Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali, born and raised in Cairo, graduated from Cairo University in 1989 with a BA in Ancient Near East History and Biblical Studies. He went on to receive an additional degree in Ancient Egyptian History and Archaeology from Helwan University. Ahmed loves the profession of Trip Leader because it allows him the opportunity to teach people about his country and its culture as well as to learn about other places in the world. “We are all students in the temple of knowledge,” he says. Ahmed reports that two of his favorite sites from Egypt’s Pharaonic period are the unique temples at Abydos and Dendara—“Abydos for its fine intricate workmanship, and Dendara for its somewhat mysterious and magical atmosphere.” He also enjoys traveling in off-the-beaten-path regions of the Western Desert of Egypt. Ahmed is the author of the book Prophets and Pharaohs and a frequent contributor to British publications. He resides in Cairo with his wife, two sons, and daughter. In the spring of 2013, he scouted our new Expedition to Sudan.

Upcoming Trips:

Expedition to Sudan, October 31-November 8, 2014
In the Wake of Cleopatra, November 21-29, 2014
Expedition to Sudan, November 6-14, 2015

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Beneath the Sands of Sudan
An Egyptian Time Machine

Client Testimonials:


His knowledge of Egyptian history was phenomenal and really made the trip. We especially enjoyed his talks on hieroglyphics—lots of fun! William B., Portland OR He is one of the best guides we’ve ever had—an excellent teacher and fun to be with. Joyce S., Bloomington MN Ahmed made the trip fulfilling with his professional knowledge and personal touch. He was very attentive to the group and provided us with a wealth of information to help us absorb all the new knowledge we were getting. Pamela G., Chicago IL As a trip leader, Ahmed Ali is superb in all areas—and fun, too! Ruth M., Kernersville NC Ahmed gave us good, in-depth information and he obviously loves his work. Janna L., Santa Cruz CA A first-class guide, succinct, passionate, personable. Tom B., Woodside CA
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed is the best guide we’ve ever had. His knowledge in so many dimensions just kept unveiling itself. Brenda C., Woodside, CA
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed made each day exciting, entertaining, and fun! Jane K, Portland OR
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed could not have done a better job. He went above and beyond what he had to do to care for us. We loved him. He was a lot of fun too. Diedre C., Covington LA
Land of the Pharaohs
Ahmed was the perfect leader, sensitive to everyone’s needs and concerns. Frederic W., Egg Harbor, WI
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed was an excellent trip leader, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. His extensive knowledge was fabulous and he really cared about making sure everyone on the trip had an enjoyable experience and got everything they wanted out of the trip. I would highly recommend him! Kate M., Quincy MA
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed is a truly excellent trip leader. His thorough knowledge of all things Egyptian really took the trip from good to great. Kay K., Sterling VA
Land of the Pharaohs
Ahmed was one of the best leaders we have had on a group trip. He has knowledge and passion for his work. Ellen and Albert S., Princeton, NJ
In the Wake of Cleopatra
 Ahmed was helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient—one of the best guides we have had on a WT trip. Tom M., Glen Ellen, CA
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed was a wealth of information, sharing his insights and firsthand knowledge of ancient sites along with current events and culture. Pearl K., Palo Alto, CA
In the Wake of Cleopatra
Ahmed is the best guide I have ever had on any trip, and I have traveled a lot. He was extraordinarily knowledgeable about Egyptology and made the past come alive with his stories. He had an ongoing concern about the needs of local people, and discussed with us the revolution and the current political situation in his country. And he always had a Plan B in his pocket! Lisa H., Healdsburg, CA
In the Wake of Cleopatra