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I had only one day in Cairo and I was very happy to spend it touring with Ola. She is very kind and thoughtful, in addition to being highly educated and knowledgeable about the Islamic and Christian sites. We went entirely at my pace and she adjusted the itinerary around prayer times so that I was able to see all that I wanted to see. She provided snacks and the option of a western or local lunch, and allowed me to eat later, which was better suited to my day. She put all the layers of religious and political history together in a way that was accessible and stayed with me. Her English is excellent and her accent easy to understand. If you want to have a thorough understanding of the history and geography of Cairo, ask for Ola!
I live in Bangalore, India. I had just 2 days for tourism in Cairo combined with a business trip. I had not paid attention to what and how I want to see around Cairo. Went to Tripadvisor as my resource. Found an attractive full day tour to Old Islamic Cairo and Coptic Church area. Booked it. I was anxious given that it was my first visit and an unknown part of the world.
I promptly received a mail within hours of my online booking giving me instructions that at assigned time of 8 am someone would be there with a placard at hotel. I was impressed at the detail and courtesy.
On the day of the tour I found a pleasant a young man Ahmed right in the lobby. He was polite, warm and communicated in English perfectly. As we moved to lobby, there was a clean, spacious and comfortable cab waiting for us with a driver. I was offered a bottle of water and a few snacks were kept around as and when I needed. I was already in a happy mood.
The tour itself was phenomenal. Ahmed told me clearly where he was taking me. Once we got there he explained the significant, architecture and history of the place. He answered questions patiently. If I wanted to wait around more, he patiently stuck around. I had total choice of what and how much I wanted to do throughout the trip.
I learnt Ahmed is a qualified tourist guide with 4 years tourist education and a certification from Tourist Authorities in Egypt. Clearly that knowledge and training made the tour a pleasant and educative one.
What made the tour even better was Ahmed's free sharing of my curious and maybe sometime even intrusive! questions about life in Egypt. I felt like we were friends at the end of it.
Thank you Ahmed and Emo for making my visit to Egypt a memorable one. Whenever I come to Egypt - guaranteed that my first port of call with be Ahmed and Emo.
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