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Author: martycooper

Joined: 8/23/2010
Posts: 18
Trips Taken: 0

March 26, 2011

We are rescheduled to go on the Egypt/Nile trip in Sept. but I know  GCT started up again in mid -March with trips there. Would love to hear about experiences people had there who recently returned.

Author: hawkeye62

Joined: 12/8/2010
Posts: 27
Traveler Since: 2006

March 29, 2011

We're leaving on the April 12th pre-trip to Alexandria. I honestly am not concerned in the least. If anything I feel this trip should surpass our others (our 5th visit to Egypt). With the likelyhood of a lot fewer tourists at the sights with which to contend, it should be very nice.

I'll be sure to post again when we return.

 

Author: martycooper

Joined: 8/23/2010
Posts: 18
Trips Taken: 0

March 29, 2011

We were originally scheduled for April 2nd. There are six of us going and most felt it would be wise to reschedule for the fall. I'd love to hear how everything went. The group that left mid-March should be returning soon.

Author: suzstanley

Joined: 2/28/2011
Posts: 7
Traveler Since: 2011

April 01, 2011

I am going on the April 2nd trip with my mother.  There are 58 of us on the trip and all looks well.  Our programme director has written to me twice as I am 'on my own', although flying from London to Cairo.  He sounds lovely.  I will do a posting when I return.  it is 90 and sunny in Cairo today. 

Author: jrich303

Joined: 10/10/2010
Posts: 9
Traveler Since: 2009

April 02, 2011

We took the Egypt cruise in November and it was the trip of a lifetime. The weather was great, usually in the mid 80's , cooler at night. When we got farther south around Aswan, it was warmer, but still not unbearable.

One of things I liked best was when we spent time just cruising along the Nile, watching the scenery and the people along the banks, working their farms, fishing, swimming, etc. Often they would wave and yell "Hello."

I recommend the trip to Abu Simbel. It means a very early morning departure, but it's worth it. We got to see the sun rise over the Sahara.

Cairo is not a very pretty city, but the Marriot is lovely.

Just a warning, be prepared for aggresive street vendors everywhere you go, and carry your own toilet paper.

Author: skdunn

Joined: 4/5/2011
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2008

April 04, 2011

We just returned from a fabulous trip to Egypt. We were part of the "pioneer" group - the first group with Grand Circle returning to Egypt. We were warmly welcomed by the people wherever we traveled. It's an historic time to be there and the people's excitement was evident everywhere. Tourism is starting to come back, but it was wonderful to be one of very few groups at these historic sites. On the Nile about only 10% of the available ships were in use. Our program director, Amin, was so knowledgeable and caring with a fun sense of humor. We were well cared for and told well in advance about the vendors and the best deals at each site we visited. The Marriott and the Nile cruise on the MS River Anuket ship were top notch. Do not hesitate to sign up for your trip to Egypt.

Author: martycooper

Joined: 8/23/2010
Posts: 18
Trips Taken: 0

April 05, 2011

Thank you for your post. I can only hope our trip in Sept. will go as smoothly as yours was.

Author: paulsm87

Joined: 2/19/2011
Posts: 2
Traveler Since: 2000

April 06, 2011

That was good to hear, as we are goig on May 21th.

We will be looking to see more posts.

Paul and Betty

Author: ed342

Joined: 3/28/2011
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2011

April 10, 2011

Travelling on May 21 also. Looking forward .

Author: paulaphil1

Joined: 4/7/2011
Posts: 2
Traveler Since: 2008

April 11, 2011

Author: oboelady

Joined: 4/13/2011
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2009

April 12, 2011

The Egypt we found as the "pioneer" group going to Egypt in late March was much more settled than right after the revolution in late January.  Everyone we met was so welcoming and encouraged by the new freedoms they were experiencing.  There was much joy not antagonism...no reservations about Americans.  What the news media was saying....was not what we experienced.  The most recent demonstrations were calm reminders that the people were still waiting for...things promised during the revolution....they did not want to be forgotten.

Even the police escorts which were provided did not come from recent events....that type of protection had been in place since 1997 to watch over tourists, Egypt's primary source of income.  We were treated like "kings and queens"!  Our program director Amr Atef was so knowledgeable and caring for each and every one of us in the "Golden" group as we called ourselves.

So we say.....Go to Egypt!  It is as safe as it is awesome!

Author: jlsrm2c

Joined: 4/16/2011
Posts: 2
Traveler Since: 2009

April 15, 2011

Thanks for your posts. We are heading to Egypt on June 6 and were wondering how things were over there. Was in Egypt 2 years ago and really enjoyed the Egyptian people. Our tour guide, Ahmed, was one of the best tour guides we have ever had on vacation- very knowledgeable and took care of our group like we were part of his family.

Author: kathyhoughton

Joined: 7/20/2010
Posts: 2
Traveler Since: 2011

April 16, 2011

Interesting that you say you are scheduled to go to Egypt on June 6.  We were also scheduled to go then, but were called and told the trip was cancelled due to maintanence  on the boat (Anuket) and had to reschedule for Sept.  As this was not a good time for us, we chose to take a trip with a different destination in July.  Egypt will have to be another time for us  (So sad)!

K. H.

Author: jlsrm2c

Joined: 4/16/2011
Posts: 2
Traveler Since: 2009

April 17, 2011

We are traveling with OAT, not with GCT, on June 6. Our boat is the River Hathor.

Author: sallypaul

Joined: 4/26/2011
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2008

April 25, 2011

Go To Egypt Now!! Our group of 7 were part of the 1st GC tour returning to Egypt on March 19th and we couldn't have been happier that we decided to be part of the "pioneer group".  We were a group of 36 adventurers so it was like a private tour, especially since GC could certainly have fit us all on one bus, but instead we were in 2 groups, 18 on each bus with our own guide. Amin was non-stop sharing history and his love for his country. We appreciated his advice for bargaining and the best places to make our purchases (even making sure to stop at the "clean" restrooms!!)  It was a remarkable time to be there, the people were filled with so much hope and we were warmly greeted wherever we went with "We love America, welcome to Egypt". And surprise - few tourists so our sightseeing was without lines and no one pushing in front of us!  And the boat River Anuket on the Nile - only 36 on a boat for 120 and we saw only a couple of other boats during our 7 day cruise. From the train ride to Alexandria to the home-hosted dinner it was a tour of people as well as places. From our departure at JFK to our arrival as tired travelers at Cairo there was a GC representative to guide us every step of the way. Thank you GC for your attention to detail in caring for travelers and giving us a trip to remember.

Sally & Paul from Colorado

Author: nptank

Joined: 1/29/2011
Posts: 2
Traveler Since: 2005

April 29, 2011

I can certainly echo the feeling of the first group back into Egypt after the revolution.  The people were welcoming wherever we went.  Although it isn't good for the Egyptian economy, the lack of many tourists made it almost a private tour of all the sites.  Not until we got to the Luxor area did we encounter more than a couple of bus loads of tourists--mostly European.  What we see on our news is very localized and we encountered only friendliness.  Our itinerary wasn't changed from what we had received in all our pre-trip information, including going into one of the big markets in Cairo.  There was greater security when traveling by train to Alexandria, but it certainly appeared as a precaution rather than a necessity.  

Although it was my 10th trip with GCT/OAT I had a group of 8 traveling with me and six of those were first-time GCT travelers.  I think that I speak for all of them that it was a marvelous trip from every stand-point.  I commend the Egyptian office was helping our Program Director Bassem Samir with all the logistics that helped our group of 34 move smoothly throughout the trip.  I also commend the company for maintaining employment for their excellent employees on the Anuket even though we were only 34, instead of the full compliment of 135 usually on the Anuket.  It really meant we were treated royally. 

I can only say--GO!!  It will be the trip of a lifetime. 

Author: martycooper

Joined: 8/23/2010
Posts: 18
Trips Taken: 0

April 30, 2011

I am looking forward to our trip in Sept. We had originally scheduled our trip for April 2nd but several in our party (5 others) wanted it postponed.                                                                                I found today in the Washington Post, Travel Section (we get ours on Sat., but it is the Sunday edition 5/1/11) a big article on Egypt. The people are waiting for our return. There are many "bargains" to purchase and very few lines. A very positive article!

Author: tomhuber

Joined: 1/3/2011
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2011

May 03, 2011

I came back from Egypt on April 16th and have nothing to say but what a great time it was.  Now is the time to go.  There are no lines or crouds you can see and do everything hassle free.  Besides all  the history the people and the land are beautiful.  There is no reson to put it off, now is one of the best times to go.

Author: suzstanley

Joined: 2/28/2011
Posts: 7
Traveler Since: 2011

May 08, 2011

Tom,

You didn't mention your pigeon at the wonderful Abu el Sid restaurant in Zamalek!  Sz

Author: jpcbas

Joined: 4/9/2011
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2011

May 10, 2011

Hello all, Just returned from Israel and Egypt on May 8th

Amazing time, great guides, Great group of people, extremly safe. no crowds.

Now is the time to go. I never thhought about canceling my trip and am so glad I went, if you are planing on going, Go.  it is a must trip at this time. any questions ask, I will post more soon. Getting caught up on sleep right now.

A Big Thank you to our Guide Amin. You are amazing. You never stoped wowing and inspiring us.

Also did the pre trip to Israel all I can say is WOW 

Gilila Thank you for everything

 

Will post much more in the next few days. Just needed to tell everyone. Go to Egypt. Go now !!!

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