Posted May 17th, 2012, 08:40 PM
Last edited by azevedan; May 17th, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Do you have any idea what is skipped with the 3 night versus 4 night nile cruise?
You see the same stuff on the 3-night as you do the 4-night, it's just compressed within fewer days. Part of this is undoubtedly the river; I imagine it's slower going against the current - Luxor to Aswan, 4 nights, upriver vs. Aswan to Luxor, 3 nights, downriver. We didn't feel rushed. Well, I would've spent more time in the Valley of the Kings. Your ticket gets you 3 tombs, plus we got a couple of special ones on extra tickets. It's the kind of place I would've spent a full day at though, if we were on our own!
Did your tour include the Seti I tomb in Luxor which is not open to the general public?
It did not.
Are you glad you went to Jordan instead of spending more time in Egypt?
I definitely wanted Jordan. I *loved* Petra, and Jerash (vast Roman ruins that I didn't even know about until I read a guidebook before we went) was very nice. There were a couple of other stops that were interesting and might be even more so if you're religious (Mt Nebo, where Moses overlooked the promised land, and the River Jordan spot where Christ was baptized). A very old mosaic map of the area on the floor of a church. We spent a night at a resort by the Dead Sea, which was very posh. Truth be told, though, I would've rather gone to Wadi Rum and camped that night!
Another question, did you enjoy having a Tour Director with you? I
The Tour Directors are only there to do the arrangements for you - meet you at the airports (INSIDE security
- that's pull! All the other tours met outside). Get you into the van; check you into the hotel. Deal with your luggage at the airport. Oh, heavens....boy did all that spoil me! I travel a lot on my own for business; it would be wonderful to have someone like that dealing with all the crap! They do not stay with you at other times. The guides handle things on the excursions - all the tickets, etc. Our guide in Egypt was Dina Omar - she was wonderful. Lots of insight into the current situation. She got us the tickets to go inside the Great Pyramid, and made arrangements with one of the camel touts because we all wanted to do a camel ride at the pyramids.
Dealt with one of the souvenir sellers so that we wouldn't attract a crowd if we wanted something. Best of Egypt IMO are the temples at Karnak and Abu Simbel.
We also are still working, and our travel is constrained by my husband's vacation time (less so by mine). We wanted a trip that hit the highlights, and did it in an efficient manner.
If you email me at azevedan(at)yahoo(dot)com, I can send you our writeup about the trip and also links to my pictures, if you're interested.