We recently returned from our 1 week trip to Cairo - before we left a number of people gave us some really useful advice on this forum which helped us a great deal. Now we would like to tell others about our trip.
We stayed at the Semiramis Intercontinental and found this hotel to be very central and comfortable. We had a great view from our balcony over the Nile, it was quiet and reasonably clean. The staff were friendly and very accomodating. At this point I should add that we were travelling with two children. The restaurants at the hotel were also very good. The security is tight as with all places in Cairo!
Although we had considered and consulted with some tour guides before we left we decided to get out there first and then find a guide. On our first day we got chatting with some other tourists and found a guide. We contacted him and initially arranged a day trip to Giza. This trip was fantastic, our Guide, Emad, arrived on time with a very comfortable air conditioned people carrier. The children especially liked the big car as they had room to mess around.
By the end of the day we decided, after agreeing a price, to arrange a few more trips with the guide and driver - he took us to Saqarra, the citadel, Old Cairo, Coptic quarter, Gayer Andersen Museum all for a very reasonable price. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of Egypt and spoke reasonably good English - and didn't mind repeating things to us even when we asked the same question many times.
As we had decided to take our week leisurely we did not have to book in advance with him and he would call us each night to ask if we needed anything - we could call him the afternoon before to arrange something for the following day. He also advised us on things we could do by ourselves such as taking a boat trip or milling in the bazaar.
We were lucky to find Emad and as a result we had a wonderful trip - we would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.
Anyone who would like to contact him can do so via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
his mobile number is 0020106093013
Despite the dreadful pollution on our last two days we had a great time in Cairo - the people are warm and welcoming and we look forward to going again.