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    Nile River Night View

    by machomikemd Written Oct 25, 2013
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    This will be a night views while cruising along the mighty Nile River, the cradle of Egytian Civilization, with pictures of various scenes along this river of life of egypt as the scenery is more spectacular than the day views.

    what tour of Cairo is not complete with a Nile River Dinner Cruise? cruising along the mighty Nile River, where the Egyptian and other Civilisations (such as the Nubians) started as territorial egypt then was only along the first 50 to 100 kilometers either way of the nile river. If you don't have time to have a multi day nile cruise for a few days going to the famous archeological site of Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor in Southern Egypt, then having a nile river cruise in Cairo for dinner can be somewhat of a substitute.

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    Nile River Day View

    by machomikemd Written Oct 25, 2013
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    This will be a day views while cruising along the mighty Nile River, the cradle of Egytian Civilization, with pictures of various scenes along this river of life of egypt.

    what tour of Cairo is not complete with a Nile River Dinner Cruise? cruising along the mighty Nile River, where the Egyptian and other Civilisations (such as the Nubians) started as territorial egypt then was only along the first 50 to 100 kilometers either way of the nile river. If you don't have time to have a multi day nile cruise for a few days going to the famous archeological site of Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor in Southern Egypt, then having a nile river cruise in Cairo for dinner can be somewhat of a substitute.

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    Nile River Dinner Cruise Aboard the Memphis

    by machomikemd Written Oct 25, 2013
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    this will be my things to do tips on Nile River Cruise, I will have separate nightlife and restaurant tips for it.

    what tour of Cairo is not complete with a Nile River Dinner Cruise? cruising along the mighty Nile River, where the Egyptian and other Civilisations (such as the Nubians) started as territorial egypt then was only along the first 50 to 100 kilometers either way of the nile river. If you don't have time to have a multi day nile cruise for a few days going to the famous archeological site of Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor in Southern Egypt, then having a nile river cruise in Cairo for dinner can be somewhat of a substitute.

    there are many lunch and dinner cruise ships lining the nile river along the Nile River Corniche in Cairo and we took the Memphis tours Andrea Cruising Boat. the dinner cruise lasts for 3 hours from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm every night and buffet dinner, entertainment like the belly dancing, tanoura show and singin is included and you can buy alcoholic beverages (not included in the package) like egyptian & international beers and liqours and smoke cigarettes and shisha along the open roof deck of the ship while you are cruising and savoring the sights along the nile river.

    price of a Nile River Cruise Package is about 500 LE (about US $ 75 per for single person) 400 LE ( US $ 55 for 2 to 3 persons and per person in a group)

    included in the packge is the buffet dinner (the drinks, including bottled water is not included).

    hotel pick up and drop off is included.

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    The Traditional and Pollution Free Felucca

    by Mozumbus Updated Mar 6, 2012
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    While making the list of ‘Must Dos’ for our quick Egyptian trip, I felt confused what type of boat to choose for a Nile hangout. The hotel type ‘Nile Cruise’ with all the amenities and luxuries and the shorter ‘Dinner Cruise’ with the traditional belly dancing are popular among tourists however they looked far from an authentic experience, which we were looking for.

    Further internet research led me to the wikitravel’s page about Felucca; the time tested way to cruise through the world’s largest river without adding to the pollution. This was definitely what we were looking for.

    Though it is better to experience the full fledged Felucca in the Upper Egypt city of Aswan, however, we had to confine ourselves to one available in Cairo.

    It cannot be more soothing than cruising in the Nile! Even though it was right in the middle of the chaotic and polluted conurbation, the calm blue stream of the river was too refreshing. Gamal – the captain of our Felucca – was dexterously playing with the sail to move the noiseless boat along the sweet Nile breeze. As soon as the ride started, our Egyptian friend Ramy sniffed in a typical style as if he is trying to smell the fresh air!

    For some moments, I got free from all the worldly hassles!.

    Most importantly, one does not need any external support, i.e. a guide, for this experience which can easily be done independently without getting ripped by one of those notorious touts roaming around in Cairo!

    What to Pay: We paid EGP 60 (+ 10 for the Captain’s tip) for an hour of the ride for the whole boat which can easily accommodate around 10 people for the same price. It is helpful to know Arabic numbers or use pen and paper for clarity. Pay after you come back. Better to take drinks etc from the downtown as it would not be easy to find a shop there.

    Timing: we reached there around 3:30 pm so that the ride ended around the sunset which added flavor to the experience. October to March is the best season to fully enjoy the trip.

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    Nile dinner cruise

    by colin_bramso Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    The Pharaohs dinner cruise is one of several Nile cruises in what are really floating restaurants. Egyptian friends took us and said they think this is the best one. There are two boats, Nile Phaorah and the one we went on, Golden Pharaoh.
    That's the smaller of the two with two decks, a large restaurant on each and extensive buffet dinner. Both restauants have a live band throughout the cruise, a belly dancer and a whirling dervish perform alternately in each restaurant.
    OK, so it's all a bit touristy and cheesy but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it!

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  • Sehr empfehlenswert: Easy Travel Egypt

    by Alfonsmark Written May 5, 2011

    Trotz der gegenwaertigen Lage entschieden wir uns Urlaub in Aegypten zu machen. Auf unserer Recherche im Internet nach individuellem Reisen und natuerlich dem besten Preis - Leistungsverhaeltnis stiessen wir auf diesen Reiseanbieter: Easy Travel Egypt.

    Es konnte nicht besser kommen. Das Wichtigste vorab: Wir bekamen hier in Aegypten niemals das Gefuehl, das Gefahr fuer Leib und Leben bestehe. Im Gegenteil. Die Menschen waren sehr zuvorkommend und man fuehlte sich stets willkommen.

    Wir buchten einen 10 Tage Rundtrip. Sahen Asuan, Luxor und Kairo mit all den Sehenswuerdigkeiten. Unsere doch als Deutsche gehobeneren Anspruechen wurden bestens erfuellt. Ohne Stress und Hektik verlebten wir unsere Reise. Fern ab vom Strom der Massentouristen konnten wir den Aufenthalt geniessen und hatten sogar, dank der tollen Planung von Easy Travel Egypt, einige Tempel sogar nur fuer uns.

    Fazit: Unsere anfaengliche Skepsis war sofort veflogen, als wir bei unserer Ankunft von einem Repraesentanten des Unternehmens in Empfang genommen wurden. Sie verstanden es uns die beste Zeit des Jahres in einer unaufdringlichen Art und Weise zu vermitteln.

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    Walk along the Nile

    by awladhassan Updated Jan 19, 2011

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    The Nile has a number of bridges and walking across them is enjoyable as you can see boats, feluccas and floating restaurants, as well as getting a view of the sky!
    In the river are two islands that make pleasant places to walk. The Gezira [=Island] includes the suburb of Zamalek with shady streets and interesting shops and cafes.
    Here is the Cairo Tower, the Fish Gardens and the Marriott Hotel which was a palace of the former Khedive.
    The other island is Roda where the Nilometer is situated.
    Both banks of the nile have long Corniches, but probably the eastern bank is more popular .

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    Dinner Cruise on the Nile

    by Cruiseone2003 Written Nov 1, 2010

    From Giza we drove about 10 miles to Cairo and boarded a very long ship for our dinner cruise on the Nile river. Any preconceived ideas of Cleopatra sailing down the Nile were erased when our dinner ship cruised up and down the Nile through Metropolitan Cairo. This part of Cairo is very modern with tall buildings, 5 star hotels and upscale shopping but on the way to the dinner cruise we passed carts being pulled by donkeys and at one point I saw a small heard of goats on a small street; Cairo is a city of extreme's.

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    River Nile

    by windoweb Written Apr 20, 2010

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    Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its estimated 77.4 million[1] live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable agricultural land is found. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.

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    Riverboat to Old Cairo

    by TheLongTone Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    Old Cairo can be reached by the riverbuses that depart from the Maspero Dock near the Rameses Hilton. It's a cheap and pleasant way to get there (or back), and would certainly win hands-down over the Metro in rush-hour.

    Not particularly for those in a hurry. The boats aren't particularly frequent, so a longish wait at the jetty might be involved. But they're pleasant enough places to be if you're not in a rush. and this is a very cheap way to see Cairo from the river.

    I've just tried to do this again (Jan '07) and it appears that the riverbuses no longer serve Roda Island or Mar Girgis
    I'm not deleting the tip because we live in hope, the service may resume. And it's still a way to get on the Nile cheaply.
    (photo Dec 2007)

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    Dinner Cruise along the Nile

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Aug 16, 2009

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    We tried the Dinner Cruise along the Nile on our first night (Pharaoh Cruising). It was actually my special request to my husband coz we're celebrating our 1st year wedding anniversary...and so the wish was granted :-)

    We were actually picked up from our hotel on time though boarding the cruise took us about an hour to wait at the lounge. The food was ok nothing special. The entertainment was also ok but not impressive.
    I think it would be better to have a lunch cruise so u can see more of the Nile and the view as well.

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    A drop of culture and communication

    by Delia_Madalina Updated May 22, 2009

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    Among travelers there are a few gifted with the talent of observing smaller or more astonishing ways of communication among different cultures. I'm not one of them, but I enjoy following their footsteps.
    Probably in Cairo the easiest and most handy manner of getting in touch with mass culture and ways of interacting is to take a long stroll down the Nile , sit on a bench, chew some seeds and simply OBSERVE.
    Some couples do hold hands, other ladies prefer just holding the gentleman's arm while some act as if they're on the catwalk, wrapped in their beautifully coloured veils or long dresses.
    And if you're lucky enough you might just meet two young ladies studying Arts willing to practice their English while explainning you a bit about how to stay in the shaddow.
    Lead the way!

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    Nile River Cruise in Cairo

    by freddie18 Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    I chose to have dinner at the Nile River Cruise on my first visit to Cairo. On my next, I would prefer lunch. Why? At least I can see the river, lol.

    There's nothing I can see outside, it was dark and the entertainment lounge was enclosed. There was entertainment though. Singers, dancers have shown their wares. Dinner was buffet but not too many choices.

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    Nile Hilton

    by MM212 Updated Dec 17, 2008

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    The landmark Nile Hilton Building
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    Built in 1959, the powder blue Nile Hilton building quickly became the symbol of modernism and luxury in the years following its construction. Unfortunately, time has been unkind and the hotel has become anything but, and is in desperate need of restoration. However, the distinctive Miami-style art déco edifice, which occupies the strategic position overlooking the Nile on one side and Midan Tahrir on the other, is an important landmark. In 2008, the Nile Hilton Hotel was sold to the luxury Ritz Carlton hotel management company, which announced its plans to renovate the building and open its first hotel in the city of Cairo. Once the hotel opens, it will be called the Nile Hotel and will likely once again be THE hotel to stay at in Cairo.

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    Egypt's Lifeline

    by MM212 Updated Nov 23, 2008

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    Lush Greenery on the Banks of Manyal el-Rodah
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    Without it, Egypt would not be as we know it. For many millennia, the Nile has been Egypt's source of life, water, transportation and inspiration. The river flows from as far south as tropical Africa and cuts its way through the Sahara before reaching the Mediterranean. In Cairo, it separates Gizah from the main city and within it lie two large urban yet green islands: Gezira and Rodah. The Nile provides Cairo with stunning views that you can enjoy. Take a stroll along the banks of the Nile, but beware, do not swim in it or drink from it!

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