Alice Appleton review 9 Jan 2022
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Valley of the Kings , Abu Simbel, night on Felucca
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Must go to Abu Simbel
And advice for company:
Nubian Adventures is a terrible name for the trip. It doesnít reflect that almost all important ancient monuments are covered in the trip. And it overemphasises the Nubian aspect - the Nubian village visit was the worst day; the most touristy day.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not particularly. The train was the best green aspect. But there was no attempt to reduce plastic waste by buying water in large bottles and then dispensing to groupís reusable bottles. There was no discussion of option of carbon offsetting the flight. There was a lot of driving. The hotels were sometimes too good and western chain-owned. There was a lot of unnecessary cling film used on food dishes and waste packaging on pack lunches.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Fabulous. Egypt canít be anything but fabulous.
Read the operator's response here:
Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your post-tour feedback, I'm really pleased to see that you did enjoy the tour, though I'm sorry to hear you didn't like our tour name. Whilst the focus of this tour isn't necessarily on the Nubian culture, this name was chosen since this tour travels as far south as Aswan, which was part of the ancient region of Nubia and where many Nubians still reside today. We also use Nubian crew for the felucca sailboat trip.
It's good to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Abu Simbel, whilst this is quite a long day, we do recommend it as it's an incredible temple and very unique when compared to others in the country (and also the fascinating history of UNESCO moving the temple back in the 60's). We don't include it in the standard itinerary precisely because it is such a long drive there and back from Aswan, and therefore not for everyone.
I'm sorry to hear that you didn't feel the trip benefited local people or contributed to conservation though. In Egypt we do only employ local staff within our offices and all guides and drivers we use are local Egyptians also, this helps to contribute to the local people, their families and Egyptian economy. Whilst on our tours whenever we make stops for shopping, we do consciously choose smaller retailers or those owned by local Egyptians too. We also use a support boat with our felucca trips which has its own toilet on board and protects the banks of the Nile from being covered with toilet paper and waste which happens on a lot of other felucca trips.
On the issue of single use plastics in Egypt, this is a huge problem that Egypt is battling with and we did want to address your comments about this. Prior to start of the COVID pandemic, we had had been starting to use large water containers within our touring vehicles, from which our guests would be able to refill their own water containers. We did decide to pause this during the pandemic to avoid cross contamination via touch points. As the COVID situation has now improved somewhat, this is something that we are looking at restarting again, so we hope to have large water containers within our vehicles again in the coming months. We're sure that this will greatly reduce the numbers of plastic bottles being used by our guests whilst in Egypt. Other initiatives we have in Egypt, include donations we make to a local Cairo orphanage for each booking and we have also run desert clean up days in the Fayoum region (though these have been paused recently for security reasons). To reduce domestic flights, we do use the sleeper train or travel by road on the vast majority of our Egypt tours which produces less carbon emissions.
Overall, I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your time in Egypt and I hope that the above information is helpful.
All the best.