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Please review your overall experience and what your highlights were
For me, it was how looked after I felt throughout the whole process. I was nervous about arriving in a strange country at 4am and having to navigate visa, transfer and booking into a hotel, but we were met and taken care right from the start - really important with tired kids. This care was continued throughout the whole holiday. Tour highlights were Kom Ombo temple, getting a boat through the nature reserve at Aswan, snorkelling in the Red Sea and the optional trip to the lesser-visited pyramids at Saqqara and Dahshur. And St Simeon's monastery by camel. And the lunch-stops with beautiful, simple food. And the awesome knowledge and passion of our guide. And the overnight train ride. Just loads really!
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Mohamed was simply one of the loveliest people I've ever met. He was a joy to spend time with. I was particularly impressed with how he managed to impart such a large amount of information about Ancient Egypt with such a passion - with his theories, interpretations and versions of events, he really brought it alive. Mohamed did an excellent job of keeping things running smoothly - he made it look easy. However, the amount of time he spent on the phone sorting and organising showed how much work it was taking to give us a hitch-free holiday. By the end of the trip, he was obviously exhausted but was still always cheerfully on the go, organising games for the children or enthusiastically leading them in a beach volleyball match, when a less dedicated tour leader would have been getting some much-needed down-time. I also particularly liked the amount of information he gave us about modern Egyptian life, especially while we were touring Cairo. Arranging visits to local supermarkets was helpful, as we were on a tight budget and this really helped. He always went the extra mile for us, for instance in one hotel where we were all paying for the buffet, he felt that the hotel hadn't put on enough choice of food for what we were paying, so he had a stern word with them in Arabic and extra dishes quickly materialised. Nobody had complained - he just thought it wasn't good enough and took action to make sure things met his standard. Whilst encouraging us to buy souvenirs from reputable traders, he dealt with persistent hasslers assertively, which helped us to enjoy the excursions without too much hassle. I always felt looked after, entertained, informed and fully aware of what was happening when. In short, he was just excellent.
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
There were so many! We all loved the pyramids, the Sphinx, Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple but for our 11 year old son the highlights were probably the camel trek, the Nubian Dinner, snorkelling in the Red Sea and overnight on the Felucca with dancing and singing round the beach campfire.
Arafa was an amazing tour leader. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about both ancient and modern day Egypt, very well organised, mindful of our welfare at all times and great company.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
Travel light and don't forget to pack your 'Explore' playing cards - indeed a great ice breaker!
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We would definitely recommend this tour to families who want a bit of adventure. This took us back to the backpacking days of our youth but with a great tour guide and a lot more comfort!
What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
What a brilliant holiday we had in Egypt. The tour was packed with wonderful and memorable experiences from beginning to end. Going inside one of the Great Pyramids, Camel trekking in Aswan, Being guests in a Nubian house, Sailing down the Nile in a Felucca- jumping off it to swim in the Nile, dancing round a campfire with the felucca's skipper, sleeping under the stars, watching Egyptian life go by whilst sailing...Amazing memories!
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
Taso was great. Very knowledgeable, open and fun. The children loved burying him in the sand and quizzing him about Egyptian life. He was very organised and made the tour run smoothly from beginning to end.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
"Take a torch...Climbing across a felucca's gang plank in the pitch black is not fun! Good job my daughter packed one. Change all money in Egypt. Even Cairo airport offered a masively better exchange rate (UK 9.2 Egyptian:£1, Cairo 10.4 Egyptian:£1 rate correct-April 2013) Be prepared for the tour to be busy in the first 48 hours. Ask your tour leader what a good price for items are before venturing into the souks. It's quite an experience!"
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A fabulous holiday with wonderful company from the other families. What an amazing and fascinating country!
A whirlwind tour of everything great about Egypt brilliantly conducted by a very interesting and able tour leader. Made even more exciting with the backdrop of a recent revolution, we saw everything at its best and quietest it will probably be for a very long time. The people we met and the others on the tour made the experience even more enjoyable. Aswan, Luxor and Cairo were vibrant, colourful and engaging for adults and children alike with the hotels top quality which was reassuring when travelling with Children of all ages. Could not fault the guides and organisation of the trips, Egypt is open for business and now is a great time to go and enjoy the country. (FNF - 10th April 2011)
This was an absolutely brilliant holiday, and the tour guide Mohammad was what made it especially great for me. My favourite part was probably the donkey ride (or the camel ride) which were both great! All us children got on great, and the adults too. You are looked after so well, you always feel safe. (FNF - 15th April 2011)
Just returned from a fantastic trip around Egypt. We saw so much in the 10 days. The pyramids were magnificent and no one was there, which was a shame for the Egyptians. We felt completely safe throughout our holiday and would recommend everyone to visit this fascinating country. The children loved the multitude of modes of transport that we used. Their favourites were the overnight train and the felucca. It was an unforgettable experience for them and us. We finished the tour with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, where we admired King Tutankamun's gold death mask. (FNF - 10th April 2011)
This holiday in Egypt was by far the best trip I've ever been on. There was such a great mix of culture, wildlife and activities, highlights being the Egyptian museum and the Pyramids in Cairo, the Nubian dinner and camel riding in Aswan, the Nile voyage on the felucca to Luxor, the hot air balloon ride (where in the box next to mine someone proposed!), the Valley of the Kings and the snorkelling in the Red Sea... So basically everything. Really nice people in the group and a great tour leader called Nadar who was both funny and informative. If you want the experience of a lifetime, book this trip NOW!!! (FNF - 24th August 2010)
0Peter Crane (Explore staff),
A great group and a fantastic leader, Marwa, who organised everything brilliantly and was just amazing with the kids. What a star! Everything in Egypt is so different from home and the kids just love that! The itinerary worked well: a busy start in Cairo but everyone relaxed around the lovely hotel pool in Aswan and then on the feluccas. There were som many highlights but tops for the kids were the camel and donkey rides, haggling in the souqs and snorkelling in the Red Sea (plus the balloon flight over Luxor on our daughters' 12th birthday!) (FNF- 28th March 2010)