I enjoyed the trip to Egypt for the culture , the history and the guiding. What I didn't enjoy was the trip "infastructure". I though the Pyramid Park hotel was vile. The rooms, while simple, were not that clean, I had water running down my bathroom ceiling through the electrics and had to move rooms, the hotel had a bonfire outside the far rooms each morning and evening pouring acrid smoke into the rooms. The hotel food was basic at best and unpleasant at worst. The staff were obsequious. Each evening there was the worst sort of live music by the pool which was so loud that you couldn't sit there. I had to share a double bed with Leslie Taylor who I had never met before. However, that was nothing on the Boat! The boat smelt like a filthy pub and the public areas were grotty. We had been told there was a gym and pool. There was a tiny wee pool and the gym was absent (unless you include a grubby room with a small amount of broken equipment. It was a joke. The rooms however were okay. You need to go up market a little. We also had to stay on there a night before travelling and it would have been better to have been in the Basma although I can see that might be hard to arrange.The Basma hotel and the Luxor hotels were okay. The hotel in El Gouna could have been better as the rooms are very small for two people but it was clean. Please tell your visitors not to use the beauty palour in the hotel as it is a sham!There was rather a lot of stopping off at factories to see local crafts which was actually a stop off at a shop so we could be sold stuff. This happened for Perfumes, Paparus, Carpets and Alabaster amongst others despite the fact we specifically asked not to. The South Sinei/Exodus Reps were okay in Cairo and Aswan but most unpleasant in Luxor. They were there obviously just to collect up the money from all the additional extras and showed little interest in our wellbeing (except Mohammed in Cairo who was great). We were most upset that on a couple of occasions were were told the price of a trip had gone up on returning from a trip and not before. This is really most unfortunate. Not only are there so many extra charges but to get told that you need to pay more after the trip was the straw that broke the camels back on a couple of occassions. We all agreed that in such hot conditions Exodus should supply bottled water for its visitors, at cost. We were offered it in the minibus in Cairo but it was lacking elsewhere. I certainly wouldn't suggest Exodus to friends and indeed have urged friends to use caution when booking these types of trips. Certainly for the quality of the local staff, hidden extras and basic standards in hotels. I would be very wary of using Exodus again.