Need Suggestions for Cairo-Nile-Sinai
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Apr 14, 2012 11:35 AM Last Post By: onlychippy
Apr 10, 2012 8:03 PM
5/09 : Arrive Cairo @ 4pm
5/26: depart Tel Aviv @ 6.30am (allocate the last 5-6 days to israel)
5/09 - dinner cairo
5/10 - giza (take local bus or taxi depending how easy bus is)
5/11 - tour cairo center during the day, 9pm flight to Aswan ($64...cheaper than a night train)
5/12 - tour Aswan (take local bus or taxi)
5/13 - tour Aswan
5/14 - Abu Simbel (do I have enough time to visit Abu? are there same day tours?)
5/15 - 5/17 Luxor ( should i do a cruise, felucca or just taxi to diff sites?)
From Luxor, I will head to the Sinai area (to climb mt sinai and relax at the beach). i want to cross border to Israel by 5/21 but i am not sure whats the best approach. I thought about these 2 options.
Option 1 - From Luxor, take a 5 hr bus to Hurgada then immediately catch a 2hr ferry to Sharm El Sheikh. Stay in Sharm 5/18-5/20. 5/21 take bus to Taba - Eilat - Jerusalem.
Option 2 - From Luxor, fly back to Cairo ($40 arrive in cairo at 1am 5/18). Assuming there is no bus from Cairo to Nuweiba at this hour, i will have to spend a night in Cairo then tour Cairo the next day daytime, then catch either late afternoon or midnight bus to Nuweiba. Relax at Nuweiba beach, climb mt sinai. 5/21 head to israel.
Apr 11, 2012 2:51 AM
1So first off, option 1 is out...ferry is non existant right now....
Touring Giza....easy easy by bus or metro...take the metro to Giza, 1 LE, walk out side the sttation about 300 meters (people will approach you and tell you where to go), take local minibus or bus (955 is the red CTA) bus towards the pyramids...... they'll tell you where to get off but its about 5 miles. (also 1 LE) You are getting close when you go under the overpass!! GEt off in about 1/2 a mile. , walk left down the road for 15 minutes. ..YOu will see the pyramdids when you get off so don't worry...easy easy easy.. Coming back, take bus going back...you can get off and do the metro again or take the bus all the way to Tahrir square..
Nice job on the 64 dollar flight.... The train itself is 111 or 170 pounds in first class sit down (think Business class on most airlines these days) , (depending if you catch a tourist price of local price.) NO worries though.. your way is much quicker...!! I'm jealous...
Tour aswan..not needed but some things possilbe....... walk the souk (ok, this is the tour), and there are a few ruins close by and you could do a falucca ride, up to you! Book a tour leaving that night a t 4 am...I recently paid 60 LE for the ride, but they will probably ask 75 -90. Entrance fee to simbel is 95 LE...don't really understand this actually since the ticket says 80 and you have to pay 13 to the MISR tour guide fee but welcome to ABU simbel..ITS so worth it though...You will be back in aswan by 130 - 2pm. Recognize that the tour busses screw your day and head to the petrol stations once back into town before they drop you off 5 minutes from your destination...very annoying. Get back into town and go straight to train station and take the next available train. Ours left at 3 though it wasn't listed which is why i say just get on the next available. YOu can buy tickets on board... 2nd class AC tickets are 31 LE, and more than enough leg room etc. Takes about 4 hours so you arrive into luxor 7 pm ish.
We stayed at Fontana's in LUxor...very nice, 8 minute walk from the train station and paid 60 LE for a very clean room, hot water etc..Mr. magdi owner tries to get the pounds out of you by offering expensive tours and over priced breakfasts, but don't feel pressured.
Tours..Suggest you walk out the night you arrive to luxor temple..its a 10 minute walk...whether you go in or out..i'm not sure..
Next day, mini bus to Karnak.....go early morning as its getting really hot. Need 3-4 hours...call it a day. Ferry to cross east to west bank is 1 LE.
Next day do valley of kings and hatsheput etc Takes 1/2 day as well..
If you want to stay on the west bank, Cleopatra hotel at 180 pounds is beautiful and owners are great....
From this itinerary, you've picked up a day.....now you can do your trip to hurgada but you're going to have to fly!!
There is a bus from luxor to dahab in sinai, 14 hours, 140 LE........leaves at 16:30 pm and arrives when it gets there.
BEfore you come, if possible, get an ISIC student or teacher card. 1/2 price at all the sites.
PM me if you need more specifics.
Edited by: TravellinAndi
Apr 11, 2012 6:11 AM
Apr 11, 2012 9:57 AM
3You don't have enough time in Cairo and you have too much in Aswan, where there's not very much to see apart from Abu Sinbel (which, if you're going to Aswan, you definitely shouldn't miss).
I would cut out one or even two days in Aswan (you can do an early morning trip to Abu Sinbel and get back the same day), and add them on to your Cairo time.
Apr 11, 2012 4:35 PM
4= Hi !! Onlyechppy I'm traveling solo, On may 2/2012 I arriving on Cairo(Hotel Ampelmann) I will be in Cairo 4 days,I will travel to Alexandria for a few days, then back to Cairo for a few days then, take the day time train to Aswan to enjoy the trip(I have the time, Im retire) and coming up to Kom Ombo,Luxon,El Minya,Beninaz travel to Ras Ghareb to take the Ferry to Abu Derbo to see Mt Sinai & St Catherine monastery visit Shar All Shiekh in Nuweiba
take Ferry to Aqaba take bus to Petra, travel to Jerusalem go to Haiffa Ferry to Cyprus, Ferry to Turkey spent some time in that country,Ferry to Rhodes, Santorini to Greece mainland, and all those Countries up to Garmany to by for Oktobrfest
,we are going to be in cairo by the same time, Let see if we meet, to
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Apr 11, 2012 7:58 PM
5Hi All. Thanks for all the great suggestions. Since there is not much to see in aswan, i will def consolidate aswan/simbel to 1 day. I will either allocate the time saved to an extra couple of days either in cairo or perhaps consider a day in Petra then cross over to Jerusalem. There is just so much to see that I am having so many diff ideas running thru my head.
Is 3 days enough to cover Luxor and the sites nearby?
juan, thanks for the invite. For now nothing is set in stone yet, so, it'll be difficult for me to meet up. I will just have my main flight booked and wing the rest.
Apr 11, 2012 8:02 PM
Apr 11, 2012 10:59 PM
7DO NOT GO TO PETRA. Jordan is such an amazing country. Petra is stunning, but it is only a fraction of what there is to see there. Go back another time. You are trying to fit too much in. Go to Abu Simbel, take your time in Luxor, enjoy yourself.
You can always go to Jordan the next time around. Jordan takes a min of a week to do properly.
Apr 12, 2012 2:57 AM
8Your schedule is completely irrealistic. Distances may look close on a map but in reality it takes a lot of time to move from one place to another.
You need at least (at least) three full days in Cairo, two full days in Assuan (one day Abu Simbel, one day to visit Assuan's Old City and cruise the Nile on the felucca to see the islands and what is probably Egypt's most beautiful landscape), two full days in Luxor. Going to Sinai takes time as well.
For Petra you need four days (one day to go, two full days to visit the site, one day to go back).
I think you have no idea how long and exhausting it is to travel in the region. Decide what your priorities are and focus on a few places.
Apr 12, 2012 11:12 PM
9One of the highlights of my trip was wandering around the Nubian villages on Elephantine Island in Aswan. There is also a good musuem in town as well as the quarry......with a very interesting old Muslim graveyard in between. Plus there is just the beauty of the river there.....some time on the river in the evening is a must. And of course there is the Philae temple as well. Aswan has a lot got going for it.
Apr 13, 2012 9:20 PM
Apr 14, 2012 4:49 AM
Apr 14, 2012 5:53 AM
12Between Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, the train is the best way of getting around.
Inside Cairo, the choice of using busses / microbusses or taxis is an interesting one. The bus / microbus system can be pretty hard to work out if you don't speak Arabic (in fact it's not at all obvious even if you do). But if you can manage it, it certainly is much less stressful than getting taxis. Where possible, of course, you should use the metro, which is much quicker and more straightforward.
Apr 14, 2012 8:59 AM
13Intercity buses, do you have to buy ticket in advance? Most countries i've been to, i buy on departure day close to departure time.
Everyone mentioned at least 3 days in luxor,does the 3 days include Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo?
Did anyone go to St Katherines Monastery/ Mt Sinai? I m trying to figure whether i should base myself there or Dahab. I have 2 days (climb mt sinai/beach) in the Sinai area before i head to taba to cross border to israel.
Apr 14, 2012 9:11 AM
14I'm not sure about intercity busses. People say that it's best to book a day or so in advance, but lots of people just turn up at the station on the day.
If you stay in Dahab usually there is no difficulty joining a day trip to St Katherine´s and Jebel Musa organized by one of the hostels there. If you want relaxing beach time that might be the best way of doing it, also Dahab is an easier place to pick up transport onwards towards Taba as far as I know.
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