7 Responses

  1. Brandon
    Brandon at |

    This is so true. I lived in Cairo for 2 years and the craziness never got any better. I miss many things about the city, but being hassled and up-sold for two years straight is not one of them. Despite all that, I’d still count the pyramids as a Bucket List item for me.

  2. Matt of Canada
    Matt of Canada at |

    If you ever get a chance to go again, I would send Egypt Tailor Made an email. We booked a full day custom tour for $80 USD (excluding entrance fees). Well worth it to avoid the hassle. We stayed at the airport Le Meridien (4k weedays/3k weekend), and our driver took us to the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, and a local Koshary place for lunch. Our day was completely stress-free and an incredible experience, and both the museum and the pyramids exceeded our expectations.

    1. Jim
      Jim at |

      Walks did a full day tour with me and I couldn’t have had a better experience. Picked me up and dropped me off at the airport. Never bothered by touts and I got to see some things I don’t think I’d have seen otherwise.

  3. Becky
    Becky at |

    This is what I’m afraid of on my trip and I’m doing my best to find a quieter way to do the tour. For me, I really DO expect them to be amazingly impressive and worth the hassle, but even from that opinion going in, I bet it’ll be a once in a lifetime thing for me.

  4. Andy F
    Andy F at |

    Next time I’m in Egypt I’ll hire a guide just to keep the other touts away. The historical information they provide is often BS, but they’re useful to run interference. Ideally, they don’t say a word, unless it’s to tell some other tout to go away.

  5. The Points Junkie
    The Points Junkie at |

    I wen there in mid November last year. Along with my wife we must have been the only Western tourists. It was only days after the bombing of the Russian plane in Sinai. So there was no crowd but way too many touts giving us their complete attention. However, fast forward couple of months to our trip to India and we practically were pining for the Egyptian touts compared to the Indian variety. Yes, it was THAT bad.

  6. Sahir Siddiqui
    Sahir Siddiqui at |

    this is a common issue in many countries. I run into it myself when visiting “touristy” places in my home country India. The touts and the persistent sales attempts really get on my nerve. I guess everybody needs to make a living, but still…