2008 News Archive - Holidays - Relaxation on the Nile

11 01 2007

In their book, Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die, travel writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones have put together a truly magical list of outstanding holiday ideas.

Their book covers dog-sledding in Sweden, Aboriginal dreaming in Australia, wine-tasting in France and riding elephants in Nepal.

For many, however, Egypt tops the bill and the authors have accordingly afforded the country two separate once-in-a-lifetime activities.

The first suggestion is hiring a felucca on the Nile, which is perhaps the most incredible way to soak up the very essence of Egyptian life.

Those reluctant to brave a traditional felucca can instead enjoy a cruise and there are many that operate between Luxor and Aswan. The Nile has been central to Egypt's history and it remains a key part of daily life in Egypt.

Sightseeing from a cruise ship is an extremely popular pastime, but many will take equal pleasure from sunbathing onboard and hopping off for the odd venture into one of the many bustling riverside towns.

Watkins and Jones also claim that everybody should try to go Red Sea diving from Egypt during their lifetime.

Egypt has dozens of stunning diving resorts and the underwater experience is about as magical in the Red Sea as anywhere in the world.

It would be unwise to visit either area without a good supply of sunscreen, however, as both see temperatures rising to around 35 or even 40 degrees Celsius at the height of summer.

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