My mother and I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Egypt that we booked through Passport & Go! (a U.S.-based travel agency), which partnered with Nile Blue Excursions (an Egyptian-based travel agency). We had an amazing trip that we would happily recommend to others. The trip consisted of 4 nights in Giza, 1 night in Aswan and a 4 night Nile River cruise from Aswan to Luxor before briefly stopping in Cairo for our flight home to the U.S.
In Giza, we stayed at the Mena House in a room with a balcony overlooking the pyramids. (The balcony was an unexpected and pleasant surprise!) While in Giza, we had a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Dalia. After my mom and I spent a day relaxing in Giza and adjusting to the time zone, we spent one day with Dalia at Sakkara and the Giza pyramids and another day in Cairo, where we visited the citadel, Egyptian Museum and Coptic sites. Her explanations of the sites and artifacts we viewed reflected her genuine interest in Egyptian history, and my mom and I learned a lot during our tours. We were so pleased that Nile Blue organized the trip so that Dalia would be our guide up until the time we checked into our Nile cruise, as we enjoyed her company and it gave us a feeling of continuity. After our stay in Giza, Dalia flew down to Aswan with us, where we visited a Nubian village and overnighted at the Movenpick. I particularly liked Aswan, which has lovely views of the Nile River and generally has a relaxing atmosphere (especially when compared to Cairo). On the following morning, she also flew with us to Abu Simbel, where we had a morning tour of the incredible temple (I definitely recommend taking this side trip!), before we checked into our Nile cruise.
Our Nile cruise was aboard the Oberoi Philae, a beautiful boat with a professional and courteous staff. As each cabin had its own balcony, we were able to privately enjoy some time on the Nile. The food overall was good, and the chef was willing to take special requests for particular food items. We participated in the group excursions, which were led by a tour guide provided by the boat. Each morning, we visited a temple and generally had the afternoon to ourselves. We think the cruise was a great way to end the trip.
The customer service we received from Passport & Go! and Nile Blue Excursions was excellent. They organized our trip so that we wouldn’t have to worry about any details. A driver was included in all our tours and we had private transfers waiting for us when needed (such as going to and from the airport). Ghada, a manager at Nile Blue, met us at the airport in Cairo when we arrived as well as when we departed. She also called us during our cruise to ensure that we were satisfied, which was a nice personal touch. In addition, our travel agent in the U.S., Vicki at Passport & Go!, was available by phone and email should we need to contact her. Also, the trip represented a very good value, as the price was lower than if I had booked it independently.
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