Egypt – Luxor, Aswan and Cairo
Debbie House, April 2012

It was a holiday without any worries. You knew someone was always on hand who wanted to help. The ‘package holiday’ industry should take note of the service Steppes provide.
What made you decide to book your holiday with us? Friendliness of consultant, knowledge of the consultants, no sales pressure and you always felt like an individual.

Egypt, Birthday travels
Sean Farmer & William Mason, June 2011

We had a fantastic trip to Cairo, Alexandria and Hurghada. Everything went very smoothly, and the assistance of Ahmed, the quality of the guides, Dhalia and Mayada was excellent, not forgetting our driver Hossan who maintained a cool composure whilst driving through the centre of Cairo – an experience in itself!

We were very fortunate to see so many sites with so few people, we were the only people in the Great Pyramid and the solar boat museum, had the Tutankhamun treasure room to ourselves and were the only people at Dahshur, a unique opportunity for us, but hopefully things will recover for the people in Egypt in the not to distant future.

Many thanks for an excellent itinerary, Kate, we certainly made the most of it, also thanks for the organisation, everything ran exceptionally smoothly, we felt incredibly well looked after and very spoilt!

Please pass on our huge thanks to your Egypt team for making it a once in a lifetime experience!

We look forward to travelling with Steppes Travel again in the near future.

Egypt, post revolution
Alun Moreton & Sherry Holbrook, April 2011

We are now back after an excellent time away. Reality bites! Thanks very much for setting everything up for us – it was all really excellent. Thought we would drop you a few lines about how we found it.

We were a little apprehensive about what we would find post revolution but without a doubt it was the best time to go. Tourism may be down as far as 95% so we had the luxury of actually being the only people at a few sites and others, often down to good timing on the guides part, had a hand full of people (until a cruise ship bus tour arrived, and it was usually just the one when we were leaving).  I’m sure seeing Tutankahmun’s area in the Egyptian museum with just a few other people is a rarity!

There was no tension anywhere we went, even Tahrir Square, and no obvious upped security other than an inconspicuous large army presence hidden away at the Square. The general mood is one of calm (maybe post Mubarak and revolution relief) plus excitement and trepidation over the coming elections. There also seems to be a change in attitude to tourism. We didn’t really feel hassled anywhere. It seems that with the revolution they are taking the time to reconsider how they interact with tourists and to be more relaxed and less pushy – in one place our guide showed us they were actually setting this out in a written ‘manifesto’.

The Oberoi Mena house in Cairo was excellent. Perfect room in terms of pyramids view. You were right it not being necessary to be in the old part. Great pool, excellent food (and G&Ts!).

Guides – Hany in Cairo was great. Talented chap who was good at forming a narrative. He took the time to take us to a great tea shop and buy us falafel in the bazaar which was really appreciated. Also very flexible as to what we fancied doing on the day. In Awsan we had a female guide called Hemat and she was fantastic. It was very interesting to see the difference between a male and female guide.

Nile Cruise – The Steam Ship Sudan was amazing. Just amazing. So glad we did this. Everything wonderful. We were very sad to say goodbye, as were all our fellow passengers. Bedroom amazing. Decks and terraces amazing. Sound of the paddles and movement of the boat charming and romantic. Service 5*.
So sad to disembark!

Aswan – The Movenpick, was obviously less characteful (but we had been spoiled). Generally the setting and Aswan itself with the bazaar were just great, and a really nice, charming way to end the trip.

All in all, an inspirational and memorable holiday.
Thanks again for all your work on it!

Egyptian Driving
Dr David Bradley, December 2010

Lanes have no meaning. In towns, just squeeze in anywhere and elsewhere, drive along the dotted line as this shows you where you are going.

The horn is to project your personality and there is a whole series of different ways of using it from the gentle ‘pip’ to the angry ‘paaaarp’.
Try to avoid being overtaken at all costs, and if overtaken, try to overtake back as soon as possible. If there is a gap, head for it. Headlights are not to illuminate your way, they are for flashing at other drivers. If you have to turn them on because it is completely dark, you are deprived of the ability to flash them, so avoid turning them on if at all possible. Traffic lights are to be ignored. Other drivers are in competition with you for the same bit of road, so compete back. If all else fails, you have a range of gestures at your command.