EgyptElite is a one-of-a-kind travel and tour company. Founded and run by the top American luxury travel and tourism expert on Egypt, what sets EgyptElite apart is its departure from standard tour operator practices that have long been a source of frustration for Western visitors to developing countries like Egypt.
Most travel companies offering trips to Egypt simply sell packages and tours that are always subcontracted out to a local Egyptian company to actually carry out. While you may get American-style customer service prior to your trip, once you depart you are turned over to and at the mercy of a foreign company or a string of local suppliers who have no accountability for quality or service. After all, most people visit Egypt only once in their life, so local subcontractors need not worry about ensuring an individual visitor’s repeat business.
We have learned over our years of facilitating travel to and within Egypt that the best guarantor of a truly quality travel experience is to offer a seamless experience from your initial inquiry and booking and onward throughout your entire journey on the ground in Egypt. That’s why travel with EgyptElite always includes expert American staffing on the ground with you in-country at all times throughout your trip.
You’ll get to know us before and during your trip, and we’ll even stay in touch and follow up afterwards. We’ll effortlessly handle any bumps or logistical hiccups that may arise during your trip, which you’ll likely never even notice. And you can rest assured that you will still be able to see the real Egypt while enjoying truly Western standards of comfort and security the entire time.
EgyptElite was created by the leading American authority on travel to and tourism within Egypt, John Nicholson. John is a published author and well known travel writer who specializes topically on luxury travel and geographically on the Middle East. He has lived, studied, and worked in Egypt on multiple occasions over the past 15 years and has personally taken hundreds of guests to and all around Egypt as a luxury and adventure tour leader. John is also the editor of Egypt Travel Blog, the leading travel blog on all things Egypt for foreign visitors, and the host of the leading Egypt travel podcast series on iTunes, The Egypt Travel Blog Podcast.
Here are some of his most popular articles on travel to and within Egypt:
- Huffington Post (2/17/16): “Finding Your Oasis While Exploring Egypt“
- Egypt Travel Blog(2/8/13): “Flashback: The Other Old Cairo“
- Huffington Post (2/20/13): “How Not to Handle a Tourism Crisis“
- Egypt Travel Blog (11/8/12): “Taking the Right Type of Taxi in Cairo“
- Huffington Post (11/5/12): “Is Egypt Safe for Tourism? Yes.“
- Huffington Post(4/18/12): “Cash vs. Card in the Middle East“
More On What Sets EgyptEilte Apart
- EgyptElite is the only tour operator in Egypt that offers American staff on the ground in-country.
- Over 10 years of experience building strong, trusted relationships in Egypt’s tourism sector.
- The only travel company that guarantees Western business and hospitality standards throughout your trip.
- EgyptElite pays the highest wages and salaries to our local staff of any travel company in the entire region.
- No tipping is expected or necessary for any of EgyptElite’s staff. Generous gratuities for local staff were already included in your tour package pricing.
- EgyptElite travels with plain-clothed armed security officers from the Egyptian National Police Force.
Why Travel to Egypt Now?
- Tourism in Egypt has yet to rebound from the revolution of 2010, so major historical sites are still not crowded at all.
- The Egyptian government concentrates its Armed Forces, National Police, and other security resources in areas frequented by tourists, so the cities and other areas that tourists visit are completely safe, secure, and peaceful.
- The Egyptian economy is still rebounding too, so the foreign exchange rate is at an all time high for North American and European visitors to Egypt.
- Egypt relies on the tourism industry as a cornerstone of its economy, so ordinary Egyptians very much want visitors to return and warmly welcome them everywhere they go.
- Egyptians love Americans, and they closely follow American news, trends, and culture.
- Airfares to Egypt are incredibly cheap because of low demand, so luxurious travel to and around Egypt has never been more affordable.
What People Are Saying About Traveling With Us
Lisa C. in Scottsville, VA
“My sisters and I traveled with Egypt Elite in May. From the very first contact with them a few months before the trip, to our return home, we had a fantastic experience!
John, the American tour leader, was perfect. Before we departed we already had several communications with him. He and Egypt Elite allayed any concerns we had and assured us we were in very capable hands. I can’t begin to explain how helpful John was on the trip. From taking one sister to the market late the first night to buy some forgotten items, to helping us arrange a final tour on our last day, to escorting us to the airport and even checking on us at our gate before we departed. John was available at all times, and was truly eager to help. This was service above and beyond our expectations.
In addition to John, we had two local guides Iman and Dalia (I hope I spelled their names right!) who were simply wonderful. They gave us tips, suggestions, and invaluable information. The whole trip we felt safe, prepared, and well cared for. Words can’t describe how good the whole experience was.
I have never posted a review before, and I never had much interest in doing so… but my sister and I recently contacted another tour company about a trip to Peru and it made us appreciate just how stellar Egypt Elite was. We called this other company to inquire in more detail about the trip and the possibility of adding excursions, and they were just awful, rushing us off the phone, rude, unhelpful, and .. wow!.. I said there is no way we are taking this other tour after John and Egypt Elite set the benchmark so high.
When you travel to a foreign country with a very different culture you need to be with experienced people who have your interests at heart. Egypt Elite proved that to us early on and never, ever, disappointed.”
Crystal D. in Alexandria, VA
“Egypt Elite is a superbly awesome travel company. Took a May trip to Egypt with Egypt Elite and the tour guides are a truly dynamic, professional and genuinely engaging team. The trip didn’t have one dull moment, the hotel accommodations were excellent, and the itinerary of activities was excellently planned and executed. Definitely looking forward to taking a another trip with Egypt Elite and highly recommend this company to anyone seeking a trip to Egypt.”
Jennie T. in Alpharetta, GA
“I travel a lot and the truth is…..John and Egypt Elite is the best that I have ever encountered. From the value for your dollar, to the services that he offers, the experiences of a lifetime, personal attention to detail and your happiness, the warm, fuzzy feelings you get because you realize you have made friends for a lifetime, and the list goes on. To walk off a plane in Cairo and have someone there waving and saying: “Hello Jennie…Welcome!” is priceless and it only gets better each and every day. There was not a single disappointment in my entire week. John (tour leader) and Eman (tour guide) took care of me as if I were family (which is exactly how I now view the both of them). The hotels were first class, the transportation, entry fees, almost all of your meals, the excursions, their knowledge were all gifts under one package price. I got to see a large part of Egypt all under the safety umbrella of their care and couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. All my friends thought I was crazy to visit a country that seems to be in the news all the time but I was completely at ease and safe at all times. My advice…..go see Egypt….go with Egypt Elite and go now. I promise….you will love it.”
Anna P. in Kew Gardens, NY
“This was an amazing vacation! Egypt Elite thinks of everything. The hotels were phenomenal, the staff on the trip were super knowledgeable and friendly, and the sites….. What can you say! We saw everything and then some. Day one – off to the pyramids climbing on them, in them, around them…. They hooked us up with camel rides and took us for a great lunch. The travel between places was so luxurious….. Best buses I’ve ever seen anywhere let alone Egypt! We relaxed and snorkeled at the red sea, had dinner on the harbor and were off to Luxor to see Valley of the Kings, Temple of Karnak, and Queen Hot Chicken Soup’s temple ;-). All the time the most amazing tour guide ever, Iman, is telling us everything there is to know about each place. Rather than just seeing the sites, we were learning to understand the places and the history – her enthusiasm was best at the museum in Cairo and we all became experts of Tut! They surprised us with a day in Alexandria and four wheeling outside the pyramids…… I can’t say enought about how professional, generous, talented and loving the staff were and I absolutely recommend them for your next adventure! Hopefully you’ll end up on John’s tour b/c he is the best photographer ever.”
Mark And Myra A. in Canyon Country, CA
“This was the first time we’ve joined a tour. The tour exceeded our expectations. We thought that like any other tourists, we would just pose and take pictures. Our knowledgeable and experienced tour guides were excellent on delivering our once in a lifetime adventure. It almost was as if ancient Egypt came to life during our tour with Iman’s passionate narrations.
Of course, we had our concerns and apprehensions on this tour considering the political scenes in Egypt. On deciding to purchase the enticing tour package, John (our Tour Leader) was attentive, prompt and up-to-date on responding on some issues we had.
What more can we ask for? We got to see and venture into the pyramids of Giza, Egyptian museum, tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, Karnak Temple and Alexandria. Also, on our free day, we were able to experience scuba diving in the Red Sea. Most of all, we felt very comfortable throughout the entire trip in terms accommodations and transportation.
We miss having breakfast over looking the Nile River. Thank you Egypt Elite for a great adventure.”
Rose B. in Philadelphia, PA
“This trip includes everything, from admissions to all of the amazing sites you will visit, to a five star hotel on the Nile, to irresistible snickers and water on car rides. Beyond all (and it is A LOT) that is included in this package, Egypt Elite helps you find other AMAZING opportunities to truly make this trip a once in a lifetime experience. When is the last time you lead a caravan of four wheelers through the Red Sea desert, climbed inside a pyramid to gaze in awe at the tiny tomb surrounded by such a massive structure, or snorkeled in the Red Sea? Thanks to Egypt Elite my answer is 2 months ago.”
Shannon W. in Los Angeles, CA
“Took a trip to Egypt with Egypt Elite and it was the best decision I could possibly make! You’re well taken care of from beginning to end from your hotels, to transportation in the country, to entry fees, even including most of your meals. We had the perfect combo of tour guides who made the trip even more amazing with their knowledge and passion for their job. Wanna ride a camel? Climb a pyramid? Go four wheeling in the desert? Learn more about Egypt than you ever thought possible and in a fun way? Egypt Elite has you covered. They take care of the hassle so you don’t have to! You won’t be disappointed!”
Nameeta K. in New York, NY
“Deciding to go to Egypt with Egypt Elite may have been the single best decision I’ve made in my life. This is the most AMAZING company – I honestly felt like they made my experience in a new country way more rich and enlightening than if I had gone by myself. The packages they sell are very well priced and are nearly all-inclusive, which means every single detail was taken care of, including transportation, meals, entrance fees, and even taxes and tips! However, never did I feel coddled – an amazing differentiator is their incredible flexibility and how they really cater to what YOU as a client wants to do.
Even before the trip began, our lead guide himself periodically reached out to us so that we could be acquainted with him. We were sent a questionnaire to fill out asking us what we wanted to do while in Egypt and they customized the trip based on what people most wanted. Aren’t interested in a particular component? Egypt Elite allows you to take free days as you wish! They even asked if there were any special occasions that were happening during the trip such as birthdays/anniversaries and celebrated those occasions on our last day! Talk about personalized service!
A cool thing about Egypt Elite is that trips are led by Americans who are either ex-pats living in the Middle East or are very familiar with the region so that we as tourists feel a little bit more comfortable. Our lead guide was John Nicholson and I honestly cannot rave about him enough. He should seriously be given some sort of award. I felt like he really cared about us and gave us the best possible “local” experience. He knew a LOT about Egypt having studied there, and was able to provide us with great recommendations. A true professional, John patiently answered all my exhausting questions before and during the trip and was also really engaging with his awesome stories and Southern charm.
We also had two local guides, Eman & Dalia, as well as a local support staff person, Ahmed, who were with us on our journey across 4 cities (Cairo, Luxor, El Gouna, & Alexandria – yes, we saw all 4 in just one week!). All three were SUPERB. Eman & Dalia’s knowledge of the rich Egyptian history was just outstanding. Eman in particular was incredibly interactive and made us WANT to learn more rather than the usual standing around listening to boring facts.
Egypt Elite really made the trip for me with their care for all the little details. Which other company would make sure you have bottled water and snacks for all your bus travels or negotiate fair prices for camel rides so you don’t get ripped off or give you tip money if you don’t have change? They didn’t have to do all that, but it’s exactly those extra touches that takes Egypt Elite above and beyond all those other travel companies.
I cannot thank Egypt Elite enough for taking me on the trip of a lifetime and absolutely recommend anyone going to the region to go with them! You won’t regret it!”
Chekesha C. in Alexandria, VA
“Egypt Elite, John and my new Egypt family (Eman & Dalia) are the best! If you want to take a tour to Egypt, Egypt Elite is the absolute best company and guided tour to choose! I am a control freak when it comes to traveling and I can say it felt good to just relax and see that all the details were taken care of by the Egypt Elite team exactly as I would want them to be handled. Your money will go far in Egypt and you will only have to come out of pocket for your extra interests/activities! Eman and Dalia’s knowledge of the tours are extensive and animated which will definitely capture your attention! Their passion for their people and history will make you fall in love with the Egyptian culture! Finally, I celebrated my birthday on the May trip with John, Dalia, Eman and my tour group family who helped it be one to remember!”
Marcia S. in Alexandria, VA
“We were a little nervous to go to Egypt at the end of March with Egypt Elite but this turned out to be one of the best trips we have ever been on. We never once felt unsafe or unwanted in Egypt. The tour leaders were wonderful and all the hotels and places we visited were 1st class. What a great trip and I will use Egypt Elite again.”
Mike T. in Cherry Hill, NJ
“This was the best customer service experience I have ever had in my life. I planned a trip with them through another site who this company was offering a deal through. I had some issues and couldn’t pay within the deadline of the deal. I called the company and they were amazingly accommodating and very VERY helpful. They not only extended the date I had to get the deal, they also arranged it so I could make payments. Their representatives were a godsend and a truly great help throughout the entire process. The company is great with costumers and their needs. The best and easiest travel company I have ever dealt with.”