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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

It’s now been a week since we left the wonderful Dahabiya Dream and it’s fantastic crew. Alex and I are still talking about our experience, I think it will stay with us for a while.
We really want to express our gratitude to you and all the team that made such a fabulous trip possible. We felt massively privileged to sail the Nile on such a unique boat.
The itinerary was so well thought out, everyday our knowledge and expectations built until the big reveals of Karnak and Luxor temples. Also, we really appreciated arriving at the sights at the least busy times of day to allow us to truly experience the magnificence of the temples.
The pace of life on board was so relaxed, we loved the ‘hands up’ nature of who wanted to partake in certain tours. Such a refreshing way to enjoy a trip rather than having everything regimented.
The food on board was exceptional, Alex couldn’t help himself and had seconds at most meals. The drinks service too was amazing, how lovely to be greeted everytime we arrived home with a delicious drink and a cold towel.
Ahmed, our guide for the week was so entertaining and clearly passionate about his subject. His enthusiasm was infectious, so much so that Alex and I have travelled down from near Manchester to visit both the Egyptian exhibits at the British Museum and the Tutankhamun display at the Saatchi Gallery.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Mahmood and all the team on board. We felt like a little family for a week. We were so well cared for. Everyone was so friendly and kind and we felt so at home. Plus there was a lot of laughter.
We have wanted to visit Egypt for a long time and choosing you and the team exceeded all our expectations and we can not wait to come again!
We have travelled a lot and we can genuinely say that this has been one of the best weeks we have ever had in our lives - we will definitely be booking again!
We have have taken over a thousand photos and will send you some of the Dream. Thank you again.
Cheers,
Elisabeth & Alex
Travel date Nov 2019
UK

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