Here is Day 4 of Chris' Cairo & Nile Cruise holiday diary.
Wake up at 3.15am, surely not? I’m afraid so because we had to be ready to leave the hotel in the minibus at 4.15am. Our Egypt Air flight to Luxor was due to leave Cairo Airport at 7.10am and because of the early start the hotel staff had given us ‘breakfast bags’ to be eaten on route. The weather was fine but a bit foggy and we had to pass through several police checkpoints on the way. The mad Cairo traffic was quieter at that time of the morning and we arrived safely at the airport just before 5.30am. The Orbital Travel agent met us and took all of our bags into the airport for us before checking us in. We went straight through without any problems and waited for the call for us to board the aircraft. When opening the breakfast bags we found they mostly contained bread! Not to worry, we ate some of it and there was plenty of time to eat later. The flight left on time and we had just made ourselves comfortable in our seats when the ‘fasten your seatbelt’ sign came on and it was time to land again!
Out of the aircraft and off we went to meet up with the ever prompt and helpful Orbital representative. As usual nothing was ever too much trouble for these nice people and he took our bags as we passed quickly and without any problems through the terminal at Luxor Airport, before calling for the minibus to come and pick us up. Roz and I were the only Orbital customers on that flight and their agent made the journey through Luxor very interesting by telling us about everything as we were going along. We were now starting the main part of our holiday on board the River Nile Cruise Boat, the Royal Esadora. It only took about half an hour for the minibus to reach the Royal Esadora where we were greeted by various receptionists who checked us in and showed us to the lounge where a cup of coffee was waiting for us. We sat and waited for our tour guide to arrive and when he did he was standing with his back to us. I said “hello Elia”. He looked at me and said “you’ve made it” before giving me a great big hug. I think at this point I must explain myself!
During my holiday to Egypt in 2013 Elia was the guide on the Orbital Travel Cruise Boat the ‘Emilio’ and because I was on my own he made a point of either looking after me himself, or making sure there was somebody else to look after me if he wasn’t there. He made the holiday for me and what Elia didn’t know about Ancient Egypt would not have been worth knowing anyway.
On my return home I sent an email to Elia thanking him for everything and for making my holiday something to remember for the rest of my life. I also informed Greg Garner at Orbital Travel just how good Elia had been with all of Orbital Travel’s clients.