Day 1: (Arrival-Cairo) Arrive Cairo International Airport (please advice your flight details?), then you will be met by our steward (with the sign of your name) Then you will be driven by Private Air Conditioned Car to your hotel in Cairo and assisted for check in & overnight in Cairo.
day 02: Breakfast at hotel before meeting with tour guide to visit Egyptian Museum then visit the Pyramids & Sphinx one of the seven wonders of the ancient World still existed, Overnight in Cairo
Day 03: Breakfast at hotel, Transfer to take a flight to Luxor
Arrive in Luxor & transfer to your Nile cruise a.m. Embarkation before lunch. p.m. Free at leisure. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 04 : a.m. Free at leisure. p.m. Visit the temple of Karnak and the temple of Luxor. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 05: a.m. Cross to the West Bank. Visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepust, and the Colossi of Memnon. p.m. Sail to Esna. Cross the lock. Sail to Edfu and overnight.
Day 06: a.m. Visit the temple of Horus in Edfu . Sail to Kom Ombo. p.m. Visit the temple shared by the two Gods Sobek and Haroeris. Sail to Aswan and overnight.
Day 07: a.m. Visit of the High Dam and the temple of Philae. p.m. View of the Elephantine Island by felucca (sailing boat) and view of the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 08: a.m. Free at leisure. Sail to Edfu. p.m. Stop for view of Kom Ombo temple. Overnight in Edfu.
Day 09: a.m. Sail to Esna. p.m. Sail to Luxor. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 10; a.m. Disembarkation after breakfast. then you will be met by Our steward & driven by a private car to Luxor Airport to take your flight to Cairo and upon your arrival in Cairo Airport, you will be met by Our steward & driven by a private car to your hotel & assisted for check in, & overnight in Cairo.
Day 11: Breakfast at hotel, day tour to the citadel , old Cairo P M : Sound and light Show, overnight .
Day 12 : Breakfast at hotel & transfer to Cairo airport to fly home ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Package Includes:
-04 Nights accommodations (based on bed & breakfast) in Cairo, 04 starsHotel
-07 Nights accommodations (based on bed & breakfast & Lunch & Dinner) 05* Presidentail Nile Cruise or similar
-All the transportation as mentioned in the Program by Private Car.
-All Sightseeing as mentioned in the Program.
-All Entrance fees during sightseeing & with Professional Egyptology English speaking guide.
-All service charge & taxes.
*************************************************************************** Package Excludes: -Domestic Flights Cairo/Luxor/Cairo -International flights All items not mentioned in the above program Visas Items of a personal nature TIP ******************************************************************************* This rate is available from 01 Oct to 30 Apr (except peak period from 15 Dec to 07 Jan & Eastern period, rates upon request)
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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.
There are a couple of communications issues I would mention. I asked (by email) for some guidelines on tipping. On the occasions when I have traveled with a group or with a guide, there has usually been some communications in this area. However, I never got any. This trip was the first time in my life that my wife and I were the only people in the group. Absent any direction, I figured the higher end of what is expected on bigger tours, doubled it (because our "group" was small) and added a little more (because we were happy with the work each person did). Because I had no idea of a baseline, I also have no idea whether people felt rewarded or stiffed. It would have been nice to have had some idea if what I intended was indeed understood.
Another communications issue was when we were offered an additional, optional half day excursion and quoted a cost of $55. After we had accepted and gone on the tour, we were told that it was really $55 per person. I would have preferred to have that clarified at the start. $55 for the two of us seemed too low, but $110 for the two of us seemed kind of high. We never got the chance to make that decision with accurate information. This kind of rankles because so many street vendors use this tactic to get you to buy things. It was probably just a miscommunication, but it bothered me.
These are not big complaints, and I don't want to let them take away from the fact that we felt well taken care of. 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.
Upon arrival I was greeted by Fooad, the manager of Egypt Magic, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hotel ( Desert Rose ) in Hurghada was superb, but English is not the second language there, Russian is…. We had some difficulty in making ourselves understood… Otherwise, the resort is great.
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.
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.
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.