Our cruise was docked at Alexandria, we met Ayman at the entrance to the port, about 200 metres from where the ship was. By doing this, we got past all the other taxis/guides/tour buses etc... which meant that we just got on our transport and were quickly on our way. Ayman was very friendly and a cool guy. On the 3 hour drive to Cairo, he answered every single question we asked him, he pointed out things of interest and explained them to us. He told us how driving works in Egypt, so by doing this, we were not so scared :D The driver he hired Mohammed was amazing. Smooth drive all the way there and back, not one problem. He is a TOP CLASS driver, always concentrating, always looking ahead and behind him and everywhere at once. It is no suprise that he is Ayman's most preferred driver.
When we got to the Pyramids, Ayman picked up our tickets, and guided us through the process, which was quick and simple. We then went inside the great pyramid, where Ayman stood outside with our cameras (as they do not allow guides to go into the pyramids) and he took some amazing pictures of us going in and out. Ayman then took us to a viewing platform, where we took the usual touristy pictures of the pyramids. In my experience, the Pyramids were all that I had dreamed of and more. They are so big that it defies logic. Just to stand there and take it all in is an experience in itself. There is an old berber man, dressed in a blue robe, who will gladly pose for a picture with you. He was very nice and polite, and did not force himself on us for a picture, which is why we took one with him. Here, I also shopped for a couple of souvenirs, which were suprisingly cheap, and easy to haggle ( I don't know if Ayman had anything to do with this, but I think he did.) We then went to visit the Sphinx, Ayman once again informed us of everything, took pictures of us, showed us around the area etc...
We then had some lunch (KFC and Pizza Hut) which is opposite the pyramids, don't ask why, but I just had to eat there and watch the pyramids :D
For the second half of our day, due to the protests going on in Tahrir square, we decided to not visit the Cairo museum. (With regards to the protests, we found that our news channels, Sky news, bbc news tend to exaggerate the protests. They make it out to look like the whole of Egypt is going crazy, but outside of Tahrir square, Egypt carries on as it does every day. We were not even near any trouble or protester. Sky news said there were riots going on in Alexandria, and there was nothing at all going on there either!!!)
Instead of the museum, we visited the biggest mosque I have ever seen called Mohammed Ali Mosque (which is made of alabaster.) Again, Ayman took us inside, showed us around and explained what everything was. If you visit here, you must ask for a demonstration on how the acoustics inside the mosque work. It was class! After taking pictures here, and viewing the City of Cairo, we made our way back to the pyramids so we could watch the sound and light show. Ayman showed us the best seats in the whole arena, we were the first ones in. The show was jaw dropping. After this, we bought some last minute souvenirs, with Aymans help, and we went back to Alexandria.
On this cruise, we visited Rome, Athens, Izmir (Turkey) and Egypt. Ayman was the best out of all the guides we took. Forget booking through your ship, don't believe all they say. When we got back to the ship, we asked some friends we had met onboard how their ship tour of cairo had gone, and they were all disappointed. The guides were not good, they did not get as much time to do what they wanted, everything felt rushed. The opposite is to be said of our tour with Ayman.
He stopped to buy us drinks, he helped us to buy things at a good price, (most guides will take you to shops where they have pre-arranged comission deals,) Ayman did not. Infact, the reason why the prices were so low is because Ayman tells the shop owner that he will not accept a comission so that our prices can be even lower.
At all times we felt safe, cared for, and looked after properly. Ayman is a brilliant ambassador to his country, a fountain of knowledge, good photographer and a really cool guy. Cannot wait to revisit Egypt, and book him so that he can take me to the museum.
If anyone wants to ask me any questions, contact me through trip advisor.
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