Explore the Nile with DC Travelers

Traveling to a country like Egypt is difficult to wrap your head around. With the deep historical significance and culture, it can be easy to miss out on experiences when just traveling on your own. Earlier this November, we had a fantastic group travel to Egypt with our expert guide Ramadan. They were able to experience this amazing place in a way few people do; with an incredible guide, delicious food, beautiful accommodations, and awe-inspiring wonders. Check out the article below to follow along with their journey as they explored Egypt with Discover Corps.

After arriving in Egypt at the Ritz Carlton, the group met up with their guide Ramadan and enjoyed a full day of exploring the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx along with some of Egypt’s greatest monuments and the remaining surviving wonders of the Ancient World.

Ramadan was their guide for the next nine days as they traveled all over Egypt, organizing all transportation, lodging, cultural engagement, and fixing any issues. A graduate from Ain Shams University in Egyptology & Tour Guiding, Ramadan shares his love of Egypt and its amazing civilization and culture with travelers from all over the world.

Ramadan was the PERFECT guide! His experience shown through with every action, word and smile he shared with us on this trip! Making us feel like true habibis! (sweethearts/family)” – Alexis

Next, the group had a short flight to Aswan- a Nubian city in the south of Egypt- with their hotel situated on the banks of Elephantine Island with sprawling views of the Nile River. With plenty of free time to explore, the group also traveled to Gharb Sohail, a small Nubian Village, where they dived into the local culture, language, traditions, music, art, and cuisine specific to this region.

“The Nubian village was perfect! A true experience of what I wanted out of Egypt and a bazaar all at once- and the woman is a true privilege to meet and superb hostess!” – Alexis

The group then packed up their things and set sail on a boutique yacht to explore the rest of the Nile. Over the next few days, they would sail on these ancient waters to see some of the greatest historical monuments today, including the High Dam, Obelisks, Temple of Kom Ombo, and many, many more.

“I loved being able to relax, and feel transported in the evenings watching as we went through the lock – and the warm evenings spent dancing in the open air lounge! It was fantastic!”

After exploring destinations along the Nile, the group took a short flight back to Cairo for the last few days. They visited the Egyptian Museum and the Mohamed Ali Mosque before exploring the Khan el Khalili Bazaar in the historic center of the city. They also got a chance to visit a budding non-profit organization promoting youth education and opportunities in Cairo.

“The trip was a serious whirlwind, and there was still so much we didn’t get to see- but I will treasure this trip for years! It is something I have always dreamed of doing and everything went so smoothly so perfectly and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip to the land of my heart!” – Alexis

As the trip comes to an end, the group gets a chance to explore the city and have a farewell dinner together. After having a chance to explore Egypt in this way and create deep bonds with the other members of the group and Ramadan, the guide, the farewell dinner is a great time to share memories and connect one last time before traveling home.

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