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Review of Real Egypt Day Tours

Real Egypt Day Tours
Ranked #11 of 265 Tours in Cairo
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Owner description: Real Egypt is officially registered as a Travel Service Company in Egypt, and is owned and operated by Samir Abbass. Samir and his friendly, highly trained team can lead you through all of Egypt, and each has excellent knowledge of the places you will visit and is devoted sharing their passion for this country.Service is our highest value. We want to give you the ultimate experience of Egypt that connects you to the history, culture and people, and leaves you feeling that you have done far more than just seen the sights. Real Egypt provides a personalized travel plan, and we are dedicated to creating the best possible itinerary for you. We don’t try to squeeze too much into a few hours, we allow time to absorb each place, and your tour can be extended if desired. We don’t take you to tourist traps to buy or eat, or to any other places where you will feel pressured.Some of our prices may be slightly higher than other companies, but this is to ensure that all your needs are accommodated and you have more choice in what you can see and do.Real Egypt believes in ethical business practices, treating others fairly, and providing the best service. We believe that Real travel strengthens intercultural understanding and mutual respect.We assure your comfort and safety. We continue to evolve by offering additional customized services and training new staff, so we can bring your more of Egypt without compromising the quality of service that we provide.But don’t just take our word for it. We invite you to read our guest reviews in Trip Advisor and watch video testimonials from our past guests on youtube channelWARNING:As a company with a mission of honesty to our guests, we would like to warn you that there have recently been some companies who have adopted similar names to ours in order to shift traffic to their own website. Real Egypt is not in any way affiliated with, and is not to be confused with any of these companies.
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Cairo, Egypt
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11 reviews
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“A Great Guide for a Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012

My husband and I have lived in Egypt for several years now and seen many, many places and sites, but our best experiences have, hands down, been when we booked Samir Abbass to organize our tours and take us around. Samir has personally guided my our family to the Pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, around Alexandria, and to Aswan and Abu Simbel. He's an Egyptologist and very knowledgeable about the history of his country, but he doesn't let the tours get too bogged down or heavy with dates and minutia. His English is excellent and he deals with foreigners in a comfortable way. He's prompt to pick you up at your hotel and makes the most of your tour days as well. We have also used Samir's services to arrange a 4 day trip to Luxor. He wasn't free to guide us himself during our dates, but he arranged for one of his colleagues (Mo'Men, who was also excellent) to show us around. We were traveling with a baby and had lots of needs (shorter tour days during specific times, hotel rooms that connected, etc), and he organized all of those details for us, while ensuring that we saw all of the best sites in Luxor.

I highly recommend Samir and his team if you want an organized trip that shows you the best of Egypt's ancient sites, as well as gives you a glimpse of modern Egyptian life and culture.

Visited November 2012
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McLennan, Canada
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“Amazing Adventure with amazing service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I would like to thank Mr Ahmed and all the great care he took in planning our amazing trip and the care he took of us during our trip. He would call or text every few days just to make sure things were going good and to remind us that he was available 24/7. We loved the fact that there was someone to meet us at the airport BEFORE customs to help us thru the process.

Mr Ahmed Kalifa, our guide not sure there are enough words to put how great he was. He went above and beyond what was expected. He was very knowledgeble and could answer almost every question we had. We had such a great 10 days in egypt. Ahmed took great care of us, and made sure we got the most out of our experience.

This is the only Tour company that I would recommend. They were amazing. We saw so much in our 10 days there. We also had a great 3 days in Jordan with them. Real Egypt Tours made sure we hit all the key parts of both countries. And when I go back someday I know that I will be using them again. :)

Thanks again! We loved it!

Visited October 2012
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Samir A, Owner at Real Egypt Day Tours, responded to this review, January 31, 2017
Dear guest,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We highly value your feedback, as our mission is to give our guests a personal and enjoyable experience of Egypt. Our team of more than 35 licensed, highly qualified professionals is devoted to sharing our passion for our country, and giving you an in-depth experience of Egyptian history and culture. With tour guides that are fluent in English and have a degree in history, we show you off-the-beaten-track locations as well as mainstream attractions, tailoring tours to your interests. We also make sure to be open and honest with our guests, staying away from tourist traps and not making any side profits by taking our guests to expensive stores. We had a wonderful time sharing our country with you, and we hope that you enjoyed your experience and will join us again next time.

Thank you for your time,
Real Egypt Tours Team

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Sarnia, Canada
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“Great Time in Egypt With a Great Guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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Samir A, Owner at Real Egypt Day Tours, responded to this review, January 31, 2017
Dear guest,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We highly value your feedback, as our mission is to give our guests a personal and enjoyable experience of Egypt. Our team of more than 35 licensed, highly qualified professionals is devoted to sharing our passion for our country, and giving you an in-depth experience of Egyptian history and culture. With tour guides that are fluent in English and have a degree in history, we show you off-the-beaten-track locations as well as mainstream attractions, tailoring tours to your interests. We also make sure to be open and honest with our guests, staying away from tourist traps and not making any side profits by taking our guests to expensive stores. We had a wonderful time sharing our country with you, and we hope that you enjoyed your experience and will join us again next time.

Thank you for your time,
Real Egypt Tours Team

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“If there's a better guide in Cairo then I'm a gamusa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We were lucky in our tour of Egypt to have a number of excellent guides. Samir is not excellent, he is outstanding. Without doubt he's the best guide I have ever had the great fortune to meet, anywhere in the world. Why is this so?

Initially, it was very difficult to choose a tour guide for Cairo using Trip Advisor as so many tour guides came highly rated. I e-mailed 9 in the end, explaining what we wished to see and everyone replied very quickly, apart from Samir, who was taking people on a tour of Sudan at the time. I waited for his reply because a previous reviewer had talked about Samir, not just as a great tour guide, but as a man who it was a genuine pleasure to meet and this was an important consideration for us if we were going to spend a deal of time in someone's company.

When his reply came it was by far the most detailed of any we received. He sent us a comprehensive itinerary of the two days we needed him, showing great sensitivity to our plans. His website invites you to specify the places you wish to visit and the experiences you wish to have, but an e-mail allows you to be even more specific. Our particular wish was to meet Egyptian people and understand the culture and society of Egypt as well as the country's past.

We arranged to have a simple airport transfer to Hotel Langchamps in Zamalek but two days before Samir arranged for us to have help through Cairo airport, which he normally charges extra for, but he made free for us. When arrived Waheed, his airport meet and greeter had completed our entrance Visa forms for us already and whisked us through immigration in a matter of moments. Usri, his driver navigated the bonkers Ramadan traffic brilliantly and Samir phoned us in the mini-bus to check that all had done well. I sensed then that our time in Cairo would be very special indeed and so it proved.

Words cannot do proper justice to the experience of the next two days. They were among some of the best days of our lives and by the end of it we had made a great friend, who we continue to keep in touch with and very much hope to meet again.

Our first day involved visits to the three great Pyramid sites of Saqqara, Dashur and Giza. I would thorougly advise seeing the Pyramids in this chronological order as you gain a real sense of how the design of Pyramids evolved. Saqqara and Dashur are rarely visited by the tour buses so they have a much more relaxed feel than Giza. Samir engaged our interests from the outset with his story telling approach to ancient history. He also held our 14 year old son's interest with questions to earn him scarab beetle prizes. Samir holds a Masters degree in Egyptology so he was able to find stories in the hieroglyphics and taught us some basics in reading them, which also endeared him to our code loving mathematician son. He was also a former professional basketball player, which is why he's one of the few people I've had to look up to. It didn't take us long at all to get along with him, so affable and good humoured a person he is. A running gag about the number of things that Egyptians had invented, windows, flat packed furniture, cricket, bull fighting, the olympics...grew and grew.

At Giza, astounding though the Pyramids and Sphinx were as spectacles, what lives longest in the memory is the tiny tomb he showed us, belonging to a priest. Only my wife could stand upright in it. All around us, hoards of tour parties besieged by touts tramped in baking heat, while for a number of blissful minutes, allowed us space for quiet contemplation of the past, reading the hieroglyphics that documented this man's life and his preparation for the next. This was typical of our tour with Samir. He will take you to places you would never find on your own and give you a unique perspective on the country, past and present, as a result. Samir has been deeply involved in the Egpytian revolution and in so many encounters with Egpytian people you feel his passionate committment to improving his beloved country's future. At the Sphinx, Samir introduced us to Esmeh, a young girl who has to pay for her afternoon school lessons so she can pass her exams and he lent her her his very expensive camera to take some pictures of us, which both he and we paid her for. This is something he does to help children who want to help themselves through work rather than begging.

Our second day was, if anything, even more remarkable. Beginning at the Citadel, Samir told us the fascinating rise to power of Muhammad 'Ali and how the boxer Cassius Clay took his name, without realising the sinister side to the ruler's reign. After lunch at Felfela, we toured Medieval Cairo and spent a serene hour in a local mosque, where children played and locals read or sat in quiet contemplation in the heat of the day. We had dressed appropriately for the day and my wife wored a headscarf out of respect for the culture, which caused one young boy, Ahmed to enquire if my wife was fasting. It was a very sobering for my grammar school son, Sam, to hear from Ahmed, the same age, how he could not go to school because he had failed his exams and wasn't able to afford the afternoon lessons.

Using some bizarre haggling phrases I had learned from the internet, one of which means 'Never - unless in the apricot season (which hardly ever occurs) and 'Do you think I was born behind a Water Buffalo' (i.e. born yesterday) we caused a lot of merriment when bargaining for a bag for my wife. Our encounters with local people in the Old Quarter of Cairo were so memorable and we will cherish them always. People were so friendly and welcoming and there was not a single tourist in site. The day culminated with a fish feast to break the people's fast as night fell, with the local community sat at countless tables in the street. Samir, I should say had been conducting this entire tour while fasting so it was a honour to sit with him while he broke his fast and sample the most delicious fish bought directly from the fishmongers opposite.

From Cairo we journey onto Luxor and Samir continued to offer assistance, recommending 'Electrolite (Dioralite) powders to combat dehydration in the heat; organising another truly memorable evening helping to prepare and eating a meal with a West bank farming family; a restaurant like no other!

Samir's accounts of the revolution and the sacrifices he has made put your own life into sharp relief. It was humbling to hear how readily ordinary Egyptians put their lives at stake to secure freedom from tyranny. If anyone deserves success in the dawn of this new era, it is this man. His great wish is to own his own farm. He has a degree in agriculutre so it's far from a pipe dream and his services as guide are used by foreign diplomats and US Senators. Use him while you can. It's a privilege and a real pleasure to know him and if you can find a better guide then I'm a gamusa. (translation: Water Buffalo!)

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“You won't find a better guide in Egypt”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Having been fortunate enough to have been introduced to and met Samir back in 2011 when I started travelling to Egypt with work, I now wouldn't consider taking a trip/tour without him and have used his and his teams services many times - each time has been an unresounding success

Despite Samir's size and presence, he immediately puts you at ease with his warm, friendly smile and approach - he has the ability to engage with people of every age and background. His knowledge of Egyptian history, culture and tradition is unheard of - not only did I learn a great deal, but I also found myself wanting to know more and have continued reading/learning since I returned home.

Another of Samir and his team's greatest credits is their true attention to detail - everything is pre-planned and thought of by the team (not in a precise, frustrating way) for example even getting water and breakfast or a sun hat for me as I had taken the early flight to Aswan from Cairo.

Samir is extremely attentive but also very flexible and perceptive in his approach tailoring everything to individual and group needs and truly making the experience individual and memorable.

I really can't rate Samir highly enough and would unreservedly recommend him to anyone....I'm looking forward to planning a trip through Sinai and to Sudan with him in the future...

Visited April 2012
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Samir A, Owner at Real Egypt Day Tours, responded to this review, January 31, 2017
Dear guest,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We highly value your feedback, as our mission is to give our guests a personal and enjoyable experience of Egypt. Our team of more than 35 licensed, highly qualified professionals is devoted to sharing our passion for our country, and giving you an in-depth experience of Egyptian history and culture. With tour guides that are fluent in English and have a degree in history, we show you off-the-beaten-track locations as well as mainstream attractions, tailoring tours to your interests. We also make sure to be open and honest with our guests, staying away from tourist traps and not making any side profits by taking our guests to expensive stores. We had a wonderful time sharing our country with you, and we hope that you enjoyed your experience and will join us again next time.

Thank you for your time,
Real Egypt Tours Team

Note: Real Egypt is not to be confused with any other companies who have adopted similar names in order to shift traffic to their own site.
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