I traveled to Egypt alone and spent 12 days there. I contracted most of my activities with Habibi Tours, and the whole experience with them just evolved from good to awesome. I did a customized itinerary to see the sites in and around Aswan, Luxor and Cairo. For the amount I paid this tour company for all my activities including the hotel transfers, I felt I got a lot more than my money’s worth...
All the vehicles used were in good condition, the tour guides spoke English well & the drivers were courteous, and all of them were ALWAYS on time, not once were they late for any pick-up. I was always with a small group(ranging from 3 to 8 people) during the standard tours while in Aswan and Luxor, which was a great way to meet fellow tourists. However, for my day trips while in Cairo, I was by myself and I had my own tour guide and driver - now that was just fantastic VIP treatment.
The only thing that reminded me that this I was on a budget tour was the hotels I stayed in. Though the hotel in Luxor was at least 5 times better than the hotel in Aswan – bigger room, wifi inside the rooms, breakfast buffet though the choices were minimal, had a restaurant, etc. (I booked my own hotels in the Cairo/Giza leg so I can’t compare those). But the rooms were habitable and clean, and there was hot water running and a heater to offset the cold weather.. so I can’t complain. I was there for the sites, not for the hotels.
The best thing I loved about going around with Habibi Tours was that I felt safe. With the news showing all the instability in Egypt and the rising harassment towards women, I was quite worried about doing this trip, but I’m glad I pushed through with this tour company. If I didnt check the news during my stay there, I wouldn’t even know that there was anything chaotic happening in the country, except for the fact that there seems to be very few tourists. The Habibi Tours team was honest and professional in the way they treated me and I didn’t feel any sleazy and aggressive attempts and (Islam, the driver in Cairo) even coached me to make sure I wouldn’t fall victim to any modus operandi of the different vendors while going around. And of course there is Amir, the fantastic tour coordinator who accommodated every detail I wanted for my trip.. always patient to answer my queries and requests…it was just superb customer service!
Not all tour companies have the same work ethic, I had an experience with another company on the early part of my stay in Egypt and it was just unpleasant, got me a bit scared… but then Habibi tours alleviated all my fears so I contracted them for the rest of my agenda in Egypt. I’d say my overall experience with them was excellent, way beyond my expectations.
It is unfortunate that the tourists are kept away because of all the ruckus shown in the news worldwide about the current state of Egypt. The country’s ancient history is simply spectacular and should be seen by anybody who has a chance to visit. And visiting with Habibi Tours is the way to go if you want to have an awesome time, feel safe and make your money go a looooong way…
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