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1. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 8y

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Hi,

I am planning to go to Egypt for either 10 or 14 days this October. I would like to see the pyramids at giza, the valley of the kings, aswan dam and also do some snorkelling on the red sea possibly in Dehab.

I am travelling alone and would like to do a guided tour in a group, but I am unsure of which tour to go with? there seem to be so many available.

Does anyone have any recommendations of good tour operators? The last thing I want to do is book one and find out it is a complete shambles when I get there.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Matt.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

I would like to tell you that it is not really necessary to book a tour (unless you want it ofcourse). Because you can easily travel around independently and tours are mostly expensive. You meet a lot of travellers in Dahab since it is a real laid-back snorkeling-diving spot. In Cairo and Aswan you could probably book a tour for the day. Mostly you can book tours at tourist agencies in the city centres (in Cairo in Talaad harb in downtown).

3. Posted by QCLisa (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y

I agree, go solo and find a guide when you are there. It is easy and a lot cheaper!

4. Posted by guide35 (Inactive 4 posts) 8y

i guess to have your tour in advance is better for you , but if you don't want my idea ,tell me what happend after you make it and be back home.
you will find it's not cheap to have your own tour, because you will pay money everywhere , but when you pay it and know what you paid and what you take......this is the tour.....!!!ok
if you need more help ,,,plz tell tell me.
the king,:)

5. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

Hey Matt,

Good choice of destinations!! I love Egypt - used to live there - and am also planning a holiday back there in December.

It is really easy to get around Egypt independently but I wouldn't agree that that is the cheaper option. There is the local price, the tourist price and the tourists who live there price (that the price I get after 5 yrs and speaking Arabic :) )and that includes tickets for public transport. :) If you haven't been there or don't know people who have, you will find yourself paying for some 'non-existant' expenses.

I can recommend either Oasis Overland or On The Go Tours for a budget 10 or 14 day trip. I think they are the better 2 of dozens operating up there. There is also Imaginative Traveller but the prices are a bit higher.

I am taking 2 of my good friends with me at the end of the year so let me know if you want to have a look at the 'itinerary' I have put together for them. :) There is so much amazing stuff up there - be careful you don't go for a holiday and end up staying. But hey.... it worked for me! He he! :)

You will love it!!! Tania

6. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

Like people said it is pretty easy to get around on your own, but if you did want to do a guided tour Intrepid are good, I got back from one of there trips a couple of months back. Also don't forget to visit saqqara, just outside cairo, I found it a lot better than the giza pyramids a LOT less tourists

7. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 8y

Brilliant - Thankyou all very much for the advice!

Much appreciated.

Matt. :)

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