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.
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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