“A thing of beauty is never perfect” – Egyptian Proverb
No country you visit is ever perfect and Egypt is no exception. This comes with the territory of a third world country that has been plagued by a revolution which has caused a huge downfall in their tourism and economy. But despite its hardships the Egyptian people and culture are filled with friendliness and optimism which is sure to win your heart and have you returning home telling anyone and everyone that they need to visit at least once in their lifetime. From watching the sun set on board a traditional felucca sail boat and watching the sun rise over the Nile from a hot air balloon it’s safe to say Egypt has taken over some of the top spots on my list of travel moments, and is something I never would have experienced if I hadn’t taken Topdeck’s Egypt Express tour.
1. The Experiences and History.
With over 7000 years of recorded history there is so much to see and learn in Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Giza in itself is reason alone to travel to make the trip to Cairo and is the only remaining marvel of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Where else on Earth can you visit what is considered the world’s largest open-air museum? The temples to the tombs are breath-taking and are something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. In addition to the monuments themselves the Topdeck team is a fountain of knowledge who can tell you more about a location than attempting to read a guide book on site ever could. Top deck hire local guides meaning that all the questions you could ever feel the need to ask can immediately be answered, something you just can’t get if you travel alone. The guides and local experts at each site allow you to step back and absorb every aspect of the area you are in.
2. Stress-Free Travel.
Having Topdeck and their trusty team by your side the whole time takes the stress out of your vacation. Planning travel takes a lot of time and you won’t have to think twice about organising things like accommodation, attraction tickets and transportation as it has all been sorted before you leave. You will also have a day by day itinerary that will aid you in budgeting for your spending. Your tour manager will be there on stand-by to help alleviate any issues that arise (Like lending you his personal phone to try and repeatedly call the airline when they cancel your flight…the day before you are set to leave) Taking a group tour with a company that has been perfecting their routine for years also means that you get to maximise the use of your time. They will ensure you allocate the right amount of time to each attraction and plan the right times for your visit attractions, both to avoid crowds and avoid the hot midday sun that comes with the territory. Things like this are something that you just might not take into consideration when planning an itinerary by yourself. Your only responsibility will be to sit back, take incredible photos and enjoy everything that this history rich country has to offer.
Many people fear travelling into the unknown. Mainly because the media and the rest of the world, that doesn’t know any better, tell us the world is unsafe. Guided tours give people who may feel this way they opportunity to feel much safer than they would when travelling alone. There is always someone watching your back and people you can turn to and assure you that all possible measures that can be taken to ensure your safety have been taken (This includes armed tourist police escorting your tour where the government dictates the necessity). With Topdeck Egypt you will feel nothing short of safe and fall in love with a country that the rest of the world is missing out on.
4. The Food.
I love to eat and Egypt albeit slightly more cautionary (No-one wants to anticipate Mummy tummy when you know you’re going to be spending 2 days on a traditional sail boat) was no exception. You can’t go past Egyptian cuisine…think an Egyptian version of pizza, camel, grilled meats, Baba Ghanoush and the tastiest Kofta you ever did eat. Expect big flavours similar to other Middle Eastern dishes that will be sure to making your taste buds tingle and leave you wanting more…even 5 months after you’ve returned home!
5. You are Never Alone.
You are guaranteed on a Topdeck tour to find it easier to make friends than comes from striking up random conversations in hostel common rooms. You will have the potential to make friends from all walks of life and from all over the world. Each fellow traveller you encounter on your tour will convey a different perspective to your trip and bring with them the potential to enhance your opinion about particular sites. Travelling is a bonding experience and you’ll automatically make friends with members of the group as you share lifelong memories and experiences together.
Have you ever been to Egypt? Been on a group tour with Topdeck or any other companies? What did you love or hate about group travel? I would love to hear all about your experiences in the comments section below! Travel safely. Xx Flick