We used Casual Cairo detours for seven days of touring in Cairo in March, 2011. We spent considerable time emailing Debbie, the owner, back and forth planning our days of tours. She had lots of great ideas and was very flexible in meeting our needs. We almost cancelled our trip when the revolution began in January, but we felt that things had quieted down by early March so we travelled as planned. We were so glad that we did! The Egyptian people were so warm and friendly and also very proud of what they had accomplished.
Three of our tours were with Ahmed, an Egyptologist. He was very knowledgeable and spoke English with almost an American accent. We had no trouble understanding him which was not the case with the guide that we had for our Nile cruise (not arranged by Casual Cairo detours). Jim was our guide for 3 days. He was also very knowledgeable and even knew some of the guards which allowed us to get into special areas. Debbie was our guide for one day. We spent most of that day in and around Khan al-Khalili. Debbie knew a number of the merchants there, so we felt that we were able to purchase some special items at good prices.
Normally, we are pretty independent travellers, but in Egypt we felt that we needed local experts to help us get around. We were so glad that we did. The traffic in Cairo is crazy, we do not speak any Arabic, and it would have been impossible to try to do all that we did on our own. All in all, we felt that using Casual Cairo detours really enhanced our trip to Cairo. We would highly recommend them!
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