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Private Trip: St Simeon Monastery including Motorboat and Camel Ride

Private Trip: St Simeon Monastery including Motorboat and Camel Ride

By Reflections Travel
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 0-80
Duration: 4h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: Arabic, German, English, Italian, French, Spanish

  • Pick up services from hotel & return
  • English speaking Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water provided during your tours and transfers
  • All service charges & taxes
  • All transfers by a modern A/C vehicle
  • Entry/Admission of St Simeon Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of St. Simeon
What's not included
  • Any optional tours
  • Tipping

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We Pick Up All Travelers From Any Point In Aswan
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • We Pick Up All Travelers From Any Point In Aswan
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8672P157

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        How much is Private Trip: St Simeon Monastery including Motorboat and Camel Ride?
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        • Reflections Travel
          Aswan, Egypt
          Joined in September 2011
        • alex00mihai
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Very nice
          The felucca journey on the Nile was very nice. Everything was nice. The history told by the guide was very interesting.
          Written 16 May 2023
        • teekay20202018
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good but rushed
          I toured Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan High Dam, and Philae Temple. Good tour guide but the tour was rushed throughout and there was no free time to look around on your own at any of the sites.
          Written 13 December 2022
        • shawkins22202
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Great Experience
          This is a complicated review because it turns out that there are several different entities involved in this service. If you don’t feel like reading further, the bottom line is that we had a great time and a wonderful experience. All the logistics worked, and the communications were as frequent as needed and accurate. In order, the review that follows will address Viator (we paid them), Imperial Egypt (they made the cruise arrangements and provided our great guide and all the logistics), and Iberotel (their boat, the Crown Emperor was what we sailed on). Our cruise was the standard 4-day, 3-night downstream sailing from Aswan to Luxor. It started on Monday, November 28 and ended on Thursday, December 1. We docked at and toured from Aswan on Monday (Phillae) and Tuesday (Abu Simbel), sailed to Kom Ombo on Tuesday evening, then continued on to Edfu to dock overnight. We toured Edfu temple on Wednesday morning and then sailed on to Luxor, arriving in time to tour Luxor temple before dinner on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, we started with the optional dawn hot air balloon and then after breakfast proceeded to tour The Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s temple, and Karnak. The days were packed with touring or watching the banks of the Nile slide by from the sun deck, or both. Both Tuesday and Thursday started at 4am to be able to pack in all that was going on. There were a lot of moving parts to this, but they all worked and were well-coordinated. First, Viator is the company we paid for the cruise. Viator is a company owned by TripAdvisor. They don’t have anything to do with any of the specific cruise services, but the handling of the money and the connection from them to Imperial Egypt, the company that actually made the arrangements and provided the guide and the logistics was efficient and as advertised. Second, Imperial Egypt was the actual tour company that provided all of the arrangements, the logistics, and the guide. Soon after making our booking, we began to receive emails from Imperial Egypt (Hany) and he was very good about confirming our arrangements and informing us about what was included in the tour package and what had to be paid separately. The bottom line on costs is that they will pick you up either from the airport or from one of their listed hotels at the start of the tour and will take care of any needed logistics until the time they drop you off at the airport or your departure hotel at the end. All costs are covered except you do have to pay separately for all entry fees and you do have to pay for all drinks (except coffee/tea at breakfast and tea time and the bottled water they put in your stateroom each day). In our case, we also had to arrange for a different pickup site since the hotel we were staying at was not in the downtown Aswan list. Imperial Egypt also makes the arrangements for the boat (see below), which in our case was the Crown Emperor, operated by Iberotel. Our guide was Mido Mosa and he was excellent. Mido is a very knowledgeable Egyptologist and was very good about explaining which temple was related to which person or god and what was going on in the temples at various times and during various feasts and festivals. Mido was also very clear about the daily schedule and logistics and what the costs would be for each day as we went along. He also set up a WhatsApp group for us, both so we could communicate if something wasn’t clear or didn’t seem to be going as expected, and so he could share photos he had taken over the years or were from the archives and showed the way things were ‘before’. Mido was really the core to our excellent experience. Finally, our boat was the Crown Emperor, which is one of several operated by Iberotel. They were responsible for the boat itself, all activities on the boat, and the food. The Crown Emperor is in good shape and has been fairly well maintained, but it is an older boat and has seen some wear and tear. The decks are somewhat uneven and creaky and the linen has been washed many times and has the scratchy feeling that goes along with that age. That said, everything basically worked and the important stuff, such as the bathroom and the food, were really quite good. One of the reasons they are able to keep the costs of this kind of cruise so reasonable is very likely the age of the equipment they are running, so if you want something newer and shinier, you are liable to pay more. As a side note, the hot air balloon at dawn over the Valley of the Kings turned out to be enormous fun. It is completely optional and at additional cost, but for us it was $75 each, which seemed like a great deal. So, in summary, this was a wonderful experience that we greatly enjoyed. We saw so much history that it all started to jumble together. If you get a chance, you should do one.
          Written 6 December 2022
        • Brinvj
          0 contributions
          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nile River Cruise ship Hapi V not so happy to be on!
          We boarded the Nile cruise ship Hapi V at Aswan, excited after the high of seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. We flew into Aswan and transferred to the ship Hapi V. The first look of the ship lobby was disappointing. It showed its age, lots of wood and worn out flooring. Our room was on the second floor, clean but old. The carpet was dirty and a dark grey because of the dirt. The bathroom was old, but clean enough. The shower stall glass door had hard water stains. There were no toiletries nor was there a coffee kettle and supplies. Hot water was freely available in the bathroom at all times so that’s one good thing. Our room boy was very sweet and accommodating. He made innovative flower and elephant decorations with the bath towels every day! The dining room was below the water level. It was cramped. Food served buffet style. Hardly enough room to go around the buffet and squeeze back to your table. Unknowingly, since there were no servers around, I sat at a table and the dining room manager Ahmed, shouted across the room at me that I could not sit there. When my friend objected this manger told her not to raise her voice! Fair enough, sir, but you could have politely told me at the table! I moved anyway and told him that it was not proper to yell to get me to move on his part. I felt it was a racist move, brown skinned customers not the same as other tones I guess. Anyway we had to bring his behavior to the attention of the management because when my friends continued to ask why he was behaving this way, he started to shout at them. Some English people told us, “You Indians leave this place!” The GM of the ship Mr Mohammed did apologize and assure us that we could dine together as a group and promised to put us on the platform with the view of the River. We were seated in the less privileged section of the dining area, away from the windows which were occupied by white people. I guess the euros/dollars they paid were more worthy than the $$$ we paid. Grudgingly, after we asked about it, they did seat us the next day at a platform table that was in a corner near the smoky cooking area. I feel the need to call out racism even if it’s from a fellow brown person. The Nile River cruise is popular enough that Hapi V or Hapi Five cruise ship could have done better. I did not expect such behavior from Egyptians on the front lines of the tourism industry. The food was below average on the Hapi V in taste and variety. They repeated the first day menu on all four days we were in the cruise ship! The servers/waiters were all young boys, when we tipped them, they had to hand over the tip money to the restaurant manager. We saw them do this several times. The entertainment included one cocktail hosted by the ship captain. There was belly dancing one evening by a man in Turkish costume. He was pretty good. The deck of the ship was above the third floor bar. There is no elevator/lift available to get up there. So if you have trouble climbing stairs don’t book this cruise ship. There is a pool, but at this time of the year the water is cold. There were a couple of people and kids having fun at the pool though. It was pleasant to sit on the deck, the views were stunning. We had a great view of the Esna locks from the deck. The shopping while waiting for the locks to be free was nerve-racking! It involved the seller in a tiny boat displaying his wares, while you were on the deck at the very top of the ship. Much tossing of towels, shawls and dining table clothes went on from sellers to the ship. Money was thrown back to them! Beware of pickpockets while watching the shopping down below. One of our purses was half opened but luckily only one small item was missing from the bag. Point to note - we were surrounded by white Europeans on the deck. On the whole our experiences in other parts of Egypt were very good. The only sour note was this cruise ship. My travel agent unknowingly booked us in this poor quality ship when there are so many choices and we were willing to pay more. Be cautious of the Nile River cruise ship the Hapi V or Hapi Five if you have the money to avoid it! They especially welcome white tourists over others was the feeling I got.
          Written 17 November 2022
        • RSAOS
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          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          The tour was supposed to have four elements - Felucca, entry to Elephantine Island, Aga Khan mausoleum and the botanical gardens We actually received a motorised boat journey to the botanical gardens where we were left to wander in our own There was no real explanation as to why the tour was changed We were offered a visit to buy spices and essential oils instead which we declined The tour guide then suggested that we walk back to our hotel Avoid this tour
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        • V1912HEstevef
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour of Abu Simbel
          We had a great tour of Abu Simbel. Our guide was Dalia Moho and she was very friendly and kind and looked after us very well indeed. She was very informative and ensured we had a great day. The driver was also very good and drove well. We also left our belongings behind and they delivered it to us the next day which was very kind of them. Thoroughly recommend this tour and company for your travel needs.
          Written 15 April 2022
        • Tour311347
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice Nile Cruise Trip
          Luxor. Our guide is knowledgeable and nice. He explained every to us clearly. We had a really good time.
          Written 23 March 2022
        • KellyJillOwens
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic Experience!
          My husband and I took our four children on their first international trip and Egypt was our destination. Our favorite part of our 12 day trip was cruising the Nile!! The boat was amazing, food was great, staff was great. But our guide Haysam made the whole experience so smooth!! He was so knowledgeable about all the sights we were seeing and he put up with our children endless questions and was super flexible to accommodate us.
          Written 21 March 2022
        • Azzielucky13
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome Experience from this Family of 7
          This trip was amazing! We have 4 kids under 10, but Reflections Travel made this trip so smooth. Our guide Haysam made it so enjoyable and helped explain everything we were seeing. Having an educated guide, like Haysam, to give you all the details and history is a must. He also took care of all the tickets and transportation which let us just sit back and enjoy the sites! The food was so good and we loved the boat and schedule of the cruise! A great experience!
          Written 21 March 2022
        • ivoh2017
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing trip at a reasonable price by Reflections Travel with the best guide Roshdy.
          This was the fourth trip I took with Reflections Travel and it was perfect just like the other private tours I took with them before. Georgina from Reflections understands very well what tourists like and she arranged this perfect trip for me for a very reasonable price. My guide was Roshdy (again) and I was so pleased he went with me to Abu Simbel because he’s the best guide! Normally the trip to Abu Simbel starts very early in the morning like 04:30 AM but because it was a private tour I decided to leave Aswan around 06:00 AM and I would recommend everybody to do the same because we arrived Abu Simbel by the time most groups already left. Therefore it was much less crowded and much better! Roshdy met me at my hotel perfectly on time and we had a very nice car and good and save driver. To get to Abu Simbel takes a while, but it was worth it. What an amazing temple complex! So don’t forget to go to Abu Simbel when you’re in “the neighbourhood” (Aswan) and book your trip with Reflections Travel and ask for Roshdy to be your guide. You won’t regret it!
          Written 13 March 2022
        • lamariposa619
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good Guide, Bad Activity
          The tour guide Hazem was amazing and so helpful. Very generous and attentive. However the sound and light show is self is not worth the money. I much rather see this by day and have Hazem give me his explanation than listen to the story provided by the facility.
          Written 8 February 2022
        • austinbX4044TY
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Luxor and the Nile are beautiful
          Luxor was our favorite part of the trip, there were lots of beautiful sights to see along the way. We had a wonderful local guide who was knowledgable and had good english. The Nile cruise was awesome with good staff and great middle eastern food.
          Written 11 January 2022
        • cmcaudillo
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful temple! Just okay service
          Seeing Abu Simbel Temple was amazing and I am overall glad that I went and saw it. I do not know that it is worth the high cost to fly rather than drive (and I did not do that drive so cannot compare it). You really only need an hour or so at Abu Simbel to see both temples so you are traveling (or sitting in the airport to travel) for about 5-6 hours so keep that in mind. The reason for 3 stars in my review is due to the lack of communication with the company. Our flight was changed without us being told and I only noticed when checking in for our flight the night before. That's not much time to fix anything when you have a 5am pickup. I finally was shown our flight confirmation on WhatsApp but only because I repeatedly asked. When we were dropped at the airport, our driver also did not have our correct flight information but he got us into the airport with whatever information he had. Once we went to the desk to check in our luggage, they could not find tickets attached to our passports and only because I had requested confirmation the night before did I have what was needed. It made for a stressful night prior and a stressful morning. Our flights were also delayed (not their fault obviously) but communication to us that if flights are delayed, then the return flight is also delayed automatically to give you enough time to see Abu Simbel. So much of our stress could have been alleviated with a little more communication to us. For that reason, I'd recommend seeing Abu Simbel, but it is easy enough to do on your own or have your travel advisor put together. I went as a travel agent to test out the different tours and I wouldn't book my clients on this one unless communication were to be improved. Our guide once we got to Abu Simbel was fine-he did a speed talk version of the information and left us to see the temple on our own. It was good information and I'm glad we had a guide but it was not extraordinary. As another reviewer posted, it was a bit confusing on the shuttle bus process and we did not think we had time to wait for them so we took a private taxi. If we had known about how flight delays were treated, we would have saved ourselves the money and taken the shuttle bus.
          Written 10 January 2022
        • K8559QIamyb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          This was an absolute dream experience!!! So SOOO many things to see and do!! We were in the private tour in a group of 8 with our family and this was a fantastic way to see so much of Egypt! From ages 75 to 6 months Roshdy was the perfect guide for our group. He made sure we were part of every experience we possibly could be! From all the temples, Unfinished Obelisk, Abu Simbel, carriage rides, Nubian Village, hot air balloon ride over valley of the kings at sunrise, Nile cruise, setting us up with his native friends to get a lesson about the local spices to getting a pharaoh costume for my 6 month son overnight- Roshdy was the AMAZING!!! Egypt is an amazing country and he was so knowledgeable and knew all the awesome details! I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this tour and if you are lucky enough to get Roshdy- just know you have a brother in Egypt ready to take good care of you!!
          Written 9 January 2022
        • V3357MOstevet
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Going the Extra Mile
          Besides seeing the more famous sites like the Aswan dam, Abu Simbel, Karnak, and Luxor, we were delighted to experience the Nubian village, carriage ride to the Edfu temple, and the hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Roshdy was our amazing guide. Because my wife and I were the older members of our group (mid 70’s), he was especially attentive to our safety and the pace of our activities. We were all sad when it was time to part and say goodbye.
          Written 7 December 2021
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
        Very good

        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2021 • Friends
        Yosra was a blast! We laughed a lot on our camel journey and enjoyed exploring the Monastery. A must when visiting the beautiful Aswan!
        Written 9 October 2021
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