12778
Egypt

Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Egypt, exploring iconic pyramids, fascinating museums, vibrant bazaars and cultural treasures on this expert-led Nile study cruise.
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Program No. 12778RJ
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June
(5)

Going to Egypt on your own and being able to do & see everything included in this trip would have been daunting. Our group leader Amani Nabil was so knowledgeable & wanted us all to understand that her Egypt is so different from that depicted on the evening news. Yes pyramids, King Tut, the Nile, the endless tipping to use the toilets - it's all there. Shukran!

Debra
(5)

This was a fantastic program. Everything I wanted to see and do in Egypt was included. It was so nice to have all accommodations and travel taken care of for me. Our guide, Manal, was fantastic. Anyone who wants to see Egypt would do well to use Road Scholar. Also, I felt completely safe while there

Nancy
(5)

This was a wonderful, informative trip. Our Egyptologist was Manal Khalil, and she was amazing and very informative. The hotels were first class, and I felt very safe during the entire trip. Egypt is taking precautions to keep tourists safe. We covered the past history of Egypt from 3000 BC until the time of the Greco-Roman Empire (approx. 200 AD). We had several evening lectures which covered present day living conditions in Egypt. Egypt in May can be very hot. Manal managed this by starting us off early in the morning, and getting all of our outside touring done by about 2 PM. Then, we had lunch and then some free time. I would recommend that future travelers bring an umbrella in addition to a sun hat to protect themselves from the heat. I also took advantage of the free airfare from JFK; however, in the future, I will have Road Scholar also handle my travel from my hometown to JFK, too.

Virginia
(5)

If you like ancient history the pharohs, etc. go on this trip. Seeing these magnificent sites is amazing. You cannot appreciate their size and grandeur by watching documentaries or movies.

Janet
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Thank you so much for an amazing trip. Our Egyptologist, Manal Khalil was amazing. We were such a diverse group, and she was able to give each of us an amazing experience. I was somewhat leery about traveling to Egypt during Ramadan. But, with a couple of necessary minor schedule adjustments, I got so much more of an understanding of the people, particularly in the cities — what’s not to like with a party after sundown every night! All the hotels and the boat were great, and I enjoyed the local food as well. The lectures were quite diverse and amplified Manal’s discussions. I would encourage anyone taking the trip to pay the slight extra fees to get into and take pix in the pyramids, tombs and temples. You won’t regret the experiences. Also, it is hot, so a cooling scarf does wonders.

Nancy
(5)

This is an wonderful trip that covers all of the highlights of Egypt with the added benefit of the 4 night cruise on the Nile River. Our tour leader, Manal, was the absolute best ambassador for her country that one could hope for. Her knowledge was amazing and our lecture information and instructors were all excellent. I felt safe the entire time while having the time of my life. The small group size (23) allowed us to see great sights without the hassle of keeping up with a big group. All of the hotels were top notch and the in country (and to country) travel arrangements were organized and efficient. Maybe the top ranked RS trip I've taken so far!

Kathryn
(5)

The Beyond the Pharohs Road Scholar program was incredible. The content was engaging and high-caliber. I could not have imagined attempting to plan a trip of such scale on my own, and was hugely grateful to have such a professional company take care of all details. Additionally, my family experienced a medical emergency while on the trip and Road Scholar was so supportive and helpful, ironing out every logistical detail for us.

Maya
(5)

This program exceeded my already high expectations. The accomodations were great, the field trips fascinating and the lectures interesting.

Joyce
(5)

WOW! If you have any interest in ancient Egypt, this is the trip to take. And safety should not be a concern. Road Scholar and the Egyptian authorities made it a #1 priority. I never had one moment of unease. Security was "over the top".

Norma
(5)

Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present is a tour that gives the traveler a sense of the past and vision of Egypt's future. Prepare to be amazed on a daily basis at the wonders of the past juxtaposed with the challenges of modern Egypt.

Alan
(5)

The program will immerse you in the grandeur of Ancient Egypt, but it will also provide you with a lens to view the modern era and its unique and systemic challenges.

Deborah
(5)

Our trip to Egypt "Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present" was amazing and wonderful! I especially learned a great deal from having the great good fortune to learn from our Egyptologist guide Michael Makram Naguib. He is so knowledgeable and a gifted teacher! It also impressed me that he could discuss other countries like Israel and other religions' histories as well as art and engineering concepts and could answer questions on any of those subjects without notes or needing to look up the answers to our questions! We saw and learned so much on this trip and I will have lots to remember and think about for a long time to come. At all times I felt safe and well cared for, even when crossing busy streets with crazy traffic in Cairo and especially with a security person on all our buses and conspicuously but discretely caring for our group.

Russell
(5)

Our first Road Scholar trip and will definitely return for another—have traveled extensively with other tour companies, with itineraries as the deal-breaker. Road Scholar was chosen because of Alexandria and Abu Simbel as parts of the program and not as extensions. Road Scholar came highly recommended by friends with absolutely no negative comments. I would highly recommend Road Scholar to others and plan to travel with them again.

Ned
(5)

A truly amazing, wonderful experience. Our guide was superb; accommodations and meals were excellent; the program content was truly awesome.

Rebecca
(5)

If you have ever dreamed of walking among the Great Pyraminds, running your fingers along the giant ancient sandstone hieroglyphs in Luxor, or sailing across the Nile in a genuine felucca, then this is the trip for you. Our tour guide Mona worked tirelessly to ensure our experience at each site was educational, meaningful, and fun. She openly shared her personal stories about growing up in Egypt, being a modern Islamic woman/mother, and living through the Arab spring. Although the trip sometimes stretched our comfort zone, safety was never an issue as we were accompanied by at least one security guard at all times. We learned so much about Egypt and this beautiful yet ancient corner of the world. We hope to return some day and possibly linger a little longer at some of the most marvelous sites in the world!

Christiane
(5)

Since I was six years old, I wanted to go to Egypt. This trip more than fulfilled this dream and exceeded my expectations.

Nancy
(4)

Remember that warmer temperatures may lower your comfortable activity level.

Deborah
(5)

This learning adventure was fabulous and far exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it!

June
(5)

Don't miss this fabulous program!

James
(5)

My wife and I just returned from Egypt: Beyond the Pharaohs, and were totally impressed with our first Road Scholar tour. Egypt is not a country that I'd do on my own, so I looked at many tour operators prior to booking. I would not have traded places with any of the many other tour groups that we encountered during our travels. Mona, our tour leader, is a walking encyclopedia regarding all things Egypt (both past and present). She may be the best tour guide in all of Egypt. Road Scholar's "Egypt team" does a fantastic job, from the time you arrive to the time you depart. I'm already saving up money for my next Road Scholar trip.

Meena
(5)

I’m exhausted but had a wonderful time! Very complete and excellent tour of Egypt!

Ginita
(5)

If you've ever wanted to go to Egypt, or even if you haven't go! I'm so happy to have experienced this piece of history that I knew, and now to have special context around it. I'll be back!

Barbara
(5)

If you want an University level educational tour that explains Egypt’s history, geography, religions, culture and economics from the Old Kingdom to the present day then this is the tour for you. My trip’s accommodations included 4 different hotels and a cruise ship on the Nile River. I am not sure if Road Scholar uses the same hotels and ship for every tour so I won’t elaborate by name. However, I would rate 3 of the hotels 5 star luxury and one 4 star. All hotels were very clean, the rooms spacious with nice amenities such as an electric kettle and hair dryer. My room in Giza had a view of the pyramids and my room in Cairo had a view of the Nile. The ship was a little dated and I give it only a 3.5 rating. However, the cabin was large with a sliding glass door, the single bed very comfortable, the room/linens were as clean as the hotels, and the restaurant staff very friendly. Each days breakfast and dinner is served at the hotel’s buffet style restaurant. The buffets ran from fabulous to middle of the road. The lunches were at different locations each day. The lunch at the Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria was the highlight of the lunches, just delicious and not a buffet. This is not a “vacation”. You will be getting up every day about 6:00am and touring to about 5:00pm. There is a lot of walking. There are no programmed shopping experiences. But you will have some short shopping opportunities at some of the sites. There are some fun, lighter experiences - the fulucca ride on the Nile in Aswan and entertainment on the cruise ship. This was my first tour with Road Scholar. I found the price much lower than the other tours groups I researched. The quality of the tour, hotels and food exceeded my expectations at this price point. I highly recommend Road Scholar. I will book through them again.

Earlece
(5)

The trip of a lifetime. We covered so much in two weeks, the group was congenial and tour leader was excellent. It was great value for money, since everything was included, even tips. My only out of pocket expenses were for drinks and souvenirs. We stayed in international hotels of high standard, and each day was a new adventure. It was my first tour ever, and the only way I would have attempted Egypt. Time after time the locals said, “tell the Americans to come back.” I recommend it.

Karen
(5)

This program was packed full of a variety of sites and experiences: tombs, temples, museums, lectures, pyramids, ancient archeological sites, churches, and more. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and knew how to present interesting information. The group was small with interesting, friendly people. It couldn’t have been better.

Barry
(5)

This was our first trip with Road Scholar, and we were very satisfied. We definitely intend on going on more Road Scholar trips in the future.

Michael
(5)

Any security concerns were well-addressed by staff and government agents. Do not let security per se deter you from participation in this extraordinary program.

Richard
(5)

Looking at photos of the iconic pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt is not enough. You have to experience them in person. You will be permanently awestruck at their majestic size and artistic quality. This trip will show you everything of importance from ancient to contemporary Egypt.

Laurence
(5)

This program takes you far beyond the pyramids and the sphinx, which is all most of us know about ancient Egypt. It reveals what an fascinating, and in many ways advanced, culture existed in Egypt beginning 4500 years ago. Highly recommended.

Dave
(5)

A must do adventure providing valuable perspectives and understanding about our past and present that can only be done by this travelling/lecturing small group experience.

Susan
(5)

Beyond the Pharoahs was an expertly organized and executed tour with the pacing thoughtfully done. The guide was thoroughly knowledgeable and personable and attention to safety was paramount at all locations. This was the trip of a lifetime with fellow travelers who will now be lifetime friends.

Ivan
(5)

Egypt was far outside of my comfort zone as a native Montanan. So glad my wife is brave and adventurous! Bilal, our tour guide, was a great ambassador, and made us feel safe and welcome in all of the different venues. A must-visit in your lifetime area of the world!

Harold
(5)

Excellent and comprehensive tour led by excellent guide, lecturers, and drivers. No issues with safety as tourist police were with us most times. The Nile Valley in Egypt is ripe for greatly expanded tourism from around the world, so go while it is not too crowded.

June
(5)

This was my first organized tour and Road Scholar trip. It was exceptional. I highly recommend this Egypt program. Our guide, Bassem, was the best! A totally amazing and memorable trip.

Kathleen
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Beyond the Pharaohs - Egypt Past & Present was packed with history, sight-seeing, and fun – the most intense trip I’ve taken with RS. The people of Egypt are very friendly and happy to see American tourists. I didn’t have problems with the water or food. RS made sure we had a bottle of water with each meal, in our rooms, and on the buses. I never felt afraid anywhere in Egypt, even though in Cairo and Alexandria we had a guard riding with us and sometimes an escort too. Our guide and Egyptologist, Bilal, gave us so much fascinating information. He was upbeat and diplomatic which rounded out a very enjoyable group of traveling companions. I would rate this tour on the intense end of "at your own pace". The terrain is rough, with lots of uneven stone steps w/o railings. Inside old buildings there are a lot more stairs and no elevator on the cruise ship. I recommend bringing a walking stick and 1 or 2 pair of comfortable, “industrial-strength” tie shoes for the daytime. I usually wore jeans and a long-sleeved top, plus a lightweight jacket. Most evenings are not dressy. Women only need a skirt or nicer pair of pants, a couple dressier tops plus a pair of flats or low-heeled shoes for evenings. Alexandria is cooler so bring a sweater. February temps are mostly in the 50s-60s. We reached 70 for a couple days in the southernmost point of the trip. I kept a journal in addition to taking pictures to remember everything that happened. Egypt was a wonderful surprise. I consider this trip worth the money spent - 5 stars. I thought it was well-planned by RS. And thank you for an excellent guide - Bilal!

Barbara
(5)

No marketing can describe the feeling of opening your hotel curtains and the Pyramids are right in front of you! Imagine a group of enthusiastic companions, passionate Egyptologist, comfortable accommodations and ethnic food, unexpected cultural comparisons, and peacefully floating the Nile. Discover that Egypt has more historic monuments than anywhere else in the world. Road Scholar trips are more education, than vacation, but there are “touristy” experiences as well. We highly recommend travel to Egypt now, rather than “some time”!

Gwen
(5)

This is the most comprehensive Egyptian tour that I have found. We saw everything on my list and there are only a few places I would consider returning to see more than we had time for on this tour. If you are interested in Egypt and it's antiquities this is the tour for you.

McKinzie
(5)

We just returned from the 2/10 trip. All we can say is GO!!! It was safe, fun, awe inspiring. You will not regret it! The food and accommodations were better than expected. The top four things about this program were the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, the cruise and our guide Bilal. We can't wait to go on another trip!

James
(5)

Excellent tour and tour guide. Good pace and Nile boat cruise an extra bonus. Security was excellent throughout trip.

Judith
(5)

Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present is an excellent way to see, experience and learn about the 5,000 year old antiquities we usually only experience in pictures or documentaries. It is a trip never to be forgotten.

William
(5)

This program built upon the excellent experiences that my wife and I had with Road Scholar programs in the past (China and African Safari). It would be difficult for me to improve on our experience in any way. Our Program Guide, Bassem Sameh, was simply extraordinary. His knowledge of the subject matter, and his patience and enthusiasm in explaining it to our group were outstanding. His good humor and unflappable nature made the entire experience very enjoyable.

Michael
(5)

I saw many world-class sites and slept not enough. There were some very early wakeup calls. Our first hotel had a view of all three Giza pyramids from our window. The four days on the Nile were a relaxing break with very good buffet food. We were accompanied almost everywhere by an armed tourist policeman. For CPAP users, distilled water was not available. The reviews in this thread give an accurate description of trip highlights.

Johanna
(5)

This tour is full of amazing sights and wonderful experiences--from crawling into the heart of a pyramid (stunning in its darkness and quiet)to floating peacefully down the immense Nile watching birds at sunrise. Road Scholar has the tour so smoothly organized that multiple changes of locale in a complicated and bustling society are effortless, not anxiety-provoking. I couldn't have done it on my own.

Charles
(5)

Egypt was absolutely incredible as was our visit there. The"Road Scholar" organization, efficiency and handling of the trip was flawless!

Jeannie
(5)

This is an excellent educational tour of Egypt and the two week time frame was about right for what we had to see. Our tour guide, Bassem was excellent and very knowledgable. I saw all the ancient sites I had read about and really enjoyed seeing the Pyramids in Giza, the Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel. If you are passionate about ancient Egyptian history like I am then this tour is for you.

Carolyn
(5)

Just returned from my trip to Egypt. If you are thinking about taking this trip, you will not be disappointed. It was my lifelong dream to visit, and it was an amazing experience. From the time I stepped off the plane to when Road Scholar took us back for our return home flight, RS was there to help us and guide us every step of the way. Rest assured, you will be well taken care of - water, food, security, housing, tours, comfort. All you have to do is enjoy the journey and the incredible sights and sounds of Egypt. This was my first RS trip, and I will definitely look into doing more.

Amy
(5)

We had an absolutely marvelous wonderful time! Ahmed Bekheet was a brilliant tour leader. The trip surpassed all my hopes. Highly recommend this adventure of a lifetime.

Diane
(5)

Don't hesitate to take this trip! We loved everything about it. Our tour guide Amal was wonderful. Our group of 22 persons was a joy to spend time with. Food was delicious, accommodations were excellent. The Egyptian people are warm and kind. It was such a rewarding experience to learn about the culture. The monuments we saw left us awestruck. We felt very safe the entire time.

Glenn
(5)

Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past an Present was extraordinary! This once-in-a-lifetime adventure exceeded our expectations. Trip was very well organized and our guide, Ahmed, was exceptional.

Judith
(5)

Best trip ever! Felt safe and as secure as anywhere in the world! The sights, experiences, our guide, people, accommodations could not have been better! Go you will be very pleased with your decision.

Lawrence
(5)

Egypt is a fascinating country from its long history and associated antiquities to the vibrant 21st century life in its cities and towns. We met and were among Egyptians who welcomed us and we always felt safe. Tour includes visits to a large number of sites (over 25) from Lower Egypt (the North) to Upper Egypt (the south). Our exploration was enhanced by the excellent explanations by our guide (an Egyptologist) of stories and myths of those we “met” via their temples and other monuments, all put in perspective relative to Egypt’s long timeline. Several lectures (about an hour) provided insight into old and new Egypt and the role of the Nile. A special treat was hearing about our guide’s significant role in the events of the Arab Spring a few years ago. Hotels varied but clean and comfortable. Transportation by large bus, River Boat and 3 flights - including a surprise flight to Abu Simbel. (Better than a LONG bus ride both down AND back.) Bus seating never an issue even without a guide imposed seating approach. While dark in decor and crowded in its buffet restaurant, the river boat was delightful was a perfect four night interlude in a very busy tour. Show by a Nubian group excellent. Open upper deck had enough seating both covered and in sun. The crew was great and the towel animals twice each day were adorable. Did need to develop an approach to navigating the vendor gauntlet at each site. Many items are sold everywhere, but unique items in each region. If you want something, get it. May not see it again. Bargain, bargain, bargain. Only issue on this wonderful tour was that our guide was a MUCH better Egyptologist than tour guide. Important details about things like meal, bags out, leaving times etc. were rarely repeated. Checking to see if we had all gathered at the meeting place after exploring a site was often time intensive. Despite this, we started to leave a site with someone missing - twice. That never happened on any of our other tours.

Christine
(5)

This trip fulfilled a lifetime dream. It was wonderful being able to stand amidst all that history. Our tour guide Mohammed was knowledgeable and responsive to the needs of the group. Although I expected there to be a lot of walking the terrain is a little trickier than I expected and someone with walking issues may have difficulty, you really need to watch where you are walking. The hotels were all very nice, wish we had a little more time to enjoy the facilities in the last hotel in Cairo. Eating at some local establishments was special and a nice treat because the buffets got old especially on the Nile Cruise. The facilities on the Nile cruise were just fair, ship needs serious updating and menu never really changed. So happy to be traveling with Road Scholar who took care of our water and beverages at meals, which was not the standard for many other travelers we encountered. Many ask about the security in Egypt, well there is security everywhere, which took a little getting used to but reassured us that everything possible was being done to keep us safe. Do not let fear keep you from exploring Egypt and its amazing history and culture. Go now before the hoards return.

Gladys
(5)

Ecellent program. I suggest you bring hiking boots for all the walking and stairs, also uneven concert and tile. You wil be really tired each day but so worth while that you don't care and you just get to bed early so you can do all the exciting things each day you wil see.

Michael
(5)

My wife and I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt. This trip was absolutely amazing. From climbing down into the Great Pyramid of Khufu to entering King Tut's tomb and seeing him still there to cruising upriver on the Nile and seeing ancient temples was absolutely fascinating. A 'bucket list' trip of a lifetime checked off with total satisfaction.

Ann
(5)

I just spent a delightful two weeks in Egypt! The experience was all that Road Scholar promised ..and more. The Egyptologist, Micheal, was a competent guide who delighted us with his instruction and breath of knowledge.I would recommend any Egyptian experience with him. The cruise on the Nike is a must! The cost of the trip by RS is reasonable. I am delighted that I joined the RS trip “Beyond the Pharohs:Egypt Past and Present” . It was a memorable experience for me.

Paul
(5)

"Beyond the Pharaohs" was an astonishing experience that fulfilled a lifelong dream to see Egypt. We chose it over other tours because it combined the expertise of an Egyptologist with opportunities to see early prototype pyramids as well as the famous trio, Alexandria's library and catacombs, Luxor and Karnak and sailing the Nile, and the amazing Abu Simbel Temple relocated from a valley because of the High Dam. What an eye-opening and enjoyable two weeks.

James
(5)

Egypt is a must see for every Road Scholar traveler. You will return with a fuller understanding of Egypt's long history, and in awe of its amazing monuments to posterity.

Susan
(5)

For an experience that will make memories for years, go to Egypt with Road Scholar. To stand in the presence of art created nearly 5,000 years ago is a moment you will never forget. The education, organization, and outstanding leadership of scholars will ensure and enhance a mark-making memory of a lifetime!

David
(5)

I would recommend this program to anyone to has an interest in Egypt. It was thorough and extremely educational. Micheal, our guide was the best.

James
(5)

The Egypt tour is fantastic. An ancient culture little explored by westerners. Do it! You'll like it!

Chris
(4)

This is a fairly fast paced and thorough coverage of Egypt for a 2 week package. It has Road Scholar's usual good coverage of the history and culture of the region, and very competent leadership

Jamie
(4)

Travel to Egypt now! You will feel totally safe in this country. Our guide, Amal El Far, was terrific - so helpful and so knowledgeable. Cats are everywhere. They sleep on monuments and follow you around. Amal says Egypt still has a national love affair with cats. The Egyptian people are warm and friendly to Americans. Many speak fluent English. Road Scholar will take good care of you. I had an allergic reaction while on tour. Road Scholar quickly found a specialist to treat me. The pyramids, monuments and museums are spectacular. You will enjoy the camel ride, Nile cruise and felucca excursion. This trip may be exhausting but one you should not miss!

Dorothy
(5)

My experience on the Road Scholar program, "Beyond the Pharaohs" exceeded my wildest expectations. We were guided by a wonderful, expert Egyptologist, Ahmet Bekheet. And to be present among all those ancient sites--WOW! Bucket List #1-checked!!

Carolyn
(5)

Fantastic trip! I saw everything I had ever dreamed of seeing and more.

Dennis
(5)

Our trip to Egypt with Road Scholar was everything we had hoped for!!!

Othniel
(5)

Wonderful opportunity to explore the past history of Egypt and civilization as it progressed plus the current problems Egypt faces.

Lynn
(5)

We loved every minute of this tour. Egypt is a wonderful country full of magnificent cultural monuments. We felt very safe throughout due to tourist police assigned to us and to all tourist sites. The weather was cool and rain-free as well.

Dianne
(5)

I have participated in many tours/cruises to learn about other cultures and history. Enjoyed every one and learned many things. This tour surpasses all because of its content and excellent management. My fellow travelers and I kept repeating one word out loud and I know silenitly that describe what we experienced “awesome.”

Emidio
(5)

Best tour so far had a great time

Marcia
(5)

Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present. # 12778 This trip was beyond my expectations. Our leader and Egyptologist, Ahmed Hamdy Borham, was the best Road Scholar leader and teacher. His enthusiasm for his subject was infectious. I lost my IPhone on a bus from the hotel to the airport for our domestic flight to Luxor. I told Ahmed and his reply was that you will get it back. I was not so certain and was in damage control changing passwords using my IPad. I left it in God’s hands and continued to enjoy the trip. Ahmed used me to play Isis in one of his teaching methods of understanding the gods of Egypt after the skit he told me that my phone had been found. It had fallen out of a pocket and was wedged between the wall of the bus and the seat. He, also, stated that 3 other groups had used that bus. Tears, hugs, gratitude for the team you have created for our Egyptian experience. The phone was returned at the baggage pick up area when I claimed my luggage and Ids checked, AMAZING AND I BELIEVE A GOD MOMENT. The tour was magnificent. Our cruise down the Nile was relaxing and enlightening. I learned so much and better understand the poorer countries. We were treated so well that I am an ambassador for the Road Scholar Trip to Egypt. Please know that Ahmed Hamdy Borham and his Road scholar people are the best of the best. Thank you, Marcia Beth Blink

Linda
(5)

You will not regret taking this trip! The itinerary was inclusive with Cairo, Alexandria and Abu Simbel. The accommodations were luxurious and Hala was a credit to the organization with her knowledge, organizational skills, sense of humor and adaptability. I felt safe the entire time and Egypt loves the American visitors. The history and culture of Egypt is beyond description. The value for your money is exceptional.

Ann
(5)

I loved this trip and want to inform anyone who thinks they are too old, to reconsider, I am 82 and was able to enjoy every activity and never felt unsafe for a minute.

Cynthia
(5)

The Egypt Trip, Beyond The Pharoahs offered by Road Scholar fulfilled a childhood dream for me Actually walking into the Great Pyramid, exploring the temples in the Valley of the Kings, and so much more...these were all pinch me moments for me. The people of Egypt were welcoming and gracious and our guide Ahmet was passionate about his job and his country. If going to Egypt has been your dream, don't wait, go now. It truly is the experience of a life time.

Diana
(5)

This was an outstanding event. Ahmed is very knowledgeable about all aspects of ancient and modern Egypt and showed consideration for the group's needs. Egypt is a very important part of the development of Western civilization and merits study. This tour gave insight to the existentialist influence within ancient Egypt.

Catherine
(5)

We thoroughly enjoyed this program. The group leader was outstanding. There is lots of walking, up and down steep steps that are not in good repair, and across sand and rocks, so good walking shoes are essential. All of the field trips were amazing, and the preparation by our group leader helped us understand what we were seeing. Recommend highly.

Deborah
(5)

Amazing trip in every way! All of our needs were anticipated and met. The days were full of enriching experiences that greatly enhanced our understanding of the history of civilization. I would encourage anyone to consider taking this trip!

Shelly
(5)

Do not pass "GO", Do not miss this opportunity to the walk inside a 4,500 year old pyramid, NOW is the time to visit Egypt with Amr & Road Scholars! It is safe & the mobs of tourists will start to arrive in a about 5 years.I loved these 2 weeks, I loved walking back in time & feeling the enormity of the Pharaohs Temples, learning how to read hieroglyphics & so much more. Go Now!!

Margaret
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip enabled me to learn about ancient Egypt in an interesting and fun manner. I also learned a great deal about the social, political and economic issues that have faced the country over the last 30 years. I would highly recommend this trip.

Zoya
(5)

It is a wonderful trip back to the ancient times. It will blow away your imagination. Well organized in all aspects.

Laura
(5)

I highly recommend Road Scholar if Egypt is on your bucket list. The accommodations, food and service are top notch. The learning experiences are numerous, relevant and interesting. The guide and the instructors are sure to teach you at least a few things you did not know before you went. And the Egyptian people were friendly and happy to see us. I felt as safe or safer on this program as I have felt anywhere I have traveled.

Marie
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip and I was very impressed. I learned so much about Egyot. Our tour guide was wonderful and I enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow travelers.

Al
(5)

Both a bucket list and childhood dream destination. The group leader, Manol Khalil, was terrific in all regards. The program exceeded expectations in the number of places seen as well as educational components.

Nancy
(5)

Excellent program and Manal was one of the best guides ever (over 20 prior RS programs). Don't miss this great opportunity to see many ancient sites.

Catherine
(5)

Visiting Egypt is an incredible cultural and learning experience. Be prepared for a deep dive into the history and current events of this remarkable country. Also be prepared to be challenged - intellectually and physically!

Patricia
(5)

If you're thinking of visiting Egypt you couldn't do better than the Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present with Hala el Sayed as your guide. You are in for a busy, exciting, informative trip! You'll visit numerous pyramids, temples, and tombs. You'll hear from experts on Egypt past and present. You'll eat like kings and queens, stay in very comfortable accommodations, and enjoy pleasant, seamless movement from one place to another.

Nicholas
(5)

This program had to be one of the best Road Scholar has to offer. I recommend to anyone. nwd

James
(5)

This program total exceeded my expectations. Hanan El Deeb, the primary Road Scholar instructor on the trip, is a wealth of information and a unique individual who can provide information about the various areas being visited and ensure operational details flow smoothly. It was wonderful to have free time available to go out on your own and interact with the general populace of Egypt. I advise people to prepare for the trip by reading in advance about the areas that will be visited so you have a foundation of knowledge to expand upon. There is SO much to see and enjoy in Egypt. I can't wait to go back to Egypt and see / experience more about the people, history, and culture.

Mary Beth
(5)

This program -Beyond the Pharohs- is a thorough exploration of the monuments and history of Ancient Egypt with a bit of modern Egypt thrown in. (The astounding new library in Alexandria!) You will be very active but you will see much more than the usual tourist.

Sullivan
(5)

Numerous friends expressed surprise, and even concern, when I mentioned my plans to do the Egypt tour due to fears about the security situation in the Muslim world. I found the Egyptian people to be very welcoming, and I never once felt any concern about security during the trip. I unhesitatingly recommend Road Scholar's Egypt program. I went with high expectations and the program far exceeded them! For one thing the group was led by a fully qualified Egytologist who did a great job of focusing us in on particular aspects of historically and culturally significant art amidst the literally overwhelming wealth of ancient artifacts available to be seen up close.

Ann
(5)

This was a marvelous trip, even better than I expected. I went to Egypt to see the pyramids, but saw and learned so much more.

Carolyn
(5)

What an outstanding opportunity to explore Egypt, learn about its history and people and immerse ourselves in ancient sites. Our group leader, Tarek Fawzy was incredible. He managed all of the details, personalities and activities with ease. His depth of knowledge of antiquities and the history of Eqypt was amazing. He was also an excellent ambassador for Egypt - his love of his country was evident. This is a trip of a lifetime.

Susan
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Pictures may be worth 1,000 words....but SEEING the real thing is priceless! This truly was the trip that I had only ever dreamed of taking. Our guide, Ghada Doss, expertly led us on an adventure back in time. So many experiences packed into two weeks - sights, smells, tastes - we learned so much, felt safe and cared for, and were astounded by the Egyptians.

Jeri
(5)

This fantastic, energetic trip brought history life. The tour guide, Hala El Sayed, was informative, interesting, extremely well organized and personable. She did many special things for an ill traveler as well as when my initial flight was cancelled and didn't arrive until 3 am the next morning. She arranged an airport pickup and food in the room. Quite a welcome surprise since I expected to fend for myself. Egypt is a marvelous place to visit and revel at the Great Pyramid, tombs, and well preserved monuments that depict life in early Egypt. Nothing better than seeing Cairo at night or "the real Luxor" at night. The Nile cruise was magical and peaceful. Can't beat the beautiful hotels with great food. One of best trips yet.

Cathy
(5)

Very good introductory overview to sites of ancient Egypt and city of Alexandria. Limited sightseeing in Cairo. Nile sail experience is extraordinary

Sanders
(5)

Dear Road Scholar, We have just completed program 12788 in Egypt, led by Ahmed Hamdy Barsoum. We are writing to let you know that Ahmed is the best of the best. We have been on around 10 Road Scholar programs, and countless mainstream tours. Ahmed was without doubt the most talented and memorable leader we have ever had. He is a wonderfully trained Egyptologist who combines subject-matter expertise, humor, dynamism and flexibility. He was able to provide us with factually correct information, while animating the stories in an unforgettable way. He made us feel like we were a part of the history - putting us in the roles of those building the pyramids, for example. We really felt like we were there. No member of our tour arrived late for our activities because we did not want to miss a minute. He expertly used the diverse professional backgrounds in our group to engage them in our learning process - often in humorous ways. He repeatedly reminded us to invite friends at home to visit Egypt. With leaders like him, we come home singing the country's - and Road Scholar's - praises. Shukran (thank you) Road Scholar for providing us with such a memorable experience. We can't wait to come back. Yalla binna (let's go)! Warmly, Sanders and Kathy Fischer Davis

Mary Lyde
(5)

How amazing to wake up our first morning in-country to a view of the Pyramids! And the trip just continued to exceed my expectations. Our tour guide, Amr Shahin, was excellent--a very knowledgable Egyptologist who is an excellent communicator, funny, and kind. There was nothing he wouldn't do to make the trip the best experience for each and everyone in the group whatever their needs and wants. We saw and experienced so much in two weeks that my brain went into information overload. The Egyptians were friendly and welcoming, the accommodations were superior, the security measures throughout the country and especially for our group were reassuring, the sites we saw astounding. I could go on and on, but I will just say, "Run! Don't walk to sign up for the trip. Yalla bina!"

Shellee
(5)

RoadScholar tours are well organized and very safe. Great accommodations with good food. Guides are well educated in their field. All in all a great value for what is offered.

James
(5)

What a wonderful experience. I learned far more than I expected and saw far more than I hoped. The accommodations and food were much better than I had imagined. Most of all, our guide did the best possible job to make sure that we were prepared, informed, entertained and safe. I am very glad that I took this trip.

Gordene
(5)

Our group leader Hanaan, an Egyptian Egyptologist provided one of the best learning experiences I have had. I am a retired professor and learned so much!!!! You will not be disappointed, this is an extraordinary experience. In addition all the Road Scholar folks were beyond helpful helping us easily navigate through airports, security, and more. They were friendly & caring. I do recommend wearing a face mask when the air is bad in Cairo for anyone sensitive to air quality.

Richard
(5)

My wife and I, for the past 40+ years, have always traveled alone, thinking group travel was not for us. Two friends persuaded us to give the RS Beyond the Pharaohs tour a try. We quickly learned that all our negative perceptions of group travel to be absolutely wrong. The Beyond the Pharaohs Egyptian tour is, without a doubt, the most memorable two weeks of travel we've ever had. With this being our first such tour, we really can't make any comparisons, but I can't imagine there could be any better tour leader than Hassan Bar. His knowledge of ancient Egypt, coupled with his drive and enthusiasm in explaining the customs, religions, successes, and challenges of modern-day Egypt impressed everyone in our group. Although I'd like to say that Hassan, single handedly, made us now, life-long RS clients, credit must also be given to what must be an army of behind the scenes people who drove the buses, moved us through airports, checked us into our hotels and cruise ship, provided security, prepared excellent meals, presented numerous lectures, and in short, made our two-week stay incredibly pleasant and trouble-free. It's no secret that the threat of terrorism around the world, but particularly in the Middle East, has had a huge, negative impact on Egyptian tourism. During our stay, at no time was there any hint of danger. There was a very visible, and extensive level of security evident throughout the country. RS also saw to it that we had our own security everywhere we went, whether checking into our hotel, on the road to different sites, and at whatever site we were visiting. The threat of terrorism in Egypt should NOT be a reason to postpone a visit to this wonderful country.

Frank
(5)

Amazing trip. Go now before the rest of America finds out it’s OK. We felt safe the whole trip and almost everyone spoke some English.

Alwin
(5)

Nation Wide has nothing on Road Scholar. When you travel with Road Scholar You are in Good Hands.

Margaret
(5)

I recently took the Road Scholar tour: Beyond the Pharaohs:Egypt Past and Present and it was wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about Egypt past and present. I know some folks might be nervous but there is no need. Tourists are well protected most especially by the fact that Egyptians are lovely, welcoming people. We are as safe there as we are at home.

John
(5)

This trip is an outstanding value for visiting one of the world's most historically fascinating and safe countries. The combination of a free flight credit and the current dollars-to-Egyptian-pounds exchange rate make it difficult to beat!

Jim
(5)

The Egyptian tour was all that it claimed to be. We saw "wonderful things" and expanded our knowledge of a history that spans 6000 years. Worth every penny and more.

Edna
(5)

This is a "dream come true" program, not to be missed by anyone who is interested in ancient history and Egyptian art.

Donna
(5)

Our trip to Egypt was fantastic! A wonderful experience provided by road scholar. My husbands bucket list fulfilled.

Thomas
(5)

A bucket list must

Kimberly
(5)

This was a great introduction to the highlights of Egypt, from Pyramids and Pharaohs to main cities and the Nile. Our egyptologist helped us feel the history we were seeing, and the Nile cruise topped the experience of understanding the importance of this river, the lifeblood of Egypt. Definitely an excellent tour for a new visitor.

Donna
(5)

The Egypt Past and Present trip was Marvelous! It was everything I had hoped for and even more! One is immersed into the culture from the beginning to the end! Highlights for me were ascending and descending into a pyramid, seeing the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, riding on a camel, sailing down the Nile, and sailing on a Felucca! Our travel group was treated as if we were a family.

Francis
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What a fabulous trip this is! You will be amazed by all you will see. The first day is the pyramids, and it just gets better from there! Hassan Bar was our guide/Egyptologist, and he is wonderful. You will feel completely safe. Tourism is a major business in Egypt, so they really look after their tourists. One of the other reviews suggests bringing $50 in one dollar bills, and that is an excellent suggestion. Great food and very welcoming and friendly people.

Susan
(5)

GO TO EGYPT! It was a great experience in a wonderful country - terrific food, amazing sights, warm and friendly people, and SAFE to travel in. Don't hesitate - you must see Egypt!

Julie
(5)

The Egypt program was awesome. Our leader was an expert in the field and very friendly. The country was amazing, the people wonderful, and I fell in love with the camels!

Carrine
(5)

Fabulous. The trip of a lifetime, even for someone who has traveled extensively.

Rabel
(5)

The best way to learn about ancient Egypt with knowledgeable guides and interesting fellow travelers while experiencing luxurious accommodations. A real bargain for the price!

Martha
(5)

Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present was the best travel experience ever. The program was well planned, our guide was knowledgable and gracious. Accommodations were good and the journey down the Nile fulfilled a lifelong dream.

Diane
(5)

Just returned from this wonderful tour of Egypt. Although many of our friends at home were concerned for our safety- we never were. It is very safe to visit Egypt. The local Egyptians are very interested in having Americans return to travel there and are very friendly. We visited all the important sites in history and our tour guide was so very knowledgeable. The weather in November was perfect and accommodations and food was very good. If you've been wanting to tour Egypt - GO!

Deborah
(5)

This is an exceptionally well-organized trip that was led by a well-educated, knowledgeable guide. The entire experience from beginning to end was interesting and proceeded at a pace that allowed use to see and experience the best that Egypt had to offer. I would recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in Egypt's rich historical past.

James
(5)

Website appears to me to be well organized and response time is good.

Marcia
(5)

The trip of a lifetime--safe (tourist police followed our bus and a security person was on our bus in Cairo), happy Egyptians, great weather, and very affordable. Being where Moses was found, where Mary and Joseph traversed, and where the Rosetta Stone was found were all very moving. Don't miss this trip where the sun shines every day!

Nicole
(5)

This was the trip of a lifetime - a perfect mix of history, art, culture, and scenery. There was never a moment I didn't feel safe. Our guide, Amr Shahin, was a joy to travel with. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about all things Egypt, his love for Egypt is palpable and contagious - and his sense of humor and flexibility and attention to our curiosity made the trip feel like a two week adventure rather than just an itinerary. I recommend this trip without hesitation.

Terica
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I was not disappointed!

Becky
(5)

All I can say is Wow! This should be a must on your bucket list to see. They take very great care of you, stay at very nice hotels, and the program activities allows you to see so much of Egypt. It was an amazing experience.

Renee
(5)

Amazing trip with excellent guide, Amr, who shared so much of his knowledge with us. The people are so friendly, the pyramids so big, and the Nile such a life line in Egypt. Exceeded my expectations.

Linda
(5)

The program went beyond our expectations. Road Scholar assured our safety. Accommodations were comfortable and strategically located. Amr, the program guide, is a wealth of information and a gifted story teller with a delightful sense of humor. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Lila
(5)

The Egypt program is a great value. Road Scholar ensures that participants are kept safe while traveling.

Karen
(5)

This program was AWESOME! Our Egyptologist Ahmed Hamdy Borham took it over the top by sharing is vast knowledge with us in such a wonderful way. I came home wanting to learn more. Everything about this program was just incredible, from the sights we saw to the people on our trip. I highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in Egypt.

William
(5)

The country of Egypt was very welcoming to our Road Scholar tour group. Ahmed Hamdy, Egyptologist, was an exceptionally outstanding Program Director. Every aspect of the trip was well organized, and we were well prepared by Ahmed for the historical wonders we toured. We felt very safe and enjoyed the group we traveled with. I cannot say enough nice things about the professionalism of our Program Director, and the efficiency and organization of the entire tour that RS hosted.

Forrest
(5)

Road Scholar is outstanding in providing an almost infinite selection of well described and interesting trips on their easy to use website.

William
(5)

This is a wonderful trip and has it all from Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast to Abu Simbel close the the southern border with Sudan. You'll see all the must-sees and even get to ride a camel by the Giza pyramids and sail the Nile in a felucca. All this with informative guides, lecturers, and security staff there to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip of a lifetime.

Suzanne
(5)

As always, RS did a great job in education, programming and coordination. Egypt is a country of contradictions - priceless artifacts all around, yet not well conserved. The desert is striking, the economic conditions startling. If Egypt is on your bucket list, this is the trip to take!

Paul
(5)

Outstanding program. Well organized. Well executed. You will throughly enjoy every moment

Gail
(5)

most wonderful experience of my life.






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