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When American actress Bette Davis, playing a rich kleptomaniac in the 1978 film "Death on the Nile," turned to her maid and asked if she fancied a trip down the longest river in the world, the response was scathing.The Greek historian Herodotus famously called Egypt a "gift" of the Nile, but for backpackers and high-end travelers alike, it's likely that the river itself will prove the greatest reward of any trip to the country.When it comes to sightseeing the evocative remnants of ancient Egypt, pretty much everything is somewhere along the Nile, so what follows is a highly selective list of things to do that revolve in some way around the river. While in Aswan, any Nile lover would be aghast to miss out on the two great dams: The lower one built by the Brits at the turn of the 19th century, and the upper one built under President Gamal Abdel-Nasser in the 1960s.Down on Lake Nasser, you can book yourself onto everything from an enormous, full-facility, five-star cruise boat to a smaller wooden boat where you sleep on the open deck and drop anchor anywhere you like.Seductive, soothing and silent (most of the time), the Nile is the thing that keeps travelers coming back for more, time after time after time.
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