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Dinner cruise in Cairo: a clever idea for short trips to Egypt

This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language. Please, feel free to correct me.


A cruise on the Nile River is one of the most exciting events during tourism in Egypt. To be honest, it’s my favorite part of the trip. It happens in the South, from Luxor to Aswan, and vice versa. 

During the navigation along the enigmatic river, we enjoy shows of typical dances and appreciate several meals, while being constantly tempted by the pool and the bar. But amazing experiences also happen off the ship when it docks in certain cities. These are opportunities for people going out with their tour guides to visit temples in Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, and other places. 

Consequently, tourists with no opportunity to add a cruise to their travel plan face a frustration. How to visit Egypt without at least one experience on the Nile? 

To those people, I suggest a dinner cruise on the Nile River while they’re still in Cairo

A dinner cruise on the Nile River
Example of boat used for dinner cruises on the Nile River, Cairo area. (Narrow your expectations in terms of quality of the boats. For example, if someone promotes a boat as five stars, you can expect four or three stars.)
Entrance to a boat dedicated to dinner cruise in Cairo

The event lasts for almost two hours, navigating in Cairo zone only. While eating, tourists enjoy shows of typical dances.

Well, you are living an experience on the Nile.

That’s interesting, Damas. So, how can I book a table?

Ask your travel operator, and he or she will organize the team in Cairo. At scheduled times, they drive you to the boat and later back to the hotel.

Usually, customers pay for the meal when the event ends, like in any restaurant. Or the price charged by the travel agent may include the food, with drinks paid separately.

Nile River cruises are magical moments that we never forget

Tables set to a dinner cruise in Cairo
Tables ready for dinner in a boat in Cairo.
Typical dances during the dinner show
Typical dances are part of the show.
Belly dance during the cruise in Cairo area.
Belly dance.

A fresh idea here, Damas. I will ask my travel operator to add the regular cruise on the Nile River to my itinerary. The problem is, now you make me wish to be part of a dinner like that in Cairo. Is it worth it? I mean, perhaps it’s too much to book the regular cruise in the South of the country and the dinner cruise in Cairo.

Why not? A second adventure on the Nile River can’t be too much, and, who knows, even a third one. After all, Egypt is fascinating, always ready to amaze us more.

I hope you live this unforgettable adventure. With all the good Egyptian gods blessing your night, of course. 😉 

Have a nice dinner.


G. DAMAS
I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal). My first fiction book, for young adults, was published in 2001 in Portuguese language — a time travel adventure that won thousands of readers. I also wrote some travel and tech books and manuals.
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