City Tour visit wear

Ladies we all know that the first thought that goes through our heads if we are going anywhere is “what do I wear”, this is particularly true when I planned a visit to Egypt.

A Nile cruise conjures up pictures of the Grand Tour experience or Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile”, scenes.  Should I take explorer type clothes for the day and then a whole suitcase full of evening wear and jewellery?!

The reality was I took far too much (as always) and everything was actually very simple.

During the daytime, while enjoying the tours, you can wear whatever you like, though due to the extreme heat it is recommended you wear lightweight clothes shorts, capri trousers and t-shirts or cotton shirts were great. While relaxing on board on the cruise it was fine to wear shorts and swimming costumes, if you wish. Breakfast and lunch can be taken dressed casually, but for dinner, I put on a smarter dress or a top and trousers (excessive jewellery was not required!).

Another secret is not to take too many shoes as during the day flat shoes or sandals are the best as the floors of most sites are either sand or rough-cut, uneven stone. Inside many tombs, wooden floorboards have been installed and thin heels could get caught in the gaps between the floorboards.  Then in the evening one or two pairs of nice evening shoes are more than enough to take.

What to wear on a cruise down the nile

Keeping the sun off

I think the most important thing is to dress appropriately as the fewer clothes you wear the less respect you will gain from the predominantly Muslim Community of Egypt.

When you are visiting any mosques all visitors must remove their shoes.   Women must cover bare arms and cover their heads with a scarf and it is appropriate for men and women to wear long sleeves and long trousers or skirts for the ladies, when you visit a mosque.

I found if I always take a scarf with me wherever I go so that I can just put it round my head if I felt it was appropriate.  I also find it is a cooler way to protect my head from the sun than a hat which can get quite hot.

Very importantly no topless or nude sun bathing or bathing is permitted anywhere.

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What our clients have to say

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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