We had a very nice time in Aswan. Waleed met us at the airport on time and took us safely to the hotel.
They arranged a good, safe overnight trip to Abu Simbel. It was wonderful to be there at sunrise.
We had a nice time at Philae and I liked our guide, Islam. He was energetic and pleasant, and he made a couple of well chosen comments about carvings. His ability to interpret some of the hieroglyphics was also interesting and helpful.
In fact, I wish we had taken more time for Philae, although this was entirely my decision. We were all tired after the drive from Abu Simbel, so most of us needed to go through at a brisk pace, on the other hand it would have been great as a longer trip.
Aswan individual also arranged a birdwatching expedition for us with Mr. Arabi. Although expensive and payable in US dollars, the trip was delightful. The setting was beautiful and truly restorative, and we saw many birds. Mr Arabi took us to Kitcheners island, his own farm, and some sites inland, so we were able to see a range of habitats and birds. He was flexible and spontaneous.
Our minivan trip to Luxor, provided through Aswan Individual, was smooth.
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