Teddyboy wrote:These posting would make a stranger think that the (None) Egyptian Experience is miles and miles away from Luxor, whereas the truth is that even the turn off to the Viking dock is no more than 10 minutes beyond the turning for the Jolie Ville!
Let us try to understand something here, in most cases now, those who now take a cruise on the Nile and a further weeks stay in Hurgarda, will be told that Luxor is the most expensive city in the whole of Egypt, is that not true ? The tourist has probably already seen Luxor Temple and Karnack. After an exhausting day either W.B. or Luxor, the boat company will do their damnedest to keep tourist to their boat for a 101 reasons, from early departure next day to Luxor being a dangerous city.
Most tourist will eat a meal they have already paid for, rather than risk a meal somewhere in the city where the tourist will never return. Also from where as been suggest above, the journey will take at least 30 minutes, that is assuming the police check point at the bridge allows the journey, and especially after dark.
I truly think the old school on here have to finally accept mass tourism in Luxor is at an end. No hotel there reaches the insurance acceptance for package holidays, such as Thomas Cook etc.
I am certain that there must be still on this forum, past tourists who remember arriving at Dendera, Edfu, and certainly Kom Ombo, where you actually came into contact with every day life people there. Today if you arrive at Kom Ombo by cruise boat, you would be forgiven for thinking its population was less than 500 people, when I fact it's a wonderful town, with a fantastic non tourist market. You could once walk to the town in five minutes, now there is a ten foot wall to prevent you even thinking of the idea. Within a short time, luxor will be the same.
So what's next, dock the boat at Essna, get a cab from there, it's only an hour ?
Better still catch a train just twenty minutes walk east of Luxor bridge, local station though, one train every two hours, third class,......no lights on train, and wooden benches,........get real.