Tip! Try the Nubian dinner! The Nubians are one of the oldest civilizations in the world. They invite you into their home and cook you food in their humble way - it’s a real, honest look into their culture. Guests are entertained by dancers, get henna tattoos, and enjoy authentic Nubian fare. If you’re looking for a true cultural experience, this is it!
Now for the million dollar question: Do you think Egypt is safe to visit?
Ananda Yes. We’re all aware of the political uproar we’ve seen in Egypt and the Middle East in the past, but in general Egypt is a very safe country. Our expert Egyptian tour leader was with us at all times and I’ve never met anyone who knows as much about a specific area’s culture and history. He could answer all my questions and I felt especially safe with him in the vicinity.
Melicia We had a convoy leading us on all the long rides to destinations and temples like Abu Simbel and Aswan. None of the tourists or people we met along the way were oblivious to the political climate, but none of them were scared either. If anything, they were just happy to have Egypt all to themselves. Tourism in Egypt took a big knock after the widespread unrest in 2011.
Ananda Egypt is still an amazing travel destination. If you're worried about your safety, don't be. I felt as safe in Egypt as I would in London.
Dani There was not one moment that I felt unsafe. I would live in Egypt if I could.
Angus Absolutely! The situation is very different now, compared to what it was during the Arab Spring. From speaking to tour guides and operators, I know they feel the country is back to its pre-2011 safety levels - that is to say, there is nothing to worry about. The Tourist Police are a large presence at most of the sites, so you always feel safe and secure. In fact, 2017 is the perfect time to visit Egypt - it's perfectly safe now, and it'll be your last chance to visit the Pyramids and Temples in relative peace and quiet, before the masses of tourists return!
What about the Egyptian cuisine?
Melicia Unless you are from the Middle East, the food is different from what you would find in your home country. Egyptian food is similar to Turkish, Lebanese and Persian cuisine. Bread is one of the Egyptians' main staple foods and you find it in all shapes and sizes. Bread and pitas are served with delicious Egyptian kebabs, lentil soup and sauce, and always accompanied by an abundance of fruit and vegetables.
On tour, breakfast is included every day, and on the cruise you enjoy hree meals a day. There is always a vegetarian option.