From Hurghada: Day Trip to Valley of the Kings in Luxor
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 16 hours
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My friend and I greatly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Sameh, was very knowledgeable. Sameh would take us through the sight explaining different parts of the structure then give us time to explore and look ourselves. There was always more time for things we took an extra interest so we didn't feel rushed. Sameh is a native to Southern Egypt and his knowledge of what felt like everything around us was impressive. We our 2 females traveling solo in Egypt and felt safe and comfortable with this company, no hustle or pressure. If you are looking to tour this area, I would recommend this one. It's private, it will be your party members, guide, and driver. There was much more freedom at the sights as we were not part of a large tour bus being herded like sheep. Sameh also chooses excellent places for lunch, fresh, Egyptian style and authentic. We can't thank him for the experience.
The trip was very well organised and the guide was very clear about where we were going, what we were doing and what times to meet up after exploring during our 'free time'. It was a long journey but we got to see an awful lot. During the trip we got to see about 4 sites and upon returning to the coach we would find bottles of water, crisps, chocolate and cans of soda waiting for us which was a nice touch (and needed). The one regret i have about the trip is that at the valley of the kings you will have access to 3 tombs, you will have to pay extra to visit Tutankhamuns tomb (around £15 english per person) and i wish we had done that, but thats the only regret. Loved everything else and as we neared Luxor the guide told us so much about the way of life out here, we learnt so much. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Our guide Ahmed Abass was wonderful. His knowledge of the ancient Egyptians is exceptional. He was friendly and accommodating, slowing the pace of the tour to suit our needs. He was full of helpful hints and cannot be recommended enough. The cruise was good. Apart from a few minor niggles like a poor aircon and the odd smell of diesel when the boat is still it is a good experience. It does need more sail time as your are sat in Aswan and Luxor for a full day and a half each. The food was good, combining Egyptian and western well. The transport to the sights are all in modern cars.
The driver was very punctual at the hotel reception at 5 a.m. He was a very good driver, knowing every details of the road by head. We felt very safe with him during the whole trip. The local guide, Mohammed, was a fantastic guide, well prepared, with a huge lexical knowledge. We learned a lot from him about the history, hieroglyph writing. We always had a lot of time at all location, stops.
You can't understand Egypt if u don't book this experience. Our vacation would have been half without that. The service in the boat was really good and 100% above average of Egypt but it could have been better though. The buffet could be bigger. Especially the desserts were not that good. Egyptologist and transfer were perfect.