Let me first say that my husband and I are NOT the guide-taking types. We like the freedom of scheduling our own time, coming and going places as we please, and having our own adventures. That being said, we were a little worried about going to Egypt on our own with all the media had reported (total lie by the way, Egypt is completely safe), and my parents had toured with Hamdi when they visited Egypt a few years back. We decided to dive for a week on our own in Sinai and then work with his team to see other areas of Egypt on a private tour: Luxor, Aswan, a western desert safari, and Cairo. It turned out to be the amount of money we'd have spent on our own, with a lot less hassle and a ton of personal service.
Working with Hamdi and his team was a great decision!! We quickly learned that getting around Egypt necessitates a lot of local knowledge to get things done, even with the strong tourist infrastructure which has been devastated by the revolution. Even before we met up with Hamdi, my husband lost his luggage in Cairo, and Hamdi went above and beyond the call of duty to tirelessly work with Air Egypt to get it back and sent to us in Dahab. No small feat if you've ever flown Air Egypt. He arranged our hotels according to my pickiness, and changed our hotel in Luxor in 30 minutes when I decided I didn't like it. He gave us strong, interesting Egyptologists to give personal guides around sites in Luxor, Aswan, and Cairo (you MUST request Shaima for Cairo - she was fantastic), and challenged my comfort zones in the desert by giving us a great combination of sleeping outside (with tons of blankets to keep warm), riding atop the jeep in the White Desert, and eating his cooking - some of the best I had in Egypt, and catered to my vegan diet and my husband's eat anything diet. (Just note that the Egyptians will try to feed you to excess so turn over your plate when you've had enough!) Hamdi, his guides, reps, and drivers were friendly, hospitable, and eager to help and show Egyptian life.
And tell him you want to stay at the Fairmont in Cairo.
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