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Nov032008

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Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Don't miss this while in Cairo! It was nice having private transportation, rather than having to find a taxi though there are tons of them waiting all the time. The only thing I would mention is to have them pick you up a little earlier than they suggest - we arrived as the lights were dimming for the show, which to me cut it a little close.

Nov032008

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Cairo Airport Private Departure Transfer

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Vehicle was a modern van with air conditioning and seatbelts - a rarity in Cairo. Driver knew how long it would take to get to the airport at the time of the day we were leaving so we were not late, nor extraordinarily early. If you have an extremely late flight as we did 1:55am, I strongly suggest this over a regular taxi - it comes out to about the same cost and it is more convenient and safer.

Nov032008

Tour/Activity

Nile River Dinner Cruise in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This is right along the Nile near major hotels in the Zamalek area we could walk from our hotel. It definitely is an awesome show and dinner was great. The "spin-man" was amazing - don't forget to bring your camera. It was also nice as Viator made sure our reservations were for a private table and not with a large tour group. We sat up off the main floor and could see everything! Don't plan on seeing many sights on the Nile since the show and dinner will keep you busy the entire time. Take a felucca ride to do that.

Nov032008

Tour/Activity

Cairo Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This is a must! He met us at the airport arrival area, helped us fill out our paperwork, retrieved our luggage and whisked us through customs there was a separate, short line for those who had private arrivals. The car was a very modern van with air conditioning and seatbelts which are a rarity with the regular taxis of Cairo. After traveling 19 hours, this was awesome. At the hotel, he assisted us in checking in, made sure they gave us a room in a nice quiet area of the hotel and verified the information for the rest of our tours.

Nov032008

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan, Khan el-Khalili

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Awesome having your own guide. Our guide was an expert on egyptian and islamic culture, and she was great helping us negotiate at some of the shops. We did all of the "tour" portions first, and then went to the Bazaar which is very much like going to a mexican marketplace - EVERYTHING is negotiated.

Nov032008

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Dahshur

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Note Sign up for the "Giza, Sphinx, Memphis and SAKKARA" tour. Our tour guide was awesome. When she picked us up, she gave us a great history on the pyramids and timeline. She also explained that Sakkara was the oldest pyramid and that we could see Dahshur pyramid from there if we wanted to change our itinerary. It was great being on a private tour with just our family, the guide and driver. I am SOOOO glad we did it this way rather than go on a traditional tour with a busload of people. You get to spend as much time as you want, where you want. Also, you get to go shopping during the tour and our guide was very flexible about lunch which was a plus since we had our 8-year old with us. One note - if you want to ride the horses or camels, have your guide negotiate a good price for you. Also, you can go into the Great Pyramid, but make sure you let the travel agency know when you set up the pick-up time for this tour. The guide needs to get your tickets early it is an extra charge. They only allow 300 people inside the pyramid per day 150 in the morning, 150 in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we didn't know this and missed it - but apparently it is just an empty area anyway.

Apr012008

Tour/Activity

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We didn't have a panoramic coach - but that didn't matter a bit - the views were spectacular! Apparently the Bernina Express is a "working" train that uses the panoramic cars mostly in the early morning trips - if you take this from Milan, you will not be boarding the train until about 12 noon. Although you take a bus down from St Moritz, it was not a negative as you get to see a different part of the Alps. Our tour guide was wonderful as was our bus driver -- he definitely had experience winding down the tight mountain turns. If you have time in Italy, I would not miss this trip for anything!

Mar302008

Tour/Activity

Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The guide was wonderful! This is a great tour to take at the beginning of your trip. You visit many of the interesting and historical sites of the city, and can then later visit them in more detail if desired. The "Last Supper" is the biggest draw of this tour as it is difficult to get tickets otherwise it is usually booked many months in advance - but if you visit with this tour, you are guaranteed tickets.

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