The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Sailing the Nile
Adventure Center
800-227-8747, www.adventure
$515-$560camping, tourist hotels, boat accommodations
Himalayan Travel
$655camping, tourist hotels, boat accommodations
800-223-6046, www.
$650camping, tourist hotels, boat accommodations

The Route: An unhurried 15-day, 150-mile journey downriver from Luxor to Aswan, traveling by traditional 35-foot felucca, train, and private bus. You'll also get a chance to snorkel the Red Sea.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Feluccas — the same craft that ferried stones to build the ancient temples — have no motors, so your schedule is subject to the whims of the wind. To make up time, you may have to skip stops or switch to the bus.

High/low points:

  • Picking out desert-bright Orion from your sleeping bag on the deck.
  • Riding four hours to the Valley of Kings on a skinny, rawboned donkey named Ballbuster.

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