May 2017

Israel & Jordan:
It was a great trip with an overwhelming amount of information and I love trips like this. We learned a lot about history politics, art, archaeology and culture.

JM


April 2017

The cruise was great. Good food, beautiful suite and great people!, one of them wishes us "bon appetit" in Romanian every time we are having a meal...He says that is the only word he knows in my language, but it is nice to hear. The guide has been wonderful and we learned a lot about the history and monuments from him. Thank you so much again for this wonderful journey! We made beautiful memories and we will recommend you to our friends that will visit your wonderful country.

AH.


March 2017

"Fantastic Trip to Egypt Including Lake Nasser and Nile Cruises"

My wife and I recently returned from a trip through Egypt that we booked with Travel Egypt. We enjoyed our trip immensely primarily because of the excellent travel arrangements provided by Travel Egypt. In booking the trip I dealt with Terry and found him to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful in planning our trip. Our trip was a customized version of the "Ramses Nile" itinerary offered by Travel Egypt. The total cost was considerably less for the same thing than I was quoted by other travel agents, and Terry was far more knowledgeable, helpful, easy to deal with, personable, and always available in planning the trip.

Our cruise of Lake Nasser was aboard the Omar El Khayam while the Nile portion of the cruise was aboard the Oberoi Zahra. All of the arrangements and cost of the two cruises were included in the travel package provided by Travel Egypt. We were very pleased with every aspect of our cruises aboard these two ships.

Travel Egypt provided numerous connections and transfers at a number of locations on our trip, all of which were conducted courteously, efficiently and flawlessly. My wife has MS so that she has mobility difficulties. We use a collapsible wheelchair when we travel. Travel Egypt was able to accommodate the wheelchair and assist my wife throughout the trip.

Travel Egypt provided us with a private guide, Emile, in Aswan and Luxor who gave us excellent tours at those tourist locations that were not included with the ships itineraries. Emile speaks excellent English and is thoroughly knowledgeable concerning the history and tourist sites at those locations. When we returned to Cairo from Luxor, Menal, Travel Egypt's private guide for the Cairo area, also gave us excellent tours of all of the sites at Giza on our first day of touring with her. The following day she gave us an excellent tour of the Egyptian Museum. The pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum are all very crowded with tourists. Menal was very adept at getting us through those sites so that we were able to be dropped off as close as possible to the actual sites and avoid the crowds as much as possible while seeing everything we wanted to see. Menal is extremely knowledgeable concerning the outstanding tourist sites in Egypt, speaks excellent English, and is very personable and accommodating.

At each airport and cruise ship embarkation and debarkation point Travel Egypt provided a representative who came with us to ensure that we made all of our flight connections, ship embarkations and debarkations. A representative also aided us in checking in and checking out of hotels upon arrival and departure, and before, after and between cruise segments.

My wife and I were extremely pleased with every aspect of the Egypt trip that was so perfectly planned and conducted by Travel Egypt. I highly recommend this travel agency to anyone who is interested in touring the magnificent sites of interest that Egypt has to offer. Neither my wife nor I ever felt endangered during our trip to Egypt.

Charles T.


February 2017

AMAZING!!!!!!

WOW, I'll just begin with that, WOW!I wish that I could think of something to say that would have everyone immediately booking tours in Egypt. It's amazing & a must see destination . . . but moving on. TravelEgypt, you rock!! Our dream vacation and you pulled it off without flaw. Beginning with our first toe into exploring agencies, all the way through to our midnight transfer for our flight home . . . not one single micro hiccup.

Terry (in USA office) was great. He was first responder to my tentative inquires, with exactly the answers to questions I didn't even know I had. He was so helpful in honing our perfect tour, & I do need to know a lot up front to feel comfortable. Anyway, we had decided to fly in a day early to acclimate, fail. Missed our flight connection due to mechanical, so spent a day in Frankfurt. No problem, Travel Egypt (Manal, Mohamed, Hassan) was there to greet us the next day and everything fell to schedule.

TravelEgypt (TE) has a maximum of 8 for their tours, which sounded perfect. Well, turns out it was just the two of us for the entire trip (except on cruise portion). I have to admit I would have preferred travel mates, but kinda petty to complain about personalized attention, right ;) If asked I would say we covered every inch of the Nile Valley, not true, but it sure felt like it. Our guides, Manal & then Emile, ran us ragged . . . in a good way, so we were able to experience everything on our dream list. Manal with her warmth, and then Emile with his catch phrase, "I have a plan" with that grin of his. Ohhhhh, guess it was us that ran them ragged.

We are avid photographers & amateur birders, so we picked the Birding Tour, why not? Pyramids & Oasis, win-win. Partly due to low tourism, partly due to strategic planning by our guides we managed to photograph sites with nary a soul to sully the shot. Not that you can even begin to capture the grandeur of Egypt in photos, but still, we were happy as clams trying . I guess I'll slip in here props to our specially acquired bird guide in Fayoum, Ahmed. He was so knowledgeable, and such a delight. He had Manal, & even our driver Hassan, excited about spotting birds. Plus, there was Mostafa in Abu Simbel, great. Like I said, we had personal attention the whole way!! The lodging facilities TE uses are awesome. Okay, poor Farouks Lodge (Auberge) in Fayoum certainly needs some tender loving care, but it's not really on tourism radar even when things are going well. Wish I could afford to purchase it and bring it back to its original beauty, since the location & basic bones are amazing. The staff at every place were helpful, friendly, sweet . . . over and above with customer service.

Tour outline:
Cairo
Giza
Fayoum
Aswan (fly to fro Abu Simbel)
Cruise (Everything about the Amarco 1 was awesome)
Luxor
Cairo
Exhausted :)

So, all that said, maybe if people didn't think of Egypt as the dreaded Middle East, but as the Mediterranean (which it is), or Northern Africa (which it is) tourism would pick up. The country is amazing, the people friendly, they so need tourism. And, addressing safety . . . I felt safer every second there than I do walking to my own mailbox. Bottom line, go to Egypt and book that trip of a lifetime with TRAVELEGYPT. . . any questions??

C. & T.

 


January 2017

Manal,
Thank you for making our trip to Egypt so amazing. Your depth of knowledge is only exceeded by your passion.
Once again THANK YOU.

Jon


December 2016

Hello Manal !!!
We loved our trip to Egypt! It was the best trip we have made! And thanks to you who made our trip even better! I have told all my friends here about Travel Egypt!
I am sending a picture we took together in the market for you to never forget us!

F.C.


November 2016

Thank you for making a "bucket list" trip and reality a dream-come-true! You helped make my Egyptian adventure more than I could have imagined and I really thought I had a long list. You did an amazing job.
Best wishes

S.


October 2016

We had an incredible week in Egypt and never felt safer. Every day was managed start to finish for my husband and myself celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. From riding camels at the Giza Plateau, to taking a balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, and flying up to Abu Simbel, everything was spectacular. We also took the Nile cruise with Sonesta Moon Goddess and enjoyed the day and night trips. Our guides - Ahmed Elansary for the cruise portion, and Manal Sayed in Cairo were exemplary. Our trip was wonderful and I hope other people will consider visiting this wonderful place as well. We were well looked after and felt very safe.

J & C, Florida


September 2016

We had a great week in Egypt from start to finish - met at the airport, step by step for all travel arrangements and guides for just 3 of us to see Cairo, Abu Simbel and Luxor to Aswan via a nile cruise with Sonesta Moon Goddess - we particularly liked our guides - Ahmed Elansary for the cruise portion, and Manal Sayed in Cairo. I highly recommend it and wonder why so many Americans are so hesitant to travel now - though there were political events in the past, it seems quite stable and secure now - and we were very well looked after. Go, Travel to Egypt.

J & J


Summer 2016

I must let you know how amazing and wonderful our trip was!! You truly have the best in the field showing us around. Both Manal and Achmed were the top tour guides! Their knowledge and friendliness was so appreciated! I had the opportunity to hear other guides and they did not even compare to Manil and Achmed.

Thank you again for putting everything together for a true trip of a lifetime. I feel confident that I will return to Egypt and of course it will be through your company.

Dan


Our trip to Egypt was magical. I cannot say enough about the entire team in Egypt. The experience was better than we could have imagined. I have no reservations recommending Travel Egypt to anyone who asks. Thank you for arranging a vacation my family and I will remember for the rest of our lives.

Warmest Regards,
BD


Very HOT! but our family had a great time.
Our guides were great about getting us to outdoor locations in the morning and spending the afternoons in air conditioned museums.
The trip planner suggested we take powered gatorade, we did, and it was an excellent suggestion. The cruise was wonderful but the sundeck was simply too hot during the day. It became a great place in the evening and we really enjoyed the moonlit river views.

Susan S.


May 2016

We enjoyed the Hilton Zamalak hotel. Room was large with a Nile view, food fantastic.

Kings Island Luxor: Always a stunning resort, however the Nile view was really far away but had a lovely view of the swimming pool. Room stunning and had such fun at the Italian restaurant. Sonesta

St George: Will always be an awesome cruise liner, however they do need to do some renovations to the stairway to the deck and the furniture on the top deck is in serious need of change. Food, staff excellent.

Ein Sokna: A very beautiful resort. I would not recommend sending elderly people to this resort. The children are out of control. No parental guidance. They scoot around on these little black push bikes outside your room until all hours of the night.
Room stunning, a distant sea view, but still wonderful.
Meals were buffet with plenty to choose from.

El Concorde hotel: Stunning hotel, nice food and friendly staff.

Your people were once again awesome, on time, professional, well dressed and presentable.

Jess (South Africa)


Your tour is great. We booked the Nile treasures tour and we never expected that we could actually get a private tour for 2 of us all the way. All the guides are excellent and friendly. The tour is quite flexible and you can add any activity you are interested in. They can always arrange that for you. Egypt is really a incredible place. I love the gentle breeze from the Nile when lying on the sun deck while the cruise was sailing at night. And when you look up, you can always see the starry sky.

Tian (China)

 


Dubai Office:

Lisa.

Hello and greetings from Dubai. The hotel is a winner, top notch being enjoyed by all. Afifi top notch, airport transfers and assistance during our stay fantastic. He even organized a group tour of the city today that he personally led.

Kris


April 2016

Comment from the group leader of a private tour group of 18 travelers:

Just want to let you know what a great time we had. Everything was laid out perfectly! You all did an incredible job! Everyone was super happy. Manal was the "best". It was so impressive that we could have such an knowledgeable leader for such a reasonable price. Managing us was like herding cats and she did it so well. We all felt very safe the entire trip. Everyone should see Egypt! Sondra & I would like to go back one day. We never dreamed it was so cool.

Steve


We had such a wonderful time and so enjoyed the entire trip and everything you had planned for us. I cannot think of anything that needed to be changed or done differently. Fantastic tour guides, quite knowledgeable and a joy to be around. I am sure any future trips no matter where I go will not be up to the same level that you deliver. This was the trip of a lifetime with many lasting memories.

A.R.


March 2016

From our arrival until our departure everything went smoothly. Our guides were great, the drivers kept us safe and the experience of watching the sunrise over the pyramids was awesome. The only thing I would change would be the time. Not enough on a one week tour to see everything. Next time I will allow at least two weeks. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.

Dawn


February 2016


As our time comes to an end in Egypt we find ourselves sad to leave. Our trip has not only been fun and an enjoyable experience but a truly cultural and educational one.

Egypt is a beautiful country with lovely people.

We want to thank you and your team for making our trip so delightful. Manal, we want to thank you for all the hard work you did in making sure that every aspect of our trip was perfect. You were in constant contact with our guides throughout the trip.
Thank you for upgrading our cruise at no extra cost to us. As a guide you are superb.
All the guides on our trip were highly knowledgeable and very thorough. Mohammed did a great job meeting us and taking care of us and Hassin is an excellent driver.

Without reservation we would recommend Travel Egypt to all our friends and family.

Sincerely, Bob and Robin


January 2016

Just writing to say that Karen and I had a wonderful time in Egypt. Every day was great. We loved all of our tour guides, whose names I will try here, Namal in Cairo, Emile from Aswan to Luxor and Iman in Alexandria. Karen and I had wet eyes whenever we parted with a guide. I bought a book on the sights of Egypt from a tout just outside the pyramids at Giza. We saw almost every site pictured in the book, and more. I have created an iphoto book of my own, culled from the over 2,500 photos I took in Egypt. Fortunately, iPhoto limits such books to 100 pages. Everyone who has seen my book is overwhelmed by how beautiful Egypt looks. They are also moved by my commentary about how hard it is for the tourist industry there. Anyway, I'm trying to spread the word that Egypt is safe, beautiful, friendly, historical and exotic. Please extend our thanks to each of our guides...and we thank you, as well, for organizing a very memorable trip.

Jim


December 2015

CAIRO WAS FABULOUS – We started off with two days in Cairo as it's the main entry into Egypt anyhow, and had two fabulous days touring the various pyramids, including the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, both literally across the street from our hotel. We can't say enough good things about our tour guide, Manal Sayed of Travel Egypt, who was knowledgeable, well-organized, had a great sense of humor, and was simply a joy to be with. The only drawback to all of this, and nothing Manal can control, was that there are pesky, aggressive, vendor/hawkers everywhere and especially at the tourist sites, and they are constantly harassing you with trinkets. Definitely detracts from the experience. That being said, it was still way cool seeing all of this and many people fulfilled their dream of riding a camel at the Pyramids.


October 2015

Hi Manal,
I am finally sitting down to email you after being back in Alaska for a week. I have thought of you often during the week especially when I share my stories about my visit to Egypt. Thank you for making Cairo a special place for Duane and me.

As promised to my Pisces sister, the photos of us in the mosque. We look great together. Let me know if you want me to send any other photos.

Ma a as Salamah, Nancy


September 2015

We just arrived at the Cairo airport hotel for our overnight stay prior to our departure to the U.S. tomorrow.

Pat and I (and our son) want to thank you for putting together the land portions of our trip. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was above our expectations. All of the people (guides, drivers, greeters, etc) assisting us were very friendly and made us feel warm and comfortable. The two tour guides that we had (I am sorry I can't remember their names - the names are hard to pronounce and harder to spell so they just don't stick in my brain) the woman in Cairo and the man who accompanied us from Luxor to Aswan took us on great tours. They were very knowledgable and we learned a lot. And the tours were entirely private. Just us. We were pleasantly surprised that the male guide we had in Luxor boarded the cruise ship and accompanied us down the Nile and was our private concierge and guide for each stop. We did not expect that at all. We gave both of the guides gratuities way above what your sheet recommended because of the great service they performed. Both my Son and Pat developed some (there is no way to say it delicately) travelers diarrhea issues while on the Nile cruise and the guide went out of his way to contact a doctor friend to recommend medication and then he went out and got it for us. He took such great care of my family and I really appreciate it (I had my stomach issues in Cairo but not nearly as bad as Pat and Michael got it later).

Mohammed (that name I can remember!) greeted us each time we hit the Cairo airport and assisted us in transfers. He helped Michael when we separated from him for him to head home and us to go to the dive tour. Knowing that Michael was in the care of Mohamed lowered our anxiety (and Michael's) over going our separate ways.

The transportation service was also top notch and personal.

We did not realize how personalized all the services were going to be. We were very pleasantly surprised. Thanks again for helping to make this trip a wonderful family memory for us.

Gary & Pat


August 2015

We have just returned from our trip to Egypt and want to thank Travel Egypt for all their guides in making this a wonderful memories. Michael in Luxor touring the temples, valley of the kings and queens was excellent. In Cairo, Manal was superb her conversations were very enlightening on all subjects. The tour of the pyramids were amazing. Most of all we felt very well care for and safe. I would highly recommend this company.

Please let Manal know I love my rug she helped us purchase. It has a very special place in our home with fond memories of our time in Egypt.

Thank you,
Carlinda and Luis


July 2015

Both of our guides were fantastic! Everyone in our group was very pleased with them. They were extremely knowledgeable about all of the sites we visited and their enthusiam for the subject matter made all the difference. Plus they were very helpful with figuring out local customs, tipping, how to deal with vendors.

We would highly recommend them and all of the tours we have done to friends. Hotels and cruise were very good.

BP Group


June 2015

My trip to Egypt was beyond incredible. I have always wanted to see Egypt since I was five when King Tut was in New York. I am always watching the discovery channel on Egypt's history. Words cannot even describe what it is like being there.

It was nonstop sightseeing from the Pyramids, Temples, Catacombs, Valley of the Kings, Camel rides in the desert, cruising up the Nile for a few days stopping in Edfu, Luxor along the way and the many marriage proposals from 1000 to 200,000 camels. At all the sights we had an Egyptologist with us to explain the history of Egypt. We only had two other people on our tour which gave us time to explore and really learn about everything.

We started our traveling documentary in Alexandria staying at a hotel right on the Mediterranean Sea, seeing the museums, largest library, Pompey's Pillar which is the tallest ancient column made of red granite and Roman Forum. Alexandria has a lot of Italian (Pompey came from Italy) and Greek (Alexander the Great who this city is named after) influences in their architecture and throughout Egypt. I enjoyed from my experience seeing that as I lived in Italy and was just in Greece last year.

We then flew south to Aswan to see Philae Temple, boarded our cruise ship for three days sailing up the Nile stopping to see Edfu Temple, Temple of Karnak and Luxor.

We ended in Cairo with the amazing Pyramids – camel ride around all the Pyramids, went 200 feet down into the pyramid of Dashur, Cairo Museum with all of King Tut's Treasure and royal Mummy room with Ramses II.

Did I mention the weather, one day is was 130 degrees and 109 at 10 pm at night, sooooooooo hot, but worth every minute to see all that history.

Ciao for now,
Cat


May 2015

I just wanted to tell you about the wonderful time that we had on our trip! Wow!

The arrival and transition to the hotel and the tourist action was flawless. Mohammed and Manal knew their stuff, and made it effortless. The hotel was perfect, and the tours were great and flowed perfectly.

Thanks again, and I hope to see you soon!
Joe


April 2015

We have had a wonderful trip, exceptional guides (photo attached is of Emil, our Coptic Christian Luxor-Aswan guide helping us pack up my chess set and some other stuff) and stunning scenery. ...we felt totally safe, protected and there are just no tourists at the incredible antiquities. It is a very good time to travel here.

Wendy


March 2015

Thanks so much for helping to make our trip so wonderful. We could never have done or seen so much, nor understood some of fabulous Egypt's history without the great job of Manal, George, Mohammad and Mohammad Ali!

Take care,
Cathy


February 2015

Transfers smooth, driver excellent.
Guide was an excellent tour advisor, careful no one cheated us,
Excellent knowledge, Good care for the children, Extra effort for bargain price and shopping. Great experience.

H.A. family (Mumbai)


January 2015

We had a very limited time in Egypt and this trip really helped with putting a lot of the attractions together for us. From the start Emile was known to us as the "God of Good Luck" as we managed to get to many of the attractions early enough to avoid crowds. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

YY


Manal was very informative, knowledgeable and an excellent host to our group. Lots of information to absorb, she kept us on schedule and aware of procedures. She was quick to point out the unique aspects of each site in a way that was easy to understand and comprehend. Had a wonderful time.


December 2014

Just to thank you and let you know that we had a great time. Mohammed was very efficient and very helpful and both Emile and Manal were superb guides - really enjoyed being with them and getting all of their insights. We hope to be back and I will definitely recommend you (and Egypt) to friends.

MB


Excellent guidance from Egyptologists in Luxor and Cairo.
Luxor Museum, Dendara and the Cairo museum were highlights.
Excellent drivers, flawless meet & greet service and transfers.
Frequently unable to get change for gratuities.

KW


NOTE: In our trip planner we say take $100 in U$1's. That gives you money for tips. Also when you arrive have your guide change some US$ or Euros to Egyptian pounds. The guides can get the small denominations whereas the banks simply will not give them to tourists as they know these are for tips.


November 2014

Perfect! Everything was great. Loved the historic hotels (Mena House in Cairo, Winter Palace in Luxor and Old Cataract in Aswan). Our guide was super. Staff all very nice and friendly. Drivers deserve a medal for safely navigating the Cairo traffic! Great trip.

BH


October 2014

Our 11 day tour included several days in Cairo with visits to the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo, the pyramids and other sites; several days in Luxor with visits to Luxor and Karnak temples, tombs in the Valley of Kings, and other West Bank sites; a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan; a flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel; visits in Aswan to Elephantine Island, Kitchener's Island, and a Nubian village; a flight back to Cairo; and finally our return flight home.

All of our arrivals and departures were managed flawlessly by your tour leaders in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. We never had to deal personally with customs, travel arrangements, or other problems. The tour guides at every stage were knowledgable Egyptologists who provided more information than we could digest. Overall, we were well served by all of the guides.

MH


September 2014

We were very impressed with Travel Egypt. Their people do a very good job and seem to be very anxious to deliver everything they promise. I think they are most reliable. We had one guide for Cairo and another for our cruise. They were both great, nice people and knowledgeable, both about the antiquities and about information on Egypt in general. And there was a man who kept popping up at check-outs from hotels and transfers to the airports, handling all the luggage and documents. He was always on time and always helpful. So we were indeed well taken care of. In general there is abundant security in Egypt. They are determined that nothing happens to tourists.

PF


August 2014

Egypt was a part of my extensive journey through North Africa, the Middle East and Western Asia. I wish I had of had more time for Egypt but I hope to return one day to really see it all. I should have allowed more time for Luxor and for Cairo. Thanks for all your help and please let your people in Cairo know they did a wonderful job.

C L


July 2014

Hot! Egypt was very hot but we knew it would be in July. We are thankful that the A/C worked well everywhere. Guides knew how to find us shade and how to take advantage of being outdoors in the mornings (temples, etc) and indoors in the afternoons (museums). Loved the country and the people. We hope that the tourism business will recover. We certainly felt safe everywhere we went.

DK


June 2014

Wow! Impressive! Unbelievable! Words can hardly express the feeling you get from actually standing there in front of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Guides were great, everything went smoothly and we had a wonderful experience. Thanks Again!! We will be back.

P.F.


May 2014

The trip was really great. We both loved all the temples and tombs in Egypt. Our guide, Emile, was wonderful. The Nile cruise was also lovely. It's unfortunate for Egypt that there are so few tourists but as a tourist it was great to have all the sites to ourselves. On the cruise there were only about 40 people and the boat holds about 120. The service, food and accommodations were very nice. We were the only Americans. There were some British and Canadians as well as Spaniards etc. We had a very good guide on the cruise by the name of Elia. There were 9 in our group and fortunately all got along very well. By the last day of the cruise we had requested a large dining table so we could all have meals together.
The only issues in Egypt are the heat and the vendors. They are so persistent to the point of being aggressive. All of the people in the temples and tombs are looking for tips so you need to advise any other clients to bring plenty of small bills. We exchanged American dollars for Egyptian 10's and went through quite a lot of them.

We absolutely loved Jordan. The Four Seasons was the best! And again the guide was terrific. Really enjoyed Alladin and he was extremely knowledgeable. He provided a wonderful tour of Amman and we stopped several times on the way to Petra. Petra was amazing and again not very crowded with tourists which made it nice for us. The afternoon and evening at the Dead Sea was very enjoyable. The hotel there was lovely.

The atmosphere in Egypt seemed very calm. Never felt the least bit uneasy. We were a bit sorry that we didn't plan a day or two to see Giza. Folks on the cruise told us that it was fine there as well.

There is lots of security and police presence in Jordan. There did not appear to be any problems there at all.

Thanks for arranging everything so well.
BR


April 2014

Hi Terry,
I want to thank you again,my experience on my tour was beyond great.I was treated like a queen, everybody was so friendly,welcoming, sweet. I would definitely come back

Thank You so much
Isabel


March 2014

After a long period of intense work I was ready for a vacation. My trip to Egypt provided exactly the combination of fun and relaxation I needed. Thanks for the wonderful upgrade on the cruise. The cabin was great with excellent views, the staff friendly and I loved the little animals the housekeepers made from the towels. Food was good, not fine dining but still very good. Got a little tired of buffets.

E.L.


February 2014

Thank you Travel Egypt for a wonderful tour of Egypt. From arrival till departure we were whisked around by excellent drivers and staff. Can't say enough about the guides. In Cairo and Luxor they were well versed and impressed us with their ability to cover every question we posed. We are already planning on going again next year and this time taking our family for an extended tour of Kenya, Tanzania and Egypt.

CM


January 2014

We were very impressed with Travel Egypt. Their people do a very good job and seem to be very anxious to deliver everything they promise. I think they are most reliable. We had one guide throughout our trip. He was both nice and knowledgeable, both about the antiquities and about information on Egypt in general. He was a Coptic Christian, which was nice...Then there was a man who kept popping up at check-outs from hotels and transfers to the airports, handling all the luggage and documents. He was always on time and always had answers to any questions we had. So we were indeed well taken care of. In general there is abundant security in Egypt. They are determined that nothing happens to tourists. There are tourist police and soldiers everywhere.

Chipper


December 2013

It was hard to imagine a better holiday tour. Great fun, no crowds at antiquity sites and beautiful weather. Our guide was super. Well educated, spoke great English and had a charming personality. She is a great asset to your company.

John and Linda


November 2013

Hi Terry,

We are back from our trip to Europe via Egypt and I just wanted to let you know that the Nile Cruise was excellent. We were upgraded from the Ramadis I to the Sonesta Moon Goddess. Even having combined several boats, there were still only about 30 passengers on board (6 Aussies, 4 elderly Egyptian ladies and about 20 South Americans). We had a wonderful tour guide Robert. Everything was perfect. Thanks for helping make the trip happen!

Best regards,
Kay


October 2013

What an incredible country! Everyone was so nice and all arrangements went well.
While our friends were concerned that we were going to Egypt we found the people friendly and never felt threatened in any way. Your drivers were excellent at moving us around in the crazy Cairo traffic. We can only hope that the political situation improves and tourists return. It was sad to see so few fellow travelers in the hotels and on the cruise.

Best of Luck,
Tom & Jean


September 2013

We had an awesome time. The accommodation and the cruise the staff were excellent. The guides picking us up were always on time and the tour guides were fantastic.

I can only say thank you so much. This was our best visit to Egypt, although a worrying time to get the arrangements together with the problems at the time. Also still a little disappointed that we could not do the long cruise, but we had a wonderful time. There were 2 other couples in the same boat as us, who had their Lake Nasser trip cancelled and the other couple had to go by road to Abu Simbel as flights had been cancelled. So we did not feel too bad. We were not the only ones with a changed itinerary. The transport and drivers were great, although a little (hair raising at times). We never once felt threatened at any time and never saw anything that could be called a protest.

I sincerely want to thank you as this trip was faultless, from the pick up at the airports, the hotels and the boat was amazing. Was not too thrilled with the Nile Sheraton, but I think we were so spoilt with the St. George that is was just a little disappointing. I will definitely tell people about your company / services as we were very very impressed. Once again thanks for all that was organized and we really felt special on our holiday. If we ever decide to go anywhere else in the world, we will definitely contact you.

Kind Regards,
Jess and Pete South Africa


June 2013

The tour was fantastic and Reymon our guide was terrific.
The boat itself was absolutely relaxing and the service 5 star. We totally enjoyed our time aboard.
As a critique of the whole process, the only thing we were unprepared for was that "free" didnt always include the customary tipping, and that no one was able to break big denomination notes to offer reasonable tips. We did have a few embarresing situations where we were kinda put on the spot to pay monies we didn't have.
Again, this is not really your department but we felt there should be some forewarning of these "customary" practices, as it caught us unawares.
On a whole though we enjoyed it thoroughly and will definately look towards doing it again, possibly even taking family with. It was all we hoped for.
The biggest test of the service was that only after we left Luxor did we discover the civil turmoil afoot, as the tour service kept us well insulated from that side of things.

DS

NOTE: In our trip planners we specifically tell people to take 100 U$1 bills for tipping and small purchases. Put U$10 in your pocket every day when you go out. Also when you arrive you can ask your guide to change money to Egyptian. They can get the small bills while banks will not give them to tourists. We also include a suggested tipping guideline with your travel documents (and its on our website too).


May 2013

We had a fantastic time on the cruise. It was such a wonderful way of travelling and seeing quite a lot in a short timeframe. The staff on board and our guide, Mustafa, were all extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
We will definitely recommend this to any friends travelling to Egypt.
Thank you for your help in organising this.

RM


April 2013

We are back! What an experience. I am actually sending you this from my laptop while waiting to board a plane home from JFK. Our entire family was overwhelmed. The children thought the guide was wonderful (and so did we, the parents). They were entertained and I think they learned a lot. I liked the idea of not rushing them. It was the perfect mix of tour time and play time. The hotels were wonderful, very family oriented. Your entire staff went out of their way to keep us happy. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation!!

LQ


March 2013

Time! That is what we wish we had more of. A week is just not long enough to see everything in Egypt. Our mistake was trying to do three destinations in two weeks. We should have spent the whole holiday in Egypt. Everything went great and we will be back.

ML


February 2013

Our tour to Egypt and Jordan was first class. Very detail from our arrival to Cairo until our departure from Amman was well thought out and enjoyable. The guides were incredible, the drivers safe even in the terrible traffic of Cairo. I thought Rome was bad but it's not when compared to Cairo! The hotels and the cruise were beautiful. Sitting on our balcony at the Mena House watching the sunset, overlooking the pyramids while enjoying a glass of wine was a once in a lifetime experience. That was just one of many, many memorable experiences.

AC


January 2013

Accommodations excellent in every respect.
The reps. Were prompt and helpful
The guides were prompt and very knowledgeable made our visits to the sites enjoyable, informative experience.
The boat was very comfortable and all the staff were excellent.
Overall a wonderful way to visit Egypt. I will certainly recommend the tour to others.

KH


Hi, I just wanted to say that our recent Nile Cruise was fabulous and I'm already thinking of booking another trip.

ML


December 2012

Cruise ship M/S Amarco was very nice. Enjoyed the food and service was great. Our tour guide was great, extremely knowledgeable and engaged with our group.

RH


I greatly enjoyed myself and everywhere I went, thank you very much.

DF


This has been a wonderful trip, and it completely exceeded my expectations. Our guide Manal couldn`t have been any better! She met all of our needs and wants and was a fountain of knowledge and information.

SR


We had a great time in Egypt and want to thank you and your colleagues for their help. In particular we want to thank Mohammed who met us at the Airport in Cairo twice and brought us back. When we first arrived he helped me find an ATM and when the ATM "ate" my card he immediately and efficiently sought out the right person to get the card back. He literally saved the trip! The 2 guides, Manal in Cairo and Mostafa on the boat were also fantastic. Both were knowledgeable and very helpful. We will gladly recommend others visit Egypt and use your services again.

MM


November 2012

The trip of a lifetime. Everything was well organized and all of your staff were both friendly and knowledgeable, especially our guides. Of all the places we visited we loved Aswan the best. Not so much because of the sites we saw but because of the people. We will be back. Thanks again for a great trip.

JK


October 2012

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the most memorable experience of my life! I had my own private tours with Manal and Mohammed Sadi and both were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful-but most of all very kind and considerate. I was able to see all the places I wanted to and every stop was a new adventure for me. Most importantly, I want everyone to know how safe and secure I felt the entire time I was there. This is a very peaceful existence over there and the people are so hospitable. The boat Amarco was good and the food was good as well. Every moment I was there was well planned and completely taken care of for me so all I had to do was enjoy my time and learn from the experience. Thanks again for everything!

DS


September 2012

Our Nile cruise was the highlight of our trip. The entire family had a wonderful time. The boat was clean, the food was good and the staff were really nice.

ES


August 2012


Hot!! While it was really hot we still had a great time. Our guides were very smart, taking us to outdoor places in the early morning and then in the afternoon visiting indoor places with A/C. We will be back, in the winter, when it's cool.

AS


The Child's Egypt tour was fantastic. The guide took great care of the children and they had great fun together. We toured in the mornings then spent the afternoons relaxing at the hotel, enjoying the pool. We would recommend this tour to any family.

CM


July 2012

Our trip to Cairo and the rest of Egypt was fantastic! We had an amazing trip with unforgettable memories!

MA


June 2012

Our family really enjoyed our short trip to Cairo. Everything was right on time. The staff was excellent. Our guides were very informative and the drivers were great.

SK


May 2012

From the moment my husband and I first arrived in Cairo we were met with a smiling face and a gracious attitude. This same level of service and professionalism was given to us by all the tour personel. Our expectations were met and exceeded everyday of our trip. We felt safe and grateful. I can't say enough about Mohammed, Manal, Ahmed, Mohammed. Our trip was made special by having been able to meet the above personnel. At every turn they answered every question did so kindly. They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was exceptional, and it was. During our trip our hotels were clean, modern and had staff that cared about their guests.
The cruise ship we took, M/S Amarco, was fantastic. My husband has special dietary needs and Mr. Fikry, the maitre d on the boat, went out of his way to make sure every single one of my husband's meals were made accurately.
Last but not least every driver we encountered was very professional. Especially the driver we had in Cairo. All in all we had the best vacation we have ever had. Thanks to everyone who participated in our tour. Thank you for caring enough to make our trip special.

KV


April 2012

The guides and reps all did a great job. I was never stranded and they made sure I was where I was supposed to be when I was supposed to be there. With all the proper tickets and documents. The drivers were skillful. The cruise was nice and I enjoyed sitting on deck watching the scenery. I have never been on a cruise before. The different places I visited were wonderful, I was amazed and enchanted. Thanks to the guides, I learned a lot. I love Egypt, I will tell people they should visit.

JE


March 2012

We enjoyed our trip a lot, the arrangements made by Travel Egypt were excellent . The tour organizers and travel guide were very hospitable, polite.
All the tour guides had an in-depth knowledge and were able to convey that to us in a nice way. The hotels were also very well chosen which made it easy for us to cover a lot of places in a short time.
Our representative Mohammed was with us all the time & saw to our comfort. He made sure our trip was safe, smooth & enjoyable.

DK


Very organized & comfortable trip. All our guides & representatives were excellent. Our representative Mohammed in Cairo was most helpful, we could not have had a good time without his guidance.

S.K.


We had a great time during our stay here in Egypt. The places that we visited Luxor, Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Cairo…. It was really memorable …. The drivers were good and drove us safely, and all guides at their respective location (1)Mohammed (2) Manal @Cairo were all knowledgeable and very impressive in their execution …Cruise was very memorable for the whole family and even the kids enjoyed it very well.
Had a very good time…. Keep up the good work and hope you maintain the level of excellence

M.S.


February 2012

I felt that I had to write you and tell you how much we enjoyed our time in Egypt. My wife and I agree that it was by far the best trip we have ever taken. From the welcome on arrival with Hambib we were treated like friends. We enjoyed all the staff we dealt with but especially Hesham. The group wants to adopt him. He was professional, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. He went out of his way to make sure we all had a very special time. Hang on to him. He is truly someone special. You could tell he really loves his country and its history.
If you have any prospective customers who can't make up their minds about going to Egypt, please give them our Email and we will try to put their minds at ease. Thanks again for a special 2 weeks.

Buddy and Susan


Dear Terry,

As you know, we were part of a group of seven friends who did a somewhat modified/extended version of the Ramses Nile tour and the Footsteps of Moses extension. We were very impressed with the care we received all along the way, beginning with our arrival in Cairo. Mohammed had already purchased the visas so we could go right from the plane to the waiting van. The attention to detail was always reassuring and things always went like clockwork. Our guide, Hesham, who stayed with us in Cairo and on the cruise to Aswan and rejoined us in Sharm El Sheikh, was knowledgeable and always willing to make every effort to be sure that we saw everything without any wasted time. He was always accompanied by Mohammed Ali, a gentleman driver, who was unflappable in Cairo and on the long treks through the Sinai. In remote areas, we were often accompanied by guards from the tourist police, and we felt that every effort was made to assure that security would not be a concern.

The hotels were all excellent, the food was superb and we thought that we received terrific value. Both cruises were memorable, but we have to say that the cruise on Lake Nasser on the MS Eugenie was perhaps the highlight of the tour. Because tourist numbers are still way down after the 2011 government change, we were moved from the Ibrahim, which is a larger and newer ship, to the Eugenie. The atmosphere of the Eugenie was beyond description – right out of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile – and so relaxing. Our guide to the archeological sites, Mustafa, was professional, and the chef, Nemary, would be a superstar anywhere. Approaching Abu Simbel standing on the prow of the ship was a once in a lifetime experience.

The Sinai/Jordan extension was also outstanding. Our guide in Jordan, Omar, was exceedingly interesting and we ended our trip on a wonderful note by his inviting us all to his home for a delicious dinner cooked by his delightful wife. Our trip was educational and enjoyable in so many ways that it is difficult to summarize it. We would like to thank you, Terry, for making it all possible. We will highly recommend Travel Egypt to anyone who has an interest in travel. We hope that tourists will soon realize that it is OK to travel to Egypt again and, with crowds reduced, now may be the best time.

Best regards,
Lotti and John


December 2011

Hi, Terry,

Just wanted to let you know how much all three of us enjoyed our trip to Egypt. All arrangements worked very well and we were most impressed with our guides/leaders/drivers, etc. Great workers who took very good care of us.
Three were outstanding: Hamid, the tour leader in Cairo; Hesham, our Cairo guide; and Aymon, who met us at the airport in Luxor (and took us back.)
We will try to promote Egypt as much as possible and already have plans to do two slide shows/talks in two towns (Columbus and Red Lodge.)

Thanks for your advice, help and work!
KR


September 2011

What a wonderful trip. Fantastic hotels and staff…quite impressed and I am, by nature, a very fussy person. We 3 all enjoyed it although I stayed away from some of the tours because my arthritis acted up in my foot. The train was not to pleasant on the way back due to the AC in the compartments not working and the toilets were not that clean but we brought anti-bacterial toweletts so we were OK. Ahmed, in upper Egypt, was a kind and very sweet tour guide and Manal, in Cairo, was great, both had nice personalities and were willing to go out of their way to please us. I have to say that I will have to book another tour with you within the next two years and I would like to send my son (who is Egyptian) and his future wife on a honeymoon there. He was born in Cairo but has never been to Upper Egypt. I thought this was a great deal for the money but I do have only one complaint: The water –tea-coffee and soft drinks. Would like to pay more up front to avoid signing every time I want a drink. We sometimes forgot to sign and then had to wait for the waiter to come by and it was a pain at times, but altogether it was GREAT and my friends enjoyed themselves. Your people were there on time everytime and one day I wanted to visit a friend and I was willing to walk to her home from the museum and they insisted on driving me and they picked me up as well at the exact time and you know how the traffic is there now. They were never late. Take care Terry and thanks again for a memorable vacation that could not have been more perfect.I will recommend you to all Americans wanting to visit Egypt. THE AMARCO WAS A BEAUTIFUL BOAT AND I FELT LIKE THE NILE QUEEN WHILE ON BOARD!
Karen


June 2011

Amazing experience!! Overall, everything was great. All of us felt incredibly well taken care of. While all of the Travel Egypt people were good, the Cairo team of Manal, Rami and Mohamed were exceptional. We are calling them "the dream team" !!. We have traveled all over the world, but have never had such a incredible group taking care of every detail. We can not recommend Travel Egypt highly enough. Thank you.
Robert and family


April 2011

Child's Egypt tour

Egypt was great.
Perfect time to go as there were very few tourists, no lines to get into tombs.
And my 7 year old daughter did great, even when we saw 9 tombs and 2 temples in one day in Luxor!

RM


Childs Egypt Tour comment:
The team in Cairo is terrific, First Rate!
Manal is an exceptional guide, she is superb.
Rami is an excellent tour leader. He went out of his way to help us in several things, he provided additional cell phone service, local foods and thought up a variety of games to entertain my grandson. He is a great tour leader. Mohamed Ali is an excellent driver! Very accomodating and pleasant. Abbul, our guide in Aswan and Luxor is a bright intelligent guide who knows facts and how to present them in an entertaining as well as educational way.

Ted, Maryalice and Graham


March 2011

All the arrangements made by Travel Egypt worked out very well. Especially the representative Rami in Cairo and the guide Mrs. Manal deserve mentioning for their genuine friendship and hospitality. Rami was like a mother hen concerned with every aspect of our wellbeing and Mrs Manal is an expert egyptologist who taught us so much about ancient and contemporary Egypt. The driver Mohammed Ali, an older gentleman navigated the Cairo traffic with such calm and patience as to approach sainthood!.

The St. George was also a wonderful experience. The staff making our comfort and happiness their focal point! We truly felt like two queens sailing on the Nile on their royal barge.

Egypt was an amazing experience and because of the close contact we had with several Egyptians I feel very close to the country and the people and wish only the very best for all of them. Should you ever want me to be a reference for potential customers, feel free to do so. I have only positive things to say about my experience with you.

Best Regards,
Monika


We had an incredible vacation in Egypt. Everything went according to the schedule and we were impressed by the sites that we visited. All the staff in Egypt did a great job taking care of us. I will recommend your agency to all my friends. I hope I can visit Egypt again in the future.

Thanks,
Matt


We had an incredible time in Egypt and it is all thanks to our tour team - everyone was amazing! Our driver got us every place safety and timely. Manal was awesome! Her knowledge of everything is incredible. We are amazed at how much she knows. Her passion for her country is also very refreshing. Hamid is also very flexible in making and changing arrangements. One day he made arrangements for us to eat dinner at a restaurant down the street. The food was delicious but what made the meal was the conversation with Hamid. We do only have one complaint and that is the wait staff at the hotel for the most part the service was very slow and lacking. We do both work in restaurant in the US so we would expect the same service that we would give if we were working. Besides the poor restaurant service in the hotel, the hotel was beautiful and clean and we never had any issues with any other staff. We have both fell in love with Egypt and its people. We both hope to return to Egypt and explore more of the country someday. When we do will definitely do it with this company, and hopefully deal with the same people.
David and Tammy T.


An American in Egypt

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By Karen McCormick

Karen McCormick at a temple in Luxor, Egypt
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Karen McCormick is pictured here at a temple in Luxor, Egypt.
 
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photo provided

(Karen McCormick is a Mount Pleasant resident who recently returned from Egypt).

Our trip to Egypt was not the nightmare other tourists have described.
When rumors of "riots in Egypt" began to hit the news a few days before a scheduled vacation there, I was far more worried about snow in NYC. Heavy snow was predicted for several days before our trip, and the airlines were offering free flight changes, never a good sign. We decided to show up as scheduled and hope for the best.

The news about the demonstrations in Cairo seemed to be getting worse. A friend called us at the airport to suggest we not go, and said she was surprised there wasn't a travel advisory. It wasn't until we were about to board that we first heard that the State Department may have advised postponing Egypt travel plans unless they were absolutely necessary.

A little over 10 hours later, we landed in Cairo and were greeted by a sign with our names on it, always a welcome sight when travelling to a country in which English is not the main language. Our liaison helped us through customs and escorted us to our waiting van. Once in the van, he introduced us to the owner of the tour company, who asked us why we had decided to come. His presence and that question helped to prepare us for a trip far different than what we had planned.

We were supposed to spend the first three days in Cairo. We were whisked around the city to Giza, a nearby suburb where we would see the pyramids instead. Tanks and Egyptian military personnel surrounded the hotel. We could see the pyramids in the distance. Unfortunately, because of the looting a few days before in the Cairo Museum, the pyramids and Sphinx were closed to tourists. There was also a 4 p.m. curfew in Cairo, which unfortunately extended to Giza.

The news over the next few days indicated pandemonium at Cairo airport. The American Embassy in Cairo appeared to be closed. A call to the embassy in the U.S. produced a recording directing callers to check a website to make flight arrangements. This advice was rather useless, since internet service was now nonexistent in all of Egypt.

The next morning he and our liaison met us at breakfast and had a plan. He would see if he could get us on a plane to Luxor.

Luxor had a completely different feel. There was no curfew, and aside from the fact that the streets weren't as crowded with tourists as one would expect, you would never know anything was going on in Cairo. We were able to see temple after temple, but all the museums were closed. While driving, we were occasionally stopped by locals carrying sticks or whatever weapons they could improvise. Our guide explained that they were just making sure no one entered their neighborhoods with intent to do harm.

We never knew what would be next on our itinerary until it happened, but we were able to just go with the flow. We stayed on a cruise ship in Luxor, and after a few days left for Aswan, cruising south on the Nile. The ship was supposed to stop in Edfu on the way, but apparently all the sites there were closed. The first few days, there were maybe 40 guests on the ship, with a staff of around 75. When a large group left, there were only the two of us and a French group of maybe 16. My guess is that the ship is probably completely empty by now.

Aswan was as quiet as Luxor had been. We practically had the temples to ourselves. Each day we felt more alone. The Egyptians we met were friendly and helpful. They knew the tourist business was hurting. All along, we were following the news in Cairo. The violence was so overplayed that folks back home thought we were in a war zone and were worried sick. Don't get me wrong, what was happening in Cairo was bad. The banks and post office had been closed for a week. Internet and cell phone access was cut. Food and other basic necessities were becoming scarce. But the violence was limited to a tiny square in the city, and even there the demonstrations were mostly peaceful. From what I can gather, there were some problems the second day of the protests when the police were still involved, and then again one night about a week later when the "pro-Mubarak"" or "pro-stability" faction caused some problems. Aside from those short periods of time, the anti-Mubarek demonstrators, in larger or smaller numbers and including families with children, protested peacefully in the square. The military, well trusted by the citizens, took over for the police and to my knowledge there were no problems between them and the protesters.

What was not played up on the news is the effect this is having on the citizens. Cairo is paralyzed. The rest of the country will be paralyzed soon as the reality of the economic calamity hits. The media is finally reporting that this is costing Egypt some $300 million a day. What we saw were the individuals who will be paying this cost.

Our tour company alone (TravelEgypt) spent a small fortune changing our itinerary around trying to balance keeping us safe with allowing us to see as much as we could of their fascinating country. All the rest of their bookings for February have canceled.

We never felt afraid or unsafe during our travels in Egypt. Everyone we encountered in Egypt was friendly and helpful. We were to travel toward the Red Sea and Mt. Sinai, but unfortunately by that time over a million tourists had left and there were no services available.

We were able to get a flight out on EgyptAir, and they didn't even charge us to change our tickets. The U.S., however, was a different story. While EgyptAir was willing to change our flight without even charging us a change fee, USAir used the circumstances to gouge us over $500 in addition to the price we had paid for the original flight. I write this to give a different perspective from what has been portrayed on the news in the U.S.


January 2011

As Kathy wrote in her review to Terry at Travel Egypt, this was a smoothly-run tour with no major hitches. It was an experience that our group of six will remember for a lifetime. We are most grateful to your very professional staff and guides for all that they did to make this an unforgettable experience. Hamed made sure that everything was organized and on time and accompanied us as we sampled a variety of delicious local dishes in several very nice restaurants. He is an exceptional host and representative and a great asset for Travel Egypt.

Menal not only is an expert Egyptologist, but also is an extremely effective communicator. Her energy, flexibility, and sense of humor made our time with her a highlight of our trip. She also helped enormously with our being able to enjoy the market in Cairo which probably would have been impossible for us to negotiate on our own. She helped a lot with our bargaining for items at the market. Our almost impromptu koshary lunch was fabulous and was another highlight of our trip. She is a remarkable personality and deserves her "sunshine" nickname.

In Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, we were very fortunate to have Moses as our guide, mentor, scheduler, bargainer, protector, and friend. His energy is contagious and his knowledge of ancient Egypt - like that of his colleague Menal - seems endless. Even with our small group of six, he was very patient and accommodating and made sure that we had a tremendous experience. His help and suggestions for shopping and bargaining with local vendors made our short shopping forays a lot more fun - and more economical than if we had been on our own. Moses, Menal, and Hamed make a wonderful team!!!

I must say that our group was probably overwhelmed by the number and variety of antiquities we saw and the information we heard while we traveled up the Nile. Upon reflection, I think it's slowly starting to sink in that we were treated to the trip of a lifetime that we will appreciate even more as time goes by. Several of us are still replaying the scenes of all that we saw and heard and experienced over and over in our minds - so we're continuing to enjoy our Egyptian experience well after it has ended. I think that will be true for years to come.

Thank you very much for a marvelous experience.
Richard & Pat


December 2010

Terry,

The journey was flawless. Many thanks to you and your ground staff for our memorable visit to Egypt. The operations were seamless, from meet/greet to escort to hotel to tour director. The Egyptologists Menal and Moses were amazing. They were a wealth of knowledge. There is so much to see and to experience.

The hotels were exceptional; and the extra cost to face the Giza pyramids was worth it! If I have other guests, I might add a hotel night to Luxor and not board the boat until departure day. If I had more time I would have added extra nights in both Luxor and Aswan.

You offer an excellent product and I would highly recommend to all!

Again, thanks for all of your assistance....what a wonderful experience!

Kathy


Guest Evaluation
David & family/Childs Egypt

Cairo: Manal an excellent guide.
Rami went above the call of duty to locate a camera charger for us.
Pyramids Park hotel was good.
The Conrad was Excellent.
In Aswan and Luxor our guide Ashraf did a very good job.
The Iberotel Aswan was excellent and the Maritim in Luxor very good.
In Alexandria our guide Marwa was excellent and of course Rami too.
The Maritim was Very good.
In Sharm Mohamed saved our trip when he found our camera (which we had lost).
The New Sonesta Royale was excellent.
A great job by travel Egypt. They went above and beyond to make our trip memorable. Everyone was very friendly and truly made us feel welcome. I would recommend you to anyone.

David


Dear Terry and Afifi:

If you recall I was extremely apprehensive the first time I phoned you asking about your tours. I had been to Europe 19 times, the Orient twice and to Morocco once. Egypt was a dream since I was a kid but truthfully was concerned not knowing the language or my way around the cities.

Terry, after the first few moments on the phone with you, my concern about going to Egypt melted and I felt extremely confident that you and your company would provide a great trip. Great trip indeed. It was AMAZING. From the moment I stepped off the plane and Yami and Mohamed were there to meet me to the last hug goodbye at the Cairo Airport when I left, you team did an incredible job. The hotels, all 5 star, the food, the ship, the sights. Even the weather cooperated in giving me 14 days of sun, blue skies and puffy white clouds. Your staff are extremely kind and concerned. Mohamed looked after me as a son taking his father on a tour of his city.Your Egyptologists sure knew their stuff. Your divers, the best I have ever seen. Traffic was more like New York on New Year's Eve with the horns blowing and people J walking. A sight to behold. I hope some day I can return to Egypt as this was probably the best trip out of the past 21. Prague, another favorite, is still up there as well.

Terry, I loved your tour so much that please use me as a reference. You have my permission to give my phone number and/or my email address to anyone who has doubts. They should stop looking at any other tour group and sign up for yours. MY hat is off to you, your team and your staff.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.
A.A.


November 2010

My travel companions and I wish you to know how pleased we were with the services of our guide, Osama Awad and our driver Mostafa Orabi on our recent trip to Jordan last week. Mr. Awad's knowledge of Petra and Mt Nebo certainly brought these ancient treasures to life for us. His excellent command of the English language made it easy to understand him and allow us to concentrate on the information he was imparting. His thought process was thorough and orderly giving us a clear and precise historical account. Mr. Awad was candid in answering our questions and held his country in great esteem. As for our driver, Mr. Mostafa Orabi, we could not have felt in safer hands. His cheerful, helpful nature provided some of the highlights of our trip. In fact on our last night, Mr. Mostafa made sure we enjoyed a traditional Jordanian feast in one of the local restaurants. This experience was truly a highlight of our trip. Mr. Awad and Mr. Orabi made a great team and we would highly recommend their services to other travelers to Jordan.

Sincerely,
Rosemary & Robert L.
Kris & Martin S.


Sahar has been the best tour guide. I have had very knowledgeable, nice smile, good heart person, woman . I FEEL VERY LUCKY WE HAD HER AS OUR GUIDE. Sahar, you are someone you can be trusted the moment someone meets you. Keep on fighting for your rights & the rights of women. Best luck for you & your son. I hope I can see you again.

Sincerely,
Rosalina, cousin of Cleopatra


GRAEUS FOR TODO,
Estuve
You are very nice .Thanks so much . I love your people.
Adela


Shaar is like a jewel in the desert. She shines with Bright Light. She has been fun AS A TOUR GUIDE. She is well informed & very understandable. She is flexible &wants to provide the services that you want to see or learn more about. We were able to learn more about Islam & its prospective about women.
"This being Human is a quest house"Rumi
Thanks to Allah for those two days in Cairo.
Thanks to Allah for the blessing & gift of Sahar.
May there be peace in our lifetimes.

Will G.
Sacramento, CA USA


Sahar,
Thank you very much for all the time & the effort. You are really a very nice person with a lot of knowledge about your culture, and you did everything to accommodate us. Hope to see you some day again.

Thank you again,
Lupe C.


Sahar Awad has been the best tour guide & person. It is difficult to describe her and short words, but I felt so happy and secure with her. She is a woman that we can be inspired by as a woman shall.
It was wonderful to meet you & I know I'll see you soon here or with Ala
Thank you very much for everything. Allah be with you.
Reveca


Sahar,
These two days that we have been with you in Egypt feel as if we have been spent years living in this beautiful and ancient city. Thank you for sharing with us all your knowledge.

Thanks,
Martin


Sahar,
You have been a wonderful guide for us, so professional & knowledgeable. You made everything we saw come alive with your explanations & descriptions.
Thank you so much.
Marly & Kris S.


Dear Sahar,
Thank you so much for sharing your Egypt with us. This trip of a lifetime was made more wonderful by your knowledge, words & kind smile.
Fondly,
Rosemary& Rob L.


Sahar,
Thank you for a very nice experience. I enjoyed both your knowledge of ancient history (Egyptian Museum) as well as your insights into the reign of Salah al Din, the Mamluks, Mohammad Ali as well as modern Egypt & Muslim culture.
Paul R.


Sahar,
Thank you very much for sharing us your beautiful country and for opening a kit of history. We had a wonderful time!
Ashlymn, Kristy & Alex


October 2010

I wanted to let you know about our wonderful trip to Egypt and Jordan. We had high expectations and they were exceeded by at least 150%. Your concierge service for meeting at the airport was outstanding and so unexpected. Suleiman in Jordan even gave us money to get our visas before everyone else. Manel in Egypt was special. Thank you to all the Muhammad's who went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. We are all tired but in better physical condition than before. I guess that comes from walking at least 30 miles and looking at 1000 of walls and statues. Needless to say there were something's we wish we had done and some not, but Travel Egypt is a wonderful organization with the highest level of service. I look forward to working with you in the future. Jordan was unexpected and so great. Wish we could have stayed longer at the Dead Sea. I asked the guide if there was something else to do on the way to Petra and he took us to the Panoramic Lookout where we also had lunch.

Nanci L.


Ms. Sahar is an excellent guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about all the places we visited. She is also very kind and hospitable and made tour very enjoyable .She is a wonderful tour guide for CAIRO.

Sahar is the best guide!
Sahar is the best guide we have had yet . Her knowledge of the Egyptian history is tremendous . She Is friendly & interesting & her English is very good.


September 2010

She likes us & she is very friendly. She has very good knowledge & information. She is easy to approach, answers our questions.
Carol L.


She is informative and intelligent. She is also well organized & good at keeping the group together and moving along, but at the same time she's very good-natured & friendly. Excellent guide.
Tom A.


Sahar helped us deal with our problems so I am grateful to her. First Rate Guide.
Lewis L.


Sahar has been helpful in answering our questions, and keeping us moving so that our time has been very well managed, and she is lots of fun to be with for days.
Susan L.


Ms. Sahar is a wonderful guide. She is very knowledgeable & speaks well. Evenmore she has a good sense of humor & is quick to share a joke. She has made run tour a great success.
Betsy D.


Excellent guide with a sense of humor & a great smile.
Ted D.


August 2010

She likes us & she is very friendly. She has very good knowledge & information. She is easy to approach, answers our questions.
Carol L.


What a wonderful day, Sahar treated us like king & queen & we would recommend your tour & her to everyone.
Elin & Jim M.
St.Lewis, USA


Sahar is the best! She is so knowledgeable.
Elizabeth


We both thought your expertise in Egypt history was excellent. The tour was quite informative. Thanks so much.
David & Hana
Don B. & Karen S.
Sebastopol, California


July 2010

Our trip to Egypt was beyond our expectations. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Since we were the only ones on the tour from America, it felt like we were on a private tour. We were the only Americans aboard the two ships. as well. We loved that. It was hot - but never a problem.

The Egyptologists were basically very good, knowledgeable, friendly - however, one in particular...Abdelaal Hassane (Abdou) - was spectacular. His knowledge was shared with ease, enthusiastically, not by rote. He accompanied us throughout Luxor and cruised with us to Aswan. He was genuinely caring, almost like family. In fact, we asked him to join us for meals aboard ship. He was so humble and honored. If there is anyway you can pass that on to the powers that be in Egypt - we would surely appreciate that.

All of the representatives were efficient and made all the transfers easy. We were given an evaluation form for the first half - ending in Aswan. We did not receive an evaluation form for the second half of our trip, including the cruise on Lake Nasser and additional days in Aswan. If the company would like that from us, focusing on some details, we would be happy to fill something out.

Thank you for all you did. We have already recommended your agency to friends.
Debra and Lon


June 2010

Hi, We have just returned from our trip to Egypt and I wanted to let you know that it exceeded our expectations. The representatives were friendly and very professional and they took very good care of us. Rami in Cairo is truly an asset to your organization, he is totally devoted to your guest; we could not have been in better hands. Likewise, the transportation was superb with clean comfortable vans and friendly and able drivers. Also, the accommodations were some of the best in Egypt, we loved soaking in the infinity pools after a morning in the dessert sun. In Sharm, I would like to comment particularly on our guide Sadik, who I believe went far and beyond what was expected of him as a guide.

Travel Egypt runs a good operation and I would gladly recommend your services to anyone interested in visiting the country.

Have a great day and I hope to do business with you in the future,
Victoria C.


May 2010

I just wanted to let you know that Laurie and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Egypt! Your organization is FIRST CLASS! Both Afiffi and Manal our Egyptologist were extremely professional and so well organized. The hotels, the boat, the side trips - ALL of them were absolutely wonderful! You have an excellent product, and I will make sure to let our Shore Excursions management know in case they want to arrange some shore tours through you when our ships are in Egypt.

Kind regards and all the best to you and the team at Travel Egypt!
Belinda


March 2010

Good Morning!
I have been wanting to write since we got back from our trip (Nile Treasure) but this is the first opportunity I had. My husband and I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a wonderful vacation for us. We arrived in Egypt on March 19th to a wonderful and beautiful hotel with a view of the pyramids. From that day until the day we departed on the 27th our vacation was nothing but first class. The guides we were given were top notch. They knew the history behind everything we saw and also the best times and ways to see the sites. We have traveled extensively and this was by far the best put together itinerary. You maximized our time but also left us time on our own. All the people we met during our stay were very friendly and helpful. We could not have asked for a better time.
Please be sure to use us as a reference as we can not say enough about your professionalism.

Thanks again for the vacation of a lifetime!
Helen & Ron


Carson,
I wanted to start out by saying thank you for your help in planning a "fantastic vacation" to Egypt, for Linda, Karin and I. I would also like to reiterate what Linda has already shared with you about our experience in Egypt. We were with many tour guides but none that stands out like Rami in; customer service, punctuality, sharing and explaining information and representing your company as if it were his own. My husband and I own two businesses and I would be ultimately honored to ever be able to say I had an employee work for me that cared for my business as Rami does yours. He continues to educate himself to be an even better asset also. Without a doubt in my mind, our trip was made "the best trip of my life", in many ways due to the knowledge and ease of travel the Rami allowed us.

There is so much I could say but I will leave it at that and hope that Rami is honored and respected as a very intrical part of his company.
I look forward to using your company for future trips.
Michele


Hi Carson,
Just reiterating how great Rami, our Cairo representative, was in helping us during our visit in Cairo. Rami was so professional, reliable, friendly, caring, patient and he offered guidance and assistance beyond the call of duty. Rami's tireless efforts accommodating us is much appreciated. We hope Rami is recognized and compensated for his hard work. Please tell Afifi how we loved having Rami as our representative. We miss Rami!

And Carson- thank you for your patience with us in the planning of this trip. I hope to use your services again sometime since this Egypt vacation turned out to be a dream come true. Hey maybe an african safari!!!!

Thanks again Carson.
Linda


We booked the Incredible Nile tour just because the date was perfect for our granddaughter's Spring vacation, and it was one of the few that allowed a third party in the same cabin. Can't believe how we lucked out with the unexpected private group, quality hotels, and exceptional egyptologists. Connections were easy and on time. Rami and Abraham were outstanding.

Our Aswan-Luxor guide, Giovanni Natalino, was definitely a highlight. With a master's in Archaeology and hands-on experience in the field, he brought enthusiasm and up-to-date information to our trip. He looked after us very well.

We've travelled extensively with other cruise and travel companies, and independently, and never had a better experience.
Larry, Carol, and Leah


Excellent guide - welcoming, friendly, very knowledgeable, and always helpful!! Great to have the same guide all week. Very enjoyable trip - appreciated early-in-the-day visits to "hot" places. Thanks!
Cathy A.


Excellent overview of Egyptian history and culture along the Nile. Aggressive program to cover the requirements. Good balance in sights visited - maybe too many temples. Overall great trip!
Barry W.


Guide very good in explaining and relaying information. Her knowledge and professionalism was greatly appreciated. She is an excellent tour guide and an asset to your company. I will refer my clients to use this vendor in the future.
Princess W.


Guide has a wealth of knowledge and her enthusiasm is so exciting. She instills in a visitor the thrill of learning about the history of Egypt. I really enjoyed getting to know her and felt confident that she really took care of our group so that we just had to enjoy the trip!
Gwen B.


This trip exceeded our expectations. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made our entire trip both educational and fun. This is a program we could easily promote.
Sylvia W.


Moon Dance was fabulous! Good food, good service and beautiful boat. The whole trip was excellent. All drivers & staff members were polite and professional. I will recommend this to all my friends. I lover Egypt!
Mary Y.


Last day, visit Karnak temple first, before Valley of Kings, followed by Temple of the Queen, followed by Alabaster Factory. Karnak Temple is very important. I was too hot, and hungry to appreciate the guide's presentation. Transfers by and large crisp and easy. Guide was organized, an excellent leader and communicator as well as a learned Egyptologist and teacher. Service, particularly in the dining room on the Moon Dance was fair at best. Not very helpful nor cheerful. Cruising the Nile provided an excellent immersion in the lives of the common Egyptians, ie the farmer. Very interesting to observe 5000 year traditions still in practice. Thanks for a great trip.
John C.


Our guide was absolutely wonderful and made our trip. So knoweledgeable (and patient) with our group. The boat Moon Dance was excellent though we did wonder why we were on a cruise that went nowhere for 24 hours? Sometimes would have liked a few minutes extra to take photos but that is my only negative. Everything ran like clockwork and we were given marvelous shopping options which every woman loved.
Kim C.


This was my first trip to Egypt and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was very impressed with the people and the friendliness. All guides were very helpful and kind. I would be more interested in learning more about the culture (past and present) and more biblical aspects. Thanks for a wonderful trip!
Teresa W.


February 2010

Just wanted to let you know that our Grand Egypt Tour was just that....GRAND! From the moment we stepped off the plane in Cairo to our final days of the tour we were well taken care of by the ground personnel, drivers and Egyptologists. And the best part of all...our group consisted of Jerry and me. Talk about feeling special!
Special thanks: To Romi who took such good care of us in Cairo and Alexandria and held our hands while dodging traffic. To Ashraf who was an incredible Egyptologist and took care of us during our cruise. His love of Egypt and it's history was evident. To Mrs. Marwa who guided us through Alexandria and let us wander and explore at a relaxed pace.
We returned home with so many fond memories...not to mention so many pictures and movies that we could make a documentary.
Thanks Travel Egypt for making it all possible...
Rick K
Jerry P

 


We just came back from our trip with Travel Egypt and everything was wonderful. Our accommodations and guides were all first rate. We really enjoyed our time with Minil in Cairo and George in Luxor. They shared so much knowledge with us and local culture. We would highly recommend them to any of our friends who want to travel to Egypt and Jordan. Petra was magnificent and our guide was an archeologist that had actually discovered a lost relief at the site. Not only were the guides great, we also had excellent drivers to navigate us through the complex traffic which is Egypt and representatives that made sure we got through customs and to the airports.

We were scheduled to go home on 2/22/10 the first leg on Lufthansa which was scheduled to strike that day. Minil and Rommy our representative contacted the airline for us and gave us a direct number to call should we have any issues. Travel Egypt made us feel safe and we knew if we had them to call on we would get home.
Dan & Yvonna L.


Sahar was an excellent tour guide around Giza & Sakkara also at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. She is very friendly helpful & knowledgeable about the sites and the regions history. I would like definitely recommend her services.

Adam H.
New York USA


January 2010

Dear Terry and the Gang,
Sandra and I have been very busy or I would have written sooner. The January tour exceeded our expectations. We did not have one negative comment about the whole trip. Our guides were excellent. We did persist on not doing some of the commercial things and they seemed to accept that. The Moon Dance was great. I cannot believe such comfort can be had in such a rough environment. The boat had every comfort. The schedule and support by our Guides and their drivers was efficient and professional. Ahmed was exceptional. He anticipated our every need and was ever present. This was a great comfort as being in a strange country and not knowing any of the language had us a little intimidated.

The guides were very knowledgable and explained a lot about the history and heiroglyphics that added to the beauty of the trip and the country. The Nile was beautiful. We enjoyed the camel ride the the monestary and the felucca ride later. I would recommend that everyone take advantage of all of the optional events.

It has been both an exception and a pleasure doing business this day and time with a company with the highest ethics. Travel Egypt and Sensot (?) did not misrepresent anything. Your brochures were complete and everything we expected happened perfectly. I will make one request. I will seek your recommendation on the better travel groups if we select an area that you do not cover. I can't read enough to determine who is best. It should be obvious that we couldn't have been happier with the trip and events.

Thanks again and hope to travel with you all again. Haven't been to Jordan yet.

Best from,
Roger and Sandra


November 2009

We had an awesome time. Ahmed did a great job he was always on time and very pleasant, the tours were fantastic, we will definitely be returning to Egypt, thanks to the wonderful service.
Carol and Moe O.


Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and wonderful personality highly recommended.
Dynasty Travel
Houston, TX


The tour guides were outstanding, among the best I have had, any where. Hotels were excellent, ship was new and room was great, overall an excellent experience, I will recommend Travel Egypt to others.
Robert S


We had an amazing trip. We felt very well taken care of at all of our locations. The guides were exceptional, not only were they informative, but a true pleasure to meet and spend time with during our stay. Our trip was so wonderful we want to come back to Egypt and send all of our friends. All of your staff were extremely efficient and professional. Abdu, the guide at Abu Simbel provided very good information.
Amy and Frances


We arrived home safe and a smooth flight. Menal, thank you for your prayers and your personal touch. You are an amazing hard working lady who is dedicated to her job and her culture and country.
From TravelEgypt's dedicated effort to produce a perfect package....to ...Terry and Melody who were modest to say the least. They said.... me and my group would be well taken care of ....as so we were!
We ( our group) all have gained a different view of Egypt seeing it through your eyes! Thank you for bringing a new dimension to these 26 American clients. "Dreams came true on this journey ...this "timeless land of the Pharaohs".
Our clients have sent me some loving reviews of their fabulous trip to Egypt.
I look forward to working with you in the very near future. Until we meet again, God Bless you and your family,
Helaine Z.
Alpha J Travel


Cairo: we have only good things to say about this city, its people and our stay. Rami and madam siham were informative and very friendly, always professional and made our trip truly enjoyable.
Rami gave us a great window into Egyptian culture and hospitality. Siham clearly enjoys giving tours and her enthusiasm is contajious. We can't wait to come back and hope to see them both when we do! Of particular note was Rami's willingness to visit a less- frequented place with us - Al - Azhar Park - and spend time talking about everyday life in Egypt. Thanks Rami.

Luxor: we enjoyed visiting the sites with their incredible scope and amazingly well-preserved colors hieroglyphics, and architecture. We especially enjoyed visiting medinat Habu, valley of the kings, and the tombs of the nobles, and the workers' village.
Josh P and Flora E


October 2009

As Salamu Alaikum, to you and your family,
I arrived safely and so was all of the others in the group, we cannot stop talking about you , your knowledge, Egypt and how much we gained from you. I guess my husband only hears me talking about Egypt and you, by now I think he knows you. I spoke to Melody and I told her about the group and I am requesting you to take care of them , Inshaallah, I have spoken to the group leader here and I will be meeting with him to give him some more information. My husband is also anxious to see Egypt.
Bibi H
Dynasty Travel


June 2009

Hi Carson,
I just wanted to thank you for helping me select The Royal Lily. The boat was beautiful, modern and extremely well kept. The staff was lovely as were the guests. There were 32 guests on board. We were put in a group of 11. 9 of us sat together for our meals as we really hit it off. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and fantastic. My kids really enjoyed it too. The tour schedule was perfect. We would not have been able to do more as it was so hot (115).
Anyway, thank you for your help. It was wonderful!
Amie


Terry,
We have just returned from our trip to Egypt and we had a fabulous time. Your staff is very professional, thorough and suited our small group travel style. The quality of the hotels, Nile cruiser and trip overall exceeded my expectations. Since you don't know me, you don't know how monumental that is!

A big part of what made our trip so memorable is Manal. She is very knowledgeable, has a passion for what she does, has a great sense of humor, keeps everything under control with seamless effort and makes everything fun.

We typically travel independently but I think that would have been challenging in Egypt. So thank you for making our trip such a pleasant experience.

Vickie V.


May 2009

The much awaited day has arrived -- you are so excited to start your 4-day Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor on board the Royal Lotus! But what's this? Travel Egypt changed our ship to the Royal Lily? At first a bit anxious but then you are elated - this is an upgrade to the best and newest ship in the line and it is a beauty!
NOTE: While there is no way to ever guarantee free upgrades we are always trying for our clients at hotels and cruises.

Nile cruise ships are not the sleek mega cruise ships but rather specifically designed boxy smaller ships that buddy up in port to each other, lining up their doors such that you may have to walk through three ships to get to yours! But you think the Royal Lily is the best one of them all! It is beautifully decorated in an Asian style with browns and lavendar. Your stateroom is spacious compared to regular cruise ship cabins, and the bathroom with full tub and ceramic bowl sink is closed by a shoji door! But the best is yet to come. As you enter the small but elegant dining room, an international buffet awaits with pasta chef front and center wearing his tall pristine white chef hat. Your table is #12 and it is black wood with beige runners with fresh flowers. You meet Salah the dining room manager who welcomes you and then you join your companions gleefully filling your plate from the artistically displayed salads, breads, main dishes and desserts. We gratefully give thanks to God for his gift "exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think!"

The four days go quickly but are so full that you feel like it is at least a week. The excursions are all included and you visit the famous pink granite quarries of Aswan where all the material came from for the ancient 3000 year old Egyptian statues, temples and obelisks (incredibly tall four sided tapering column topped with a pyramid shape carved from one piece of granite, the top originally covered in gold and silver). You visit the temples of Kom Ombo, Karnak and Luxor where every inch of the temples, built from the Holy of Holies outward, are covered in carving and hierglyphs and originally fully and colorfully painted. But you think the best excursions were the two to Hepshepsut's temple (one of only three women pharoahs) a huge white three tiered temple with hundreds of columns and a great central ramp, and the excursion to the Valley of the Kings and Queens where you got to visit King Tut's tomb and others even more elaborately decorated!

Then there was Egyptian night on board ship. You put on the long sleeved full length outfit you had purchased earlier on one of your bargaining adventures at the souk (market). It is a lovely cranberry color with gold braided trim. Jeff has a matching color traditional robe with a white turban. Tom wears a rakish bedouin white scarf ala Yasser Arafat. Cheryl is bedecked in turquoise splendor. Off to the Egyptian buffet feast you go followed by silly fun games (Picture full grown macho men tied with a rope around the waist that dangles between the legs at the end of which is a foil wrapped potato. They then swing their hips in such a rhythm as to hopefully cause the swinging potato to contact a foil wrapped potato on the floor and propel it across to the other side!) and conga line dancing. Other nights you enjoy the belly dancing and colorful whirling dervish dancing by a man twirling round and round, swirling colorful skirts up high like a top so that you do not even see him.

It ends all too soon, this wonderful Egyptian journey and now you are recovering from a cold and sore ribs at the home of your daughter in California but with lasting memories of a friendly land where everyone says, "Where are you from? Welcome to Egypt!", where you quibble over 3 Egyptian pounds and then realize it is only 60 cents, where the food is so flavorful that you understand the passage in the Bible where the people of Israel are complaining about the honey flavored manna that God supplies them in the desert and say, "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic..." (Numbers 11:5).

Shokran (thank you) for your prayers.

With love and aloha,
Linda (and Jeff)


April 2009

Dear Travel Egypt,
We are back in the States after a GREAT trip through your Company that began on April 20th. We were the only two on tour through the entire trip and have nothing to say but great things about our trip; from the time we arrived in Cairo till the morning we departed for Paris. Your staff in Egypt is exceptional in every possible way--meet and great, prompt, very friendly, very knowledgeable and always seeking to please their clients. We've been on several tours in Europe and the Orient but yours is the best we've experienced. Please pass this on to Afifi El Shimy. Everyone was outstanding but we'd like to mention our tour guide from Aswan to Luxor named Emile. He was with us for almost 4 days and the best guide we've ever had on any trip or tour.
Thanks again.
Frank and Norva


Hi. I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you what a fantastic trip we had. We hadn't realized that our tour would be private, but now we see how we misread the description (your literature states groups of 2-16, but now we realize that this was our choice!). On the flight home we discussed how could we have made such a good choice in tour groups! We were very pleased and felt quite fortunate to have been so well cared for.

Having "handlers" keep track of us left us worry free to enjoy the days. Mohammed took care of everything in Cairo and Menal was a fabulous guide. We were very fortunate to run into Zahi Hawwas, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, at the Imhoptep Museum! He was so kind to take a moment to chat with us and pose for a picture with our daughter. The rest of the week was busy and wonderful. The Guide for our Southern (Upper) Egypt was George and he was warm and informing.

The only suggestion for improvement that we could offer would be regarding accommodations. The Basma Hotel was beautifully located, but sorely outdated. Perhaps an option there might be the Ms. Basma - right next door and it appeared to be more up to date. You were totally right about the condition of the trains...my husband wished we had missed that "opportunity," but it was a must-do for my daughter and I. We survived it anyway :)

HUGE success and thank you for your services.
Kathy P. and Family


March 2009

I would like to express my thanks for a wonderful trip. Renita, Angela, Thommi, and I had a fabulous time. We would like to specifically thank our guides, Hassan and George, and our transporters, Mohammad and Mohammad. They did an excellent job!

Thanks again! We will definitely refer you to our friends and family who would like to visit Egypt.
Donna N


February 2009

I returned last week from a most perfect trip to Jordan and Egypt, thanks to the sterling planning and support of Travel Egypt. I am so grateful that a friend of my brother, recommended the company so enthusiastically, and that I chose the company to put together my trip.
Every aspect of the company's activity was excellently done. I never once felt concerned that I was not in capable and dependable hands. Every commitment the company made to have someone meet me, drive me, guide me, etc. was carried out to the letter. This outstanding service made the trip so much more enjoyable and with so much less anxiety than might have otherwise been the case.
Most important, each coordinator, guide, driver and other person associated with Travel Egypt I met were not only exceptionally professional in their work, but were also among the nicest, most enthusiastic and knowledgeable people I could have hoped to meet. Whether I had a little or a lot of time with them, each one was incredibly helpful, informative, reliable and genuinely fine people. I brought home with me all of their smiles, as well as their and love of Egypt or Jordan and their delight at sharing their countries with visitors like me. Those smiles and personal relationships will stay with me always. They, and their owners, are now like friends - and I'm so very grateful for their friendship. I know you know all of this, because you had the wisdom to employ them. But I figure it's always nice to have one's wisdom confirmed about the people one has hired!
Because of the particular time I was able to spend with them, I would like to extend particular thanks and acknowledgement to a few individuals:
In Cairo -
- Mr. Mohammed Gamal, for his heroic performance (and incredibly long hours) waiting for me at the airport and sitting with me at the Giza station waiting for my train to Aswan. (Also for his patience and understanding when I got off at the wrong train station coming back from Luxor.) But especially, my thanks for sharing his philosophy about taking care of the company's clients, and his enthusiasm for the company and the opportunities it gives to introduce people like me to the wonders of Egypt, both ancient and modern.
- Manal (I apologize for not having her last name), for her deep knowledge of all the sites we visited in Cairo, for her humor, for pointing out the best places for me to take photos, and especially for her stories and insights into ancient and modern Egyptian culture.
In Aswan and Luxor -
- Mr. George Hanna, for showing me the sites from Aswan to Luxor, for all our conversations which were so educational to me, and for his extensive knowledge of the history and characteristics of the sites we visited. He was an outstanding guide and an excellent travelling companion.
- Bessel in Aswan, Mahmoud in Luxor, and the support in Abu Simbel - They all took perfect care of me, getting me everywhere I needed to be when I needed to be there. Particular thanks to Bessel for finding me bandages at the pharmacy and interpreting the Arabic at the Arab-African Bank ATM when I desperately needed cash!
To all the Egyptian drivers - I can't imagine the skill, patience, alertness and endurance it takes to navigate Egyptian traffic, particularly in Cairo. I quickly realized that Travel Egypt uses only the best drivers, and that, thanks to them, I would survive the traffic and come home to tell the tales.
In Jordan -
- Mr. Mohammed Assaf, who was the driver provided by Green Arrow Travel, was outstanding. Despite the very short time I had in Jordan, I came away with a great deal of knowledge, respect and admiration for the country, its history and people, thanks to Mohammed. I felt at all times safe, and confident that he is an extremely mature, experienced and capable person who could have handled anything, even a big emergency. He was my first introduction to the quality of people Travel Egypt would deliver. That introduction couldn't have been better. It made me totally confident of the quality of the support I would get from the company for the rest of the trip.
- Mr. Saleh Farajat - Thanks to Mohammed, I also was privileged to have Saleh as my guide in Petra. It is clear why he is recognized as one of the very top Petra guides. His knowledge of the area, and his ability to inform with stories, humor, wisdom and solid facts, made my much too short visit to Petra as complete, satisfying and enjoyable as I could possibly have hoped.
Again, my sincere thanks to you and all of your staff for a perfect trip. I am hugely impressed by the quality of the people and service provided by Travel Egypt. I am praising the company to friends, encouraging them all to visit Egypt and Jordan in Travel Egypt's very capable hands.
Sincerely,
Kit A.


Dear Carson,
My wife wanted me to write you this e-mail to let you know how much we appreciated the quality of service we received. Our entire trip to Egypt was excellent. The three night cruise you provided couldn't have been better.
The people who picked us up and delivered us to and from the hotel and boat were punctual, polite and helpful. Its great to have such service when as a tourist you have no idea in a new country whose language you don't speak. The meet and assist people and their drivers were great.
EgyptAir was on time and as good or better than most of our airlines.
The Ramadis II was an excellent riverboat as you had said and also as you had said Movenpick, the Owner certainly provides excellent food in variety, selection and quality.
The Egyptologists who escorted us on tours spoke excellent English. They were very knowledgeable and added a great deal to the quality of our experience.
Thanks again and please feel free to use us for references. I can assure you we will recommend you to any of our friends who ask.
Charlie Weidner


January 2009

Wanted to let you know the trip was fantastic! We got to see everything as noted except the boat museum which slipped by each of us. We had as nice weather as one could want. Overall the Egyptian guides were very good but spoke English with strong accents and a bit fast. The guide in Jordan was great, very good English, and most helpful to the wife with horse and donkey rides.
The coordinator in Cairo (Mohammed) was one of the best we have encountered in our many trips abroad. And, he is now considered part of the family.
What a difference in the way the Egyptians and Jordanians live. It is like stepping from the 1500s to the 21st century. Extreme contrasts in everything.
Our favorite stay was at the Mena House. The original room was nice and overlooked the pyramids and gardens. The manager upgraded us to a suite as our first room was going to be too close to a party and they did want us to be disturbed. The suite was fabulous and the view as well.
The St. George is a great boat. In fact, once the guides learned we going on it, they believed it to be the number one boat on the Nile. The only problem was the food. Several people got sick from eating greens, etc. We did not have any problems as we learned the old adage to not eat anything washed in local water or could not be peeled.
Overall (for the entire trip), the food was good but rather bland for us.
The other highlight hotel was the Marriott in Cairo. What a beautiful place. And the food was the best we had in Egypt.
Getting up at 3:30 am to visit Abu Simbal was not fun but it was worth it. The angle of the sun was great and the setting is beautiful. It is difficult to grasp moving the temple from it's original location.
Petra was more than expected. Photos do not do the "city" justice. We spent the whole day there and enjoyed it immensely. On our last day, we decided to leave early and spend some time at the Dead Sea. The guide made the arrangements and the additional cost was nominal. Now we can say we were in the lowest location on land.
We could go on and on about how great the trip was but these are once in a lifetime memories and we appreciate Travel Egypt putting together a wonderful trip.
We certainly would recommend Travel Egypt as a great representative.
Thanks ever so much,
John and Earlene S


When we arrived in Cairo Jan 2009 - an experience of a lifetime began. Mohamed met us as we entered the Airport, we immediately felt welcomed. Everything in Cairo was professional and spectacularly done - we had no worries. Manal was the best guide as Mohamed had said; our trip will long be remembered and certainly we hope more Americans can experience this with Travel Egypt.
Eric F. and Judith L.



December 2008

We just returned from our trip to Egypt; we had a wonderful time and your guides were great. Not really impressed with the 1st class train but the boat sure made up for it. I would like to contact your guide in Cairo, Minel (sp). She said remember her name as being the capitol of the Philippines. Minel was extremely professional and had that special ability to read into eyes and expressions just how much information a guest needed to have a pleasant experience. She is well educated and has an excellent grasp of the English language. She protected us from all outside distractions and did all of our bartering as a mother would do for her children.

We will be sharing information about our trip and Travel Egypt with many of our friends. They were waiting for our report as many hesitated to plan a trip based on possible dangers. Rest assured our recommendation of Travel Egypt will be a very positive one. Having not knowing what we were getting into, Minel, was quick to assure us of the first class company Travel Egypt was. She is a great fan of yours.
Bill & Jo G


Thank you very much for the awesome tour. It's hard to say what I liked because thankfully, I liked it all. Egypt is an amazing country and I would love to be able to come back and visit and take this tour again with my children. I would like to thank you for making this tour such as amazing tour, and I would like to thank our driver for such an amazing drive and also making this trip very enjoyable. I hope to return to Egypt!

Thank you.
S Tompkins


Thanks for a great tour it was a blast, thank you for your hospitality and showing us the great sites of Sinai. May god bless you this year of 2009 and make your way prosperous.

Your friend,
T Tompkins


I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the arrangements you made possible for us. For sure Egypt is the most mystical place on earth, and we enjoyed every minute of it as well as the impeccable service from your Egypt staff. Please forward my greetings to them.

In the near future we will like to continue the journey through out Egypt and visit the Abu Simbel Temple, which was a big mistake not to be include in our itinerary since we were in Aswan. The Sinai, which will give my son the great experience of camping in the desert and interacting with the Bedouins and the magic of the Ten Commandment history. We also would like to visit Petra on this trip. The second next possibility will be Turkey and Greece.

We also want to let you know our experience with the hotels and for the future we prefer hotels like the Fairmont or Renaissance and probably the Sheraton and the Marriott. These are much better hotels in many aspects than the Intercontinental or Le Meridian.

The Over night train is a great experience if the were to keep it clean. For us to spend the New Year's in it was dramatic especially for our wives. Unless there is a better train that we did not know about. I feel that if you get to know us a little better we could be more assertive with our future trips.

Thank you again for your help to make this dream trip come through.
John C


November 2008

Thanks for ALL the help with the Egypt trip! We had a fabulous time! All went very smoothly, and I have received very positive comments from our group. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our Egyptologist, Manal! She was the BEST! She anticipated our every need, and went the extra mile by accompanying us on shopping trips to the market, helping us barter, and helping us order custom cartouches for gifts to take home. She also helped our whole group get outfitted for the galabaya party when the vendors swarmed our boat at the locks! She kept our group together in crowded places, explained things clearly, and answered many, many questions. I especially appreciated the fact that she didn't smoke.

Everyone LOVED the Mena House, and our honeymooners were given the Honeymoon Suite! It was definitely a great way to start the trip! We walked to the pyramids the first day, and scouted out the area, which was lots of fun.
The Movenpick in Aswan is a superb hotel also! Everyone enjoyed it, and wished we could stay longer. I also enjoyed the Queen of Hansa. I felt it was a good value for the money. The rooms were spacious and nicely decorated. The food was good, but not outstanding. We did have a few pax who took their turn with nausea/diarrhea.

Our guide, Manal, was very complimentary of your company. She indicated that she had worked for many companies over the years, and she appreciates your organization and attention to detail. I have to agree with her. We had an awesome time.

D Grossnickle


October 2008

I just returned from my trip to Egypt and Jordan and it was outstanding. I traveled alone and every guide was there to met me and ensure my safety. My guides were awesome. They were there for me at all times. Mohammed (Cairo) sat with me for 4 hours till my plane left. What a trip!!!

D. Levi


Well back from Egypt and a truly amazing experience! Just wanted to send you a hello and give praise to the people that helped us and showed us around!

The Young Man "Muhamed Abad Satch" was our main person while there! He is such a first class Young Man and a pleasure to spend time with! He was prompt and there every day just as he promised and on time always! Add to the fact that he is just a first class kind hearted person, he was just simply a joy to spend time with!

As for our guide during the Cruise, "Mohammed Farouk" just made the touring of the site all the more special! Such a educated man, his ability to explain all we were seeing just made the sites 10 fold more exciting to visit! His knowledge and ability to explain what we were seeing just added to the overall experience! I do feel so blessed and lucky to have had Farouk as our guide and I would recommend him to anyone taking your tours! His knowledge was wonderful and add that his personality was so great to be with, again just made the experience that much greater for us!

Please share with all you people in Egypt my words, so they understand how lucky they are to have these 2 men working for them! All who we had help us or drive us or the other guides we had, all were so very great and your company can be proud of the people that are representing your business!

G. Krause


August 2008

Hello Terry,
It's a pleasure to write you again. Just to let you know that the trip to Egypt was amazing, everything was extremely organized, every detail was perfect, and the guides were incredible, with a lot of knowledge. It was an unforgettable trip, we learned what we didn?t in years, and more than expected.
I want to thank you again for everything, it was a pleasure to plan everything with you.

Regards,
Tatiana D.


July 2008

Wanted to say your part of making our trip to Egypt was very positive and things went smooth. The Guides were good: Manal was super with everything she did and she extended herself with little things that made us feel very comfortable. The young man Mena who traveled with us from Luxor to Aswan was OK, but his English for me was difficult to relate too. My traveling companion was able understand easier than myself. Mena seem to telling us as if it was memorized script and it didn't come across naturally and as smooth as Manal's delivery.
Manal's boss met us at the Airport on our return trip to Cairo last Friday, and he was a guy to knew how to treat Mid West American with humor and professional. He was Great...we only spent a short time with us, but we were able to communicate on the same level very easy and quickly. Give him a "pat on the back" from me.
Only down side was that we had to wait for the car and drive when we left the boat at Aswan: The car and driver was 35 minutes late...they were apologetic but still not punctual. Punctuality is just one my personal expectations we I travel unfortunately.
Thanks again for being such a good organizer Terry...Manal says my stature and face resembles you and it was easy for her to locate me on our return trip to Cairo last Friday. So that may mean you may a twin look a like?
Charles L.


June 2008

Egypt Extraordinaire!

Whether it was via plane, horse, camel, felucca, motorboat, car, or van, Travel Egypt was amazing. For two and a half weeks, I was treated with the utmost consideration and care, informed on local customs, traditions, and treated to the most extraordinary experience of my life. There were also measures taken to assure my comfort and safety, important factors regardless of destination.
Since I am writing a historical fiction novel partly taking place in Egypt during the Roman period, I was not the ordinary tourist. I had very specific needs and had to visit sites the usual visitor would either not know about or have no interest in seeing. Terry and Megan made sure those needs were met from the get-go. The staff in Egypt then took that information and assigned guides who would benefit me most. They made me feel at ease with cultural differences, the two of us forming a true partnership in learning together.
My Cairo Egyptologist Manal, previously worked with Zahi Hawass, Supreme Minister of Antiquities in Egypt. Her expertise in ancient Egyptian art, culture, and hieroglyphics was nothing less than impressive. In Alexandria, the city I most needed to see, Salwa specialized in Greco-Roman studies, introducing me to her own professor at the University of Alexandria, and explaining my work to staff at Le Centre des Etudes Alexandrine. I was welcomed and treated as though I were an honored guest instead of just dropping by, as we really were! My guide developed a plan to visit archaeological sites associated with my work where no tourists ever travel. As a result, I will be better able to visualize and verbally capture the material I'm covering, and consult newly established contacts in Egypt who can offer professional opinions and expertise.
Another positive aspect of Travel Egypt is how guides introduce visitors to the country through food, history, everyday life, worship, and celebrations. Mary, my excellent guide in Aswan took me to a local seafood restaurant and Salwa in Alexandria allowed me to join herself and her children for an evening of traditional Egyptian food, including pigeon! It was delicious!!!
Let me also emphasize how extremely secure I felt as a woman traveling alone. Both Mohammed and my driver, Tarek, were very security-minded and professional. Tarek deserves some medal of honor, driving in Cairo and Alexandria, where traffic can be a real shock to westerners! These two men worked as a team, together assuring my transportation was timely, safe, and entertaining.
Perhaps the most valuable reassurance concerning Travel Egypt is the planning behind each traveler's personal itinerary. Every detail was addressed, each representative of the company insisting I simply enjoy the journey while they handled my needs. Their excellent service, friendly demeanor, and flexibility were impressive and greatly appreciated.
I highly recommend Travel Egypt. They honor their responsibilities to the customer, making necessary changes to insure your Egyptian odyssey is the trip of a lifetime. Questions and communication are encouraged, Terry always quick to respond regarding inquiries and concerns of any nature.
If published, I will have a long list of names to acknowledge on the first pages of my book, thanking the many people who helped make my story a reality. They will include the incredible team of people who made Egypt the most rewarding of experiences: Terry, Megan, Affifi, Mohammed, Tarek, Manal, Mary, Emile, and Salwa.
Many, many thanks!

Margaret C.

Egypt Adventure of Margaret C.



Manal is an outstanding guide who can keep 34 people involved and connected which is quite a feat. She led with discipline but not compulsion, the mark of a great tour leader. Would ask for her again. Feel free to use me as a happy past customer. As a Hospitality Tourism Educator for over 16 years, I was very impressed.
Peter

Thank you for the outstanding tour. I received great feedback from out participants. Job well done.
Ron

I was quite confident that your company would do an excellent job, and now I'm happy to know that your staff in Egypt is as professional as your staff here. When you next talk to melody, please thank her as well for all of her attention to detail in planning this. I'm glad that we're working together on another trip in the near future.

Travel Agent Linda B.


April 2008

Thank you for a great time in Egypt. You took us to the great pyramids at Giza, the El Khalili Bazaar, the night show, which were all fantastic. But the best was when you took us for authentic cuisine at a local restaurant. Thank you for making us feel safe in Egypt. We will tell all of friends in Canada about Egypt.

Thank you for always making us feel safe at all times and for helping us with our shopping in the market. Also, for suggesting different place to visit and for your quiet way in speaking and doing things. We were always calm and more relaxed whenever we had to visit the sights.

S. and P. Robinson


March 2008

Carol and I arrived home last Sunday at 10PM ~~ after 25 hours of travel (4 hr layover in Frankfurt), and I really needed to get to work on Monday. Boy, was I tired. But we're alive and well and back on Eastern time!

Just wanted you to know what a fabulous time we had on our tour of Egypt. The travel arrangements were flawless (other than the tipping thing!). Describing our trip to friends and family makes jaws drop...no kidding. The highlight for us was our day in Cairo visiting the pyramids, sphinx, museum, et al. We so thoroughly enjoyed our guide, Manel, and driver, Abraham...not to mention the Mohameds who escorted us to/from airport and made sure we made all connections.

The cruise was very enjoyable. One of my partners took a Nile cruise last year and he described it as "different...not what you'd imagine." He was absolutely right. Different does not mean unenjoyable, since it was most delightful. We never did get a photo of the boat...tied up on the far end or among others.

George took very good care of us on the cruise and at all the sites. His knowledge of Egypt's history is remarkable. Show me a hieroglyph and I can probably translate at least one of the images!

Anyway, please know how totally impressed we were with the way we saw Egypt. I'm looking forward to returning, and I will surely be giving you a call (or sending an email).

Many thanks for all your attention to detail.
C. Logan



I just wanted to let you know that we loved our trip to Egypt last month, and we're really glad we chose your company to help us with it.
G. Gilman


Egypt is a wonderful place. The experience was amazing much more than we ever expect.
A. Rocco


Egypt is certainly an extremely interesting and fascinating place. I'm very glad I got to see it. Mohamed, you have made our trip in Egypt rum much more smoothly than I expected. In a place so different than I'm used to, you made it very easy to get by, I know we all appreciate it.
Z. Gilman

February 2008

Alex and I returned yesterday from our fantastic trip to Egypt. We were taken care of at each step of our trip by courteous and professional staff, and felt safe at all times.

The sights (Karnak, Philae Temples, Egyptian Museum were highlights) were amazing, as was the glimpse of Egyptian life from the boat down the Nile.

Thank you so much for working hard to make this trip possible at the last minute.

Sincerely,
S. Ingram



We cannot thank you enought for the wonderful service you offered us while in Egypt. I hope we can come back very soon.
F. Kusznir


Thanks so much for showing us the best of Egypt. We will recommend your service to our friends and family.
S. Griggs


We really appreciated all the help we received from Mohamed and Travel Egypt. They made everything work quickly and smoothly both at the airport and our other connections. It helped make our stay in Egypt a pleasant one. We would recommend their services to our friends.
Marks Group


We very much enjoyed our trip to Egypt and especially appreciated Mohamed's hospitality and guidance. He made the trip seamless and everything went as planned and our time was perfect. Mohamed's personality is charming and amazing. We enjoyed his smile.
S. Carrico
E. Camargo


I want to thank you for everything you did. We had a wonderful trip. The company has excellent service. The Marriott was a great choice, we liked it very much. The ship was incredible, the owner of the ship was on board and we spent some time with them. It was terrific. Mostafa, our escort was great. Hisham our guide is a real treasure; from a scale from 1 to 10 we give him an 11. The vehicles were great. Afifi changed us from a van to a mini bus and we were very grateful because we had a better outside view. We travel a lot, and my friends also travel a lot, we had never received this kind of service before, congratulations!! The only minor issue was that we never got 1 bedded rooms, not in the Marriott, nor in the ship. On the next group we have to try and get the 1 large bed room for the couples. Thanks again!
S. Gallego


Thank you for everything. We felt very safe and taken care of. We appreciate your service. I have never had a better guide than Hisam. I think your company was nice in all of the ways for us. Thank you.
M. Diaz


We felt very safe and protected, Hisam is an excellent guide. Thank you for everything.
M/M Rodriguez

January 2008

Thanks a million for all your help with everything. I had one of the most wonderful times in my life here in Egypt, a dream come true to see the land of pharaohs!
I. Gampon



We were both extremely pleased with the extraordinary service provided by you and by Travel Egypt during our trip. We found everyone to be extremely friendly and patient and we will bak with warm memories of Egypt and strong plans to one day return.
J. Yip and J. Williams



We had a great time in Egypt & Jordan. The guides were informative and knowledgeable. We learned many things while here. We really enjoyed Egypt and hope to return in a few years.
C. Harkless



Mohamed seriously was excellent. He assisted us on our departure and arrival from Aswan/Luxor as well as our return trip to NY. He was very pleasant and informative throughout the time he spent with us. He made our stay in Egypt very enjoyable.
D. Green and J. Famous

December 2007

Many thanks! We loved our trip to Egypt. I hope to return some day.
A. Russo


Everything was awesome! You have excellent guides and we are certain that we will return to Egypt. Thanks for everything.
B. Russo



Thank you Mohamed for all your help, it was a great trip! Mohamed, thanks for all your help on this wonderful trip. Your presence was greatly appreciated. I look forward to hopefully seeing you again. The entire trip has been great! Mohamed has done a wonderful job making everything go smoothly.
The Ravdin family



We had a wonderful family trip to Egypt and really appreciate the excellent level of personal attention provided by Travel Egypt! We look foward to a return trip to Egypt.

The Antonsson Family



Hi,

Just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the tour you organized for us to see the major antiquities of Egypt. The tour on the Nile was heavenly, and the Sun Ray is a gorgeous boat with great staff.

Your organization in Egypt is superb, extremely professional, and absolutely service oriented. Mohammed Elmasry our greeter, expeditor, and "savior" in Cairo provided outstanding (way beyond expected) service. Due to bad weather in Cairo our flight from Aswan was delayed by 2 1/2 hours causing us to miss our connection to Amman. Mohammed monitored our situation, and managed to book us on the next flight out, which without a doubt, was overbooked, but he managed to get us on it. I can't praise him enough - he is one of the most service oriented persons I have met. I also would like to commend your representative in Answan, Mr. Ashraf Kamal - he was also excellent.

Once again thanks. Happy new year.

Sergio


September 2007

OK. I can't say enough about the trip. I am so anxious to thank you that I am doing it in the truck on the way home from the airport (bumpy ride, so forgive the "fat finger" syndrome).

Afifi was our first contact right off the plane. Unexpected treat! He was always making sure we were on top of everything...he even quoted some of my later itinerary from right off the top of his head, which was impressive. He was also available 24/7 (his words) if we needed anything. We did need him a couple of times, and he was always there. Manal (Mennel?)in Cairo was spectacular. I loved listening to her. Mohsen, our driver in Cairo at all times was so kind and very patient!!! He taught us a lot about driving in Cairo!

Moataz (Motaz?) was a wonderful, professional leader/manager, always there to answer questions in Cairo. We bonded over music and movies while spending layover time in a mall, too!

The Sonesta St. George cruise was great, and ALL staff was very accommodating. The rooms were beautiful! All that wood! It's too bad they have a piano bar and a panoramic bar that they didn't take advantage of! It would have gone to such good use! FYI...our guide on the boat (Moataz as well), a freelance Egyptologist from Aswan, was very very good. Manal set a high standard, and he met that standard for us! Definitely is accommodating to his group, and reads his audience quickly, so he caters very well to their needs (like shade!!). Adding Abu Simbel was the best thing we could do. Sooo happy we did, and even though it was 110 degrees, the wind was blowing and took the edge off the heat.

Fatima in Aswan after Abu Simbel was, again, a great guide with tons of stories and knowledge. The manager of the Aswan office came to check on us at the boat, just in case we needed anything. What a pleasant surprise! In Sharm, the Camel/ Bedouin dinner/star gazing was great, especially with just us. Mohamed was just the guide for us on that trip...fun, talkative, and knowledgeable. Sabry the Star gazing expert was great to speak with. We had a lot of personal time with him before groups arrived, and we got to know his accomplishments. It was such a treat having it so personal!

All drivers were on time, professional, etc. All Managers were great (I can't forget Victor in Sharm or ...I can't remember his name in Cairo that helped us in the airport)

We had glitches that could have been sticky if we did not have your guides/ managers/leaders there. We are very thankful of that!! I will speak highly of your company to anyone that will listen. Very impressive organization. We couldn't have done it without you!

J. Bardwell


August 2007

Our trip to Egypt was absolutely spectacular. Our hats are off to you and your team for putting together such a fabulous itinerary and for taking such good care of us while we were traveling! Everyone with whom we interacted was completely reliable, courteous, helpful and, particularly in the case of the Egyptologists, extremely knowledgeable, engaging and fascinating. We would like to give special commendation to Manal in Cairo and Afifi, and would ask you to pass along to them our thanks and compliments. The trip could not have been better, and in the end, came off without a hitch. Although the Abu Simbel piece had to be rearranged, your group worked hard and successfully to make certain that it all worked out well, which we appreciate enormously. It was an added treat to be able to stop by Saqqara and Dahshur-particularly, with Manal! So please accept our thanks and compliments. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone thinking of traveling to Egypt.

A. Bab


May 2007

We just want to thank you for putting together such a great trip. You and your team in Egypt are fabulous. Dennis and I felt as if we were taken care of from the time we landed in Cairo until the moment we left; the guides, drivers and airport facilators were wonderful.

If your company offers packages in other countries, please let me know.

S. Kellogg


April 2007

Terry,

Here are the pictures from our trip to Egypt. First of all we'd like to thank you for an absolutely great job in organizing our trip. We were well taken care of and our tour guides were excellent. We were amazed that for 5 days we had our own personal guides. Amazingly enough we didn't really get to see the pyramids as the all day sand storm made it a bit difficult.

Some comments: The Grand Rotana is very nice and we would recommend it. Camel Dive Center is very professional and also highly recommended. The Old Cataract was amazing! We even got upgraded to a nile view which you will see in one of the pictures. The Nile Cruise was very good. The Mena House was nice, but for an "old world" feel you really need to book a Palace Room and not a Garden Room (although ours had a view of the pyramids). Hamdi the guide on the cruise was very good and Manal in Cairo was excellent.

We thank you again and would be happy to recommend you to anyone who interested.

Best Regards,
Sheila and Stelios


March 2007

Everyone @ Travel Egypt.com ,

Thanks for making such a wonderful trip happen. As you may or may not recall, "The Sharps Group" traveled to Egypt on February 23 for the Nile Treasures Tour. The day we landed, there was a dust storm in the air, and I was worried about the weather! But the next day cleared and the weather was perfect for the whole trip! The tour guides and Egyptian people were very friendly and I will recommend and try to book as many of my friends on tours with you as possible.

Thank you so much for the upgrade to the fabulous Sonesta St. George! The Sonesta St. George was beautiful and everyone loved the ship, staff, excursions, and Gayabayea !

The hotels in Cairo were wonderful also. Afifi took very good care of us while in Cairo, and Minnel, our tour guide there, was terrific...a very hard act to follow! WE all came home with our cartouche(s), papyrus paintings and essential oils and tons of digital photos which we have made into a photo montage! If you have any comment cards or forms that you would like to have filled out, we would be happy to.

Just wanted to thank you all again for making this all possible...memories that will last a lifetime!

Joni Global
Travel International

M/S St. George I Lobby


February 2007

It's been about a month since our return from Egypt, and we're still reviewing all the pictures and gathering our memories. I did want to reach out to you and your team to thank you again -- the trip was wonderful and went off near-flawlessly. I wanted to bring to your attention the efforts of Affifi, whose care and diligence we greatly missed after we left for Sharm. He was exemplary as a guide and organizer, and a great credit to your organization. I also wanted to express our admiration for Manal in Cairo,who was an absolute first rate guide and a joy to be around.

Thank you again for a wonderful trip -- I'll mention your organization whenever I learn people are thinking of an Egypt holiday.

Regards,
Fred


January 2007

Dear Marilyn and Terry,

Alison and I would like to thank both of you for arranging a wonderful trip to Egypt. As days passed, we realized all the planning and thought that went into the arrangements for which we thank you. In particular, Afifi was just fantastic. The guides he selected were great and, in the one case when one wasn't what we wanted, he was easy to contact and dealt with the situation promptly, graciously and professionally. Though, in that situation, our issue really was only a matter of style and not competence, he took our request on faith, didn't question us or make us feel uncomfortable, made the appropriate change, and thereafter was in such regular contact with us that I had to tell him to stop calling or else people would start thinking he was my boyfriend.

We'd also like to recommend two of the guides to you, namely Manal Ibrahim Sayed in Cairo, and Zak Samir in Luxor. Both were excellent.

Thanks again.
J. R.


December 2006

What an experience. We loved everything about Egypt. From the hospitality of the people, the professionalism of the guides, the smiles of staff at the hotels, all were amazing.

What a great experience.

G. Garcia


November 2006

Terry, thank you for a GREAT trip. You and your colleagues did a top notch job. Afifi is a great man. Really enjoyed my time with him. Anyone I can refer you guys I will. In fact, I talked with Afifi about a possible holy land tour next year. I will keep in touch. My images are now posted on my website: www.southerncrossgalleries.com

Thanks,
Dean


Hi Terry,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for arranging our recent trip to Egypt. We all had a perfectly wonderful time and loved Egypt far more than we were expecting. Our guide in Cairo, Manal, was probably one of the best guides I have ever seen (and I formerly led worldwide nature tours for 12 years). She was simultaneously cheerful, knowledgable, and sensitive to our needs and wishes at all times. She is great.

D. H.



Marriott excellent. Mena House has a nice atmosphere and staff. Khaled was outstanding – he made the trip for us!

We wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our visit to your wonderful country. This was in great part due to the people you have working for you. From the moment we were met by Muhamed until the time we left, we were met at each point by people who made sure our stay was a good experience.

We would like to mention a few people of note: Muhamed was always there for us and helped us in every way. He is a great asset to your company! Our guide in Cairo, Shereen, was absolutely wonderful! She is a people person. She knows her information and at the same time, she is always ready to help or assist you when you need her. Your company representative in Luxor was a great help. Our guide, Hany, was also extremely informative. Everyone was courteous and made sure that we had a vacation to remember!

Thank you.
Mr. and Mrs. M.


October 2006

All tour staff were very helpful. We were met at every point and well taken care of.

Wayne and Sheila C.


Without a doubt, this has been a trip of a lifetime. Faten and Sasa and Napel have been the very best of Egypt. We would come back over and over again and use this very special tour again.

Gail D.


Thank you to management and all staff for a truly wonderful experience! Will highly recommend your services as a must to visit Egypt.

David P.


Staff were patient and helpful. Very satisfactory.Nour was all of these things. Randa was caring and concerned. On time. Spoke English very well.

Mr. and Mrs. R.


Khaled was a great guide/Egyptologist and we would certainly request him on our next trip to Egypt. In Luxor, excellent, excellent guide. Tito was the best. There are not enough words to praise him for his knowledge, kindness, humor and personality.

Carol W.


September 2006

Hi,

We cannot even begin to thank you for the most memorable experience of our lives. From the very first day in Egypt to the last, we were awed by the majesty and antiquities we were privileged to see and experience. As we traveled throughout Egypt our every comfort and needs were seen to. We never failed to be amazed at the friendliness and hospitality we were shown. That trip and the sights we saw will always be in our memories as the most awesome sights a person could see.

We are deeply thankful to you and your staff for arranging a perfect trip back through the history of mankind for us. Added to the wonderful sights were our guides, Egyptologists and drivers. From "Sizu" to Hanni to Tito to Mohammed to Yousef, everyone saw to our every wish, need and thought. No traveler could ask for more.

Thank you for a perfect introduction to this most amazing part of history.

R. B.


June, July, August 2006

We do not operate any group tours during the summer months. However we do offer private tours.


June 2006

We've been home for four days now yet our minds are still in the wonderment of Egypt! You and your colleagues have made our fantastic journey through the ages of Egyptian history a reality, a trip never to be forgotten.

Karim attended to the most specific of details in the professional manner for which he is such a valuable asset to you. From room upgrades, travel assistance, and security provisions to his warm personal attention, he left no stone unturned. His gift of a wonderful birthday cake while we were at the Basma was greatly appreciated. That capped off what seemed to be our personal and private use of the Basma to ourselves while overlooking the Upper Nile Valley, the Sahara and Aswan.

Faten. What could be said more endearing of her? We simply loved her knowledge, personality, and consideration of Kayla and our needs. We will cherish her deeply. No one could possibly have had a better Egyptologist!

Ghada, in Aswan, was a pure delight. Her energy, enthusiasm and spirit were refreshing in the 50 degree weather! Her vigor and base of knowledge was truly inspiring.

A special word must be said for our driver in Cairo. His training, skill and competence were surpassed only by his good natured personality, sense of humor and friendliness. Had it not been for the details attended to by Marie and you, we may not have had such a problem free trip.

Thank you all for working in tandem to provide the most fabulous experience for us, from Cairo to Aswan, Luxor, Alexander and Sharm.

Anna rates the trip hands down over last year's China travels! That says a lot for Egypt! Please, always remember our appreciation.

May your services to others in the future meet the same satisfactory levels to them. I sent Faten and Karim photos which they may wish to share with you. By the way, the light show at Ghiza on our final night was the most incredible way to top off my dreams come true! It brought a beautiful birthday experience to an appropriate completion.

Shokran (in the greatest way) to all! Ma Salam from Kentucky!

David, Anna and Kayla


May 2006

There were 6 people in my party. Thank you so much for arranging our trip. We all had a marvelous time. Please be sure to give a special thanks to Marie Benjamin. She helped me make all the arrangements. Marie was always so helpful with all my requests. She always replied immediately to every e-mail I wrote. In fact, I arranged the whole trip via e-mail, and that made it so convenient for me.

I also wanted to thank my guides - Mr. Mohammed in Cairo and Mr. Abdul on the cruise. They were both great, and I strongly recommend that you request them for your English speaking parties.

The Grand Hyatt in Cairo and the Hyatt Regency in Sharm were both wonderful hotels. Also thank you to Mr. Amr (Amo) who met us in Cairo and arranged our trip to Ismailia. Again, we had a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for all your help.

Sincerely,
E.S.


April 2006

Hi,

When I spoke to you on the evening prior to our tour starting on 1 April, you told me that you had found a very good Egyptologist to guide us while in Cairo and Alexandria. How right you where! Randa proved to be everything a good guide should be. In random order she was: patient, knowledgable, polite, sensitive to clients' needs, strict if necessary, clear-spoken and clear-sighted, understanding the gift of conveying the essence of complex information without losing her audience in confusion, cooperative, fair, willing, helpful almost beyond the call of duty, hospitable and above all, it felt as if I said goodbye to an old friend when we left at the end of the tour. She obviously enjoys her work and sets pride in showing off her country in all its facets - both antiquities and modern Egypt were introduced with equal love and respect. Her command of the English language and how it is spoken, is outstanding.

Furthermore, I wish to express my sincere thanks for the excellent way in which Travel Egypt organized our tour. Care was taken of every detail. Your representatives and the other guides in Aswan, Luxor and Abu Simbel, did a fine job. In a separate email I will send you the evaluation sheets, which I promised SaSa I would fill in when I got home. Also the drivers, and I mention Attia in particular, were pleasant company even though communication was limited because my lack of Arabic. That will hopefully be better a next time, ensjaalah!

Please forward this message to Randa, with my warmest regards,

Titia B. (Puffin's Travel)


To all at Travel Egypt,

My husband and I just returned from the most unbelievable trip to Egypt. We can't thank all of you enough. Everything was well organized, and we had no difficulties at all. Karim was terrific and took care of all details. Our guides were informative, and we went away with a new understanding of the Egyptian culture. Everyone we met was friendly and made us feel comfortable. We were so glad that we were not on a large tour and enjoyed getting to know the people working with us on a personal basis.

We have already recommended Travel Egypt to friends who want to visit Egypt and hope some day to return with our children.

I forgot to include in my accolades the help and care received from the Atlanta office. Melody Oliver, in particular, was always there to answer my questions, no matter how small they were. They too made our trip go smoothly.

Thank you, thank you, thank you,
Deedie and Trip O.


March 2006

Our tour overall was outstanding. Everything was perfect. Frankly, I was overwhelmed by the courtesy, service and the personal caring of my every need during the tour.

The tour guides: Ans, Gallal and Heny went out of their way to make every part of my trip exciting and pleasurable. The tour guides would continually tell me not to hesitate in voicing any complaint. I couldn't find a thing wrong. As my tour came to an end, We didn't want to leave. We felt as though we made personal friends with everyone we met. The Egyptian people are warm, caring, fun and courteous. We love them.

Beyond the standard business part of tourism, Travel Egypt showed they really cared. It was clear that Travel Egypt takes great pride in showing Egypt's past and current greatness. Please personally thank our tour guides for us. They earned much praise. Please also thank the driver, Faleel for us. He was jovial, informative and an excellent driver.

You certainly can use us as a reference. We will also be referring friends and relatives to your agency.

Thanks for a great time.
Larry M.


February 2006

My clients had "the time of their lives"!!! Thanks sooooo much for making my clients so happy. I am so glad I found you guys and look forward to working with you again.

Liz
Get Up and Go Travel


January 2006

Just a word to compliment your staff in assisting us on our recent Egypt vacation. SaSa was FANTASTIC, he organized everything flawlessly! He had a very enthusiastic attitude - even at 4:30 am. Other staff members and drivers we came in contact with were excellent. Our guide, Sahar, was very knowledgeable and a joy to be with. You helped make are stay in Egypt as perfectly as possible.

We highly recommend your services.
Tom and Sharon


December 2005

We had a fantastic time in Egypt. The tour could not have been better. Our Tour Leader was fabulous, the tour guides and Egyptologists and drivers were all great. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We've talked about our trip so much our friends are thinking about going next March. Look for their email.

Thanks again. And special thanks to Mohamad (in Cairo), Safar, Mohamed (In Aswan) and Abdul.

The C/J Family


November 2005

To the wonderful staff at Travel Egypt,

I'm writing in regards to the Pharaoh's Nile Tour I just returned from last Tuesday. I wanted to let you know what an incredible time I had. I can easily say it was the best vacation I ever had! From beginning to end everything was so well planned and went smoothly as scheduled.

Even before I left all my questions were curtiously and efficiently answered by Melody Oliver in the Georgia office. She did a fabulous job helping me prepare for the trip.

The terrific service began right away on EgyptAir which helped make the long flight more comfortable. Comfy pillows with blankets, great movies and good food. Upon arrival in Cairo, Nour promptly met us at the airport, wisked us through customs and even went back to the airport to get our luggage when it was delayed a couple of days due to Delta missing the connecting flight from Boston to New York. He gave us his cell phone and was always available when I called regarding the status of the luggage. He also confirmed our flights to make sure they were as scheduled and arranged for our wakeup calls in Cairo. He was friendly, professional and provided super service. And the welcome to Egypt bouquet was a beautiful touch!

The Mena House was perfection. The staff was wonderful and the view was breathtaking. We also tried several restaurants like the Mogul room, the Greenery, El Rubayat, the Khan and were always pleased with the quality of food and the service.

Our guide in Cairo, Gigi, was also exceptional! She was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. She did a fabulous job bargaining for us and even walked me to the line at Khefre's pyramid to make sure I got a ticket and a spot in line in a timely fashion. You could tell she loves what she does and she really took care of us {she took us to wonderful carpet and papyrus shops}. She even stopped at a restaurant near the hotel so we could purchase some great falafels! Even when her husband was ill and in the hospital she finished out the day with us. I hope he is feeling better Gigi!!! Thanks for everything! {Oh, and our driver was truly a professional, excellent driving skills!}

This amazing service continued as we boarded our cruise. The rooms were just as large as a regular hotel room and the view from the room was amazing! Everything was nice and clean and everyone on the staff was so hospitable and accommodating. Every morning Mamood would greet me and make sure everything was okay and he would make amazing creations everyday with my bath towels! Cruising the Nile was wonderfully relaxing and just beautiful.

And last but certainly not least, our Egyptologist Hend in Luxor and Aswan. She was full of life, fun and incredibly knowledgeable. She was a joy to be around. So enthusiastic about her work. And as an added bonus, she cruised with us and went with us to Abu Simbel. Even when we finished our tours during the day, she was gracious enough to invite us to go into town with her in the evenings to do some shopping. She really gave such a wonderful personal touch to the tour. Her joy was contagious!!

I have always dreamt of going to Egypt since I was a little girl and I was not disappointed! This truly was a dream trip. And I am certain that I picked the best tour group possible. Everything was superbly organized and everyone involved provided exceptional customer service.
I will certainly recommend Egypt as a travel destination with such hospitable people and unparalleled beauty. And certainly Travel Egypt is the only tour group to go with. Five stars all the way!!!

Thank you all for making my dreams come true!

Sincerely,
Natalie P.
Boston, MA U. S. A.


October 2005

Best vacation ever! Every need was coordinated so smoothly and seamlessly by Mohamed so that you don't realize all the work he does, until you think about it. I appreciate every effort. Mohamed should get a raise. Mustafa is very professional and experienced and wise. And he is still so young! He is an amazing tour leader who is always so cheerful and helpful. Luxor was packed with extra tours all easily and happily coordinated by Amgad. He is the best. Thank god for Magdy! He was the best companion on my solo tour. He knows EVERYTHING - can answer every question and is a very excellent domino player.

Nicole P.


All services provided were excellent. Airport rep was excellent in his efficiency. Guide - Sahar was especially excellent. Sahar's knowledge of Luxor and Karnak Temples was incredibly comprehensive. She is outstanding . Again, Sahar made the entire Aswan area come alive with her knowledge and desire to share with us as much about the area as we wished to know.

Mr. and Mrs. Bisser


Everything was wonderful - outstanding service. Fantastic leader. We would recommend you to all our friends. Very efficient. The guide had great knowledge - shared her wealth of experience very well. Peter and Sahar were top of the line. Both were very professional and yet warm.

Mr. and Mrs. Deters


September 2005

Just wanted you to see what rave reviews you got, as usual. Thank all of you for making us look good.

Kind regards,
Patricia Dwight,
Adventure Travel
South Carolina

Hi Patricia,
I am so glad that we decided to wing it in Israel as opposed to Egypt. I would not have been comfortable with meandering around Egypt on our own! We were met at the airport in Egypt and literally just whisked through customs like we were VIPs! The efficiency of Travel Egypt was unbelievable. We loved the Nile cruise as well. We met wonderful people and just sitting on the top deck and watching villagers on the banks of the Nile was nearly as amazing as the Pyramids! The Mena house was just fantastic! We spent our last 2 days there. We enjoyed all the bars and restaurants within the hotel so much. It was just beautiful....like something out of a dream! Now, sadly it is back to the real world here at home. Still, it was just a wonderful experience that will stay with us for a lifetime. I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work.

Thank you so much for a job well done!
Take care Patricia and thanks a million!
Ashley


Terry and Melody,

I can not tell you what an amazing time we had. The hospitality of the staff at Travel Egypt is amazing. Gigi our guide had more energy than any of us and put out so much information... she was unbelievable. Somehow we were able to add in even more tours and events which she happily assisted us in.

All accommodations were far more than expected we were treated incredibly well. I was surprised to be remembered by several Travel Egypt staff and even several crew members of the cruiseship. My daughter (she loves to dance) turned a somewhat reserved euro crowd into party animals on our second night on the ship and was great fun. I have attatched a few photos of our good times. All of the transportation, transfers and tours were flawless. I was treated to some VERY nice upgrades allowing for some great in room cocktail parties for our group.

I believe that now that I have some references I can and will look forward to putting together another group. I will send a request for dates and itinerary soon and see what we can do. I will soon send you an evaluation of our tour with any suggestions from my group to assist you in continuing to provide an incredible vacation.

Regards,
Dan Lund
Adventure Travel
Colorado


June, July, August

We do not operate our group tour programs in the summer months however we do offer private tours.


July 2005

Dear Travel Egypt,

Hello, We wanted to thank you for a wonderful travel experience. We loved Egypt!!! Everyone was so nice and helpful. You have the greatest group of people working with you. They not only give of their great knowledge and experience but of their hearts. Our 18 days touring Egypt
was the greatest!!! We miss it already and are planning to return in the future, of course with Travel Egypt. Thank You again for the great care given us (we have never been treated so well).

Best Wishes,
Sherrie and Aubrey


Khaled was an outstanding guide and a wonderful person. Peter did everything we could possibly want and we enjoyed his company immensely. Our guide was diligent in explaining all aspects of the visits and was competent. We were only with the tour leader for a very short time but we were pleased with his help. The Nile Ritz was outstanding. Great food, great service, great experience.

Carol and Bill


June 2005

Dear Terry:

I have just returned (June 7, 2005) from my trip to Egypt and I cannot praise Travel Egypt enough for the exceptional service that I received while in Egypt. Your representatives are excellent. They are incredibly professional, knowledgeable and personable. Their friendliness made me feel welcome and their professionalism and reliability made me feel safe. It truly felt as if I were traveling with friends. The tour started perfectly thanks to the greeting and arrangements in Cairo by Mohamed Safei (SaSa). Mohamed is an ultimate professional who ensures that nothing is left to chance and that everything goes well. I looked forward to Mohamed's welcome every time I traveled to Cairo. My guide in Cairo was Hani and he is truly the best. I learned a great deal about ancient and modern Egypt from Hani. I will ask for him when I return to Egypt. Hamid was very friendly and a wonderful driver. The tours in Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel were also great thanks to the
services of Ayman Rehim, and Abdel Saeed in Luxor, Yasser Metaal and Mervid in Aswan and Samih in Abu Simbel. Yasser and Hamdi ensured that my stay in Sharm El Sheikh went well and Rafayed (spelling?) drove us
safely to all of our destinations. Yasser (Sharm el Sheikh) climbed Mt. Sinai with me and helped me understand more about Egyptian culture and Nubians.

I enjoyed the Nile cruise. The rooms were large and comfortable and the food was good. The ship's crew were friendly and helpful. Even the people in the shops on the cruise ship went out of their way to help. Anton (Tony) Mency from the jewelry shop helped me download pictures from the memory card on my camera to a CD so that I could continue to take pictures.

Egypt is gameela and insha allah, I will return soon. The sights are incredible and the people are friendly and gracious. I still find it hard to believe that I stood at the foot of the pyramids and the Sphinx or that I witnessed first hand the splendor of the Luxor, Karnak, Philae and Abu Simbel temples. Ten trips to the Cairo Museum would not have been enough. I went twice and look forward to several more trips to that incredible museum. The Nile is particularly beautiful in Aswan and when I return to Egypt, I will spend several days there. I left your country with not only a greater knowledge of ancient Egypt but also with a greater understanding of modern day Egypt and its people.

The Travel Egypt associates/employees are excellent representatives of their company and their country. I am grateful for the opportunity of meeting them. I will not hesitate to recommend Travel Egypt to anyone interested in traveling to Egypt and I look forward to contacting "my friends in Egypt" for assistance with my travel plans when I return to Egypt (Insha Allah).

Thanks for all of your help in planning this trip and thanks to Travel Egypt and its associates for exceptional service.

Doreen Barnes


Dear All,

Josh and I just wanted to thank all of you for making our honeymoon trip such an unbelievable success. We could not be more thrilled with the fabulous people, guides and, of course, the sites! All of your efforts provided an experience that exceeded our expectations. Our special thanks to Peter Alber -- who's constant contact and
attention never left us wanting anything. Peter was so helpful and "on the ball" with all of the arrangements and details. His generosity and wonderful manner made us feel so comfortable being there.

Fouad Salah, our guide in Cairo and Alexandria was fabulous. He was not only very knowledgeable about all of the sites and cities, but helped us have a taste of the local culture. We are so thankful for this, and it has deepened our desire to return to a country with such beautiful landscape as well as wonderful people.

Abdou Abdel Rahman-Hussein, our guide in Luxor and on the cruise through Esna, Edfu and parts of Aswan, was one of the most passionate men we have met. His knowledge and absolute love of Egypt is so clear -- and made us fall in love with the country as well. We learned so, so much from him -- giving us a strong base to build on. Hany Maher, our guide in Aswan and Abu Simbel, was such a breath of fresh air. His friendly manner and excitement was catching. He made this part of our visit so much fun -- we definitely feel that we have made a true friend in Hany. His knowledge, interspersed with stories and laughter, helped us create unforgettable memories.

Melody Oliver, our contact in the US, really made our trip possible. When we missed our scheduled flight to Cairo, Melody was extremely efficient is getting us to Egypt as soon as humanly possible. We are so grateful to her for her efforts.

All in all, our honeymoon was unforgettable, thanks to those mentioned above, and everyone who we were in contact with. We plan to highly recommend your services to family and friends -- and we hope to return
in the near future. Thank you all so, so much.

Sincerely,
Amy and Josh Schlegel


May 2005

General Impressions: Excellent service everywhere, transfers, check-ins, airport pickup and drop offs. Everyone we dealt with was professional and friendly. Would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Travel Egypt to friends.

Cities: Liked all cities, but Luxor was a bit hard and touristy after Aswan. Some people in market aggressive and not friendly.

Guides: (Galel in Cairo) Excellent guide, very nice person, knowledgeable and a delight to be around. Made everything interesting. (Achmet in Aswan) Also an excellent guide and a wonderful human being. Very sweet person, but professional. Really cared that we had a good time and were looked after. Went out of his way to make sure everything was just right.

(Mohammed in Luxor) Very professional, very knowledgeable. Made sure we were taken care of. An excellent guide, only lacks in comparison to Achmet and Galal in terms of personal connection.

Tour Leaders: Sasa was fabulous, attentive to detail, always available and willing to go the extra mile for us. Others were fine, not much interaction

Hotels
Conrad: Excellent in all respects. Food very good, service excellent. Only complaint is outrageous charges for in room internet (160 EL/day).
Old Cataract Aswan: Most enjoyable stay of the trip. Wonderful classic old hotel with good food and good service. Loved the ambience and the old world charm, staff great.
Old Winter Palace, Luxor: A little bit of a disappointment after the Old Cataract. Certainly classic old world charm, but a little off. Room much smaller than Old Cataract, facing noisy street and dock. Food hit and miss. Some restaurants good, some just ok. Service generally slow.

Sightseeing: Good choices by guides, interesting spots, guides willing to be flexible at our requests.

Mr. Beron


Melody, wanted to forward this email to you from Carolyn who your company just did a pkg for me in Cairo. Thought you would enjoy reading this!

Karen - Adventure Travel

Yes, we are alive and in awe of all we have seen and done. Don't really know where to start except to say that we have both been princesses since leaving the U.S. Egypt was, for a lack of a better word, AWESOME!

We were catered to from the moment we arrived. Peter, our tour guide, was with us from the time we arrived. Our personal driver and car was prompt every day for pick up, etc. We had our very own Egyptologist to accompany us every day who was one of the most professional, knowledgable people that have ever met. He also was one who works with the University of Cairo as a volunteer, keeping up with current events of Egypt as well as having a passion for the history of his country. In the summers he works as an archeologist, digging in the ancient ruins of Egypt. I have never met a man so passionate with what he does. He knew everyone everywhere we went--and we went a lot of places--not only Cairo, but Memphis, Dakkshur, and others.

We got to see the pyramids everyday as our room overlooked the largest pyramid of all. To say that we were impressed with the room was needless to say. Every morning we walked outside just to look at it--we could actually see two. These were the "Great Pyramids of Giza". Our "Palace" where we stayed was actually a palace built for the kings, queens, and dignitaries who came to Cairo for the opening of the Suez Canal back in 1869 (I think). This palace is about 30 minutes out from the city of Cairo.

Everywhere we went we had double, triple security. The museums, the bazaar, the hotel, the airport were overrun with police, etc. We were never uncomfortable anywhere we went. When the police would see OUR car coming, gates were immediately opened because they were familiar wlith the people that were taking us around. You would think we were REALLY princesses! They really made us feel special.

The food has been a special part of our trip--I guess I should say food and wine! The only bill that we had to pay from the hotel was for drinks! We did drink a few glasses of wine! They had no clue as to what a cosmopolitan was! Imagine! Somehow I have survived!

Ok--don't expect to hear from us for a while. Know that we are WELL taken care of and the trip has been absolutely great so far!

Carolyn


Dear Mourad,

Hope married life is treating you well. While Cat and I were in Luxor we attended a wedding reception at a large restaurant. There must have been over one hundred people there. Some of them looked at us knowing we were tourists but the bride was very warm and sweet to us. I thought of you and your bride's wedding knowing you two were as happy as she and her groom.

Almost every one of my friends in San Diego wants to go to Egypt, especially now that they have seen our photos. Because of you, Khaled, Adel, Ayman, Hend and Mervet our trip was perfect! As I think back on everything Cat and I saw and did, the best thing of all was the friends
we made!

I planned on writing to you as soon as we got here but it just couldn't happen: We both slept and slept the first few days then many people came over to see our photos.

Please give our e-mail addresses to Khaled Lotfy. I tried writing and sending photos to him but his address failed. We really want to keep in touch as he is like a son to me and a brother to Cat, so much more than an Egyptologist/guide.

Best wishes and love to you,
Toni and Cat


Hi,

My wife, mother in law and I just returned from your Pharaoh’s Nile tour of Egypt. I rarely write to people with my comments but I feel that our experience merits the effort.

Our experience started well. Mr. Mourad Samir and Ms. Melody Oliver answered our questions and handled the reservations very efficiently and professionally. It was reassuring to have someone in the US to talk to. Please relay my congratulations to Mr. Mourad on his recent marriage!

The people, the hotels and destinations were great! From the time we arrived, we were treated to an amazing level of personal attention. Everywhere we went one of your employees was there to look after us and help us through the hurdles. My wife and I are pretty experienced travelers, but for my 84-year-old mother in law some of the sites were difficult, the tour guides took special care to make sure that she was comfortable and to caution her when a tour might be difficult. This kind of consideration was most appreciated. The tour guides and tour leaders were also extremely helpful in accommodating our personal needs in a very flexible and cheerful manner.

We loved the Mena House!! … The facilities, staff and rooms were all first class. On the other end of the trip, the Marriott was also an extremely nice hotel with lots of amenities.

The tour guides were knowledgeable, the drivers helpful and courteous and the tour leaders kept things running smoothly. I would like to spotlight 2 of your Cairo employees in particular. These guys were nice to spend time with and did a great job. They are great assets to your team!

* Mohamed Abdel-Hamid – “Mido” was a pleasure to deal with he helped us changes reservations, book a Cairo dinner cruise and find a luggage store when a bag was damaged. He seemed to always be there [I have no idea how he got any sleep] and was always cheerful.

* Khaled Lotfy – What an amazing source of information of Egypt from ancient to modern times! His current work in archeology with the University made him one of the best guides that we have ever had in our travels all over the world.

On our way over on Egypt Air we met other travelers with other tour companies. Over the course of our time in Egypt we ran into some of these folks. They told us about large bus loads of visitors and very little attention. They were astounded when we told them that everywhere we went we had the 3 of us, plus a tour leader, tour guide and driver [on the boat we had 1 other lady join our group].

This trip was top notch and a great value for the money. We will strongly recommend Travel Egypt to friends considering a trip to Egypt. Thanks for making this such a great trip.

Very truly yours,
Denis Greening


April 2005

Dear Terry,

My husband and I would like to thank you for our wonderful trip to Egypt. We loved every minute of our time in your country. When we purchased the trip, we assumed it would be a group tour and were thrilled to find we had our own guides and drivers! We found every one of the guides so knowledgeable and the personal attention allowed us to learn so much more. In addition, they were so friendly that we were comfortable to be with them. The drivers you hire are very good (we would be terrified to drive in Cairo!), getting us from place to place quickly and safely.

Will you please extend our thanks to Ans & Shareen in Cairo, Mohammed and Ahmed in Aswan, Mohammed and Peter in Luxor. They deserve all the recognition they can get.

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime,
Susan and Thomas Hoffman


March 2005

Gentlemen,

I'm writing on behalf of myself, my wife, and my sister (Mrs. Hanstrom) to thank the people of Travel Egypt for a marvelous tour. The hotels and cruise ships you arranged all were five-star quality. As it turned out, the tour exceeded our expectations (which were high), and I very much look forward to a return visit under Travel Egypt’s guidance. I recommend Travel Egypt highly to anyone thinking about a visit to Egypt.

The tour included several days in Cairo with visits to the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo, the pyramids and other sites; a sleeper train to Luxor; several days in Luxor with visits to Luxor and Karnak temples, tombs in the Valley of Kings, and other West Bank sites; a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan; a flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel; a Lake Nasser cruise from Abu Simbel back to Aswan; visits in Aswan to Elephantine Island, Kitchener's Island, and a Nubian village; a flight back to Cairo; and finally our return flight to New York.

All of our arrivals and departures were managed flawlessly by your tour leaders in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. We never had to deal personally with customs, travel arrangements, or other problems. Changes in our itinerary that we requested were arranged promptly, Tour leaders Achmed Ansary in Cairo and Yasser Metaal in Aswan were especially helpful, but all were very good.

The tour guides at every stage were knowledgable Egyptologists who provided more information than we could digest. Overall, we were well served by all of the guides, and especially by Mervet Ahmed, who was our guide for Luxor, the Nile cruise, and Aswan.

We do have a question regarding EgyptAir. Why do they not offer alcoholic drinks to non-muslim passengers? Hotels and cruise ships within Egypt do offer them, and it seems strange that EgyptAir does not. We suggest that you advise other tourists to carry their own alcohol.

With best regards,
Bob Anderson


February 2005

We took your honeymoon tour to Egypt in February/March of this year. My husband was intending to write you, but hasn't yet, so I guess its up to me. I feel strongly that you should know how absolutely fantastic your company and the people in it are. We have traveled extensively all over the world but had never taken a tour before. I have had a great interest in Egypt and its ancient way of life and it was my number one country on my list of dreams so my husband surprised me with a two week tour. He knew that I wanted to learn more, first hand, from knowledgeable sources and felt the best way would be a tour with guides.

Your tour and people far exceeded anything we could have dreamed of. It started when we arrived at the airport and were met by Sasa (Mohammed), our tour leader and I believe manager of the Cairo office. He is personable, efficient, thoughtful, has very good English skills and very accommodating. When we arrived in Cairo we were scheduled to have a "free" afternoon, but I was only interested in getting out and seeing things, so he contacted our tour guide to met us a day early. Her name is Hanan Elnaggar and I have continued to stay friends with her by e-mail. Again, she's lovely, personable, and speaks very good English. She realized that I already had a strong knowledge of ancient Egyptian history, but she explained so much more including about the Islam religion.

We then flew to Luxor and met our tour guide for Upper Egypt, Mohammed Farouk. Not only is he as excellent as Nana and Sasa, he is also a registered Archeologist. We decided to use a "free" day and ride the train back to Luxor because I wanted more time there. We did not realize that this is not generally done in Egypt, but I guess Mohammed did as he insisted on riding the train with us until we got back to Aswan. By this time my husband and I were overwhelmed and feeling pampered like never before. All of the hotels were first rate, particularly the Basma in Aswan (had we seen it before we would have been tempted not to leave it on our "free" day), all of the transportation was pleasant and smooth, and the people very considerate and nice.

I know that I have probably made this testimonial too long, but I just can not say enough about your company. Friends asked us if we were uncomfortable in Egypt but Sasa had arranged excellent and unobtrusive security around us such that we felt safer there than in some parts of Jacksonville. The company took care of everything such that we, and in particular my husband, did not have to attend any details and could just enjoy the trip and the pampering.

We are planning on returning to Egypt in December of 2006 and bringing a group of our friends who have caught our enthusiasm. Our only wish is that your company did tours in Turkey, next on our dream list. We would like to give you our highest praise.

Jane & Steve Estes


January 2005

Terry,

Mr. and Mrs. Mathews have returned from their exciting Egyptian trip and the following are some comments they have written me, which I know you will appreciate:

"We were very impressed with Travel Egypt. Their people do a very good job and seem to be very anxious to deliver everything they promise. I think they are most reliable.. We had one guide for most of our trip and another one for the St. Catherine segment. They were both great, nice people and knowledgeable, both about the antiquities and about information on Eygpt in general. Our main guide was a Coptic Christian, which was nice...Then there was a man who kept popping up at check-outs from hotels and transfers to the airports, handling all the luggage and documents, and yet another who climbed Mt.Sinai with Mat. So we were indeed well taken care of. In general there is abundant security in Egypt. They are determined that nothing more happens to tourists. There are tourist police and soldiers everywhere, a guard on every ATM, etc. We were even assigned an armed security person who rode from Alexandria to Cairo with us."

The only change they would have liked: going later in the day and staying overnight in a hotel in Luxor, and having an extra day or two in Luxor. The too early flight to Luxor was hard for them. (When I designed my own tours to Egypt, I always wanted more time in Luxor than was generally given.)

Thank you for all the hard work planning and carrying through with the private tour for them. Even when the snow storm created havoc for air travel here on the East Coast, you were able to make adjustments. The Mathews' daughter and I particularly were pleased that we received an Email when they finally arrived (a day late) in Cairo. I look forward to promoting your company whenever clients are interested in Egypt.

With regards,
Mitzi

Mitzi Halla
United Fairfax Travel /American Express
9864 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 281-7379


NOTE: We have comments going back some 20 years but felt that the most recent years were enough!!
 

 

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