Planning a Trip to Egypt
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Egypt but didn’t know the best way to go about planning the logistics? Why not join me on one of my PTM Egypt Tours?
Today, I’m going to be sharing two helpful resources with you that will ensure that you experience all that Egypt has to offer without getting taken advantage of as most tourists do when they visit this wonderful country.
In this short interview below, you’ll not only receive my personal recommendation for the best tour guide in Egypt but you’ll also get a little insight into which destinations are must-sees during your next trip to Egypt.
In September 2015, I visited Egypt for the fourth time in 6 years. This time around I surprised my mother with a 4-day trip to Cairo.
As I was traveling with precious cargo and I wanted to make sure the trip went as smoothly as possible, I decided to reach out to Mohamed, one of my closest Egyptian friends for a personal recommendation for an Egypt tour guide.
My tour guide requirements were probably a little much but hey, it’s my mother we’re talking about here:
- I wanted a professional, trusted and experienced Egypt tour guide that Mohamed knew on a personal level.
- I wanted a guide that would be flexible and open to integrating some of my own ideas into the itinerary.
- I wanted a tour guide who wasn’t focused on making commissions at rug, jewelry and papyrus shops but more interested in providing us with a safe and unforgettable trip to Egypt.
- Lastly, I wanted to find a private tour of Cairo for my mother and I at an affordable price.
Within 24 hours I had a response and recommendation from my good friend Mohamed. He advised that I reach out to his friend Gabry in regards to planning my private tour in Cairo.
After exchanging a few messages back and forth with Gabry, I ended up hiring him to escort my mother and I on a 2-day private tour of Cairo.
To say that our trip to Cairo went smoothly would be an absolute understatement. Thanks to Gabry, my mother and I had one of the most memorable trips to date.
Now that you know a little bit more of the backstory of how I met Gabry let’s go ahead and jump right into the interview.
Q: What is your name?
A: Mahmoud but you can call me Gabry
Q: Which city/area of Egypt were you born in?
A: I was born in Giza (near the pyramids).
Q: How long have you been a tour guide in Egypt?
A: I been working as an Egyptian tour guide for 10 years now.
Q: What are your top three favorite destinations in Egypt?
A: 1. Cairo 2. Dahab 3. Aswan.
Q: What is your most memorable experience as a Egypt tour guide?
A: My most memorable experience as a tour guide in Egypt was the first time I took a hot air balloon ride in Luxor. Incredible!
Q: If you could recommend two or three traditional Egyptian dishes to first time visitors to Egypt which dishes would you recommend?
A: Kofta Kabab, Koshary and Falafel.
Q: What is your personal recommendation when it comes to tour lengths for first time visitors to Egypt? (5, 7, 10, 12+ days?)
A: 10 days is an ideal length for a first time visitor to Egypt.
Q: What are your favorite multi-day tours in Egypt?
A: My favorite tour itinerary is 2 days in Cairo followed by a 4 night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor, 2 nights on the Red Sea and one final night in Alexandria.
Q: Do you offer single day tours in Cairo?
A: Yes, I do.
Q: Do you offer private group tours?
A: Yes, of course.
Q: Do you offer transportation to and from Cairo International Airport?
A: Yes, I provide airport transportation to and from the Cairo International Airport. We can pick you up and drop you directly at the doorstep of your hotel safely and securely.
Q: What type of transportation do you offer for your Egypt tours?
A: My tours include transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned van.
Q: If a tourist had 3 days in Cairo, what would you recommend they visit?
A: When it comes to Cairo day tours, I would recommend spending the first day visiting The Pyramids of Giza, Sakkra and Memphis. On Day 2 we will visit the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and the famous Khan el Khalili bazaar. On the third and final day, we will explore Coptic Cairo, Islamic Cairo and finish the afternoon watching the sunset from Al-Azhar Park.
Q: What are three things every tourist must bring on your tour?
A: 1. Camera 2. Hat 3. Sunblock!
Q: What is your favorite (local/non-touristy) restaurant in Cairo?
A: Felfla Restaurant, GAD and Abou Shakra Restuarant.
Q: What are three hidden gems in Cairo?
A: 1. Garbage City 2. Al-Azhar Park 3. City of the Dead
Q: What is your favorite cafe in Cairo to drink tea, smoke shisha and people watch?
A: El Fishawi Cafe
Q: Where is the best place to watch the sunset in Cairo?
A: Al-Azhar Park, Cairo Tower and from the Sahara Desert by the Pyramids
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