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David G

David G

United Kingdom

Oct132008

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: St Catherine's Monastery and Moses' Mountain at Sunrise

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
This is not a private tour, as we went along with 3 other groups. The guide turned up late. Then we had a nightmare trip to Sinai, as the driver thought he was a F1 driver. We then booked camels to take us some of the way up the mountain. The guide left us and went with the other groups so there was no way of knowing where we were. The Bedouin didn't speak and my son got very frightened because it was pitch black and the camel he was on had fallen way behind us so he got off the camel and started to walk up the mountain with one of the Bedouins. I ended jumping off the camel I was on as the Bedouin would not stop, and ran down the mountain to where i found my 10-year old boy crying and absolutely hysterical with the Bedouin not being able to understand what was going on. After some hand waving I got though to him, so he just walked off, leaving us where we were in the dark. We then walked up and met the rest of my family. We then met the guide - how I kept my hands off of him I will never know but he was very sorry at what had happened and told us that he had no idea that this was meant to be a private tour, that he should not have left us but he had to go with the old couple that were with us. After the tour we had breakfast in what I can only explain as the bad side of Egypt - the place was dirty, run down and the food had flies all over it. I would not let my family eat anything, so we just had some bottled water.

Note from Viator
Due to operational difficulties on the specific day of booking, this tour could not be given on a private basis. This was a one time and very unfortunate experience, and Viator sincerely apologizes for your difficulties. We have strived to ensure such an incident does not reoccur, and will continue to do so in the future.

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