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Ayman, was my private tour guide. He was personal, friendly, and very knowledgeable. He made my trip!
I have to say, this was a wonderful trip. The wife and I would consider the accommodations as four star as they were a little dated. But, WELL WORTH WHAT WE PAID. I would recommend this River cruise to everyone.
The staff were all wonderful and bent over backwards to make our voyage a memorable one. The food was so-so but let's face it, when you come from out of Egypt, the food will not what you are used to eating. That is just part of traveling. There was a lot of food and a good selection when it was buffet time. And when you had a nice sit down dinner, there were usually two choices of entries.
The thing we really enjoyed was laying and sitting in our cabin watching the world go by on the Nile River. A huge window with a spectacular view!
Now, about the sites. This is what we came for! Each day topped the day before. We had to keep pinching ourselves to make sure that this was real! We were assigned a private guide who just happened to have a Master's Degree in Egyptology. He accompanied us on the boat and was really our go to guy the entire cruise. I can not say enough about Hamet, our guide We quickly developed a relationship with him as he was so informative and just a wonderful person.
If you are thinking about coming and visiting Egypt, this is the way to do it. Perhaps a quick trip to Cairo to see those sites and then get yourselves to Luxor and hop on this Nile River Cruise to see this area. Egypt if very affordable right now with the dollar or Euro to the Egyptian Pound. When you divide up the price of the tour between 8 days, it is an unbelievable deal for your money! And remember, what you are paying also includes the guide and entry fees to almost everything!
In all honesty, we felt very safe the entire time with or without our guide. Egyptians are wonderful people! However, tourism has plummeted in recent years and there are many vendors etc who are still trying to make a living with this drastic drop in tourism. They are a desperate bunch and just want to sell you something to feed their families. This is the only negative and not any fault of this cruise but this is how Things are in Egypt.
So yes! FIVE STARS for this wonderful way to see Egypt!
carol hill-elbro United Kingdom
AMAZING EXPERIENCE from start to finish.... I did not sign up for the private guide option but was assigned one. I had the privilege of Michael Samir's company for the duration of my cruise. Michael is an OUTSTANDING guide..... His in-depth knowledge, passion and professionalism were second to none. Thanks to Michael, I would rate this trip 10 star not just 5 !!!!! The AMARCO1 was a great boat, excellent service, good food and the staff made every effort to make me welcome for the duration of my trip. The tombs and temples were extraordinary! Make the effort to visit ABU SIMBEL, it is a must see this is an optional trip and it is not your assigned guide who will accompany you - I hope you are lucky and get a decent guide..... mine was awful. Fantastic memories from each place. Sadly, my Egyptian adventure is over. Shukraan/thank you Michael for making my Nile Experience a trip one I will forever cherish.
The is the second time we have taken this cruise in 12 months. The staff was great and we can't say enough about how wonderful everyone treated us. Our guide was excellent and will remain friends with us for years to come.
This was our first tour booked with Viator and we were pleasantly surprised. Very organised which gave piece of mind to mum, super friendly guide and #39;Haythem and #39; who looked after every detail for us, and the cruise had large clean rooms, smooth sailing, the food varied a mixture of western and egyptian.
I would guve this trip 10 stars not just 5. The boat and staff were so nice and went out of their ways to make us happy. Iour tour guide was amazing! Very polite and pleasant person. We enjoyed his company very much. I will try to add puctures to this review later! It was such an amazing trip.
Johnny W USA
Great cruise. We had a very knowledgable guide and his brilliance made our experience incredible. AWESOME!!!!!!
PHILLIP S Australia
Michael K Saudi Arabia
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