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My ambitious dream is to fly to Cairo, Egypt in the late months of this year, ideally sometime between October and December. I'd like your perspective, fellow travelers, and Egyptians as well.
1.) I intend to travel alone, walk alone and explore alone. That is, unless I find companionship in kindred spirits or interesting people.
2.) I am a 21-year-old female a tiny bit under 5'2.
3.) I am part Mexican - dark hair, dark eyes, and my skin is a lighter hue of beige. My language is English. I will attempt to learn Arabic, but I struggle with my Spanish, too. I continue to learn about the customs, culture and the way of life in Egypt, in all aspects.
4.) I intend to spend a month in the heart of the bustling city; ideally, in cheap hostels, such as Dina's hostel.
5.) My ambitious budget is $2,800. And somewhere between $1,100 to $1... more »
Is there any need to pre-book accommodation, trains etc. I will be traveling throughout April '13. I will be traveling to Alexandria,Siwa.and the other Oases, the sites in Nile Valley, Cairo and the Sinai (diving and St. Katherine's). The reason I ask is that there was some concern in the Media about possible terrorist activity in the North of the Sinai around Christmas time. It appears it may not be as serious as first reported. However, if I do need to change my itinerary, I would prefer not have to cancel bookings.
Would it be necessary to pre-book a Dahabiyya cruise from Aswan to Esna? I am hoping that it may be cheaper if arrange it on the spot. The cost is a lot above my preferred budget and would like to get a berth at the cheapest rate possible. However, I don't want to miss the opportunity of getting a cruise on the date that I need by trying to save money.
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We will be travelling with two small children (1y and 4y old) around Egypt for about 2 weeks. Does it make sense for us to book a Nile cruise?
We were thinking about booking a short one (maximum 4 days) from Aswan to Luxor (I think it is quicker that way). How can I find a reasonable one? We can't afford a luxurious one, how can we find a decent mid-range option? Even on trip advisor I can't find reviews of separate cruise companies, so I just don't know how to approach this problem.
not sure how much it is, 300 egyptian pounds? leaves monday, have to book 2 days before.
is that right?
Does anybody on the ground know if it is running currently?
Is it easy to get hold of local pay as you go sim cards to text the uk, and if so which one should I be looking for?
Has anyone been recently in Egypt coming from Eilat (Israel)? How safe it is to cross the Sinai desert in direction of Cairo? And is it currently safe to visit Caio and the pyramides?
Thanks a lot!
Since 19.10. till 19.11. 2007 I have been to Egypt, travelling independently and mostly using public transport. My route included Dahab (incl. Sinai desert trip, St. Katherine monastery visit & Mt. Sinai trek), Sharm el-Sheik (incl. visit of the Ras Mohammed NP), Alexandria, Siwa, Bahariya (incl. visit of the Black Desert & White Desert), Farafra, Dakhla, Luxor, and Cairo (incl. Visit of the Giza, Dahshur & Saqqara pyramid sites, and the Wadi Natrun monasteries).
When preparing for my trip I used information often gathered at this site - to repay this help I have put a rather detailed report on my experience for others to use on the internet - if interested, check it out at. my site .
Now when BBC administrators of this site decided to kill all the knowledge base gathered here (what a shame!), I believe it may be helpful to offe... more »
This forum was very helpful for me to give me some first advices for my trip in December to Egypt. It was a short trip, I just stayed in Cairo from 28 December to 1 January. So if anybody is interested in some travel experiences from two friends (25 and 24 years old)… here we go!
Because of the turbulences at this time in Cairo (especially at Tahrir) we had a bit respect before our flight started in Zurich. Our hotel (Semiramis) was just some hundred metres away from the place.
After a direct flight we arrived in Cairo on Friday afternoon. We both have travelled a lot in Europe until now, some weeks in Northern and Southern America, but it was our first time in the northern part of Africa. So at the beginning it wasn’t that easy for us to handle with some intrusive people at the airport. We took a taxi (we paid a fix price) to our hotel in the city centre.
Semiramis was a ver... more »
I'm planning on heading to Egypt solo in October, and I'm doing all my fun research and review in the meantime, which probably means questions in this forum! (and probably others)
I've been looking at both planned tours and the idea of going on a slightly less strict itinerary that lets me actually meet people and try food and be a lot more spontaneous. I'm thinking of mostly hitting "classical" Egypt (Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and the various sites nearby, Alexandria) over about 14 days.
So my questions (so far!) -
any women out there done the same as I'm planning? Do you have any off the top of your head advice? (I'm already more or less aware of the obvious things like expected dress code, certain negative views of western women, and differing views between doing certain things in my home country versus how they'd be seen in Egypt). Unfortunately most solo travelogues... more »
Could anybody clear up a slight confusion I have with the lonely planet books.
In both the new edition of Egypt and Discover Egypt they say that there is one bus between Al-Kharga and Asyut at 7PM plus microbuses that leave when full. However, when talking about getting from Luxor to Al-Kharga via Asyut they say that there are several buses a day from Asyut. I don't see that there would be one bus a day in one direction and several in the other. So I wonder if they mean there is one bus and several microbuses between Asyut and Al-Kharga. Alternatively is it a mistake, and that there are several buses in either direction. Or possibly the two buses that go to Cairo from Al-Kharga backtrack slightly and go via Asyut.
Any help would be appreciated.
I'm going (as most of the tourist I think) to make a Nilo Cruise.
I was planning to do a Cruise from Aswan to Luxor (or vice versa).
My question is:
What are the BEST cruises around?
By best I mean: good food, very nice place.
I want a "not extremelly small - exclusive" cruise.
Any advice? What are the best around?
Just wondering if any non-egyptians had picked up a visa for chad in Cairo. I went there and they wanted plane ticket, travel agency invitation and a letter from embassy.
Canada doesnt give out a letter...
anyone know a way around that?
(and im travelling overland so I cant give a plane ticket)
any useful/helpful information is very much appreciated!
My boyfriend and I are planning a year long backpacking trip, and we'd like to stop in Egypt for a few days before going to Jordan and Israel.
I made some research and we are very intrigued by the desert. I have two possible itinerary in mind with different time frame and I would like to have your opinions as 1) Is it doable? 2) Are we gonna miss out on the cord of what Egypt really is?
about 2 days in Cairo
Night train to Siwa Oasis (about 2 days)
Possible to stop to Alexandria for a day
2 days in Cairo
3 days in the Sinai Peninsula (assuming the political situation is gonna get better)
about 4 days in Cairo
Night train to Siwa Oasis, 2 days
4 to 5 days in Luxor - Aswan and Abu Simbel
Take the ferry from Hurgada to the Sinai Peninsula, about 3 days
Are we crazy, do you think we're trying to do to much? more »
I have never been to Egypt but love snorkelling and am hoping to go soon. 2 hotels I am considering are the Hilton Shark Bay and the Hyatt Regency but am not sure which has the best reef. Is the Hyatt reef the Far Garden reef? This is supposed to be particularly good I've read. The Sharm Plaza looks interesting and is next to the Far reef but was put off to hear they have a new nightclub. Didnt want to be kept awake till 2.00 am when it closes!! any info re the above would be gratefully received. Thanks. Wynton.
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