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Egypt with SOTC : Tour of a lifetime
Jan 31, 2017 03:28 PM 29749 Views

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Traveling to Egypt was an once in a lifetime experience. Egypt has great recorded history and that experience should rise above all other difficulties.

However this is a review about SOTC and not about Egypt. Hence I must note below points for the benefit of future travelers. SOTC tour itinerary was good, but could have been better. The good part is it was cost effective.

This review should also help SOTC to make these essential changes in their itinerary to give higher satisfaction to its clients.

  1. Winter is the best time to visit.

  2. SOTC need to focus on the food quality, few of the meals were not up to the mark; though I take in to consideration the challenges in a country like Egypt.

  3. Five dollar tips per person per day, was too much. We had to pay$120 just as tips for 3 persons. This was not in good taste.

  4. More time could have been spent in Pyramid. We were given only 30 minutes. 2 Hours would have been fine. Spending some extra time in such historical monument could have been a great feeling.

  5. Visiting Tutankhamun tomb should have been a part of the itinerary, rather than optional. We missed it because we were not carrying local currency.

  6. Karnak temple was an add-on. It should have been a part of the itinerary. Pls visit it during day. Evening light and sound show was not that great.

  7. SOTC did not give us any complimentary copy for group photo. This is bad hospitality.

  8. I did not like Egypt Air. They loaded the flight with beef, even though we had given our food option in advance. This was really poor managed by SOTC.

  9. The group size was 102. Too large a group to manage even though they had 3 Indian and 3 Egyptian guides.

  10. Too many un-approved add on tours. This was ridiculous.

Indian guides was good but seemed completely taken over by the locals. Local guide Sultan was bit greedy, though as a guide he was just too good.

In future I will book with SOTC but with a lot of care.

Alternatively one can try for Thomas Cook or Club 7 Holidays. I got good feedback about them from their travelers. Veena and Kesari are most expensive but they are more reliable.

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