We are two Canadian women who traveled to Egypt with GAT tours in April 2014 in a private tour. From the very first email contact with Ahmed Omar to the last moment of our trip in Cairo airport with Mr. Mohammed Tawfik we experienced exemplary service and made lifelong friends. Planning the tour was easy. Mr. Omar took our list of places we wanted to see and made them into an itinerary that was so well planned it even started at the oldest places and ended with the new kingdom seamlessly. He promptly answered all emails and never seemed to tire of our endless changes and questions! Payment was very easy and secure and all transactions were handled professionally with copies of all itinerary items forwarded to use.
When we arrived in Cairo late at night and unsure of our surroundings Mr. Tawfik (“Lucky” to us) made us feel at ease, completely safe and very welcome in his country. Our Guide for Cairo was the Egyptologist Sayed El Agouz who we highly recommend to anyone visiting Cairo. He could not have been a better guide. His knowledge was truly amazing and his easy manner and story telling made us hang on every word. Our Cairo hotel was lovely and near the pyramids. GAT even took us out for dinner for real Egyptian food one night, which was an experience not to be forgotten.
Never during our time in Cairo did we feel unsafe or see any issues despite the warnings from our embassy not to visit. We see no reason for tourists not to visit and now is a great time as we had many of the sites to ourselves!
Our guide for the rest of the trip was Egyptologist Hassan Amin Hassan. We spent 5 days with Hassan and were good friends by the end. He came on our Nile cruise with us as our exclusive guide and saved us from many of the pushy sellers in the markets and sites as well as telling us the history of all the sites and pointing out places while cruising down the river. We highly recommend Hassan as a guide for upper Egypt.
The whole experience was a trip of a lifetime and would not hesitate to use GAT tours again or recommend them to anyone else. We are already talking about what we will see when we go back! Thank-you so much GAT tours for making us feel safe, welcome and giving us a trip we will never forget.
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