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12 Reviews

  • Reviewed March 2019
    Diana Carter

    Monumental Egyptian Odyssey

    Another excellent Exodus adventure. I was pleasantly surprised that we were fully occupied every day with tours and activities. Temples, tombs, mosques, monastery, local baths, perfumery, pottery, animal sanctuary, papyrus institute, museums, war graves and souqs. We used all forms of transport (luxury coach, horse and carriage, felucca, cruise boat, sleeper train, camel, power boat, plane). Truly a memorable trip, so much fascinating history, colossal architecture and lovely weather too!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We had the privilege of enjoying the moment when the sunrise reaches far inside the temple at Abu Simbel and lights up the statues of Ramses II (pharaoh), Ra (sun god) and Amun (king of the gods). Only the statue of Ptah (god of darkness), remains in shadow. This only happens twice each year. We had to wild-camp (many thanks to our tour guide for organising blankets, pillows and breakfast boxes for us all) just outside the temple for 4 hours to wait for the moment but it was well worth the wait.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sayed Mansour is a true legend, Egyptologist, organiser, friend of many and has the patience of a saint.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for full days, never a dull moment and a surprise round every corner. If you are travelling in February then take warm clothes for the north and lighter clothes for the south. Be firm but polite with street vendors. Eat like a local, their food is amazing. Take a Steripen and your own water bottle so you can sterilise tap water instead of buying plastic bottles of water.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Gitta Small

    Sun festival at Abu Simbel

    The tour was very well thought out and organised. We had a full programme of seeing temples, tombs and the way Egyptian people lived. There was never a spare moment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sunrise at Abu Simbel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Sayed Matour, was excellent. We could not have asked for more. He spoke excellent English, had an amazing knowledge of Ancient Egypt, was charming and coped with every situation in the nicest, calm manor. He organised everything brilliantly even procuring thick blankets for everybody who was queuing for hours to be the first to see the sunrise in the temple of Abu Simbel. And we were there in time to see it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit enough to climb into and out of all the tombs .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked a meal waiting for us at the first hotel, the Pyramid Parks resort, when we arrived at 11 pm, not having had anything to eat since the flight. And the restaurant itself was closed by now.