I'm not going to write about how great the sites are, because this is my third time in the country, and I think travellers would benefit more from knowing the play-by-play process of it all, instead. But yes, the sites are just that - great. Here's what happened with Aswan Individual:
Waleed met us at 2:30 PM in the lobby of the Isis Corniche, we payed upfront for Abu Simbel, and the taxi transfer to the airport that was going to happen in two days' time. We then took the Felucca with Captain Abdoul first to Kitchener's Island from the Isis Corniche (I suggest you get a hotel on the water, as it's easier that way), where student admission was 10 EGP each. We were then picked up at the other end of the Island by Abdoul and we sailed to Elephantine Island, where we disembarked and walked through a maze of charming streets to a house where we had food. The portions were huge, with 5 different dishes, and sweet bananas - we struggled to finish it. The food is really a lot better than anything you'll find in hotels. We were then told the wind died down and we would transfer to a motorboat to pass the cataract to the coffee experience, the rate of 60 EGP per hour did not change, even though we changed boats. We arrived at the house, but the gentleman was away in Aswan, and we then took the motorboat to another place which offered the same experience. The coffee was very spicy, but you should definitely try it. We were told that for two cups the fee was 20 EGP total, and we payed 30 EGP to be in-line with Aswan Individual's cost description (assuming Abdoul was giving us the option to tip - which is what happens with everything in Egypt). We then sailed past the Cataract hotel, past the inscriptions, Khnum's ruined temple, and back to the Isis Corniche, and were then dropped off at the quay. We began at 2:30 PM, and returned at 6:40 PM, and the total came to something like 360 EGP including dinner, and we made it a clean 400 EGP. As we intend to return to Aswan, we'll definitely do this again. Individuals on the street offered us a Felucca ride for 55 EGP, but there was no guarantee that a Felucca ride was the only thing we'd be offered, so in this respect Aswan Individual is definitely preferred.
Apparently, Waleed never sees any of the Felucca ride money, it goes straight to the Captain. When it comes to touristic sites such as Abu Simbel, or the airport transfer, all of that is payed directly to Waleed, and, we're assuming his tour company.
Waleed met us the next morning at 3:30 AM in the lobby and we got into the car to take us to the convoy gathering point, which is right next to the unfinished obelisk. We provided our passport details weeks in advance, so don't forget to do this. We then drove off into the desert, eating our bagged breakfasts prepared by our hotel. The ride was comfortable, AC, leather seats, working seat belts, good suspension, lots of leg room. The driver did not speak to us, and did not speak English. The convoy was not a convoy at all, really; none of the cars kept formation, there were kilometre-wide gaps between cars, and there was never any dangerous passing or tight conditions. The road was actually better than in Canada, probably because atmospheric conditions such as rain never ebb away at the asphalt. Student admission to Abu Simbel was 53.25 EGP. The 3.25 EGP was a sort of local tax, and you got a sort of receipt for it. We saw the site, then returned and waited in the cafeteria, and when it was time, every vehicle, both big and small left at the same time, but again, the driving was without any problems.
For next time, we plan to do the Felucca again for dinner because you really can't beat the price, although dinner at the New Cataract Hotel restaurant was not bad, even if it is the most luxurious hotel in Aswan, if not all of Egypt, and a full course meal for two was only about 40 USD, and consisted of several drinks, humus and some other humus-like dish, a rice and vegetable dish, and a grill of vegetables and meat served on a portable grill, with bread that just kept coming (in total there were three servers for our table of two, which was 'interesting', at least to see the hierarchy involved). Anyways, back to the Felucca, we will want to take it to the Nubian beach because it is apparently an area where that much-feared bacteria is not present, and the conditions are great. Also, in terms of tours with Waleed, we will want to see Kalabsha, even if it is a minor site compared to Abu Simbel or Philae (Philae we did without cruise, but it isn't to be missed). The monastery of St. Simeon is also on the list, partly because Camels are the mode of transportation. As you can see, I'm already planning the next trip to Egypt, and to Aswan, and with Aswan Individual. I happily recommend.
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