Sail from/to Luxor
After a brief stay in Aswan, we sailed off into the sunset on a boat, for a 3 day Nile Cruise, which ended in Luxor.
There are plenty of these cruise boats on the river, and the majority cruise from Luxor to Aswan, or vice versa.
Our boat was called the "Nile Bride", and slept about 150 people. There was a restaurant, bar and a roof top with a pool and plenty of chairs to sit in the sun, relax and watch the banks for the Nile pass by.
The staff were incredibly friendly and the whole experience was great - highly recommended!Related to:
- Historical Travel
Fly to/from Luxor
One way to get to/from Luxor is by plane. EgyptAir fly from Luxor to Cairo, Aswan and Abu Simbel (to name a few places).
Once our Nile Cruise ended, we flew from Luxor to Cairo, which took around 40 minutes.
However, expect delays when you travel in Egypt.......
Our early morning flight was delayed due to smog in Cairo - the airport there was shut.....but the pilot didn't find this out until we had taxied out to the runway. We then turned back, and sat on the tarmac for over 4 hours!!
We were unable to leave the plane, as the small terminal building was filled with passengers waiting to depart on other flights... what fun!Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Nile Cruise Ships
One of the best ways to see the most important sites in Upper Egypt (Southern Egypt), is by taking a Nile Cruise. Most of these ships are 5 star hotel type services.
We sailed on the M/S Jasmin, and it was very nice.
One of the ship's crew mentioned to me that there are over 500 ships sailing between Luxor and Aswan at any time.
Due to the heavy travel volume, several of the locations in Luxor instituted a travel trolley system to get you closer to the monuments without having to keep buses right up on top of them.
Here is a picture of the trolley we took to Hatshetsup's Temple.
Well, the 8th day of our tour was coming to a close, and boy was I tired! I had already left the cruise ship, and toured the city all evening... all I wanted to do was SLEEP!
And sleep I did, since it took almost 2 hours to wait for the buses to take us from the terminal to the plane!
Pretty long bus trip
We were surprised when our guide told us that starting from 2010 day trips to Luxor does not have to be organized in a conwoys and escorted by the army vehicles. Several years ago some tourist buses have been ambushed and number of tourist killed by the terrorists but thank God such a danger do not excist anymore. There are, however, at least 5 or 6 spots along the road with the army barracks which look alike new constructions.
I was pretty much surprised with the beauty or rocky hills along the road and the fact that not one settlement could be seen around, not even the small villages. There is only one resting place on the road from Hurghada to Luxor and we stopped there for breakfast which was pretty bad....
Buss to Luxor
We take the buss from Hurgada to Luxor.
After 9 o'clock in the morning we were at Hurgada buss station. In reality we must wait for some time, because buss hasn't arrived in the time. But as said ticket seller - it's normaly "Arabic time" ;-)
Buss was good (better as buss which we had when we were going to Luxor with tourist group!!!)
The way to Luxor takes about 4 hours (1 stop).
Ticket: 22,50 LE
The motor boat is an alternative way of getting from the East Bank to the West Bank instead of the tourist ferry. If you go on a tour through your hotel or if you buy a 'package' through a tout on the East Bank, you will often travel on their personal motor boat to the West Bank before eg boarding your taxi.
Beware if taking a private motor boat when ascending and descending - children will meet you to help you on or off and expect a tip in return!
Tourists often rely on horse carriages, called "caleches," for transport.
The sizes of "the city of alive" are those that it is quite possible to move on foot around the city. A popular type of transport in Luxor - a fiacre (hantur). However it is necessary to agree about the price in advance.
You can take this carriage for a ride through the town or for a visit to the Temple of Karnak.Related to:
- Road Trip
Luxor Bridge across the Nile
The bridge was recently constructed a few miles upstream of the main town of Luxor, allowing ready land access from the East Bank to the West Bank.
Traditionally, however, river crossings have been the domain of several ferry services.
The so-called 'local ferry' (also known as the 'National Ferry') continues to operate from a landing opposite the Temple of Luxor. The single fare (April 2007) is 1 LE - one Egyptian Pound - per passenger for foreigners.
Alternatively motorboats line the East Bank of the Nile all day providing a quicker, but more expensive (5LE), crossing to the other side.Related to:
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Visiting of Luxor for tourists are usually connected with the embarkation on board the boats. The majority of river cruises along the Nile begins in Luxor. The program of cruise usually lasts for 3-4 days.
For tourists arriving from Hurghada the embarkation on the ship usually occurs after visiting of the Karnak Temple. This excursion usually comes to an end by dinner time. During dinner in the restaurant of the ship a guide distributes tourists in their cabins by means of drawing lots.Related to:
"Trip on donkies ". It starts somewhere in the Left Bank of the Nile near our guide's house. In reality all guide's family were waiting for us :-)
I think it looks very funny - how some of us got on donkies... ;-)))))))
And first metres, four example, for me was very terrible :-) What can i do, if my donkey was real donkey - very spiteful :-)
But even so - the trip was marvellous!!!
Price: we payed 50,-LE, but latter we found out, that real price is about 20-25,-LE
Taxis are everywhere - blue and while Peugeots - and you will be aware of them as they often slow down to see if you need to use them. They are useful for getting from one end of Luxor to another (should cost around 20 LE - 2 GBP). It can sometimes be annoying in a taxi though, as they try to find out how long you will be at that particular destination so they can pick you up again. We had one taxi driver telling us how long we should be spending at a sight! A final warning - always check what currency you are dealing in - Egyptian pounds and exactly what you are paying for eg. the agreed fee for all passengers and includes getting in and out of the taxi and no hidden surcharges like the agreed price may suddenly turn out to be for getting in but not getting out of the taxi etc .
The boat had the team numerous enough. It seemed to me, that the amount of sailors and attendants did not concede to the amount of tourists.
According to for a long time accepted order it is necessary to pay tips at the end of the cruise at once for the whole of 10-15 $. For three days it is not much I think.
M/S SOBEK Managed by Upper Moon Tours.Related to:
To Luxor from Aswan
It was really complicated to travel from Aswan to Luxor. In the morning we took a taxi (5 pounds) to the bus station. There they said the bus was not going until 3.30 pm (Lonely Planet had said there was one every hour). It was too many hours to wait and we asked for the minibuses. There were minibuses going, but they were not allowed to take foreigners and no one wanted to risk getting in trouble with the police. At the bus station they said we could take a train so we took a bus back to town (50 piasters) and went to the train station. After a long time in queue we were told they could not sell us the tickets, but we could buy them on board. To be sure we asked the man checking the tickets at the entrance to the platform and he said he would not let us pass without a ticket. That train was not for foreigners, who are only allowed to travel with three trains a day.
Finally we had to go with the convoy at 2 pm. A taxi driver agreed to take us for 150 pounds, but as we waited another taxi came and an English man and his son in that taxi said we could go with them. We paid our taxi driver some money before he left. In the convoy there was our car and a tourist bus. In the front there was a police car and in the back there was another. During part of the journey we lost sight of the police car, but closer to Luxor they put the sirens on. This way of travelling does not feel safer. It is really a way of telling, “Here the tourists come”. Isn’t it much safer to travel among many locals on the minibus we were not allowed to take?Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
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