Egypt cultural holiday, small group
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Description of Egypt cultural holiday, small group
This 9-day Egypt tour serves up all the main Pharaonic highlights in and around Cairo and the Nile Valley as well as a relaxing overnight felucca sailboat cruise on the River Nile and time by the Red Sea at Hurghada.
Cairo highlights at the start and end of the trip include its world-famous Egyptian Museum and the colour and the bustle of Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Whisked by overnight sleeper train to Aswan, guests will enjoy attractions including the beautiful island temple of Philae, before boarding a traditional felucca for an overnight cruise on the Nile with grand views of its timeless riverside life.
Arriving at Luxor, you'll discover the incredible array of ancient sites – from the dazzling temples at Karnak to ancient tombs along the Valley of the Kings - that have seen it dubbed the world's finest and largest outdoor museum.
Leaving the Nile Valley, enjoy the R&R pleasures of Hurghada on the Red Sea, whether you prefer scuba diving or just sunbathing!
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17 Reviews of Egypt cultural holiday, small group
Reviewed on 31 May 2022 by Derek PetersIt will live in my heart and my very being for ever. It is just stunning, you cannot even imagine the glory of these sites. It was perfect in its delivery, organisation and education Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021 by Deanne BertinoA very well-planned out trip and I felt we were well taken care of throughout the entire adventure! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Richard HarrisThe most memorable part of the holiday was the visit to Abe Simbul. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020 by Lindsey HolbrookVery good...Visiting the workers tombs in Valley of the Kings Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Nov 2019 by Adrienne PettExcellent. It was our first experience of group travel and we loved it! Everything was very well organised and our guide and his team really looked after our very need Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019 by Lynn LovelockAbu Simbel, the Luxor Temple complex, the Karnak Temple complex or the Valley of the Kings ... all are fantastic. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2019 by Jody McPhillipsTwo things made this experience extraordinary: Egypt and its treasures, and the hard work of the tour guides/organizers. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019 by Pat GreenshieldsTremendous classical sites Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2019 by Marta KarnickiI loved the holiday. We saw so much in a short space of time and our guide was fantastic. Egypt is awesome! Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Nov 2018 by Rosemary SmithMost memorable parts: Visiting Abu Simbel, night on a felucca, valley of the Kings, Luxor temple at night, snorkelling in the Red Sea, Coptic Cairo. Our amusing guide who was extremely well versed in Egyptology... Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2018 by PATRICK HEFFRONIt was an excellent holiday if rather tiring with the early starts. Our guide was excellent, hotels very good and all staff only to willing to help..and smile !! The operator ran every thing very smoothly so I must commend the company for what was a very well run one with no hiccups at all .. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 May 2018 by Audrey BowkerThe historical wonders e.g. the Temple at Luxor and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings take your breath away. The felucca experience provided some welcome fun and time to get to know the group. An outstanding feature of this holiday is the relentless pace of travel and sight seeing. Our guide Sharif was very good, judging well how much information to give. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by Susan GibbsThe entire holiday from begining to end was just soooo exciting. The pyramids and valley of kings was incredible - even better than anticipated. The culture, small and large details of sculptures / engravings,... Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Feb 2018 by Stephen OrwinThe highlight was seeing the Pyramids and The Sphinx. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Apr 2018 by Jeff WattsThe highlight was visiting the temples and tombs, especially Abu Simbel. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by Audrey CokerVisiting the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings and some of the temples was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Nov 2016 by Karin WaldaThe most memorable part was visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak...The sites are amazing, the weather is good. It was a brilliant holiday. Read full review
PlanetHow our company is making a difference:
We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.
We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.
Egypt is already know as a country with excessive waste by the locals and we encourage all travelers to not follow this by throwing their trash in inappropriate places. Our bus drivers have an arrangement with travelers to leave their empty food wrappers and water bottles in the bus where they will collect it afterwards and dispose of it in an appropriate manner.
We implemented a facilities boat for the use of all felucca tours. This enables the travelers to get on the boat for toilet use. Through this initiative, we completely eliminate stopping on the banks of the Nile for toilet stops in the fields.
For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.
PeopleThroughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.
The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour.
We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. Guests visit both the Khan El-Khalili bazaar in Cairo as well as the Aswan markets. They also stop at a Nubian Village when in Upper Egypt. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.
We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts. Accepting a cup of tea from a shop keeper is a big deal for an Egyptian and we encourage our guests do share a cup of tea with these locals even if it means they respect the offer, and not only buy products from them.
We attempt to accommodate clients in our own hotels which will allow us to not only provide work to our own staff, but also have the bargaining power to provide clients with the best rates.
We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. It is important for our guests to understand that the recent threats in the Sinai Peninsula are not affecting the running of our tours and that we always put their safety first.
By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.
Tipping is a custom in Egypt and more than that, people who provide services as waiters, bell boys and representatives rely on tips as their only means of topping up a very low income. We encourage and explain to our travelers that they should consider this when people provide them with a decent service.