Our eCommerce Executive Lyn Bassett has recently returned from her first trip with Explore, a Nile sail adventure in Egypt. Read her blog and see how she got on:
I started off the holiday feeling slightly apprehensive, I’d never travelled with a group of strangers before and wasn’t sure what to expect but from the moment we landed in Luxor airport any worries started to fade away. Once we met and realised we were all part of the same group we were chatting and getting to know each other straight away.
In the morning we met for breakfast and then made out way to Valley of the Kings, here we saw three separate tombs. We then made our way to Hatshepsut Temple. After the excursions we travelled by bus, then motorboat (which was nice and refreshing) to eat at the Nile Valley hotel. We spent the afternoon visiting Habu temple and then finally we went to visit the workers tombs. Although they were a lot smaller than at Valley of the Kings, it was still amazing to see how much work went into them and how well preserved they actually were.
The next day we took a bus ride into Aswan and once we arrived ate at a restaurant next to the Nile with the sun beaming down on us. We had a bit of free time then it was an optional trip to the Philae light show. We chose not to go to this and returned to the restaurant where we had dinner and watched the sun go down over the Nile.
On the fourth day it was an early start and a trip to Abu Simbel followed by a traditional Nubian meal in the Nubian village on the evening. Definitely take a coat/fleece on this journey as it does get quite cold.
On our final day in Aswan we did a camel trek to St Simeon’s Monastery. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. I got a bit nervous when I saw how tall the camels actually were and had visions of me falling off … but once I was on I loved it. It was really amazing just trekking over the dessert to get to the monastery and once we were there the local guide was cracking jokes and making us all laugh.
It was now time to pack up and board the felucca. I think we were all curious about what it was going to be like! Would we all fit? Where would we sleep? Where would we eat? Our bags were took on board first and put underneath the boat. Planks were then placed over the storage area and cushions placed on the planks. This would be where we slept and where we ate. It was pretty much like camping on a boat. The crew were fantastic. The chef prepared food in the smallest space on the boat on a tiny little stove and each time there was barely any leftovers. They joked and played games on board. On the night time we docked anywhere we could and one night there was even a bonfire on the beach. We stopped off for the optional visit to Karnak temple and then the following day we got off the felucca and drove back to Luxor.
We couldn’t have asked for a better guide with Wael. He constantly briefed us on what we would be doing and encouraged us to ask questions about his country. He dealt with everything superbly. Overall this was a very memorable trip with a very memorable group.