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I'm planning a trip to Egypt in late Decemeber- early January for about two weeks. I'm going with a group of guys, but we have a problem. None of us speak any Arabic, at all. I can say the basic "hello, goodbye, thank you" and that's about it. I can't read Arabic script at all
So we were thinking of hiring a translator. Is this necessary? Can you get around Egypt without speaking/reading Arabic? We were thinking of just hiring student studying English at one of the Cairo universities, but if we don't need one that would be good too.
Thanks for any advice guys!
I'm travelling to Egypt for 5 days to visit my girlfriend's family for the first time to ask for her hand. They are all Christian Egyptians living in Al Faiyum and I just wondered if anyone knew or has been to this area before that can answer some questions.
Not many people from the UK have been to Faiyum so trying to find out if the streets are safe and if the people are welcoming or tend to keep themselves to themselves?
Any info on Faiyum would be appreciated!
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So, I'm planning a trip to Egypt on July or August and I'd like to go there for a week, no more than two weeks, since I'm going with, among other people, my father who is a workaholic and refuses to leave work for more than that. We're more interested in the Nile, some diving and visiting big cities, much more than the oasis, or the desert, and I'm reading my Lonely Planet and my brain doesn't seem to grasp the concept of how much time everything takes.
I'm thinking of an itinerary something like this:
1. Crusing through the Nile, going from the Nasser Lake (Abu Simbel, maybe?), stopping in Aswan, Luxor and Cairo, at least. I've read there are some hot-air Nile visits I'd like to do.
2. I'd like to spend at least three days in Cairo.
4. Some diving. I'd like to dive in Sharm el-Sheikh, but beacause of time maybe somewhere else near the Delta, like Port Said.
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anyone knows how can I book a ferry to Sharm from Luxor? How much does it cost? the Schedule? how long does it take? Also I'd like some Tours which I can do in Sharm, any Suggestions? Thanks
Going out to Egypt in September for 14 nights/13 days and I am looking for opinions regarding the lengh of days spent in each location and whether or not I'm spending too much/not enough time in each location.
Anyway here is my itinerary:
Day 1 - fly into Cario
Day 2 - Cairo
Day 3 - Cario
Day 4 - Cario
Day 5 - Cairo
Day 6 - Cairo/travel on sleeper to Luxor
Day 7 - Luxor
Day 8 - Luxor
Day 9 - Luxor
Day 10 - Leave Luxor for Aswan/Aswan
Day 11 - Aswan/Abu Simbel
Day 12 - Aswan/Travel back to Cairo on sleeper
Day 13 - Cairo/fly home
What do you think?
More days in one place? Less days in another?
Thank you for your advice.
Does anyone know an email address for the reception at the Sheikh Ali Resort in Dahab? I am staying there in August and want to organise an early check in. I booked the room through Expedia and they say that they cannot provide me with a direct contact!
Has anyone been to Tanta in egypt during the Moulid of Sayyed Ahmed Al - Basawi festval?
and if yes was there a lot to see for tourists'? and are tourists made to feel welcome?
Am an AOW Diver and recently did my course in Phuket in April. Am planning to improve on it during my next trip in Feb 2013 to Red Sea where am travelling with family for 7 days.
Wished to know outrightly whether to head to Sharm or straight to Taba and avoid Sharm if chilling out and diving is on my radar. Am keen to do a 2-3 days Diving cruise with all inclusive or just take it easy and enjoy shore diving by day-boat. If Taba, plese suggest good schools to dive with and if Sharm, good places to stay within a budget of USD 100-150 (for 4 People) per night and also schools to dive with? Also if we need to take precautions about anything once we are there?
Also whether cruise with family who doesn't dive will be a good option or not based on your individual experience ;)
Your suggestions shall be most welcome
We are two couple who would like to get off our Princess Cruise early one morning in Port Said, stay a night near Cairo for the
Cairo Museum and the Valley of the Kings then rejoin the ship in Alexandria the next night. Has anyone either done this or have thoughts about our plan?
I know its a bit of a vague question but what is considered an appropriate fare for an airport to downtown Cairo (tahrir sq for example) taxi? Fully understand that they will try and tout for more.
I have also posted this under middle east, just trying to get some broader views ......I depart Australia in 2 days for Greece and the middle east, I will be beginning by flying in and out of Israel from Greece thus avoiding the Israel stamp, I will then spend a week in Greece and Turkey a piece, neither of which I have a set plan, from Istanbul I fly to Lebanon for 4 days on July 9 before arriving in Jordan on the 13th, I then have until the 22cnd to make my way to Alexandria in Egypt where I will fly home from, I want to visit Petra, and then get to Egypt to visit Aswan, Luxor, Giza and ALexandria my budget is around $100 AUD a day for myself and my 12 year old son, which I notice is free admission to Petra. (I could possibly skip Luxor or Aswan, I am prepared for the over night trains to and from these two places, I guess what I am wanting to know is this do able, and what is the b... more »
Hello thorn tree. As some of you may remember I posted here a few months ago about a upcoming trip to the middle east and Egypt and had some replies. I wanted to let those of you know who care how it went , not in much detail but I wanted to say it went well. It was the trip of my lifetime and it was great going alone. I liked the sights of egypt and Oman a lot. I didnt have long in Oman but I liked the capital city. It is expensive but everyone is very freindly and really nice. And really nice:) But Egypt was better. It had more sights and was cheaper but there are more touts and I had to be weary of local touts. I stayed in Alexandria for over a week and managed to have fun there. I am not going to get personal but lets say I was safe but still had some fun! A few different times in Alexandira. Dahab was good too. I met a lot of travelers and Egyptians from europe who were more wes... more »
I am planning on travelling to Dahab very soon, but am being advised against it because of upcoming elections and court decision about one of the run-off candidates. Is anyone there who can tell me how things are there now? We would be taking a bus from Cairo.
Hi there! We are heading to Luxor and are wondering if anyone can recommend a hotel. We are looking for something a bit cheaper, but not too hardcore. We would rather a little peace and quiet, as we are two females and are tired of the stares and touts ripping us off. Thanks for any advice!
I wrote a recommendation for a guide who helped me and my wife in Luxor back in April but it seems the thread was removed so I am re-posting ...
The short version is that we used the services of Gad Eways (firstname.lastname@example.org) for both East and West bank tours - not only was the information he provided easy to understand and very interesting, but we also found him to be a very personable and trustworthy guy. This was in contrast to most of the other guides we used in Egypt. I would highly recommend his services.
Before removing this post again or reporting this as spam please consider that I am not a first-time poster (I have numerous posts to my name in different parts of the world); all I want to do is show my genuine appreciation for an excellent service that we recieved - after all is that not all part of the point of the LP thorntree service?
If anybody would like more... more »
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