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Feluccas & Pharaohs - Family Holiday

Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
4.6
Egypt | 9 days
Trip code: 
XEFG
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, train, felucca, calesh (horse-drawn carriage), boat, on foot,

Accommodation - Comfortable Hotels (6nts), sleeper train (1nt), felucca (1nt).

Meals - 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 5 dinners.

Trip Highlights: 
Discover pharaohs' mummies in their secret chambers
Sail the peaceful Nile waters on your overnight felucca cruise
Explore the underwater world of the Red Sea
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This was the most AMAZING trip I've ever been on !!! I had so many new experiences that I would never of dreamed of. I made some incredible new friends and had the time of my life. 

George DS

B Colombo
25th Jan 2014
I rate this trip
5
A holiday for kids and adults that you will never forget

I loved the remarkable history, with my favourite temple being the near deserted Philae Temple, and the cultural experience with the Nubian family.  Almost the entire village turned up to sing and dance.  For my husband, the complete relaxation of sailing on the Nile was a revelation. Our children (aged 7 and 5) had a great adventure with highlights being the pyramids, sleeper train, donkey ride and swimming/snorkelling in the Red Sea.  They really enjoyed playing with the other children, especially shark games in the many hotel swimming pools.

Walead transformed to holiday from good to fantastic.  He anticipated our needs, ensured the logistics went smoothly and was great at communicating and entertaining all the children.  He used them as "actors" to tell the stories encapsulated in the amazing hieroglyphs and in the way made ancient Egypt come alive for all of us.  He has an incredible historical knowledge, passion for his country and a great sense of humour. 

We went on the April 2013 departure and never had any concerns about safety. In fact, it was a great time to visit as there were few crowds and we could enjoy the sights at leisure. We covered a lot of ground and many sights and experiences. There was no way we could have packed-in so much if we'd travelled independently. It was great to let go and have someone else take care of all the logistics! As our children were relatively young we flew to Cairo one day early. This also gave us more time to discover the Pyramids. We booked a guide who took us to Dahshur and Memphis. Going inside the Red Pyramid was incredible. We also followed the advice in other reviews and stayed an extra two nights at Hurghada. This enabled us to relax and experience another day at the reef and Giftun Beach. This was ideal as the conditions were much better on our second trip. The Adventure Company arranged the hotels / flights and Walead booked the additional reef trip for us. He even arranged a surprise birthday cake for my husband and another boy on the trip. Lots of creaking and clanging on the sleeper train kept my husband and I awake, although the kids seemed to sleep through. By swapping with another family, we got interconnecting cabins. At Hurghada we were initially assigned non adjoining rooms but this was corrected straight away and we were given lovely interconnecting rooms in a garden villa. The temperature in Aswan and Luxor was very hot. Sunscreen is essential. We ran out and bought some in Egypt but ended up getting burnt. Make sure you bring a good supply.
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Customer Reviews
15th Apr 2013
I rate this trip
5
Walid was absolutely magnificent

My youngest son in particular cannot stop talking about the different gods and how they were represented in the temple carvings

Walid was absolutely magnificent and made the trip a truly unforgettably experience.  His English was excellent and he provided complete clarity on where we had to be when.  His knowledge of the various sites that we visited was second-to-none and he had a very engaging way of explaining the complexities which really brought it all to life particularly for the children (my youngest son in particular cannot stop talking about the different gods and how they were represented in the temple carvings).  He demonstrated incredible patience with the kids and really took the time to answer their questions.

Walid had a real passion for his “job” and put in a huge amount of discretionary effort to ensure the trip went smoothly and that we all got a positive experience.

Cannot sing his praises loudly enough – top guy and will definitely recommend to others.

 

Mr M - Travelled in March 2013

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5th Sep 2012
I rate this trip
4
The experience of traveling in Egypt will be unforgettable.

The experience of traveling in Egypt will be unforgettable. The sites we saw and the activities we were able to participate in were beyond compare. From temples, to pyramids, to tombs, to stand in structures that are thousands of years old was amazing. To see our children absorbing the history of Egypt and the earliest civilizations, seeing the development of various religions, seeing how it all ties to our many varied current cultures was a truly an incredible experience.   Ned, our guide, is a very special person. He was exceptional with the kids. He had a great way of making things interesting and fun for all ages. From the instant we met him, Ned became our brilliant, tireless, trusted teacher, guide, protector and friend. He assisted with every aspect of the trip. He is an amazing soul and we feel honored to have had the opportunity to travel and to learn from him.   We are very glad we made this trip. We hope the change in the political environment doesn't completely stifle the Egyptian tour industry.

[Least enjoyed] Lodging and food. Seems someone could explain to the felucca captains and the Nubian families that rinsing food in bottled watered (vs river water) would help keep us healthy. Sleeping situation was a continuous issue. We wanted double beds and got twins, other family wanted singles got doubles. The first night, there was no bed for our daughter, we had to wait over two hours before we got one. Having an exhausted 8 year on day 1 is less than ideal. Better organization would save such frustrations. Better hotels would be in order. We had broken showers, broken air conditioning, no towels, bathrooms that smelled, filthy floors. The rat in the toilet at one of the pit stops has made for a rather funny story though.   The snorkeling trip in Hurgadha was a cluster, too many people and boats. The boat itself was lovely and fun but we were literally amongst 100s of people in the water. It wasn't a safe situation for someone unfamiliar with the water. Hiring our own boat provided a much better experience.

It was a very nice trip, I only point out the negatives because I believe you as the tour operator should know what the daily issues were. More importantly, with a little better planning and organization most the issues we had could have been avoided. Imodium was a must despite our entire group being very disciplined about washing hands, avoiding raw vegetables and unpeeled fruit. All of us still got stomach bugs that lasted weeks afterwards. Again, seems this could be avoided with a little more attention to detail. I have to believe if the cleanliness issues we had in the room extended to the hotel kitchens its no wonder we all were ill. I do think the buffet at the hotel in Hurgahda, in particular, did us all in, although those rooms were certainly amongst the cleanest we had.  I look to a tour company to help us avoid such situations so hopefully someone will look into some additional hotel and meal options for this tour.

Ned was awesome, brilliant, fabulous, wonderful. We loved, loved, loved traveling with him.

Mrs O - Travelled in June 2012

 

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Customer Reviews
4th Jul 2012
I rate this trip
5
Our Guide was exceptional.

Our Guide was exceptional and the overall party composite excellent.  We had a wonderful trip and have recommended your company many times.

[Comments on Accommodation] We were on an adventure holiday so therefore did not expect top notch accommodation.

 

 

Ned was excellent and very accommodating.  An asset to your company

 

Mrs H - Travelled in June 2012

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Customer Reviews
19th Jun 2012
I rate this trip
5
Felucca trip

felucca trip. karnak.

[Least enjoyed] flights late as usual. heathrow is rubbish.

[Itinerary] v good overall.

 

excellent.

 

Mr W - Travelled in April 2012

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Customer Reviews
24th Apr 2012
I rate this trip
5
the felucca was magical

excellent guide made a big difference (Majid was great) but the felucca was magical, and seeing Tutenkhamun's tomb was awesome (my son, Leo's, highlight -plus seeing a ray when snorkelling)

[Least enjoyed] constant attempts to sell us stuff

This was a really wonderful holiday and full of extraordinary sites and experiences.  We chose to stay a little longer in Hurghada and were really please we did as it gave us a chance to really rest and relax after white a busy schedule.

 

Ms M - Travelled in March 2012

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24th Apr 2012
I rate this trip
5
Different highlights for each of us.

Different highlights for each of us.  My son liked the camel ride, I liked the temples.

[Least enjoyed] The Mosquitos and the hotel in Cairo. I'm sure the brochure said there weren't many Mosquitos but we've never been so badly bitten. Would have preferred an extra night at one of the nice hotels to another night in cairo

Really good bloke, he exceeded expectations and added value to the holiday.

Mr C- Travelled in March 2012

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19th Apr 2012
I rate this trip
5
Our guide, Maged, was excellent

Our guide, Maged, was excellent - both for information and organisation and when entertaining the kids in the pool.

The hotel in Cairo was not a pleasant place to stay: rowdy, smoky and a bit of a waste of time.

Cut out the return to Cairo for one night at the end: it means two airport transfers for one night in a hotel which was not up to much. The time would be better spent at Aswan or Hurghada.

Mr C - Travelled in March 2012

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18th Apr 2012
I rate this trip
5
The felucca trip was a wonderful, relaxing interlude in a fast paced itinerary

The felucca trip was a wonderful, relaxing interlude in a fast paced itinerary, and a chance to get to know other families. The Red Sea boat trip was our very favourite activity. The Nubian Village meal was also a highlight. The care and service we had from Sun Boat travel was fantastic, with special thanks to Magid, our tour guide.

The last day in Cairo is really a waste of a day. If the itinerary could be arranged to fly back from Hurghada, it would avoid 2 very early mornings and 2 trips through the Cairo traffic. Also, we needed another day in Aswan to recover from the train. Everyone on the trip was too tired to do the Philae temple excursion. The low points were the lack of sleep due to late evenings and early starts, and the hotel in Cairo which was noisy and unsafe.

For the brochure, we would rate the trip as moderate paced, not easy, and for 7+, not 5. It would be worth mentioning that a wet suit is recommended for smaller children as the Red Sea is quite cold in April, and it did seem a bit mean to make us pay for a sleeping bag on the felucca, as no other bedding was provided, and it was necessary.

Aswan piramisa, excellent. Luxor Iberotel excellent. Hurghada Piramisa above expectation, Cairo piramisa standard fine, but noisy and full of groups of young men roaming about. Didn't feel very secure there. Overnight train got a negative review from our family! we didn't know what to expect, but I wish I had, so I could have prepared the children better.

 

Magid was brilliant

Ms C - Travelled in March 2012

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happy
8th Jun 2010
I rate this trip
5
This was the most AMAZING trip ive ever been on !!! I had so many new experiences that i would never of dreamed of.

I made some incredible new friends and had the time of my life. It was all thanks to our leader Muhammad (nemo) he was so kind and thoughtful. If possible try to go on this trip because it is OUT OF THIS WORLD !!!!!

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annaverduyn
16th Mar 2010
I rate this trip
4
This was our first Adventure Company trip in 2007 and it's a thoroughly enjoyable action packed holiday that all the family enjoyed.

this was our first Adventure Company trip in 2007 and it's a thoroughly enjoyable action packed holiday that all the family enjoyed. Our tour guide Morad was fantastic and so good with the kids

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brendy.h
2nd Jul 2009
I rate this trip
4
Everything about our family adventure'Feluccas and Pharaohs'was far beyond our expectations.

Exactly the right mix of culture,relaxation and fun. The accommodation was all first class The mix in the group was great whether by accident or design. every one got on well togetherand our guide Mohamed was second to none insuring the sucess of our holiday adveture.Our raising 11year old grandson declared it the very best adventure ever!

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