Businesses like Aswan Individual is what makes a city stand out and leave you with fond memories. We were a group of 5 (2 couples and a 9 yr old) with 2 days to spend in Aswan and a day on the road to Luxor visiting Kom Ombo & Edfu on the way. Frantic searches on the web for a reliable tour agent invariably got us to Aswan Individual. But hey, how do you trust a tour group that has no vehicles of its own, no guides of its own and has someone outside of Aswan responding to your emails? And in hindsight trusting Aswan Individual & letting Petra and Waleed plan our days at Aswan was probably the best thing that happened to us.
Planning the tours: Petra helped us chart the program, helping us with tips on what to look out for, how long commute to each site would take and what to expect there. Every e-mail and query was responded to immediately and with patience. On the ground, Waleed was always ahead of time co-ordinating the driver/guide and ensuring we were taken care of properly. It's an understatement that a genuine smile can take care of the worries of a traveler in a new place!
Guides: We had Said for the Aswan day tour (Philae, Kalabsha, unfinished obelisk) and Abdul for Kom Ombo & Edfu en route to Luxor. And they were just amazing. You could pick up knowledge of these places from the web or just being in the tourism industry for a long while - but the infectious passion with which they immersed themselves in the history of the place and brought out the magic of each temple made each stop memorable. You could see in them both the earnestness & the desire to explain more and not just gloss over.
Overall, we couldn't have asked for anything better than being in the safe hands of Petra, Waleed & co.
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