From the start they were exceptional. Even before we passed through immigration control a tour rep was waiting for us, guided where to obtain the visas (from a bank counter!) and met us on the other side of the immigration to the awaiting car and driver.
From there we were driven to a hotel to meet our guide for the day. Our guide Eman was exceptionally knowledgeable on Egyptian History and as the day progressed it was very apparent he was passionate about this subject. Despite our fatigue from the flights, Eman kept us entertained and interested throughout the day, interspersing his explanations of the ancient times and monuments with colourful insights into the modern day daily life of Egyptians. He even managed to get us to do some ‘silly’ poses in front of the pyramids whilst he took photos for us!
The tour incorporated the sights in Memphis, the pyramids of Ginza, a camel ride around the pyramids, a felucca trip on the Nile, and in between which he even managed to fit in a very nice lunch, and visits to a carpet weaving factory, a papyrus shop, a jewellery shop and a perfume boutique. We appreciated these opportunities to do a bit of souvenir shopping and there was no pressure to purchase at all.
In addition to Eman, we also had a brilliant and professional driver, Adel, whose local knowledge of the back streets of Cario became invaluable when we had to take a detour away from the highway due to traffic jams.
Everything on the day ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of Memphis tours, Emad and Adel The end result we had a very memorable and enjoyable 14 hours in Egypt.
We would definitely return to Egypt one day and will no doubt book through Memphis tours again.
Make the most of your layover in Cairo! Take in the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum and then go shopping in one of the oldest markets in the Middle East, Khan El Khalili, while you wait for your flight.
- Pick up services from Cairo Airport & return.
- All transfers by a Private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Private English-speaking Egyptologist guide.
- Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites.
- Bottled water during your trip.
- Lunch meal at good quality local restaurant in Cairo.
- Shopping tours in Cairo.
- All Service charges & taxes.
- Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Entry visa to Egypt.
Memphis Tours representative will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport to enjoy your few hours in Cairo. After that you will be transferred to discover The Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, which dates from the time of Chephren; the tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple. Proceed to have your lunch at local restaurant in Cairo. Then we will move on to relish a trip to the Egyptian Museum which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen collection of treasure, gold and jewelry which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920 when his tomb was excavated. Continue driving to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar. In the evening you will be driven to Cairo Airport. That tour takes about 08 hours.
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The tour started on time at 08:00 am. While Mohamed Abdel Salam (firstname.lastname@example.org) gave me a brief historic overview our driver navigated carefully through the never ending traffic.
It was a very pleasant experience. Many tourists seem to avoid Egypt at the moment however I always felt safe even though I would recommend to avoid being on the road on Fridays. Most major capitals in the world I have visited feel much more dangerous.
Mohamed was very engaged, helpful and knowledgeable for all my detailed questions. The best tour guide I ever had. I arrived as customer and left as friend.
I will definitely come back for an extended trip to Luxor!
Many thanks to Mohamed Abdeltawab for hosting me, Tarek my tour guide, Emam and Waleed who were the tour drivers. First class services from all.
We were very fortunate to arrange a one day private tour of Cairo with Memphis.
We were picked up at the airport (inspite of a 2 hour delay - no complaint by our guide) - we got whisked to Giza. Great time visiting the pyramids (pretty much had the place to ourselves), great pics on a camel (don't forget to haggle), quick stop at a papyrus museum and shopping for some Egyptian cotton. A pick up lunch (delicious) and time at the Egyptian Museum (incredible - loved the King Tut exhibit so close). Walked through Tahrir Square - felt totally safe, drove through the Khan el Khaili bazaar and spent the evening at the gorgeous and tranquil Al Azhar park. Great for people (family ) watching, see many monuments from here and lovely lakefront restaurant. Then got dropped off at our hotel late evening.
A special shout out to our travel consultant Abdo Younnis - who was incredibly responsive, very patient and accommodating and forthcoming with suggestions - couldn't ask for more.
Our guide Moustafa in Cairo - besides being very knowledgeable, was very flexible, great company and always ready to take pics. Our driver seemed to find non-existent spaces in the traffic to get us moving in the insane traffic.
The customer care and service provided by Memphis Tours is exemplary and incomparable (I have travelled extensively so have a good basis for comparison). I recommend them with no hesitation and am looking forward to visiting Egypt for a longer visit with Memphis.
- Driving in Cairo is absolutely crazy (no stop lights, no lines on the roads, no real road rules). Our driver Mohammed did an incredible job navigating the wild and crazy streets!
- We visited during the day on Sunday, August 3, 2013. If we had made our decision to travel based strictly on what we were seeing in the news in Canada, there is no way we would have chosen to travel. The impression I got on the news was that the entire city of Cairo was engaged in constant battle between anti-Morsi and Morsi or Muslim Brotherhood supporters. We spent the entire day travelling around many different parts of Cairo, and, with the exception of seeing several army personnel carriers sitting in front of the museum, we did not see any protests or problems.
- Cairo is not a city I personally would want to spend much time in. We were touring the city sights for about 10 hours and that was enough for me. I am very much looking forward to spending several days enjoying Sharm el Sheik on our way back through Egypt.
Several months ago, my husband and I decided that we were going to plan an African Safari holiday in August. When I started looking for flights from Canada to Kenya, the best flight (cost and times) at that time was for us to fly with EgyptAir. We would have a 16 hour layover in Cairo during our flight there and we decided to spend a week scuba diving in Sharm el Sheik at the end of the safari.
We decided that using our layover day in Cairo to see the pyramids, Sphinx, and other Egyptian highlights would work best for us. I started researching on TripAdvisor and after sending out a couple emails for further information, I decided quite quickly that we would use the services of Memphis Tours during our time in Egypt.
I spoke with their contact person Abdo numerous times through email and she always responded quickly in a detailed, very helpful manner. She did a great job of tailoring an itinerary to suit our needs.
As the time for our holiday approached, Egypt started having more serious political problems and after the removal of Morsi as president, the Canadian government issued a warning to citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Egypt. After looking into insurance concerns, we discovered that our travel health insurance through our credit card was not going to be valid should we choose to travel with the government advisory as it was. Fortunately, our coverage through our employers provided some insurance benefits so it’s important to read your policies carefully! After reading a great deal of information on the situation in Egypt, I apprehensively made the decision to follow through with our plans, as I was pretty confident that we could avoid the “hotspots” and Memphis Tours assured us that they would keep us very safe. Given that it’s in their best interest to ensure their customer’s safety, I decided that we’d check out a bit of our tour and if we felt uncomfortable, we would return to the airport.
On to our experience…our flight arrived quite a bit early but much to our relief, the tour manager Abdul was standing right at the gate with a sign that had our name on it. He was so helpful getting us visa’s and taking us through customs. Our flight arrived at about 5:00 in the morning so we were given a couple options of what to do until the pyramids opened. We chose to make our way to a former Royal Palace that has been transformed into a hotel and is located very close to the pyramids. Abdul was very friendly, helpful and willing to answer any of our questions.
After chatting at the hotel for a while, our tour guide for the day Medhat arrived and took us under his wing. Medhat was a friendly, informative guide with a good sense of humour. He told us a large amount of information about the pyramids and we were able to walk up them a little bit. We rode camels in the pyramid area for 20 minutes. We saw the sphinx and a temple used for mummification ceremonies. There were vendors at the pyramids but a simple “no, thank you” was enough to not be really hassled by them although I think it helped that we were with Medhat. On the drive to, and during our time at the pyramids, we saw absolutely no sign of the civil issues going on in Cairo.
The remainder of our day consisted of a visit to a few different stores that Medhat asked us if we wanted to check out – a cotton store, “paper from the Papyrus tree” store and a hieroglyphics jewelry and memorabilia store. All of these were government run and were legitimate places to make purchases.
We went to the Egyptian Museum and it was nice to have Medhat with us to explain the significance of various artifacts. We paid extra to go in to the Mummy room which was quite interesting and a good place to cool off.
Overall, it was an interesting day and a nice way to spend our time during our layover. Thanks to Memphis and all the staff.
The tour was exactly what communicated and agreed in advance and the guide speaking in our language was a real Egyptologist that really involved us in every explanation, giving us a deep experience of Egyptian ancient culture.
Thank you very much to all Memphis tour staff for making our short tour the best tour ever.
Visited January 2013
thank you so much.
My family had a stopover in Cairo at the beginning of our trip to eastern Africa. I contacted Memphis Tours to help our small group of 4 people with arranging tours for some of the sites in the area. Yosri Abdallah helped me set up the itinerary for our trip and was professional, quick to respond to my questions and a very nice person. All of our transfers, hotel and tours were great and we had no problems. Our tour guide Achmed was very nice and knowldgeable of all of the sites we visited including the Pyramids, Sakkara, the Museum of Anitquities and Coptic Cairo. We all had a wonderful visit and I would highly recommend using Memphis Tours for your trip to Egypt.
Visited June 2011
In July I am flying to Ethiopia via Cairo and have 10 hours in Cairo. Through the most efficient echat I have ever had, Fatima arranged a custom visit to the pyramids and Nile outing, answered all my questions, offered an efficient way to pay and wrapped it all up in less than 20 minutes. I look forward to returning to Egypt for a proper stay and will use Memphis Tours to make my arrangements. First Class Operation!
Visited June 2011
Great on the fly decision making and service, stopping for tea, Egyptian whiskey and local tailgate breakfest on the way to pulling off a visit to Saladin's Citadel.
Much appreciation to my driver, Ahmed and Mr. Abd El Fatah Mohamed my guide. Recommended!
I had an online chat with a Memphis staff and he is very efficient, accommodating and able to customise the day tour for us with some discounts during our brief chat. He even email the online chat transcript to me without asking so that there is black & white which could minimise misunderstanding.
The person who receive the 3 of us @ the airport in the early hours is Mr Abdul and he is very welcoming and make our tour and rest fuss-free. Our guide is Mr Ahmad and we are very comfortable with him and we enjoy his company and tour very much.
We took the cruise to relax as well as to kill the evening hours before our flight. But the cruise was disappointing as the food wasn't nice and the spread was minimal. The belly-dancer was mediocre.
Overall, the service of Memphis is excellent and we had a good time in our short trip, with no worry and fuss, and the whole tour was smooth sailing
From responing to our initial inquiry through the 'chat' box on their website, to getting back to us countless times, always very quickly, via email, Ayman has been very informative and helpful as we planned the specific trip that my family wanted to have.
We are greatly looking forward to New Years in Egypt and experiencing the trip that Ayman put together with us. Expecting a great time! :)
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