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Hiring A Guide In Egypt - Pros & Cons

Ajitsa A.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Ajitsa A.

Last updated : Apr 11, 20248 min read

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Egypt Tour Guide


It's like swimming against the Nile's current, isn't it? With each hour spent deciding if a private guide is the best way to explore the Land of Pharaohs, the dream of a carefree Egypt Adventure slips away. We’re here to end that back and forth.


Whether you're freaking out over the horror stories you've heard about touring Egypt or trying to figure out how to fit the country's greatest hits into your limited itinerary, you've come to the right place. Do you need a tour guide in Egypt? By the end of this article, you'll be able to confidently make that decision, so let's break down the good, bad, and everything in between. 


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The Good 

Should you get a guide for Egypt? This is why we say yes. 


1. You’ll Stay Safe - Let's address the camel-shaped elephant in the room. You've probably encountered some worrying information while doing research for your Egypt trip. From scams and tourist haggling to harassment and terrorism, Egypt has some of the same struggles other developing nations face.  So Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Yes. If you've got a trusted local guide by your side, you'll avoid; 

  • Safety & terrorism red zones
  • Popular counterfeit goods such as gold and papyrus 
  • Harassment from idle locals 
  • Areas with heightened political unrest

2. No Time Wasted - Who wants to get lost in the middle of Cairo? Or spend hours in traffic from one monument to the next? Nobody. With a guide, you bypass time-wasting elements like;

  • Transport - Getting around Cairo and Egypt's major cities is difficult. A guide can organize private transport. So no long negotiation processes with taxi drivers. 
  • Navigating The Cities - The sights, sounds, and smells of a major metropolitan city like Cairo can be overwhelming for first-timers. Your attention will be pulled in several directions. Stick to the important stuff and avoid getting derailed by hiring a local resident. 
  • Creating A Sightseeing Schedule - You want to hit the Giza Plateau, Valley of the Kings, and the Egyptian Museum, but it's taking just as long to plan it all? Our guides are experts at creating customizable tour plans that fit your schedule, personal needs, and interests. 

3. You’ll Know It All - Reading up on your destination’s customs and rules is one thing, but having a local with knowledge about the lay of the land unlocks a level of information you wouldn't have known. Guides act as translators, encyclopedias, negotiators, and food critics rolled into one. Their knowledge will paint an authentic picture of Egypt. 


4. You’ll Save Money - The phrase "private guided tour" isn't often associated with saving money, but in Egypt, private guides are a budget's best friend. The tipping culture can be excessive, with some demanding tips for lifting your bag or opening the door. Guides can negotiate general prices and prevent the demand for unnecessary tips. 


5. You’ll Stay Photo Ready - There’s a bit of a photography problem here. Street photography was forbidden for years, but things have eased up. Still, a guide is the best way to ensure you're not taking pictures where you shouldn't be. They'll also be the perfect camera person should you decide to strike a pose. 


The Not So Good 

Here’s why a guide might not be the best for you. 


1. The Freedom Factor - though GWG tours are as flexible as they come, tour guides would hinder your fluid plans if you need to cancel plans or want to try something on a whim. 


2. Missing Out on The 360°Egypt Experience - While guides offer an authentic view of Egypt, those looking to experience all sides of the country, good, bad, and in-between, would miss out. Certain city areas carry security risks, so guides may avoid them, limiting your perspective on the country as a whole. 


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Hire A Guide If…

If this sounds like you, a GWG Guide is in your near future. 


  1. It’s your first time in Egypt. There's a learning curve, so your Egypt journey will be more enjoyable with a trusted companion. First-timers will appreciate the friendship and trust a guide brings. 
  2. You're worried about cultural differences. Egypt is a Muslim nation, so its culture has strong roots in the religion. That comes with customs and daily practices that you should keep in mind. Guides will help you navigate food, clothing, greeting customs and so much more. 
  3. You hate haggling/negotiating. There's a lot of that here. One of the most common complaints from tourists is the haggling and persistence from vendors, taxi and motorbike drivers, and salespeople. Walking with a local guide will discourage such behavior. 
  4. You don’t want to plan too much. Luxor, Alexandria, Cairo, and Aswan have much to offer, and you want to spend time seeing instead of planning. Leave the complicated stuff to the local expert. 
  5. You’re a woman traveling solo. It’s frustrating, but in Egyptian society, women can be the target of some uncomfortable catcalling and staring. They’re also seen as easier targets for scammers and aggressive vendors. A qualified guide will scare off the idle commentator or forceful salesman, especially at major tourist attractions. 


Skip The Guide If You’re…

  1. The Egypt Expert - You've been to the country several times, and you're confident in your navigation skills. From the pyramids and downtown Cairo, you can expertly tackle any issues that arise. Egypt is basically your backyard. 
  2. The Bold Type - You cringe at the thought of following set plans. You'd rather pull up Google Maps, pick a random spot and head out. Your inner adventurer won't work well with a co-pilot. Even if some encounters are negative, you want to have them, knowing they will enrich your trip. 
  3. The Social Butterfly - You travel to meet new people and gain unfiltered, human-centered experiences. You would hate to be limited, and you'd prefer learning some key Arabic phrases and interacting with everyday Egyptians than having a guide act as the go-between. 



What if you fall somewhere in the middle and want the best of both worlds? We've got you. Explore on your own, and reserve your guided trips for Egypt's in-demand sites, where large crowds and aggressive vendors are plenty. Our most popular Egypt tours range from a few hours to a day. 

  • Desert Day of Sakkara, Giza, and The Sphinx - There's no better way to kick off your Egypt adventure than with an extensive tour of the archaeological marvels that made this country famous. Spend 9 hours soaking up the stories behind each structure, and tasting some authentic Egyptian food. 
  • Fall In Love With Luxor Full Day Tour - Spend a day in the world's grandest open-air museum, where you'll explore Hatshepsut's temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Luxor Temple, and so much more. When you get hungry, there are plenty of Egyptian cuisines to satisfy your taste buds. 
  • Cairo Highlights Day Tour - Fall in love with the capital city and its perfectly preserved history. This tour highlights institutions like the Egyptian Museum and the NMEC Civilization collection. You'll also get an in-depth lesson on the story of the Saladin Citadel, a fortification with a history dating back to the Crusades. 
  • Full-Day Alexandria Exploration - Take on the former capital city born from Greek and Roman conquests. From the 2nd Century catacombs and the Qaitbay fortress to the impressive Alexandria library, there won't be a dull moment in your day. 


With a GoWithGuide tour, the only thing you'll be breaking a sweat over in Egypt is the heat. No anxiety over safety. No overpriced trinkets and low-quality experiences. No time wasted calling venues to check availability. Just time well spent in a breathtaking country. Ready to get started? Check out our Egypt private tour guides and create your customizable dream tour. 

Cairo Tour Guide - Radwa T.

Radwa T.


Hello everyone, I am an English-Speaking guide since 2007.I always plan to be a tour guide and meet different people from different nations.I do private tours in Cairo,Giza,Alexandria,Fayum...etc.                                                                                                                                  

Giza Tour Guide - Aly  E.

Aly E.


Aly, an Egyptian citizen, Egyptologist, and officially authorized as English speaking tourist guide for more than two decades. I have a profession (tour guiding) that enables me to meet new people every now and then. I love showing people around our great country. The ancient Egyptian civilization, the culture of modern Egyptian people are always inspiring for many people. The monuments erected by them are not only massive edifices to astonish us, but they bear witness for the great people once inhabited this part of the world. Having studied all the accumulated layers of the Egyptian history, living all my life surrounded by these unbeatable phenomena, and choosing to be the interpreter of the silent monuments (as many think they are !), made me feel having a moral responsibility rather than telling people about the great predecessors, show them the great ancestors we are nowadays, make tourists feel like they have a second homeland or even a second family in Egypt. Flexibility, passion, and willingness to help people having the most of their time are integral parts of my character according to previous clients.                                                                                                                                  

Cairo Tour Guide - Mohamed F.

Mohamed F.


Greetings to all who are drawn to the timeless wonders of Egypt! I am Mohamed, your humble guide on a journey through the ages. With over 15 years of experience as an Egyptology licensed tour guide, I've immersed myself in the captivating tapestry of ancient Egyptian history. My odyssey began in the picturesque city of Aswan, where the Nile's gentle currents weave tales of antiquity. Surrounded by majestic monuments and sacred sites, I developed an insatiable curiosity for the mysteries of the past, leading me to pursue guiding as my life's calling. From the iconic pyramids of Giza to the serene temples of Luxor, I've traversed Egypt, unraveling the enigmas of our ancestors for travelers worldwide. In the vibrant streets of Cairo, I embrace the pulse of modern Egypt, where tradition and innovation converge. Beyond guiding, my interests span cars, football, literature, and swimming. My faithful companion, Hamasa, embodies Egypt's spirit. As I look to the future, I'm excited to deepen my knowledge and craft unforgettable experiences for those who journey with me. Join me on a voyage of discovery, where every step reveals treasures to cherish. Together, let's embark on an odyssey through Egypt's rich legacy. Welcome to a land where history resonates and the promise of tomorrow beckons.                                                                                                                                 

Cairo Tour Guide - Tarek  R.

Tarek R.


I'm Tarek Licensed tour guide English Language in Egypt with twenty five years of experience, working with all the nationalities individuals and big groups. Will be available to guide you .                                                                                                                                 

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