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Classical Egypt Holiday

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling city of Cairo and learn more about the history of Egypt with our Egyptology Guide, then spend 4 days relaxing on a Nile Cruise.

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Client: John Walter - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Thank you for contacting me about my trip. I had a WONDERFUL time in Egypt, the tour operator provided EXCEPTIONAL service for my visit. The owner in particular was a most kind and gracious hostess and insured that my arrangements were flawless! was a 10+.

I visited the following sites: Egyptian Museum in Cairo; The Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza; The High Dam and Philae Temple in Aswan; Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples while on a Nile Cruise; and, the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Collossi of Memnon and Luxor and Karnak Temples in Luxor. All of these sites were well worth it to see! I would give all of my tours a score of 10. Each place I visited was unique, beautiful and historically significant.

I particularly wish to point out that Egypt is VERY SAFE for visitors. I would encourage anyone thinking of visiting Egypt to do so and not be concerned with safety. The people of Egypt are very friendly and helpful to visitors.

I hope this summarizes my experience briefly but sufficiently enough to relay the unforgettable experience I had on my trip.

Thank you for allowing me to express my views.
2.
Client: Christine Aben - from Canada
Trip: Egypt Holiday - Discover the Nile River
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Wayne and I would like to thank the tour operator,for all their help in making this happen.

Our driver Ayman, and the tour guides Yasser and Tayeb were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable.

We always felt perfectly safe everywhere in Egypt.

The Egyptian people were so friendly and welcoming.

We are telling everyone in Canada to go and see Egypt, and are giving your contact information to anyone who shows an interest.

Thank you again for an unforgettable journey
3.
Client: Jim Mooney - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The people I interacted with (guides, drivers, tour manager) all did a very good job of showing us the sights, teaching us about their country, and its history. Our accommodations were first rate.

They really took care of us and had a good sense of what we needed as first time visitors to Egypt. You should feel confidant with them as one of your referral companies.
4.
Client: GraceAnn Noble - from United States
Trip: Short Cairo Tour - Egypt: Special Offer
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Upon arrival I was greeted by Fooad, the manager, at the airport. I was driven to my hotel (The Zoser. I thought it was a very nice hotel, maybe a 3 star by European standards. It was clean, comfortable, and had a nice buffet that was available all day/ While Fooad explained about Egypt and it's culture. The first day at the hotel I just fell asleep, since I had been traveling extensively.

Day 2 I was met in the lobby by the driver I had yesterday from the airport. He took me to the Cairo museum where I met my guide, Maha. She is the best guide I had on my trip! (I had been traveling for 3 months). She was very nice, spoke perfect English, and would answer any questions that I had. Next time I go to Egypt (because I will be using this company again, I was very pleased) I will be contacting Maha and hopefully she can be my guide again.

After the Cairo museum we went to a few shops in the city (like a papyrus museum (they have BEAUTIFUL work there), a perfume store and an Egyptian Cotton museum). My favorite store was probably the Topaz Bazzar, lots of really neat things there :) And you're not hassled on the street to buy souvenirs. We of course made the stop at the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Maha took some awesome pictures of me there, I can't thank her enough!

Day three I was again met by my driver and we picked up Fooad on the way to the airport. As a single female traveler I felt very safe, even though Cairo was pretty much empty of tourists after the Revolution. I was never left alone except at the hotel. I highly recommend visiting Egypt, no lines lol!

Everyone is really friendly and they just want people to come back to visit their beautiful country. I really had no problems there, and this company will make sure that you have the time of your life there.
5.
Client: Rex Rackman - from New Zealand
Trip: A taste of Egypt, includes Cairo Nile Cruise Luxor
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: We used this operator for Amman, Petra, Cairo, and Luxor. Overall we were pleased with the service,and the flexibility.

The driver in Jordan was excellent, and answered all our questions.He took us to a nice restaurant in Petra. The Grand View hotel had a grand view but with no hot water and no bar open, it was not our favourite hotel after walking all day around Petra.

On arrival in Cairo, our pickup man suggested we needed to pay more to fill in the day in Cairo. We feel this would have been better to bring up before we left home. Even after paying more to include the citadel in the tour, we still had a few hours to kill after the pyramids before we took the sleeper train. Our guide located a nice café which was appreciated.

The guide in Luxor was excellent although we had difficulty getting into our room at the Iberotel at 2pm. Doing the Valley of the Kings and Karnak and Luxor temples after the train ride was too much in the heat for one day.

The balloon ride on the second day was a highlight. We had prepaid for lunch and decided to relax in the excellent hotel grounds. The food was good but the service very slow. In the evening we did the Karnak sound and light.

Considering we did a lot in 4 days, we believe Ms Lamia did a fine job in coordinating everything.
6.
Client: Bruce Barker - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a wonderful time in Egypt, thanks to Lamia and her professional crew.

We had several different guides and drivers throughout our 12-day excursion, and at every step we were pleased with their helpfulness and attention to detail. The guides, with their vast knowledge of history, were simply amazing. My wife and I had chosen them because we wanted a more personal approach to exploring the country, and we were not disappointed. No large buses packed with tourists; even our largest group was quite small, and most of the time it was just us, a guide, and a driver. Exactly what we'd hoped for.

We felt we got a taste of the "real" Egypt, with some behind-the-scenes experiences that were certainly one of a kind. I'd be happy to recommend this company to anyone looking for a truly amazing experience in Egypt.

Thanks so much for a great online resource!
7.
Client: Neha Kharde - from Switzerland
Trip: A taste of Egypt, includes Cairo Nile Cruise Luxor
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: They are reliable and punctual in their pick-ups and transfers. The staff was cooperative and willing to alter prog itenerary as per our requirements. The guides were well informed. The Boat cruise they arranged with Presidential Cruise Company was a pleasant expereince. The Cruise chef also catered to our special meal requirements.

All in all it was a memorable service experience.
8.
Client: Henry de Labouchere - from Switzerland
Trip: Egypt Grand Tour
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: No problem saying a few words about our trip.

It was excellent on the part of the operator. They were very helpful, always there, open to our requests for small changes in the plans, extremely friendly and provided us with very knowledgeable, interesting and fun guides. We had no problems at all, except for a pretty rough train ride from Cairo to Aswan ( a very old 1st class sleeper wagon with no heating, only air conditioning which could not be turned off, and broken lights ).

The cruise on the “Monte Carlo” was perfect, transport from Luxor to the Red Sea was by private minivan ( just us 4 ). In fact, we were either on our own for the tours, or with max 4 other tourists, so never in large crowds for visits and explanations.

An rep was always there at every point of our trip. We never had to wait for anyone, and were always taken care of. Even in Hurghada, where we had no excursions planned, the rep met us in the hotel at 9:00 PM the first night, organized a safari in the desert for us, called us again to make sure everything was OK, and then took us to the bus station on departure day, bought the tickets and stayed with us until we boarded the bus. Great service, and no tip requested….

That’s it! I’d happily recommend the operator to any one, and have told this the Lamia, the “boss”, by e-mail and phone.
9.
Client: Hilary - from United Kingdom
Trip: A taste of Egypt, includes Cairo Nile Cruise Luxor
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I had a wonderful time in Egypt, the team are great and our guides Rasha and Kerylos were fantastic
10.
Client: Ibrahim UNSAl - from Turkey
Trip: Short visit to Egypt
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We have completed an special holiday for 5 great days in Egypt.It was wonderful.
12 November was our 25th wedding annevarsary. I have planned this tour as a surprise for my wife.

Services proved by the operaotr was more than satisfactory.

They have collected us from airport,in Cairo and they have guided us for 3 days.We have stayed Hotel Zoserwhich was an acceptable 4 star.Wednesday night ,12 november just the date they have organized a cruise dinner.But more than my expactation they have provided roses for my wife and a cake,which we have cut on the stage.

Then they took us to Alexanderia Renaissance Hotel for a night.Up to noon time they have arranged a tour for some historical places.Next day they have taken us to Port Said,HotelHennan.Last they they took us back to cairo Airport.on the way back also we have passed through Peace Bridge and come back.

It was lovely holiday.
11.
Client: Connie Gordon - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our Egypt Tour was wonderful.

The private attention we got from our guide, tour manager and driver was refreshing in an age when many tours are so "large group" impersonal.

They really made us feel like guests not just tourists.
12.
Client: Peter Taylor - from United Kingdom
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: An excellent introduction to what Egypt has to offer. From the initial contact with Lamia to the send-off from Cairo, everything went smoothly.

We (a party of two) were met at the airport and guided through the formalities by Fouad, then transferred to our hotel (Zoser) - all at one o'clock in the morning. The hotel accommodation was quite acceptable. I liked the way Fouad checked out the room to make sure everything was working (e.g. the air-conditioning - essential at this time of year).

Our visit next day to the Egyptian Museum was mind-blowing - you really could get up close to the Tutankhamun exhibits. By the way, there is much more at the museum than just this exhibition. Rasha was our guide and brought it all alive. Ayman was our driver in Cairo - possessed of nerves of steel. The air-conditioned vehicle was comfortable and roomy. The afternoon concluded with a visit to Gizah (Pyramids and Sphinx).

During the day we were taken to a papyrus seller and goldsmith...

We went to Aswan on the overnight sleeper. The sleeping compartments are reasonably comfortable and air-conditioned. Don't take too much luggage - there's not a lot of floor space! The evening and morning 'meals' provided by the train company are terrible - they would do better not to provide them at all: next time I'll try and get the hotel to make up a packed meal before we leave.

The train ran late. All the same, we were met in the morning and transferred quickly to our Nile river boat - a floating hotel called the Nile Admiral. We didn't have time to book in - but our luggage was taken and we went straight on to an air-conditioned coach for our first excursion. All the excursions were excellent and guided by a first-class guide (Maged) - all part of the Nile Cruise package (Presidential is the company). Be aware that the trip to the Valley of the Kings is not included in the package: it is well worth booking on the boat, paying the extra - you won't regret it. The other point to remember is the early starts required to avoid the heat of the day.

The cruise itself was really relaxing. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The room was comfortable, the meals (three a day, plus afternoon tea!) were excellent. Cruising down the Nile is something else; you leave your cares behind in the wake of the boat. After three days (you soon lose track!), it was time to take the sleeper from Luxor back to Cairo - the same comments as before.

We went on the Sights of Cairo tour, taking in the central market - a bit of an anticlimax, as it was Sunday and the shopkeepers are mostly Christian; so it was mostly closed. Better at night-time, too, I would think.

We did go to the Sound and Vision show at the Pyramids (late night sitting). This was an excellent way to round off our trip.

The next day, we were again escorted to the airport and speedily sent on our way. I shall definitely return, bringing others of my family with me.
13.
Client: Chelsea Stotler - from Ireland
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My mother and I did a 14 day tour and we had a great time!

We were met on time at each location and watched over very well througout our stay. As two women traveling alone it was important to feel safe and that we did at all times!

The generousity and welcoming nature of the tour managers and guides exceeded our expectations and all accomodations were up to standard with the resort in Hurghada being the highlight.

I would definately recommend this to my friends for a wonderful Egyptian experience!
14.
Client: Rhonda Quarmby - from Australia
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Best value trip I've ever taken, and I'm a Travel Agent so I know! The guides and personal service were amazing.
15.
Client: S Hart - from United Kingdom
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Having a tour guide to glide us through so many destinations certainly made the traveling experience a lot easier. We witnessed one tour guide on many an occasion trying to talk with a large group. Our experience was very different. One tour guide for two people, this meant we got the full benefit of all our tours.

A bit more information from tour guide on local customs, especially tipping would have been helpful, especially expected amount, and who. We ran into difficulties when leaving our cruise boat. We had left a tip in the restaurant, bar, deck and room. As we did not leave any thing at resection, this seemed to cause some bad feeling. No one told us not to tip the different areas – that we should just tip reception.

Hope this is useful.
 
Trip Operators Response:

Thank you for your review. We will in future provide a brief with regards to tipping etiquette.
16.
Client: Jennifer Munoz - from United Kingdom
Trip: A taste of Egypt, includes Cairo Nile Cruise Luxor
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Through our contact, Lamia, I was able to book a customized tour for my parents and myself that included a few nights in Cairo/Giza, a train ride down to Aswan, a trip to Abu Simble, a 4 day nile cruise up to Luxor (with stops at Kom Ombo and Edfu) sightseeing in Luxor and a train ride back to Cairo/Giza. Along the way we were able to add optional excursions such as a sound and light show at the Pyramids and hot air ballooning in Luxor.

We thought everything was very well planned, and we felt very looked out for. The guides were wonderful and sweet people, and knowledgeable Egyptologists, especially Marwa, our guide in Luxor, and Racha, our guide in Cairo was a wonderful and amazing person.

No one related to the tour asked us for any type of tips and we felt that the guides and drivers were genuinely concerned about the experience we were having.

I would recommend the operator to all my friends and acquaintances for trips to Egypt.
17.
Client: Nirav Shah - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 4/5
Comment: Overall Experience - Strong Positive - 4/5

Pros - Ontime reception at the airport. Orderly and ontime tours. English speaking and knowledgeable guides. Excellent Nile Cruise. Beautiful scenery and monuments. Worthwhile experience

Cons - Local shopkeepers/ carriage drivers etc will hassle a
lot. Must haggle a lot for any purchase and still be doubtful of quality.
18.
Client: Arati Patel - from United Kingdom
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: They were wonderful right from the first enquiry to the very last day of our trip. Lamia who was my main contact was just wonderful, she worked hard in arranging our customised itinerary, even two weeks before we were due to arrive we changed our itinerary and she was able to manage the changes within our time scale.

As for their service it was just wonderful, from the time we landed to our departure. We were met by Fouat at the airport who dealt with everything from visa, immigration clearance,etc. In Cairo he made sure our hotel rooms were to our satisfaction and exactly what we had request.

The trip just got better as we travelled to Aswan, Abu Simble, Nile Cruise, Luxor and Hurghada. I would not hesitate to recommend them especially to those with a family, we had two young children and so it was important that we were picked up on time, hotels were of our expected standard.

At each destination the representative were fantastic. Thorougly enjoyable trip and will go back to Egypt with this operator except next time we will take our extended family and friends.

Thank you for making sure our trip was enjoyable!!!"
19.
Client: Marie Madigan - from Ireland
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Myself & 2 female friends bookedfor a 2 week trip to Egypt, we flew into Cario, was there for one day then got an overnite train to Aswan, did a 3 day cruise to Luxor, stayed in Luxor for 2 nights then with to Hugrada for 4 nights then it was back to Cairo for 2 more nights.

Overall the holiday was excellent, I would highly recommend using this operator to my family & friends. We found all our tour guides excellent and very knowledgeable in the area that they were in, they were also so helpful to us with small things. All hotels we stayed in were very comfortable & nice, the only thing was with 3 in a room some rooms were a bit small.

I would have no hesitation recommending Egypt or the operator to anyone.
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Client: Heather Nelson - from United States
Trip: A taste of Egypt, includes Cairo Nile Cruise Luxor
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We have a wonderful time. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and took extra care and time with us and our toddler. The people who assisted us on our holiday were kind and helpful.

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