Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Luxor Thebes Egypt by Tour Guide Melad (Guide #454)


Dorian Wright

United States
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Tour: #1757, Aswan Tour - Visit Edfu, Komo ombo, Philae temples and the Obelisk in one day, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jun 7/18

Thank you, Melad!!!!

Dorian Wright

United States
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Tour: #1672, The Magic of Luxor, Full day tour., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jun 6/18

Phenomenal experience and Melad is extremely engaging and knowledgeable. thumbs up!

Robert Wood

United States
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Tour: #1672, The Magic of Luxor, Full day tour., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 9/18

Excellent! Amazingly informative for West Bank and temples of Karnak and Luxor. Telling stories made ancient Egypt come alive. Very sensitive to our wishes and needs. Wonderful personality and excellent English. Will highly recommend to our friends.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Robert for your kind words and your great review about me. I enjoyed meeting you both and I hope to see you again

Andrew Ash

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1625, Abydos and Dendara Temples, Qena, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 18/18

Had a 2 day tour with Melad of Luxor and surrounding areas which was very much enjoyed by myself and partner. Melad is very knowledgeable and very humorous as well..... good sense of humour mate. On our 3rd day we invited Melad and his lovely wife and children to our hotel to the pool and had a lovely time. We both loved our time in Egypt and fell in love with the history of the country and are planning to return.

Ellen Moore

United States
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Tour: #1672, The sound and light show at Karnak temple., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 7/18

Melad once again executed a great plan for the evening! However, having seen the sound and light show at Aswan, this one was very disappointing. The story was limited, the use of the lights was disjointed and did not add to the narrative. And, being in the city, there were noises that distracted from the show. These things obviously could not have been changed by our guide; I mention them only to give some travel advice to others possibly considering it.

Ellen Moore

United States
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Tour: #8959, 3 full days tour in Luxor, Abydos and Dendera temples., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 5/18

Visiting the Valley of the Kings and Queens and other sites in Luxor were at the top of our must see list, and exceeded our high expectations! Melad familiarity with the sites enabled us to see the most memorable tombs and maximize use of our Luxor Pass that he suggested. Due to low tourism, we were able to see a lot more than we thought we could, even the tomb of Nefertari, only recently opened to the public. An amazing three days, with an amazing guide. Egypt is SO safe, and you should go now!

Ellen Moore

United States
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Tour: #1678, Tour to the Nubian Village and the Botanic garden, Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 3/18

Ellen Moore

United States
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Tour: #1656, The sound and light show in Philae temple, Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 2/18

This was an amazing evening! Melad knew just how to plan the time to get us to the show by private boat that waited for us after the performance. He fully explained what we should expect during the performance, and where to meet so that we could leave before the other attendees. For others thinking about this sound and light show, I highly recommend it! It tells an amazing story in a beautiful and remote location that adds to the dramatic feel.

Ellen Moore

United States
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Tour: #1656, 3 nights cruise from Aswan to Luxor., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 2/18

All of our toursbylocals guides have been excellent; Melad is by far at the top of the list! His extensive experience as a guide is evident; his resources and knowledge made every outing seem so seamless and well executed. He was our guide on our Nile river cruise, and at each stop he had transportation to take us to the sites. His knowledge of Egypt's history and culture made it come alive to us! He is so personable that we felt we had made a friend at the end of our tour! I highly recommend him!

Jonathan Pluck

Kuwait
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples and Luxor museum )., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Feb 23/18

Second tour day and into the Valley of the Kings - Melad brought the history alive by mixing fables with facts. He was a gracious, calm and funny guide and willing to talk about any issue that you like. Highly recommended

Jonathan Pluck

Kuwait
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor and airport pick up ., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Feb 22/18

I spent two days with Melad and he was a great companion - bright, funny, knowledgeable . Most of all Melad is a highly empathetic guide who thinks about his customers and adjusts the plan to best help them - for me this meant fixing the challenge of an early hours arrival, and swiftly switching itineraries to make the first day a little easier. Melad - thanks for a fabulous trip !

Logan Hemenway

United States
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Tour: #1672, The Magic of Luxor, Full day tour., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 23/17

We had an amazing time in Luxor! Melad made the whole day so easy for us and was very knowledgable about the sites and history behind them then gave us plenty of time to explore the temples and tombs on our own time as needed. Very glad we chose him for our day tour. The whole day was planned out perfectly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Logan and looking to see you and your friend again in Luxor .

Eileen Abuhamad

Bahrain
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Tour: #2676, Visit Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples from Aswan., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 5/17

Eileen Abuhamad

Bahrain
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Tour: #1656, Visit Philae temple and the unfinished obelisk quarry !, Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 4/17

Jim Mingus

United States
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Tour: Pick up from your hotel to Luxor airport ., Luxor, Egypt
Date: Sep 17/16

Pick up service arrive early to allow time to load bags. Perfect service and could not recommend more, best decision we made.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.

Jim Mingus

United States
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Tour: #1757, Aswan Tour - Visit Edfu, Komo ombo, Philae temples and the Obelisk in one day, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Sep 16/16

This was the best day ever. Great driver down to Aswan, tours fantastic, guide service excellent and perf ct driver, this was amazing fro. The history as well as the scenery on the way down. Would,highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.

Jim Mingus

United States
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Tour: #2484, Dendara Temple, Luxor and Mummification museums and a Felluca sail boat ride., Qena, Egypt    view tour
Date: Sep 15/16

This temple was the best yet. The history behind it as well as we being the only ones there made it the best yet. Our tour guide was very informative and passionate about his service. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.

Jim Mingus

United States
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Tour: #1800, Enjoy Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor and an early ride in a hot air balloon and an evening sound light show., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Sep 14/16

Such a long day but so good. Lots of details on the history and background, Every stop was filled with not only the history but the current culture, I highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much.

Jim Mingus

United States
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor and a horse carriage ride ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Sep 13/16

Our first taste of Luxor and could not be more than satisfied. Highly recommend and our tour guide was so informative.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words dear Julie and Jim .

Kristin W.

United States
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 10/15

Melad was great. He pulled strings to pick us up in Safaga at the side of the cruise ship, which was no small feat. He was very, very knowledgeable in the realm of Egyptology. I couldn't have imagined being able to appreciate all the things in Luxor we saw without his input. He was also very flexible and accommodating. My father uses a wheelchair and Melad had many good ideas to help my father see and enjoy as much as possible.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words , It was my pleasure to be your guide in Luxor, I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to Luxor with me and I really enjoyed your company and your family too.I look forward to seeing you again in Luxor. My regards to you and your family.

Kristin W.

United States
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 9/15

Melad was great. He pulled strings to pick us up in Safaga at the side of the cruise ship, which was no small feat. He was very, very knowledgeable in the realm of Egyptology. I couldn't have imagined being able to appreciate all the things in Luxor we saw without his input. He was also very flexible and accommodating. My father uses a wheelchair and Melad had many good ideas to help my father see and enjoy as much as possible.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: Pick up from your hotel(Hilton) to Luxor airport ., Luxor, Egypt
Date: Oct 26/15

Right on time as usual, and Melad had very kindly picked up some items that we had purchased earlier. Overall for the week that he was our guide, our expectations were exceeded.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: #1636, Luxor and Mummification Museums, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 25/15

Luxor Museum is a miniature Egyptian Museum, but with beautifully displayed objects and air conditioning and no crowds. Mummification Museum has some very interesting displays. They could do a better job of explaining the actual process. Melad make extra time for activities of our choice and was very helpful in arranging delivery of some purchases. He gave a very knowledgeable tour in Luxor Museum.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: Visit Cairo by air in one day!, Cairo, Egypt
Date: Oct 24/15

A very long day, but excellent way to see the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum without having to overnight in Cairo. All details went smoothly from hotel pickup to flights to meeting in Cairo and excellent tours. Extended camel ride of 45 minutes through guide reommended operator was wonderful. Comprehensive visits to pyramids and Sphinx. Very good and informative tour of highlights in the museum.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: #1625, Abydos and Dendara Temples, Qena, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 23/15

Abydos Temple could be considered a hidden gem. Larger and even more impressive than Luxor. Amazingly well preserved, superior artistic talent, and beautifully restored to original colour in some parts of this temple. Dendara is another Greco-Roman masterpiece. All temples brought to life by the knowledge of Melad. He knows how to find the offbeat and hidden masterpieces in each destination. Quite an arduous drive to reach Abydos, but well worth it. Thanks to our skillful, patient driver.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: #1757, Aswan Tour - Visit Edfu, Komo ombo and Philae temples ., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 22/15

We thought the trip was well worth the long drive on challenging roads. Thanks to our excellent driver. These Greco-Roman temples were beautiful, each having its own charm and distinguishing items of special interest, all pointed out by Melad. The visit to the Unfinished Obelisk was also interesting. Once again, our guide was sensitive or our tastes and pace. Good views of rural Egyptian life and very informative narration.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor and an early hot air balloon.., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 21/15

Very informative tour. Melad had a good sense of our interests and the pace at which time we would enjoy each site. Gave us ample time to do some exploring on our own,

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples and the sound and light Show) ., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 20/15

Combined with hot air balloon ride. Melad met us at the agreed point in cooperation with the operators of the balloon. He had selected very good representations of popular tombs and temples of kings and queens as well as lesser known tombs of the nobles. Excellent historical knowledge, making the day truly memorable.

Michael Higgin

Trinidad and Tobago
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Tour: Pick up at airport and transfer to your hotel., Luxor, Egypt
Date: Oct 19/15

On time. Friendly and informative.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr Michael.

Thomas H.

United States
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Tour: #1672, The Magic of Luxor, Full day tour., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 19/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Herman. It was my pleasure meeting you.

Kristin Cass

United States
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples and Luxor museum)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 29/14

Great tour of Karnak and Luxor temples and museum. Melad took us through all the main sights, with interesting and detailed explanations. After a late lunch of really good Egyptian food, we had time to go back to Karnak, which is huge, and take in all the secondary sights, too. We had time for a bit of souvenir shopping also. We met Melad for a fantastic dinner, where we enjoyed more of our favorite Egyptian foods.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the special time you and your family have given to me. I really look forward to meeting you in Egypt again.

Kristin Cass

United States
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 28/14

Our full day with Melad viewing tombs in the Valley of the Nobles, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple at Deir El Medina, the Ramesseum and more, was another fantastic experience. Melad gave us enough time to enjoy his descriptions, wander on our own and take breaks, along with an excellent lunch. He planned another delicious dinner, as well as an evening excursion of a camel tour of the banana island at sunset, with a stop for snacks and to sample the freshly picked bananas. Another perfect day in Luxor!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much again for your kind words , I really enjoyed your company and your family.

Kristin Cass

United States
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 27/14

Our tour of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III's temple was spectacular. Melad explained what we would see before we entered each tomb, managing times when each was uncrowded or empty. We had ample time for seeing everything and breaks. We had a good, relaxed lunch. Melad took us for a caleche tour of Luxor at night and we sampled street foods, and then had another fantastic Egyptian dinner. He gave us time for souvenir shopping and helped us bargain. Perfect!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to be your guide in Luxor, I am glad that you enjoyed all these places and you showed a lot of interest which made me to show you more with a lot of enthusiasm .

Kristin Cass

United States
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Tour: #2484, Dendara Temple and pick up from Luxor airport., Qena, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 26/14

Most travel days are not this good, but that's because you don't always have Melad waiting for you! Melad was at the airport with boxed lunches, comfy van and driver. He gave us a great tour of Dendara, which was interesting and relaxed. We had plenty of time to wander, see everything, take photos, stop for breaks. We arrived at our hotel in perfect time for dinner and a good night's sleep before our another adventures in Luxor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, You were some of those people I will never forget,I loved showing you around, you have a beautiful family! I am very happy that I made your trip a memorable one.

Cody Speer

United States
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Tour: #1656, Philae temple,Edfu temple and picking up from the airport., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 24/14

Melad was waiting for me at the airport in Aswan exactly as planned and then we walked over to the very nice, clean and big van that was all mine for the whole day. Melad and I arranged to visit Philae (Isis Temple) and Idfu, and that is exactly what happend. He is very knowledgable about Egyptian mythology and gives you plenty of free time in the temples to explore. Be sure to let him know exactly what you want and such will occur. Great place and Melad was very helpful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cody, It is my pleasure to know that you enjoyed your tour with me. You were so helpful too, which made it so easy to me to give you as much as i can of explanation. I wish to see you again in Egypt to show you more.

Bruce M.

Australia
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Tour: #1636, Luxor and Mummification Museums, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jun 9/13

Melad was professional, friendly and patient. His knowledge is encyclopaedic and the tour was not rushed so that we enjoyed the experience immensely.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dr McConaghy. It was really nice meeting you and your step son Ono , Hope you are having fun in London and Paris now! I look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards

Bruce M.

Australia
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jun 8/13

This was a wonderful day with a highly professional and knowledgeable guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your great words. It was my pleasure to be your guide in Luxor.

Bruce M.

Australia
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jun 7/13

Melad showed us features which no ordinary tourist would understand or perhaps even notice. This enhanced the experience immeasurably.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Dr McConaghy . I am glad that you enjoyed your tours with me in Luxor.

Tina Witham

United States
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 30/12

Gave excellent explanations and descriptions - knows his subjects and well-prepared and tight on schedules - as good as a university lecturer. Anything beyond specifics in tours are triple to quadrupled priced; cheaper to use hotel's service, ie. Sight & Sound show, felucca ride, transportations, etc. Was hoping to have better access to transportations and local eateries (w/o exhorbitant prices).

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi and happy new year.Thank you for your kind review.I am pleased that you enjoyed my professionalism, Egypt and its history are my passion.There seems to be some confusion regarding the "extras" , i did not arrange any of these for you, the prices i charge are the ones that are on my website. We had an enjoyable lunch on the West bank at a restaurant of my choice, this is because I trust the food is of a good standard. I can assure you that the hotels charge a far higher fee than local Guides/taxis etc.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: This is uncharacteristic of the excellent feedback we've come to expect of Melad's customers. We advise all travelers to request any changes to an itinerary in advance. Some changes can be made easily, but others may carry costs or conflict with a tour itinerary. Vehicles used for a tour are typically not available for use beyond the tour itself.

Lesa Tarn Ward

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 26/12

Our guide in Luxor Egypt was Melad, we found him to be very friendly & professional. He was extremely knowledgeable and also gave us some free time to look around and take pictures. On returning to Egypt in the future, we would definitely be hopeful Melad is available to accompany us on other tours. We have recommended Melad to others already and also the beautiful Luxor! Thank you so much Tours By Locals & Melad :O)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lesa and Lee, Thank you very much for your great words and it was my pleasure to be your guide in Luxor and i look forward to seeing you both again in Luxor.

Sarah James Whatman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 18/12

My husband and I added an air balloon trip to the beggining of this full day, which Melad arranged for us and met us over on the West bank. I highly reccommend the air balloon ride, I'm scared of heights but it was mysteriously not an issue. The views were so beautiful and the balloon moved so slowly it was an an almost spiritual experience. The tour round the Valley of the Kings, tombs of the Nobles and the temple were unforgettable and Melad's guiding and knowledge really made it for us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. Flying by a balloon is a must do in Luxor, it gives you the chance to view the west bank monuments from the sky before you visit them walking on the ground, its really a different experience. I hope you send me the pictures as you promised.

Sarah James Whatman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 16/12

The tour round Karnak and Luxor temple were amazing and Melad's knowledge on ancient Egypt really brought everything to life for us. Melad has an indepth knowledge of the history and heiroglyphics but is careful not to overwhelm, building on the stories and injecting humour. This meant that we were able to walk around, reflect and realise we were recognising characters in the paintings and engravings! A brilliant trip, thanks Melad.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words. I really didn't do more than my duty. you were so wonderful couple and i'm pleased you enjoyed your tour with me.

Sarah James Whatman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #5540, Enjoy a City Tour by a Horse Carriage., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 15/12

This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience without the hustle and hassle often associated with the Calesh drivers in Luxor. This was a fantastic way to see the city and we even rode through the Souk. The view of the avenue of sphinxes was wonderful by sunset.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much .I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

Sarah James Whatman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1616, Felucca Sail boat trip, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 15/12

This was our first trip of the week with Melad, who was on time and immediately warm, friendly and welcoming. Melad's style was relaxed but very accommodating and flexible,arranging extra activities including a camel ride and Sheesha on bannana island. We had a fantastic first trip and a lot of fun and insight into local life on the west bank.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much dear Sarah and Andy. I'm glad you had that impression about me from the first moment. You also were so wonderful person and friendly and thank you for you the chocolates, family enjoyed them.

Nikki Ernest

United Kingdom
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Tour: Luxor Quad bike Safari and Sound and Light show at Karnak., Luxor, Egypt
Date: May 5/12

Great fun for all the family!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.

Nikki Ernest

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak , Luxor temples and afternoon sail boat felucca)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 4/12

We hired Melad to guide us and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made! I was travelling with my 2 teenage daughters so safety was a major concern for me and having Melad around made us feel very secure. His advice was invaluable and his knowledge of all the sights was exceptional. The sights were fascinating and we all learnt so much, but a no point did we feel he was lecturing us. He also organised a driver for us who was very friendly and the van comfortable, modern and air conditioned.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for kind words. Actually i did not do more than my job and duty towards you and your family. Please send my warm regards to all the family.

Nikki Ernest

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor and horse carriage, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: May 3/12

We hired Melad to guide us and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made! I was traveling with my 2 teenage daughters so safety was a major concern for me and having Melad around made us feel very secure. His advice was invaluable and his knowledge of all the sights was exceptional. The sights were fascinating and we all learnt so much, but a no point did we feel he was lecturing us. He also organised a driver for us who was very friendly and the van comfortable, modern and air conditioned.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.

Anusha Sivasuriam

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1757, Aswan Tour , Philae temples ,the Unfinished Obelisk and the High dam., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 18/12

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.

Timothy Lavelle

United States
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Tour: #8959, Discover Egypt in 2 weeks., Cairo, Egypt    view tour
Date: Sep 18/11

I waited way too long to do this, so hopefully with my 500 characters, I can make it count. Melad was by far my second best decision during my Egypt trip, my first was actually going to Egypt. I've always wanted to visit this beautiful country and the monuments, and Melad knew everything there was to know, made me feel at home and like a brother, and went so far out of his way to help organize an early return that he's earned my complete respect and recommendation as a gifted guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes you took long time to rate this tour but at last it came very great comment. Thank you very much dear Tim for your kind words. It was really big challenge to me to make a sudden rearrangements of 2 weeks tour in Egypt to be shortened only into 5 days but it would not work without your co-operation. Thank you again and i look forward to meeting you again.

Rita Boka

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1616, Felucca Sail boat trip, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jan 3/11

This was a good trip, very relaxing. In the end it was a motorboat trip to Banana Island because there was no wind whatsoever so all the feluccas were just stuck in the middle of the Nile not going anywhere. Melad made alternative arrangements and got us to the island. He also suggested a horse drawn carriage ride to follow on and that was a great idea as we watched the sunset on the Nile from our boat and it got gradually dark while we were on the carriage. A perfect afternoon.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sailing to the Banana Island,its a great fun and its giving you a great chance to see the local life after a big meal of visiting many of Luxor monuments. I'm happy that you and your husband enjoyed it too.

Rita Boka

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jan 2/11

A very interesting and varied tour, Melad's experience and local knowledge showed in his selection of the tombs worth seeing in the Valley of the Kings. We avoided all the large groups and saw some beautifully preserved tombs with time to explore them in peace. This was our second day with Melad and after our tour of Karnak and Luxor Temples he had a good idea what we liked and how much time we wanted in each place. He was very professional and it was a great day to finish our tour of Egypt.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again for your great reviews and im glad to hear that you enjoyed your tours with me.

Rita Boka

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Jan 1/11

Great tour of the beautiful temples of Karnak and Luxor, Melad gave us just enough information and pointed out lots of little hidden gems that other groups just seemed to walk right past. Thoroughly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear Rita for your wonderful comments, that's really so lovely.

Blake H.

Lewisburg, PA, United States
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Tour: #1757, ASWAN TOUR - Visit Edfu, Komo Ombo, Philae temples and the high dam in one day, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 30/10

This was a long but great day. Felt like we saw "Egypt" The flow of the day was great. A few hiccups in the day were out of Melad's control but he handled it promptly, professionally and with great satisfaction to us. There was uncertainty as to where we would have lunch in Aswan, which I believe should have been worked out before our tour day (other than MacDonald's) but Melad found a place which served delicious Egyptian food with a very good atmosphere.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes, it was a long day and great to hear that you enjoyed this tour!

Blake H.

Lewisburg, PA, United States
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Tour: #1629, The temple of Madinet Habu, Nobles tombs and workers town., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 29/10

All around our time with Melad was great. His English is perfect. He provided a great tour for the adults and children. He took care of our family.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again for your great reviews!

Blake H.

Lewisburg, PA, United States
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Tour: #1616, Felucca Sail boat trip, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 28/10

Because there was not enough wind we did not have a Felucca Sail boat ride...but Melad arranged for another boat. Worked out great. Visiting the Banana Plantation by boat was fun. Following he suggested we Luxor at night which was beautiful. Another great day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your great comments!

Blake H.

Lewisburg, PA, United States
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 28/10

This tour was in the same day as our West Bank Tour of Luxor. Melad will provide a great tour for you. We have hired many tour guides in our travels and Melad stands out as one of the best.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your five stars rating!

Blake H.

Lewisburg, PA, United States
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 27/10

Great Day. Melad was fantastic. We had some flight changes which altered our time in Luxor. Melad most graciously rearranged the three tour days we had scheduled with him. He was prompt, through, knowledgeable, accommodating. He went the extra mile. He was engaging to our three young children and was sensitive to their needs. We saw a lot yet did not feel rushed. Took us to a great restaurant with a great view.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mrs. and Mr. Hancock for your comments, it was really nice to me to be your guide too, and i enjoyed your company too. I hope the kids enjoyed the tours as well.send my regards to them and especially to the very little cute Stella!

Sunil Lala

United States
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Tour: #1656, Philae temple,The High Dam , the unfinished obelisk and the Nubian village., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 27/10

Melad is a fantastic guide and I am glad we hired him for our trip to Aswan and Kom Ombo and on to Luxor. He has a very pleasing and friendly personality. Out four year daughter got friendly with him right away! He is of course extremely knowledgeable about Egyptian history and Egyptian mythology and we are glad we hired him for our trip. I would very strongly recommend him to anyone thinking about visiting Egypt.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments,Its great to hear you enjoyed your tour in Aswan. how is my friend the cute Sophia? Does she still remember me? tell her to write me a message if she knows!

Eric Dwyer

United States
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Tour: #1640, Abu Simbel temples., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 24/10

Our family made the Abu Simbel journey with Melad. Melad is very nice, though we complained to him about our driver ( going fast, passing everybody, he slowed down for a short time, sped back up, nodding off at the wheel at 4am, generally scary). Melad defended the driver repeatedly as professionals and that is how they drive. We decided a bus/group tour would have been better, 2 days later the bus crash on same road, 8 dead. Flying might be better.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments, the journey to Abu Simbel by road is always busy, with many vehicles traveling in convoy and the drivers are very experienced and are used to the road conditions. the accident that happened 2 days later was very tragic but had nothing to do with the tour company that you used, flying is an option but not as interesting as watching the changing scenery and the sunrise by vehicle and, of course, flying is far more expensive.

Sue M.

Australia
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Tour: #1919, Karnak , Luxor temples,Mummification,Felucca and Horse carriage, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 13/10

Thank-you Melad for everything!!!! It was great having you as our tour guide. Your knowledge about Egypt and its history was very informative and we all had heaps of fun along the way!!! We definitely recommend Melad as a tour guide....you won't be disappointed! Thanks again and we hope to see you again when we come back!

Sue M.

Australia
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Tour: #1800, A Full day tour in the west bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 12/10

Definitely a tour not to be missed. Melad, thank-you for everything. We all had a fantastic time in Egypt and learnt so much about Egypt's history. Highly recommended!!!

Sue M.

Australia
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Tour: #2676, Visit Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples from Aswan., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 11/10

Thank-you Melad for everything!!!! It was great having you as our tour guide. Your knowledge about Egypt and its history was very informative and we all had heaps of fun along the way!!! We definitely recommend Melad as a tour guide....you won't be disappointed! Thanks again and we hope to see you again when we come back!

Sue M.

Australia
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Tour: #1656, Philae temple, the unfinished obelisk, Nubian Village and St Simon., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 10/10

Definitely recommend Melad for all tours around Egypt - everything was hassle-free and heaps of fun!!!

Allan Barnard

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 19/10

Melad was a charming man and his excellent English made it very easy to understand him throughtout the tour. The tour was to the West Bank of the River Nile and included The Valley of The Kings. Melad was able to give us a good understanding of the Egygtian History and his knowledge was exceptional. We would highly recommend Melad as your Tour Guide for experiencing the local Luxor area history

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Its really one of the best and wonderful reviews i had on ToursByLocals.And I'm very glad that you enjoyed your tour with me. And thank you very much for recommending me for other people. I look forward to seeing you again.

David Bossung

United States
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Tour: #1640, Abu Simbel temples., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 15/10

Our trip to Abu Simbel was an great trip. This was our first trip to Egypt and out first time to use ToursByLocals. We would highly recommend anyone traveling to Egypt to use Melad - he was gracious, informative and very helpful. Tours By Locals is a great alternative to larger - more impersonal travel companies.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review and your recommendation.It was my pleasure to be your personal guide in Egypt.And i am glad to know that you have enjoyed your tour with me.

Holly Young

United States
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Tour: #1672, The Magic Full day in Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Nov 13/10

Melad was very knowledgeable, easy going, and very helpful It was a long day and very full but we loved every minute of it. We will use Melad again and refer him to our friends coming to Egypt.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much dear Mrs. Holly. yes it was a long day, but your sweet smile and beautiful soul made the day goes very easy!! I really look forward to seeing you and your family again in Egypt.

Gary Richardson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 20/10

The tour was excellent and delivered everything that was advertised on the website. Melad's passion and knowledge of Egyptian history made the trip even more enjoyable. Would highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr.Gary, It was my pleasure to show you around and to explore the secrets of the Egyptian civilization in Luxor together. I also enjoyed your company. i look forward to seeing you and your family again.

Roger Charman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1616, Felucca Sail boat trip, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 3/10

Having been on 2 historical tours with Melad, this informal outing to Banana Island across the exotic Nile was magical. Punctual as ever, Melad had a boat ready close to our hotel with an excellent 'captain' who took us to a plantation on the island where we sampled the bananas and sugar cane, breathed-in the atmosphere and sampled real life on the banks of the Nile. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A Banana Island trip is a must do activity while you are in Luxor! It adds to your cultural tour of the monuments; the experience and taste of local life. Really I'm glad that you had that experience with me, and i enjoyed the very relaxing time we spent together on the Island. Thanks for sending me the photo we had together on the Island.

Roger Charman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 3/10

This was the second tour of 3 booked with Melad. Having been to Karnak and Luxor temples with him we knew what to expect, and he didn't let us down. Hapshetsut's temple and Valley of the Kings were always going to be highlights, but Melad brings the history alive with his passion and enthusiasm. A very pleasant and stress-free tour.Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again for that great rating! But believe me i enjoyed being with you as much as you did.

Roger Charman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1919, The East bank of Luxor ( Karnak and Luxor temples)., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 2/10

We booked Melad for 3 tours, of which this was the first. Karnak was unforgettable and Melad made the day most enjoyable and informative. He speaks fluent English and has a great sense of humour. His pride and interest in his subject comes across and is infectious. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is really nice to hear from you again, and thanks a lot for that wonderful feedback,It was really my pleasure to be your personal guide in Luxor.I Look forward to seeing you again.

Philip Casey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1757, ASWAN TOUR - Visit Edfu, Komo Ombo, Philae temples and the high dam in one day, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 3/10

We were based in Luxor, rather than a Nile Cruise Tour. This meant that this Aswan tour was a good way to get to see some of the sites up towards Aswan, if you only have a day to spare. It was a long day (longer than the estimated 11 hours), but the extra time at the sites will be welcome. Melad has a regular driver, who provided a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-bus. The highlight is Philae Temple Complex - a magnificent island setting straight out of an adventure film.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Philip. I look forward to seeing you and your family again in Luxor to show you more of my Egypt.

Joon Choo

United States
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Tour: #1640, Abu Simbel temples., Aswan, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 2/10

Very well organized, given all the compexities of setting this up. Having an experienced guide capable of thinking ahead, anticipating the needs of a family - what a difference this makes to enable us to focus on and thoroughly enjoy the object of the tour, instead of the logistics. Melad carefully explained the key things to look for, and the history behind each.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Abu Simbel temples are a very especial tour and it is only for the people who are very interested to know a lot about Egypt's history and its civilization. And i have touched that in you. Hope to see you again and show you a lot more of what you couldn't have time to visit in Egypt.

Joon Choo

United States
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Apr 1/10

Our visit to the West Bank of the Valley of the Kings and the other sites turned out just as great as our tour of the a East Bank!! We had a really terrific time with Melad (as you can see from the 5-star ratings!).

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr.Joon, It was my pleasure to show you around and the secrets of the Egyptian civilization. And was great that you liked Luxor tours.

Joon Choo

United States
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Tour: #1919, The East Bank of Luxor and transfer to Aswan, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 31/10

Karnak was truly an amazing sight. Melad artfully explained the stories of each part of the temple, bringing to life an otherwise lifeless carving on stone. The kids (11 and 16) easily took to understanding the history and significance of the site, and by the time we finished with the Luxor Temple, they had a great appreciation of the intermingling of the various religions and cultures - all in one place. And of course, Melad knew just where to end the day with a great dinner.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr. Joon, I'm glad that you had enjoyed your tour with me and I really enjoyed my time with your wonderful family . please send my regards to the kids.

Philip Casey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1919, The East Bank of Luxor., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 31/10

A history packed tour can become very dry (not just in Egypt :-) but Melad was great add describing and explaining the history and details of Luxor and Karnak temples with enthusiasm that swept up our son in what could otherwise be a long and tedious day for him. We'd also tried a group tour, and we would subsequently recommend use of Melad as a personal guide in preference. We didn't feel rushed and Melad will give you time to explore the sites at your own pace after an accompanied reconnaissance.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr. Philip, Your previous readings before coming to Egypt saved to me so much time and helped me to have the opportunity to tell you some of the ancient Egyptian Mythology.

Philip Casey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1616, Felucca Sail boat trip, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 30/10

A felucca trip on the Nile is a must do activity when staying in Luxor. You can obviously arrange and haggle for a felucca ride yourself, but using Melad to arrange this, took out the hassle and ensured we had a reliable crew. The trip provides a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Luxor and its tourist hot spots. I'd suggest trying to time this towards dusk and to arrive back to your hotel if you're staying on one of those on the Nile banks.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr. Philip. It was nice to meet you and your family in luxor. and to know that you enjoyed the Felucca sail boat in Luxor.

Philip Casey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #1777, The west Bank of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Mar 30/10

Melad can churn out the historical facts, but he also added colour and interest for our son around the ancient Egyptian myths associated with tombs and temples we visited. Melad can be flexible with the itinerary, so if you do a bit of reading, you can select highlights that you may be particularly interested in. We combined this trip with a Felucca trip on the Nile - making this a magical day and Melad can directed us to a great 'non-touristy' venue for lunch.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr. Philip. It couldn't be perfect without your cooperation, like always being on time . My pleasure to show you around and great that you liked my way in explanation.

Edward Clark

United States
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Tour: #1672, The magic of Luxor - in 1 1/2 days, Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Dec 28/09

Melad is absolutely outstanding! He knows the sites intimately and has a very good sense of giving you exactly the right amount of information.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for that wonderful comment, I hope you had enjoyed your time with me in Egypt.

Claudia D.

Austria
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Tour: #1629, The temple of Madinet Habu, Nobles tombs and workers town., Luxor, Egypt    view tour
Date: Oct 30/09

We were a family of 4, aged 17 to 79, some had visited Luxor before. We had asked by mail for an extension of the proposed tour with specific items we wanted to see. He responded immediately, proposed the ideal arrangement. Melad is very knowledgeable about sites and history and adopted very well to what we wanted to see and know and to our rhythm. We can only recommend him as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the nice comment. You were such a wonderful family.