First I'd like to say that I've had the opportunity to travel to most corners of the world. Unfortunately, I have become a very picky traveler. I find that having personal tailored assistance in these remote destination makes the experience so much more pleasurable. I guess I've been stranded in too many foreign places where no one spoke English and the simple act of getting to your hotel can be overwhelming.
Fast forward to my latest trip to Egypt and Jordan. I'm a bit of a history and archeology buff and have always dreamed of traveling to the place where it all began. My friends privately told me, "stay away from Egypt. It's too early". I was traveling to France and Italy and I decided now is a perfect time. Pull the trigger.
As usual, I looked at every tour company that provided tailored tours of Egypt. I found most of the companies showcased deceptive offerings. I wanted special access to all the key sites and a guide who was a trained Egyptologist. I asked for quotes from various companies and they all seemed to double or triple the price when I changed any piece of the tour.
After careful review, I decided to go with this travel company. The person who runs the operation in us is very interesting. A trained Egyptologist himself he seemed to know exactly how To structure the tour in a way that would perfectly meet my needs. We spent about two weeks working thru the process and I found them to be extraordinarily flexible. I also told him I wanted to stay in nice hotels a get special access to all locations. I appreciate that they were very honest. I'm an ex CEO and the amount of bs the the travel industry is overwhelming.
My review below high lite some my of they key considerations:
Quality of the accommodations - in a nutshell, the accommodations were amazing. I had a suite at the hotel in Cairo and the same at the hotel in Ashwan then palace in Luxor. I've stayed at very nice hotels and I can tell you the service and quality of the accommodations in Egypt are unparalleled.
Quality and knowledge of the guides - I am very into history and I picked this company because the guides were Egyptologists. I have to say that my guide in Aswan was probably the best guide I've ever had. He has an incredible intellectual underpinning and hand manages every aspect of your trip such that it is perfect. I learned so much from him and now consider him to be a close friend as he is also an amazing human being.
Organization - Everything on the trip was planned to the minute. We always had a driver and a guide and they killed themselves to make sure I was happy and saw everything. All and all I am extremely impressed.
Price and value - Egypt is a great value. I stayed at 5-star hotels and the service was impeccable. I kind of felt like royalty for the entire trip and was routinely whisked to the front of the line everywhere I went.
Conclusion - this is the first travel review I have ever written. I generally do not comment on the specific services I receive from a company, but in this case I felt it be important. I want to say that coming from America I had a negative impression of what Egypt would be like. My actual experience couldn't have been further from that impression. Egyptians are warm and incredibly friendly. All they desire is for you to have a great trip and will go they great lengths to make it happen.
As I said I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries and found the history and archeology of Egypt to be unparalleled. There is an endless list of sites to see and things to learn. At times it can be a little overwhelming as it spans more than 5500 years but you will walk away from an infinitely deeper understanding of human history. Hats off to this travel company. They did an incredible job!
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