Written on: 14/03/2013 by mortonan (1 review written)
A party of 4 of us have just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Monica and had a really good holiday. We were met at Luxor airport and cheerfully and quickly supplied with entry visas by Orbital's staff just at the entrance and then moved on to passport control. We collected our cases and were swiftly on the 20 minutes coach journey to the riverside.Once onboard we were allocted our cabins and ushered to the dining room on the lower deck for dinner.The meals are self service with a variety both hot and cold dishes.
Our guide for the week was Romany who spoke excellent english, and who with great tact and a lovely sense of humour, melded our group together and held our interest throughout, with his vast knowledge of the wonderful sights we saw each and every day.
Tours began early each morning and we were back onboard in time for lunch and a leisurely afternoon on the sundeck as we floated towards Aswan in the south.Afternoon tea was served around 4.30 and dinner was at 8.00pm.
The lack of foreign visitors is a tragedy for the Egyptians who are so welcoming and friendly, but a bonus for us, with no crowds and whole temples and other sites virtually to ourselves.
Yes there are hawkers but we found that by avoiding eye contact and walking on, we had absolutely no hassle.
I cannot recommend Orbital Travel and our guide Romany highly enough. Every little detail is well planned and if there is any need for medical treatment, [name removed] the tour mansger,will organise things very swiftly and efficiently. Romany went out of his way to explain and answer any question in an understanding and patient manner.
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