How it works:
- Version 1: unofficial guides will ask to check your ticket, not return it and then proclaim themselves as your guide. You will be brought on a low quality tour (little information, not to all places promised) and an inflated fee will be demanded.
- Version 2: some also offer simple, unsolicited help, like pointing to a direction or offering to take a photo then ask for a tip (baksheesh in Arabic).
- Version 3: there are also fake guards who ask to check your ticket, accuse you of an offence and not return it until you pay a fine.
- Version 4: some fake guards will hold keys pretending to unlock an already opened tomb or allowing you to access a supposedly private path and then ask for a tip.
- Version 5: price quote scams.
Places to beware:
- Cairo: Citadel, Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Gizeh Plateau
- Giza: Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, Pyramid of Djoser, Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, The Grand Egyptian Museum, Khafre’s Pyramid, Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
- Luxor: Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Medinat Habu, Valley of the Nobles
What to do:
- Only show your ticket at official checkpoints and do not let go while doing so. Also, get a licensed, reputable guide:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also has many popular tours (e.g. Hurghada swimming with dolphins, desert safari by quad bike, Valley of the Kings day trip, etc).