Sailing on the Nile holiday in Egypt

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sailing on the Nile holiday in Egypt


During this trip we use local transport where possible, including an overnight train between Cairo and Aswan, a felucca to sail up the Nile to Luxor and caleches when sightseeing in Luxor. On a very busy tourist trail, these choices are better for the environment, lowering our carbon footprint overall, and offers customers a different experience in Egypt.

We have worked with the local team in Egypt for a very long time and they understand the importance to our customers of eating and shopping locally. Our experienced leaders ensure that customers get a true taste of Egypt, visiting eateries and restaurants where the locals visit too, trying street food along the way and eating traditional style meals such a fava beans with breakfast. For souvenirs there is an abundance of choice but leaders will recommend small markets and local handicrafts rather than busy tourist attraction stalls.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.


A fair deal:
All staff and crew working with our groups during this trip are locally recruited including the leaders, felucca crew and local guides. Our local leaders and ground team have been trained by an Operations Manager from the UK and have a long working relationship with the tour operator. We have chosen to use feluccas and caleches as modes of transport during this trip because as well as reducing our carbon footprint, it's important for us to ensure money is going into the local economy.

Local crafts and culture:
Our leaders always endeavour to encourage responsible shopping and spending within their countries. The leaders will offer recommendations of local Egyptian restaurants instead of larger chains as well as information about markets and bazaars frequented by the locals rather than shopping centres. On this trip the group will be offered the chance to have dinner in a Nubian Village. This optional extra will be a chance to see and learn about traditional Nubian customs and their style of living.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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