9 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise

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This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

We are pleased, after a long hiatus, to bring back programs to Egypt. Egypt’s history and cultural remains have not changed, however recent political events have left their mark on daily life. You may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence than in the past. Security is of primary importance and we encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Hotels and ships are working hastily on their services to meet demands. Unfortunately, very few improvements have been made in the meantime. Investments in the infrastructure are lagging behind. Therefore the buses and transfer vehicles, although clean and well maintained, they are an aging fleet. Some common comforts such as hygiene may be weaker. Consider the local dress code and watch your diet. Eat cooked foods only and stick to bottled beverages. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust visible everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days as well as early starts. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cairo-Luxor & Aswan-Cairo
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
  • Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
  • Enjoy a 4-day cruise on the Nile and savor the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
  • Tour the stunning Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic period
  • Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
  • View the world-famous Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle, built in the 1960s
  • Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location
  • Marvel at the oldest structure of the “seven wonders of the ancient world” the Great Pyramid of Giza

Is This Trip Right for You?

We are pleased, after a long hiatus, to bring back programs to Egypt. Egypt’s history and cultural remains have not changed, however recent political events have left their mark on daily life. You may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence than in the past. Security is of primary importance and we encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Hotels and ships are working hastily on their services to meet demands. Unfortunately, very few improvements have been made in the meantime. Investments in the infrastructure are lagging behind. Therefore the buses and transfer vehicles, although clean and well maintained, they are an aging fleet. Some common comforts such as hygiene may be weaker. Consider the local dress code and watch your diet. Eat cooked foods only and stick to bottled beverages. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust visible everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days as well as early starts. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.


This 9 day program is a comprehensive fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of Egypt in a brief visit.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Egypt
Depart for Egypt

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Cairo
Arrive in Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations; transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day acclimating to your new surroundings in exotic Cairo, an extraordinary mix of old and new. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting and enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at your hotel
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 3, Saturday - Flight to Luxor, Temples of Karnak & Luxor, Nile Cruise Embarkation
This morning, depart Cairo by flight to Luxor, the astonishing site of the ancient city of Thebes. Take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank and visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Next, visit a papyrus gallery and view an extensive collection of beautiful artwork on papyrus. Witness a demonstration and listen to a lecture on how papyrus is made. Afterward, head to Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II before embarking on the Queen of Hansa for an unforgettable cruise on the legendary Nile River. You’ll be warmly welcomed aboard with time to settle in before the Captain’s Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Luxor, Esna
View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning’s optional tour that includes the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens & Temple of Hatshepsut along with Colossi of Memnon. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Continue to the stunning Valley of the Queens, a burial site for the wives of the Pharaohs. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Next, stop to visit an alabaster factory. View a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old fashion way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. This evening, enjoy dinner on board while the ship sails down the Nile towards Edfu via Esna lock
Optional: Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Temples of Edfu & Kom Ombo
This morning, take a tour to the stunning Temple of Horus in Edfu, considered one of the best preserved of all the Egyptian temples. It was built during the Ptolemaic times and was completed over a 180-year period. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. After lunch on board, tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, that is dedicated to Horus, the Sky God, and Sobek, the Crocodile God. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple & Obelisk
Today, visit the spectacular Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle when originally constructed in the 1960s. The dam brought an end to the Nile's devastating floods. Continue to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and marvel at the temple's beautiful island location. Conclude the tour with a visit to a granite quarry holding the largest known unfinished ancient obelisk. Finally, make a stop to explore a perfume boutique. During your visit you can watch the creation of perfumes. Select a fragrance and choose from a wide selection of glass bottle containers. Spend the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional Sunset Felucca Ride. Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile and watch the exquisite sunset
Optional: Sunset Felucca Ride (PM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Disembarkation, Flight to Cairo
This morning, after disembarking your cruise ship, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. An opportunity to join the optional Egyptian Museum & Bazaar. Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts with more than 120,000 items on display. Continue to the famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar where you will find copper, brass-ware, leather, perfumes and antiques. Tonight, treat yourself to a superb dinner at one of the fine international restaurants with commanding views of Cairo or, attend the optional Sound & Light Show held in Giza with views of the mighty Pyramids. A spectacular and unforgettable evening!
Optional: Half Day Egyptian Museum & Bazaar
Optional: Sound & Light Show in Giza (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - The Pyramids of Giza
Awaken in this city of ancient wonders. Begin your discovery of the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. Enjoy an up-close view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, the oldest surviving structure, named one of the “seven ancient wonders of the world.” After seeing the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, head to the magnificent Sphinx that guards the Giza plateau, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. Leisure time this afternoon, or join the optional tour to Memphis & Sakkara with lunch. Visit Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Now, is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser
Optional: Memphis and Sakkara with lunch (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Depart Egypt
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Cruise sailing times are subject to change.

At certain times of the year, your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.

Order or duration of some visits may be affected during the official holidays.

Due to regional laws, hotels and restaurants will not serve alcoholic beverages on certain holidays. On these days, no wine or beer will be included with dinner.

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Half Day Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut & Colossi of Memnon

Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Continue to the stunning Valley of the Queens, a burial site for the wives of the Pharaohs. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours

Day #4 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $59.00
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Sunset Felucca Ride

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile. Glide gently down the river and catch the refreshing breeze while witnessing the beautiful scenery of the Nile Valley. Experience the peace and tranquility while watching the spectacular sunset. Light refreshments will be offered during your one hour Nile cruise. Details will be provided locally.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour

Day #6 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $15.00
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Cairo Sound & Light Show at Pyramids

Journey to the Giza plateau and enjoy the views of the area at dusk. Watch the history of Egypt come alive at the Sound & Light show with views of the mighty Pyramids. A spectacular and unforgettable evening! Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours

Day #7 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $39.00
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Half Day Egyptian Museum & Bazaar

Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts with more than 120,000 items on display. Continue to the famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar where you will find for sale copper, brass-ware, leather, perfumes, antiques and much more. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #7 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $39.00
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Half Day Memphis & Sakkara with lunch

Travel to Memphis, capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes around 3100 BC. Now, it is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Next, continue on to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, serving as the necropolis for the ancient capital, Memphis. Here, you can view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Tour includes lunch in a local restaurant. Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #8 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $59.00
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9 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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We had such a wonderful and amazing time in Egypt with Gate 1 Travel.

 
We had such an amazing and great tour guide, Amro!! He was completely professional, personal, effecient, very knowledgable, and most of all protective of all of us, considering we were in a foreign country and having the demonstations starting.  We fortunately left before the uprising in Egypt, and made it back to New York safely.
 
I would definitely reccommend Gate 1 Travel to people, and my brother and sister-in-law are already planning on booking a trip with you for a trip to Italy. 
 
Thank you once again for the very memorable experience.

Kimberly M. Floral Park, NY
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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The trip was better than I had ever hoped.  I did not plan to be in on a Revolution, but that's how it goes. It makes a great story. We got out fine the day before they started to cancel flights.  Ibrahim was the best guide I have ever had.  He is so knowledgeable on every aspect of Egypt's history and culture.  The Miridian Hotel and the Red Sea Resort were great. The crew on the boat was terrific and the food excellent.  I will certainly book with you again.

Beverly F. Saint Paul, MN
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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Wonderful  and very exciting !!    Your people did a great job of taking care of all of us under extreme conditions.  Your company is to be commended and thanked.

Dave S. Weeki Wachee, FL
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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Thank you.  We loved it. It was one of the best vacations we have taken.  We are thankful we had a safe trip and hope that our tour guide, Hossam, remains safe.

Sharon J. Troy, IL
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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I have nothing but praise for Gate 1 Travel. They took care of me from the time I landed. Every minor detail of the trip was taken care of. The guide, Mr.Hossum, was very knowledgeable and nice. When I take my next trip, it will be through Gate 1.

Sain K. Tucson, AZ
10 Day Egypt with 6 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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We had the trip of a lifetime! Our tour guide, Shereen, was absolutely wonderful!  Her knowledge of Egyptian history, culture and religion was tremendous!  Her experience as a tour guide was beyond all expectation! She took care of us all, had us up early to get to our destinations and kept us all safe and healthy, with her guidance no one got ill or in trouble.

My husband and I are still floating on a cloud of excitement from our wonderful trip. We learned so much from our guide Shereen. Thank you to Shereen and Gait 1 for a far better trip than we could have ever imagined.

 

Jason W. Ocala, FL
11 Day Jordan & Egypt: from Petra to the Nile River, January 2011
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Jordan with Petra was the highlight for me.  Our guide was Samer,  We appreciated his services very much. The Kam Zeman dinner was not notable.  On the road to Petra, I very much enjoyed Midway Castle and regret that it was only a brief stop.  I saw some of the best Jordanian art plates and vases there.

Despite the disappointments of not getting to the Pyramids and other Cairo scheduled stops during the Egyptian portion of the tour, we thoroughly enjoyed Aswan, the cruise and Luxor (both banks). Our guide during this portion was Fatma.  She was marvelous, simply marvelous, and that was before the Egyptian uprising troubles began. As the situation deteriorated, she was constantly in touch with every official, Gate1 and Egyptian, that seemed useful.  I think she salvaged a number of optional tours (Thebes and Karnak) that might have been lost with a less experienced and knowledgeable guide. Her depth of knowledge of Egyptology and local officials and conditions were invaluable.

No need to banter on ... we had a great trip.  Gate 1 Travel will be high on our list of tour operators.

Rex W. Redmond, WA
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2011
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Our trip was FABULOUS!  Ibrahim was the best guide ever.  Loved every site, hotel, Neptune and on and on.  We're sending people your way once the protests settle down.  In summary, everything you said about the trip was true or even better than you explained.  We will surely travel with Gate 1 again.  And a big plus was the 34 people traveling with us.  We had so much fun together. 

Jean D. Saint Paul, MN
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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The best trip ever. Our tour guide, Hishem, was excellent. He really made the trip enjoyable. His knowledge was unbelievable! Everyone in Egypt was friendly and hospitable. The accommodations were very good and the food was also very good. It exceeded our expectations. I am so glad I used Gate 1, we had great time.

Laurie S. Greensboro, NC
8 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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The trip was EXCELLENT! This was my third Gate 1 trip, and it will definitely not be my last - the value-for-cost is remarkable, especially the way you keep the single supplement cost as low as you do.

As with any tour, the guide can make or break it, and in Egypt we were really fortunate to have Moufid as our guide. He has a phenomenal breadth and depth of knowledge about both ancient and modern Egypt, and had a most enthusiastic way of communicating that knowledge. He made sure we got the most out of our limited time at each stop. The trip definitely lived up to its billing as an intense, fast-paced overview. I'd love to go back some day, but even if that's not possible, I have many wonderful memories!

Jeanne P. Yorktown Heights, NY
8 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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The trip was fabulous. Everything was very well organized and well planned. But what made this trip so special was our guide, Maufad.

Renate and I have been very fortunate this year to have traveled all over the world, but never have we encountered a guide so knowledgeable, friendly, patient and caring as Moufad. He knew every answer to every question, made special arrangements for us along the way, and generally did everything he could to make this trip the best experience we had all year. Thank you for organizing a wonderful trip, and especially thank you for providing us with Moufad.

Michael G. & Renate H. Newtown Square, PA
8 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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We enjoyed the trip immensely due to the fact that we had a good group and our Tour coordinator was wonderful. He was so good that most of us learnt a lot from him. Mr. Monsour is a scholar in Egyptian history indeed. His ability to manage the Tour and look after the needs of the group members was also very good. We have no hesitation in saying that you should have him and people of similar depth of knowledge as tour coordinators for future travelers. He was simply very good. We are thankful that we had him. All in all the trip was, though hectic, very enjoyable.

Mandipa D. Peekskill, NY
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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The trip was great. In the past 15 months, we've traveled/toured with Gate 1 three times. Belgium and the Netherlands in October, Israel in February and now Egypt.

The minute we arrived at the Cairo airport, a Gate 1 Travel rep was there waiting, enthusiastic and with a smile. The service was great along with the hotel locations. Amro, our tour guide, was fantastic. He went above and beyond, was always mindful, open to any question and willing to sharing his knowledge about ancient Egypt. Our next trip is to China with a side trip to Tibet.

Belinda B. Anchorage, AK
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2010
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Egypt was great! This was probably the most exotic place we have ever been to. As our guide pointed out, Egypt is a Third World Country; much poverty. The souvenir hawkers are very annoying, but once you learn to ignore them, its fine. Once you are outside of Cairo and in the countryside, people everywhere wear the traditional style dress. Nothing has changed for hundreds if not thousands of years. People still farm using animals: oxen, water buffalo, donkeys, and horses. I think if Jesus got off the bus, he would be in familiar surroundings.

Our Nile cruise ship, Neptune was perhaps a little outdated, compared to the other ships, but this was perfect for us. When traveling, we like to stay in older hotels as they have so much more character than the new modern facilities. The Neptune gave us more of a sense of what a Nile cruise used to be like, before everything became so generic. The rooms were quite spacious with beautiful dark paneling, and the food was superb. I wish we could have brought the chef home with us.

The sights are incredible: pyramids, temples, monuments, etc. The ancient Pharaohs built to impress, and they still impress today. The word awesome cannot describe it. We see photos and know that these places are magnificent, but photos can't capture it. When you stand at the foot of these places and look up at them, you are truly in awe. Our guide, Hanan, was extremely knowledgeable about the antiquities, and very enthusiastic. She was wonderful, and worked arduously to make everything move along smoothly. I can't thank her enough for all she did. This is one place on our planet that everyone should visit at least once. I highly recommend it.

Art B. Mentor, OH
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2010
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Our trip was wonderful. The ship and hotels were very nice. The best part of our trip was our guide Shareen. She was by far the best guide we have ever experienced. Her knowledge of Egypt and its history was extensive, but she had a way of bringing it all to life and making it interesting for a group of forty people, which was no easy task. She also kept everything running smoothly even though the schedules had to be changed a couple of times. She addressed every issue in a timely and pleasant manner and was always a joy to spend time with. She made our trip a thousand times better and we feel honored to have met her.

Diana & Mark D. Dothan, AL
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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The trip was fantastic. You were right on the money with everything you told us including the Visa. It was an easy trip to a counter near immigration and a $20.00 fee. The only crimp in the trip was that Air France didn't get our luggage to us in Cairo when we landed and we had to wait 3 days to get it in Hurgada. The people with Gate 1 were absolutely the "best"! Our guide, Hisham, was beyond fantastic! He was an absolute doctoral level authority on all things Egyptian and made us feel like we had been one of his lifelong best friends. He took our daughter Catherine under his wing (knowing she was interested in graduate Egyptian studies) and spent so much time with her! The trip was life changing! Gate 1 has it down! Thank you for all your help!

Frederick E. Vineland, NJ
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2010
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My sister and I had the most wonderful time in Egypt, I would highly recommend the tour to anyone who is considering going there. Our tour guide, Neveen, was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable on everything from temples to our smallest concerns and most professional. I cannot say enough about her and everyone in the 'Isis' group totally agreed that she made our experience very special. I will most definitely choose Gate 1 for my next adventure.

Pauline R. Croton Hudson, NY
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, November 2010
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The trip was wonderful and we enjoyed every moment, though hectic. Planning and coordination was amazing. We never had to wait for anything. Planning for visits and timing were perfect and helped us see most of Egypt. Our guide, Hassan, was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and he really took care of all our needs. The cruise on the Nile was enjoyable and brought together all members of the group. We went to Egypt as strangers and came back as friends, thanks to Hassan. He made us feel at home in every place.

Subba R. Cherry Hill, NJ
10 Day Egypt with 6 Day Nile Cruise, November 2010
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The trip was very nice and we enjoyed every minute of it, especially not having so many people in our group. Also, I would like to congratulate Gate 1 Travel for having such an experienced tour guide who really made our trip more enjoyable and interesting.

I have recommended Gate 1 Travel and I will be contacting you for a future trip.

Karina D. Santa Rosa, CA
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, October 2010
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The trip was wonderful! We had a great tour manager, Amir, who brought ancient history alive for us! We also visited a farming family who demonstrated how they're self-sustained from their land, from grinding corn on 200 year old stones to braiding rope from plant fibers. I understand that we were only the second group to do that, and it was a valuable experience. And, also extremely valuable, on Day 7 Amir conducted a question and answer session while we were cruising to Aswan to answer our accumulated questions on present day culture of Egypt.

Regarding gratuities, it would be very helpful to note that $1.00 bills are great to bring along for tipping, because smaller bills in Egyptian pounds are hard to come by. In general, dollars were accepted for everything and use of a Visa was very limited....cash, cash, cash either pounds or dollars.

The trip was terrific, and we'll definitely book with Gate 1 Travel in the future.

Marsha P. & Carol P. State College, PA
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, October 2010
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Absolutely wonderful, fantastic! There aren't enough adjectives to describe the incredible time that we had. Amr was one of the best guides we could have hoped for. I've been telling all of our friends about the tour and Gate 1/ We already have 2-3 couples looking into doing a similar tour with Gate 1 in the near future. It was everything that I'd hoped for and even more. Thank you for your exceptional service!!

Jan E. Mulino, OR
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, October 2010
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The trip was great. Everything was top draw. What an experience! The Pavillon Winter Hotel in Luxor was the best. Our guide, Amir, was terrific, so well organized and so very nice.
Amir is a KEEPER! Gate 1 travel is also a keeper, never fails to disappoint. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

Judy J. Clinton, CT
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, October 2010
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The trip was great. Amir was a wonderful tour guide and very professional in every way. I can not say enough positive things about him. It was a trip of a lifetime and I hope to return some day. Thank you for all of your help as well. I will recommend Gate 1 and you, Carol Ann, to anyone I meet looking to book a tour.

Jane P. Kansas City, MO
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I just returned from a tour to Egypt with guide Moufid Mousour, who I must say was an excellent guide. The trip was great and I plan to take it again in the next year or so with Moufid. I want to send a card, email or get in touch with our security guard that we had in Luxor, Mohamed. He was with us for two days and I would like to thank him.

Lana S, Hamilton, OH
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, September 2010
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How fabulous!! Out of 10 you scored a 10. We were up, and out, and felt as though we saw everything there was to see and experience in Egypt.

For the price we paid I know you cannot beat it. Our tour guide, Husseum, was the most patient, knowledge, sincere guide. You are lucky to have him!!! He represents Egypt with class and dignity. Our only problem is where to book next. Nothing will beat this trip, it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for your help and concerns.

Kathleen & John W. Toms River, NJ
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, September 2010
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I really enjoyed the trip-fantastic!! Our guide, Hussein, was wonderful! Although I was tired because of the jam packed schedule and excursions, it was so worth it and I would book with Gate 1 again!

Rebecca V. Arlington, VA
10 Day Egypt with 6 Day Nile Cruise, September 2010
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Everything was great. Our guide, Mofid, was wonderful. He made the ancient world come alive. We were strangers in a strange land but he helped ease us into that world. I was treated on the boat to a private tour of what I could and could not eat (I am allergic to egg and anything made with egg) for each meal. At times I got special dishes.

Sharon G. Morris Plains, NJ
9 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, September 2010
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Everything about our trip exceeded our expectations. Of course, Egypt speaks for itself, but you, Victor, Gate 1 and Hisham, were marvelous. From the beginning, I appreciated the information that you offered and your suggestions with regard to side trips and other details. You were spot on. All of our arrangements worked smoothly and we were met in Cairo by Hisham. We expected a guide, but Hisham was so much more. His passion for Egypt was evident. His knowledge of its history, mythology, culture (both ancient and modern), and language are encyclopedic. He was able to simultaneously educate us, entertain us, and always make us feel well cared for.

My daughters and I concluded that whatever Gate 1 pays, Hisham's pay should immediately be doubled. No, tripled, at least. In fact, we think that Hisham should become the worldwide spokesman for Gate 1 on television, the internet. Perhaps Hisham should be the spokesman for the nation of Egypt to boost tourism!

We can't say enough. This was our first experience with a tour. I can't imagine that any other could even begin to measure up.

Rita B. Northfield, IL
8 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, August 2010
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This one one of the most exhilarating, educational and best vacations I've been on. I traveled alone on a full escorted tour with Gate 1 and Moufid, we toured Egypt and stayed at the Oasis hotel (in Cairo), 3 day Nile cruise (from Aswan to Luxor), and finally a return to the Ibertol Resort and Casino (in Cairo).

It was my retirement present to myself and I say I am in awe and walked away with a broader knowledge base many thanks to my tour guide, Moufid. I was never nervous and had no knowledge of Gate 1, but I thought a fully escorted tour would be safe! The price was cheaper then most, but I felt comfortable booking my trip, and I was elated and received more than money can pay for a trip like this. I would recommend them over and over and can't wait for my next excursion. Thanks Again to Moufid and Gate 1.

He is so knowledgeable and dedicated to his work and very easy going and fun. There was not a question he did not have an answer to. He offered private sessions to discuss our trip and made our travel to attractions safe and hassle free.

Vernell G. Front Royal, VA
8 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, August 2010
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Our trip was fantastic! Our tour guide, Moufid, was wonderful. Gate 1 did a fantastic job hiring this guy. Also, a big thank you to Gate 1, you all were great at answering any questions.

Upon arrival I was relieved to see that a Gate 1 representative was there waiting for us as stated. He and the driver were very friendly and everything went smoothly. When we arrived at The Oasis Hotel, there was Moufid to introduce himself and help get us checked in. The Oasis hotel was fine, I will say that we didn't care for their food, but really, that is our only complaint about that hotel, and it's not like we were going to Egypt for a culinary experience.

Moufid was continually a wonderful presence. Extremely knowledgeable, going out of his way to answer questions, to make sure everyone was happy. Things were pretty seamless. The MS Queen of Hansa was pretty nice, the service on the boat was awesome! We really enjoyed the cruise portion of our trip. One day I got ill when we were at the Valley of the Queens and Moufid even sat there with me, offering water and whatever I needed to see that I would feel better. This guy really cares about his guests, how refreshing! It probably doesn't even occur to him that he is a freaking superstar tour guide, even if he does hear the compliments, a very humble guy.

Keep Moufid on for sure, everyone was so happy with him and I will never forget how hard he worked for all of us. Thank you all very much, I am very happy with Gate 1 and even heard good things about you all from others on our tour. I will definitely use you all again in the future. Feel free to send me coupons :)

Amy B. Houston, TX
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, August 2010
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It was extraordinary !!!! The entire trip was phenomenal but of utmost importance is that our guide, Ayman, surpassed all expectations. He worked tirelessly to meet our EVERY request. Ayman's sense of humor, flexibility, and dedication is to be truly commended! We're looking forward to our next Gate 1 adventure.

Lisa & Steve T. Windham, NH
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, July 2010
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My clients Michael and Ruth S. had a wonderful experience in Egypt this summer. Gate 1 is to be congratulated on doing an excellent job. They were so surprised at everything including the excellence of the tour and the great tour guides.

Benita H. Mahwah, NJ
12 Day Egypt On Sale with 7 Day Nile Cruise, July 2010
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The trip to Egypt was fabulous. We got to see all the things on my list to see. We had an excellent guide, Amro. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to handle every situation. For example: We signed up for the flight and tour to Abu Simbel. Egypt Air delayed our flight and made it not feasible to depart on the appointed day and this was one of the reasons I took this tour. Amro was able to rebook it for the next day and we didn't miss a beat. He is a real gem. The hotels were top notch and the Queen of Hansa ship was perfect for river cruising. We booked most of the optional tours through you. I did decide to do the Pyramid light and sound show along with the pre booked Luxor show. I liked the Pyramid one better.

Gate 1 did a great job preparing us for the culture of Egypt. The information was right on target. I liked being made aware of the tipping mentality so we came prepared and that there would be an armed guard on the bus.

The only negative feature and this has nothing to do with Gate 1, was the temperature. It was over 100 every day and sometimes 116-120. They are having the hottest summer ever. No wonder we got a good rate. My husband is a college professor so we are locked in to when we can travel There were quite a few other educators on the trip. Thanks for your assistance.

Helen B. Doylestown, PA
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, July 2010
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I just recently returned from the 12-day trip to Egypt, which included the 4-day Nile cruise, Cairo, and Hurghada. I travelled with my 9 year old son in a group with 18 others from the United States. Despite the early mornings, every excursion was worth waking up for. We had the most amazing guide throughout our trip. Hossam was very professional and extremely organized. Everything on our trip went very smoothly. On one occasion, because of road closures in Esna, our bus was unable to maneuver through the crowded roads. We had no choice but to abandon our bus and travel to our river boat by caleches. Hossam organized caleches for all of us and paid each driver once we made it to our boat. It was an unforgettable experience that allowed us to really savour the culture of rural Egypt. Hossam was very knowledgeable about everything we asked him about, and he was very patient, helpful, and caring with all of us. Many days we were very exhausted from the constant travel and blazing heat, so I'm sure he must have been feeling the same. He never showed it though. He was energetic throughout. My son and I learned a lot on this trip thanks to Hossam's expertise. We were also very lucky to have travelled with so many amazing people. I was very pleased overall with the itinerary of this trip as well as the accommodations. The food in Cairo and on the cruise were especially good. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime that I will cherish forever. Thank you, Hossam and Gate 1 for making this our best trip ever.

Marie P. Pickering, ON
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, July 2010
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This was an amazing trip to Egypt and well worth the price!!! The added benefit of our English speaking guide was worth the price of the whole trip!! Navieen provided us with insight into Egypt today and the Egypt of yesterday. Wonderful!

Kathleen E. Springfield, VA
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, July 2010
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The trip was absolutely wonderful! Everything was perfect from start to finish. Our group was fun and some of us are actually thinking about going to China with Gate 1 next summer. Hassam, our tour director, was outstanding. He went above and beyond the call of duty at all times and his knowledge base is incredible. He is exceptional! Thanks again for all of you help!

Annemarie S. Springfield, VA
10 Day Discovery of Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, June 2010
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The trip was amazing and perfect. I especially would like to mention our tour guide, Karima. She is so knowledgeable and interesting. Without her the trip would not have been what it was. Going to all of the Egyptian temples and seeing everything would have just been a bunch of rocks with writings on them. But she really explained everything in detail and told all of the stories. If I go to Egypt again I would do what I could to get on one of her tours.

Everything was well organized and I would definitely choose Gate 1 again based on my experience on this trip.

Erica J. Corvallis, OR
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, June 2010
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It was horrible. Just kidding! It was excellent! This was our 3rd Gate 1 booking to Egypt and probably the most memorable. The service was excellent and very accommodating. Fatma, our tour guide, was VERY knowledgeable and went the extra mile by allowing time to answer questions anyone in the group had. Thanks again as we are planning to revisit Egypt, of course through Gate 1, next year!!

Nick P. Sycamore, IL
9 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, December 2010
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Our trip to Egypt was more than expected, starting with the amazing Moufid, our travel guide. Moufid made sure that all of our needs were attended to 24/7. We had absolutely no delays, hotels were good, food was good as well and in abundance. Moufid was a walking Egyptian History encyclopedia who answered every question to everyone's satisfaction. A few times he even held a round table for questions that may have come to mind during the trip. Moufid really made the trip what it was, fantastic! I would not hesitate to recommend Gate 1 Travel to anyone in future. We are planning another trip next year to Vietnam and Cambodia and will be checking out Gate 1 Travel excursions for this one as well.
Thanks again to Moufid for his expertise, patience and hospitality.

Dave & Fran C. Milton, Ontario, CA
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, June 2010
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My husband and I were on the June 10-24 Egypt trip. Our guide was Amro. He was beyond a doubt the best guide we have ever had. He was smart, knowledgeable, organized, charming, funny and accommodating. His English was flawless and I think we never once had difficulty understanding him. He answered all of our questions thoughtfully and candidly. He worked tirelessly to make sure everyone was pleased with the trip. I could not have asked for a better person to show us Egypt. In addition, the trip itself was excellent. I thought all of our accommodations were comfortable and clean. The least pleasant was the last day at the airport and that was probably due to the warm air conditioning. So I wish to thank you for a wonderful trip and to let you know that when we make our travel plans in the future Gate 1 will be our first choice.

Pauline W. East Hampton, NY
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, June 2010
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WE HAD A FABULOUS TRIP!!!!!!!!

Start to finish it was THE BEST. We loved our guide, Amro; the MS Neptune a true joy, slow, small, and absolutely the way I wanted us to experience The Nile. Abu Simbel, AMAZING!!! Hurghada, beautiful. And we are looking forward to our next Gate 1 Tour.

Donna T. Scottsdale, AZ
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, June 2010
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The trip was really wonderful! We all had a great time. My girls enjoyed themselves very much. The entire group was great; really nice people. Everyone got along and enjoyed each other's company.

Our guide, Amro, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about Egyptian history and culture. He handled every detail so the trip ran very smoothly. Every leg of the trip was on time; every flight, bus, tour, etc. Amro was friendly and helpful and everyone really enjoyed his services.

The sights were incredible. We did decide to go to Abu Simbel, which we booked through Amro. The temples were magnificent, one more amazing than the other. The cruise was very relaxing and a lot of fun. It was very hot, but of course, the weather is under no one's control. It did make it difficult to enjoy some of the sites, especially the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, because of the stifling heat.

The thing which I would say we all like the least was how aggressive the people were when trying to sell things. The bazaar in Cairo was overwhelming, especially since it was our first day in Egypt and none of us were used to pushiness of the vendors. Also, the stalls were so close to each other that you really did get the feeling that people were coming at you from all sides. Another suggestion would be for Gate 1 to have bags of small change (Egyptian pounds) available so we could have exchanged our larger bills. We really needed the pounds for the bathrooms, but it was very difficult for us to get small currency. The exchange facilities wanted to give you larger denominations, and we had trouble getting it changed to smaller.

Thanks for all of your help while planning this trip.

Shirley D. Langhorne, PA
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, May 2010
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The trip was absolutely terrific. The accommodations, the food, and the people were just wonderful. Kudos to our tour guide, Tarek. He was personable, accessible, and extremely knowledgeable. He was just phenomenal.

Thank you, Gate 1 for a memorable experience.

Vertell R. Corona, NY
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, May 2010
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The trip was amazing and fabulous. It was also hot, but it didn't really interfere with my participating in everything. Our tour guide, Tarek, was so informative, knowledgeable and helpful. I could not have had a better guide---what an experience!!!!! Thanks for an extremely well-run travel experience.

Lucy A. Marietta, GA
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, May 2010
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We were very grateful and lucky to have Waleed as our tour guide. Thanks to him our trip was priceless.

Our Hotel and boat reservations were handled in a very efficient way. His explanations on each site shows his depth of knowledge of Egypt. You are lucky to have Waleed in your guide roster.

Carlos & Carmina G. Washington, DC
10 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, May 2010
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I was very impressed with how you helped us book the trip at nearly the last minute. When we arrived in Egypt it was obvious that you have a great team over there. Everyone was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our Egyptologist Hesham Masour was incredible. He was an exceptional guide and teacher. He was friendly and helpful throughout the trip. If I ever went back to Egypt I would want him leading the tour. I was amazed at how Hesham went out of his way to help people. We also had a day tour with Hossam Gedawi; also a great tour guide who made the trip enjoyable. I definitely will book my next adventure through Gate 1 Travel.

Henry C. Lincoln, NE
12 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 4 Day Nile Cruise, February 2010
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I had an incredible time! I didn't know what to expect since I was traveling solo, but WOW!!! I beam every time I think of it. The fellow travelers were great and our tour guide, Hossam, was informative and patient. I was able to cross off pretty much everything on my list with the tours that I booked not to mention the weather was great too.

Errol M. Brooklyn, NY
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2010
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Our trip was just fabulous. Our tour guide, Hussein Bayad, was so knowledgeable and personable that he really made Egypt come alive for us. The light show at Karnak was breathtaking. Also, thank you for providing water for us every day as it really was helpful in keeping hydrated. Our tour bus and driver were exceptional and the shore excursion package was well put together as the sites were indescribable! This was a trip of a lifetime and exceeded my expectations in every way! I look forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.

Polly P. Jacksonville, FL
15 Day Egypt with Red Sea & 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2010
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This trip was the absolute best trip I have ever taken! The schedule, although hectic at times, led to some weariness, however, this trip was definitely of more value than the price I paid. Gate 1's motto of "seeing the world for less" is absolutely on point! I look forward with enthusiasm to my next trip with Gate 1 Travel.

Denise F. Bronx, NY
10 Day Affordable Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, January 2010
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Fabulous!! The trip was everything I wanted and even more. I wanted to touch the Great Pyramids, ride a camel, visit the Pharaohs tombs, experience the antiquities in the Egyptian Museum, see mummies, read hieroglyphics, be with the people and experience their culture, visit the temples, mosques, synagogues and churches, listen to the prayer echoing throughout the land. This was the most awesome adventure I've had. I would recommend this tour highly to anyone interested in Egypt.

Bibi G. Ruskin, FL

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