Bus, Boat, On Foot, Train
This trip makes use of simple accommodation throughout. Our hotels in Cairo and Aswan are both centrally located in the busier urban areas and shops, restaurants and some attractions are easily accessible on foot. While in Luxor we will be staying on the quieter side of the river in a small family-run hotel, with a pool and a rooftop restaurant with views over the Nile, to make the most of the nearby location to the historic sites.
On the overnight train between Cairo and Aswan we use sleeper compartments, each containing a bench seat which converts into bunk beds. The carriage steward sets this up and provides bed linen, blankets and pillows. Each cabin is lockable and has a night light and a small sink, shelf, mirror, towel and power socket plus there is a removable table top that folds into the wall. Dinner and breakfast is delivered directly to you. Two western style toilets are located at the end of each carriage and there is a communal lounge carriage with a bar serving soft drinks.
During our three nights on the Nile, depending on the group size we will have one or two feluccas manned by the local crew and captain. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sleeping on mattresses out on the deck of the boat with sleeping bags. Sleeping bags can be rented for £10 per person per night and to book this you must notify Explore at least 14 days prior to travel, otherwise we're unable to guarantee there will be a sleeping bag available.
During the daytime the boat will moor regularly giving the chance to find a private spot for comfort breaks, while each evening the felucca will be moored for the night and a camp toilet will be built by the crew for a little more privacy.
On the felucca, there will be three meals prepared per day. As an example, breakfast will be of eggs, bread and preservatives, lunch will be a picnic often including tuna or cheese with salad and bread, and evenings meals will be a barbecue of meat or fish in the evenings. Dietary issues can be catered for with advance notice. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available throughout the time on the felucca and all other drinks will be paid for on-board using a honesty bar system.
Luggage will be stored in the bottom of the boat and will be accessible twice per day, so we recommend having a day pack where you can store the things you need during the day. The next few days are subject to change in timings and running order because our pace will be decided by weather conditions and the river's current.