We [booked a Nile cruise with private guide], so when we arrived at each of the temples along the Nile, our guide was there waiting solely for us (so we weren’t part of some big tour group). [He] always gave us time to look around ourselves after he had given us a guide around the site, and never once tried to whisk us away to some tacky perfume or papyrus shop. Whilst cruising, we were able to sit up on deck and take in the Nile as we passed local fishermen, locals washing by the riverbank, local kids playing and swimming in the Nile – who I might add get very excited when they see the cruise ships and wave like mad. Also, after visiting temples, we would return very hot, and there was nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool/air-con of our room.
AB – UK – August 10
Thank you for a wonderful journey through Egypt. You did an excellent job of planning for us and communicating with us throughout our stay. We felt safe and well cared for throughout our stay. Overall, all of the guides were excellent. The drivers were great. The sightseeing was perfect. The felucca crew was unbeatable. We loved being personally taken care of instead of herded around with a big group of tourists. We had a great time and would recommend your company to other travelers. We were very impressed by how most of the people we dealt with knew you personally
KR – United States – August 10
I would like to thank you for your perfect arranging. Thanks to coordinators, guides and drivers, too. All eight of us spent wonderful days in Egypt.
AL – Italy – July 10
Egypt was absolutely wonderful and the itinerary you put together was fantastic! It was very well scheduled for us to be able to see as much as we can with the time that we had. It was great. I
thank you very much.
LF – Syria – July 10
Our trip to Egypt was excellent. we enjoyed visiting the sites and learning a great deal about ancient and present-day Egyptian culture. Our guides in Cairo, the White Desert, and Luxor were incredibly informative and enthusiastic, and they were critical in making our trip a successful one. Our transport coordinators and drivers were extremely nice. In fact, we were delayed at the airport for about an hour upon arriving to cairo, but, fortunately, they waited for us nonetheless.
AA – United States – May 10
My husband and I have told so many stories of our time on the Nile, our friends on [our sandal boat] and the amazing services Backpacker Concierge provided. I didn’t realize that I was calling off season, that there truly weren’t many smaller boats out on the Nile during the week Gregg and I requested. Now knowing the efforts of yourself, and the team of the sandal to plan and deliver the best vacation of our lives, I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in our adventure. And the food! Chef Nasr fed us like Pharoahs with regional specialties, fun new things to try and an incredible eggplant dish every night, and although it was too warm to gain weight, we should have based on all the bounty we ate. No request was ever denied, more that if you asked for a banana, you’d receive a bunch, now that’s service.
SH – United States – May 10
A great time was had by all! Mohamed, [our Sinai trekking guide], was brilliant. The children really enjoyed it and the food was great. I will definitely be giving you a great review.
GA – UK – April 10
Everything went great: [cruise] boat was nice, food amazing, and itinerary fantastic. Your team was helpful and prompt. Thanks for making this a special journey.
PD – United States – March 10
My husband and two children (10 and 12) spent two weeks in Egypt and Jordan and had a fabulous time! Our trip started in Cairo where we enjoyed the pyramids, museums, and Garbage City! Our trip to Garbage city was a highlight because it enabled us to see what some amazing people are doing to help the poor and save the environment at the same time. It was very inspiring and motivating. The felucca boat ride from Aswan to Luxor, was a great relaxing day enjoying the beautiful Nile. We then traveled to Dahab where we enjoyed relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in the Red Sea, camel riding and hiking Mount Sinai. We were blessed with a super day on our snorkel, seeing loads of colourful fish, sea cucumbers and even a Sea Turtle. We were challenged climbing Mt. Sinai but the view was worth it and we had a super tasty lunch at Elijah’s Basin made by a local Bedouin…yummy! Jordan rounded off the trip with the tombs at Petra, a Jordanian cooking class and floating in the Dead Sea. It was a trip of the life time filled with adventures, super food and great people. Backpacker Concierge did a great job planning the trip and giving us unique experiences
.JP – United States – March 10
Thanks for arranging the entire Egypt program. We really enjoyed the holiday.
SP – Dubai – March 10
I had a wonderful time and I will absolutely recommend you. Thanks for all of your help.
MS – United States – March 10
We all had an absolute ball and loved every minute of the trip. Thanks so much for all the hard work Eric and Jaymie put into organizing our trip – would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone travelling to Egypt.
MB – UK – March 10
Everything with Backpacker Concierge was great – I would not hesitate to recommend you guys to other travelers. In a region that is often filled with hassle, you were extremely helpful and easy to work with. Thank you!
MK – United States – February 10
Our trip was wonderful and perfectly well organized. As I have traveled a lot, I can say it is my second best trip so far (Myanmar is the first). I was really impressed with the organization and really appreciated the cell that you provided with all the phone numbers. It is a perfect idea that helps us feel less unsecured. I will recommend without any hesitation, your company to anyone going to Egypt. We were really satisfied and you showed also a great deal of patience with all the emails for the trip itinerary and organization. 20 full days, in Egypt, we have the feeling we really took our time to enjoy Egypt’s rhythm. Our itinerary left us a lot of free time for us to enjoy, so it was really a vacation for us.
All the drivers, coordinators, representatives and guides we meet were professional. We particularly appreciated the fact that you could find a French speaking women guide for Cairo. Maysa’s personnality was a real bonus. Her knowledge of Egypt and history as well as the love of her country combined with her work at the Museum made our Cairo visit very special.
LB – Canada – December 09
We had a great time in Egypt, very largely thenks to you. The fleucca trip was just great – Mahmoud was an outstanding person to have as captain, extraordinarily creative and hospitable. He and his crew made our sail on the Nile a real treat, and he knew all the best places to go to – the Nubian house at Darow was a big highlight.
The desert trip was fantastic too. It was amazing to be able to have meals in Waheed’s home. He set up camp miraculously quickly and produced another marvellous meal in the desert. He also knew the landscape like the back of his hand and showed me scenery I will never forget.
JE – UK – December 09
I am just so thankful that you planned this trip. It was so amazing and I can not possibly think of one thing I would have wanted different. I hope that I am able to do it again in Morocco.
SV – United States – December 09
It’s been our most favorite holiday ever! And I will be recommending you to our friends!
HR – UK – December 09
We have appreciated very much our customized program experience with you and your team. Since we came back, we speak about it very much and inform many people about our trip and your services. I think that you actually work on projects with people I have reffered: Nathalie Lebrasseur (she works in my organisation) and probably Alain Lemay (a brother’s friend).
We wish you a happy new year, with good business all way long. You give a very good service so we are not afraid about your success
SM – Quebec – December 09
All I can say is “WOW!” Everyone on this trip was soo great. Especially Natasha, Wahed, Shaban and all the felucca boatmen! I forget our captains name (Muhammad?), he seemed to be great friends with Shaban, but he was also amazing! We have memories from this trip that I never thought we would have and it is all because of these amazing people you set us up with. Egypt was fantastic but they made this trip! We just had a blast with everyone. The tour itself was great too!
We really got the most out of our time in Egypt and we got too see some amazing sights. I don’t know how many people actually get to see as much of Egypt as we did or enjoy it the way we did. Thank you very much Eric, I would definately do this again!
CR and JM – Canada – November 09
We had an AMAZING time and cant say enough about your services. Basically Im your biggest fan and will be telling EVERYONE I know to go to Egypt!
KO United States September 09
Thanks to you Egypt far exceeded my expectations. I truly felt that we were taken care of every step of the way, and all the guides and drivers were extremely helpful and accommodating. We loved Mama Randa — she has a wealth of knowledge about Egypt and did a wonderful job in making us feel at ease. I truly don’t think our trip could’ve gone any better than it did. I give you nothing but rave reviews for doing such a phenomenal job in orchestrating such a fantastic two weeks.
MC United States September 09
Thanks so much for putting together such a fantastic trip. I really feel like we got a chance to see a significant amount of Egypt in a short period of time. Everything was top notch and your organization of it all was impeccable.
CG United States September 09
We had a great great time! Thank you so much for coordinating everything. The felucca ride in Aswan was great! We had such a good time and would definitely recommend it to others as a side trip.
EK United States September 09
I did have a wonderful time in Egypt! I traveled to 35 countries in the world but Egypt is one of the most amazing. found your business model great. The telephone system is really good as as a customer I knew that I could ask for help whenever it was necessary.
JT Japan September 09
Thank you for a very well organized trip. We had a great time. We really liked how responsive you or your colleagues were. The [free] cell phone is a great idea. Pick-ups, transportation, organization all worked out perfectly. We never had to wait, people were very friendly and helpful. We had a very positive impression of everyone who works with you. The tipping summary is very helpful.
JK Germany/United States August 09
The [2-night felucca] ride was great, in particular because of Hassan and Ibrahim, who were very laid back and just what we wanted. Thank you for this wonderful experience!
TP United States July 09
Erin and I both had a fantastic time on the felucca. Mahmoud and Captain Anwar (Rambo) and his son were great company and excellent guides. They were really a lot of fun and everything was perfect. I’ll definitely recommend you organization to others.
DL Jordan May 09
We are back in the US and settling into daily life. We had a wonderful time in Egypt [during our honeymoon] and can’t say enough good things about your service. All the tour guides, drivers, etc you organized were fantastic, helpful people. The schedule was hectic but just what we wanted. Thanks especially for taking care of all the small details, particularly the car service in evenings when we went out to restaurants. Navigating the taxi scene in Egypt would have been intimidating, I enjoyed our evenings immensely because I was not concerned about getting back to our hotel.
CG – United States – March 2009
[The White Desert] safari definitely met our expectations – it was a wonderful experience. The white desert is an amazing place, and we thoroughly enjoyed the company of Wahed and the rest of the crew, who treated us to some live drumming and singing around the fire. The dinner was very scrumptious as well.
IL Canada February 2009
It was wonderful! And we can’t wait to get back there. We loved [our Cairo Egyptologist] Randa. She was so informative and organized. It was all perfect. Thanks for everything. If you want to see the pictures and what we wrote about Egypt (and everywhere else), you can visit our blog, http://patandclaud.blogspot.com
CVW – United States – January 2009
Enjoyed an excellent days sailing north from Aswan and highly recommend the service provided by Backpackers … A complete package with excellent support in Luxor helped ensure a fabulous end to our trip.
MG England January 2009
What was key to making the most of our days was having all the details arranged (hotels, cars, tour guides) through Backpacker Concierge. They do some packages, but we got a totally customized itinerary that included just the stuff we wanted. [The owner] has a pretty good sense for traveling (as opposed to tourism) — most of the drivers and hotels knew him personally and were super easy to work with. All of the little stuff that can be annoying (buying tickets, finding hotels, closed museums) were not a problem at all — we were able to cruise through an area that can be pretty difficult to visit.
JM United States January 2009
My family just returned from 2 incredible weeks traveling in Egypt. It could not have been done without the help and attention of Eric from Backpacker Concierge. From the planning stage to traveling, including train and plane, everything went smoothly and if we ever needed help, Eric was always a phone call away. The guides in each place were informative AND fun to be with, all local contacts that Eric knows personally. He has information about all sorts of hotels, but mostly, if you like traveling off the beaten path, he has lots of interesting ideas and places to stay. In Aswan we stayed in a Nubian Guest House. In the Western Desert we stayed in an eco-lodge, to mention a few. He will customize your trip just the way you want it and as much or as little as you need. No pre-packaged trips.We have never organized a trip over the internet before, but we took a chance and I am so glad we did. If you are used to doing things on your own, but don’t have a lot of time to figure out everything on your own, this is the next best thing.
JG United States December 2008
Overall we had an excellent experience. We were very impressed with the quality of the people we were with, which I think is the most important thing for a service like yours. We especially liked Khalid and Moustafa in Luxor and the Felucca crew (which provided the best meals we had on our whole trip!).
JB United States November 2008
First I want to say that every aspect of the trip you organised was absolutely perfect. We were all blown away by the friendliness and warmth of everyone we met an all the people involved in taking care of us during our holiday. The Nubian guesthouse was fantastic. It was well kept, clean and comfortable. Luxor was also fantastic. Having an Egyptologist with us at the Valley of Kings was definitely worth it. It made so much difference to what we were able to see – we really got to understand a whole lot more than we read in the tourist books. The bicycle riding was a really good choice as well – a nice ride from the valley of Kings back to the Fayrouz – and that was another awesome place, by the way. The balloon ride was spectacular. It was great to be able to see Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, the Collosi and the Ramesseum from the air. I mustn’t forget to mention the Felucca trip. I don’t think any of us was ever more relaxed. That was for us a really great way to experience a cruise on the Nile. The crew were great – an easy going bunch of guys that made us comfortable. The food was good – quite impressive what they can cook up in such a small space. Altogether, everything went really well, not a single hitch the whole time. It was really an awesome trip that we’ll not forget and we will definitely be recommending Egypt and yourself to anyone who asks. I don’t think this trip would’ve turned out as good had we tried to organise everything with local travel agents – we would have most probably ended up with a big tour group and that was what we wanted to avoid.
RK South Africa October 2008
Your planning was fabulous, and the cellphone and text messaging really meant a lot. When one travels to far off places and locations, its nice to have someone know where we are. It was just so helpful to know that you were keeping up with us as we explored and found ourselves with many different drivers and guides. All the pickup points were carefully executed by all those you’d hired to help us. Thanks for that continued presence of yours as we journeyed. We felt spoiled having had you within ear shot when we went on to Israel alone.
DS United States September 2008
Just a quick email to say thank you for everything while we were in Egypt. We had an amazing trip…it wasn’t stressful at all and I think that’s thanks to your great organization
LW Australia August 2008
Our trip was organized through Backpacker Concierge which. Whilst backpacker has a connotation for travelling on a shoestring, Eric, the MD, can also custom make itineraries which are great. This was the reason why we chose him and we do not regret it at all. Our highlights: Lake Nasser cruise with Moevenpick Prince Abbas. Abu Simbel temple is a must! A Nile cruise with a small boat the Nile Adventurer run by AberKrombie which was absolutely wonderful, of course the Pyramids especially if you stay at the Oberoi Mena House Hotel. However one thing which I would highly recommend is the White Desert: absolutely stunning and very very picturesque!!! Overall a very nice trip indeed.
TD France June 2008
Eric from Backpacker Concierge was wonderful. The moment we reached Cairo, he met us and gave us a local mobile phone so that we could keep in touch with him and his agents. All we had to do was get a recharge card and we were connected all the time. He called us regularly during our trips to know whether everything was satisfactory or not. The most important thing was that the trips he organized for us proved to be the highlights of our Egyptian travels. Do get in touch with him, if you are going to Egypt. His is one of the best concierge services available for the independent traveler.
AP India April 2008
We returned home from Luxor last night and just wanted to thank you. We really loved our tour guides for Aswan and Kom Ombo, especially Doaa. She was really great, and Khaleb was a ton of help and really nice.
JS United States April 2008
We had a great trip with Waheed — loved having the meal at his house and camping — it was really perfect. No complaints! I have and will continue to recommend you guys. It was a really neat addition to my college roommate’s Egyptian experience.
JM United States April 2008
Right at the beginning [of our discussion], Eric took a few of my disjointed plans and drafted a [16-day] itinerary to fit our plans, at a very reasonable price (significantly less than prices I saw for similar long-duration tours booked through other companies, and including tips for drivers/various support staff). Further, Eric monitored our trip’s progress every day, checking in with his associates who were responsible for different portions. Overall I would highly recommend Eric and backpackerconcierge.com for any independent travellers who want to avoid the huge-tour-group experience.
TT India March 2008
I have just got back from an amazing trip in Egypt. We had huge amounts of help planning our itinerary from the wonderful Eric from Backpacker Concierge – before we spoke to Eric we were quite clueless about how to get from A to B and were a little apprehensive about travelling as two young girls on our own. He came up with some great ideas for us, and planned our excellent itinerary according to what we wanted to do/see, as well as all our tour guides, hotels, internal flights and transfers and extra excursions. We had the convenience and reassurance of having everything organised for us, but were completely independent, got to do/see exactly what we wanted and got much more of a local experience than we would have had had we been in a large tour group on a hideous bus. Egypt is the kind of country where it is a REALLY huge help to have local knowledge to get you the best prices and someone to look out for you – I can not recommend Eric and all the other people we met through Backpacker Concierge highly enough.
PE Australia March 2008
Your company arranged a unique and exciting view of the region. Your guides were genuinely helpful, Khalid and Mahmood and the whole crew. The trip was both relaxing and intense, certainly more authenic than the river boat cruise. It was a trip I will never forget. We were never afraid, always accompanied and well cared for. Thank you again for a trip of a lifetime.
PB United States March 2008
I just wanted to say thank you…sooo much! You are such a wonderful tour guide and person. I am already telling everyone I know all about Backpacker Concierge.
KR United States March 2008
Eric was someone who I decided I could trust after communicating via email, and I made the correct choice. For those that are afraid of completely winging things, he can provided honest advice and bookings.
SB England February 2008