As our tour of Egypt is winding down the four families had dinner together last night and conversation turned to the tour itself. Doing a tour designed to cater to families with kids has turned out wonderfully. Some of that would be the case at any time, some was just luck that we hit great families with kids about the same age as our own.
The family tour has meant that the pace was not too hectic, although even then the kids have been wilting a bit under the onslaught of sights, sounds and general excitement combined with too little sleep. A great guide has made an enormous difference there. Sam is very knowledgeable, very patient and sensible enough to adjust the itinerary if it will make things easier. Having one single guide also means that he’s been able to reinforce the stories and information he’s given us and that made each site we visited more meaningful.
The most significant thing, though has been the kids being able to play with, and just be with, other kids. One of the downsides of the whole world travel approach is that the kids are fairly welded to our hips 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. But for the last week they’ve been part of a little group of kids doing their own thing. They cluster down the back of the mini-bus, they scream around the pool, last night they sat at their own table in the restaurant. I think that’s been healthy for us all.
We’d highly recommend the On the Go Classic Egypt family tour to anyone who wants to see Egypt with their kids. With 20-20 hindsight we’d add in the few days at the Red Sea at the end to relax after ten days of fairly constant motion, but that’s a choice not a criticism of the tour.