Classic Egypt vacation with Nile Cruise

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Many camels, horses and donkeys are used as working animals within the tourism industry in Egypt and the level of animal welfare can vary significantly. We have trained our leaders on this issue, and work together with our local team to ensure as best we can that we only work with owners where their animals appear to be well fed, watered and cared for. Leaders have been advised that should they have any concerns they are able to contact us to discuss the options.

The tap water in Egypt is not recommended for drinking and in many cases only bottled water is advised, however, we have recently set up a partnership with Water-to-Go to encourage all of our customers to purchase a filter bottle for their travels. Not only does a filter bottle offer a source of clean and safe drinking water, it also dramatically reduces single-use plastic usage while in Egypt. Also from every purchase 15% is given to a project or charity of our choosing.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All staff and crew working directly with our groups are locally recruited including the leaders and local guides. Our local leaders and ground team have been trained by an Operations Manager from the UK and have a long working relationship with us. We are proud to be able to put money into the Egyptian economy and always endeavor to work with local operators and staff wherever possible.

Our leaders always encourage responsible shopping and spending within their countries. The leaders will offer recommendations of local Egyptian restaurants instead of larger chains as well as information about markets and bazaars frequented by the locals rather than shopping centers. On this trip the group will be offered the chance to have dinner in a Nubian Village. This optional extra will be a chance to see and learn about traditional Nubian customs and their style of living.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole adventure was memorable. The very best parts for me were the overnight journey on the sleeper train, the cruise down the Nile and the camel ride. All the temples and tombs were amazing. Informal evening walks with our guide through Luxor and Aswan were memorable and allowed us to get closer to local people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for a series of very early starts. It was definitely worth getting up early to visit many of the sites before the crowds arrived however, it was hard work! Depending on the time of year, be prepared for potentially cold weather in Cairo!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I did feel that the trip benefitted local people - from the camel leaders to the calesh drivers. We stayed in Egyptian-owned hotels and ate at local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was an excellent and very well organised trip. The leader was superb - informative, helpful, well organised and interesting to talk to. Coming at the end of a long overnight train journey, I think the visit to Philae Temple should be part of the itinerary rather than an optional extra.

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