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A taste of Egypt, includes Cairo Nile Cruise Luxor

Enjoy 10 days in Egypt: 5 nights in Cairo, 3 nights cruising down the Nile, 1 night in Luxor

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Operator rating 5/5 from 71 reviews
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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.
22.
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.
23.
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!
24.
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.
25.
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.
26.
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.
27.
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!!!"
28.
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.
29.
Client: Willem Mouton - from South Africa
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Every event for our tour package was very well organized and the tour guides and organizers was very professional and helpful.

Unlike some tours to other countries we have been to, the final cost of the tour was pretty close to our initial budget.

I would recommend this to any of my friends, and have already, and we also plan to visit again by the end of the year.
30.
Client: Janet McBurney - from Canada
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I am delighted to give feedback as we had a wonderful time in Egypt which was definitely due to the outstanding care shown to us by the staff . As we had booked this trip privately through the internet we were taken to the many venues of the tour in private vehicles with our own guide and driver and the details and organisation was taken care of by representatives of the operator in all the places that we stayed.

We were very impressed by the historical and cultural knowledge and English skills of everyone involved and delighted by their friendly and caring attitude. We couldn't have had a better experience and would like to thank everyone involved.

Egypt is an amazing place to visit for its wealth of history and modern, chaotic, lifestyle. To be able to visit ancient pyramids one day and snorkel in the red sea the next is an experience not to be missed. We were so glad to have booked with this operator as the whole experience was so personal but not intrusive. The hotels were all excellent, particularly the winter palace in Luxor, and the price was amazingly reasonable.

Thank you so much to Lamia and her staff. We will gladly recommend them to our family and friends.
31.
Client: Chris Vear - from Latvia
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment.

We had a superb holiday in Egypt made all the more interesting by the very knowledgable guides that were provided, particularly Rasha. The hotel in Cairo - "Zoser" was of a good standard and although marked as 5 star would in all honesty be regarded as a good 3+ by European standards.

The tour company provided air conditioned transport, were very flexible in meeting our needs as a group (12 in total) and came up with an interesting and varied mix of excursions, the tourist police and armed guard were reassuring in their presence whilst remaining unobtrusive.

The only down side was the Cairo city element which due to the huge numbers of residents & crowding into all areas and rubbish in the streets gave a very poor impression to tourists, although maybe we should have expected this more than we did. Trying to cross the road on foot was an experience and the general standard of driving displayed by most of the residents within the city was close to a white knuckle ride of a fun fair, throughout which our driver to his credit maintained a calm approach giving much needed ressurance to the group.

However it wasn't all bad, the Pyramids and Sphynx as you would expect still remain a highlight. Cairo museum whilst containing superb artifacts left us all a bit saddened by the conditions in which the exhibits were kept. Although this should change soon with the building of a new purpose built site. The mini cruise down the Nile was well worth it and everyone agreed that it would have been better to extend that part by two days and reduce the stay in Cairo. Luxor and Aswan provided a good contrast and allowed us to see the real Egypt that we had anticipated.
32.
Client: N Ross McDonald. - from Australia
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: On behalf of our family, I would like to confirm that the operator made our Egypt holiday an
absolute pleasure!

We were given 5 star treatment by ALL of their employees & associates in person, the itinary was brilliant & on a number of occasions the staff went beyond our expectations, in terms of friendly & helpful customer service.

We thoroughly recommend this team to any potential tourists, who want to have a safe, secure, informative & fun tour of the great sites of Egypt.

Thanks to Lamia & her wonderfull team for a great holiday!!
33.
Client: Susan Green - from Canada
Trip: The Best Tour of Egypt
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Excellent tour. On time and tour guide was extremely informative.
34.
Client: Devendra Amin - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our entire experience with this operator was great, they allowed me to customize the sites we wanted to visit and also made additions on the fly at reasonable cost.

We were met at each venue from Cairo airport to Abu Simbel with a knowledgeable coordinator and guide. We were never left waiting.

I wish we had had more time in Egypt to visit more places,
35.
Client: Daniela - from United States
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our trip to Egypt was awesome!

Even a week after being home, we can't stop talking about it. It's truly an amazing experience to visit the temples, to stand in front of pyramids that are almost 5,000 years old, to set foot inside the burial chambers of these pyramids, to cruise the spectacular Nile River, to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and to experience true Egyptian hospitality.

We had a terrific driver (Ayman) and a great tour guide (Rasha), who invited us to her house to enjoy an Egyptian meal with her family.

Words can't describe how remarkable our vacation to Egypt really was...
36.
Client: Anthony J. Feret - from United States
Trip: Short visit to Egypt
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I just want to to send a message to make sure that I gave proper compliments to Resha and Ayman. My trip and time spent in Cairo was very enjoyable and I owe it all to their company, knowledge and friendship. They showed me things that I had only dreamed of seeing previously and took the time to introduce me to some local culture that went beyond the normal tourist items.

I will remember my trip and time with them forever and will certainly recommend the company (and their guidance) to anyone I know who is considering a trip to Egypt in the future.
37.
Client: Marjorie Pal - from United States
Trip: 2 weeks in Egypt
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Thanks for everything. We had a wonderful time in Egypt. Everything went smoothly from Airport pickup to departure, including tours and hotels and cruise. We were very satisfied.

We would like to thank especially Rasha, driver Ayman, And Mr. Foad for taking care of us in Cairo.

We will be very glad to recommend this operator to anyone of our acquiantance planning a tour of ancient Egypt.

Finally, I came back with a favourable impression of Egyptian Government for taking extra precaution and security to protect the foreign tourists from terrorists.
38.
Client: Kevin & Susan - from United Kingdom
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Found the service of the greeters excellent, always on time,very polite & helpful.

The guides were very knowledgable, polite, helpful and made us feel very welcome.

Enjoyed the whole holiday and have already recommended your services to some of my friends who are considering a trip to Egypt later in the year.

Thank you for making it a memorable holiday.
39.
Client: Eddie Rohan - from Ireland
Trip: Egypt: Sights of Cairo and 5 Star Nile Cruise
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I would like to endorse the use of the Egypt tour operator.

We found the company to be very helpful in organising our cruise and hotel and everything went very well.

I am happy to recommend them.
40.
Client: Gale Gordon - from Qatar
Trip: All of Egypt - 14 days
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Egypt. I went with three other people and the personalized treatment we received was wonderful. They created a tailor-made trip to suit our needs. We were in a van instead of a large bus load of people for most of our excursions in Cairo, Luxor, and the Red Sea.

Our tour guide, Rasha, and our driver, Iman, in Cairo were fantastic! Rasha was very knowledgeable and both were so friendly and helpful.

I would recommend traveling with this operator to my friends and will continue to use Africa Guide when I take my next trip, hopefully to Africa next December.

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