Jacqueline

Incredible time, well organized, no snags, beautiful and once in a lifetime opportunity - 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 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.