In AFRICA, TRAVEL

In the third episode of Contiki Egypt & The Nile, we take a morning trip to Abu Simbel, and party on the Nile.

Contiki Egypt & The Nile: Day 5 & 6

The following are notes from my travel journal.

When you travel, it’s pretty hard to get a full night’s sleep. And we could leave at 10am – but I will always, on a Contiki, jolt out of bed at 4:30am in a panic thinking that I missed the bus. Well it just so happened that our wake-up call that morning to get to Abu Simbel was at 4:30am. 

I was not too happy about that. And I was even less impressed when our flight ended up leaving much later than planned, because of an error. 

Of course, once we got there, it was totally worth it.

Abu Simbel #mycontiki

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There are two temples: one for the Pharaoh Ramesses II and one for his queen Nefertari. They were carved out of these rock mountains in the 13th century – and relocated onto an artificial hill in the 1968, to avoid being submerged.

We weren’t allowed to bring cameras inside, and people would actually follow you and delete photos off your phone so I didn’t even bother.

It’s not something that easily translates on video, you actually have to see it in person to appreciate how immense it is. But it was definitely just… surreal.

We flew back to Aswan and finally got some time to enjoy the cruise ship/boat.

We finally took off for Kom Ombo – and visited the Temple there, dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, and the falcon god, Horus. 

Crocodile mummies #mycontiki

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And then it was time for our the first big party of the trip. The Egyptian staff provided live music and dancing, it was a lot of fun. But then it was time for Contiki to take over the rest of the night. 

Late-night crew #mycontiki

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Needless to say the next morning was a little rough but again totally worth it. 

I took a nap after we got on the boat. Apparently there were kids throwing merchandise on board for purchase, and if you didn’t want to buy anything, you’d throw it back. I missed this, but it sounds like a pretty fun way to shop.

Watch the video above to see the whole adventure!

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