Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train

Overview
Duration
Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Duration
Countries
1 Country
5 Cities
Type
Type
Private Tour
English Speaking Guide
Run
Run:
Every Saturday & Wednesday

Discover Egypt's top highlights through exciting tour across the country. It is a tailor-made tour over Nile river and railways. This is a cheaper alternative to our popular Pyramids & Nile by Air. You’ll be traveling to Aswan via sleeper train. At first, in Cairo, you’ll visit the Great Pyramids of Giza. This is the place where you witness the greatness of the last standing monument of ancient seven wonders of the world. Then, travel by the sleeper train to Aswan where a luxurious cruise ship awaits you to spend three days sailing on the Nile. Be ready to explore and enjoy the sightseeing between Aswan and Luxor.

 

Included
  • Meet and greet service by our representatives upon your airport arrival
  • Assistance with guest relations during your stay
  • All transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Cairo including bed and breakfast
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on a 5-star superior Nile cruise ship, full board
  • Accommodation for 2 nights on sleeper train, half board
  • Free Wifi is included onboard the cruise
  • Re-fill minbar with minral water and soft drink is included in the offer
  • Private sightseeing tours in Cairo (listed on itinerary)
  • Sightseeing tours on the cruise shared with a Memphis Tours group
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local English speaking tour guide.
  • Bottled water during outings outside of hotel or cruise ship
  • Portage as needed
  • All service charges and taxes

 

Note: Egyptian trains are designed and maintained according to standards of quality determined by the Egyptian Railway Authority. The sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan takes about 14 hours, and the journey from Luxor to Cairo takes about 11 hours. To reduce time spent traveling, you can upgrade your trip package for about $295 per person to travel by domestic flight instead (about 1.5 hours).

Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spending
  • Tipping
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo - Welcome to the Land of the Pharaohs

Your tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport (arrival procedures) and will then escort you to your hotel in Cairo in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At the hotel, your tour manager will assist you with a smooth check-in and review your budget vacation itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour.

Overnight in Cairo.
Welcome drink included.

Day 2: Pyramids and Cairo Sightseeing - Train to Aswan

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Cairo before checking out, then your personal tour guide will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerinus, along with the famous Sphinx and Valley Temple. Then, head out to the Egyptian Museum. After relishing over the magnificent ancient Egyptian artifacts and treasures, you will be driven to Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s oldest bazaar, if there is time. Later, you will be transferred to the Giza train station to catch the sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Overnight accommodations inside your compartment on the train.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Valley Temple, Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo, Khan EL Khalili.

Day 3: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours

Upon your arrival at the Aswan train station, you will be met and assisted by a Memphis Tours representative, who will then transfer you to your Nile cruise ship. Enjoy lunch on board, after which you will be guided to visit the famous High Dam, majestic Philae temple of devotion to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor, and the massive Unfinished Obelisk, still resting on its side in the stone quarries of ancient Egypt. Then, back to the cruise ship with dinner on board.

Overnight aboard your cruise in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Vistis: High Dam, Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk.

Day 4: Kom Ombo

After breakfast on board, you’ll sail to Kom Ombo, where you’ll encounter the twin Temple of Kom Ombo, where you’ll learn about the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus, whose monuments decorate each half of the temple. You’ll have your lunch back on board the ship and sail on to Edfu and have a dinner on board as well.

Overnight aboard your cruise in Edfu.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Kom Ombo, Temple of Kom Ombo.

Day 5: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours

After breakfast on board your Nile cruise ship, you will visit Horus Temple in Edfu before sailing to Luxor with lunch on board the ship. You will be transferred back to the Nile cruise ship for dinner and Belly dance show on board.

Overnight aboard your cruise in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Horus Temple, Edfu.

Day 6: Luxor Nile Cruise - Train to Cairo

In the early morning, enjoy a relaxed breakfast on board. Disembarkation after breakfast and enjoy a wonderful tour to visit East Bank of the Nile in Luxor to the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple followed by a visit to the West Bank of the River Nile in Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon. Later, you’ll head to the Luxor train station to catch the sleeper train back to Cairo. Dinner will be served on board the train.

Overnight in your private compartment on the train.
Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner.
Visits: Luxor, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon.

Day 7: Cairo Optional Excursions

Breakfast aboard the sleeper train before arriving at the Giza train station, where you will be met and assisted by a Memphis Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel for some leisure time (you will check into your room as early as possible). There are some optional excursions available in Cairo: you may wish to visit the Step Pyramid of King Zoser in Sakkara and Memphis.

Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Meals:
Breakfast.
Optional Visits: Step Pyramid of King Zoser, Sakkara, Memphis.

Day 8: Cairo - Fly Back Home

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, with some free time before your flight. After check out, you’ll be escorted to Cairo International Airport for your final departure.

Meals: Breakfast
Prices & Accommodation
Golden
Prices
MAY-SEP
Per Person in Single Room
US$ 3375
Per Person in Double Room
US$ 2670
Per Person in Triple Room
US$ 2547
OCT-APR
Per Person in Single Room
US$ 3640
Per Person in Double Room
US$ 2780
Per Person in Triple Room
US$ 2675
Silver
Prices
MAY-SEP
Per Person in Single Room
US$ 1815
Per Person in Double Room
US$ 1219
Per Person in Triple Room
US$ 1145
OCT-APR
Per Person in Single Room
US$ 2027
Per Person in Double Room
US$ 1310
Per Person in Triple Room
US$ 1235
Reviews
4.93
40 Reviews
5 Stars
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Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Everything was PERFECT
, 12/13/22

Everything was perfect: our guides and drivers. Memphis Tours met all my expectations. Thanks.
 

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Good but not great
, 12/13/22

This tour was good but there were a few disappointing things that kept it from being great. The train took longer than expected so we had to shift a few things around.

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Our Experience in Egypt was great
, 12/10/22

My family and I really enjoyed our experience in Egypt. Our tour guide and Our tour leader were very knowledgeable and very well spoken. We really enjoyed their company from the time we landed in Egypt until the time we left. 

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Wonderful
, 11/20/22

The tour guide was amazing, very good knowledge, so caring and very kind. I would highly recommend this trip!

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Great tour
, 11/14/22

Great tour! Highly recommend!

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“New Year's Trip to Egypt”
, 1/12/14
Two friends and I visiteypt this December/January and had a wonderful time! We didn't feel unsafe at any time and had a wonderful time! Memphis tours was wonderful - I would highly recommend them. They were very professional and made sure that we had a top notch time!
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Best Tour ! Best Tour guide- Mohamed Besheer”
, 12/14/13
This was the best experience I have ever had.. I have been to many places around the world and this holiday was my favorite.. Mohamed Besheer was the best tour guide I have ever had. He made sure we enjoyed ourself and had the best experience we could have. He was on time at every location and everything ran smoothly.. This was the best trip .. What a beautiful country
 
 
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Lifetime experience with Memphis”
, 12/13/13
I am really happy that i visited Cairo, Egypt with Memphis Tours. If not for Memphis Tour i would never feel more comfortable and happy on this tour. I thank you Memphis for provided a wonderful guide and making us feel at home and completely changing my concept of Egypt from negative to positive. Personal tour guide was excellent, transport excellent and to cut short all of your staff too caring and wonderful. I would advice all my friends and family and people reading this to take a service of Memphis Tour and enjoy your tour and you will not regret.

Thank you Memphis tour again for giving us all a excellent experience and memories we will cherish for life:)

Miss You all and promise to visit again......


Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Memphis tours makes Cairo as comfortable as possible”
, 11/30/13
We researched several companies prior to selecting Memphis Tours. They seemed to have the best prices and the most responsive and thorough communications pre-arrival. We requested the comprehensive full service airport to airport handling. Our Driver Mokstafa did a fine job of maneuvering the chaotic Cairo traffic while minimizing our anxiety. Our Guide Maha is a fine communicator with an easily understood voice and a 4 year degree in the antiquities. We had a body guard who is a member of the tourist police with us as we were touring as well. Even though there were protests at the square while we were there, we would never know it from our tours. I believe we got the whole tour for less than what we would have paid for the hotel stays. Now is the time to go as there are NO crowds. Tourism from around the world is down to 5% of what it was 2 years ago. You will be welcomed with open arms. As in many 3rd world countries, you yearn for their success as they struggle with lack of services such as trash removal and street cleaning. Tourism has been much of their economy in the past. Let's help them by getting it going again.
 
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Amazing time in Egypt
, 9/23/13
My family and i went to Egypt July 2013 and had an AMAZING time with Memphis Tours. We had a great guide in Cairo Joseph Selim and Harry Al Ayya and great tour guide in Luxor Sayed Selim. Thank you for a great time in Egypt : )
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Memphis Tours is amazing
, 6/25/13
 My friend and I booked a week long tour with Memphis Tours. We had nothing but positive experiences with all of their reps and tour guides. Everyone was beyond accommodating, friendly, and professional. We really enjoyed the historical expertise of all of our guides and feel like we learned so much. We never felt anything but safe, despite the questions about the political stability in Egypt right now. We first met up with Fady Tawfik, who, although new to the company, made us feel welcome and at home immediately. He is personable and friendly and willing to share about his own experiences living in Egypt, taking us out for a meal which he and his friends might enjoy and reorganizing the tour to accommodate our preferences. He even accompanied us to the airport to see us off, although we had to pick him up at 4 am and our driver could have just dropped us off without Fady there. I've never done a tour before, and I had reservations about being tied down to a strict schedule or plan, and although our time was scheduled, there was also enough free time to relax and do a few things on our own as well. Having someone else organize transportation and tickets and accommodations made the trip stressless, and I appreciated that. I would recommend Memphis Tours to anyone planning a trip to Egypt!

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Wonderful vacation with Memphis Tours!!”
, 1/23/13
My wife and I just returned from an 18 day trip to Egypt. Because of all the negative publicity in the American media, we were a bit apprehensive to take this trip. However, from the moment we arrived in Egypt until the moment we left, Memphis Tours made sure that our trip went smoothly. We had no problems whatsoever, and were overwhelmed by the quality of service provided by Memphis. Every detail was taken care of, and our coordinators (Abdo, Abdul, and Mostafa) went above and beyond to meet our needs. They were extremely professional and friendly, and made us feel comfortable and relaxed throughout our trip.
During our trip we had two Egyptologists- Mr. Mahdy in Cairo, and Sayed Selim during our Nile cruise. Both of them were absolutely fantastic! They provided wonderful information about each site that we visited, and also helped with so many other aspects of our trip- taking pictures, buying water/snacks, exchanging money, and even bartering for souvenirs! I would highly recommend both Mahdy and Sayed, and we are extremely thankful that we had them as guides.
We have been lucky enough to travel all over the world, and both of us agree that this is the best trip we have ever taken! This is in large part due to Memphis Tours, and all the great people that worked hard to make sure our trip was fun, safe, and relaxing. We can't wait to return to Egypt and take another vacation with Memphis Tours. Thanks! Eric
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Cairo with Memphis Tours
, 1/1/13
I spent few days in Cairo and Memphis tours guided me in there. I really satisfied with their service. Special thanks goes to Mr. Abdo Shawky and Mrs. Rehab Samir.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Memphis Tours-Egypt”
, 10/29/12
Chris and I recently booked an 8 day tour of Egypt with Memphis tours. Fatima Sayed responded to our booking request within 24 hours of our first e-mail. She was incredibly helpful throughout the entire booking process and even followed up with an e-mail after our trip ended. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions in a very timely manner!

Chris and I arrived in Egypt at different times. Memphis was very accommodating and for a small fee we were each met at the gate at our respective times. Ahmed Badawi met each of us outside the gate and helped us get our visa on arrival, exchange money and exit through passport control. With his help the process was very efficient and stress free. We were then taken by private car to our hotel and at the end of our trip returned to the airport when it was time for us to depart..

In Cairo/Giza we stayed at Mena house and were very happy with the accommodations. They gave us excellent service and we had a nice, clean room on the ground floor with a view of the pyramids. The gift shops near the lobby of the hotel had nice cartouches at affordable prices! The Alyssa cruise ship was our next stop and it was wonderful as well. The rooms were clean, the food was good, and the sun deck was lovely. Spending time in one of the cabanas on the deck was very relaxing and the curtains provided shade from the sun and a little privacy. The views were beautiful and it was nice to see the daily life of those who live along the Nile. I would highly recommend staying both at Mena house and the Alyssa cruise ship.

On our trip we had a number of tour guides while traveling and each of them was excellent. All were very knowledgeable and we felt safe at all times during our trip. The tour guides that we worked with were Ahmed, Yessar, and Hend. Each of them was extremely professional as well as knowledgeable. I would recommend requesting a tour with any of them!
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Memphis Tours - What a great experience - Annette F”
, 10/15/12
This is my first guided tour and I was so impressed. I booked it on line with Eman Rashad who was so helpful. She responded immediately to any queries I had about our Egyptian tour in Giza and the Nile. We were met at the hotel by our rep Mohamed who took us through customs and to our hotel. We were given a mobile to call him about any problems that we may have had or to book any additional tours. Our guide in Giza, Emad was so friendly and knowledgeable. Our driver, Osama, made us laugh all the time, he needed to as the traffic in Giza was mayhem to say the least. Our tour up the Nile was near perfect with Alaa, our guide, making it even more enjoyable. If this is what guided tours are all about then I will certainly take another. I would strongly recommend this company and the guides to take you around Egypt.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Excellent pre-tour arrangements and communication
, 7/21/12
 We are sailing into Alexandria in Dec 2012 and just booked a shore tour with Memphis tours after exchanging emails and phone calls with Mohamed Sakr. Mohamed's communication has been exemplary, responsive and cooperative. It has been a pleasure to deal with him, especially with the questions we had to fine tune and confirm our tour.
 
We are now extremely confident of a first class tour with Memphis thanks to Mohamed Sakr representing his company so well.
 
Also, what a wonderful resource Trip Advisor is as I was able to check out the company beforehand for the added reassurance.
 
I will make sure to post again after the tour. For those who are unsure about paying a deposit, they will give a refund if your ship re-routes and does not end up docking at their port. This was good for us to know.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Maya Maya" (perfect)
, 7/14/12
I had a fantastic two week experience from June 23 to July 7 in Egypt. Memphis tours was exceptional in working with our group to put together the itinerary. They were flexible and patient as things were moved around, and in the end what we saw and experienced in a two week time frame was 'Maya Maya' (perfect). Osama and Ahmed, our guides, were always there taking care of everything, planned and unplanned. The information provided, facts and guidance, added greatly to my first experience in Egypt. I'm now enjoying sharing pictures and stories with family, friends, and work associates and I'm recommending Memphis Tours if any of them ever decide to make the trip to Egypt, to the land and people I fell in love with.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Dependable and friendly service
, 7/3/12
The email contacts were prompt and helpful in advance of the trip. Professional, personable and knowledgeable staff. We took a 7-day tour/cruise from Luxor to Aswan and back...wonderful. Based upon this experience, we would feel totally secure in having them handle any future trips within Egypt, assuming the political situation stabilizes. Rehab and Hassan were great. We can only hope they'll allow us to reciprocate in the USA.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Excellent trip!
, 6/11/12
 We had a group of six people who visited Egypt from April 19th to April 30th. Our experience with Memphis Tours Egypt was exceptional from start to finish.
 
We were welcomed at the airport by Ahmed, who was waiting for us inside of airport security. He helped guide us through security, luggage collection, and to our private van and driver, who navigated the busy Cairo streets to our first hotel, the Movenpick Giza.
 
We were all very impressed with the quality of hotels, and the professionalism of the guides from Memphis Tours. We had selected the 12 day tour, which included one night on the overnight train, and a three night cruise on the Nile.
 
We were accompanied at all times by representatives of the company, and always felt safe and secure. Traveling with Memphis Tours was a great choice for us, as we were able to just sit back and enjoy our amazing tour, enjoying the sights without having to worry about navigation or obtaining tickets.
 
We had a private air-conditioned van for most of our trip. We shared to include five more people during the cruise.
 
The best surprise was that we weren't simply brought to the sights and dropped off. We had a tour guide come with us at every stop, explaining and describing the site. We learned more from our guide than we could have hoped for, and this bonus greatly improved our experience.
 
Thank you so much Memphis Tours for an astounding trip! We would not hesitate to contact you in the future!
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Egypt Tours Egypt
, 6/11/12
 I am planning on going to Egypt in September. This trip will be a dream comes true as I have been thinking of the trip for quite sometime. I discovered Memphis Tours through Trip Advisor. 
As a solo traveler, I am always very cautious of who I connect with abroad. I am truly fortunate to have connected with Mohamed Sakr at Memphis Tours Egypt. He has been very kind, persistent, extremely patient, and prompt with his responses to all my many questions. I have booked the Budget Vacation & Nile Cruise by Train. I hope to meet Mohamed Sakr so that I can thank him in person. Thank you so much for all your help Mohamed. I truly appreciate it.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Memphis Tours is the Real Deal
, 5/29/12


If you are debating whether to book with Memphis Tours, go ahead and do it. They’ve been in existence 55 years and they’ve got it down. We have travelled quite a bit on our own and do not usually do tours. But in a place like Egypt we felt safer going with a tour and being with other people. Memphis Tours was the perfect solution.

I read the few bad reviews before booking and they are written by people who say they knew more than the tour guides (so why go on a tour?) and brought thousands of dollars of jewellry (not too smart on any trip!) and resented the sales pitches you get at the carpet school or the alabaster factory (get a grip and a sense of humor!).

If you’re an Egyptologist don’t book with them. But for people who have never been there and want to see the main sights and get an overview of the country while feeling safe the whole time (they even give you a cell phone to carry with you so you can contact them at any time for any reason), Memphis Tours is the ticket!

They made good on every promise. Every single representative we came in contact with was excellent.

Maged Al Goghary was our booking agent and he handled our arrangements. We were coming from the States and our nephew was coming from Denmark. We insisted that we be booked together on everything. He handled our separate e-mails, questions and payments perfectly. Ask for him.

Ahmed El Sayed met us with his mega-watt smile and pink tie as we came off the plane. He immediately took over everything and had us all laughing and talking as we drove into Cairo. When there was a booking snafu at our original hotel he got us checked into an even nicer hotel at no extra charge. When he was stuck in traffic and couldn’t be there to pick us up for the Giza Light Show he sent a colleague to get us there on time. He took us to the Giza train station for the trip to Aswan and was there to pick us up when we returned. Always on time, always in control, always smiling and with a great sense of humor we felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend at the end of our tour when he returned us to Cairo airport. Ask for him, you will not be disappointed.

Ahmed A. Hameed was our personal tour guide in Cairo. He was not just versed in Egyptian history but answered all our questions about Egyptian politics, religion and the economy. A practised conversationalist you can ask him anything. He made sure we got a fair price on our camel ride and even gave me a coin to toss in the “wishing well” at the Sphinx. He also coached us on how to handle the vendors and what to shop for at the Khaan El Khalili Bazaar. We always felt like we were in good hands with him. Ask for him.

Ahmed El-Prince (I think you mst be named Ahmed in order to work for Memphis Tours!) was our tour guide on the Nile cruise. A snappy dresser with color coordinated sunglasses for every outfit he was clearly passionate about Egyptian history but there was much more to him than that. He had a good sense of humor and taught us some Egyptian words. He coached us on what to tip and when. He got us a refund and a free scarf when he thought we’d been over charged by a vendor. He told a guard to let me back in the building when I wanted to use the restroom. He was infinitely patient with our picture taking and even asked to be included when we all lined up to “walk like an Egyptian” for a shot. He even taught us how to smoke a waterpipe. On our last day with him we all went to Al-Sahaby Lane, a restaurant in Luxor, where we sat in the shade and ate and laughed and talked and exchanged e-mail addresses. An excellent and entertaining guide who always made us feel safe and taken care of... ask for him.

Here are a couple of tips for travelling in Egypt:

You have to tip everybody for everything and sometimes its hard to get enough small denominations in Egyptian Pounds. Take a lot of American one dollar bills. They all accept them and want them and its just about the right amount for many of the tips (one dollar is the equivalent of 5-6 Egyptian Pounds).

For women. If you’re travelling with Memphis Tours do not worry about the restrooms. The hotels and cruise ship are fine of course. But so is the Egyptian Museum, the lunch restaurants, most of the historical sites and places like the Carpet factory. Just in case, for peace of mind, take camper’s toilet seat covers, extra toilet tissue and something called “Urinelles” in your purse and you’re ready for anything. Also, don’t forget you’ll probably have to tip someone.
Visited May 2012
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Fantastic vacation
, 4/29/12


We decided on a quick trip to Egypt on our way home to the US from another country in the region. Memphis Tours was amazing from start to finish. Mohamed Sakr was great in arranging the trip. Hamada was a complete professional and very helpful at the airport and hotel check-in. Mustafa was a fantastic driver, and Amany the best tour guide we could have hoped for. Despite the political upheaval and uncertainty in Egypt right now, we never felt unsafe in any way. People are looking forward to the elections and there is a sense of optimism about the country's future. Highly recommend Memphis Tours.
Visited April 2012
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Fantastic 8-day Egypt tour
, 4/9/12


My husband and I used Memphis tours for our Egypt trip and were very impressed with all aspects of their service. We were on the 8 day ‘Budget tour’ but actually nothing about it felt budget – we got accommodation upgrades to 5 star hotels the whole way and were treated like kings!
From the moment we touched down in Cairo we were greeted promptly at the airport by our tour manager ‘Tamer’ who ensured we had all the travel arranged as we wanted it and checked us in at our hotel. Tamer was also wonderful at meeting us for other transfers including our train to Luxor and our return to the airport. In such a busy and occasionally unstable city, we greatly appreciated being escorted for all of these transfers. And for all our transfers, not only was there a private car and driver, but there was always a tour manager there to meet us. In Luxor, we met ‘Ruby’ who also did a wonderful job of this (even meeting us off the train at 5:15am!)

The sightseeing tours were incredible – I just can’t believe we were able to receive a fully private tour from a tertiary trained tour guide/historian. In Cairo, ‘Nasrin’ gave us a wonderful tour of the museum, Pyramids, Sphinx and Coptic Cairo and was able to answer all of our intrigued questions. Our driver in Cairo, ‘Osama’ was also very lovely and entertaining – ensuring we made it safely through the crazy traffic. In Luxor ‘Ayman’ gave us an excellent tour of the Karnak temple, Luxor temple, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, the valley of the Kings and Queens – fascinating places. Then in Hurghada we were able to enjoy a quiet couple of days by the Red Sea and ‘Hamdi’ ensured we had assistance when needed.

All of the Memphis team were very professional and reliable. I would strongly recommend this company to anyone considering a trip to Egypt. We were seriously impressed and pleased with our trip!
Visited March 2012
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Short trip and long remembrance
, 4/1/12
Lasr week I and my wife visited Egypt with Memphis tour. I'd like to write something about the Tour Agency-Memohis- here.

1. Reservation (Fatima Sayed)
- We started planning the tour just one week before the actual tour. The agent titled above has prepared several options about our trip quickly. It was really helpful to make a plan during such a short period.

2. Guide (Ms. Saeed)
- Our guide had deep insight and knowledge about ancient Egypt. She did not give us just a simple expalnation. For instance, she explained a couple of theories concerning the shape of the Sphinx with what she believed. I liked it as a scientist.

3. Driver (Forgot his name)
- I found that the traffic situation in Cairo was not good. Nevertheless, the driver, I know, had tried to give us a very comfortable and safe ride.

I appreciate all their efforts.

I am sure that Memphis Tour can provide something beyond whatever tourists want.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
A memorable trip from a well-organized team that helps you discover Egypt
, 3/26/12


My wife and I are just back from a short but wonderful holiday in Egypt and we wish we could have stayed longer. After having concerns about visiting Egypt we have no regrets whatsoever. We started our tour in Aswan to Luxor by different means of transportation which made it very exciting with no time to get bored, our tour guide named Mohamed Emam was outstanding, very professional and very well suited as we were eager for detailed historic facts about ancient Egypt. We would highly recommend Mohamed Emam if you ever want to visit the Southern part of Egypt. Mohamed paid attention to every detail and makes you feel so welcomed and makes your trip memorable and relaxed. We got on the Nile Dolphin Cruise, which was very well organised, there was assorted food at each meal and it was all very well prepared. Egyptian people have a great sense of humor and they treated us with respect and kindness. We were so pleased with the Memphis team that we booked additional activities such as a hot air balloon ride in Luxor and a day tour in Cairo. Our tour guide there, Ahmed Farahat, was also great, friendly and helpful. Thanks again for a well coordinated effort and we recommend Memphis tours to anybody who wants to travel to Egypt as it is worth your time and it is money well spent. Looking forward to going back to Egypt soon.
Visited March 2012
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
A great memorable experience - no regrets
, 1/17/12
Our family of 4 plus 2 grandparents just returned from a wonderful vacation in Egypt that was organized through Memphis Tours. Spent many emails communicating with Ahmed Fayez before we left and he was very prompt in answering all of our questions and providing details. Hamada & driver Kamel picked us up at the airport and was a wealth of knowledge to us. We had awesome tour guides (Mahmoud in Cairo and Ahmed in Luxor) that took us to fascinating places. Our expert guide Rehab we had during our cruise made our tours truly special for all of us. Definetly one of the more enjoyable holidays we have had in a long time.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“An excellent introduction to Egypt with Memphis Tours”
, 1/9/12
We spent an excellent ten days in the company of Memphis Tours. We had explained that we wanted a tailor-made package organised around a cruise from Aswan to Luxor. They were extremely helpful in responding to our specific requests at the planning stage, when they answered rapidly our e-mails with new itineraries which took full account of our comments.

The whole visit was organised with great efficiency. The logistics worked impeccably, with guides and cars always there when promised. The guides were very informative, particularly given that this was our first visit to Egypt, and overall we had an excellent introduction to the country. The guide was particularly valuable in Cairo, which would be a very difficult city to navigate around on one's own.

The Nile Dolphin cruiser was clean and comfortable, and my children in particular appreciated the extensive and tasty buffet food.

On the issue of security, we saw nothing which led us to have any serious concerns about our safety. The lower number of tourists in Cairo, whilst not helpful for the Egyptian tourist industry, made our trip easier (we had been told that the Tutankamun room in the Cairo museum was normally heaving, but we practically had the room to ourselves).

In general - many thanks to Memphis Tours for organising a very memorable and enjoyable holiday!
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
First experience in Egypt and Middle East in general--felt fairly safe and well taken care of
, 11/19/11


I arranged a tour with Memphis several months in advance at an incredible price--I really couldn't believe it when I saw it (<1000USD for 7 days). Going alone I felt that staying with a tour company was the safest way to spend time in Egypt and I think it was a very good decision. While I was rather confused whenever I arrived in Cairo and, later, in Aswan because I wasn't provided with a cell phone on arrival in Egypt, I was promptly found by the tour representatives. The accommodations (hotels and whatnot) exceeded my expectations, but as a rather budget-wary student, I suppose my expectations weren't that high to begin with.

The tour through Cairo was quite good. Sherwet Ali, my tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and quite admirable when she kept yelling at people taking pictures in the Egyptian Museum--she really loves her country's history and culture. While I was a tad disappointed that we didn't have time to see the rest of Cairo (only saw the Museum and Pyramids/Sphinx), I suppose that was my fault because I didn't pay enough attention to the schedule and was not forthcoming enough with what I wanted to see.

The cruise from Aswan to Luxor was very relaxing but the cruising itself was underwhelming. There really was only one and a half night of actual traveling on the boat and the first night and last night we were just docked in Aswan and Luxor, respectively. Not a complaint, though, just an observation for potential travelers keen on the "cruise" aspect of the Nile. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the temples tremendously and was repeatedly taken aback by the impressive skill the Ancient Egyptians employed to construct these beautiful and mysterious buildings (Edfu and Karnak especially). Ahmed (I forgot his last name, sorry) was great and took care of us (I shared the cruise tour with four other people), but sometimes I felt like he didn't answer our questions quite clearly. That is more of a miscommunication on both our parts than a deliberate attempt to avoid the "harder" questions about the sites.

Tips for people doing tours in Egypt: do be forthcoming and a lil demanding with regards to what is in your schedule or what is included, a lot of the time the details get lost because everyone is so busy. Be wary of hawkers in the touristy areas--it really tries your patience at how aggressive they can be--they're only trying to make a living in this "global trickle down economics" industry, so be sensitive to that reality as well.

Anyhow, Egypt was great and unforgettable. I might go back again some day and do a desert trek tour and really go rough--I think it was far too easygoing this time around!
Visited November 2011
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
This was the easiest and most relaxing trip we have had in a long time
, 11/16/11


We loved our custom trip that Memphis Tours put together for us! It was a last minute trip and we only had 7 days total. We made all of the arrangements online. All of our guides were thoughtful and helpful from the moment we arrived at the airport until the moment they dropped us off at the airport. We did a Nile Cruise and spent a couple of days in Cairo. It was so easy!!

We highly recommend them - especially if you havenever travelled in the region before!
Visited November 2011
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Memphis managed it all....
, 9/8/11
   We visited Cairo with our 7 month infant over the local Eid Holidays and had arranged Memphis as the local tour operator.
 
The service provided was exceptional, right from the first contact with a query to the final goodbye at the airport.
 
Eman (the organiser) was prompt in replying and accomodating to our requirements offering useful advice and communicating the the arrangements.
 
Ahmad & George who received us at the airport and coordinated all ground transportation were efficient, courteous and very patient (those travelling with an infant will know how important this is!). 
 
Emad Saleem was our guide on the excursions and his knowledge is second to none. He was able to discuss at length questions that were off the beaten track, proving his passion for history is what drives him to do this work (he studied human psychology at university!). Above all, he was someone who you would want to get to know beyond the tour formalities (the personal discussions around lunch etc were memorable!).
 
In all, Memphis tour was one of the best tour operators we've come across (and we've come across quite a few!). Strongly recommended.
 
Only advice would be to exclude meals from any package so you can have flexibility on how you want to dine....just a matter of personal preferences.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Very Helpful
, 8/28/11
 While we ended up not using Memphis Tours for our upcoming trip to Egypt, we found their service to be extremely helpful. Emails were answered quickly with all questions answered and new ideas given as well.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
nile cruise
, 8/23/11
  I didn't make the trip because of the spiralling dollar rate in my country. I wanna commend Abdo Shawky for the continued support, patience and professionalism exhibited throughout the planning.

I plan to make the trip eventually, hopefully Abdo will be on hand to help me out then.
Thank you

 

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Memphis Tours, Excellent Service
, 7/26/11
 We had a tour in Egypt visiting Hurghada, Cairo and Luxor with many activities in just 1 week.

Memphis tours arranged everything with high professionalism.I want to thank you to our professional tour operator Mr. Mohammed Sakr.I was sending e-mail's to him and asking lot's of question's.and he responded to my e-mail's 24 hour's.

Special thanks for Mr. Hamdy Fayez, who organized our activities in Hurghada. 

Also our guide, Ms. Rehab Samir, in Cairo, was a real professional and fun to be with ensuring successful visit.

The staff of memphis tours,did excellent Job and made our vacation fun,enjoyable and stress free.we are very much satisfied with memphis tours service.

If you want to visit Egypt.and you want to enjoy your vacation without any stress and bad surprises.i can recommend you to use memphis tours services.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Wonderful tour company
, 6/9/11


We booked a small group tour with Memphis Tours to do an 8-day trip which included Cairo and a Nile cruise. After the protests in January 2011, we had concerns about our booking, and Ahmed, at Memphis Tours, provided very responsive customer service to address all of our concerns and needs. No question went unanswered, and no detail was too small to address! I wish that all tour companies operated in this manner.

When we arrived in Cairo, we were greeted very warmly by the Memphis Tours representatives. Memphis Tours was very prompt in transporting us for tours and our guides, Mahmoud and Sayed, were very friendly and very knowledgeable. It worked out very well that tourism had declined because we did not experience any crowds. During our trip, it was very hot, so the complimentary bottles of water during the tours and at the hotels were very much welcome. We sampled Egyptian cuisine during our stay and developed a liking for Aysh and Om Ali. Egypt is a must-see destination, especially for lovers of history, culture, architecture, and adventure.

We highly recommend Memphis Tours to anyone looking to travel to Egypt or other destinations offered by Memphis Tours. The customer service is top notch because they go the extra mile and make you feel at ease. We never felt unsafe and had an amazing experience!!

[An aside: for those who are looking to do a Nile cruise, make sure to do your research. From my own research, the best cruises to book are the Mayfair, Abercrombie & Kent's, Oberoi, Sonesta, Movenpick, River Tosca, and Jaz Minerva/Legacy. Otherwise, the ship should be built within the last 2 years. All Nile cruise ships are not created equal, even those with the 5 star deluxe designation.]
Visited May 2011
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Amazing and attentive service - Mephis Tours knows how to make you feel like a special guest!
, 3/28/11
I spent 8 days in Egypt in November of 2010. I booked all 8 days with Mephis Tours and was impressed beyond belief at how wonderful they were! The first three days of my trip were spent in Cairo, seeing all of the important tourist sights (Great Pyramids, Bent Pyraid, Egyptian Museum, etc., etc.) My guide (Nabil) had a masters degree in Egyptology, spoke 5 languages fluently, and was a walking historian and enclycopedia...and a perfect gentleman, who knew how to fit everything in by sticking to the schedule. I also appreciated that he always seemed to know where to be (i.e. give me time to myself to ponder the meaning of life at the base of the pyramids, and yet be an arms-length away when I needed a picture taken). (Yes, I traveled alone.)
 
My next 4 days were spent traveling from Cairo to Northern Egypt (the southern part of the Nile), and taking a Nile cruise. The cruise experience turned out to be more wonderful than I could've imagined. The food, staff, and restaurant wait staff were awesome. I'm a vegetarian, and there was always plenty for me to eat. It was great to be able to float gently up the Nile, and each day, pull into a different city, with new and exciting sights to see and learn about. Again, my tour guide was great - funny, personable, professional and knowledgeable. (His name is 
 
On my second to last day, I flew back to the city of Cairo (airfare included in my tour package) and flew out (back to the U.S.) the following morning.
 
The very BEST part of my trip, however, was my Abdo Shawky. Abdo was not a tour guide - he was the one who booked my tour from the very beginning of the process, when I went onto Memphis Tours' website (MemphisTours.com) and typed in a description of the details for the type of tour I wanted. From the beginning, Abdo was personal, professional, and extremely competent and accomodating. I had several unusual requests for my itinerary - and Abdo made sure that all of my requests were met (including not being near any smoke from the deck of the cruiseship, since I'm allergic to cigarette smoke; making sure I received a company cell phone, on which I could pay for loaded minutes to talk, to call my husband back home, daily; and having bottled water in my room daily). 
 
I think because I am a light-complected Caucasian female, from Western society, and was traveling alone for a week in a foreign country...Abdo took it upon himself to ensure that I felt comfortable and at home in his country. Thanks Abdo! :)
 
All of the people I came across in Egypt were kind and respectful. I fell in love with the Egyptian people when I was there. I had so many open, honest conversations with the locals about all the taboo topics (e.g. religious practices, gender role stereotypes, politics, etc.) and always got the feeling that they want Americans to understand the truths (and non-truths) about their culture in Egypt, and namely, that we are all much more similar than we are different.
 
I would recommend using Memphis Tours, without hesitation, if you want to book a tour to Egypt. My only piece of advice for travelers is: remember that no matter how much of a "world traveler" you are, there are always cultural barriers that you come across when you travel, and the best way to avoid frustration coming from these interactions is just to communicate with those around, ask open-ended questions, and don't emotionally react or judge others before making sure you have an accurate view of the circumstances. Nearly always, your assumption may be biased by your own culture, without even being aware of it. Go. Learn. Engage with the locals. And I'm sure that you too, will love Egypt!

Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Maged has been so helpfulr
, 3/13/11
 I have been using Maged Al Gohary of Memphis Tours as my tour consultant for an upcoming trip to Egypt. He has been quick to answer my emails and provide me with information and price quotes. Our Nile Cruise boat had to be changed at the last minute and he has arranged an upgrade to a better boat at no extra charge. I trust that his recommendations are as good as he says they will be.. I hope this trip goes as smoothly as booking parts of it through Memphis Tours has gone. Based on my experience to date, I recommend Memphis Tours in general and Maged in particular. His email address is [email protected]. I will report back when we get back in October to let you know how it all went.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“Holiday of a lifetime...”
, 1/4/11
We have recently returned from a fantastic holiday with Memphis tours. We did so much in 8 days and we learned so much. Iman & Yasser were fabulous guides. We saw Alexandria, the Pyramids, the Sphinx, King Tutankhamun's treaures, Memphis, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, numerous temples, a Nile cruise, camel ride, hot air balloon ride, felucca ride, Aswan, the dam and Abu Simbel and more..... all of it was amazing!
As a family of 6 - 4 adults and 2 children - we were wondering how the children would find the holiday but our guides became friends as well. They helped us know the best prices to pay and protected us when we got some hassle and even played games with the children. We couldn't have asked for more.
Highly recommended.
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Memphis Tours! 100% satisfaction guaranteed
, 10/24/10
Egypt Sept. 24-Oct. 4 2010 
I cannot praise this company highly enough. From the very first email I received from Marwa Amer I knew I was in safe hands. She was very understanding and helped with all my requirements. I am a female solo traveler but not once did I feel unsafe at any of the locations I was touring, thanks again to the staff at Memphis Tours. Every one I met who worked for the company were polite, very friendly and warm. Their professionalism shone through! I had three tours with MemphisTours. An overnight in Cairo which consisted of - 1st day El Fayoum oasis including Qaroon Lake, which is the oldest natural lake in the world. Quite spectacular, especially for those who are interested in birds. Though if you go during the summer months it is extremely hot, so take care. Hats,sunscreen and lots of water are a must ! On the 2nd day. I visited Djosers step pyramid at Sakkara and the temples of Ty and Mereuca. If you take an interest in the pharonic period and have seen the pyramids at Giza then this is where it all began. Then on to Memphis, the first ancient egyptian capital to view the wonderful alabaster statue of Ramses ll.. To round off my day, I went to Khan el Kalili the famous bazzar in Cairo. WOW! So exciting, the sounds, colours and aroma's, my senses were overloaded. I would go again tomorrow! In fact I am returning to Egypt for my third year in a row next year and of course will be using the services of Memphis Tours.. My grateful thanks go to Hassan Maghwry for the time I spent in Cario., Sakkara and Memphis. He taught me so much more than I would find in a book! Very very special thanks to Hamdi Fayez for the fun we had in Hurghada. It was as though we had been friends forever! I hope we will remain so! 
Thank you Memphis Tours!
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
“5 star compay that goes all the way, they are worth every penny you spend!”
, 7/15/10
I would highly reccomend Memphis tours for anyone to use,They are worth evry penny you spend, from picking you up from the air port, pick up transfers to your hotel, to attraction sites, the Egyptologists are able to speak many languages.... I reccomend the following people
Hussien in Giza & Amany
Eid in Aswan & Luxor & Hosney in Alxendria.
The Museum will need 1 full day, try min 10 days or you will note your holiday very short!
When I left all thses peple touched me very much!... you may want to convert some money before you leave to Egpty for tips..... have a great Trip......I sure did.
Yousra
Trip to Egypt: Pyramids & Nile by Train
Memphis Tours Egypt
, 1/2/10
I am traveling in Egypt for my holidays and i did contact many operators there and tour agencies but none of them use to be as Memphis Tours Egypt and the guys who works there as Mr Ahmed Fayez and Mr Mustafa Ahmed very helpful who replied to me so soon and gave me the best tours and prices ever. If you ever travel to Egypt do contact Memphis Tours Egypt as the best operator there ever. Well done guys for your great job and thank you
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