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2017
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Bucket List Buster: Unbeatable Boat Cruise between Luxor and Aswan

If you have ever been to Egypt and had plenty of time to dive into the amazing experiences the country has to offer, it’ll simply be impossible to tell the story in a brief blog post. How do one even summarize how it felt being at the Great Pyramid of Giza, seeing the Valley of Kings in Luxor on hot-air balloon or the Tahrir Square beyond the camera, or going on a 4×4 ride and sand boarding in the Sahara Desert or visiting many temples, museum and different Islands that you had never heard about? Well, the best one can do is to cut a piece of the experience and inspire would-be travellers with it, especially those who will like to traverse between the two worlds; ancient and modern, which Egypt epitomises. Today, I’ll be sharing a little of my wonderful time in Luxor, which to me is a bucket list buster!

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The Nile is a life wire of the Egyptian economy. It’s been so for many years; and as the economy has evolved, so too has the value of the Nile to Egyptians. Today, so many activities are built around the Nile and it won’t be out of place to say a visit to Egypt without experiencing the Nile is an incomplete trip. One of the most popular activities to engage in on the Nile today is the cruises that go on there, a number of which ply the water from Aswan to Luxor.

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You guessed right; because I took part in one of those cruises while in Luxor. Actually, seeing the Nile has been a childhood dream for me, and seeing it on a cruise is just something I’d say I did not want to miss for anything in the world.

Boat cruises are run by many companies in Aswan and Luxor, so if you do your research well, you may be lucky to find one that fits your tastes and budget. I was guided by a friend who is vastly experienced in holiday packages into choosing one company offering literally everything on a fair budget—except alcohol, and I didn’t mind.

The superb boat we used offers extensive facilities equal to a first rate hotel with great dining options, fabulous entertainment and a lovely pool with sun deck and massage for relaxation. From the boat, the view of the Nile was simply unmatchable; it’s stunning from all angles; and beyond the waters, I could see the life built around the river, ranging from the endless rows of palm trees to towns clinging to the river banks and the endless desert dune. The stunning views of the Nile were actually enhanced by the surroundings, and I had cabins displaying the wow factor.

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I loved the cruise even more for the food on offer. It was buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with meals cutting across continental experiences. It was an opportunity for me to activate my adventurous taste bud trying out a mix of Egyptian, Italian and American specialties, among others from the main meal to the desserts.

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If you ever wanted to indulge yourself after a long stressful period of work, this experience is a must, and I bet it is something that should be on your bucket list.

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Michael Usifo

Michael Usifo

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Michael-Alvin, an imaginative get-it-done wordsmith, blends uncanny taste for facts gleaned from his training in law, and journalism by UNESCO, in his travels and reports about Africa for Afro Tourism.
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