I just returned from the Jewels of Egypt trip and I would like to share my experience. Prior to this trip, I had never been on a tour before and didn't know what to expect. Now, I will definitely be taking more tours, especially with Imaginative Traveller!
First of all, Egypt is a magical country. Every day on the tour was better than the previous days. On one day (mainly a travel day), my Mom and I said to each other, "since this is a travel day, it probably won't be as amazing as the other days". Well, we were wrong...that day was just as wonderful as the others. The tour is very well organized. I was initially concerned about feeling rushed during the tour, but we always felt that we had enough time to do everything we wanted to do.
Egyptians are by far the nicest people I have ever met. Everywhere we went, people would shout Hello and Welcome. One day while walking around Cairo, a lady stopped me to tell me I have beautiful hair. The tour leader we had, Mohamed, was AMAZING. He made our group feel like a family. He wanted everyone to have the trip of a lifetime and he went above and beyond his job duties to ensure that everyone was happy. I loved having a local tour leader because you could feel how much he loves his country. When I take my next tour of Egypt with Imaginative Traveller, I will make sure he is my guide once again!
The Nile cruise on the M/S Melodie was phenomenal. What made it extra special was the staff. They all truly care about their guests. One night, a staff member spent an hour showing me magic card tricks. When the staff learned that I was trying to learn a few Arabic phrases, they all began teaching me. At every meal they were teaching me new phrases. Each time I went to the reception desk to get my room key, they would hide it and refuse to give it to me until I could successfully ask for it in Arabic. Mohamed, my tour leader, even began teaching me how to write Arabic! I now know how to write my name. Another highlight of the trip was having tea with the captain.
If anyone is considering taking a holiday with Imaginative Traveller, or the Jewels of Egypt tour, definitely go for it! You will have an amazing time!
I loved my time in Egypt so much, that I am planning on returning to Cairo for a few months in the near future to take Arabic classes and then travel even more around the country!
I could go on and on, but this is already a fairly long post. What I'm really trying to say is that no matter what, I would have had a wonderful holiday in Egypt, but all of the people were what made it one of the best trips of my life! Thank you so much, Imaginative Traveller. I can't wait to book my next tour with you. I don't know how you can top Jewels of Egypt!