Before I begin, I want to thank our travel planner for arranging a spectacular trip for our family. From the beginning, I knew we chose the perfect travel company to arrange our family vacation to Egypt. When I first spoke to our travel planner, I felt like he knew exactly what we were looking for our trip. He asked about our interest, and came up with an itinerary that was perfect for our family of four. Our tour of Egypt included travel to Cairo and Luxor. I traveled with my wife and two boys, ages 15 and 9, to Egypt at the beginning of January 2021.
Upon arrival, our airport representative greeted us shortly after landing in Cairo. He guided us through the entry process into Egypt, which made it incredible easy and stress free for us during every arrival and departure of our trip. The hotels were amazing and luxurious. We stayed at the Four Seasons, which was awesome! We spent our first two days in Cairo with our guide. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable with Egyptian history. He took us to the Great Pyramids, The Sphinx, on a food tour through Cairo, and we spent the end of our day drinking Turkish coffee sitting outdoors on the streets of Cairo.
On Day 3 we took a short flight from Cairo to Luxor. Our first evening in Luxor, we met with our guide for the next few days. He is just a happy person. He loves what he does and enjoys sharing his knowledge of ancient Egyptian history with others. We had so much fun in Luxor! He took us to the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Abydos, The Dendera Temple, and the Karnak and Luxor Temples just to name a few. We enjoyed an amazing lunch at a local restaurant where we ate chicken shawarma and stuffed pigeon (yes it is delicious)! We visited several local shops, where you have the option of purchasing various items, such as hieroglyphs and paintings on papyrus paper, Egyptian clothing made from Egyptian cotton, essential oils and perfumes, jewelry, and local pottery made from alabaster and other items.
On the day before departure back to the US, we flew back to Cairo to enjoy our last day at the Egyptian Museum and an afternoon shopping at the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. My family enjoyed the Museum. The exhibits are impressive, and there are many ancient statues, mummies, and many other antiquities to be seen. The Bazaar was fun. It is a great place to find deals from local vendors and souvenirs to bring home.
In summary, our trip was perfectly planned. Everything is as advertised. Everything our travel planner said would happen, happened and they delivered. My wife loved it, my kids loved it, and I loved this trip! Words just cannot describe the experience of what it is to visit in person and witness the incredible structures, art, hieroglyphs, scenery, and hearing about ancient Egyptian history from an Egyptologist. The entire staff was amazing, and the people of Egypt are amazing. This was a trip to remember, a trip that my family and I will never forget. Thank you to our travel planner and his company for providing my family and I the opportunity to experience Egypt this way.
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