Highlights of Egypt vacation

“Take a two week tour of Egypt as part of a small group and uncover the pyramids, temples and ancient citadels via overnight sleeper trains and sailing trips on the River Nile.”

Highlights

Cairo | Giza Pyramids and Sphinx | Egyptian Museum | Alexandria | WWII sites, El Alamein | Cairo culinary tour | Sleeper train to Aswan | Optional visit to Abu Simbel | Philae Temple | Aswan High Dam | Kom Ombo | Luxor | Valley of the Kings | Overnight sailing on the Nile | Karnak and Luxor temples |
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Small group vacation

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.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Highlights of Egypt vacation

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we will spend most nights in locally owned hotels and several nights in a cruise boat and sleeper train. All of the accommodations try to employ locals and uses local produce for meals wherever possible. This ensures that our money spent will directly contribute to the local community. When meals are not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local delicacies. Food in Egypt mainly consists of kebabs, falafel, aubergine and pitta-bread.

Local craft and Culture:
There is so much about the Egyptian culture to be discovered on this trip. In Cairo, we have a full day tour where we visit the Egyptian Museum and the Al Ahmar mosque which is the oldest mosque in Cairo dating back to AD970. We will also transfer to Alexandria and have a tour of the city home to the lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In El Alamein, we visit the war cemetery and military museum, the site of famed allied victory during World War Two. There is also an optional trip to Abu Simbel where clients can visit the temples that are rank amongst the most impressive in the country as well as to take in the views of the Nubian Desert.

In Aswan, we get to explore the Nubian way of life and learn about the history and culture of the people. Clients will visit a Nubian village, a worthwhile experience that benefits the community financially and helps preserve their culture. However, we do not support their tradition of keeping crocodiles in poor living conditions and holding them for photos so we make sure to address it to clients and educate them the aspects of animal interaction that we do not encourage.

On this trip, there are plenty of opportunities to support local craft especially during our visit to local markets in Aswan. Of course, our local guides will advise clients on what can be bought and what should be avoided as products made from parts of endangered species should not be purchased.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.
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UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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