Date of stay: 9 days October 2013
Where you stayed: Tour accommodation
Travelled with: Top Deck
As a kiwi ex pat living in the UK, Ive always wanted to do as much travel as possible. Egypt was definitely a destination I wanted to squeeze in while I was in Europe. Unfortunately the media is painting a sad picture of the country due to its recent political revolutions and the throwing of the last government. All the travel authority websites tell you not to go, but what is life without taking a risk or two? Just make sure you have travel insurance.
I did Top Decks 'Egypt Express' tour which was a 9 day trip starting and ending in Cairo. Transfers from the airport were included and we were even greeted by a Top Deck rep at 5am when we arrived who helped us with our bags and got us to the hotel safe n sound.
The trip was led by the legendary tour leader Ramzy, who is a local man and was always happy to help and make you feel at home in his country.
We went to the Egypt museum, saw sights like the great Pyramids of Giza (even went inside one of them), the Sphinx, Abu Simbel Temple, Luxor and Karnak Temples, and finally The Valley of the Kings where past Kings of Egypt are buried (which is a must see). We paid a bit extra to go into King Tutankhamun's tomb and even see his mummified body which is over 3000 years old.
The accommodation was more than satisfactory and we also spent two nights relaxing on the Nile river on a fellucca which is a traditional sail boat in Egypt. On top of this, we had the chance to ride camels and have a traditional meal in a local village.
One of the best things about not listening to the travel authorities is that we seemed to be the only tourists in Egypt, that meant no one bombing your photos, cheap prices at markets and walking through crowds having your picture taken with locals (like we were famous or something)
After you have done a bit of travel, you tend to rank your trips on excitement and how much wider your horizons are after doing such a trip. This one definitely ticked all my boxes and I am so glad I didn't listen to the media.
Egypt needs you. Take a leap and come and see what the country has to offer. You will NOT be disappointed, see some of our photos below.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes, definitely
Would you recommend your tour: Yes - Top Deck
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5