Posted by soulcougher on February 10, 2010
I will be in Egypt this coming March and I would appreciate it if anyone can give me a few tips on what you have learned on your visit to the land of sand. I am an experienced traveller and have done quite a bit of research already but there always is a few tidbits that probably could come in handy. Heck even a funny story or two would help in what to or not to do, I will be going to Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Awsan and maybe Alexandria. Is Alexandria worth adding to my itinerary? BTW I heard they have Stella there but it is not Artois, curious.
Jim the happy travelling Celt
Reply by nofootprint on February 11, 2010
We saw Stella beer in Cairo , and Heinken....not sure how athentic it is.
We were there in Sep.. first time and we loved it. Not what we expected at all , then again it never is Lol!
Sounds like you have a similar intinery to ours. We liked Alexandria and its an easy day trip from Cairo , Not what we expected but worth the day trip.
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Reply by ExodusTravels on February 12, 2010
If you're feeling up to a challenge, I'd recommend climbing Mount Sinai while you're there. It requires an early rise (i.e 1:30am) but you'll get wonderful dawn views. You climb to the summit via 3,750 steps cut into the rock, known as the 'Steps of Repentance' and at the foot is the fascinating Saint Catherine's Monastery. If you need more info, check Exodus out- http://www.exodus.co.uk/countries/egypt-holidays?CMP=FCSM-BG120210
If not, have a wonderful trip!
Reply by Adrian Herr on February 17, 2010
I wuold like to travel to this fanstastic place!
Reply by Overlander on February 17, 2010
When we went from Cairo to Luxor, we used the so-called Tourist Train on the way down, which was really, really comfortable -- a bit like the old Orient Express in Europe even to the Cooks Wagons-Lits carriages. Fare was about the same as by air, but the experience made it well worth it. The only trouble is that it runs at night, so you don't see anything. To counter that problem, we took a normal train back, which ran in daytime. Much more of a "cultural experience," but worth it nevertheless.
By March, temps should have warmed up. We were in Luxor in January and it was actually pretty cold -- leather jacket weather, actually. I'd pack a light sweater just in case, though, because the way the weather has been in the Middle East this year, you never know. There might still be a chill in the air.
Reply by soulcougher on March 17, 2010
Thanks for the info peeps.
Looks like I will be adding Abu Simbel and taking the sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan and back. I get there on Sunday and it looks like the weather will be gorgeous! Looking forward to the bus ride to Abu Simbel with the convoy and armed police. Alexandria seems nice so I will try and spend a day there.
I will put up pictures when I return if anybody is interested.
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