Having been inspired by a work colleague's trip to India with Explore, I decided to take a leaf out of her book and experience a solo adventure of my very own. The Nile Cruise stood out by far as I have always been fascinated with the ancient history of Egypt ever since learning about the mysterious legend of Tutankhamun at school.
I felt a mixture of fear and excitement upon arrival at Cairo airport, frantically looking out for my Tour Leader holding the Explore sign, but from the moment I got on the bus to our hotel I began chatting with the friendly people in my group and instantly felt at ease.
From day one we were given the taste for adventure, taking in the magestic views of the Giza pyramids and magnificent Sphinx. Coming face to face with the treasure of Tutankhamun and visiting his tomb was an incredible highlight of mine, but there were so many other exciting experiences throughout the trip it became extremely difficult to choose a favourite.
I will never forget the busy souks, loud noise and bright lights of Cairo where I had my very first Shisha (something I never expected to try but when in Cairo...) and visiting the beautiful Citadel mosque of Salah Al-Din was an honour.
Travelling on the overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor was a unique experience, not one I would necessarily want to repeat in the near future but it certainly was character building! However it was all worth it once we reached our lovely cruise boat on the Nile, which in my opinion is THE best way to see Egypt in all it's glory.
This trip really did turn me into an adrenaline junkie much to my surprise, and by the end of the trip I had enjoyed an amazing hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, camel and donkey trek, calesh ride, steering a Felucca and swimming in the Nile. These were all things I had only dreamt of doing beforehand so to actually experience them was the most fantastic feeling in the world.
And this was all possible thanks to our fantastic Tour Leader Wael. I recommend this trip to everyone for the time of your life - you won't regret it! (EG -18th September 2010)