abu Simbol, and will be replaced when I can find the Karnak one !
The Cruise boats on the Nile usually do a stopover at Aswan and feature a Nubian night of local traditional dances and song. These are good fun and involve elements of audience participation. The colours of the traditional costumes are vibrant and the rythms created on the drums are great. The drums used are very similar to the Irish Bodhran and links with the people of north africa are known to have existed in ancient trade routes on the Atlantic so perhaps the Bodhran is not an Irish invention after all !
Opposite the Luxor temple on the corniche walkway below road level is the metropolitan cafe/bar. Cool air from the nile makes this pleasent day and evening and you avoid the seedy side of bar life in Luxor. Not cheap about E£12 a bottle of domestic.
Locals hang out and drink here.
Fantastic experience. Narration is done very well by Anthony Hopkins et al. Ticket costs about 100LE for 45mins. Shows run every night in number of different languages so ensure you attend the correct timeslot.
* bump up the ISO setting on your camera so you can get some good pics
* Sit near the front of the seating area during the reflection pool finale - use the fencing as a stabiliser for those long exposure shots
Karnak temple is quite a scary place during the night so bring your teddy bear and blanket!
Dress Code: Rug up - it gets cold
Belly dance or Bellydance is a Western-coined name for a traditional Middle Eastern dance, especially raqs sharqi . It is sometimes also called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance in the West, or by the Greco-Turkish term çiftetelli .
The term "Belly dance" is a translation of the French "danse du ventre" which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era. It is something of a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part usually is the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally. Although contemporary forms of the dance have generally been performed by women, some of the dances, particularly the cane dance, have origins in male forms of performance.
Raqs sharqi is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.
In case you are taking cruise, you should not miss the various parties held on the cruise. One night we had The Galabiya ( The Local Egyptian Dress) party on the Cruise. Please remember , that you are in proper Arab Galabiya dress or your European or Asian dress will do. All the Arab countries have their national dress , which is almost similar but with a difference either near the neck, chest or in the head gear!
Dress Code: In case, you want to dress like Arab, you can either buy or hire it from the Cruise. You can also buy a dress as souvineer. Be careful while buying, they may say 20 , you agree, they he will say in US dollar! Actually it was Egyptian Pound.
One of the nights they also organise Egyptian Belly Dance and Egyptian Juglary dance for about 30-40 minutes. You wish the dance performance was continued for longer period. Please see the video to enjoy the dance!