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glsebs Apr 27th, 2010 09:58 AM

Lady Egypt Tour Guides
 
I have been working with a few different tour agencies, and I am trying to decide which one to use for our trip to Egypt and Jordan next February. I know which hotels I want to stay in throughout and have narrowed the cruises down to two companies that work well with my itinerary.

Lady Egypt has been very easy to communicate with and their price is very good. My only concern is the quality of the tour guide (Egyptologist) in Cairo and the guide for our three days in Jordan. The rest of our trip will be on a Nile Cruise ship, either the Alexander the Great or the M.S. Nile Adventurer, and I know the guides and tours are good from these ships.

I have also spoken to Abercrombie and Kent and Cox and King and their prices are higher, but I have a good comfort level regarding the quality of the guides they provide. I would like to pay less if I could, but I do not want to sacrifice quality.

So does anyone want to comment on the quality of the guides Lady Egypt provides in Cairo and Jordan/Petra.

Thanks so much for any help.

MissGreen Apr 27th, 2010 02:03 PM

I haven't been on my Lady Egypt tour yet so cannot tell you about the quality. I did enquire with them about the fact of not liking a tour guide. I was told that being a tour guide is considered a prestigious job so they all work hard, and yes, if I was not happy I could change guides. Thanks.

P_M Apr 27th, 2010 03:30 PM

I went to both Egypt and Jordan with Lady Egypt and the guides were superb!! They had extensive knowledge about their countries and the history and I had no complaints about their service or knowledge. I do not think you will sacrifice quality with Lady Egypt.

doctorjohn Apr 28th, 2010 09:20 AM

My guides were all awesome. I was kind of a geek cause I would read up on each site before going. The information provided was very accurate and the guides provided me with extra facts that made it more educational. Of course, each egyptologist has their favorite niche and will obviously talk more about those things, but it did not take away from the experience.

Just a note for Jordan (if you book with Lady Egypt), you will get a driver who will be your tour rep through out trip. They are NOT guides and are not allowed to go with you in the sites. They are there to make sure you have a good time and that your needs are accomodated.

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P_M Apr 28th, 2010 01:17 PM

doctorjohn, my experience with Lady Egypt in Jordan was completely different. We had both a driver and a guide in Jordan and our guide most certainly did go into the sites with us. If memory serves you had a private tour of Jordan? Maybe that's why it was different for you.

Yukon_XL May 3rd, 2010 05:42 AM

I was very happy with our tour guide from Lady Egypt. He stayed with us throughout our Egypt tour (Cairo,Luxor,Aswan and the Nile cruise). His name is Aamer Ibrahim.

Yukon_XL

sf7307 May 3rd, 2010 07:11 PM

We also thought our Lady Egypt guide was excellent - his name is Mahmoud, he's from Luxor, but he was our guide in Cairo, Aswan and Luxor.

MissGreen May 4th, 2010 12:07 AM

I'm going to be in good hands with Lady Egypt it seems.. everyone loved their guides!

cmp6e May 7th, 2010 02:58 PM

I did a private, 2 week tour with Lady Egypt and thought the guides were quite good. We had different guides in the different places where we traveled around the country. Our guide in Cairo and Alexandria was especially well-informed and passionate about his country. We found the guides to be knowledgeable, flexible, and willing to cater to our interests.

I have an MA in classical archaeology and I'm currently teaching a course on ancient Egypt, so I was pretty particular about the guides. Lady Egypt was extremely reliable and professional, and the price is excellent for the services you get. I think you will be happy with them!

TC May 8th, 2010 08:15 AM

cmp6e; Would you mind posting the names of the guides you had? Thanks.

cmp6e May 8th, 2010 01:04 PM

My guide in Cairo and Alexandria was:

Khaled Elhennawy:
email- [email protected]
[email protected]

He works with Lady Egypt, but also arranges his own tours I think.

I will have to dig through my information from the trip and see if I can find the other guide's name who was with us in Aswan and Luxor.

TC May 9th, 2010 07:29 AM

Thank you, cmpoe. It is always good to have specific names. I try to leave few things to chance when i plan a trip. Knowing that a particular guide comes with sterling recommendations is excellent information.

gettysburg63 May 19th, 2010 05:34 PM

cmp6E - Thanks for posting the name of your guide who works with Lady Egypt. I am going on my second trip to Egypt, and have an MA in history, so am very much wanting guides who have a passion for history along with knowledge. I would be interested in learning the names of your other guides in Aswan and Luxor.

Thank you for your information. Can't wait to go back!

celticsinger May 19th, 2010 06:52 PM

I am very glad to read all the recommendations for Lady Egypt and her guides, as I may soon be using same. Can anyone tell me, on a practical note: will I need to pay the entrance fees for my guide and driver at each site we visit? This will make a difference to my budget calculations...

Casual_Cairo May 20th, 2010 03:09 AM

Licensed Egyptologists (which is what will be guiding you through Lady Egypt) all have a pass to get in free. Sometimes there is a fee of LE5 for the van to get inside an area like the Pyramids, but that may be covered in your fee to LE anyway.

P_M May 20th, 2010 05:25 AM

celticsinger, I used LE and we never paid admission for guides in either Egypt or Jordan. We never paid for the van to get in either.

dutyfree May 20th, 2010 08:48 AM

I would highly recommend asking for Youssef as your driver in Jordan. Lady Egypt contracts with Desert Horizons there. He picks you up at the airport and is with you the entire time although will have a guide with you for Petra. The guy is a doll-around 34 with a business degree and very comfortable to be with for a week. He is flexible,funny and friendly along with being a great driver.Tell him that Debbie and her family from Chicago who he had in December send him hugs!

sf7307 May 20th, 2010 09:03 AM

<<<will I need to pay the entrance fees for my guide and driver at each site we visit? >>>

All the fees (including yours) are included in the price you pay LE. When we would arrive at a site, we would wait while our guide went to get tickets, then he would hand them out to us. He never had to have a ticket, as Deb said.

Axel2DP May 25th, 2010 12:18 PM

I just came back from a two weeks stay in Egypt that was arranged through Lady Egypt. The guides I had in Cairo, Luxor and Answan were very good. They were friendly, easy to talk to, funny, extremelyh easy to get along with, and knowledgeable with their Egyptian histories. I don't think you'll be disappointed with LE.

Queen_Egypt May 30th, 2010 08:18 PM

Too add to the collection of rave reviews ......
We had Aamer Ibrahim when we were there late last year - he was fabulous! Great sense of humour, nothing was too much trouble, really good to talk to about all aspects of Egypt - both modern and historical. He was intent on making more friends of Egypt - and was very successful. Also very flexible and adapatable when it came me changing my mind about what I wanted to see!
I was unwell for a short time & he was an absolute life saver with getting access the special yellow tablets etc.


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