Hotel Review: Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort, Egypt, 11/2012

At the main pool - Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian ResortWe’ve been back one week now and finally I manage to put together the review for the resort we stayed in, showing you some pictures too:

We stayed at the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort near Marsa Alam on the Abu Dabab Bay near Marsa Alam at the Red Sea in Egypt, picking it due to good reviews and the beautiful pictures. Now, many times pictures from hotels are not really accurate but here they were. It was really good. Continue reading

Day 6: Valley of kings, Luxor

Hatchepsut temple, Luxor, EgyptThe last day on board started early. As every morning we had a wake up call 15 minutes before breakfast began, than one hour for breakfast and then the trip. Today’s wake up call was at 5.45 a.m….

We started with the collosi of Memnon which were not that colossal at all and had many people trying to sell touristy rubbish in a very aggressive way. Continue reading

Day 5 on the Nile: Esna and Luxor

Luxor temple, EgyptToday started with a surprise: it was raining – not cold but raining. So the trip to the first temple of the day was short but as we walked through a little basar with no good roof we emerged covered with dirty drops. The temple itself wasn’t that exciting either. It had well preserved colourful walls but it was small and loads of birds were nesting and therefor shitting there. If you think about what to skip on a tour like this, I would suggest the Chum temple in Edna. Continue reading

Day 3+4 on the Nile: Aswan

Unfinished obelisk, Aswan, EgyptOn Sunday we started early because we had a tight scedule: we rushed through an Aswan Quarry where an unfinished (because broken while being cut) obelisk is still lying.

Then we went on a quick boat ride to an island where a temple of Isis has been replaced to because its previous island was set underwater after the first Aswan dam was built.
And then we went to the new High Dam of Aswan. Honestly this was not really worth a visit. We got of, looked at the Nasser lake and the dam and left again.
For Monday you could book an extra trip to Abu Simbel. Surely there is another really exciting temple but another 4 hours ride by bus per way for about 90€ and getting up at 2.30 a.m. was nothing that attracted us. So we stayed on the ship and went for a short walk in Aswan later this morning. Continue reading

Day 2 on the Nile: Edfu and Kom Ombo

Pylon at the Horus temple in Edfu, EgyptThe day started with a ride in a horse drawn carriage to the Horus temple in Edfu. The ride was bumpy but what I completely underestimated was the horse hair. I’m allergic to animal hair. I know that. But I seemingly forgot that horses are animals and arrived at the temple sneezing. Fortunately it wasn’t too bad and so I also survived the trip back. It also showed me that a carriage ride wasn’t a desirable adventure (also because the driver was quite annoying, asking for Bakschish, meaning a tip, again and again. We finally gave him money just to shut him up even though this was something they warned us against because they get paid by the travel agency). Continue reading

Day 1 on the Nile: Luxor

View on the Nile to the West Bank in Luxor, EgyptYesterday we arrived in Egypt. It was quite a long journey to be honest. We left home at around 4.20 a.m. (me having slept 2.5 hours, Michael fresh from work, he just changed and got into the cab to the airport). The flight was at 6.45 a.m. and we arrived in Marsa Alam at around 1 p.m. local time. On the map Luxor didn’t look that far but with a seamingly detour nearly up to Hurghada it took another 6 hours by minibus to get there. So at 8.40 p.m. we finally checked in at our ship, the MS Zaina. Continue reading