My family just completed a great two week Egypt trip. My wife, 2 kids (18 and 17) and I spent the entire second week of our trip with Nile Holiday with Khaled as our tour guide. The trip could not have gone better and I give Khaled and Nile Holiday my highest recommendation.
We spent the first week scuba diving in the Red Sea. Khaled arranged for the family to be transported from the airport in Hurghada to Port Ghalib - a 3 hour drive. We were a bit nervous stepping out of the airport in Hurghada and were instantly reassured when we saw a driver holding a big sign with our family name printed in big letters - a good feeling.
After a great week scuba diving (not covered in this review but highly recommended), we were met again by a driver who Khaled had arranged to transport us from Port Ghalib to Luxor - a 4 hour drive. Again the driver was prompt, professional and efficient.
Upon our arrival in Luxor and to our pleasant surprise, Khaled was our guide for the 5 days we spent cruising the Nile to Aswan. Khaled did a fantastic job: he speaks excellent english, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Egyptian history with specific expertise on the temples and hieroglyphs that you visit along the way.
We visited Karnak, Luxor, Hatshepsut, Valley of the Kings/Nobles/Workers, Edfu, etc. All were very impressive and our enjoyment was definitely enhanced by Khaled's expert guiding. I'd have to say the highlight of all the temples was Abu Simbel which is highly recommended.
Khaled also arranged for our flight from Aswan to Cairo and for a day touring the Pyramids, the Egyptian museum, and the bazaar with a separate guide who was also great. Our initial flight from Aswan to Cairo was cancelled and Khaled went the extra mile to stay with us, arrange for us to stay on the Nile boat sun deck instead of the airport, and also arranged dinner.
I had some trepidation about wiring the full price of our trip to Nile Holiday (they do not do plastic in Egypt to anything like the extent the west does), but went ahead and did it based on the prior Trip Advisor reviews. My concern was unfounded and all worked out perfectly, and the price was a great deal and absolutely worth it.
We felt safe throughout and I have to say it is a fantastic time to visit Egypt - there is no one there. It was amazing that we had whole temples practically to ourselves which is great from the perspective that there is no pressure to keep moving and makes for great uninterrupted photo opportunities. The downside that should be noted is that the souvenir vendors can be a bit overwhelming due to the very few tourists around.
In summary you will not go wrong with Nile Holiday and Khaled is professional, courteous, and pleasant to interact with. You will enjoy the time spent in Egypt and it is a great life experience.
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