Have just returned from a 17 Day Egypt in Death private tour with Bunnik Tours. To all the ‘nay Sayers’ worried about whether Egypt is safe – take the leap of faith like we did, and do it now while tourists numbers are still down. We literally had the place to ourselves, however that will probably all change once word starts getting out that Egypt is just as safe to visit as other tourist destinations e.g. London, Paris. Tourist numbers are slowly on the rise.
Guess what – we even took our school-aged children with us to Egypt!
If you are interested in going to Egypt but still a bit nervous and don’t like being part of a group, no problem – do a ‘private tour’. We were very happy with Bunnik Tours – had to keep pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming. From the moment we touched down at Cairo airport, to the accommodation and tour guides, until the time we had to say goodbye, we were made to feel like royalty. How many tour companies have a representative greet you on arrival to assist you with their country’s Customs/Immigration Control processes? Everyday was a new experience, offering opportunities to enrich the soul and immerse ourselves in the thousands of years of Egyptian history, creating wonderful memories that will last forever.
What made the tour really come to life for us, was our two guides – but not just ‘any old tour guide’ – these guides were highly qualified Egyptologists. To them, being a tour guide was not just a job, it was a calling – this was evident in the way both spoke so passionately about Egypt and their willingness to share their knowledge about their country’s history.
The only blemish, on otherwise a perfect holiday was, as others have been mentioned in the Forums, the harassment by street vendors, some of whom are extremely aggressive and intimidating. We had to report the conduct of one vendor to the Tourist Police at Edfu. While we don’t condone their behaviour, we do understand they need to make a living. However, these vendors need to ‘respect the boundaries’ or risk alienating, and subsequently losing, the tourist dollars they so desperately seek.
That said, please take a ‘leap of faith’ and check out Egypt – you will not be disappointed!