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Doing the 'Egypt thing'. Any advice?

Postby ozchick » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:53 pm

Am organising tour of Egypt early March for 9 days , 10 nights. Not easy from Germany. Companies here only do the tours in German. Am running out of time after UK companies respond with stuff like 1. " Don't deal with customers outside the UK (Thomson Holidays), or 2. Sorry yeah that tour IS on our site but it's full now (even though site says otherwise) etc, etc.

Anyway, in desperation I'm now trying to hook up with tour operators in Egypt itself. I fly there and they meet, greet and do the rest. Should have done this in the first place (lots of wasted time ). So one local operator there (Real Egypt .net)wants to tailor-make a tour and put me with with like-minded others. I have to choose options... and well...I can't do this. Thing is I just don't know which of the many options below are worth seeing. PLEASE if you've been to any of these below and wouldn't mind letting me know, maybe copy paste with your highlighted MUST-DO's ? Or highlighted 'don't go there' etc
I have 'bolded' already those that have been recommended by others but there seems to be lots I'm missing. Have I bolded enough to do in 9 days?
Very grateful for your help and advice all! (Not worried about 'unrest there' so thanks anyway for advice re risk).
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I - CAIRO Tours: . .
Yes, I would like to take ALL Cairo tours .
No I don't want to take any Cairo tours.
Here are the tours I would like to take in Cairo

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Giza Pyramids & Sphinx

Solar Boat Museum .
Egyptian Museum
Khan el Khalili Bazaar .
Memphis . . . . . . .
Sakkarra . . . . .
Dahshur . .
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Postby JR8 » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:59 pm

I've lost count of the number of times I have visited Egypt, about 12 I think. That said I have not visited a single place on your list! :o I have a friend who worked in Egypt for 10 years who has never seen the pyramids! lol

Are you eligible for the visa on arrival or do you have to get one beforehand from the embassy.

p.s. I was interested in your experience of talking to German travel agents. Funnily enough I was pondering precisely this this week! Sorry I couldn't have been of more help.

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 1:18 am

try sending frostingz here in the forums a message; she did egypt just very recently.

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Postby ozchick » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 7:12 pm

JR8 wrote:I've lost count of the number of times I have visited Egypt, about 12 I think. That said I have not visited a single place on your list! :o I have a friend who worked in Egypt for 10 years who has never seen the pyramids! lol

Are you eligible for the visa on arrival or do you have to get one beforehand from the embassy.

p.s. I was interested in your experience of talking to German travel agents. Funnily enough I was pondering precisely this this week! Sorry I couldn't have been of more help.


No worries. It's all been an interesting learning experience- still in motion!Nah, gotta get a visa. Can get it here in Bonn or can get it at the airport in Cairo. So were your visits for work? How come you didn't see ANY of the main sights? What DID you see prey tell?! That's funny about your firend there who's never seen the pyramids! On a lesser scale (no pun intended), lived all my life in Oz un 'til the last few years and I've never been to Ayer's Rock (Uluru).
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Postby ozchick » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 7:13 pm

nakatago wrote:try sending frostingz here in the forums a message; she did egypt just very recently.


Will do N and thanks!
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Postby JR8 » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 7:40 pm

ozchick wrote:
JR8 wrote:I've lost count of the number of times I have visited Egypt, about 12 I think. That said I have not visited a single place on your list! :o I have a friend who worked in Egypt for 10 years who has never seen the pyramids! lol

Are you eligible for the visa on arrival or do you have to get one beforehand from the embassy.

p.s. I was interested in your experience of talking to German travel agents. Funnily enough I was pondering precisely this this week! Sorry I couldn't have been of more help.


No worries. It's all been an interesting learning experience- still in motion!Nah, gotta get a visa. Can get it here in Bonn or can get it at the airport in Cairo. So were your visits for work? How come you didn't see ANY of the main sights? What DID you see prey tell?! That's funny about your firend there who's never seen the pyramids! On a lesser scale (no pun intended), lived all my life in Oz un 'til the last few years and I've never been to Ayer's Rock (Uluru).


The visa on arrival is a half page adhesive sticker on which they stamp you in and out, it costs US$15 (the price is marked on it). previously the visa on arrival was little postage type stamps but since the price was so out of date (LE 32.20, about US$5) you would pay £10 or US$15, but the uncertainly and manic scrum on arrival to buy them meant that a heck of a lot of scamming and over charging went on.

Hopefully the new stamps have changed that, as it was never the best way to start a trip having to deal with it. I don't know what they charge in euro (but if for example it is e12, and you pay with a e20 note, they give you a stack of 100 dirty and illegible local baknotes in change, and with a scrum of 300 people around you in the Q, you're hardly going to have a chance of checking your change (this was precisely one of the problems with the old stamps!)), so if you have an embassy near you it could be worth getting one prior...

I was going to Egypt diving for several years, in the Sinai or down by the Sudanese border. Each trip was a total focus on time in the water with no time for distractions like the pyramids and stuff :) The friend was a dive instructor also in the Sinai.

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I agree re: Uluru. I visited it in the early 90's and subsequently I don't think I have met a single Aussie who has been there!

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Postby frostingz » Sun, 16 Jan 2011 8:37 pm

Alrightie...here goes! :)

Giza Pyramids & Sphinx - must see, although nothing spectacular really... There is no need to pay extra to go into the pyramid, but if you REALLY want to (just coz you're there) why not...haha...I was warned, but I went in anyway... :p

Solar Boat Museum - Pretty interesting. Walking distance from the pyramids, so can do if you have time
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Egyptian Museum - Must see... you have to pay extra to see the mummies. Mummified animals are free though! :p

Khan el Khalili Bazaar - Must go just to experience shopping in Egypt. You don't have tp stay long if you're not a shopper :p

Memphis . . . . . . .
Sakkarra- Must see! Step pyramid & oldest graffiti in Egypt!
Dahshur . .
Old Cairo “Coptic Cairo”

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Postby ozchick » Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:38 am

frostingz wrote:Alrightie...here goes! :)


Thank you frostingz! That's exactly what I need! MUCH appreciated!

And JR8, haven't heard this before but can imagine the scenario you describe! Thanks SO much for this, gonna get the VISA before I go!
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Postby frostingz » Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:39 am

For visa upon entry, just get ready US$15 exact and you're safe. I got it there too... no queues.... just pay, get it and go!

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 19 Jan 2011 2:36 am

Agreed if you happen to have US$15 in the right change you are going to short-circuit a lot of hassle*, I accept my thinking/experience is that on most charters from Europe visitors do not.


* Though the queues at Sharm/Marsa would still be potentially hundreds long...

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 19 Jan 2011 6:14 am

If you're transferring from International to domestic flights, for heavens sake don't go to the domestic terminal at Cairo until you have to. For a start there is nil chance of a beer (or anything much) there, just you, a vast new building, and a few other people and a stray dog perhaps...

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Postby ozchick » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 4:07 am

Thanks JR8 and frostingz, much appreciated. Still haven't booked anything but have all the info at hand now. So many discrepancies between companies and options etc, trying not to get burnt here! :wink:
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Postby Mary Hatch Bailey » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 5:51 am

My kids still talk about our trip inside the pyramid, 10 years later. Don't miss the opportunity if can help it. Also, we took a day trip to Alexandria. Fascinating. Well worth it.

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Postby ozchick » Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:28 am

Mary Hatch Bailey wrote:My kids still talk about our trip inside the pyramid, 10 years later. Don't miss the opportunity if can help it. Also, we took a day trip to Alexandria. Fascinating. Well worth it.

Gotcha MHB and thanks! :)
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Postby Barnsley » Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:40 am

It looks quite lively in Egypt at the minute, with a potential Tunisia style change of Government.

Maybe keep an eye whats going on in the next couple of weeks before booking a holiday.
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