Our ship was in Ain El Sokhna from 5 am to 9 pm, Our tour to Cairo (from Ain El Sokhna Port) last December 2012 was carried out very nicely.
We met our guide at the scheduled time of 6:30 am. He was waiting for us with our name on a board right outside the gangway.
Our guide Islam and driver Mohammed were both excellent. The ability of our guide to convey the history, the monuments, and the interpersonal relation allowed us to appreciate and expand our knowledge of Egypt. Islam was exceptional and made every effort to ensure we saw as much as possible in the two days.
The air conditioned vehicle was superb. The lunch at a nice Egyptian restaurant.
Our guide took us to several special areas, so that we could see more of the local life and even made sure we drove by the river Nile and Cairo Tower before returning to the ship. If we even mentioned wanting to see a specific landmark or location in Cairo, he made sure that we saw it. Mohamed's driving in the wild and crazy traffic was incredible!!
On the drive back to the ship, a manager called us to make sure that everything was to our satisfaction.
Our guide and driver dropped us right off at the port. We parted and said our goodbyes.
We had a private tour with local company for less than cruise excursions prices; I would highly recommend using Egypt private excursions (www.egyptprivateexcursions.com) to anyone who is planning a trip to Egypt.