I have been traveling around the Middle East as a solo female traveler for the last couple of weeks, and I was dreading Cairo. Everyone said I HAD to hire a guide, as it's too much even for the seasoned traveler. I found Rasha and Sunset Tours through TA, and the reviews were dead on - she is amazing. Her follow up before I even arrived was what really sealed the deal. She was prompt, professional, and reasonably priced. Due to an itinerary change, I was only going to have 1 full day in Cairo but somehow she managed to fit in what I wanted to do and I didn't feel rushed or ike I was stuck in a boring history lesson. Her English is perfect, and her personality is charming. I felt like I was hanging out with a friend who happens to live in Cairo instead of on a tour. In addition to being quite knowledgable about the sites and their history, we chatted about the current political and tourism situation in Egypt as well as other Middle Eastern countries (full disclosure: this is an interest of mine and I asked her some questions - she did not start talking politics on her own accord) It was such a great day, and she did an amazing job bargaining for me in Khan al Khalili. After a couple weeks of being on guard, planning everything on my own, and figuring out how to get from A to B - it was such a treat to just move from one thing to the next seamlessly amid great conversation. Also, Rasha's driver was great amongst the chaos of the Cairo streets - even stopping to get us some cold bottled water without having to ask. If you are reading this still on the fence over whether you should go to Egypt, or Cairo in particular - GO! As a woman alone, I have felt completely safe, and welcomed by the locals. Their economy needs tourism to pick up, and all those that I have had contact with within the tourism industry from guides to cab drivers to shop owners have all greeted me by saying "thank you for coming to Egypt." Hire Rasha. Go to Cairo. You'll have an amazing time!
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