Egypt customer reviews
We are very proud of the feedback that we get from our trips and are pleased to share reviews from past travellers. These are kept as up to date as possible. Please have a read through to get a real sense of the kind of experience that you might have on a family trip to Egypt.
Cartwright Family (with teenager aged 17)
Travelled Autumn 2021
J and I had a fantastic 10 days in Egypt organised superbly by Stubborn Mule. In spite of all the covid restrictions we managed to do everything on our itinerary with the assistance of Stubbborn Mule’s agent in Cairo. All the hotels were wonderful and the guides we had were engaging and attentive. It was quite an adventure travelling by plane, train, automobile and boat in the space of 10 days! Truly the trip of a lifetime! Thank you Caroline for everything!!!
Briscoe Family (with child aged 5)
Travelled Christmas – New Year 2019/20
Hi Kelly – We had an absolutely fabulous trip! Our tour guide, Mohamed, was simply wonderful — he was not only patient and engaging with our daughter, he also came up with new games and activities for her. The itinerary was spot-on perfect — we got to see everything, but at a pace that we could enjoy, not be exhausted and grumpy during the trip. We truly had the trip of a lifetime, and now that we’re back, I’m already started to look through some of your other itineraries!
Birnie Family (with teenagers aged 14 & 16)
Travelled October 2019
Hi Charlotte – We really enjoyed our recent holiday! The itinerary worked out really well for us, giving us lots to see and then some down time to relax at the hotels. What an amazing place, we loved all the sites and history! Sama our guide was excellent – she was friendly, knowledgeable and great with our teenagers, having her own! The drivers and vehicles were all very good, as were the hotels we stayed in. We loved the food and the people we met, so cant really fault any part of it. Another successful holiday with your brilliant advice and support, so a big thank you to you and the team!
Bunting Family (with two children aged 8)
Travelled Christmas – New Year 2018/19
Hi Caroline – We had a brilliant time, thank you. Particular thanks to Abdel, our guide, who was excellent in all regards, from getting everything organised perfectly, to teaching us a great deal, and just being really great company for the boys and me. Please do pass on to Hazim our huge thanks to Abdel for everything he did for us, including being away from his family over New Year. There’s very little at all we would have changed. If anything, we would have liked a bigger hotel room in Luxor, or interconnecting rooms. Thank you to you and your colleagues for getting everything sorted for us. We will definitely be back in touch for our next adventure.
Travelled Easter 2018 – Jordan and Egypt
Hi Liddy – I just wanted to make contact on return to say thank you for organising such a wonderful trip. Your colleagues in Egypt looked after us really well. Our guide, Ibrahim, was wonderful and we loved spending time with him. We got on so well and had a great laugh; we have made a new friend! He is extremely knowledgeable about the history but we also enjoyed discussions about politics and issues facing both Egypt and the UK.
La Bedouina in Jordan were also great. Our driver Naim was lovely, so kind and generous and also very knowledgeable having a degree in Byzantine studies! We were offered, and accepted, a free upgrade on the Bedouin camp and stayed at Wadi Rum Space Village Luxury Camp. This was amazing, nicer than some hotels. This for me was a highlight and I want to return and spend longer. They have a facebook page but I can send photos for reference if that helps.
In both countries I was really impressed with how smoothly everything ran. We never had to wait for transport, bookings were organised, everyone was expecting us, we felt like royalty!
In summary I would thoroughly recommend the whole experience and I will be telling all my friends to go. Before travelling lots of people were saying “ooh it’s so dangerous” but we felt safe the whole time. The locals were always friendly; they enjoyed the banter as much as we did! I can’t wait to return.
I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Family P (mother and son aged 8)
Travelled October half-term 2017
We have just arrived back from our lovely trip to Egypt. What an adventure. Everything ran very smoothly. Thank you for all your help. You’re representatives were brilliant and a big thank you for everything.
Baddeley-Chappell Family (with children aged 13 and 16)
Travelled Summer 2017
Hi Liddy – The trip was great. Very hot of course and busy, not least with the limited sleep on the train and felucca, but would not have had it any other way. Hotels were good in particular the Old Cataract at Aswan. Notably few tourists (only noticed a handful of Brits). Good for us with room upgrades and empty temples, not so good for the Egyptians. Always felt safe. Good to have interconnecting rooms everywhere we stayed.
Tour came together well, had not realised that unlike Sri Lanka we would have a tour leader, driver and guide. We had very good local guides, which was important to enjoy the sights. Itinerary was flexible, we did Cairo on one day. Necessary as traffic has to be seen to be believed. Added in Ramesseum in Luxor, also worth a visit. Tour leader Abdo very friendly, helpful and organised – do pass on our thanks.
Felucca was great. Swam in the Nile. Kept awake by cats and dogs but a great experience. Good to have the support boat with proper loos etc.
Pleased we did not go to Abu Simbel as time well spent in Aswan.
Very little to fault. Main frustration was needing to pay extra for what were options but hard to see families not doing them. These included going in the great pyramid, seeing King Tuts tomb and the mummies in the Egyptian museum.
Overall a very high standard tour that we would happily do again tomorrow…
PS thinking of next year now. Peru current favourite but Costa Rica another option.
Mondry Family (with children aged 12, 14 and 16)
Travelled Summer 2017
Hi Kelly – We had a fantastic time on the trip, really enjoyed it all. Only thing was the donkey tour – it was not the whole morning … only from the Nile to the Colossi of Memnon, which would have been rather short. On request we went up to the Valley of the Kings.
We also added Rammesseum and Medinet Habu when we were already on the West Bank as otherwise when you return into Luxor there would not be much time left to visit anything else since temples and museums close at 4 p.m.
On the day traveling from Aswan to Luxor maybe one could have included a stop at Esna and visit the temple of Khnum since again once one arrives at Luxor it is too late to visit anything else. But again, that´s just a suggestion and some visitors might be less active and need more rest with the heat whereas we are quite used to this.
Anyway had a fantastic time and will always recommend you.
Family H (with child aged 7)
Travelled Easter 2017
Hi Lee – You’d asked for feedback on our trip to Egypt back in April…In the main it was fantastic. The itinerary was really good and it was very well organised and there was just about the right amount of time in each place. While the hotels wouldn’t normally be to our taste, they were ideal for our autistic son. The fact they weren’t full and he was able to spend time in his room if he wanted to was all good.
The guides and drivers were generally very good and knowledgeable. For us, they were perhaps too attentive. I appreciate that many people need reassurance and the fact the ‘fixer’ in each town rang us everyday to check we were ok was a nice touch, but it became a bit overbearing for us. But that is just being picky.
… One thing I would suggest you recommend to people is to take mosquito nets for the felucca trip…
Other than that, it was spot on.
Natt Family (with two children aged 10 and 13)
Travelled October 2016
Mohammed was the best tour guide in the world. He was the best, he was kind. 5 stars for Mohammed! (Feedback from son).
Mohammed was the best tour guide I ever had. I would be ecstatic to have him again in future holiays. The landmarks were amazing and I would definitely consider re-visiting Egypt. Rating ***** (Feedback from daughter).
Mohammed was excellent, informed, ready to answer questions, available, pleasant company, funny, understanding, open and went out of his way to make our tour of Egypt relaxing and enjoyable. A great tour guide and a wonderful person. (Feedback from Dad)
Our tour was made very easy by Mohammed. He’s very knowledgeable about the history of Egypt. He’s the best guide we’ve had. Very easy to talk to and really looked after us. (Feedback from Mum).
Turner Family (with three children aged 9, 12 and 13)
Travelled summer 2015
We have all had an amazing time. Everything we saw and experienced was incredible and explained to us in great detail. The children were captivated by the stories of the ancient Egyptians. We could not have asked for more. Thank you. (Feedback from Mum)
I absolutely loved every minute of our time in Egypt! The flight over and all the accommodation was great as well as all the different means of transport. Our tour guide Sem Sem made the tour even more amazing and he was better than what we could have ever asked for! Thank you for such a lovely holiday.
Feedback from F (aged 13)
I had an amazing time! All of the temples, tombs, pyramids, camel rides, donkey rides etc were excellent! The best thing that made it as fun as it was was Sim Sim! He is so easy going, he knows so many interesting facts about Egypt! He is the best tour guide EVER!!!
Feedback from son
Sem Sem is basically superman, which is good.
Feedback from Dad
This is the first time that we have had an adventure type holiday and I am now sure that it will not be the last. Sim Sim is an excellent ambassador for your company and an asset to Egypt. Egypt is extremely varied and utterly amazing. We certainly hope to come again. One small thing – it would be good to advise travellers to bring a sheet to sleep under on the felucca as mosquitos were a pain.
Currier Family (with four children aged 8, 8, 9 and 11)
Travelled Easter 2015 to Egypt and Jordan
Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. The details of coming home have swamped me, and I haven’t yet taken the necessary time to fully digest our trip and write the necessary follow-up emails and evaluations! First of all, I’d like to thank you for everything you did to put our trip together for us. It was everything we had wanted and more. I guess the easiest thing for me to do would be to write a list of highlights/suggestions, so here we go:
Your communication, planning, and pre-trip materials were all excellent and extremely informative.
Scariest moment: landing in Cairo on Egypt Air – most out-of-control landing I’ve ever experienced!
Cairo hotel and airport transport – perfectly fine.
We met Sem-Sem the next morning, and that began 6 days of learning and fun in his good hands. He was absolutely perfect for us. Being an Egyptologist, a scout leader, a dad, and also young and energetic, he was always informative and fun.
We felt completely safe with him. One of the nicest little perks of his service was that he took care of every single tip up front. He had made a long list of what they all would be, calculated it, and asked us for that money up front, and then wherever we went all week, he handed us an envelope with the tip in it. Honestly, tipping just stresses me out, and he completely removed that stress from the trip. He also helped us navigate the pushy salespeople and vendors by being firm but always respectful and kind.
Our day at the Cairo Museum and Pyramids was great. We were practically alone at the pyramids, which was just amazing. Egypt Museum was a little creepy, being surrounded by military tanks, but SemSem put us at ease. And inside the museum itself was very cool.
We loved the overnight train. Super fun.
Dinner with the Nubian family, Philae Temple, various little boat rides, camel rides, and lastly our felucca ride were all great.
Hotels in Aswan and Luxor great.
I guess every detail of the Egypt portion was great. Use Sem Sem again, if you can. Really.
On to Jordan:
Our driver, Ashraf, was very good. He really looked after us, talked to us about what he knew, even though he was not an official guide, was nice with the kids, kept us company when appropriate and left us some space as well. We didn’t have the same emotional connection to him that we did to Sem Sem, but he really grew on us, and by the end of the trip we were very fond of him.
The Roman Ruins at Jerash were okay. They no longer do the chariot races, which we found out when we arrived, even though supposedly they haven’t been doing them for a long time. It’s a cool site, but the local guide we got was pretty lame. We would have had more fun exploring it on our own, I think.
The crusader castles we saw were really fun.
The Amman hotel was nice. Excellent food.
The Dead Sea swim was great. Lovely resort. Relaxing, nice place.
Petra hotel was friendly but kind of dingy. We didn’t mind, but you might make a note of it for pickier travelers than us. Their food was okay, but their chef was particularly nice and did a lovely birthday cake and singing for our son who turned 10 while we were there.
Our Petra guide was okay. We did learn some stuff from him, but again, it might have been better to be running around there on our own. The kids began to feel a little “guided-out.” We LOVED our day exploring Petra.
The next day we ended up having some extra time in the morning and we stopped in for the second time to Little Petra, which the kids loved best of all. We even happened upon some archaeologists doing a dig near the Neolithic Site there at Little Petra. They welcomed the kids over and put tools in their hands and let them help out with the dig. It was an awesome spontaneous experience.
The Wadi Rum desert drive was very cool. Every site we stopped at was special. The desert camp was perfect. And they too did a really nice job helping W celebrate his birthday.
Ashraf drove us to the border, where we picked up some kind of border agent, who held our hand through the border station, and we walked into Israel. Couldn’t have been easier!
So again, thank you for everything, and I can assure you that I would highly recommend your services to anyone looking to do a trip like ours. It was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you!
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