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“CRUISING THE NILE ON A DAHABEYA - AN UNFORGETABLE EXPERIENCE”

Select Egypt Travel - Day Tours
Ranked #115 of 282 Tours in Cairo
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Owner description: Select Egypt offers a range of travel and special interest Egypt day tours; includes booking Cairo and Luxor tours - Book private day tours explore all the classical Egyptian cities.
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We spent 3 weeks in Egypt during April/May 2013. Like most we wanted to do a Nile cruise but not on one of the big vessels but something smaller and more personal. With the help of Select Egypt we booked a Dahabeya and we’re so glad that we did as it was one of the highlights of our trip, we enjoyed every moment. These boats are based on the old traditional sailing boats & offer a completely different sailing experience as they are sailing boats and do not have a motor. They do however have all of the other facilities that you would expect. The ability to berth at any suitable place along the river gives so much more flexibility in visiting the smaller sites which appealed to us. The boat is able to travel quite close to the banks of the river so you are able to see all the activity on the river bank as you drift by and really feel part of it all. It is just so quiet and tranquil – we just loved it.
We travelled on the Dahabeya ‘Amalia”’. The Captain and the entire crew were absolutely fabulous – nothing was too much trouble. There were lots of little treats along the way. We stopped for a wonderful candlelight dinner on an island in the middle of the Nile and enjoyed some amazing sunsets as well as visiting some of the other ancient sites. The food was good; you didn’t have to dress up for dinner. It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere not too lavish or overdone.
We are happy to recommend this style of cruise and especially this particular boat which we booked through Select Egypt. Select were very easy to deal with. Their consultant Sandy look after us – we did everything from Australia via email to Sandy. There were no communication issues, she was very professional and we were very happy with the result. We had the same guide, Ahmed (Mido) throughout our stay in Egypt, he too was fabulous & we now regard him as a friend.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

My wife and I did the tour with them in Nov 12. The tour itinerary was tailored made for us all thanks to Sandy. I must again say thanks to Sandy as she was in contact with our tour guide from the start til the end of our tour to ensure everything was going according to our plans. When we landed, we were met with our airport representative who was holding our names as we got off the plane. He helped us through immigration and customs and handed us over to our guide Ameer who was waiting for us at the airport. I must say SelectEgypt already scored a point by being already there right off the plane.
Our tour was nothing but awesome. We did Cairo,White and Black desert, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria. Visited all the famous pyramids, temples and rode various form of transportation (Camel,Horse Carriage,4wd in desert,hot air balloon in Luxor, Sleeper Train, Fellucca, Nile Cruise). Stayed at nice hotels and overnight in the desert..wow what an experience. We even got to visit the famous mummies of King Tut (Valley of the kings) and Ramses II (Egyptian museum).
Next special mention must go to our guide Ameer. Ameer was supposed to be our guide til Luxor, but he was so good, that we requested him to be our one and only guide in Egypt. He is a dedicated young,vibrant guide who is so interested in explaining each and every ancient history to us. He even gave us test on some Egyptian Gods which we remembered and made our tour more meaningful. He helped us alot while shopping in the bazaars. He was always communicating with Sandy on our progress. He explained to us about the ongoing conflict and always kept our safety in mind when we had to visit the Egyptian Museum which was located near Tahirir Square. We were really lucky to have him as our guide (Thanks Sandy)
Along the way we also had some good drivers. Waleed who drove us and cooked for us in the desert. Mohammed who drove us almost >500km safely with great and alert driving skills.
To sum it all off, our experience in Egypt was awesome thanks to Select Egypt...

2  Thank Rajendran1978
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A special thanks to Select Egypt for organizing a special tour! When organizing your trip from Cairo with Select Egypt, ask for Sandy. She was very helpful and she made sure our trip, tickets and plans were all ready before we headed to Luxor!

Also a special thanks to our tour guide Sayed Ahmed Salim. I highly recommend that you take Sayed with you when visiting the temples and monuments from Luxor to Aswan - and everywhere in between - Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae, Abu Simbel, etc..

Sayed is a native of Luxor, an excellent English speaker, knowledgeable and fun. We learned so much from him and cannot recommend him enough. It was a real pleasure visiting all the sites of Ancient Egypt with Sayed as our guide.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We had a wonderful trip with the help of Select Egypt. They were Ontime to pick us from the respective destination and they were very helpful in addressing our needs. I would strongly recomment visitors to take Select Egypt as thier Tourist Guide. They were Extremely Good.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

A great experience and well-organized by Sandy from Select Egypt.

A trip in privacy.

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