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“Beware of Egypttourexpert B&I, Turkey”
Review of Nile River

Nile River
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$38.00*
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Nile River Dinner Cruise with Egyptian Show
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$28.57*
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Private Guided Night Tour of Cairo
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$120.00*
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Private Guided Day Tour: Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Nile Dinner Cruise
Ranked #40 of 752 things to do in Egypt
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Stretching for 4,187 miles, the longest river in the world flows from its major source, Lake Victoria in east central Africa, through Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and northwards into Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
Reviewed January 12, 2010

Last December I bought a Nile Cruise trip with a company named B&I, based in Turkey. The arrival was fine, but as soon as we got to the boat, our itinery had changed. We had to change the boat they had first taken us to, so we could get to see the Valley of the Kings at Luxor. THE WORST was when we had our first dinner at the cruise, our fellow tourists informed us they hadn´t payed the extra $200 usd, for the Christmas dates, and had payed the $375 usd, the original cruise price. I was amazed and disgusted with B&I and would like to warn future clients NOT to hire services with EGYPT TOUR EXPERT or B&I travel., By the way, the Nile is defenetly worth the trip. Best of luck

5  Thank joseVC
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Reviewed December 19, 2009

I spent a great deal of time researching this and have just returned (12-09) from a 3 night Aswan-Luxor cruise on 5 star deluxe Mojito which cost my wife and I $110 per night per person and thought you might like to know the following: 1. Most all the ships in this class are the same as we found out by walking through them when they are docked on the shore up to 5 deep (which is most of the time). They have good rooms with great views, a minibar (very helpful), tv (never used), safe, nice bathroom, very good service, and 3 pretty good bufet meals a day. 2. The cost for the same boat can vary from $100 to over $200 a night per person depending on whom you made your booking with. Each booking agency provides its own tour guides, so if your agency only booked 4 English speaking persons you would have a privvate guide for 4 people. We were a group of only 2. 3. For the boat you leave a tip in an envelope on the last day - whatever you feel is right for all the boat staff - no pressure. We left about $5 per person per day in the envelope, so no tipping on board. However, you are expected to tip your guide(end of his helping you) and each of your different drivers each day. This is tiresome, doesn't have to be a lot, but is expected. 4. The boat provides no free drinks of any kind (even water and tea) and charges $3 to $7 for water, tea, beer, etc.) so we bought plenty onshore and stored them in our minibar and brought them to the table or on deck, saving a lot and that was fine with everyone (they will even provide ice if you ask). 5. There are literally hundreds of boats on the water at a time all doing the same thing. Most of the time is spent docked up to 5 deep, but it is great the small amount of time you are sailing, especially if it is not at night. The tours are good - we especially like the West Bank tombs in Luxor - such bright colors. 6. Boat was only 1/2 full, too cool to swim or sunbathe, a mix of nationalities including Egyptians. 7. Its a fun, relaxing trip. Enjoy!

7  Thank taylorSanFrancisco
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

when i was sold this holiday every think was paid for in advance trips excursions and so all i needed was a bit of spending money drinks etc so of we go on holiday first thing you will find thomascrook has some the dirtiest of crowded planes flying watch out for those no reclining seat and no one has any leg room Nile cruise very good ONLY GO 5 STAR then they start thomascrook reps will tell you how much you will tip especially in Cairo theses people demand money we are talking hundreds of Egyptian pounds each
ha if you think not going to pay they no when to ask half way through your holiday your group all waiting to go to Cairo museum in comes thomascrook rep for his tip money
forget going to the museum till all that tip money is paid 100s of egyptian pounds each
when we got home we complained to thomas crook the Hayley foster her response was that's egypt and that's as far as you will get your waisting your time complaining whats the use of a complaints office when something as serious as demanding money buy bulling you in the name of thomas cook there reps and the company knows they are doing it and don't care in a foreign country and demanding money they have no right to is not tipping in my opinion they put me and my family in a vulnerable position in a foreign country the Nile cruise is good {you will have to tip again here difrent reps} so are the sights its the reps you will find they take you through the center of all the traders it s fresh meat to market and the reps leave you for a few minutes so the traders can grab you reps get a backhander for this DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHINK OTHER WISE YOU HAVE BROUGHT IT the boat was in a armoured compound and we felt safe in Cairo with two armed guards at all times not the safest of places if you think of your local refuge center then put a pyramid in the center of it it will give you some idea of what its like rubbish everywhere nice to have seen the sites but will not go there again

6  Thank DevonSteve
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Reviewed July 17, 2009

Just got back from a week along the Nile on the MS Grand Rose with Red Sea Holidays.

I booked it through Teletext and the flight was with Monarch from Gatwick.

All in all had a fantastic holiday with a few very minor niggles.

The plane was a 767 had limited leg room, but was otherwise ok, with a film and a few tv shows on the screens.

As soon as we arrived in the arrivals hall at Luxor the Red sea holidays staff swept us up and gave us the visa, ensuring the entry was really painless. He took the money with a small markup on the bus.

Be careful of anyone helping to move your cases - they will move it about 2 feet and then demand money, in fact this will happen all holiday - everyone seems to be after money for doing the smallest of things and sometimes nothing at all. We found the best advice is to just avoid eye contact and keep walking.

The food and accommodation were top notch - there was a wide variety of food, which was changed daily in a buffet format and all the staff were friendly and attentive. You make one payment of £20 at the beginning of the week to cover all tips on the boat tours etc, which believe me is well worth it - it is great to escape the constant hassling for money when on the ship. You will still need to tipr the guide at the end of the week, but our guide (Mish Mish) was very attentive and informative and even started to work out the "English" sense of humour by the end of the week. The cabin staff did tend to turn the air conditioning down to arctic temperatures though every day which was a bit irritating and ended up making all the clothes a bit damp.

The entertainment on the ship was ok as well, I got moaned at for wearing sandles on the "Romantic" night, therefore make sure you take a pair of shoes as well.

The monuments were breathtaking, and I probably don't need to say to much about them, although I would recommend you visit slightly later in the year during their cooler season as it was extremely hot when we went and way to hot to lie about in the sun after about 11.00am. The Balloon trip does not operate any more, which I was looking forward to, but otherwise the trips were all good. Most of the monuments have a "gladiator run" where you have to be prepared for some really in your face sales techniques from people selling the same stuff everywhere you go.

We sneaked off into Luxor towards the end of the holiday and found a papyrus shop that deals with coach loads of tourists all day, they were happy to cut the prices in half saying that was the commision they would pay to the tour guides. If you are prepared to be a little brave you can find stuff a lot cheaper, you only need to walk about 5/10 minutes away from the boats to find these places! One of the people in the shop then took us all around through a bazaar (market) to get us int o a department store to try and get more commision for us buying stuff there. We politely refused and just walked back to the boat, but just goes to show that they will try anything to get your cash, I felt quite safe but you do need to watch yourself.

It was also pain free going back through the airport at luxor and we were not stung for excess baggage, which again seemed to have been rife according to reviews alsewhere.

All in all it was a most memorable and enjoyable holiday and I highly recommend you take the all inclusive option as bottles of water etc were all plentiful and there were plenty of horror stories about how much people on other boats were paying for drinks etc for half board holidays elsewhere. All the crew from the Manager downwards were very helpful and nothing was to much for the Red sea holiday staff. A very pleasurable way to have a holiday in a place that could otherwise be very stressful. Highly recommended! :)

45  Thank AlanHants
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