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Memphis Tours Review for Egypt and Jordan Travel Packages

Traveling to Egypt means you’re likely going to book with a tour company – even if you’re not the type of traveler who makes a habit of using tour companies. Egypt is a difficult country to navigate without a guide for even the most seasoned of travelers. Not that it can’t be done, it’s just much easier, safer, and enjoyable to use a guide service while in Egypt.

Memphis Tours is the tour company we booked with for our entire trip from Egypt to Jordan. This post will break down my honest thoughts on using their services and what to expect if you decide to use them too.

The sphinx and pyramids of Giza on clear sunny day in Cairo, Egypt

Why Did We Book With Memphis Tours?

I researched and contacted dozens of companies before booking with Memphis Tours. There were a few reasons I decided to go with them over any of the other companies…

1. Flexibility in Itineraries

We were traveling during a long Russian holiday in May, so my husband would not need to miss too much work. Our travel dates were not flexible because of this.

Memphis Tours was able to accommodate our dates with no problem and make sure we saw everything on our list for Egypt and Jordan.

2. Their Prices

Since our dates were not flexible, we had to go the private tour route instead of booking with group tour companies such as G Adventures.

Every other tour company we reached out to was FAR more expensive than Memphis Tours for a private tour scenario (such as Osiris Tours and Kensington Tours).

3. Being Able to Book Our Own Hotels

Most tour companies would not allow us to make our own hotel arrangements if we booked with them.

However, Memphis Tours let us book our own accommodation with absolutely no issues. (We want to use that Marriott status whenever we can!)

4. Their Customer Service

The first person to begin helping us with our itinerary was Ahmed Fathy from Memphis Tours. I really enjoyed talking to him via email and on the phone – he was kind, helpful, and answered all of my questions immediately and thoroughly.

He ended up being the deciding factor for me to book with Memphis Tours, as Odynovo Tours also had competitive rates.

Gold death mask in the Egyptian Museum
I wanted to make sure we spent enough time at the Egyptian Museum!

What to Expect When Booking With Memphis Tours

Forming Your Itinerary 

Your first step is going to be to work with your tour consultant on finalizing an itinerary. I was pretty picky and had quite a lot of questions for Ahmed before we reached a final itinerary. I think we had at least a dozen emails back and forth and 3 phone calls before we had everything perfect for our Egypt and Jordan itinerary!

  • Worth noting…When you reach out to any tour company in Egypt regarding their services – you’re going to get nonstop emails, phone calls, and WhatsApp messages until you answer them. This made me a little nuts – I prefer to do all of my communicating for this type of booking via email, so I have a written record of it. Memphis Tours would send me an email, followed up with a phone call a couple of minutes later, and then a WhatsApp message. This seemed incredibly excessive to me. However, EVERY company we had reached out to did this. But, I suppose many people may like this type of interaction when making this big of a booking.

Booking Your Flights and Hotels

We had opted to book our hotels and our international flights ourselves. So, we did all of these bookings and sent them over to Ahmed for review.

We also sent Ahmed a copy of our passports – this was for their visa services in Jordan, which were included in our tour package. So, don’t be weirded out about sending this information to them. (Someone from Memphis Tours was there to meet us each time we got off a flight and escorted us to our vehicle.)


After all of that is taken care of, you’ll pay a deposit of 25% of your trip to Memphis Tours using your credit card. Or, what we did, was paid in full using our credit card. This is because the other 75% would have to be paid in Egypt with cash, and I did not want to be carrying that much cash on me as I traveled from the US to Russia and then Egypt.

What Exactly We Had Booked Through Memphis Tours

  • All sightseeing tour services for Cairo and for our Nile River cruise and in Jordan.
  • 4 nights on a Nile River cruise
  • Transportation for every aspect of our time in Egypt and also Jordan – including domestic flights.

You could also use Memphis Tours to book your hotels and international flights.

A couple smiling and posing with the Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Giza in the background.

My Honest Review of Memphis Tours

Our Tour Consultant

The main reason I booked with Memphis Tours was because of how awesome our Tour Consultant, Ahmed Fathy, was in helping us. His itinerary and communications were so thorough and organized – that they even impressed my very critical husband! (Seriously.) I was blown away by the help and professionalism we had received.

  • Please feel free to email [email protected] with any inquiries and let him know Lindsey Puls sent you.

Tour Services in Cairo

Overall, I did not like the tour services we received in Cairo via Memphis Tours. Looking back, I should have requested the tour guides I was reading about on TripAdvisor by name. As Memphis Tours does seem to have some amazing guides hired in Cairo according to reviews – however, our guide, Hanan, was not one of them.

  • Our tour guide felt rather disinterested and seemed to be rushing us most of the time, despite booking a private tour, communication was only OK, and we ended up being 2 hours late for our tour to the Pyramids one morning because of a snafu she had with our hotel regarding documents. (Read my review on Marriott Mena Hotel that explains the whole ordeal.) Again, Hanan was her name – I don’t recommend using her as a guide in Cairo.
  • Our tour representative in Cairo was also rather disinterested and late to pick us up from the airport. He also didn’t really seem too apologetic regarding the whole 2 hours late for our tour that one morning…
  • Our driver in Cairo, though, was very nice, professional and always was on time (usually at least 15 minutes early). He also always made sure to keep us stocked with water bottles when we were out touring. His name was Farrag.
Two people wearing hats and walking ahead on a sidewalk in Luxor, Egypt/
Heading to our Nile River Cruise in Luxor with our guide.

Tour Services on our Nile River Cruise

You can check out my complete Nile River cruise review, regarding the cruise itself and boat.

  • However, our guide via Memphis Tours for our Nile River cruise was the BEST guide I have ever had. Seriously, we had him for 4 days, and we were so lucky. He was so kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating for the entire trip. His tour services made our trip to Egypt unforgettable, plus, we learned SO much. (I think I deserve a college credit after that Nile Cruise!) His name is Ahmed Brince – ask for him when you book, and you’ll have the best trip of your life.
Amwaj Living Stone cruise boat floating on the Nile River in Egypt
Our Nile River cruise boat

Tour Services in Jordan 

Memphis Tours does not actually operate its tour services in Jordan. They contracted our tours and driver via Desert Adventures – who were fantastic! We were so happy with the service we received the entire time we were in Jordan.

Bottom Line – Would I recommend Memphis Tours?

Yes, absolutely. I’m already planning to use their services again when we go to Morocco and on an African Safari one day!

I would just be sure to specify by name a tour guide via the latest TripAdvisor reviews when you book for Cairo. Cairo tour services weren’t the worst tour services we have ever had (that award goes to this tour service in Israel), however, they could certainly have been better – especially given how fantastic every other aspect of this trip with Memphis Tours was.

I’m happy to answer any questions you have about Memphis Tours in the comments! It’s also awesome if you mention my name, Lindsey Puls, and reference number (1254 / 05-2019), if you decide to book with Memphis Tours – as I get points toward a future trip with them in my account, but they are in no way sponsoring this post. We paid for this trip ourselves, and this review is in no way sponsored by Memphis Tours.

Please feel free to send any enquiries to [email protected] and let him know Lindsey Puls sent you.

Other Travel Essentials

Travel Insurance

It’s a good idea, no matter where your adventure takes you, to have travel insurance. You never know what might happen! 

Whether you get sick before your trip and can’t go, or you become sick or injured while on your adventure – being covered with travel insurance is a must. 

Some credit card companies do provide this service (check with yours), or you can get a quote from companies such as Squaremouth to find the best plan for you and your adventure. This is the company I, personally, use. They are even recommended by Forbes!

I recommend getting a free travel quote to see if they’re the right fit for you.

Visa Requirements

Before you head to Egypt, check the visa requirements to figure out if your country requires a visa for traveling to Egypt. 



  1. Thank you for your review of Memphis. I didn’t realize how pushy they are until I read your review and realized that it’s the “norm.” We are also contemplating choosing between Memphis and Odynovo and can’t seem to make a decision. Odynovo doesn’t “bother me” as much as Memphis constantly does, but I guess that doesn’t speak to the quality they provide. Basically you’re saying that they are a good company to go with but that the guides are the most important. Is that right?

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