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While I have a fair idea what my traveling expenses will be, I’m trying to get a grasp on what visiting the various sites will cost in total. I found this site for entrance costs:
(If someone knows better do tell)
But how to gauge the handouts along the way? In reading trip reports I’ve been warned often of this, some travelers running out of cash while at the sites. So what exactly should I expect? Estimate something like to every temple visited I’ll have at least 10 people to give a £1 note to? Just trying to get an idea of things.
I had intended to travel from Luxor to Sharm al-Sheikh by bus and ferry in April. However, I believe the ferry service from Hurghada to Sharm has been suspended. Therefore I have the option of getting to Hurghada by bus and flying or flying from from Luxor to Sharm via Cairo. The second is a more expensive option. However, I would like to know from anybody who has done it, if there is any real reason to spend the time to go by bus to Hurghada i.e is there anything memorable to see on the way. I will only be transiting Hurghada as I don't want spend time there.
I see that many countries are warning about visiting South Sinai. As I had intended to visit St.Katherine's and Mt.Sinai I would like to get a handle on the threat. Can anybody suggest a source of accurate and up to-date information. I get the impression that it is due to some discontent within the Bedouin community or is it a more sinister Islamic fundamentalist threat. Is it likely that they would stop the Bedouin bus company service?
I realise that nobody can be 100% sure but I would like to get a better handle on what is going on or potentially going on.
I want to travel from Sharm el Sheik to Petra.
I don´t want to go by ferry.
I´m looking for advice about doing this: I´m planning to go to Taba, then cross the Israel border, and then get into Jordan and go to Petra.
I found that there are "East Delta" buses from Sharm el Sheikh to Taba.
Does anyone know the timetable for this? I found different information on several pages so I just wanted to check out if anybody has the correct information.
Thanks for your help!
I'm planning on visiting Dahab later in the year with my partner (2 guys). We're discreet, and will obviously respect the local people and culture, but I was just wondering whether to book a double or twin room in our accommodation. Is it likely to cause any problems if we have a double? Anyone have any thoughts?
I seem to have found contradictory info on the need of a convoy when driving from the Nile valley to the Red sea and v.v.
Some sources mention the possible need of driving in convoy on the Edfu-Marsa Alam route, others say this is required on the Qena-Safaga route. I plan to take the first one and my schedule is tight enough to need a speedy connection.
Can anyone confirm that Edfu-Marsa Alam can by crossed by tourists hiring a car and driver, or maybe better; is the bus going there? What would be a current rough estimation on costs and duration from Aswan to Marsa Alam by bus or private taxi?
Thanks for helping out!
Is it enough 1200 euros for a 3 weeks trip to Cairo (Pyramids and Museum), Red Sea (a few dives included), Jordan (Petra) and Jerusalem?
Planning a 3 weeks trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel in May. It is my first time in the area, so I am looking for sugerences or ideas to make my journey cheaper and easier (in this order). I will fly to Cairo and take a bus to the Red Sea (Dahab and Nuweiba). The doubt and my question begins here, what´s the best: visiting Petra and after Jerusalem from Sinai or the opposite way (Sinai, Israel and Jordan)?
Traveling in a budget how much money I will spend? Mainly interested in Cairo, some dives in the Red Sea, Petra and Jerusalem.
Thanks and good luck with your plans!
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My apologies for not being more specific in my last post. Ill be in Cairo on the 13th, doing Giza the 14th and leaving for the red sea on the 15th. Looking for 3-4 days on the red sea, and then thinking of going to Alexandria for the last couple days before i have to head back to Cairo to fly back to the states. Id like to go somewhere closer to Cairo on the red sea if possible. Not really sure where im staying yet but would appreciate any suggestions. Looking for cheap places for a budget student traveler...hostels are mostly what im looking for.
Id like to do some kite surfing, never done it actually but sounds fun, and scuba or snorkel. Really looking forward to enjoying the beach with some fun on the water when not relaxing.
you all rock, thanks for the help
Hi, Does anyone have current prices for bus from Aswan to Abu Simbel? and temple entrance fee? thanks.
ill be in Egypt for 9 days starting next Wed. I want to go to the Red Sea for 3-4 days. Any suggestions for a good spot to go to that wont involve 12+ hours of travel. Also what would be the best way to go about traveling to the destination...bus, shuttle, train?
Thanks for the help
Asking for your help about some concerns about my trip. Im going to Egypt for almost 10 days and then take a ferry to Aqba in Jordan.
Cairo - 2 days
Luxor - 3 days and one of them in Abydos and Dendara Temple
Edfu + Gebel Silsila + Temple of Kom Ombo - Is it possible to this in a day trip from Aswan. Go from Aswan and then return to Aswan.
Aswan - 2 days
After this Im going to Hurghada since I read that its possible to take a ferry there to Aqba. Does anyone knows something about this?
Im like that guy that get off the bed really early and spend all the day walking. Go to bed after dinner, earlier too, so I guess that I can get the most of the cities in this days.
Do you thing that this plan is possible?
After that I have like almost 2 weeks that I Will spend in Israel and Jordan.
Thanks for all the help that you guys can give me.
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Is the Australian dollar as accepted as the US, Euro or Sterling these days?
I've read that it isn't useful in Jordan and the other three remain the strong currencies.
Has anyone had experience getting from Asyut to Luxor with visits to Abydos and Dendera, in one day? Theoretically it should be possible with an early start. However, it isn't easy to get timetables and stopping places for a lot of the trains. The faster ones don't appear to stop near to Abydos (Al-Balyana appears to be closest station) or do they? Lonely planet seems to say yes (a 3.20 PM train to Luxor) whilst other sources say no. Qena/Dendera appears to be an easier proposition. However, without accurate train timetables or any idea of the frequency of buses/microbuses it is hard to plan. Therefore I would be interested to hear from people who may have done it or others who may be able to offer any advice.
We are in the midst of planning our trip through Egypt and have gotten a bit stuck. Can anyone tell us how we can get from Luxor to Bahariya Oasis? I've done a search and it doesn't seem possible by public transport can it be done privately eg a taxi or driver?
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