Turkey was a good trip but I would do some things differently. See below the next chapter.
My travel company/ Egypt
I have just returned from 12 day private tour in Egypt as a solo traveler. This was an experience of a life time and I'm a seasoned traveler who's been to 53 countries thus far. I've first approached Zicasso here in the US who connected me with an account sales manager at this travel company in Cairo. The travel agent was attentive from the very beginning. I told him, I'm not the typical tourist who only wants to see antiquities but rather I would like the experience of Egypt with seeing the countryside and the way they live and the opportunity to meet people. I"m mostly interested in history and cultures. He deigned a tour for me which we have modified several times to my satisfaction. He was patient with me despite my changes as he wanted to make sure that I get what I wanted. I was greeted at the airport by my tour leader in Egypt and my contact person throughout. He was polite, friendly, pleasant and professional who went beyond to make sure that my trip is successful. He was thorough with all the details of my trip and worked extra hours to get me a permit to visit the synagogue in Alexandria. Unfortunately, despite the permit, I couldn't go in as the synagogue was going through some serious renovation. Also, he made sure I got a Nile view room at my hotel as I've requested even though the hotel was booked during the end of Ramadan. I was 12 days in Egypt and saw most everything from Cairo, The Nile Cruise with Luxur, Aswan and Abu Simble. My guides, who were egyptologist were superb. My guide in Cairo was very knowledgeable and pleasant and answered all my questions about history and current events and was kind enough to take many pictures of me, leaving me with tons of memories. My driver always kept the car clean and made sure there was always cold water for me. He was pleasant and friendly and maneuvered the traffic in busy Cairo quite safely and professionally. In the South, My guide guided with much passion and knowledge. He knew how to tell the ancient stories in a lively and interesting manner that you could actually imagine being there. This was one successful trips, carefully designed and executed by the professional staff at this travel agency. I highly recommend them and would not hesitate to use them again. Shookran! Thank You!
I absolutely loved Dahshur and the opportunity to see the countryside and how the fellahin live. My host there was fantastic, providing me with unforgettable experience and memory. I've also enjoyed the Nile cruise, the valley of the kings and a visit to the Nubian village. Cairo of course, is like a different world with different more urban and historical experiences. I can't say there was anything I didn't like in this trip. In all these sites though, what it made it extra special was the opportunity to interact with local people and get a sense of who they are.
While Aswan dam is an important structure in Egypt and has historical value, visiting it was quite disappointment. Also, I made a special trip to Abu Simbel but was deeply disappointed by the local guide who was less than mediocre. After having such excellent egyptologists guides everywhere else, my tour ended with a disappointment.
In Turkey I would probably skip Troy or do it the same day as Galipoli is possible. Instead, I would spend an extra day in Kusadasi as a free day to relax and walk around. Kapadocia is absolutely a must and I was happy I chose to hike there the whole day rather than take the hot air balloon. Istanbul and the cruise on the Bosporous was also fantastic. I would only choose better hotels next time as the four star hotel seemed more like a three star hotel. Also, I would recommend before departure that you send your clients a detailed itinerary of all the sites they are going to see, not just a skeleton itinerary of the names of cities. I had to enquire these things on a daily basis and I shouldn't have to. Despite that, all in all, both trips were wonderful.
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