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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

I just wanted to drop you a few lines to express just how much Charlie and I enjoyed our trip last week. We returned home yesterday with hundreds of photos and a lifetime of memories.
I cannot thank enough, the Dream Crew, Mahmood and our wonderful guide Ahmed, for their outstanding service; nothing was too much trouble for them and they all worked tirelessly (and seamlessly) to provide exceptional service. It was without fault. Ahmed particularly was incredible, with his extensive knowledge of all things Egyptian and we wish him well with his studies finishing his PhD in Egyptology!
When the boat was caught up in a sandstorm, the crew moved our dining location downstairs to the lounge without it seems, any great effort and ensured our safety at all times. We appreciated this very much. Again, an experience we are very unlikely to every have again. Who would have thought that we would have been caught up on a sandstorm, when on a boat, sailing down the Nile? Despite being forced to moor up for longer than expected, we did not feel that we had missed out on anything and efforts were made to ensure that we made up for lost time too. What a story to tell our Grandchildren! I have been told that this was an exceptionally rare experience which makes it all the more interesting.
We have seen sights which we are not likely to see again and the ‘piece de la resistance’ was being able to go to the valley of the Kings which somehow, I had missed on the itinerary! What an absolute bonus. To be able to get inside some of the tombs and see their magnificent artwork was mind blowing.
Finally, I also wanted to praise the wonderful cook who, despite the small kitchen, produced meal after meal of wonderful food and just how he managed to get 12 plates of food out for serving at the same time, was mind blowing. We’ve been to bigger restaurants who have failed to do that for just a handful of us. The food was wonderful and to be able to get a sample of local Egyptian food to eat, was brilliant. On one occasion, he produced battered fish which was possibly the best we have ever tasted.
All in all, it has been the best holiday we have every had, thanks in no small part, to the wonderful organisation and service provided by everyone on the Dream.
Kind regards,
Susan and Charlie (aka Queen Hatshepsut and Seti I)
Travel Date March 2020

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