A January 2004 trip
to Egypt by lslay78
Quote: Egypt is both everything and nothing that you would expect. There are pyramids, temples, and tombs, maybe too many of them. Egypt was one of the safest places I've ever been and full of friendly people. I would go back again any time!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 7, 2004
Le Meridien Heliopolis
51 El Orouba Street
+20 (2) 2290 5055
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2004
20 Abdel Rehim Sabri St.
The restaurant is simple with good sandwiches and pasta. Taxies are always available outside the front door and the kaleshes congrigate at the end of the street, but really you can walk everywhere!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2004
Abtal El Tahrir Street
The staff at the Phillipe was very helpful. Laundry service was available upon request. Also, there is a pool and good meeting place up on the roof, plus a decent continental breakfast.
This hotel was conveniently located within walking distance of all the sites in Luxor and kalesh rides to Karnak. There is a bank with an ATM right next door and the local markets are just a few blocks away, as well as good restaurants and the ferry to the West Bank.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2004
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2004
Sharia al Karnak
Restaurant | "Winter Palace"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2004
Old Winter palace
Attraction | "Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara"
We were on camels before we knew what was happening. Our guides led us through a tangle of streets and into the pyramid complex; they spoke good English and were quite knowledgeable. We spent 2 hours riding all around the pyramids, stopping in several places for great pictures! It was very fun! After lunch and a few more stops we drove out to Saqqara to visit the Step Pyramid, the prototype for the wonders we had visited earlier. We enjoyed walking around the area, views of the pyramids at Giza to the north and of the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid at Dashur to the south.
About 11km south of Saqqara
Attraction | "Philae Temple"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2004
The Temple at Philae
Attraction | "Down the Nile on Felucca"
We slept on the deck of the boat surrounded by a canvas wind block in our sleeping bags and were very comfortable as there is padding all over the deck.
Our Nubian captains cooked for us; there is something about lounging around all day that makes you incredibly hungry and the food was great! Felucca is the only way to go!
If you don't want to camp out, there are plenty of people along the corniche in Aswan who will take you out for an hour or two.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2004
Felucca Boat Ride
Nile River from Aswan
Attraction | "Kom Ombo Temple"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2004
Kom-Ombo Temple Complex
105 miles south of Luxor, 28 miles north of Aswan
Attraction | "Edfu Temple"
Temple of Edfu
121 km north of Aswan
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2004
North Luxor on Corniche Ave
Attraction | "Donkey Trek to the Valley of the Kings"
Once everyone was on, we headed for the hills, passed the Colossi of Memnon and then up onto the cliffs. By this time we had learned some of the commands and strange noises you make to get your donkey moving! Up, up, up, we had an incredible view of the sunrise over the Nile Valley with hot air balloons rising in the air. The donkeys seemed to like passing each other on the most narrow trails overlooking sheer cliff-faces, but I figured the donkey wouldn't do anything to risk its life, so what the heck!
We made our way over the hills and left our beasts of burden in exchange for a scramble on foot down into the Valley of the Kings. We had views of the Valley you only find in books and a good guide to explain what we would see in the tombs. The colors were absolutely amazing, since they have been protected from the elements for thousands of years.
We did visit the tomb of Tutankhamen for an additional fee, even though we knew it was very small and the reliefs are not impressive. But who knows when we'll go back! We also visited the tombs of Rameses III, Rameses VI, and Merenptah. Although I didn't go, I'd recommend seeing the Valley of the Queens also - some people from our group went and thought it was wonderful and less crowded.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2004
Valley of the Kings
West Bank of the Nile in the Theban Necropolis
Attraction | "Hatshepsut Temple"
The temple itself appears to be cut right out of the cliffs in an eye-pleasing manner. However, as far as temples go, it wasn't very exciting. Maybe that's because it was the millionth temple we'd seen, but the reliefs weren't spectacular and the ramps are a bit of a climb in the hot sun.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2004
Hatshepsut Temple - Deir el-Bahri