The debate: <br />Is Egypt safe?

The debate:
Is Egypt safe?

Do you dream of taking a Nile cruise? If so, you’re not alone. The country is a firm favourite on the bucket lists of millions – but, given the ongoing trouble, is it safe to go?

It’s not a question that’s easily answered. Last year, we visited the region as part of a trip which included two nights in Cairo and a Nile cruise between Aswan and Luxor. We never saw any sign of trouble whatsoever during the stay. However, the poverty that has been caused by the decline in tourism is shocking.

As a travel agent, the first thing a potential Nile cruiser is going to ask you is about whether it’s safe to go to Egypt. So, what do you say?

We asked Ian Warren of GoCruise to give us some advice.

Ian Warren
Ian Warren

Having only launched my dedicated Nile cruises website late in 2010, I was actually on a Nile cruise doing my research in January 2011, just days before the uprising started in Egypt. Since then business has been sporadic, with a couple of extended periods when the FCO advised against travel. However, when this advice was relaxed late last year, the number of enquiries started to pick up again.

I had clients on Nile cruises over the festive period, and during January, February and March this year, and I always make a point of speaking to everyone a few days after they arrive home to get feedback.

Egypt: Pyramids of Giza
Trips often give the chance to include Cairo too

Without exception, the comments have been very favourable in that they all had a great time, and would recommend anyone to go and experience a Nile cruise.

None of my clients saw any trouble at all, including those that had visited Cairo as well as doing the cruise.

A Nile cruise gives exceptional value, and you can learn so much in a short time. I would rate it as one of the best holidays I have ever had.
Ian Warren
GoCruise

They also said that as there are now no long queues to get into any of the temples or other places visited, it meant they got to spend more time actually looking around the famous sites.

I keep in regular contact with the main tour operators that I use, which are all very helpful with information, and are always quick to react if the FCO change their travel advice for Egypt.

Egypt: Temple
Many of the temples are deserted

I already have clients booked during the coming months, over the festive period, and even as far ahead as April 2015. My advice to anyone considering a Nile cruise would be to take advantage of the good prices currently available, as well as the lack of queues at the main tourist attractions.

The Egyptians who work in the tourism industry are waiting to welcome tourists back again, and to show them just what their country has to offer.

A Nile cruise gives exceptional value, and you can learn so much in a short time. I would rate it as one of the best holidays I have ever had.

Egypt: The Nile
The Nile

Without exception, the comments have been very favourable in that they all had a great time, and would recommend anyone to go and experience a Nile cruise.
Ian Warren
GoCruise

If anyone wants to see a bit more of what Egypt has to offer, then a few nights in Cairo, to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, or a relaxing break at a Red Sea resort, can easily be added on.

While I haven’t personally been to Cairo or the Red Sea, I certainly hope to in the future.

Ian at Edfu, Egypt
Ian at Edfu, Egypt

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