Mohamed Zaki Private tour guide in Luxor, Alexandria, Cairo - Egypt

Mohamed Zaki

Guide profile:

Egyptology is not just about history, it is the stories of the people behind each building and relief. It has its influences in our lives nowdays and helps us to understand the culture, traditions and beliefs of Egyptian people today. And that is exactly what I wish you to experience while being in tour with me!

I was born and grew up in the Karnak, a village located behind the Karnak Temple in Luxor. I spent all my childhood playing in the ruins of the Temple. As a teenager I worked with archaeological expeditions in my village looking for artefacts. Some years later I obtained my degree of Egyptology and Restoration and worked with the French Expedition inside the Karnak Temple.

I still live in Karnak, I hold a degree in Egyptology from the University of South Valley and degree in Guiding from Cairo University and I am a member of the Egyptian General Tourist Guides Syndicate.

I have extensive experience guiding tourists all over Egypt during the last ten years, and I know that what makes a trip unforgettable is the way i'm able to share parfumes, traditions, real life, music and history of my own country.

So welcome to Egypt, an amazing country!

More than the pyramids and the temples, and as amazing as these sites are, Egypt is not just an arid desert land, there is something for everyone here, from a relaxing felucca ride along the Nile River, to meditating in the Temple of the Oracle at Siwa, or bathing in Cleopatra’s pool, riding a camel, or riding rowing boat to watch the birds in the Nile Marshland in Luxor, or experiencing the bustle of the Khan El Khalili markets and concerts in old Cairo.

Whether it is snorkelling in the beautiful Red Sea waters, to exploring the ancient grandeur of the Pyramids in Cairo, eating seafood on the sparkling Mediterranean at Alexandria, seeing the rich colours of the temples at Abydos and Dendara, and exploring the amazing maze of tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, or finding where the famous Rosetta stone was taken from the town of Rasheed in the Delta, every guest wants something different. I can show you a part of Egypt you never imagined you would find .

My passion is helping guests to explore the more remote and less accessible areas of Egypt, including the Oases at Bahariya, Siwa, Kahrga, Dahkla and Farafra, and the rugged mountains of Mount Sinai. I love the desert and oases, and have guided overnight camping and luxury accommodated hotel experiences in the white desert, crystal mountain, and the black desert. Most of all I enjoy giving my guests the opportunity to meet and talk with local people in the villages, from the Nubian Village at Aswan to the rural village on Banana Island in Luxor, I will help you to engage with Egyptian people from all walks of life.

Guiding is more than telling you what I know, it is also Listening to what you want to know and helping you to find the answers, learning to read a few hieroglyphs, learning about how the Ancient Egyptian culture and beliefs were integrated into both Christian and Islamic faiths, and finding out the more recent social and political history.

Many of my guests tell me that the highlight of their tour was the interactions, the chance to exchange ideas and experiences.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars halina S.

Mohamed is a very intelligent and knowledgable guide, who not only told us about the sites we visited but als explained the ancient rituals and beliefs and how this is still reflected in current customs. He is also a very friendly man, with a remarkably pleasant and calm way of approaching people and who has lots of interesting stories to share about life in Luxor. We would very much like to travel with him again and I highly recommend him as a tour guide.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Luxor Tours: -

1. Luxor Full day:- Tour to The Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahari temple), The two Colossi of Memnon, Karnak temple,and Luxor temple. (296 L.E Entry Fees / Per Person)- US$ 50 Per person (A/C Car and guiding)

2. Half day East bank: - Tour to Karnak temple, Luxor temple and Luxor Museum (240 L.E Entry Fees / Per Person)- US$ 20 Per person (A/C Car and guiding)

3. Half day Luxor West bank: Tour to the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon. (156 L.E Entry Fees / Per Person) - Only US$ 35 Per person (A/C Car and guiding)

4. Hot air balloon ride: - Starts from US$ 75 Per Person.

5. Half day west bank (Part II): Carter museum, valley of the Nobles, valley of the workers, Habu temple of Ramses III. (170 L.E Entry Fees / Per Person)- Only US$ 35 Per person (A/C Car and guiding)

6: - Nile Cruises

- 5 days / 4 nights Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

- 4 days / 3 nights Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor

$ ?? Per Person 5 Stars deluxe Nile Cruise + Tour Itinerary (all tours included)

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Aswan Tours: -

1. Half day Aswan Tour to philae temple, high-dam and the unfinished obelisk. (130 L.E Entry Fees / Per Person + 85 L.E For Motor boat for less than 8 persons)- $ 40 Per person (A/C Car and guiding)

2. Tour to Abu Simbel temple from Aswan by A/C Vehicle (115 L.E Entry Fees / Per Person)- $ 90 Per Person (A/C Car and guiding)

All above Tours include: -

- Pick up and drop off at your Hotel

- All transfers by Private A/C vehicle

- Me, Licensed English speaking tour guide

All Above tours Excluded: -

- Entrance fees to Archaeological sights

- Personal Expenses

- Gratuities (Tippings)

Transportation by tour guide:

Organize meet & Assist services at airports & train stations all over Egypt

- pick up from/to Luxor Airport by A/C Car to your Hotel/Cruise 15 $

- pick up from/to Luxor Railway station to you hotel/Cruise by A/C Car 10 $

• Booking all categories of Hotels, Nile cruises and resorts throughout Egypt.

• Organizing Top class, high quality air conditioned coaches & buses.

• Tailor – made programs & itineraries suit your requirements.

• Book domestic flight tickets, rail network and public coaches

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

6Day Egypt Guiding Package - 3 Cairo & 3 Luxor Price Per Person 500.00 USD
9 day Luxor, Nile River Cruise & Red Sea Escape Price Per Person 950.00 Pound Sterling
Cairo: from the city to the magical desert Price Per Person 850.00 Pound Sterling
Full day in the other beautiful side of Luxor City Price Per Person 75.00 USD
Full day tour in the Theban Necropolis in Luxor Price Per Person 50.00 USD
Full day tour in the west & east bank of Luxor Price Per Person 50.00 USD
Half day of Luxor "Karnak & Luxor Temples" Price Per Person 25.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

All Sites: sightseeing tours, city tours personalized, travel tours for your needs, tour guide general services

LUXOR: Abydos & Dendara, Luxor & Karnak Temples, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, Valley of the Kings including Tutankhamen's tomb, Avenue of Sphinxes, Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor, Valley of the Queens, including Queen Nefetari's Tomb, Valley of the Nobles, Valley of the Workers, Felucca Ride on the Nile, Banana Island rural village and home visit

ASWAN: Nubian Village, High Dam, Temple of Philae, Felucca Ride, Nubian Museum, Unfinished Obelisk, National Park Cruise, Elephantine Island, Camel riding

ABU SIMBEL: Temples of Ramses II & Queen Nefertari, Lake Nasser Cruises

CAIRO: Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo, the Great Pyramids, and the Sphinx, the Solar Boat Museum, the Bent Pyramid at Dashur, Memphis & Saqqara, Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, the Red Pyramid.

SIWA OASIS: The Temple of the Oracle, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra's Bath, Shaily City, Pristine salt water lakes, amazing desert landscapes, Mountain of the Dead, Local Museum, the ultimate in private eco friendly resorts

WESTERN DESERT: Kharga Oasis, Dakkhla Oasis, Farafra Oasis, Bahariaya Oasis, the White Desert, the Black Desert, the Crystal Mountain

ALEXANDRIA: Pompeii's Pillar, The Serapium, The Alexandria Library, Greco Roman Catacombs, EL Alamien, the Montazah Palace, Mediterranean Sea.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars halina S. 26 Oct 2017

Mohamed is a very intelligent and knowledgable guide, who not only told us about the sites we visited but als explained the ancient rituals and beliefs and how this is still reflected in current customs. He is also a very friendly man, with a remarkably pleasant and calm way of approaching people and who has lots of interesting stories to share about life in Luxor. We would very much like to travel with him again and I highly recommend him as a tour guide.

5 stars Tailored T. 16 Jan 2017

5 stars Jaimie B. 19 May 2016

Mohamed was a wonderful guide! He was very well organised, attentive and patient. He planned an excellent day for us so that we could see all the top sites in Luxor. He was very knowledgeable, answering all our many questions very well. We really appreciated his passion; unlike many tour guides that seem keen to drive business to their friends in shops and restaurants, Mohamed was clearly committed to showing us as much as possible and sharing his considerable knowledge. Highly recommended!

5 stars Cherri H. 11 Apr 2016

Mr. Zaki was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable and with warm personality. I had a a very insightful private tour with him and he worked with my schedule from pick up to drop off. I initially had a list of places that I wanted to see in Cairo and through email exchanges with Mr. Zaki modified a few things. I throughly enjoyed my tour with him. If i had to pick highlights of my trip, it was the guiding in Egyptian Museum that truly shows his knowledge of Egyptian History and Artifacts

5 stars Lee-lee S. 14 May 2015

Mohamed was our guide in Luxor and Cairo. His overall knowledge was tremedous and he was very personable. His personal stories and view points when we were at each historical location really brought us in and made us feel like were really learning quite a lot. Mohamed scheduled a balloon ride for us in Luxor over the valley of the kings and that was an absolute high point for us. I'm greatful that we left that to him and didn't try to book it on our own. We will for sure use his services again!

5 stars Victor L. 22 Dec 2014

Mohamed was excellent throughout the entire 3 days we spent together. Incredibly knowledgeable about all things to do with Egypt and the tour was very well planned and done at a very good pace. I was especially happy with a local tour of Luxor that gave a taste of how the locals there live!

5 stars Chris H. 10 Mar 2013

Possibly one of the best holiday choices I've made!

Mohamed was an ideal choice for us. He's smart, kind and patient.

As we went from place to place he helped us understand the ancient Egyptian culture and taught us about the Gods and Pharaohs and how/why the ancient sites were made and laid to ruin. Stuff you can't learn in a group!

He also showed us modern day Egypt including trips to local eateries (ask him to take you to the Shawarma shops!).

Highly recommended! Thanks again Mohammed

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Chris, it was so nice to meet you, and spend some time with you and your family! I am so happy you enjoyed the visits and the shawarma!

5 stars Jenny A. 09 May 2012

This tour was excellent! I really enjoyed it! Mohamed is a very professional and entertaining guide. He told me enough information about the sites to really enjoy them but also helped me to see them in a different way. I loved his stories about life in Luxor and around the Karnak. It was a highlight of my trip to Egypt!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Jenny, it is great to work with your groups. I love guiding Australians!

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