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Exploring Egypt in Style – This is a review from one of our recent clients and we felt that its content was worthy of posting on our blog page – thank you Michelle

“If you are considering a trip to Egypt don’t hesitate to go with Explore Travel and Cruises. I have often been a single, lone traveller, but I am quite certain that I could not have visited all the places that I saw in the ten days on my own as I did on this recent trip. The arrangements for collecting the guests by taxi, boat and horse drawn carriage etc was fantastic. My hotel swimming pool in Giza overlooked the Pyramids and our guide took us to all the main sites including the astonishing Cairo museum. He pointed out the most important artefacts and his knowledge appeared to be very sound and reading about Egyptology before and after my trip has added to this understanding and continued curiosity about Egypt. There are many talks and lectures at the British Museum which will now have a new depth following my visit.

Following the great turmoil in Egypt after the revolution, there seem to be far fewer tourists than usual. The trip down the Nile on the Dahabiya Dream was just that, a dream. Waited on hand foot and finger by Hamada and steered by the friendly crew this is a truly memorable journey. Stopping at El Kab, one of the first cities in Egypt, deserted and spectacular, makes Explore Travel and Cruises something special. The wonders of Luxor, Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, The Aswan Dam and Abu Simbel to name but some of the treasures, were all made so easy and accessible to us by our guide who had our comfort and excitement to see such wonders at heart.

We passed very little traffic on the Nile and all five guests breathed a sigh of relief and joy that we were on such a delightful sailing boat and not a huge metal ship! There were special treats organised by the boat manager and guide all of which were highly appreciated. Our guide was also a budding ornithologist and pointed out the spectacular birdlife along our way. I’m always delighted if I see one heron on the river Wye in the summer; we saw hundreds of them as well as Hoopoe, Pied kingfishers, Egrets and Sandpipers to name but a few other birds. I got up at five am to do my yoga and meditate as the sun rose over the Nile. A dawn chorus like you’ve never heard one before. This experience will remain in my archive forever.

There is a good selection of books on board and I couldn’t put down, “A thousand miles up the Nile” by the intrepid Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Roberts. Reading “Nefertiti” and “The Heretic Queen Nefertari” by Michelle Moran also brought life to these age old stories which our guide sought to narrate to us on our travels.
We enjoyed excellent, good, simple home cooking, a triumph given the tiny galley that the cook had to work in! The boat is small enough to be intimate and large enough to give space to both the smokers and, like me, the non- smokers! The decor is delightful and those who saw it in the Woman and Home magazine it hardly does it justice.
Thank you Explore Travel and Cruises for being helpful, friendly, informative and listening to a few personal tips. Worth every penny! ”

Written by Michelle Cook
Cardiff UK, April 2012

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What our clients have to say

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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