Cruising down the Nile
Trip Start Apr 01, 2001
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We "independent travellers" have succumbed to the tortures of organized travel... not just your run of the mill package deal... Oh no my friends, we've been subjected to the most extreme violation of an "independent travellers" rights, principles and traditions.... the Nile Cruise!
Cruise leaders intentionally inflict severe pain (Karaoke Evenings) and suffering (Fancy dress Galabaya Evenings) on anyone crazy enough to step onboard. They dehumanize their victims - seeing them as objects of curiosity and experimentation (How well can a British Beer-gut belly-dance?), and use peer pressure to make their victims accept this torture as necessary and acceptable.
Victims are confined to cell-like cabins, and subjected to sleep deprivation by the constant ringing of bells (to announce breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tours and activities on board).... not to mention the honking of the ship's horn whenever it meets, passes or overtakes another of the several hundred cruise boats which ply this part of the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
Another favourite method of torture, taken from the Spanish Inquisition, is "foot roasting" whereby the soles of the victim's feet are slowly barbecued over red-hot coals. On a Nile Cruise this torture is made all the more painful by the temptation of a freshwater plunge pool placed just far enough along the deck that your feet will blister before you get there!
We are now back in London recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder!
Viking Travel and Discover Egypt - Nile Cruise
Fly London Gatwick to Luxor
Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Queens
The Colossi of Memnon
The Temple of Queen Hatshipsut
Sail to Kom Ombo
Aswan High Dam
The Unfinished Obelisk
Tour to a Jewellery Factory (optional tour)
Abu Simbel by coach (with armed guards)
Nubian Village by Camel (optional tour)
Kom Ombo Temple
Sail to Esna
Sound and Light Show at Karnak
Cabin check out at 10am
Fly Luxor to London Gatwick