Egypt has been on my bucket list and the pyramids have been something I've always wanted to see so truthfully the only thing that was holding me back from going was the fear of it not being safe. I'm partially grateful for having that fear because that's what lead my husband and I to book a tour, rather than try to see Egypt on our own, which was the best decision we made. Here's my breakdown of the different aspects of our trip.
The tour itinerary:
We had a pretty full schedule and lots of early mornings and normally I wouldn't be thrilled about that since I'm a night owl but it was perfectly planned as the mornings were a lot cooler and fewer tourists. We were not only awestruck by the pyramids, but all the various temples such as Philae, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo (and more) which were massive and elaborately covered in hieroglyphs. We also had the opportunity to check out the Valley of the Kings, museums and at the end got some time to relax by the Red Sea which made it feel like a well balanced trip. Overall, I felt like we got a great taste of Egypt in our 2 weeks there.
We were lucky enough to have Momo guide us throughout the 2 weeks, whose passion for the country and history was infectious and truly gave us a good understanding of what we were looking at. He was more than happy to share his wealth of knowledge and ensured that we were all well taken care of. He didn't just do the bare minimum, he arranged for us to have "family" dinners and outings and would hang out and smoke shisha with us so that we could have a taste of the local experience. Having a good tour guide can make or break an experience and he was pivotal in making our experience incredible.
On the Go:
I don't have a lot to compare to, as I've only ever done 1 other tour however I was blown away from the moment we stepped foot into the airport. In fact, we've never had such an efficient airport experience as were escorted from start to finish with ease. The tour let us turn off our brains as everything was arranged and organized for us. From hotels to transportation even to tipping and entrance tickets - we just had to go along for the ride! My only complaint was that the itinerary given to us was mixed with some of the other tours, which made it a bit confusing to follow & doesn't seem like it would be too difficult to give us all our schedules based on our specific tour. However, that was so minor and I would happily book another trip with On the Go!
Accommodations & Food:
We stayed in some really nice hotels, including Marriott & Radisson and really got our money's worth. My husband and I also upgraded to the Nile River cruise, which we felt was worth every penny as well! All the included breakfasts and the cruise dinners were great with lots of variety and flavours. The only thing that I didn't particularly love was the overnight train, but it was still an experience! I'm also a fan of hummus, baba ganoush & falafels but not a huge meat eater so I was eventually craving different foods (obviously this is my own preference)
Lastly, I cannot stress enough how safe we felt in Egypt. There was not a single moment that I was ever uncomfortable and actually felt even safer knowing that pickpocketing isn't even a thing there. With there being lots of tourist police and the overall guidance, our biggest threat was overpaying for some souvenirs! All the vendors were extremely friendly, albeit some were overly pushy but that's to be expected pretty much anywhere you go. We always got amazing customer service wherever we went, even when we ventured out on our own without the tour.
All in all, we had an incredible trip & would happily do it all again in a heartbeat. Egypt is a beautiful country with a plethora of history and culture and should be something that everyone experiences at least once in their lifetime!
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