Trip Report: Two Week Egypt Tour with Private Guide

Dec 5th, 2009, 07:34 PM
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Is that per person or the combination of the two of you?
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Dec 7th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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That is the grand total of tips for the two of us combined, and included all gratuities (not just for drivers and hotel staff, but also for the guides themselves). So the price wouldn't increase much even though you have four people in your party.

I'd like to stress that I was told MANY TIMES that gratuities were optional. I was in no way forced to tip, but when someone rescues you from the craziness of the Cairo airport (which is how we felt when we first arrived!) our immediate response was to give a generous tip for the excellent service.
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Dec 7th, 2009, 01:20 PM
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I have been all over the World, specifically Middle East especially my fav place Jordan but will be going this time, besides Jordan, to Syria and Egypt. We are traveling indepent to Egypt since my husband and son speak Arabic plus it is more fun on your own and more convenient, plus we won't get railroaded by the guides. i am seeing on this site where gratuities are too high, whether forced or not, for remember folks the dollar is strong in Egypt and most of the Middle East. Egyptians are friendly but will never save you money! Just an opinion.
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Dec 7th, 2009, 07:04 PM
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dutyfree, $1000 in tips shocks me to be honest. $20-30 for each trip to the airport - well, all I can say in Kris is a lot more generous than I am

As I said, we were given the option of doing the tipping ourselves, or paying up front to our Lady Egypt rep and they would do the tipping for us. I think we paid (don't quote me on this) $250 for six people (our tour may have been quite a bit shorter than kris', but still). You'd think if you're paying through your tour operator up front, it would be MORE, not LESS, than what you would end up paying on your own. This covered our guide, drivers and all the bellhops, etc. We didn't go on a Nile cruise, however.
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Dec 7th, 2009, 10:57 PM
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Thanks for letting me know what you paid with Lady Egypt-thought that I was gonna have to stay home...
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Dec 8th, 2009, 05:19 AM
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Hi, all.

I´ve found an interesting article on the subject of tipping.

Shortly, it says the tipping, per person, for a trip in a group for 10-15 days should be 45-50 euro. It says how much to give for the waiter, or the driver, etc, if you´re not in a group.
I found it helpful.

See at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g2....In.Egypt.html
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Dec 11th, 2009, 07:38 AM
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I also went to Egypt with Ahmed and our experience was as good as Kris_Mom's. You have my trip report at Fodor's in case you want to read it.I ADVISE : It's a really long one...
We were five in the group and I tend to tip high when I receive good service; so in the 16 days of our trip I also wasted about 1.000$ in tips.
If someone wants to see a picyure of Ahmed you have it here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
Can't miss him: he's the tallest adult in the left side of the first picture. The rest is me and my family.
Lollie asked if Ahmed helped to get the meds for stomach pains. Well, in our case he did. We got stomach problems the second day of our stay. He drove us to a pharmacy and bought Antinal for us (he did not allow me to pay for it). Antinal worked perfectly. I bought more (5 LE per case)at Aswan and controlled all our problems.
About lugagge we had some weight problems in the flight from Cairo to Aswan. They only allowed 10 kgs per person inside the cabin, and they were strict on that; so we had to repack some things in other suitcases and check them.
And finally, about useful things to take to Egypt, you can check that post I wrote when we returned:

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...e-to-egypt.cfm

Hope you all enjoy your stay at Egypt as much as we did.
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Dec 11th, 2009, 01:41 PM
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andonius

Thanks for posting the lovely pictures.

It was great to see those places again
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Dec 11th, 2009, 06:54 PM
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Lady Egypt(who Ahmad uses for his trips) sent me a "before you leave" sheet and tipping was on it which was most helpful.Leaving in two days and still haven't started packing?
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Dec 16th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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Andonius

Great to see your post above! Your trip report was one of the reports that convinced me to go to Egypt (#1) and to hire Ahmed (#2). We leave the 27th....cannot wait! Thank you for your incredible report! By the way....we are planning to do a hot air balloon while in Luxor...I am excited but scared at the same time! I hope to get some pics to post for you and all to enjoy!
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There is alot of women that are not overed. and there is no dress code I wore what ever I wanted to. and i ate and drank what ever I wanted to and never got sick. I was there for a month and I am giong back for a month and a half in april
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