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About Real Egypt Tours
Real Egypt is officially registered as a Travel Service Company in Egypt, and is owned and operated by Samir Abbass. Samir and his friendly, highly trained team can lead you through all of Egypt, each has excellent knowledge of the places you will visit and is devoted to sharing their passion for their country. Service is our highest value. We want to give you the ultimate experience of Egypt that connects you to the history, culture and people, and leaves you feeling that you have done far more than just seen the sights. Real Egypt provides a personalized travel plan. We are dedicated to creating the best possible itinerary for you. We don’t try to squeeze too much into a few hours, we allow time to absorb each place, and your tour can be extended if desired. We don’t take you to tourist traps to buy or eat, or to any other places where you will feel pressured. Real Egypt believes in ethical business practice, treating others fairly, and providing the best service.
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Tara L wrote a review Jan. 2021
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions
My partner and I were with Real Egypt for over a week- they guided us through Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo. We originally were just going to use them for Aswan but quickly realized they are a top notch company, planned seamless, easy travel and hire only the most knowledgeable guides. We booked them for the rest of our time in Egypt mid trip :). We had a limited time to pack in the highlights. The trip organizer worked with us to fit in everything we wanted to see each day. The team has various moving parts - trip organizers in the office as well as in each city, the guides and the drivers. We wanted to learn about all those tombs and temples and their guides’ ability to teach us the history and culture blew us away. We felt well cared for especially during a pandemic. Honestly the trip was magical and almost 3 months later we still reflect on our time in Egypt. We are typically independent travelers but Egypt is a place where you want a wonderful guide and driver to navigate you through the sites. When you’re ready to travel again, don’t hesitate with placing your trust in Real Egypt:)
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Ashley F wrote a review Jan. 2021
Seattle, Washington16 contributions
We used several different tour companies in Egypt, and Real Egypt was by far the best. Very knowledgeable guides, no bazaar/shopping visits, and a very thoughtfully designed tour. We went to Saqqara with Shimaa. She was an incredible expert with a lot of energy and a clear passion for Egyptian history. The tour also included lunch at a beautiful local guest house with amazing home cooked food. The best meal we had during 2 months in Egypt. I'm really glad we found Real Egypt. Next time we will certainly book all our tours with them.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Little Piggy wrote a review Jan. 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia225 contributions131 helpful votes
My family and I had this magnificent goal of visiting 7 continents and 50 countries by 2020. Despite COVID-19, we're happy to report that Country #50 became a reality, thanks to the awe-inspiring country of Egypt and the unrivaled expertise of Samir and his exceptional team. I've heard stories about Egypt during its peak tourist season, so it makes my family's trip to Egypt during this time all the more special and rewarding. We had the sights almost exclusively to ourselves. Being seasoned travelers, we have dealt with numerous travel agencies and tour operators, so we had a very good sense of what to expect and the heightened standards used to evaluate each one. Real Egypt Tours passed with flying colors in every single aspect. From the airport transfer in Cairo on November 21 to our farewell felucca ride in Aswan on December 6, every detail was accounted for. The ability to maintain seamless transitions from city to city, guide to guide, and vehicle to vehicle was simply impressive, not to mention the comfortable, clean vehicles, attentive drivers, most knowledgeable guides, and comprehensive public health safety measures. It is important to note that for all of our tours, there was an abundance of face masks, wipes, and hand sanitizer on hand, required sanitization before returning to the vehicle from destination stops, as well as plenty of bottled water to quench our thirst. In addition, as is customary for Egypt's organized tours, a security detail was provided. We never felt unsafe during our two-week journey, but having a heavily-armed and well-respected bodyguard definitely didn't hurt! However, the secret to their success is none other than Samir, the owner and visionary of Real Egypt. His impeccable attention to detail and extraordinary responsiveness to emails and queries took out the stress and uncertainty of planning an international trip, and his accommodations and flexibility should put every tour company and operator to shame. Thank you, Samir!! Of course, our detailed itinerary was customized to our interests and preferences, but Samir and his team were there every step of the way to make sure that all of the important experiences, sights, sounds, and smells of Egypt were considered and on our to-do list. Our journey started with the only surviving ancient wonder of the world, the Pyramids at Giza, and under the watchful eye of our guide. She was so passionate about Egyptian culture and history, and went out of her way to describe the mystique of the pyramids, tombs, and surrounding sights. The panorama over the pyramids and the largely deserted grounds allowed us to snap some pretty cool and memorable keepsakes to be treasured for years to come. Keep in mind that hagglers and locals trying to sell you anything are part and parcel of visiting Egypt, so don't get perturbed but take them in stride. If you remain calm and have a sense of actual prices, you won't be scammed and can proceed with confidence. Amal was also on hand during our eye-opening visits to Saqqara, Dahshour, and Memphis, and once again, her delightful and detailed commentary complemented the sights of the Step Pyramid and the Ramses II open air museum among others very well. Although all of the guides were impressive in their own right, and really were reservoirs of knowledge in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, the best tour guide award belonged to Mahmoud. He spent seven days with us, including our graceful and tranquil dahabiya ride down the mighty Nile. He masterfully guided us through the Valley of the Kings (King Tut 's and Seti's Tombs), the Valley of the Queens (Nefertari's Tomb), Hatshepsut Temple, the Workmen's Village, the Noble Tombs, Esna Temple, Edfu Temple, Dendera and Abydos, El Kab ancient tombs, Kom Ombo temple, not to mention the fishing excursion in Bisaw Island. His enthusiasm and sheer admiration with Nefertari's Tomb was on full display, and rightfully so! I wasn't quite sure what to expect from an actual Egyptologist, but I'm certain that Mahmoud was one of the best. There were many self-proclaimed guides at every single attraction during our two-week journey, and no one came close to a fraction of his expert commentary, mild-mannered demeanor, and all-around good nature. In fact, my brother and I suffered bouts of food poisoning, no thanks to the Winter Palace in Luxor, and it was how he handled these situations that truly showed his experience and care for his guests. He made a concerted effort to stop at local pharmacies to purchase medication and at several points, felt personally responsible for our predicaments. Of course, he was by no means at fault, but his main goal was making sure we enjoyed the best of Luxor and the dahabiya experience, and didn't rest until that was a reality. Great job, Mahmoud!! From the glorious dahabiya journey from Luxor to Aswan, which should be dubbed "luxury small-boat cruising along the Nile," we were met by Mohamed, Real Egypt's Aswan representative and Tarik, our driver for Abu Simbel and Aswan. My only criticism is towards the tour guide for Abu Simbel. Besides claiming celebrity status in Abu Simbel, he was not a tour guide and didn't fulfill any of those duties. He walked us to our hotel and then to the sound and light show at the Abu Simbel temples, but couldn't even provide commentary for those ancient sites. In my opinion, Tarik did a better job of taking care of us and was the only person really needed on this brief visit to Abu Simbel. From the great Ramses II and Nefertari Temples of Abu Simbel, Mohamed met us at our Old Cataract Hotel and took great care of us during the sound and light show at Philae Temple and was an outstanding individual in every respect. He loved his job and it was undoubtedly clear. He, like other tour guides, purchased tickets to different attractions ahead of time, and made sure we were comfortable and hydrated wherever we were. On the last leg of our two-week journey to Egypt, we were assigned Fatma, the native of Elephantine Island in Aswan. Her proud Nubian heritage emanated from her, as she easily and expertly guided us through Siou and Koti, the archaeological site, the white-plastered village residences, as well as her very impressive, family-owned Animalia house museum. She was so pleasant to be around, making our final felucca ride with her all the more special and inviting. As she sailed with us to the Old Cataract Hotel, she cemented Real Egypt's place as the premier tour operator in Egypt. If you are confident enough to visit Egypt during COVID-19, you should enlist the first-rate services of Samir and his foremost Real Egypt team (and dahabiya group) and have the peace of mind to explore safely and wisely. They make sure you visit all of the most popular and well-known attractions, but also make committed efforts to take you off the beaten path and see how the other half lives. For an all-encompassing and authentic trip to Egypt, look no further than Real Egypt! From the airport transfer in Cairo on November 21 to our farewell felucca ride in Aswan on December 6, every detail was accounted for. The ability to maintain seamless transitions from city to city, guide to guide, and vehicle to vehicle was simply impressive, not to mention the comfortable, clean vehicles, attentive drivers, most knowledgeable guides, and comprehensive public health safety measures. It is important to note that for all of our tours, there was an abundance of face masks, wipes, and hand sanitizer on hand, required sanitization before returning to the vehicle from destination stops, as well as plenty of bottled water to quench our thirst. In addition, as is customary for Egypt's organized tours, a security detail was provided. We never felt unsafe during our two-week journey, but having a heavily-armed and well-respected bodyguard definitely didn't hurt! However, the secret to their success is none other than Samir, the owner and visionary of Real Egypt. His impeccable attention to detail and extraordinary responsiveness to emails and queries took out the stress and uncertainty of planning an international trip, and his accommodations and flexibility should put every tour company and operator to shame. Thank you, Samir!! Of course, our detailed itinerary was customized to our interests and preferences, but Samir and his team were there every step of the way to make sure that all of the important experiences, sights, sounds, and smells of Egypt were considered and on our to-do list. Our journey started with the only surviving ancient wonder of the world, the Pyramids at Giza, and under the watchful eye of our guide, Amal. She was so passionate about Egyptian culture and history, and went out of her way to describe the mystique of the pyramids, tombs, and surrounding sights. The panorama over the pyramids and the largely deserted grounds allowed us to snap some pretty cool and memorable keepsakes to be treasured for years to come. Keep in mind that hagglers and locals trying to sell you anything are part and parcel of visiting Egypt, so don't get perturbed but take them in stride. If you remain calm and have a sense of actual prices, you won't be scammed and can proceed with confidence. Amal was also on hand during our eye-opening visits to Saqqara, Dahshour, and Memphis, and once again, her delightful and detailed commentary complemented the sights of the Step Pyramid and the Ramses II open air museum among others very well. Although all of the guides were impressive in their own right, and really were reservoirs of knowledge in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, the best tour guide award belonged to Mahmoud Hassan. He spent seven days with us, including our graceful and tranquil dahabiya ride down the mighty Nile. He masterfully guided us through the Valley of the Kings (King Tut 's and Seti's Tomb), the Valley of the Queens (Nefertari's Tomb), Hatshepsut Temple, the Workmen's Village, the Noble Tombs, Esna Temple, Edfu Temple, Dendera and Abydos, El Kab ancient tombs, Kom Ombo temple, not including the fishing excursion in Bisaw Island. His enthusiasm and sheer admiration with Nefertari's Tomb was on full display, and rightfully so! I wasn't quite sure what to expect from an actual Egyptologist, but I'm certain that Mahmoud was one of the best. There were many self-proclaimed guides at every single attraction during our two-week journey, and no one came close to a fraction of his expert commentary, mild-mannered demeanor, and all-around good nature. In fact, my brother and I suffered bouts of food poisoning, no thanks to the Winter Palace in Luxor, and it was how he handled these situations that truly showed his experience and care for his guests. He made a concerted effort to stop at local pharmacies to purchase medication and at several points, felt personally responsible for our predicaments. Of course, he was no means at fault, but his main goal was making sure we enjoyed the best of Luxor and the dahabiya experience, and didn't rest until that was a reality. Great job, Mahmoud!! From the glorious dahabiya journey from Luxor to Aswan, which should be dubbed "luxury small-boat cruising along the Nile," we were met by Mohamed, Real Egypt's Aswan representative and Tarik, our driver for Abu Simbel and Aswan. My only criticism is towards Azim, the tour guide for Abu Simbel. Besides claiming celebrity status, he was not a tour guide and didn't fulfill any of those duties. He walked us to our hotel and then to the sound and light show at the Abu Simbel temples, but couldn't even provide commentary for those ancient sites. In my opinion, Tarik did a better job of taking care of us and was the only person really needed on this brief visit to Abu Simbel. From the great Ramses II and Nefertari Temples of Abu Simbel, Mohamed met us at our Old Cataract Hotel and took great care of us during the sound and light show at Philae Temple and was an outstanding individual in every respect. He loved his job and it showed clearly. He, like other tour guides, purchased tickets to different attractions ahead of time, and made sure we were comfortable and hydrated wherever we were. On the last leg of our two-week journey to Egypt, we were assigned Fatma, the native of Elephantine Island in Aswan. Her proud Nubian heritage emanated from her, as she easily guided us through Siou and Koti, the archaeological site, the white-plastered village residences, as well as her very impressive, family-owned Animalia house museum. She was so pleasant to be around, making our final felucca ride with her all the more special and inviting. As she sailed with us to the Old Cataract Hotel, she cemented Real Egypt's place as the premier tour operator in Egypt. If you are confident enough to visit Egypt during COVID-19, you should enlist the first-rate services of Samir and his foremost Real Egypt team (and dahabiya group) and have the peace of mind to explore safely and wisely. They make sure you visit all of the esteemed and renowned attractions, but also make a concerted effort to take you off the beaten path and see how the other half lives. For an all-encompassing and authentic trip to Egypt, look no further than Real Egypt!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Lesley Henderson wrote a review Jan. 2021
Cairo, Egypt7 contributions2 helpful votes
We booked Real Egypt to take 2 of us on a day trip to the Saqqara pyramid complex. Booking was very easy via WhatsApp, they arrived at our residence in good time and the minibus was clean and comfortable and allowed for social distancing. We all wore our masks in the vehicle. Our driver was Saed and the guide was Ahmed, both were very pleasant, helpful and friendly. Ahmed is a great guide, has very good English and a good sense of humour. He arranged all the entry tickets so we didn’t have to do anything. The pyramid complex is very interesting and we learned a lot that trip from Ahmed and would be keen to take visitors there (when we are all able to travel again that is!) After the visit we took a felucca ride on the river arranged in advance by Real Egypt which was very relaxing. I would be happy to use Real Egypt company again and to recommend them to others.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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world1explorer wrote a review Jan. 2021
Bay Harbor, Michigan263 contributions106 helpful votes
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Samir and Dahlia run one of the best small tour companies in the world in our experience. We used them for a custom 14 day trip throughout Egypt and couldn't be happier with the planning, payment, and execution of the trip. We had researched multiple companies as we wanted one that had experienced guides, were locally based, did not need to book our flights, train or hotels, and could create at trip to meet our budget during a pandemic with a private dahabiya as part of the trip. We knew we wanted to see Cairo old and new, Aswan and Abu Simbel, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and wanted to relax on our own at the Red Sea at the end of the trip . Dahlia was immediately responsive, and one of the great things about both Dahlia and Samir is they are both professional guides by training and so know exactly what is needed to meet each party's needs; while we didnt ultimately you may just find one of the them on your trip which we understand is a treat. In our case we insisted on a private dababiya, added a farmhouse lunch in Sakkara, and subsequently added a trip to Abydos, and at each stage either Dahlia or Samir would immediately understand what we were looking for and arranged it at very reasonable cost. We knew their prices were generally competitive, but what we were pleasantly surprised at was how they didn't skimp on the experience in any way. Not only did we have almost new large minivans in each of Cairo, Aswan and Luxor, with driver, with guide, with spare driver for the longer trip to Abu Simbel, with meet and greet representative for the Cairo airport, for Aswan train station and with on the ground city reps in Aswan and Luxor (in addition to dedicated guides). Lunches were at nice local places and always included, and all entrance fees were clearly itemized on our itinerary and always covered by the guides. We had dedicated security throughout the trip too, although I think that is covered by the Egyptian government. The company seemed to care about our health and safety, for example insisting that our guides find an outdoor restaurant in Cairo when the covid numbers were rising, and making sure our Dahabiya guide saw us in life-jackets before a fishing trip on the Nile. Each of our guides had known Samir for many years and described him in very high regard, with high integrity in their words. The guides were excellent. Each different and with a unique perspective on Egyptian culture, with university-level experience in Egyptology but also personal passion and interest for the country and its antiquities. Samir seems to hire for diversity, two of our three guides were female, one was male; one was Egyptian-Nubian, one from Cairo, and one from Luxor; our Cairo guide was Muslim but was very happy and knowledgable in taking us inside the Christian/Coptic sites and at the same time taking us into the Mosque. The geography of Egypt likely requires separate guides in each region, but somehow they coordinate their story-telling to create a unified experience as we travelled from Cairo to Aswan to Luxor to Abydos. We didn't expect but really appreciated having the same guide on the Dahabiya as then for Luxor and Abydos; not only did we learn about ancient Egypt but we also learned and shared much in cultural exchange. The passion for the subject really shows; our Cairo guide made sure we took time for ourselves to close our eyes and open our minds inside the great pyramid at Giza; our Luxor guide was so appreciative of a trip to Abydos, one of many he'd taken, yet still another opportunity for him to snap one or two of the glyphs in Seti's temple for his own research and at the same time figure out how we could see the Flower of Life in the Osirion from above when most of it is currently roped off. The vehicles and drivers were some of the best we've had in Africa and Asia. We felt safe, travelled at good speeds on the desert highways, and somehow Real Egypt managed to always get permission for the inter-governate travel smoothly (on the long Abydos journey they also got us on the faster desert highway for most of the journey). Our itinerary included: - Pyramid day: Sakkara, followed by Dashur followed by Giza with a delightful farmhouse lunch in Sakkara (one of the trip highlights) - EgyptIan Museum the next morning, with Coptic/Muslim Cairo including the Bazaar in the afternoon - Overnight train to Aswan - Aswan island temples and the high dam; sunset felucca ride; overnight at Old Cataract - Private trip to Abu Simbel - 4 day Dahabiya Aswan to Esna including Edfu and Kom Ombo temples - Luxor temples and Sound & Light show in the evening; overnight at Winter Palace - Valley of the Kings including Seti I and Ramses V/VI options - Day trip to Abydos including the Osirion - Transfer to Red Sea for a few days and then transfer back to Cairo We were so impressed with Samir's and Dahlia's operation and all their associates, that we will now look into their operations in Sudan and Ethiopia as their overall approach seems to fill a need in the culturally-sustainable travel market.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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