When we decided to choose Egypt for our vacation destination we did a great deal of research into different tour companies. We knew that we didn’t want your average tourist cookie cutter tour. When we read the reviews on Trip Advisor about Samir and Real Egypt we were very impressed and decided to go with him. It was the best decision that we could have made!
Everything from our pick up at the airport to the fabulous personal tours was perfect! We wanted to really see Egypt. We wanted to understand the people, the history and the culture and Samir provided us with a tour that did just that. We exchanged many emails when planning our trip so that we were sure that we had an itinerary that met our wishes. We visited many places that we never would have seen on our own. He steered us away from the typical tourist traps and showed us how the people of Egypt really live. Our trips to the pyramids, camel rides at sunrise and walking tours of the city were well planned out, and gave us enough time and flexibility to see and do everything that we wanted.
Samir and our driver Zachariah were always on time (no small accomplishment in Cairo traffic) and always smiling and happy even at 4 am. We were very impressed with Samir’s knowledge of Egyptian history and also by how well known and respected he is among the people.
We took a day trip to Luxor (highly recommended) and we were taken on a wonderful tour of the sites by Samir’s colleague Mac the Guide. Like Samir, Mac was on time, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and has a great sense of humor. I cannot speak highly enough of both of these guides. The opportunity to share a meal with a local farm family was wonderful. I highly recommend a private tour over your large tour bus packages. You really do get to see so much more of the country
I highly recommend arranging for airport pick-up and drop off. Samir’s colleague Wahid has access to go past customs to pick up and drop off clients. This meant that as soon as we entered the terminal Wahid was waiting for us with a name card. He had already obtained our travel visas so there was no delay. He helped us through customs and retrieved our bags. As soon as we arrived Wahid handed us a cell phone programed with Samir's number so that we had a way to contact him at all times. On our way home Wahid helped us check in and get our luggage checked. This was very helpful as the airport is very busy and chaotic and it helped having someone who could speak the language. The vehicles that we toured in were safe and clean.
For those of you who are concerned that perhaps it is not a safe time to visit Egypt I say do not be afraid. The people of Egypt are very friendly and warm. We felt completely safe the entire time that we were there. Samir and Mac are both very well respected among the people and we felt very secure with them. Even in the markets and on the streets after dark we felt safe. My only regret about this trip is that we did not stay longer. We only had a few days and there is so much to see.
Thank-you Samir and Mac for making our trip to Egypt all that we hoped it would be.
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