“Basking in the glow!”
We just returned from Egypt and are still basking in the experience! Thanks to GAT tours, we were treated to some of the most significant sites along the Nile in a professional, organized and safe manner. The guides spoke English well and provided a wealth of information on the rich history of this ancient civilization. We had barely deplaned when we were met by Mr. Ahmed Omar at approximately 2:45 AM. He guided us through customs, security and passport control. We were walked through each hotel check-in, as well as our Nile cruise. Very seamless! Internal flights on Air Egypt were on time – no delays – and luggage arrived safely. All guides and drivers were routinely early.
GAT arranged for our Nile river cruise on the steamboat Sudan. This was fabulous and we strongly recommend! The boat was built in 1885 and was peaceful, quiet and relaxing. We paid for a lower deck room, but Mr. Omar arranged for us to be upgraded to the upper deck. Lovely room and the staff on this boat are amazing! The food is a gourmet experience. Perfect!
Two more examples of how a GAT guide enhanced our experience: at the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, we found that the access to the minaret was locked. Our guide went to one of the security guards and requested a key to allow us access. We took some lovely pictures of old Cairo from that viewpoint. The second example is when we asked to walk through the old market – Khan al-Khalili. The guide asked a uniformed officer to accompany us through the market presumably to ensure our safety – though at no time did we feel unsafe. Afterwards, the guide asked if we wanted to have something to drink at a nearby café. This was NOT a place for tourists, but did offer us the opportunity to sit with the locals and enjoy a mint lemonade…so charming (and so good)!
We toured major sites at Luxor, as well as a variety of temples all along the Nile on the way to Aswan. In at least one case, we visited a temple in the evening when it was lit up. This was enchanting. The only thing I wish had been included was Hatshepsut’s temple on the west bank. This temple was so close to the Valley of the Kings, but was not included in our tour.
Bottom line, GAT runs like a well-oiled machine. They take extra measures to ensure a wonderful experience with your comfort and safety in mind. We highly recommend!