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12 Days in Egypt

An August 2002 trip to Egypt by bgrenn

Howard Johnson Hotel Puerto Vallarta Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
Quote: I spent 12 wonderful days in Cairo, aswan, and luxor.

12 Days in Egypt

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Overview

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My wife and I spent 12 days in Egypt and had an incredible time. We saw all the major sites Pyramids and sphynx caio tower red pyramid step pyramid bent pyramid memphis philae kom ombo valley of the kings valley of the queens tombs of the nobles luxor temple karnak We definately want to return some day. The people were extremely friendly and had a great sense of Humor. We never felt unsafe. The food was terrific, and there was so much to see. We spent all our time seeing everything we could see. We even went for a walk through downtown Cairo at 1:30 AM and felt save.. I think Cairo was our favorite... We loved all the action. ...Read More

Howard Johnson Hotel Puerto Vallarta

Hotel | "Le meridien Cairo/Royle Nile tower."

Howard Johnson Hotel Puerto Vallarta Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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This hotel is in downtown Cairo, I'm not sure of the price since we booked through a tour. Every room in the hotel has a spectacular view of the Nile. This hotel is very clean with wonderful dining rooms and a walkway along the nile. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. There is even a hardrock cafe there (if you miss home). I believe this is the best hotel in cairo to stay at. It is centrally located, beautiful with all the amenities, and the views from the room balconies are incredable. The hotel doesn't contain a gift shop but it does contain restaurants from different nationalities (Japanese, italian, british, and indian) along with a couple of other dining rooms. There is a bank o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Howard Johnson Hotel Puerto Vallarta
Carr. Puerto Vallarta a Barra de Navidad Km. 4.5
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+52 (322) 226-8050

Atrium Resort

Hotel | "Senesta St. George Luxor"

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This is a beautiful Hotel on the Nile. They have a great outdoor pool, and a floating deck (about the size of a cruise boat) on the Nile. The view of the sunset from their deck is increadible (they play classical music as everyone watches). The rooms are nice and have a view of the nile.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Atrium Resort
315 21st Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 491-1400

Nile Sunris Photo, Egypt, Africa
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This is was an increadible journey. The staff was increadible helpful, and the food was fantastic! The views of the nile were awe inspiring.. Their had no problem catoring the fact that my spouse and I are vegetarians.... They were extremely friendly to us, which helped as we were the only English speaking on board. This is the high season for Spain, and all the other guests were from Spain.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Pyramids and Sphinx

Attraction

Pyramids Photo, Egypt, Africa
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Seeing the pyramids and Sphinx was increadible. The only dissapointing thing about them was the camel riders. As we arrive early in the morning in August it wasn't very crowded. There were more camel riders, than tourists. As we walked around to see the great pyramid from all sides, we were constantly harrassed by these guys to "take their picture no charge". It made getting a good look at the pyramids difficult. I know they are poor and this is their only source of income, but telling them "no" one after the other kind of tainted the exprience. We did go inside the 2 of the pyramids, and it was really great to see the passages and the insides. It was really hot inside, and the passages were n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Horseback Riding at Pyramids Photo, Egypt, Africa
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My wife and I went horseback riding at sunset to the pyramids (at least by them). It was sad to see the way the people lived, and smell the burning garbage. Once we got out on the sand it was great. It was a full moon the night we went so we could see everything clear. It was really increadible to go riding through the sand and see the pyramids in the distance. It was extremely difficult to get a good picture at night, but the ride was wonderful !

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Bent Pyramid Photo, Egypt, Africa
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These pyramids are outside cairo right next to a military base. We had to stop for a soldier to excort us to the pyramid. You can see the Bent Pyramid from a distance but you can't get to it easily. There are may rocks in the desert, so you can't drive there, and it is a long walk in the scorching sun. The red pyramid was fantastic to see. It is off the beaten path so we were the only there (other than the guards). There is a long steep climb to the opening, but once inside it was really awesome to see the passages, and rooms. I think this was our favorite pyramid because we were alone and able to complement the immensity of the moment. At the great pyramid there are just too many crowds to do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Cairo Tower

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Cairo Tower Photo, Egypt, Africa
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It was increadable to go up Cairo tower. There are spectacular views of all of the city. Depending on the weather you can sometimes see the pyramids in the distance from the top. We didn't eat there (there is a restaurant), but we did take lots of pictures. you might want to bring you binoculars also.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Step Pyramid

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Step Pyramid Photo, Egypt, Africa
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The step pyramid is worth seeing if you are also going to the red pyramid (they are near by each other). You can't go in, but it gives you an idea of how they came up with the pyramid as this is the protype for the first pyramid.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

khan al-Khalili

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Khan al-Khalili Photo, Egypt, Africa
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This is definately worth visiting if you are looking for some cheap items or souvenours. My wife and I bought some t-shirts, some Christmas Ornaments, and some tacky gifts for family. There are tuns of stores. Unfortunately you have to bargain for everything so it is difficult to compare price and quality between vendors. Also once a vendor has you you they will do everthing to keep you. Even if they don't have what you are looking for they will find it. Unfortunately it is difficult to shop around then. Overall it was great to visit, and the hour we set aside wasn't enough to find what we wanted AND bargain for a good price.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2002

Abydos

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Abydos Photo, Egypt, Africa
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As an add-on to our trip we decided to go to Abydos. It is a 3 hour drive north of Luxor, and it is a bumpy ride. The trip also requires that you leave at 8:00 AM sharp with the armed convoy. Because of this, you have only 1 hour to spend at the site, as you have to meet another convoy on the way back. It is an incrediable place. One of the nice things about Abydos is that the only visitors are the ones that take the convoy so there were only 6 of us on the day we went. Abydos is still in good shape and many of the ceilings are intact. There is also a temple to ISIS in the back, that unfortunately is filled partially with water. Some of the best releifs on temple walls are still visible here so...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Egyptian People

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One of the most wonderful surprises on my vacation was the People. Egyptian people have a great sense of humor, and interacting with them was almost as much fun as seeing the sights. My wife complemented a waitress on her hair, and she offered to take us to the salon and introduce us to the hair stylist. In a restaurant I was half asleep and didn't respond right await, the waiter wispered in my wifes ear that I was thinking of my other Girlfriend. In the airport, the metal detector went off, and they started searching my bag saying, "bomb.. Bomb in bag" (but not in a very serious way. My said there was no bomb, and they asked how she knows. She said if we had a bomb and blew up the plane, we wo...Read More
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Tipping is an art in Egypt. Many times I didn't mind. The hardest part is keeping enough egyptian pounds for tipping. You tip everytime you go to the bathroom, and when someone does something special for you. This is a lot more often than you would think (the doing something special). All the temples and tombs are full of "baksheesh boys". The guys in native galabyas are everywhere. You feel sorry for them because you know this is their main source of income. My rule of thumb was to only tip when they do something for you (i.e. point out something cool, or in many cases help my wife up the steep staircases. You run into them a lot. Even in the valley of the queens. We had a private guide fo...Read More

Safety in Egypt.

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One of the major concerns of my spouse and I (along with our friends and family), was how safe we will be in a country bordered by libya, sudan, and israel ? We also knew that there were fundamentalist groups in Egypt. The security is increadible. After while you forget it is there, but you can see X-ray machines and metal detectors at Hotels and all major sights. Tourist police (armed) everywere watching everything. Armed men at every intersection out in the county. We never felt unsafe the whole time. In fact we went for a walk in downtown Cairo at 1:30 AM and felt perfectly safe. Many of the locals were out and about, as being summer this is when the temperature cools down. We never ...Read More