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By Philip Beck
2018-03-07 17:37:10
I am a specialist travel consultant who has booked my clients with very specific needs and requests for a 3-week private trip in Egypt. I knew they were in great hands as the agency has booked other clients with Egypt & Beyond for many years. When my clients came back here is what they said • amazing • smooth as silk • astounding • not a hitch • magical • tickled pink • picture perfect to describe everything that happened while on their trip. They were thrilled at all the amazing great hotels and grace and punctuality of all guides and drivers. I cannot give Egypt & Beyond enough praise myself. Philip Beck Personal Travel, Vancouver Canada
By Christine Boecker
2018-03-02 15:52:49
I'm back at home and wanted to thank you for the fabulous 10 days in your wonderful country. Your team was just so welcoming and everyone couldn't have been more accommodating. The hotels were all great, the touring incredibly interesting and your guides were very charming and informative. Some of the highlights were the hot air balloon ride, experiencing the sunrise at Edfu temple and having Philea temple to ourselves at opening time! In Cairo the pyramids, sphinx and museum all lived up to their great reputation! I can certainly recommend to anyone that they can confidently visit Egypt, were I always felt completely safe. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunity to see your beautiful homeland.
By Carol Martyn
2018-02-28 07:37:06
Like many people, a visit to Egypt has been on our bucket list for a longtime. We had plans to go in 2011, but the Arab Spring uprisings resulted in cancellation. Fast-forward to 2017 and the time seemed right again. It has now been several months since we returned from our fabulous 3-week trip to Egypt and Jordan. We have looked at all the pictures and have reflected on what we saw and experienced. To say that this was a ‘once in a lifetime trip’ is, perhaps cliché, but it is true. Although we are very experienced world travelers (40+ countries), this was our first time to Egypt and Jordan and our first trip booked through a tour company. We didn’t know quite what to expect in terms of the transportation, accommodations, Nile cruise and visits to historical sites. The tour company is “Egypt and Beyond”, owned by Tarek Mousa. Our local SW Florida PBS television station, WGCU, and local tour company, Debonair Travel, organized the trip. While the advertisement and signup for the trip was handled locally, Egypt and Beyond organized the logistics of the tour in Egypt and Jordan, as well as the guides, airport reps, hotel transfers and in-country air flights, etc. Tarek had 15 years’ experience with the tour company Abercrombie and Kent Co. in Australia when he returned to Egypt a few years ago to form his own tour company. The trip was advertised and priced based on all 3- & 4-star hotel and ship accommodations, but a few days before the trip, Tarek announced that he had upgraded all hotels to 5-star and to the newest, all-suite ship, Amarco II, for our 5-day Nile cruise; all at no additional cost. If there is something better than ‘first class’ this was it. Two particularly special events were entry to the Great Pyramids of Giza 2 hours before the general public was allowed in with a private lecture at the Sphinx by world-renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. These remarkable “extras” could only have been arranged by Egypt and Beyond. Every aspect of the tour was handled professionally with absolutely no glitches. The tour buses were clean and comfortable with exceptional drivers. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and entertaining, all of which made for a remarkable and enjoyable trip. A question that many Westerners have about travelling to that part of the world today is the security and safety. News reports about unrest and violence are almost a daily occurrence in the Middle East and surrounding areas. For the most part, however, they occur in out-of-the-way cities, in or near active military areas and not in the major archaeological sites. During our trip we travelled virtually the entire N/S length of Egypt (Cairo to Abu Simbel) and the entire N/S length of Jordan (Amman to Wadi Rum) and not once experienced any unrest or felt threatened or insecure. It was if we were travelling through Europe. The Egyptian and Jordanian people were polite, friendly and genuinely glad we were there. The livelihoods of many depend on tourist dollars and they welcomed our visit. Like many countries, however, those selling their tourist trinkets can get pretty insistent and pushy, but you just have to be forceful if you don’t want to buy anything. Due diligence on protecting your valuables is no different in Egypt and Jordan than anywhere else in the world. This is not our first encounter with predominantly Muslim faith countries. We have visited Tunisia, Turkey, Israel, Thailand and Indonesia and our experiences in Egypt and Jordan paralleled those we had in other countries and that is that most people are friendly, eager to speak with visitors, have families like our own and want a peaceful life and good education for their children. When you strip away the politics and religious differences most people around the world are good-hearted and caring. As Americans travelling abroad, we can do our part to show our good-heartedness by accepting the culture and beliefs of those we visit, embracing their food and customs, engaging in conversation and learning from them. In doing so we gain a better appreciation for our friends around the world, their customs and history, their diversity and the many wonderful things they have to offer.
By Valerie Shuman
2018-02-28 07:36:12
We just finished a trip with Egypt and Beyond Travel.  From start to finish, our trip was flawless.  As I was planning, I emailed Tarek many many times and he was prompt and helpful with his responses.  Once we arrived in Cairo, we were met by his incredible greeter, Nelly, taken to a company van and escorted around Cairo and the rest of Egypt by Tarek's incredible staff.  We were picked up, dropped off and handed over flawlessly by staff and guides and so we were able to relax and enjoy all Egypt has to offer.  I cannot adequately describe the thrill of being here in person and seeing the pyramids, the temples and the burial sites.  I am so happy we came - Egypt is a once-in-a-lifetime trip - and we will never forget it.  I shopped around a ton before I booked this trip - all the regular companies plus a few of the ones that popped up on my Tripadvisor searches.  Egypt and Beyond was way less expensive than the typical American package tours with large groups - for about 40% less than that we got private guided tours of our sites with guides we really really liked.  I blogged my trip if you want to see a ton more info: travelswithvalerie.wordpress.com Thanks! Valerie
By Mindy Dunn
2016-10-10 07:19:53
My husband and I planned our Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip with Tarek at Egypt and Beyond Travel. The itinerary was exactly what we wanted because Tarek listened to our requests and made every effort to work it into our trip. Every detail was taken care of which left us to just enjoy our trip. The private guides we had everyday were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their country and its history. The drivers and staff who helped us were magnificent and treated us like family (maybe even better than family!). Everyone truly went out of their way to make our trip perfect. As an example, when we needed a fuse for our converter our driver went all over until he found a replacement. In my opinion, a private tour is the best way to see Egypt, Jordan and Israel. We didn’t get lost in a crowd of tourist trying to hear the description of what we were seeing. We weren’t climbing on and off of buses all day or waiting in line to receive our room key. Regarding these three countries, not for one moment did I feel unsafe anywhere we visited. There was security at the entrance to every hotel, major tourist site and many street corners in the major cities. Tarek told us we would have the ‘trip of a lifetime’ and we really did. Egypt, particularly, is a must see for every traveler or history buff. It was truly incredible.
By Diana Saint James
2015-10-08 06:55:33
I highly recommend Egypt & Beyond. Two very adventurous clients of mine approached me with an online Cairo tour and Nile River cruise itinerary. I sent it off to Tarek at Egypt & Beyond for matching. He created the perfect custom itinerary for them (she loves swimming pools and he loves boutique hotels) at a great price. He also recommended a Jordan add-on that included Petra, time at a Bedouin camp and a Dead Sea spa visit, which they took. During their Nile cruise, the wife became ill and was hospitalized. Tarek kept me informed and Egypt & Beyond staff monitored her daily care. When it became clear that she was not recovering quickly, Tarek arranged new airline tickets home for them and an upgraded hotel in Cairo until they departed. He immediately sent me a detailed price list of services they did not utilize for their trip interruption insurance claim. While Egypt & Beyond does more than Egypt, I truly believe the “Beyond” refers to the level of service & quality offered by this company – it is beyond outstanding! Diana Saint James, Owner, Dimensions in Travel
By Rick Steves (USA)
2013-05-21 10:42:25
I have to admit, I was pretty pampered on this trip. To both stay safe and get the absolute most value out of my time, I hired Tarek Mousa, who runs Egypt and Beyond Travel (www.egyptandbeyondtravel.com) to set up this trip. We brainstormed possible itineraries for the 10 days. He met me at the airport in Cairo and had hotels, a car, and local guides working with me each day. I went out a lot on my own and felt comfortable. But from a sheer efficiency point of view, with the language barrier and the complexities of post-revolutionary life in Egypt and real issues of safety, I was glad I worked with Tarek to create what was essentially my own private tour. Tarek Mousa, of Egypt and Beyond Travel, made sure I enjoyed maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and dollar while I was in Egypt. Rick Steves Seattle USA www.ricksteves.com
By Laura DeSimone
2011-11-25 18:00:19

Hi !!

What a fabulous trip!!!  Every thing was absolutely outstanding.  The service we received was always "ABOVE AND BEYOND" our expectations.All of the tours and arrangements were always done with professionalism and precision.

I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone who is planning on visiting Egypt.

Thanks so much to all!!!

Laura DeSimone

San Francisco

By Juliet Barber
2011-11-25 18:00:00

Having spent 23 days in Egypt and Jordan, I wish to share my gratitude to Tarek and his crew. We were always treated with consideration and with respect. Our guides and drivers understood our needs and our wish to continually explore the historic and iconic sights. They ensured that our dreams were fulfilled and that we had both and enervating and relaxing trip.

This is a difficult time to travel in the Middle East, but a wonderful time for travellers; there are no crowds and the much vaunted destinations are easily accessible no pushing in the Cairo museum; no struggle through the siq in Petra; no crowd at Abu Simbel ... Yet our security was always the top priority and never did we feel endangered or fraught.

I have already recommended Egypt and Beyond to prospective travellers and will continue to do so as this agency understands the needs of individuals and is extremely flexible in their ability to make changes to ensure both the safety and the security of the people in their care.

By Bob Cook
2011-11-25 17:59:18

I am on my flight home to Orlando and want to share, and which you may share with any other Ensemble staff and Ensemble members, my experiences with Egypt and Beyond.  In twenty years, I have never experienced such a well thought out and well planned fam, or any tour for that matter. What we experienced was a typical package offered by Egypt and Beyond.   I am going to write a more detailed day by day outline,  but from being personally greeted at baggage claim after passport control to being escorted through Security to Check in and to Passport Control on the last day, the entire trip was effortless, smooth, and seamless.  


1.Egypt and Beyond has the contacts.  Tarek started out carrying baggage and meeting guests over 20 years ago. He knows the business inside out.  His attention to detail is amazing, and he listens! His contacts include being able to arrange a talk by the "Mummy Chaser",  Director of Egyptian Antiquities Dr. Hawas.  The managers at both Four Seasons told me how he is one of their largest tour operators.   

2. Personal attention to details  Tarek told us,  and we asked his employees who verified this,  that he is known to show up at all hours, day or night, for the meet and greets at the airport, hotels, and the airport in Abu Simbel, Aswan or Luxor and other destinations. Plus,  all emails sent to anyone at Egypt and Beyond Travel also go to him. He also calls each guest upon arrival.

3. Tarek's overriding goal is guest and agent satisfaction.  Top of the line vans, busses, pre-paid tickets at all attractions,  cold bottled water always available in the bus or van, rooms ready when you arrive at a hotel, meal options much more than a table.

4. His staff truly likes working for him. You can see it in their attitude.  They respect him, but are not afraid of him.  It is hard to explain, but the respect they have in working with him to create an upscale tour operation on par with A & K shows.

5. The hotels he uses are top quality.  The Four Seasons properties in Cairo, Winter Palace in Aswan, and the Cataract Hotel he will be using in Aswan go beyond  the expectations of an average traveler. He is very select in his use of Nile Boats, and of the 300 plus boats cruising the Nile,  he will only use the top three or four.

6. Our Egyptologist, whom we called Madame Zhenab, has been an Egyptologist for 38 years, and is the doyenne the Egyptologists.  At dinner with the Manager of the Four Season, he asked who had been provided as our escort. We mentioned Zhenab and his mouth literally dropped.  She is the guide who is provided to celebrities visiting Egypt, the Metropolitan Museum, Yale, Harvard, and is the top Egyptologist for A and K.  She is greeted everywhere with respect at the sites, museums and five star hotels.   And we had the benefit of her expertise for seven days. It was like taking a Master's Course in Egyptian History. She has known Tarek since he carried the luggage for guests, and you call see how truly fond she is of him.

7. He can turn on a dime.  We were at Luxor Airport waiting to board our flight when he received a phone call.  An agent asked if he could help plan an itinerary, driver, tickets and access for a couple arriving the next day at 6:30 am.   We had not even left the airport and everything was arranged.

Bob Cook
Go Travel
Orlando USA
407-774-7730 ext. 110

By Jim Snapper
2011-09-13 12:45:02
I would like to contribute a glowing testimonial for the services we recently received from Egypt and Beyond on a recent tour of Egypt. We could not have been more delighted by everything done for us. We arranged for a private tour. Also, our tour took place at the end of August and beginning of September of 2011--a time when many tourist are avoiding Egypt because of concerns about the political situation. It was also during and at the end of Ramadan. I was accompanied on the trip by my two 20+ daughters as well as a third young woman whom is a friend of my daughters. 

Everyone was wonderful from our Cairo driver (Mohammed) to our guide (Mona). Not only were they knowledgeable and kind, but they were able to read our energy level and edit activities to maximize enjoyment without exhaustion. We arranged to have Mona come to Luxor with us thus benefitting from her kindness and knowledge throughout the trip. 

I was concerned about having a group of 20+ American women on the trip--in particular because one of our group had to leave Luxor and go to Cairo the night before the rest of the party. Not only was she escorted to her gate in Luxor and met at her gate in Cairo and taken directly to her hotel, but the driver and director wanted to be certain to be there when she woke up in the morning to take her to her international flight home. Because of this, the driver and director spent the night in a coffee shop at the airport! This was extraordinary service! Tarek Mousa regularly checked in to make sure that everything was going perfectly.

If and when I return to Egypt, I will again use Egypt and Beyond and would recommend them to anyone planning a trip. They are outstanding people and Egypt and Beyond is an absolutely first rate company.


By Eloice Helms
2011-07-12 05:46:09
The nine days we spent in Egypt was truly the trip of a lifetime.  Egypt and Beyond set us up in some of the finest hotels I've ever stayed in. Our tour guides in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan took excellent care of me and my family.  They were informative and timed each of our tours to take advantage of cooler mornings and included stops for lunch and refreshments. We were well taken care of throughout our trip. The cruise on the Nile was wonderful. I saw many other cruise ships but none compared to the one we were on.  I highly recommend Egypt and Beyond. Egypt is incredible! 
By Allison Kelly - Senior Consultant
Harvey World Travel South Melbourne
2011-03-08 20:48:03
Hi Tarek,
I had the best time in Egypt ; had no idea it was such an amazing, fascinating country !!
BIG THANKS to you for all your hard work in organising such a wonderful trip for us; I am glad we crammed so much into each day and saw so much in our short time.
Ballooning in Luxor was definitely the highlight for me !! and the restaurant on our last night in Cairo was fantastic too.....and of course the Four Seasons Cairo was the best hotel I have ever stayed in.......and I could go on and on..... Thanks again for making our trip such a good one, with so many wonderful memories!!
Hopefully we will catch up again one day --- in Melbourne , or Cairo .......
By Bruce Shaw
MD Jetset Berwick Melbourne Australia
2011-03-08 20:48:03
Hi Tarek
Thank you for an experience and a half. The trip was even better having you there with us. The work that you put into our itinerary was very much appreciated by all.
Look forward to catching up soon.
Bruce Shaw
By Sally
Director, Executive edge Travel Melbourne, Australia
2011-03-08 20:48:03
Hey Tarek,
Truly what an amazing experience you put together for us. Thank you soooo much. I had more than a wonderful time and now can't wait to do some more reading on Egyptian History. You've certainly shown us that you care about clients and i hope to put some super bookings through in the near future. Take Care and keep in touch.
Kind regards
By David and Sarah Hickman
Cape Town South Africa
2011-03-08 20:48:03
Dear Tarek,
Happy New Year. Our trip home was a safe and comfortable one. Thank you for contributing to our first trip to Egypt. We have come away with a broader perception of Egypt with the very old standing side by side with the very new and modern. Our favorites were the Karnak Temple, the Step Pyramid, and Abu Simbel. We loved the cruise on the Nile and the City of Luxor and just experiencing the ways of people in Egypt. The accommodations and food were excellent. The rooms with views of the Nile and the Pyramids were extra special. We already cherish and miss the kind, open and gracious people of Egypt. We felt very safe and well taken care of during the entire trip. We have talked with several people about our trip and they are interested in visiting Egypt.
By Anita & Mike Hanns
New York - USA
2011-03-08 20:48:03
I was extremely impressed by the efficiency of all Egypt & Beyond staff. It was great knowing that we didn
By Margot White
Burwood Trade co.
London UK
2011-03-08 20:48:03
I'd like to thank all Egypt & Beyond team, who at every moment paid attention to every single small detail so that everything would function in the best way possible. Egypt & Beyond have set the standards so high that you make it difficult to do anything better.
Margot White
By Trevor Mcgee
Brisbane Australia
2011-03-08 20:48:03
I wish to extend my thanks to you Tarek and all your who participated in making our trip most memorable, we were living a dream and now we are back to reality, thanks a lot.