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Ibrahim Elaref

I have been working in the tourism field for more than 14 years. I born in Luxor and now I live and work in Cairo. I established my own travel company in 2009, and we are now one of the leading tour operators in Egypt.

As a destination expert I offer private guided tours and have multilingual Egyptology tour guides speaking more than 9 languages, our representatives cover all of the tourist cities in Egypt. As a destination expert, my goal is to offer high-quality service at competitive prices. I offer classic Egypt tour packages that focus on the iconic sights, as well as off the beaten path itineraries.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We offer tours all over Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Abudhabi & Turkey. We can help with tailor-made tours, classic tours, religious tours, red sea, safari tours. We can help you plan the perfect luxury, adventurous, budget, solo, family or romantic vacation."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My whole family is involved in tourism. My father is my role model, and he was the general manager of the oldest and the largest travel agency in Egypt. so I always aspired to work in the tourism industry as well. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In 2017, I designed and led a trip for a group of 350 people from the US. This was a great experience. "

Sail the Nile in a luxurious dahabiya sailing boat
Egypt & Jordan Grand Tour: Cairo, Nile Sailing Trip, Hurghada, Bahariya & Petra - 20 Days

Enjoy culture, adventure, and relaxation on this unforgettable 20-day tour of Egypt and Jordan. See the iconic pyramids, temples, and tombs of the ancient world, explore otherworldly deserts and Red Sea beaches, and board a traditional dahabiya sailboat to cruise the Nile River in style. After discovering Egypt's many highlights and hidden gems, it's time to hop over to Jordan to camp among the red dunes of Wadi Rum and experience the "Lost City' of Petra by candlelight.

The Red Sea beaches of Sharm El Sheikh
Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days

Cultural sightseeing meets a beach vacation on this week-long Egyptian getaway. Starting in Cairo, you'll explore the ancient world with tours of the Great Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and Alexandria. Then switch gears and head for the coast, where you can unwind in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh—sunbathing, swimming, and scuba diving along the Sinai Peninsula.

Hot air balloons over the Valley of the Kings
Treasures of Egypt: Cities, Deserts & Nile Cruise - 15 Days

Immerse yourself in Egypt's ancient history and natural beauty on this comprehensive 15-day itinerary. See the Great Pyramids, stroll the markets and mosques of Old Cairo, set sail on an unforgettable river cruise up the Nile, and tour the temples of Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, and Luxor. After day trips to Alexandria and Wadi Natrun, you'll venture into the sand dunes and oases of the White Desert to camp under the stars.

Sunrise over the White Desert
Egypt Highlights: Cairo, White Desert, Luxor & Hurghada - 9 Days

Combining cultural highlights with stunning beaches and deserts, this 9-day Egyptian itinerary offers a perfect blend of ancient history and outdoor adventure. Visit the Great Pyramids and discover the many flavors of Cairo on a gastronomic tour, then set out into the breathtaking White Desert for a Bedouin camping experience. After a day spent exploring the temples and tombs of Luxor, you'll head for the beach and end your journey in the Red Sea diving hotspot of Hurghada.

End your adventure in Egypt's White Desert
Explore Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & White Desert - 12 Days

Combine ancient history with natural wonders on this 12-day Egyptian adventure. Ride camels in the shadow of the Great Pyramids, board a relaxing cruise down the Nile River, and discover the remarkable antiquities of Abu Simbel, Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings. After exploring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Old Cairo, set off into the breathtaking landscapes of the White and Black Deserts—visiting lush oases and otherworldly landscapes as you camp under the stars.

Cruise the Nile from Aswan to Luxor
Explore Egypt: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Hurghada & White Desert - 13 Days

With a perfect blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 13-day Egyptian itinerary has something for everyone. Discover the ancient sites and antiquities of Cairo, cruise up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor, lounge on white-sand beaches at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, and end your journey camping under the stars among the breathtaking dunes of the White Desert.

Recent trip reviews for Ibrahim

Jacqueline

Incredible time, well organized, no snags, beautiful and once in a lifetime opportunity · Egypt - Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2022

Traveler: Jacqueline W. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of booking our trip through KimKim for our recent 9 day trip to Egypt. We just returned and wanted to express how grateful we are for the team and everything they did for us. Not only did they adjust the trip and fine tuned it to my exact needs and requirements, but they dealt with my million questions along the way lol. First of all, the trip started with Mahmoud meeting us as soon as we stepped off the airplane in Cairo before we even hit baggage or... read more

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of booking our trip through KimKim for our recent 9 day trip to Egypt. We just returned and wanted to express how grateful we are for the team and everything they did for us. Not only did they adjust the trip and fine tuned it to my exact needs and requirements, but they dealt with my million questions along the way lol. First of all, the trip started with Mahmoud meeting us as soon as we stepped off the airplane in Cairo before we even hit baggage or customs. From there, it was a flawless < 20 minute experience to get from the plane to the car and we couldn’t have done it without his help. We were driven through the insane traffic of Cairo with ease to our first hotel where they dropped us at the door and ensured all was well. We communicated the entire time through WhatsApp and each day the next days plan was laid out.
Our first 2.5 days were with Mohammad, who was not only an incredibly knowledgeable guide but was kind and funny. We saw the Pyramids and Mohammad Ali mosque on day one, followed by some amazing local schwarmma sandwiches. We went to a handful of souvenir stores where we got to purchase some awesome, government certified souvenirs special to Egypt. I got to ride a camel at the pyramids too! Pickup was prompt and everything was safe, fun, and easy.
The next day we were picked up promptly for a long drive out to the desert where we stopped partway to have a traditional Bedouin lunch which was cooked by our guide and drive Achmed, who stayed with us the entire time. His desert driving skills were unmatched and took us to the best sightseeing places. Then we settled into the White Desert for a night of campfire cooking, tea, and sleeping in the sand. It was incredible and delicious and we never felt unsafe.
The next day we said goodbye to Mohammad and Achmed and we’re driven to the airport for our flight to Luxor. Again - all planned out well and prompt. We were met at the airport with ease for pickup to our hotel in Luxor.
We got a call that night directly to our hotel saying the hot air balloon ride we had planned for the next day was cancelled due to weather, and they had already adjusted our itinerary and booked us a new balloon ride for the following day with no stress.
We were picked up by Ahmed for a full day of Luxor sightseeing. He was knowledgeable and kind and left us to explore on our own a bit which we enjoyed. He took tons of photos and we had a wonderful day.
The next morning we were promptly picked up at 345am for the hot air balloon ride, which we got to via Nile river boat (fun and unexpected!). This was also very easy and professional and hands down the best part of our trip.
We were taken back to our hotel after to pack our bags and get picked up for our drive to Hurghada, which was prompt and easy. Once we arrived they checked us in and arranged hotel pickup and PCR tests for that Saturday that we were leaving.
When we were picked up Saturday it was prompt with easy quick drive to the airport. That night when we were picked up from the airport, Mahmoud picked us up again and had a doctor waiting for us at the airport for PCR test which was done quickly. We had the results send to us via WhatsApp a few hours later and they were totally acceptable for return to the USA.
Overall we legitimately had no snags the entire time and with the language barrier between English and Egyptian Arabic, we quite literally couldn’t have done this trip without the KimKim team. It was a perfect trip and we will definitely use them in the future for other trips.

Amazing Trip to Egypt · Egypt - Apr 4 - Apr 17, 2022

Traveler: Edmund T. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We had an amazing trip to Egypt earlier this month and were very impressed with all the arrangements. There was no hiccup on any of the logistics. Our accommodation was mostly first-class - especially the Kempinski in Cairo and the Old Cataract in Aswan. The only slightly disappointing one was the Ghaliat Eco-Lodge in Siwa. Firstly everything was served on single-use plastic - cups, plates, cutlery etc - but also it had nothing in the way of facilities - no bar, no WiFi, no hair-dryer, no ice... read more

We had an amazing trip to Egypt earlier this month and were very impressed with all the arrangements. There was no hiccup on any of the logistics. Our accommodation was mostly first-class - especially the Kempinski in Cairo and the Old Cataract in Aswan. The only slightly disappointing one was the Ghaliat Eco-Lodge in Siwa. Firstly everything was served on single-use plastic - cups, plates, cutlery etc - but also it had nothing in the way of facilities - no bar, no WiFi, no hair-dryer, no ice etc etc. while it was relaxing, three nights was more than enough there.
Our main guide, Mohammad Shaarawy was outstanding - very knowledgeable on everything and had perfect English. He was also excellent company. Our main driver, also Mohammad, was equally outstanding and there was plenty of room on our mini-bus.
Our guide in Upper Egypt was not so outstanding- very heavily accented English and not as knowledgeable on Egyptology. Also he seemed to mess up on our plans for a hot-air balloon ride in Luxor, which we eventually could not take.
The Sonesta St. George boat was superb and we were very happy with the service, food and comfort.
Our airport collections and transfers worked very smoothly and the only change we would make again is to allow an extra day for this itinerary as it was really full-on most of the time.
We wanted to cover as much ground as possible and thus visited Cairo, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Luxor, Alexandria, El Alamein and Siwa all in a two-week period.
The highlights for us were going inside the Pyramids, Abu Simbel, Karnak Temple, Valley of Kings, the amazing Alexandria Bibliotheque, and the great Siwa Oasis
Overall we had a memorable trip and learned so much from the really informative guides and were very happy with the service provided by Egypt Promotions Ltd
Edmund

Activity Review

Visit Philae temple & High Dam

Aswan

Overall Rating
Activity Review

High Dam was disappointing compared to other dans we have seen - Kariba, Boulder- couldn’t see the size of it or the sluices and no working model nor tour of the operating of the dam.

David

Bumpy pre planning. Fantastic execution · Egypt - Feb 26 - Mar 13, 2022

Traveler: David L. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

The pre planning was a little bumpy. It took several rounds of explaining and sometimes we felt we were not being understood in our requests. Maybe it was a language barrier or something on my side.
After the few bumps in the road, the execution of the trip was very good. All the guides, drivers, times, hotels were excellent. Both in Egypt and Jordan we had the best time on the ground. Everybody was kind and trying to make us have a great vacation. All the operation was fantastic.
Our guides... read more

The pre planning was a little bumpy. It took several rounds of explaining and sometimes we felt we were not being understood in our requests. Maybe it was a language barrier or something on my side.
After the few bumps in the road, the execution of the trip was very good. All the guides, drivers, times, hotels were excellent. Both in Egypt and Jordan we had the best time on the ground. Everybody was kind and trying to make us have a great vacation. All the operation was fantastic.
Our guides in Egypt Hesham Nour and Mohammed Kamal were incredible.
Our driver in Jordan, Ali, was also excellent.
All in all a fantastic vacation and a great choice.
Highly recommend Egypt Travel promotions and Beyond travel Jordan as local agents in these countries.

Activity Review

Day tour to visit Pyramids& Sphinx and Old Egyptian Museum

Cairo

Overall Rating
Activity Review

4600 years of history. Incredible day and great guide and history with Hesham Nour

Food

I personally do not like touristic buffets and some days we were taken to some. We would definitely prefer to eat local food and share their culture through their food
Transport

Everything was clean and on time
Guides, drivers and staff

So kind people
Quality of Experience

Amazing experiences · Egypt - Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2022

Traveler: Tabinda M. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We had an amazing experience in our trip to Egypt and Jordan. The pyramids, the Petra, the White Desert, a cruise on the Nile, and scuba diving in Sharm el Sheikh were truly unforgettable. Ibrahim and the Kimkim team put together the perfect itinerary for us and were able to quickly resolve any issues that arose during our trip. They handled all of our lodging and transportation and made sure we were always comfortable.

Both of our tour guides, Mohammad Kamal and Noor, were respectful,... read more

We had an amazing experience in our trip to Egypt and Jordan. The pyramids, the Petra, the White Desert, a cruise on the Nile, and scuba diving in Sharm el Sheikh were truly unforgettable. Ibrahim and the Kimkim team put together the perfect itinerary for us and were able to quickly resolve any issues that arose during our trip. They handled all of our lodging and transportation and made sure we were always comfortable.

Both of our tour guides, Mohammad Kamal and Noor, were respectful, professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the various sites we visited across Egypt. They answered any question that we had and we learned a lot about Egyptian and Jordanian history and culture from them.

One of the highlights of our experience was when we visited a small village along the Nile river. We met some of the families there and enjoyed their hospitality. Additionally, the night we spent camping and star gazing in the White Desert was an experience we enjoyed very much.

Overall, this was a phenomenal trip and we will definitely be planning more trips through Kimkim in the future!

Amazing adventure in Egypt! · Egypt - Jan 15 - Jan 23, 2022

Traveler: Melissa C. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Although 8 days is not nearly enough time to visit Egypt, I had the trip of a lifetime! All the organization, from pick ups, to tours, to getting my test to return to the US was top notch. I also think with the limited time I had, Ibrahim picked great highlights. I would absolutely recommend this experience to EVERYONE - whatever you think about Egypt, it is SO MUCH MORE!

Traveling solo, I was a bit nervous, but both my guides Mohammad Shaarawy and Mohammed Kamal were knowledgable,... read more

Although 8 days is not nearly enough time to visit Egypt, I had the trip of a lifetime! All the organization, from pick ups, to tours, to getting my test to return to the US was top notch. I also think with the limited time I had, Ibrahim picked great highlights. I would absolutely recommend this experience to EVERYONE - whatever you think about Egypt, it is SO MUCH MORE!

Traveling solo, I was a bit nervous, but both my guides Mohammad Shaarawy and Mohammed Kamal were knowledgable, professional and excellent. Mohammed Shaarawy excels at explaining complex Egyptian history and Mohammed Kamal is enthusiastic and energetic.

I'm so happy I did this tour and can't wait to come back.

I am so glad I hired Egyptian Promotion Trave... · Egypt - Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2021

Traveler: Jasmine S. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

I am so glad I hired Egyptian Promotion Travel for my one week stay in Egypt. The service is truly 5 stars. I chose this company because they were happy to customize my itinerary in such a short time frame, and it was a private tour. Ibrahim took my request extremely last minute and his team made it happen. They were all patient with my many questions.

My husband and I are still amazed at what we were able to accomplish in 7 days. We took the Nile Cruise to Aswan and Luxor - saw all the... read more

I am so glad I hired Egyptian Promotion Travel for my one week stay in Egypt. The service is truly 5 stars. I chose this company because they were happy to customize my itinerary in such a short time frame, and it was a private tour. Ibrahim took my request extremely last minute and his team made it happen. They were all patient with my many questions.

My husband and I are still amazed at what we were able to accomplish in 7 days. We took the Nile Cruise to Aswan and Luxor - saw all the temples including Abu Simbel, and even visited Old Cairo and the new Egyptian Civilization Museum. Mohammed Kamal, our guide from Luxor, was so special. He really wanted to make sure we were happy the entire time and felt like family.

The entire time I felt very safe and taken care of. The guides pick you up from each airport and hotel. The shuttles were large and air conditioned. They even arranged a doctor to come to your hotel or wherever you are to take a Covid-19 test with the proper requirements on your travel home.

Travel in Egypt is booming again and the future looks bright for Egyptian Promotion Travel.

Barbara

Wonderful Experience, Would Use Again! · Egypt - Nov 10 - Nov 20, 2021

Traveler: Barbara D. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We had an amazing experience. We went to three different areas in Egypt (Cairo, Nile River Cruise, Hurghada) and our guides at each spot were amazing. Answered all our questions, made sure we had everything we needed (Water, stops at the ATM for cash, PCR test, etc.). It made it so easy to relax and just enjoy each day of our vacation. Our guide Mohammad in Cairo, Mo with Farah Nile cruise and Hesham in Hurghada were all amazing. Any hiccup we had, they handled it. On time too!

Great job in communication, responsiveness, a... · Egypt - Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2021

Traveler: Tanya N. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Great job in communication, responsiveness, and personalization! Highly recommend!

Our trip provided the experience of a lifetim... · Egypt - Oct 19 - Oct 29, 2021

Traveler: Fran S. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Our trip provided the experience of a lifetime. From the time we were met at the airport, we generally felt like the guides were knowledgeable and open to allowing us to experience Egypt in the way we desired, even when that deviated from the schedule of events.
Tour guide for Cairo and Alexandria- Tito was knowledgeable and flexible. Good at communicating local customs and helping us with checkpoints and helping us to feel at ease.

Tour guide for Aswan, Nile Cruise and Luxor-Mustafa was and... read more

Our trip provided the experience of a lifetime. From the time we were met at the airport, we generally felt like the guides were knowledgeable and open to allowing us to experience Egypt in the way we desired, even when that deviated from the schedule of events.
Tour guide for Cairo and Alexandria- Tito was knowledgeable and flexible. Good at communicating local customs and helping us with checkpoints and helping us to feel at ease.

Tour guide for Aswan, Nile Cruise and Luxor-Mustafa was and is the best tour guide we’ve ever experienced. All should take lessons from him. He’s personable, knowledgeable and asks questions to be sure we were getting the very tour WE desired, not necessarily the tour listed in the agenda. He understands local culture and customs and asks questions to gage the comfort levels and desires of his guests. He made us feel like true family. He is a true gem.

Tour guide in travel from Luxor to Hurghada was young and quite inexperienced. We were placed in a precarious position because of this. He should be training with a more experienced guide. He left us physically alone during and after a chaotic incident with a local bathroom attendant at the “rest stop”. 2 Americans who know NO Arabic, angry merchants with no other tourists around -alone for 45+ minutes, with only 2 brief checks to say “it’ll be 10 more minutes” and leave. Our other tour guides had the experience and knowledge to NEVER do this. It was frightening.

Otherwise, the people, staff were very accommodating and helpful. Always pleasant and seemed to truly desire that we had a wonderful time at each location. Even the events that were not coordinated well, were taken in stride and light hearted. Overall, one of the best experiences we’ve encountered.

Ed

Fantastic trip! 1 month in Egypt, including a... · Egypt - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2021

Traveler: Ed M. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Fantastic trip! 1 month in Egypt, including a week on the Nile. All the guides, vans, planes, and boats were all in place as expected. My daughter broke her ankle walking into a temple and our guide Mohamed arranged the doctors, x-rays, ambulance, tourist police and a delayed boat departure efficiently and we are very grateful to have had him as our guide. I can't say enough good things about him.
Covid19 testing was handled at the airport before departure very quickly and paperwork in order.
Recommend this company 100%.

A Memorable Time · Egypt - Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2021

Traveler: Mo Y. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Our planning was very last minute, nevertheless everything worked out surprisingly well thanks to kimkim and Ibrahim's (Egypt Promotion Tours) help to make our dream trip come true. They were extraordinarily accommodating to our needs and made everything fit into our tight schedule that included tours and transfers/flights span across multiple cities in both Egypt (Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Alexandria) and Jordan (Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea). We had amazing tour guides (Mohamed, Adele,... read more

Our planning was very last minute, nevertheless everything worked out surprisingly well thanks to kimkim and Ibrahim's (Egypt Promotion Tours) help to make our dream trip come true. They were extraordinarily accommodating to our needs and made everything fit into our tight schedule that included tours and transfers/flights span across multiple cities in both Egypt (Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Alexandria) and Jordan (Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea). We had amazing tour guides (Mohamed, Adele, Nour, Omar); they were professional, knowledgeable, caring, and spoke English very well. Our drivers and pickup contacts (Mahmoud, Zain) were wonderful as well; they helped with the visa process and arranging COVID PCR tests, plus helping me with a lost baggage due to airline’s fault. We were two girls traveling, and we felt safe and cared for throughout the entire trip. We are grateful and appreciate Egypt Promotion Tours’ role in giving us a wonderful and memorable experience of a lifetime.

Ana

Best trip, amazing experience · Egypt - Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Ana R. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Amazing service from planning the trip to the last day drop off at the airport.
The Egypt Promotion team really went above and beyond to make our experience one of the best.

We started planning with Ibraim and Amr, who were open to our requests and gave great suggestions. We took a long time to plan and book and Amr was always patient.

Once we got to Cairo, we got held up at the airport for more than 5 hours due to a COVID procedure... Ibraim and his team were checking up on us, and were... read more

Amazing service from planning the trip to the last day drop off at the airport.
The Egypt Promotion team really went above and beyond to make our experience one of the best.

We started planning with Ibraim and Amr, who were open to our requests and gave great suggestions. We took a long time to plan and book and Amr was always patient.

Once we got to Cairo, we got held up at the airport for more than 5 hours due to a COVID procedure... Ibraim and his team were checking up on us, and were there the second we were able to leave the airport (at 2:00 am) to take us to the hotel.

After that, everything went smoothly, thanks to the Egypt Promotion team.

We had greats guides everyday! Tito in Cairo, Mostafa in Awsan and Luxor, and Michele in Jordan. They were all fun, nice, interesting, knowledgable and took great photos!! :)
Our drivers, Karim in Cairo, and Odai in Jordan were also really kind and attentive.

The team worked very well to help us with everything we needed, includind two PCR tests that didn't interfere at all with our itinerary.

Zain was always checking up on us, and was a huge help. We're very thankful.

We are very happy to have booked our trip with them, and would recommend it 100%.

Chris

Above & Beyond Excellence! · Egypt - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2021

Traveler: Chris M. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We can’t say enough wonderful things about KimKim’s team and all their personal touches that made our trip to Egypt wonderful! Ibrahim and Amr made our trip to Egypt from the beginning process of designing it, to getting us home safely, seamless and stress free! Amr helped create our dream trip to Egypt from Cairo seeing the Great Pyramid’s to cruising the Nile, visiting all the temples to swimming in the Red Sea in Hurghada. They were patient and very flexible with accommodating our every... read more

We can’t say enough wonderful things about KimKim’s team and all their personal touches that made our trip to Egypt wonderful! Ibrahim and Amr made our trip to Egypt from the beginning process of designing it, to getting us home safely, seamless and stress free! Amr helped create our dream trip to Egypt from Cairo seeing the Great Pyramid’s to cruising the Nile, visiting all the temples to swimming in the Red Sea in Hurghada. They were patient and very flexible with accommodating our every wish (and we changed them several times!).

When our daughter tripped and broke her ankle in the Valley of the Kings, they went above and beyond to get us doctors, x-rays, a cast and of course a wheelchair and crutches for everywhere we went! A special thank you to Mohamed Kamal, our guide during that difficult time taking such good care of us!

When we thought our trip was going to be cut short, KimKim’s team once again seamlessly took care of everything and we were able to finish our cruise of the Nile, visit all the amazing temples, from Edfou all the way to Abu Simbel to swimming in the Red Sea in Hurghada.

Ibrahim and Amr’s handpicked teams were truly excellent in their knowledge of history and their abilities to take care of all our needs. From meeting us at the airport and expediting visas and immigration (thank you Mahmoud!) to navigating doctors for our daughter in Luxor, to teaching us the history of Egypt, and finally getting us home safely with those much-needed COVID tests results in time for our departure! We always felt safe and well taken care of!

The KimKim team was truly excellent! Nour our guide in Cairo; Mohamed Kamal on our cruise and in Aswan; Zain who helped us to Hurghada and a very special thanks to Amr for putting it all together!

Thank you everyone for the wonderful and incredible trip and the lifelong memories and friends we made!

The Maravilla’s

Returned home from an EPIC journey to Egypt. ... · Egypt - May 12 - May 23, 2021

Traveler: Nick R. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Returned home from an EPIC journey to Egypt. Amr & Ibrahim helped plan an amazing trip for me and my wife for our 11th anniversary and it was one of the best trips we have every taken. I rarely use trip planning services as I like to do most of the work myself but with this trip, everything was executed perfectly. No wasted time. Perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxation. Would HIGHLY recommend this service to anybody wanted to visit Egypt and maximize their time in country.

Ioana

Memorable multi-day trip to Luxor and Cairo to learn about Egyptian civilization · Egypt - Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2020

Traveler: Ioana T. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Ibrahim and his team organized a custom 4 day trip for our family of 5 (myself, husband and children ages 17, 10, 10)--pick-up from Hurghada, then Luxor 2 days, flight to Cairo where we stayed 2 days. Great care and excellent organization throughout the trip. What we liked the best:
• Very knowledgeable and friendly guides---both Ahmed and Nour were excellent, really enjoyed their stories & description of sites visited.
• Drivers & cars were also very good and felt safe driving with them... read more

Ibrahim and his team organized a custom 4 day trip for our family of 5 (myself, husband and children ages 17, 10, 10)--pick-up from Hurghada, then Luxor 2 days, flight to Cairo where we stayed 2 days. Great care and excellent organization throughout the trip. What we liked the best:
• Very knowledgeable and friendly guides---both Ahmed and Nour were excellent, really enjoyed their stories & description of sites visited.
• Drivers & cars were also very good and felt safe driving with them throughout the 4 days.
• Luxor sites selection was excellent—we liked everything—the tombs, the temples and the museum.
• The Sofitel Winter palace hotel was a very memorable experience, I had a very special feeling after staying at that hotel.
• In Cairo---the pyramides and the Sphinx tours were great as well
• The addition of the park / botanical garden on Sunday was really nice---we enjoyed very much spending the Sunday afternoon there.
• I liked the visits to stone and perfume shops in Luxor and Papyrus shop in Cairo----in the future, would be great the guides to mention these upfront as well as coach against vendors over selling at the historic sites prior to us arriving there

What I did not like so much:
• The trip to Fayoum was not worth the time---when you present it as the offer it would be helpful in the future to say how long the drive would be, as I thought much shorter distance based on no. of km. While it was quite nice to see the waterfall in the desert, it was not worth the drive.
• The cruise on the river Nile in the last night----atmosphere was OK, but we were the only tourists with the rest of the boat local people. The biggest challenge was covid risk---if I knew the boat was indoors with many people we would have not done it.

What should be done differently next time:
• Might be good to include some of the dinners in the organized package, otherwise, we would be forced to only eat in the evening at the hotel, which is not so interesting. So offering the meal add-ons as a choice might be taken up by many people
• It would have been good to know ahead of time that you have this very strict bureaucracy of reporting the trip to the tourism police and thus no changes can be made---if we knew that, we maybe have spent more time before finalizing the schedule to confirm exactly what we want and what we did not want in the trip (eg visit of the citadel or mosques etc)
• It was a bit scary and unnerving to have the armed security in the car with the police car following us everywhere. Again, learning this before the trip would have been helpful---in the first night went travelling from Hurghada to Luxor I was quite scared whether a terrorist attack warning was issued as I did not expect all the security. Later we got used to it and felt quite good to have all this security attention on us.

Trip of a Lifetime to Egypt and Jordan and # 1 Bucket Item Destination, Petra · Egypt - Feb 2 - Feb 11, 2020

Traveler: Sara P. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

I had pretty much planned out my trip to Egypt and Jordan on my own, when I decided to contact kimkim to see what assistance might be available. I had used kimkim to help plan a trip to Myanmar which was incredible -far beyond my expectations - and so I decided to use kimkim again for on the ground support in Egypt and Jordan.

I am so glad I did - everything went like clockwork. From the moment we were picked up at the airport in Luxor until we were deposited at the airport in Amman at... read more

I had pretty much planned out my trip to Egypt and Jordan on my own, when I decided to contact kimkim to see what assistance might be available. I had used kimkim to help plan a trip to Myanmar which was incredible -far beyond my expectations - and so I decided to use kimkim again for on the ground support in Egypt and Jordan.

I am so glad I did - everything went like clockwork. From the moment we were picked up at the airport in Luxor until we were deposited at the airport in Amman at the end of the trip, it was an incredible journey. Our guide for the Luxor to Aswan portion of the trip, Mahmoud, was terrific. His vast knowledge of Egyptian mythology and history was inspiring and we very much appreciated his guidance and willingness to share with us what life in Egypt is like today for the people who live here.

Likewise with our guide Hisham in Cairo - and here I would like to put in special thanks for Hisham and the other support staff in Cairo. I managed to contract the dreaded TD for a couple of days in Cairo and the support I received was fantastic, from constant checking in to make sure I was okay, help in obtaining antibiotics and the like. Egypt was far more interesting and exciting with the support of Ibrahim and his colleagues than it would have been on our own.

We then flew to Amman, also with the help of Ibrahim. We were met at the Amman airport and whisked through border control like celebrities. The next morning, we met our guide and driver, Abou, whose support was priceless. We talked about what we wanted to do and he strongly suggested that we alter our plans to include an overnight stay in Petra, which we were able to do and which greatly enhanced that experience. Again, Abou's willingness to share with us his life, and what it is like to be Jordanian, greatly enhanced our experience.

Thanks to everyone who helped us along our two weeks in Egypt and Jordan - it was exactly what we wanted, and more.

James

Really enjoyed our week in Egypt our guide on... · Egypt - Feb 7 - Feb 14, 2020

Traveler: James D. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Really enjoyed our week in Egypt our guide on the cruise was Mahmoud and we had Achmed in Cairo. Both did an exceptional job with their explanations and organisation. Can highly recommend the program Ibrahim put together for us , I just now wish we had had more time.
Thanks to everyone involved.

Loved our trip to Egypt · Egypt - Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2020

Traveler: laura y. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

My family and I went to Egypt for around 10 days and visited Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada. We visited a lot of Temples and historical sites, went on a Nile cruise on an incredible vessel, and stayed in incredible hotels throughout the holiday. Everything from transport to the itinerary was scheduled and planned very well by Kimkim. Communication from the staff was very professional and we always felt taken care of.
Our guides Mohammad Samir and Mahmud Kamal were extremely... read more

My family and I went to Egypt for around 10 days and visited Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada. We visited a lot of Temples and historical sites, went on a Nile cruise on an incredible vessel, and stayed in incredible hotels throughout the holiday. Everything from transport to the itinerary was scheduled and planned very well by Kimkim. Communication from the staff was very professional and we always felt taken care of.
Our guides Mohammad Samir and Mahmud Kamal were extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly, and we learnt so much from them. We're very thankful to them for making our trip so enjoyable and one we will never forget!

Egypt and Jordan 15 days · Egypt - Nov 22 - Dec 4, 2019

Traveler: Min K. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

My partner and I had a great time in Egypt and Jordan. I was very particular on the itinerary and Ibrahim accomodated everything. It was a tad bit difficult on communication during planning but it all worked out at the end. The guides were very knowledgeable and professional. Drivers were kind and demonstrated safe practices. Ibrahim connected us to Hajaat tours for Jordan and they were amazing. We had one English speaking driver who took care of everything during our entire time in Jordan.... read more

My partner and I had a great time in Egypt and Jordan. I was very particular on the itinerary and Ibrahim accomodated everything. It was a tad bit difficult on communication during planning but it all worked out at the end. The guides were very knowledgeable and professional. Drivers were kind and demonstrated safe practices. Ibrahim connected us to Hajaat tours for Jordan and they were amazing. We had one English speaking driver who took care of everything during our entire time in Jordan. Ibrahim and his team took all worries away and helped us focus on enjoying the trip. I accidentally left the phone in the car in Aswan and realized after our cruise took off. The guide, Muhammad, coordinated and made sure the phone came to Luxor when we arrived there. The price is reasonable and all lodgings were clean.

great trip · Egypt - Sep 3 - Sep 11, 2019

Traveler: Mark N. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Had a really great trip. enjoyed it immensely. Definitely would recommend. to others. If I could make one suggestion though. It would be great if the local guides had a cooler on their cars with cold water in it. At many of the less touristy sites it was very hot when we went and there was no place to even buy cold beverages. Would be nominal cost but would make the trip much better

Patrick

A great experience with people dedicated to making your experience anxiety free. · Egypt - Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: Patrick R. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We were very pleased with our experience in Egypt and would recommend your firm without any hesitation. It was reassuring to us as first-time visitors to know there was always someone to meet us and help us navigate our transition from plane to hotel, particularly at the Cairo airport, which lacks adequate signage for wayfarers. The accommodations were first rate, and we received a double upgrade at the Four Seasons at Sharm el Sheikh. Dalia was our favorite guide. The Egyptian Museum is... read more

We were very pleased with our experience in Egypt and would recommend your firm without any hesitation. It was reassuring to us as first-time visitors to know there was always someone to meet us and help us navigate our transition from plane to hotel, particularly at the Cairo airport, which lacks adequate signage for wayfarers. The accommodations were first rate, and we received a double upgrade at the Four Seasons at Sharm el Sheikh. Dalia was our favorite guide. The Egyptian Museum is probably incomprehensible without a knowledgeable guide like her, and we really appreciated her efforts to face us as she spoke instead of speaking to the windshield of the vehicle as at least one of our greeters did. It was also nice that she was very attentive to us and minimized conversations on the phone while she was with us. Our trip was a great value and a great experience.

We had a fantastic trip. Everyone was excelle... · Egypt - Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2019

Traveler: Sara I. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We had a fantastic trip. Everyone was excellentl. Our tour guides Shimaa and Saladino were amazing and very knowledgeable and friendly. Zein was great and very organised. Our drivers were excellent. Everyone we interacted with was polite and helpful and very friendly. They all tried to deliver our dream trip. No request was too hard. We loved every crazy minute of it. But Egypt was the star. What an amazing place. Thank you to Ibrahim and all your people for a fabulous experience xxx Fred and Sara Iezzi

Our trip to and from Egypt was a great success! · Egypt - Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2019

Traveler: Stephen A. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Our trip to and from Egypt was a great success! Since we were able to visit and return home without any hitch. I landed on kimkim by luck, as I wanted assistance with local itinerary organization in a foreign land, which I found most useful since Kimkim works with local specialists. Our local specialist Ibrahim definitely knows the best places and thills of Egypt as we feel we didn't miss any! Thank you! Out local tour guide in Cairo, Islam was so knowledgeable and invested in ensuring we had... read more

Our trip to and from Egypt was a great success! Since we were able to visit and return home without any hitch. I landed on kimkim by luck, as I wanted assistance with local itinerary organization in a foreign land, which I found most useful since Kimkim works with local specialists. Our local specialist Ibrahim definitely knows the best places and thills of Egypt as we feel we didn't miss any! Thank you! Out local tour guide in Cairo, Islam was so knowledgeable and invested in ensuring we had a great time, while making sense of everything from the monuments, traffic and local food. Our driver Mohammed was a great expert too as we moved quite abit in Cairo, to the east and west. We went south by train and later with tour vans. They navigated through busy streets while making it on time always.

Our visit to Bahariya was awesome, as we were amazed at all the water coming out of the ground in the desert! We visited some date fields and tasted some! The white and black deserts are a must-experience if one has never been to a desert like us! The camping overnight was so peaceful, majestic and quiet! It was probably our best part of the visit. Our area guide Ashraf was so knowledgable of the area, a great 4x4 driver and an excellent cook as well!!

The only snags we noted seem to be part of the culture - talking on the phone while driving, occasional non use of safety belts and smoking. However no one smoked in our midst. By and large everyone from the beginning like Zain and others was courteous and helpful and made our time in Egypt memorable! Thank you!

Upcoming Trip · Egypt - Sep 2 - Sep 23, 2019

Traveler: Daniel B. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Ibrahim did a great job for my wife and I, booking tours with Egypt Promotion. Zain, a manager, gave us a local sim to borrow and checked in with us each evening to ensure everything was to our expectations. The guides and drivers were exemplary - special thanks to our Egyptologist guide Ahmed who was amazing, Mohamed and driver Said.
Experiencing the pyramids and temples were obvious highlights - we had a good amount of time to explore these grand structures with so much detail and history.... read more

Ibrahim did a great job for my wife and I, booking tours with Egypt Promotion. Zain, a manager, gave us a local sim to borrow and checked in with us each evening to ensure everything was to our expectations. The guides and drivers were exemplary - special thanks to our Egyptologist guide Ahmed who was amazing, Mohamed and driver Said.
Experiencing the pyramids and temples were obvious highlights - we had a good amount of time to explore these grand structures with so much detail and history. These sites were less crowded than we expected which contributed to how much we enjoyed exploring and taking photos. Scuba diving in Hurghada on the Red Sea was a great experience and we swam with dolphins. Alexandria was bustling and full of things to see and do.

Egypt · Egypt - Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2019

Traveler: Derek W. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

The trip was great. Everything was well organized, and the guides were very knowledgable and flexible. Highly recommended.

Egypt trip · Egypt - Aug 7 - Aug 11, 2019

Traveler: Jeff H. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

The positives:
-Ibrahim planned the very jam-packed tour we hoped for (we had very limited time), and we were able to do everything we hoped for. And when an issue came up with our flights a few weeks before the tour, he was flexible in helping re-arrange some things.
-We were met every time we were supposed to be, and all on time or close to on time.
-The guides were very knowledgeable.
-The guide in Luxor (Ahmed, but the guide in Cairo was also named Ahmed) helped arrange a wonderful... read more

The positives:
-Ibrahim planned the very jam-packed tour we hoped for (we had very limited time), and we were able to do everything we hoped for. And when an issue came up with our flights a few weeks before the tour, he was flexible in helping re-arrange some things.
-We were met every time we were supposed to be, and all on time or close to on time.
-The guides were very knowledgeable.
-The guide in Luxor (Ahmed, but the guide in Cairo was also named Ahmed) helped arrange a wonderful evening for us.

Room for improvement:
-The drivers should NEVER, EVER speak on their handheld cell phone when driving.
-There is NEVER a reason to continually quiz the client. This got very old, very fast.
-Both the guides seemed to feel the goal was to spew out as much data, information and trivia as possible. As they were both super knowledgeable, this made it become quite tedious and pretty boring. Telling the historic story, and adding facts and data to put the story in perspective, would have made the tour more fun, interesting and we likely would have learned a lot more if it had been done that way.

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Ibrahim Elaref, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jeff

I sincerely thank you for your feedback that is priceless gift to me in particular and Kim Kim's team in general.
I am truly glad to know that you were satisfied with our travel arrangements and had great time in Egypt.
And I hope to welcome you back in the near future on a new adventure, there are still many things to visit, see and do in Egypt.

Thank you so much once again for traveling with Kim Kim.

Ibrahim

Egypt Spring Break · Egypt - Apr 22 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Valerie D. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We had a wonderful trip to Egypt. We had constant communication with Ibrahim our local specialist and he was always there for us. We had a guide for every stage of our tour and the transfers from one location to another were seamless. Everyone was very kind and the excursions were super fun. We especially enjoyed the Nile Cruise and our trip to the Red Sea in Hurgada. It was a great time and we felt very safe!

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Ibrahim Elaref, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Valerie

I sincerely thank you for your feedback that is priceless gift to me in particular and Kim Kim's team in general.
I am truly glad to know that you were satisfied with our travel arrangements and had great time in Egypt.
And I hope to welcome you back in the near future on a new adventure, there are still many things to visit, see and do in Egypt.

Thank you so much once again for traveling with Kim Kim.

Ibrahim

Quick Egypt · Egypt - Mar 21 - Mar 28, 2019

Traveler: Diego B. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Hello
My experience in Egypt was great thanks to the guys from Egypt Promotion Travel. I ve been to other countries with some tour packages but never like the one in Egypt. This company have a personal touch, their staff is very firendly and best of all they are very knowledgeable (I felt like they could teach history in University). I was thinking to coordinate my tour in Egypt on my own ut decided to chat with their representative and basically expressed my idea and they were able to put... read more

Hello
My experience in Egypt was great thanks to the guys from Egypt Promotion Travel. I ve been to other countries with some tour packages but never like the one in Egypt. This company have a personal touch, their staff is very firendly and best of all they are very knowledgeable (I felt like they could teach history in University). I was thinking to coordinate my tour in Egypt on my own ut decided to chat with their representative and basically expressed my idea and they were able to put it together in a well scheduled itinerary. I disnt have to look no futher and booked them all. Everything was great; from the temples to the cruise in the nile. I highly recomend them to everyone because of their professionalism and the good safety while they took me around their beautiful country.
Hope to see you soon again!
Diego Bohorquez

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Ibrahim Elaref, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Diego

I sincerely thank you for your feedback that is priceless gift to me in particular and Kim Kim's team in general.
I am truly glad to know that you were satisfied with our travel arrangements and had great time in Egypt.
And I hope to welcome you back in the near future on a new adventure, there are still many things to visit, see and do.

Thank you so much once again for traveling with Kim Kim.

Ibrahim