I’d never been to Egypt before my trip with On The Go Tours and it’s fair to say that I was quite apprehensive about it. Having heard whispers about the security situation in the country and the difficulty in navigating the hectic cities, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
It was with a bit of trepidation that I stepped off the plane in Cairo. My girlfriend (who’s not exactly what I’d call an adventurous traveller) followed reluctantly and we took a deep breath before heading off to tackle what I was convinced was going to be a saga. Imagine my surprise and relief then when we were met straight off the plane by a representative from On The Go Tours. Before we’d even had time to appreciate the size of the queue, our guide had met us, whisked our passports away, returned with our visas and guided us out of the airport – no stop at immigration required! I was blown away by the level of service that On The Go were able to deliver and we truly felt like VIPs right from the outset. No nervous wait hoping that our airport transfer would be waiting for us on the other side of security!
This was to be an experience that was echoed throughout our time in Egypt. Everything just worked. From effortless hotel check-ins where our keys were waiting for us, to perfectly-timed arrivals at all the major sites (we arrived at every stop about half an hour before anyone else) and seamless transfers, it was clear that On The Go Tours knew their destination absolutely inside out. Add to this an outstanding itinerary, taking in all the well-known sites (and some closely guarded secrets!) and a Master’s degree qualified Egyptologist as a guide.
After 2 weeks in Egypt, my biggest pain point for the entire holiday was on the way home! Politely put, airport security was a little too thorough and officious. While I was angrily remonstrating with them (to no avail), it occurred to me that On The Go Tours had completely insulated me from all of the local officiousness and petty bureaucracy that can be rife in the country.
We’d travelled the length and breadth of the country, from Cairo to Abu Simbel, taking feluccas, trains and coaches, all in complete comfort and ease. We’d seen the Pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, Philae Temple, Abu Simbel, the marvels of Luxor, and the beautiful Red Sea, without once worrying about where we were going to sleep, eat, or how we were going to travel. On The Go Tours had made a difficult and mysterious destination so easy that I’d been able to completely lose myself in enjoying the culture and history of Egypt, rather than worrying about the day-to-day troubles which could have detracted from our experience.
I think my girlfriend summed it up for me when we left. In her words ‘I’m so glad we got to go to Egypt but I’m glad we didn’t do it on our own. I don’t think we would have enjoyed having to figure everything out for ourselves’.
If you’d like to experience the same VIP service we had in Egypt, why not check out On The Go Tours’ 13-day King Ramses tour?