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Egypt Update

Scheduled Trips To Egypt

The Oasis office has been working extremely hard recently, keeping up with events in Egypt and our various trips that are scheduled to travel through Egypt in the coming months.  We have offered refunds or transfers to all our clients travelling with us in Egypt in February but after this we are taking it on a trip by trip basis.

We are still hoping to run our Egypt and Jordan trip on 20th and 24th Feb if enough of our group wish to travel and we and our local partners in Egypt think it is safe to do so, albeit with some possible itinerary amends.  Also our 14th Feb Overland Adventure trip from Tunis to Istanbul via Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey is still scheduled to run.  Our 7th and 21st March Oasis Caravan trips from Cairo to Istanbul are still going ahead as things stand, but we will be keeping a close eye on events and are flexible enough to make changes to the itinerary at short notice and once on the road.  We will be making decisions on a trip by trip basis and will inform travellers currently booked on our trips of the situation at least 4 weeks before departure.  Please be assured that we will do our best to run our trips as planned but the safety of our travellers and crew is paramount so late itinerary changes are possible.

Current Events in Egypt

The events unfolding in Tunisia and Egypt are certainly going to be recorded as significant events in reshaping world history and we hope the new governments will bring a more stable, free and prosperous future for their citizens.  It is also good to note that at no point in the momentous events happening before our eyes have foreigners or tourists been targeted in anyway.  On the contrary, we had a group travelling between Hurghada and Dahab on Sunday this week and there were a number of impromptu road blocks set up by local people near Suez through which our group had to pass.  When our vehicle was stopped at these, as soon as it was seen that tourists were inside there were shouts of greetings and also profuse apologies on behalf of Egyptians, telling our Tour Leaders and group not to be afraid, that they were welcome in Egypt and they were safe from harm.  One interesting point that some of our Tour Leaders have noted recently, is that the absence of alcohol in Egyptian society probably contrasts with demonstrations in the West and UK where alcohol can soon turn demonstrations into uncontrolled mobs.

While it seems that events could get worse during the weekend in Cairo, we at Oasis Overland wish all in Egypt the very best and hope that from next week the picture is more positive.

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  1. murph says

    “…the absence of alcohol in Egyptian society probably contrasts with demonstrations in the West and UK where alcohol can soon turn demonstrations into uncontrolled mobs.”

    Yes, that’s right. Demonstrations in the Arab world are a paragon of peace and restraint. You have got to be kidding.



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