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Responsible tourism: Cairo short break, Egypt
Cairo City Breaks give you the opportunity to explore the famous Giza Plateau, home of Egyptís signature attractions visiting the Great Pyramids, ONE of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world including the Great Pyramid of Cheops, middle pyramid of Khephren and the little one of Mykerinos and mysterious Sphinx, the Father of Terror for the ancient pharaohs, the tour includes visit to the valley temple facing the great sphinx. All our activities are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. All of our guides and suppliers work according to this concept. We send to the clients a "Code of Ethics" information sheet prior to travel, advising them the cultural and environmental impacts of their activities. As part of the code we advise them on how to respect the local environment to help preserve it for future generations.
We advise our drivers in Cairo, Egypt not to use the horn even in case you do not have any client and this is a behavior and we need to improve it. We use trains because they have minimal impact on the environment and how to be an example to the others in Cairo and Giza. We keep advising travelers to conserve water and put tissues in the bin. In my opinion, you should start by yourself and advise the others to do like you. That is the best example to be followed.
We offer charitable organization for our clients to visit, like Masr Al Mahrusa Baladi. Masr Al Mahrusa Baladi Organization (NGO) tries to improve the quality of education in Egypt at governmental schools especially primary schools and taking care of genius students at governmental schools. Also, that organization helps in wiping out illiteracy in addition to bringing up and educating orphans.
During the trip, we give a brief description of Egypt from Pharaonic time until the time of the revolution in 1952. We also give out information about the Arabic language, local religions and appropriate dress (particularly for women).
Cairo City Break supports local communities in Cairo, Egypt. Our activity providers are also independent and so by taking this holiday you will be supporting their employment.
Our tours and holidays maximize the opportunity for clients to meet local people and learn about the local culture. We use employees from the local community. Clients can feel that while they are in Cairo and its suburbs. So sightseeing tours are operated and led by local guides. Also, we use local drivers and all arrangements of tours are made by local staff.
We ensure that all of the local people we work with have good working conditions with reasonable working hours, a contract and a fair wage. We choose local restaurants and accommodations to have the benefits remain within the local communities. Clients are kindly asked to respect the culture of the people in Cairo, Egypt and details of our guidelines will be provided on booking.
We make your holiday to Egypt unforgettable but not at the expense of the environment or the local people. Concerning local community, we encourage clients to buy handmade artifacts from the local producers like perfume, papyrus, carpets and pharaonic gold or silver souvenirs. So they can deal directly with local people with the help of our local guides. Moreover, we use locally owned hotels and restaurants and their employees are local people.
1 Reviews of Cairo short break, Egypt
3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2013 by Aileen Cornelio
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Our first day out to see the Great Pyramids. Not much else can beat seeing the pyramids!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
In retrospect, with the limited amount of time we had, we could have done without the day option to Alexandria (3 hour drive there and back for a total of 6 hours in a car felt like a day wasted). However, if you like seafood, then the food at the restaurant by the water that we ate at was a bit worthy of the day trip. Also in retrospect, we wished we had known to request more time to shop around in the bazaars we visited. I could have easily spent half a day at Khan El Khalili.
Also, before you leave, ask your tour rep if they plan to take you to any local shops so you can be prepared to bring enough cash or your credit card with you. There was a carpet workshop we didnít know we would be taken to and were a bit unprepared for financially. Haggling is most welcomed though! Also be prepared to have small change on you at all times (1 to 5 Egyptian pounds in coins). Tipping is wide-spread.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Our tour guide told us about some local workshops and stores to see if we were Interested in visiting (Papyrus Institute, local jewelry store in Giza, carpet workshop in Memphis). I felt these visits benefited local businesses that are currently hurting because of how the civil unrest is affecting the tourism industry. We also ate at restaurants locally owned and operated. This was nice as we would even get to see some local women making the traditional breads and dishes we were served.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was an excellently planned holiday. The tour company are professionals. I did feel that I didn't properly account for the time that would be spent in traffic traveling from Giza, where our hotel was located, to Cairo and back. The driving around really cut into our time. My travel companions and I would have like to have had more free time. In retrospect, we could have also told our tour guide that we wanted to spend more time at the bazaar for example and less time at some historical sites. But all in all, our trip was completely incident-free. The tour company made us feels safe. I should mention again that it is pretty obvious that Egyptís tourism industry is hurting as we were the only foreigners in many places we visited. In a way this was nice as there were no lines or crowds to compete with anywhere. But the downside is that a lot of vendors at the main sites are struggling a lot.