My family did a private tour of Egypt organized by Look at Egypt Tours. We started with their Mysteries of Egypt tour and made some changes to suit our interests and schedule. The final tour included 4 nights in Cairo, 1 night in Aswan, 3 nights on a Nile cruise, 2 nights in Luxor, and 3 nights at a resort in Hurghada. Except in Hurghada, we had daily guided trips to archaeological and other sights of interest. Both of our guides were very knowledgeable about the sites we toured and pointed out the most significant features. Randa was our guide in Cairo and provided a lot of background information about the history of Egypt as we toured sites and the museum. Taib was with us as the guide for the remainder of the tour and provided extensive background information and great guidance about what to see while adjusting to our pace and interests. He also effectively dealt with some unanticipated glitches (with the help of the management in Cairo) and made some excellent suggestions, such as an ad- on tour to a Nubian village, an enjoyable break from archaeological sites. Our drivers did an amazing job in the challenging traffic and the tour vehicles were always comfortable.
An especially wonderful day occurred after an early morning flight to Aswan, where we toured the Isis temple via a boat ride, then had lunch at a scenic restaurant on an island in the cataract zone of the Nile, from which we were returned to Aswan by felucca prior to checking into our scenic hotel overlooking Aswan, the Basma. Later that day we took a powerboat to the Botanical Garden on an island (where there were some good birding and a surprising number of local visitors), with a return to the city via felucca (though the lack of wind made the return lengthy). After supper, I visited the interesting Nubian museum just down the road from the hotel.
The selection of accommodations was outstanding: always comfortable and well located, with good breakfasts (and dinners at the resort in Hurghada). While we did the standard tours of sites along the Nile, including the impressive Abu Simbel temple (requiring a long drive through the desert) and Valley of the Kings, we also visited the temples at Dandarah and Abydos. The latter was the best preserved of the all of the temples we saw (having been buried in the sand during the Coptic era). That trip required a long day especially because most of the time we were travelling with a series of armed police escorts in a small convoy of tourist vehicles. Our itinerary indicated we would return to our hotel for lunch that day, but instead, we returned just in time for dinner (having missed lunch entirely). This drive allowed us to observe a lot of interesting villages and town life along the road, but much of that was duplicated the next day when we drove to Hurghada (via an impressive mountain range in the desert). We had some excellent snorkelling in Hurghada, with fine coral reefs accessible from the beach of our immaculate resort hotel, the Jaz Makadina, as well as by boat (though the air temperature in January was quite chilly).
Look at Egypt Tours provided good advice about tour options and made several changes to the tour as we considered our options. The management was in frequent communication with our guides making sure that we were having no problems. My wife has some mobility problems that would have made travelling with a group challenge. This tour allowed us to adjust the pace and content to suit our needs. The guides and drivers were very accommodating. In summary, we had an enjoyable tour and learned lot about Egypt. The tour exceeded our high expectations.