Encounters Travel - Day Tours & Extended Tours

Encounters Travel - Day Tours & Extended Tours

Encounters Travel - Day Tours & Extended Tours
4.5
Cultural ToursPrivate ToursArchaeology Tours
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
About
We specialise in imaginative, adventurous, small group tours and travel-goers. What they have in common is a passion to go-a passion to encounter the vast diversity of our planet for real.We are a UK registered company, with full bonding and financial protection through ATOL and IPP. Our owners and directors have over 50 years of experience between them of arranging this type of travel, from driving overland expeditions and running travel companies both here in the UK and on the ground.
Cairo, Egypt

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2024

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles502 reviews
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LS3
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
I just returned home from the Pharonic Encounters tour and I’m extremely impressed. The care, professionalism, knowledge and hospitality my whole family received from the Encounters staff was incredible. We were lucky to have Big Mo as our tour guide. I think the “Big” part refers to his vast knowledge of Egyptology as well as his heart. He exceeded every expectation and was so good with our 9 and 6 year old children. We learned more about the history of Egypt than we ever thought we would.

Now, the bad. This was 100% not the fault of the organization in any way, however I have to mention that I became ill on the trip. The way that everyone with Encounters stepped up and helped change our travel plans, and care for us every step of the way will stay with me for a long time. Egypt can be a bit of a culture shock if you’ve never been, and I don’t think my body agreed with the food. The sleeper train didn’t help at all. If you’re able to bear the additional cost, do yourself a favor and upgrade to the flight to Luxor. The sleeper train is roughing it, to say the least, so be ready for an adventure if you choose that option. My partner and I hardly slept a wink all night. Despite that, the experience as a whole was largely positive and Encounters Travel is by far the best tour company I’ve ever used.
Written 17 February 2022
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karla a
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
I went to Egipt for 6 days with family and friends, i had a wonderfull time visiting places and knowing about the history, everything thanks to AYMAN, he was so kind, professional, friendly, nice, hilarious, he always kept us safe and he made a excellent duties, he went way beyond his job, i m lucky to say : i have a friend in Egipt now. Thanks Encounters for had asigned him to us. I highly recommend Ayman to anyone who visits Egipt. He is the best..
Written 1 September 2023
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Angela B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Our recent Discover Egypt tour was just magic! A brilliant tour of Egypt's amazing ancient History. With a few extra excursions, we added the Roman and Greek history and more 'recent' Christian and Islamic time. The reps in the cities were beyond amazing. They made themselves available 24/7 and would move Heaven and Earth to make us happy! I particularly need to mention Hassan in Cairo and Mohammed in Hurghada. They looked after us as if we were their family.
Also our tour guide from Aswan to Luxor, Emad Aiad, was brilliant! Hilarious and so knowledgeable. He tailored the days to work for our family and we have learnt things we will never forget. Fayid in Cairo, was also exceptional and also arranged the tour to work for us best.

In addition, we were expecting a big group but ended up having a private tour around Egypt. This was so special. Fantastic holiday. It made travelling easy!!
Written 18 August 2023
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Richard P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We did the 10 day Gods of Egypt tour and it was of the best vacations I've had. Our tour guide Sharif was knowledgeable and very social. Sharif never missed a heartbeat and went our of his way to take care of our needs. The other guides were also fantastic, but Sharif made this trip remarkable.
Written 4 September 2021
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Renee H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The sites were incredible! The tour staff were so helpful and wonderful, ensuring that we had everything we needed. I especially appreciated how they met us personally at the airports and helped us navigate our way through each step. The tour leader checked on us throughout our journey making sure that we were having a good experience or if we needed anything. I would highly recommend taking this trip. Only wished we had stayed longer and seen more!
Written 18 May 2024
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Hi reneehN3175JC, We truly appreciate your support and trust in us. Your 5-star review brightens our day and serves as a constant reminder of why we love what we do.
Written 29 May 2024
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Liz W
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
My 13 year old daughter and I just spent 12 days in Egypt with Encounters Travel. We can not speak highly enough of our Discover Egypt tour. Right from when we were met at Cairo airport to when we departed we had expert tour guides, amazing accommodation and everything was organized perfectly. We can not fault anything for the whole time we were there. We’d like to say a special thank you to Saul in Cairo who looked after us so well, including sorting out issues at the airport. If you are planning a trip to Egypt go with Encounters Travel.
Written 17 August 2021
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Rosie
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What an amazing, well organised, once in a lifetime trip this was!
We were greeted at the airport by Ahmed (and a massive, welcoming smile) and delivered safely to our comfortable hotel. The next day he accompanied us to meet our guide, Mustafa who was a fountain of knowledge!
Two nights later, we flew to Luxor for our cruise and were met at the airport by Tyeb who was our amazing guide for the next four days.
Egypt can be a bit intimidating (to me anyway) but with these amazing people at your side you get to see and learn so much while feeling safe!
Thank you Encounters Tours and to your amazing team as well!
Written 19 August 2023
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Aliria R
Indian Trail, NC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We traveled to Jordan and Egypt! Great experience but what made it unforgettable was our tour guide, Ayman, in Egypt. He was so knowledgeable, educated, funny but overall a nice, good person!! If I was to ever go back to Egypt, I would definitely ask for him as my tour guide!! 5 stars for him!!!
Written 31 August 2023
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Carlos Richardson
Washington DC, DC16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Encounters Travel was excellent! Everything was well organized. The guides and tour guides were excellent and easy to get along with. Shadoo and Sherif were excellent and took good care of us along with a host of drivers and others. I recommend this trip and this company.
Written 20 April 2024
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Thank you Losboogie1978 for your review. It’s travelers like you who make our work so rewarding. We can’t wait to welcome you back for another wonderful experience. Once again, thank you for your support and for being a part of our community!
Written 30 April 2024
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Devin R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Great experience. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. Trip was very rugged at times and that’s ok because it was experiencing a different place than where we were from. Highly recommend but keep an open mind and go with the flow
Written 14 September 2022
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