Cruises for People Who Hate Cruising

by Colleen Clark

Nour El Nil

Wide berth: For modern-day explorers who feel cruises keep you from truly engaging with a destination

Smooth sailing: Sometimes your mode of transport can be as much of a cultural experience as the place you're visiting—think train travel in India or the subway in New York. This is especially true on the world's most famous river. When Egypt first opened up to Western travel in the 19th century, bohemian types like Gustave Flaubert took to the Nile on majestic dahabiyya. The grand double-masted ships made leisurely sails upriver from Luxor to the ancient city of Aswan, stopping at crumbling temples and crypts along the way. Nour El Nil's red-and-white–sailed boats re-create these experiences for up to 20 passengers, eschewing motors for the leisurely pace set by the gentle Nile winds. Staff purchase fish and produce from small farms on the banks to create traditional Egyptian meals served on deck. And though the hieroglyphs and dunes, villages and temples, you see along the way are awe-inspiring, you'll get even more from tapping into the rhythms of the great river.

Pictured: Nour El Nil's El Nil dahabiyya by Dylan Chandler

Nour El Nil
Tel: 20 1 06 57 83 22

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