It might be a little late to book a Nile River cruise to celebrate the New Year, although there is always a possibility to find a last-minute opportunity. On the other hand, it is really an experience to plan for the February or Easter holidays.
Not only because it’s the best season, but also because you can travel with your family. Ignore anyone who advises you against going to Egypt, they often don’t know what they are talking about. It is a secure destination that will enchant you. We have compiled a handy little guide to a successful Nile cruise.
Book your trip to Egypt
To book your trip, just type in any search engine: Circuit Egypt to find a plethora of tour operators offering different packages. In general, there are 8 to 11-day packages with a visit to Cairo plus a cruise on the Nile.
It is important to check that the excursions are included in the price so as not to have big surprises once there. You should also know that most of the time drinks on board the boat are chargeable and that there is a Visa of 65 € to be paid on arrival.
When you tell your entourage that you want to go on Egypt tours, you often get hostile or fearful reactions. But, as we said in the introduction, there really is nothing to worry about.
It is true that when you arrive in the country you can be a little surprised when you see the number of police and military patrolling and the many checkpoints in the streets, but you get used to it quickly.
When travelling with a tour operator, all excursions are secured by a military or police presence in order to take no risk. And in order not to tempt the devil, it is advisable, when taking a walk outside the excursion, to do it in a group.
If you opt for an organized trip, then bringing your family is no problem. We often see entire families on cruise ships. If your children are also passionate about history, they will really have stars in their eyes during this extraordinary adventure!
The course of the cruise
Usually, the cruise takes place on a human-sized boat with around a hundred people on board. Meals of the day, including breakfast, are taken in a dining room. During the day you can have a drink at the bar and relax on a deckchair and enjoy the sublime landscape.
As for food, most cruises offer a mix of French and local dishes such as hummus, tabbouleh, Arabic bread, etc.
Finally, you should know that the excursions often start very early in the morning, between 4 and 7 am, to avoid the heat, so do not plan to party on board. It would be a shame to miss a visit because of fatigue!
In terms of clothing, you need to bring something light for the day such as shorts and T-shirts and for the evening a good sweater and pants or dress because the nights are cool. Due to local customs, especially for women, it is advisable to dress correctly, so avoid micro shorts and bras.
Last practical advice
To go to Egypt, you need a valid passport or an identity card that will not expire in the next six months.
The currency used there is the Egyptian pound. 20 pounds equals about $ 1. The easiest way is to change it when you arrive at the airport, because very often this currency cannot be found in Parisian exchange offices.
For large amounts, you can obviously use a credit card. Beforehand, check the costs with your bank to avoid any unpleasant surprises when you return!