I think the sites are beautifull and interesting but you need a guide that is proactive. Unfortunatelly mine wasn't and i'm sure it could have been better.
The Valley of the Kings was interesting, but not as "big" as we expected. The tombs were rather small and very stuffy. Tutankhamen's tomb is not really worth the extra charge. It was more interesting to see everything excavated from the tomb at the Cairo Museum. Hatshepsut's Temple was neat and had a beautiful view of the Nile. Our tour guide was very irritable and made us feel very rushed. When my husband decided to try and negotiate a deal for some souvenirs, she seemed almost angry that she had to wait. I would definitely go see the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut's Temple, but it is better to see it without the guide.
The trip was nice and the guide knowledgeable. However at the end she took me to a store where I was expected to buy something. I am assuming she received some kind of kick back from it. If they offer it to you I recommend taking a pass on it.
Alvin M USA
Worth it if you are not sure about how to get to the Valley of the Kings and how to get around the Valley of the Kings. Having done the tour and if I were to go back to V of K and Hats Temple I might try to go independently. That's because I could see the tombs that I want to see and as many as I want. And spend as much time as I want. Maybe one could tell the guide up front which tombs they want to see.
Gemma B Australia
Good tour, great for the information but if you just want to see the sights, do it on your own.
Michael R USA
Overall the trip was great. The guide was nice and knowledgeable. After this tour, we did a tour through another company. That one was phenomenal. It was a quarter of the price of Viator, and it was more relaxing and more friendly, and we weren't taken to places where we were pressured to buy things.
The tour was great. However, I will never again go on another private tour. I really felt like we were lead to the slaughter often as a tourist. We would go visit the places on our tour and then we would be led to a place that they had partnered with and be pressured to buy things. It was awful.
When booking by phone calling the office, everything went fairly smoothly, however once in Egypt, when calling to confirm 24 hours in advance which is difficult to do when traveling, the phone number was someone's cell and they answered with a "hello", which is unnerving for a traveler thinking she booked a professional tour. The guide was actually good, when she wasn't talking on her cell phone.
Lyndsey S USA
To tour the above, the easiest way to get to the locations is to use a tour company but alot of the information is skimmed over and we were never given time to visit the bazaars or vendors outside the sites. Even if the vendors tended to be overpriced etc, it would have been nice to at least be able to view. We missed out on alot of nick nacks etc and it should have been up to us to say whether or not we wanted to browse.
Joao Paulo P Australia
Guess what Yes, the tour guide, in the Valley of the Kings made us visit the 3 tombs and that's it. What about the rest of the valley? Can't we take a quick walk around, NO! It's good that that happened because next time I'll be far away from guided tours and buy a lonely planet book and take my own time.