We did the two-day tour with Ramses with an overnight in Cairo. When George sent us the email confirmation, he promised us a tour of a lifetime and he certainly was true to his word.
We are veteran cruisers and travelers and have visited 60+ countries, and I have to say this was the BEST tour we have ever had!!
We were with fellow CC members "Dorijo". We were not sure if we would be able to get off the ship at 7AM because we thought we might have to wait until all of the ship's tours departed first. There were no announcements, so we just went to the gangway at 7AM and were the first ones off the ship. We walked past all of the tour buses that were lined up until we came to the lined up mini vans. We spotted a van with our name in the window, met the Ramses staff, was introduced to our guide, Karim and driver, Ahmed, and off we went. We had a late model air conditioned mini van that was very comfortable for the four of us and our guide and driver.
During the first day we visited the Mosque, Museum, Coptic Cairo, the modern area around the Hard Rock Cafe, and watched the feluccas sailing on the Nile. We opted out of doing the felucca ride we originally wanted to do because it was starting to get dark and a bit cool and windy. Karim was ready to take us as originally planned, but we enjoyed it just as much to watch the beautiful boats sailing as the sun was setting. We ate an early dinner and then went to the Khan El Khalili bazaar, shopped, and picked up cartouches that had previously been ordered before arriving at the LeMeredien Hotel for the night. The hotel was very nice and modern and our room was very large and comfortable. There are also nice shops in the hotel if you wanted to continue to shop that night!!
The next morning, after a nice included breakfast, we went to Memphis, Sakkara, and several shopping stops in Cairo (at our request) on our way to the pyramids at Giza. We spent time at the pyramids and sphinx and rode camels near the sphinx before having lunch and heading back to Alexandria.
Karim took us to several special areas on the way back to Alexandria, so that we could see more of the local life and even made sure we drove by the lighthouse and library in Alexandria before returning to the ship. If we even mentioned wanting to see a specific landmark or location in Alexandria or Cairo, Karim made sure that we saw it. Ahmed's driving in the wild and crazy traffic was incredible!!
Karim took us to where we wanted to go and went the extra mile to make sure we saw and did everything we wanted to do. He asked us if we wanted to go to the papyrus factory and the rug factory and once we told him we did not want to go to either one, the subject never came up again. Once we mentioned we wanted to shop for something specific, he made sure he took us to a place where we could find what we were looking for. He also went the extra mile to help us order a cartouche ring during our last hours there and made sure it was ready in time for us to pick up before we returned to the ship. He was so enthusiastic the entire two days, and really wanted to make our tour a special one- and he certainly succeeded!!
We wished we had more time in Egypt. We found the people to be warm and friendly and never felt threatened or intimidated at any time. We met several other families/groups on our cruise who also did tours with Ramses, and everyone had the same favorable comments when we returned back to the ship and started comparing notes.
I highly recommend contacting Ramses and they will customize your tour to make it YOUR tour for what you want to do. We look forward to returning to Egypt again one day and when we do, we will be touring once again with Ramses.
If anyone has any specific questions or needs specific information, please give me your email address and I will email you directly with the info.
You will love Egypt!!