Egypt cultural holiday, small group

“Experience the Pharaonic highlights of Cairo and the Nile Valley - plus a felucca cruise and some Red Sea relaxation.”

Highlights

Cairo - Egyptian Museum, Khan-el-Khalili bazaar and Sufi show | Giza Ė Sphinx and pyramids | Aswan - Temple of Philae and Nubian village | Nile felucca cruise | Luxor temples and Valley of the Kings | Red Sea and Hurghada | Optional tours including Alexandria and Valley of the Whales

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 Ė 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!

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Responsible tourism: Egypt cultural holiday, small group

Environment

How 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.

Community

Throughout 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.

8 Reviews of Egypt cultural holiday, small group

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Reviewed on 16 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many. 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 and a good organiser.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for many early mornings, especially if participating in the optional extras. A full on trip with lots of different experiences and not much free time except the day at Hurghada.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Nubian population benefitted from our visit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I think that there were many in fact....Night visit at Luxor, the balloon ride, and others

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for early starts. Bring a minimum of clothing. Ignore the warnings about dress etiquette as nearly all tourist women worn shorts/tee shirts etc.
The company needs to amend the comments in the briefing details so that less clothing needs to be taken of a 'modest' nature !!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I can only comment on the first one and it was good to see that all the staff were Egyptian and very helpful and friendly..particularly our guide Mohamed
Karim and the other Mohamed at Hurghada.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It 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 ..

Reviewed on 01 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The 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.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light - there is next to no time in the hotels and hardly any poolside time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we did. Lots of people were employed on occasional basis throughout the holiday, mainly in the role of security or escorts, as well as the drivers. Our
guide tended to dissuade us from buying at the local stalls - I regret heeding his advice as it really doesn't matter to the tourist whether the prices are inflated
or not; it's the worth of an object to you that matters, and it would have been good to have engaged more with Egyptian people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We 'did' Egypt seeing all the major cultural sites. We had an excellent group of people on the trip and we three (ages 65, 62, 28) had a thoroughly good time. A
more leisurely pace would have been better and it would have been nice to have been able to get to know a bit more of current day Egypt as well as its historical past.

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The 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, the local history, the felucca, the Nubian village and more - I will never forget it. Even the night train had its
own charm.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is a really full action packed holiday from begining to end. I went with my sister and we really appreciated the restful moments hanging around by the hotel pool or not having to get up extremely early, whilst the rest of the group were doing all the added extra options. The options are of course great as well but you need to get the right balance for what you want from a holiday. Hundred percent action or few moments of down-time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We had a lovely afternoon and diner with a Nubian family. They showed us their house, including pet crocodile, made us fresh mint tea and cooked us this wonderful dinner. They were of course paid for this. Also, our guide took us to a small workshop where the locals carved pots etc from the same rock as the
temples were made from. They were really happy when we bought things as they got commission and that helped their families.

The felucca was a great sailing experience and saved polluting the Nile with a large cruise boat. Our guide was excellent. He was Egyptian with a degree in English literature and Egyptology. He made all the pyramids, temples and tombs come to life with his wonderfull stories and humour. He even taught us to read hieroglyphs! Therefore all in all we were introduced to the locals in an environmentally friendly way and I am sure they benefitted from our visit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - I really recommend it. We were expecting much more tourism around the sites. This was not the case. I hardly saw a European all week. It felt like we were going back in time when we entered the sites: Egyptians, camels, donkeys and desert.

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the Pyramids and The Sphinx.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a fair amount of walking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people provided some boat trips, and of course worked in the restaurants and hotels we used.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was excellent, richly informative about Egyptian history and It was very well organised.

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the temples and tombs, especially Abu Simbel.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If coming from the UK, take Egyptian Pounds, not US Dollars, as you will only end up changing them to Pounds as easier to spend locally.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Any money spent helps the local economy as the tourist trade has suffered immensely in recent years.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good although the felucca was a complete waste of time, went about a mile up the Nile before parking up, then everyone got mosquito bites at night. It
should do a decent sail up the river then drop everyone back to the hotel for a decent sleep. Everyone felt the same!!

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Jeff,

Thanks for your message and for taking the time to get back to us with your feedback, this is very much appreciated.

Iím really pleased to hear that you generally enjoyed the tour and were able to give us a great 4-star rating, I agree with you about Abu Simbel, itís an amazing feat of engineering and the story of how UNESCO moved the temples is pretty incredible too.

Iím sorry that you werenít happy with the night spent on the Nile. Many of our clients mention that this was the highlight of their trip, since the experience on the Felucca is quite unique. We do prefer to use the smaller Felucca sailboats rather than the larger Nile Cruises where possible, as it's a much more unique experience and benefits the local Nubian people around Aswan much more. However the Felucca captains are now quite restricted by the local authorities in where they are able to sail with passengers onboard and where they can moor up at night. This does mean that in the winter months if the wind isn't favourable and we don't get going early enough, we can't get that far downstream before we have to stop.
On this tour we do offer the option of upgrading the Felucca to an extra night in Aswan and in the case of taking this option you would sail on the Felucca during the day before returning to Aswan for the night as you have mentioned. We donít include this option as standard as we do have many passengers who enjoy sleeping onboard the Felucca, however the choice is available for those who prefer a little more comfort.

Overall itís great to hear about your time in Egypt and thanks once again for getting back to us with your feedback.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings and some of the temples.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Read the overview. We stayed on a locally made boat for lunch, dinner and slept on it. Some people felt the overnight should not have been put in. We also travelled on a train overnight which someone did not like. But I think it was part of the experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I am not sure. However the local people were very pleasant.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Audrey,

Many thanks for your review and feedback about your Discover Egypt tour with us. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your trip. A couple of the points on the trip that you've highlighted are in the tour specifically to help local people and reduce environmental impacts. Those are the overnight felucca sailboat trip and the overnight sleeper train. The felucca is owned and operated by local Nubian people from Aswan, who rely on the feluccas for their family income. And the sleeper train is there both to allow you to see more of Egypt as you travel through, and also to reduce the carbon footprint of the tour. We do offer upgrades to both of these for people who would like some more comfort - there's a hotel upgrade option to replace the felucca, and a flight upgrade option to replace the train. I hope we have the opportunity to arrange another holiday for you in the future. best wishes, Ralph

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind and give Egypt a chance.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I definitely believe that the holiday benefitted local people as the Egyptian economy relies on tourism and currently there are very few tourists.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful. I thoroughly recommend it. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable; we were in small groups (10 -11 people per group) and we were very well looked after. The sites are amazing, the weather is good. It was a brilliant holiday.

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