River Nile, Cairo
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.
Access to the banks of the Nile are not as straighhtforward as I had imagined - few opportunities for sweeping views. The island of Zamelek offers you the best opportunities in central Cairo - mainly because there are any number of private homes, clubs, diplomatic centres etc whose demands on prime real estate make it difficult to get to the river.
The northern tip of Zamelek offers you open views - problem being it's alos one of the ugliest views in Cairo!!
Cruise down the Nile on this elegant cruise ship while you are entertained for an unforgettable, relaxing dinner. The cruise starts at 7:30 and lasts about two hours - you will enjoy eating your dinner while sailing up and down the Nile taking in the amazing lights of Cairo. The house band accompanies the belly dancer and the Tanoura (whirling dervish) show. The food is varied, served buffet style, and service is excellent. It costs about $65 USD with extra for drinks.
A felucca ride down the Nile in Cairo is a pleasent experience. I took a ride just before sunset, which was great.
You can decide on the lenghth of the ride, but you will pay per hour. You need to haggle once again. There are mooring points along the corniche.
I do not know what the average price would be, but paid EPounds 60, for an hour.
At night there are many motor-driven sight-seeing boats, which seems very popular with the local in-love couples.
Get a boat ride...or cruise along in a ship or hire small boat and ride with some local friends..its an experience not to be missed...see the sunset as it touches the river..the river is the heartbeat of Egypt. Longest river in the world where it starts from Rowanda/Borondy in Africa and flows across to the end of a long journey in Raas Elbar, Egypt where it meets the salty seawater, a total of 6695km journey..
Cairo is a very huge city, with his 18 mio people living, appears to be the biggest african city.
Cairo has some of the most beautifull sites in our entire world, i.e. the Sphinx, Gizah pyramids and so on...but has also the magnificient and the history wellknown NILE...Visit the Nile during the sunset is an exoperience you will never forget, such a colour and such a smell will remain into your brain...
Com’on we are talking about THE river, and not A river...is absolutely amazing!
ok ok, i know its a bit dirty and it may pong, but ITS THE RIVER NILE! i was just so amazed to be there, i was thinking back to sunday school and all the stories. we took a river cruise on a proper tourist boat thing for 20egyptian pounds but that was kinda artificial and we talked to someone else who went on a local boat for 2 egyptian pounds and it sounded like he had a much better experience.
YOU MUST DO THIS and send me some pics because i dropped my camera in the water in sharm the next day :(
During your trip in Cairo and in your way from the Mesuem to the Pyramids , you can take a boat in the river Nile , it takes about 20 minutes to reach a place near the Pyramids and during these 20 minutes you will be able to see a lot of Cairo sights including hotels , bridges and many bulilding representing the modern civilization in Egypt.
you can arrange the boat trip alone and bargaining the boat owners or u can simply select it when arranging the Cairo tour , later u can have a nice dinner at a resturant by the nile .
Here we say : who drinks from Nile water should come again to visit it :)
There are still a handful of these ancient structures left but they are well off the beaten path. These are the measuring devices of the ancient Egyptian fortunes - the Nile being too high or too low meant difficult times ahead for the farmers along it's banks. The nilometers are deep, cyclindrical stuctures with a stone measuring column standing in it's center. This one is located at the southern tip of an island in the heart of Cairo.
We were given this option to have a boat ride on the Nile to our restaurant 'Happy Dolphin'. The alternative option was go by coach, but we'd been cooped up in the coach for 7 hours traveling, we all agreed to go by boat.
It was approximately 30LE each which is £3. Bargain! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't luxury, but we had music and could see Cairo looking from the Nile, it was an experience and a time for us all to have a chat about our day.
The boats can be found by the Nile, and i'm sure if you ask a taxi driver they will direct you to the correct place.
I took the evening cruise as I had some time left before leaving to the airport. It was realy nice. The buffet diner and the entertaiment were provided and all of that for about 20 euros. It was a two hour cruise, just enough to enjoy the night panorama of Cairo and the programme thay had prepared. The ship was very nice and clean. It was a five star small ship named Nil Crystal.
During the summer the river cornish and its bridges are full of peoplle looking cool of a bit. It is not unusual to even see the locals sitting on the chairs on the bridges, I guess, not everybody can afford to have an aircon. The views from the bridges are great especially at night, when everything that is not the prettiest is hidden away and you can see the richly lighted city and the light reflection on the water.
One of my fondest memories is strolling across the Nile bridges in the city that never sleeps, and watching the young egyptian lovers, hand in hand, just before the sunsets. The Nile is the lifeline of egypt, economically, strategically, historically and environmentally, but more than that is just how dear the nile is to egyptians.
I walked through much of egypt, especially along the nile, and will remember at night seeing the city lights reflecting off the water, as the small boat barges and rough looking boats painted colourfully with home-made tarps covering, fans running, the egyptian music blowing the speakers blaring across the nile the fervantly passionate egyptian music. Stark contrasts of Marriot and Sheraton towers on the street where ghetto taxis commute. Its a sight to see.
Thank God for the Nile River, otherwise, Cairo would be claustrophobic. The longest river in the world still flows through the city and creates a calming effect. The feluccas, though not as many as in Aswan, can still be seen sailing past, but most of the vessels along the river are now these huge entertainment boats that serve as loud discos, belly dancing nightclubs, and/or plush, meaning, expensive, restaurants. You can leisurely stroll on the banks of the river or cross the bridges to visit the beautiful well-maintained parklands in the islands of the Nile. Most of the areas around the river are fairly upmarket, so you can visit some of the posh hotels or resaturants overlooking the river and get some cool refreshments.
You can rent a small boat for about 20 Egyptian pounds for half an hour ride...or you can ride with other local people for about 2 Egyptian pounds.
The boat that we hired was located infront of the Hilton ramasis hotel.