The Mena House Oberoi is a luxurious hotel at the foot of the great pyramids of Giza with spectacular views of the pyramids. It combines the original arabesque Islamic architecture with a newer garden wing creating the luxury resort. It has several exciting restaurants to choose from including traditional Egyptian fare as well as Indian. The hotel has an 18-hole golf course with views of the pyramids, and offers guests horseback or camel riding, the most romantic way to view the pyramids. Guests can enjoy several onsite gift shops and a large swimming pool.
Abu Simbel. This excursion was basically a half day trip by air to Abu Simbel. We had roughly 1.5 to 2 hours time to see this temple due to the flight arrangements. We weren't sure how this excursion would turn out given the time constraints but everyone on our flights were doing the same thing. The timing was great...all flights were on time. 1.5 hours was plenty to see Abu Simbel entirely which was one of my favorite temples of the entire trip. Joe did not accompany us on this excursion (which we already knew) and we had a local guide...not the same quality of course but the local guide was ok. Joe would have been better as the guide, but the excursion was well worth it. Our original itinerary had us staying one night in Abu Simbel but to be honest, I am glad it changed because the town around Abu Simbel did not seem very exciting and s taying two nights at the Movenpick in Aswan turned out very well. Following the excursion, we board the M/S Minverva for our 3 day Nile cruise.
The Nile Cruise. The M/S Minverva was a great cruise ship. The rooms were very nice and surprisingly the bathroom was much larger than I expected which was a plus. The staff was extremely courteous and always greeted us with a smile. The food on board was excellent. The first day on board the ship we just stayed in Aswan. I don't think we departed until about 4am. Day 2, we stopped at Kom Ombo and then on to Edfu. Both of these temples were excellent stops. The final day of the cruise we stopped at Luxor. Luxor easily had the most sites to visit and we had a very busy day on our final day on this cruise. In Luxor, we had the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Temple of Hatchepsut, Karnak, and the temple of Luxor to visit. Every single one of these sites was absolutely breathtaking. If time had permitted, I would have spent another day or at least a half day in Luxor to split up the sightseeing, but it worked out for us.
Cairo. Accommodations were the Mena House Oberoi. The Mena House was easily the most luxurious hotel we had on our vacation. The rooms were beautiful and the staff was clearly trained for 5-star service....extremely friendly staff and it seemed like we had two people taking care of us at any particular moment. The location and views of the pyramids are amazing. Our first day in Cairo we toured the two Mosques, the Citadel, and visited the market. All were outstanding excursions. Our final day was the grand finale so to speak in which we toured Memphis, Sakkara, and of course the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. All of these sites were amazing and did not disappoint us one bit. On our final day, we were escorted by a private security officer.I can tell you that we never felt unsafe at any time on our entire trip...the people of Egypt were very friendly to us.Read More