Written on: 07/01/2011
My husband and I had never been on an organised package holiday before and we were a bit doubtful about being in a group situation being organised. We did not need to have been concerned. What a marvelous way to escape to a country which has so many different experiences to offer. we could not fault Thomas Cook with the care that quite clearly goes into planning these holidays despite the dreadful snow in the UK.I was overwhelmed by the service we received on board the ship from the Eygptian crew. Kathy our Thomas Cook Rep' was extremely helpful, and again went the extra mile to ensure that we had a lovely holiday. Abdul, the guide, who accomanied us on all our tours was outstanding in his breath of knowledge and was like ever teacher should be in being able to engage with everyone in the group. We also had lots of laughs with him and we always felt safe in is hands.
You do need to be prepared for going to a county culturally very different from your own and we found the constant bombardment of people wanting to sellthings to you sometime rather tiresome. But you have to understand that Eygpt's largest income is from their tourist trade and the related jobs that creates. Appart from the Nile, Eygpt is just a big desert with nothing! Now I mention the desert it was well worth paying the extra fee to get up at 3 in the morning, go across the desert, see the sun rise and see the magnificent Abu Simbel.
We were really glad we went for the "all inclusive" package as this saved any problems on the boat geting bottled water and soft drinks. The weather was like a very nice hot day in the UK in summer with clear blue skies, but cold first thing in the morning. The "all inclusive package is still good value even if you are not someone who drinks alcholic drinks. We had a memorable holiday thank you.
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