Submitted: 14th April, 2016
I enjoyed my day tour Discover Coptic and Islamic Cairo, although the itinerary was different from was advertised. We did not visit the Abu Serga Church as it was closed for renovation. I was very much looking forward to seeing this church and it was the primary reasons I booked this tour. I think the fact that this church was closed should have been disclosed at the time of booking as, had I known that, I would likely have selected another tour. We also did not visit the Saint George Church for no stated reason. We did visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue which has an interesting history and an additional mosque.
The guide was knowledgeable and shared the history of each place we visited. He was also willing to answer my general questions about Egypt.
The entire tour lasted approximately six hours, including lunch and travel time. Lunch was delicious koshari and a nice way to end the day.
Submitted: 23rd October, 2016
For some reason Viator booked this tour with another agent in Cairo besides the one we had for all our other tours. When we discovered this we phoned Viator long distance from Cairo. They said there was nothing that could be done and we would forfeit our fee if we cancelled then. We decided to go ahead.
They arrived at our hotel on time and in a clean vehicle. I hate to speak ill of a tour operator but I feel others should know what they are getting into. The company was Pyramid Tours if I recall correctly. The guide spoke limited English and was very young. It appeared that his pitch was rehearsed and not easy to understand. When we asked questions which I admit we do a lot he wasn't able to respond cogently. It became tedious enough that we cut the tour short before lunch after seeing only two venues. We went back to our hotel, had a nice lunch and set out on our own walking tour of Zamalek.
I relaize the guide certainly did his best and tried very hard. He was a nice guy but the tour operator should have known his limitations. It was not an inexpensive tour by any means.
I suggest you investigate who the local operator is when you first book as Viator uses multiple agents in each market.
Over all disappointing but if you are going to have a problem in traveling, it was a pretty minor problem in an overall great trip.
Submitted: 8th October, 2017
The guide was knowledgeable and made sure all of our needs were met.
Submitted: 15th August, 2017
The coptic tour was a lovely look at the lessor known aspects of Cairo. This was not my first trip to Egypt yet I never knew that the city had such a great history regarding Christianity and Judaism. The tour itself is well timed and makes the most of the short walk. Our guide, Michael was superb. He was very knowledgeable and highly informative. He made the tour enjoyable and was one of the most friendly guides we have ever had in Egypt. We enjoyed a good lunch and more than enough snacks and water during the tour. I highly recommend this tour for those wanting to explore more than just the pyramids. We will definitely include this tour again on our next trip. If you want to learn while you tour, then Michael is the best guide for you.
Submitted: 14th October, 2018
I took this tour on Saturday morning before leaving Cairo on Saturday afternoon. Magi my tour guide confirmed via WhatsApp the night before and was prompt with her arrival on Saturday morning. She was very knowledgeable and knew everything there was to know about the Coptic Cairo area. The tour does not take long however which meant we sat down for lunch at around 11:20. And Magi was not eating so just sat at the table with me whilst I ate my lunch. This didn't bother me too much though and if you are in a group then of course, this would not be a problem.