It was a very nice trip and we are very happy to have been able to do it in the best conditions thanks to you. What can I say, beyond the exceptional and unforgettable nature of what we saw? Being a former entrepreneur, I decided to be very direct and to speak to you as an entrepreneur so that you clearly indicate what was out of the ordinary and the areas for improvement.
The +++: reception at airports Guides in Cairo, on the ascent of the Nile then on Lake Nasser (as a bonus, we were able to have fruitful exchanges with him on today's Egypt and the Near East).
The adaptability of the program which allowed us to see the essentials, but also the "nearby" and to change destination at short notice (eg Saccara which replaced the French institute) The outfit of the city of Luxor The outing in a hot-air balloon above the Valley of the Kings The boat that traveled up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, its cabin, its crew The Old Cataract hotel, the suite, the view, the quality of service: too bad we didn't go there we only spent half a night! The crew of the boat going down Lake Nasser
The ++: the hotel in Cairo and that in Luxor Points to improve: It is a pity that the boat used on Lake Nasser did not have windproof canvases to pull in front and on the sides which would have protected us from a rather cool temperature and a sustained wind, quite unexpected in the tropics. Impossible to stay on the upper deck for more than a quarter of an hour or risk catching a cold. The boat with which we went up the Nile was well equipped on that side. Our cabin on this boat was tiny and we could not open the suitcases. In addition, it was not lit during the day because the sun blinds were closed and running only in the morning around 8 am and in the evening after sunset. We would have much preferred one of the two cabins on the upper deck with a small terrace sheltered from the wind, but they were occupied by Americans. This cabin was absolutely not at the level of what we had had before and not suitable for people in their seventies…
At our age, we have well-established habits for breakfast: a kettle, nescafé, sachets of powdered milk and biscuits would have been welcome to make the connection with the official breakfast around 8am. Moreover, leaving for a visit before the official breakfast was hard and we had to negotiate foot by foot several times.
The last temple we saw, the day before returning to Aswan, was not worth a visit (Egyptian destroyed and rebuilt by the Greeks, destroyed and not rebuilt by the Romans by workers who had lost their touch, it's a shame, especially after the marvels that we had seen for more than 10 days. And finally we should have left Aswan on Monday morning and not Monday evening, because this day was spent killing time. Only the walk on the Nile to go at the Nubian restaurant was really worth it. Thanks to Amro for the photos he sent us