Amanda VanderwaltSouth Africa
What a wonderful experience. Tarek is a charming, well spoken host that showered us with interesting facts. We spent a very short stop over in Cairo, and he was able to accommodate us and make the most of our short stay. Highly recommended to all!
Robert MahonSeattle, WA, United States
Our family of 3 had an amazing private tour with Tarek during a long layover in Cairo. Tarek tailored the tour to suit our schedule and interests. He offered helpful suggestions on how to maximize our time and the enjoyment of the sites. Importantly for us, he did not take us to any perfume or papyrus shops that seem to be a staple of Egyptian tours. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided excellent service. We strongly recommend Tarek for anyone considering a tour in Cairo or the region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was very happy to tailor and take the tour of Mr. Mahon and his family. The tour was really good fun and we had a laugh all the time. I'm quite sure we will meet again on a longer tour and do more sights.
Nathan G.United States
Tarek was on time to pick us up from our early flight at the airport and made sure we had plenty of time before our departure flight on the same day. He's a very knowledgeable guide who cares not only about giving history lessons, but desires for his guests to be immersed in the culture as well. We felt safe & cared for throughout the length of our tour. Wonderful experience & I'd highly recommend booking with Tarek if you want a stress-free tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for having taken the time to review the tour. I enjoyed the Cairo Layover Tour as much as you did. Looking forward to seeing you on future tours.
Mindy R.United States
Tarek by far exceeded our expectations! He was very organized through all parts of our trip from planning to execution. He's extremely knowledgeable and his English was superb! I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mr. Ruffalo, for having reviewed and rated the tour. I was very happy to meet you in Cairo and to show you around the archaeological sites. Looking forward to meeting you again in the future.
Chris SkinnerUnited Kingdom
Tarek met me at the airport at 05:30 in the morning, and gave me a tour of all Cairo. Short but covered everything from the Pyramids (first thing, before overrun with tourists), the museum, the churches and mosques and the modern Cairo. A fantastic day and excellent host, with great English. Would always choose Tarek when visiting Egypt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for having chosen my Cairo Layover Tour. It was a pleasure to meet you here in Cairo and to show you around the archaeological sites. I hope we will get together once again in the future.
Bonnie F.United States
Tarek offered an incredible one day tour of Cairo! He is very knowledgeable about Egyptian history and culture and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for having chosen the Cairo Layover Tour. It was my pleasure to show you around the archaeological sites in Cairo and to expose you to the Egyptian culture.
Rachel OrtizUnited States
Tarek was great! He is very smart and knows his history. Our experience in Cairo was wonderful! We would like to recommend him to anyone who would really love to learn about the pyramids and Cairo! Thanks again for your services!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The one-day tour I customized for Ms. Rachel Ortiz and her friends turned out to be good fun. I was happy to see that everybody was having a good time. I'm quite sure that Ms. Ortiz will come back again and will do a longer tour of Egypt.
Karin LiimattaUnited States
Stop what you are doing and book a tour with Tarek! Having traveled extensively and encountered many tour guides, we can safely say that Tarek exceeded our expectations in every way. His extensive knowledge is shared in a manner that is interesting and engaging. You will walk away enlightened by his commentary while also feeling as though you have met a long lost friend. He catered the tour to meet our needs while always attending to our safety. The experience was powerful; planning a return soon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's been a real pleasure to meet the Liimattas here in Cairo. The moment we met in the hotel, it felt like we had known each other for a long time. This made the tour so interesting and made my job very easy. I was very happy to do the tour in a way that Mr. and Mrs. Liimatta would be happy, safe and comfortable. I hope we will all meet again in the future, either in Egypt or in the US.
Rodney JuneUnited States
Tarek is a high quality, consummate tour professional who will impress you with his deep knowledge on Egyptian history, archeology, culture, economy, religions, and society (and any other hing else that is related to Egypt). His forte is ability to customize around your interests. Some tour guides may make claims to be Egyptologists but I have no doubt that he is one of the best out there. I would rebook a tour with him in a heartbeat. His is reliable, punctual, and replies promptly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr. Rodney June for the compliment. It has been a pleasure to customize your tour and to show you around Cairo. I have enjoyed all our conversations which made the tour more interesting. I will be very happy to see you once again in the future.
Very knowledgeable and educated guide. It has been a pleasure to discover Cairo with Tarek. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's been a great pleasure to meet Mr. Pierandrea Quarta in Cairo. The one-day tour of Mr. Quarta was good fun. We had wonderful talks about Egypt and Italy. What Mr. Quarta kindly told me about Italy, the Roman history, the culture and the traditions have aroused my interest to go and explore Italy by myself. I'm quite sure that Mr. Quarta and myself will get together once again in the future - either here in Cairo or in Rome.
David KettlesSouth Africa
Tarek was an excellent host. I spent the day with him - just the two of us - and felt at the end of it that I really had a flavour of Cairo. He removed all the stress from visiting a very chaotic city, and even when getting into tourists sites was challenging, he rose to the challenge, and arranged alternatives within a minute or two. He is resourceful, and good company: he delivers an excellent product. He is knowledgeable and his English fluent, with a British accent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Conducting a good tour in Cairo is always a challenge!!! However, it's a blessing in disguise; it's good fun for the guests and it makes the guides cleverer. As Mr. Kettles kindly puts it, when a problem arises, the guides have to meet the challenge, think quick and find a good alternative straight away. As a matter of fact this makes the Cairo tours very interesting. That's why neither the tour guides nor the travelers get tired of going around Cairo.
Mitchell PratteUnited States
We loved our time with Tarek. He was perfect. Very knowledgeable, personable and fun to be with. He did what we wanted to do and had some great suggestions for us that were very worthwhile. We will use him again in the future and highly recommended him to anyone who is touring this incredible country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to show Mr. & Mrs. Pratte around Cairo. The tour was good fun and we had a laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed their company as well as all the interesting conversations we had on the tour. I will be very happy to see them once again in the future.
Louis SumerUnited States
Tarek is a great guide and we highly recommended him. We engaged Tarek to take us on a tour of Cairo as we had a 12 hour layover while traveling from Luxor to Sharm el Sheikh. In our short time we visited the Pyramids, a camel ride there, the Sphinx, authentic Egyptian lunch, Nat'l museum and coffee in old Cairo. Our only regret was that we could not spend more time with Tarek. He is an honest and genuine person who provides a great tour. We highly recommend him for any tour you are planning in Egypt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr.Sumer for having taken the time to review and rate the tour. Thank you also for recommending me. That's really nice of you. I thoroughly enjoyed your company and all the interesting conversations we had on the tour. I learned a lot from you. I would have been much happier to spend more time with you. I'm sure we will get together once again in the future and I will have the pleasure to show you and Mrs. Sumer around Cairo.
Renee HuhsUnited States
We can't recommend Tarek highly enough. We learned an incredible amount during our time with him and overall he made the trip much more relaxing and enjoyable by taking care of so many of the logistical details, adapting to our schedule, and being wonderful with our kids. Tarek pays close attention to detail and is very focused on making sure his clients are very happy with their experience in Egypt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Mrs.Huhs. It was my pleasure to be your guide in Cairo and in Alexandria. I thoroughly enjoyed your company and all our conversations. You have two wonderful kids. I loved playing with them. They made the tours much more enjoyable and brought a lot of joy into the atmosphere. You have shown so much patience, tolerance and understanding of the traffic and chaos in Cairo and Alexandria. I really hope we will get together once again in the future.
Paul L.United States
Tarek A. was an excellent guide and the trip went as described.He had everything organized; knew where to go, when to stop, how to negotiate the lines, everything was really outstanding. He suggested optional things to see and do, but no pressure in any case. He helped to arrange the side trip guides, no hassles at all. This is the third or fourth year I have used guides listed on the Tours by Locals website and Tarek was among the best. I'll contact Tarek again should I visit Cairo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I can't show how happy I'm when I find out my guests like the way I organize the tours. I would like to extend my deep thanks to Mr.Lawhorn for his nice words. I'm also happy "I'm among the best guides taking care of Mr.Lawhron". I work hard doing everything I can to make my guests happy, safe and comfortable. I do my best to help the guests soak up the culture of Egypt and live "a bit" like the locals. This is what travelling is all about. I will be happy to see Mr.Lawhorn when he comes back to Cairo.
Lew StevenSouth Africa
Tarek led a time pressured trip to Cairo with extreme professionalism , care and tremendous insight. He was able to relate to our whole family at each ones level with depth of understanding of his country , religion and society. No request was too much to ask and his pleasant demeanor made our visit an absolute delight. We will definitely be back for further discovery and will without doubt ask Tarek to again educate and lead us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to show you around Cairo. I'm very happy you enjoyed the tour. I have to say that I enjoyed your company, the tour and our interesting conversations. I'm looking forward to meeting you again. Remember there is still a lot to see in Cairo.