When our cruise ship called in to Port Said mid-October 2014, the city had a huge banner to welcome tourists back! We were a family of four adults and had pre-booked several months earlier through the internet a taxi tour with BESE to see the Pyramids. The booking was very straightforward and no deposit was required. Our tour guide and taxi driver were at the wharf with our names on a signboard, and it proved to be an exciting adventure, with the long journey of two and a half hours to Cairo through changing scenery. First there was the Nile delta area with agriculture, including rice paddy fields, very dominant. This gave place to more desolate areas with little settlements here and there. Finally we entered the huge city of Cairo. There were no safety concerns as all the tour buses and taxis travelled in convoy, accompanied by police escort, with regular security checks en route. We felt very safe indeed! Our driver was superb, negotiating somewhat chaotic traffic with ease, as well as the actual roads which had sections which were in great need of repair. Rosie was our tour guide and she was very competent in every way and spoke English very well indeed. Our first stop was at the Nile River where we spent a leisurely hour sailing along in a Felucca boat which was a novel experience. The boat ride and a very adequate lunch at a hotel near the pyramids were included in the tour price. Needless to say, the Pyramids do not disappoint the visitor. It is quite awesome to stand at the base and look up. There were hundreds of tourists, but it didn't seem crowded. Our driver drove us to many vantage points and we were able to walk around and enjoy it all at a leisurely pace. One of our group took a camel ride which was another inclusion in our booking, as were the entry fees to the Pyramid site. Finally we visited a small papyrus making factory which we enjoyed. We can only say how pleased we were that we had decided to book with BESE and would highly recommend their services. It was much more affordable for our group of four than the bus tours offered by the cruise companies and included more. Thankyou, BESE.
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