TESTIMONIALS

Dear Elhamy,

Thank you very much for arranging this amazing trip for us. It was extremely well organized and we had a wonderful time -- all 17 of us. The trip was exhilarating, exciting, educational and a whole lot of fun.

My hugest thanks goes to you for getting us Ayman Bassily as our guide in the CairoNile Cruise part of the trip. Ayman made the trip 10 times more amazing. He is very well organized, dealt with all our last minute changes very easily with absolutely no hassles (day 1 and day 2 got swtiched around when my husband missed his connection in London, we changed our mind on the Sound and Light show at the intersection), took us to local restaurants when we complained that we did not want hard rock cafe, told us what is just a tourist trap and not worth doing, never pressured us to buy when he took us to the papyrusalabasterjewelry shops.

When it came to the actual temples and places we visited, Ayman was absolutely riveting with the way he taught and guided us through the various monuments. His depth of knowledge is astounding. He is able to communicate very clearly, without being judgemental and always presents all sides. He quickly figures out who is interested in the art, and who is interested in the stories and directs everyone according to their interests. The trips and bus rides were filled with all of us asking him many many questions about the past and the present. He never took umbrage at any question and answered them all without ever hurrying, and always with all points of view.

He helped us beyond what was in the itinerary. He took us shopping in Edfu and Cairo. He came a 2nd time to the Egyptian Museum, so that the 2 people who missed it the first time could see it with a guide (and the 2nd trip he explained different thinks in the museum), he arranged a car for us to go to the Whirling Dervish and Dashur, he called on New Year's day to make sure the car came to pick us up, and he always showed us the best places to eat, even giving us recommendations in Sharm El Sheik. Finally, he does all this with an amazing sense of humor which is the icing on the cake. We all suffered from Ayman withdrawal in Sharm and when we got back from the trip. He is just an amazing tour guide with an infectious enthusiasm for his subject (which he is the master of) and an extremely understanding and outgoing personality. We thank you again for making it possible for all of us to be guided by Ayman. It was an honor.

Wael was also very personable, courteous, highly efficient and professional. He helped and guided us so ably through immigration on the way in and was amazing with the way he got us checked in for our flights on the way out. The place was utter confusion and we would never have made it out without Wael's help.

Overall, Sakkara did a wonderful job of handling all our needs. We appreciated the up grade to the Mojito, the large bus for us 17 people, the ease with which Sakkara and you agreed to us cancelling St. Catherine and transferring it to Ras Mohammed, helping us with all ariport transfers. Sakkara was really very professional and kept it all running extremely smoothly. We also appreciated that they sent us a separate guide (Michael) for Ras Mohammad and so on the boat we had 2 guides -- the boats guide and Michael. Michael helped us through the rentals and then took good care of the couple of people in our group who were snorkelling for the first time and eased their fears and took good care of them.

The only person that we felt could have done a better job was Reda, who was our main guide in Sharm. We assume he is new at this job. He needs to put himself in the tourist's shoes and understand that sometimes changes do need to be made. He gets frustrated if any changes are made. His English needs a bit more improvement as it sometimes comes across as rude (but we understand that he does not mean to be) and sometimes we truly cannot understand what he is saying. He seems extremely hurried and has a hard time juggling everything. He means well and is trying hard. He finally did execute what we needed at Sharm, just not with the ease and personality of the other Sakkara folks we met.

And finally, thanks to you folks at STI for being flexible with the bookings and handling the ever growing group (from 8 people to 12 to 17). Thanks for changing flights to Sharm just a couple of days before we left and for handling the St. Catherine to Ras Mohammed switch very easily.

We loved our trip and hope to go back to Egypt in another 5 or 6 years. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends.

Bonjour El Hamy,

Simplement un petit mot pour ter remercier de nous avoir si bien recu en ?gypte mon epouse et moi. Nous sommes revenus enchante de notre voyage. J'ai adore tout ce que j'ai vu et crois-moi, je suis dorenavant tres bien outille pour encore mieux vendre l'?gypte aux agents de voyage quebecois. J'espere d'ailleurs qu'on pourra mettre sur pied tres rapidement pour avril ou mai prochain un famtrip comprenant la visite des pyramides, la croisiere, de meme qu'un petit sejour a Sharm El Shiek et Hurgada avec quelques rondes de golf. Il serait tres bien de generer des ventes-groupe pour les golfeurs et meme d'organiser un pro-am en collaboration avec quelques professionnels de golf du Quebec pour l'automne 2009. Le parcours de Luxor doit malheureusement etre mis de cote, mais les parcours de Sharm El Shiek et Mirage sont superbes et adequat pour recevoir des golfeurs. Le resort Jolie Ville est un des plus beaux que j'ai eu l'occasion de voir jusqu'ici alors que le JW Marriott n'a rien a envier aux plus beaux hotels du monde. Vraiment fantastique....

Je tiens a te signaler le professionalisme de tous les representants STI rencontres au cours du voyage. Wael, Moody (il est formidable) et Philippe se sont relayes pour nous encadrer avec beaucoup de chaleur. Nos deux guides, Ahmed (crosiere) et Heba (pyramides) ont ete a la hauteur, particulierement le jeune Ahmed qui a su capte notre attention par des propos justifies, amusants, sympatiques et surtout bien ponderes tout au long des differentes visites. Il est vraiment un atout majeur au sein de votre organisation. Merci egalement a tout le personnel sur le Mojito. Ce fut tres agreable de les cotoyer. Accueil et encadrement impeccable.

Merci de transmettre mes felicitations et remerciements a toutes les personnes concernees.

Dear Mr. Farid:

I met with you during my RTA Travel group trip to Egypt Dec 7-21st, on the SS Mojito. I wanted you to know how much we all enjoyed it, particularly the 4 night cruise on the Nile. Everything went very smoothly and the cruise was excellent. The staff,the accommodations, the delicious cuisine and the shore excursions were among the best that I have ever experienced. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the vessel as well as the attention I received from the entire staff. The Spa experience was top notch as well.

I will continue to send you my clients who are eager to experience the concern and care that you and your staff have provided to my group.

My clients Balasiano will embark on the Lady Diana on December 24th and I have already assured them that they will be in very good hands . They both look forward to meeting you personally.

Thank you for all that you did to make my Philippino group and myself very happy to have seen your beautiful country.

Very truly yours,

Sakkara Travel Group
61 El Marghany Street
Heliopolis, Cairo

I have just finished a 13-day trip on the Nile with your company and I had to take a few minutes to tell you just how much I enjoyed the trip.

All the tour guides (Rehab, George, and Ash) were informative and offered us interesting stories about each of the different areas we visited. I also must commend each and every tour guide once they found out that I had a broken neck and in some areas was unstable on my feet they did every thing to assure my safety.

The staff of the Mojito tended to my every need and let me tell you sometimes that was easy because I came to Egypt to fulfill a dream and I was not going to let any physical disabilities stop me. All, I can say is that the staff from housekeeping to Marco were there to help when I tripped on the stairs or if I needed something translated.

The drivers I had in both Luxor and Cairo (I am sorry that I do not remember their names) also assured that I was safe at all times.

And last and far from least Ahmed Salah who first met me at the Airport on Sep 23, 2008. He got me through customs, helped me with my bags and did more then his best to make me feel at home. In fact when I got off the plane I felt that I was a lost family member who just found their way home. When it came time for me to leave on Oct 5, Ahmed made sure that I was at the airport on time and in the right line to make my plane.

Because of these people and people I cannot remember their names I will remember this trip for a long, long time and look forward to returning to Egypt soon.

thank you sakkara travel

Dear STI Crew,

Our client Sharon Collins participated in the 923 departure of 13 Day Nile Voyager.  She had wonderful things to say about the trip, particularly the helpful staff who went above and beyond to make her adventure truly memorable.  She wrote the following note and asked that I forward it on to Sakkara - I am hoping you will make sure they receive this wonderful note of praise.

Thank you again for another successful client experience!

Maria,

I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for helping my mom and I arrange everything for our trip to Egypt. We had an amazing time. We are still sorting through all the pictures we took and remembering the great sites we saw! A special note regarding our guide, Bassem. He was very knowledgeable, and extremely personable. He made the trip the much more memorable. I will highly recommend STI and Bassem to anyone I know going to Egypt. Thanks again for all your help!

Hi Heather. thanks for the upgrade, it was great. We had a room on the 33rd floor overlooking the Nile and could see the Pyramids.

Just wanted to let you know that we were thrilled with the tour. All of the STI people that we met were excellent and treated us like royalty. The guides were really very good and added to the whole experience.

We were also upgraded at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan to a beautiful room (apparently the hotel is closing down soon for a 2 year refit).

All of the hotels we stayed in were great as was the cruise ship (the Mojito).

During our Sharm stay, we opted out of the trip to St Catherine's - no problem, but we were getting pretty exhausted from all the sightseeing and travel and decided to spend 3 days around the pool drinking beer and recuperating. It worked!

It's going to be hard to travel as a regular tourist again after the kind of treatment that we received!

This was one of the most memorable holidays we've ever had - STI did a great job for us and we'd be happy to recommend you guys to anyone considering an Egypt tour.

Thanks for everything.
Richard and Wendy Buckley.