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Solo Female in Egypt for 1 week

by Lindsay56

Towards the mid-end of August I am planning on flying from Tel Aviv to somewhere in Egypt, probably Cairo. I have traveled on my own but never to anywhere like Egypt. Can anyone make any suggestions on where to go/what to see? What to avoid?Where to stay? Cheap airfare to and from Tel Aviv? Is staying around Cairo the best place to go for an individuals first time in Egypt. I want to see and experience as much of Egypt and its culture as possible during my short visit and safety is VERY important!


Re: Solo Female in Egypt for 1 week

by lynnehamman

Lindsay there are very many good pages about Cairo and Egypt right here on VT...all with good tips for your trip.
Go to 'search' box (top right of page) enter CAIRO AND CLICK go.

The Cairo pages will appear. Pick some pages to read......scroll down each page to get to the tips.

Re: Solo Female in Egypt for 1 week

by Capisco

How many days are you planning to Spend in Egypt ?
Because depending on the days you can decide where you can go .
If you want it cheap from Tel Aviv i think you can take a bus from Eilat.
Karim Kassem

Re: Solo Female in Egypt for 1 week

by al2401


Cairo is the best place to start - Pyramids and Sphinx, Saqqara, Cairo Museum, Citadel and Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Coptic Cairo, Khan el Khalili bazaar are just some of the p[laces to see. The best side trip would be to Luxor for Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles/Artisans, Karnak temple and Luxor temple - the hot air balloon trip of the valley is a must. To get to Luxor is a short flight or you can get the overnight sleeper train. Another side trip is to Alexandria (Mediterranean Egypt) which is a train ride from Cairo. Check out EgyptAir for flights.

Egypt is a safe country - just dress respectfully and don't put yourself forward. The people are very friendly and family orientated and may ask 'family' questions regarding your marital state and children etc. No harm meant - just curiosity. In the markets especially the tourist ones you may feel pressured to buy. If you don't want to just say 'La Shukran' (no thankyou) and keep walking. If you are interested you need to play the bargaining game - cut the offered price by 1/2 and go from there - that's half the fun.

Have fun in Egypt - if you want to check my travel pages just click on my name and follow the links.

Re: Solo Female in Egypt for 1 week

by Catw

The only companies flying the Cairo/Tel Aviv route are the Israeli company El Al (which has disastrous time schedule, leaving in the middle of the night, and nightmarish security controls) and Air Sinai, an Egyptian company which is part of Egypt Air (they operate the route to Israel under a different name for political reasons).

Tickets for Air Sinai cannot be bought online but can be bought from Egypt Air offices, travel agent offices and Israeli company Mazada tours in Jerusalem).

Do not expect it to be cheap. There is no competition on this line, meaning they can ask whatever amount of money they want, and they do.

Travel Tips for Cairo

Traffic ....what traffic ???

by Tayto

Even in the 1980's traffic in Cairo was a very interesting experience. Cairo had lots of highways some with as many as 6 lanes but it also had lots of cars to fill them. Most of the cars should have been off the road and were really old. The standard way to exit at a junction was to stay in the outside lane as long as possible, beep and then pull across at least 3 lanes of traffic at the last minute and then exit to a screeching of brakes and horn blasts as you caused mayhem in your wake.

However, off the main roads there were plenty of more tranquil traffic scenes...including even a camel walking down the road.

I am sure all this has changed since these photos were taken in the central parts of Cairo near the hotel I was staying in.

Another thing that puzzled me when I was there and again in Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx and the mad traffic !

Take a Nile Cruise in One of...

by akram_guirgu

Take a Nile Cruise in One of the oldest and most famous of the city’s cruising restaurants. Buffet dining with an international flavor. Good selection of appetizers and entrees (grilled meats, chicken and fish) and excellent desserts.The deck is the place for sunset aperitifs and after-dinner digestifs. Daily cruises 2:30-4 pm, 7:30-9:30 pm and 10 pm-midnight. $$. Most major credit cards. For reservations, call 354-3198. The boat docks in front of the Shepheard Hotel on Corniche al-Nil (Garden City). Taking a ferry boat down the Nile river before sunset.

Look for the unusual, and you'll find examples

by uglyscot

I'd advise anyone to spend time walking around with eyes wide open for the unusual and interesting, whether people or places. Cairo is full of quaint little alleyways, architectural treasures, colour, people of all kinds. Look at the people making things in traditional ways. These gems are a better reminder of your trip than stereotyped pictures of The Pyramids [click], The Citadel [click], Abu Simbel [click], a camel [click- unless it's the Wandering Camel]. The little things. When we moved at the end of our first year, I missed the view from the sitting room window. There was a shop faced with old looking tiles, where an old man sat repairing carpets. It took a long time for me to decipher the sign on the shop. Five years later I was taken to a tailor's next to that very carpet repair shop So, click! and I keep my memory


by Sharrie

Walk around the Great Pyramids of Giza, check out every stones & reflect on its magnificence & the ingenuity of the Egyptian people.

(1) PYRAMID OF KHUFU (CHEOPS) - 137 m high, 2,350,000 cubic m of stone blocks, this is the biggest of the 3 pyramids.
(2) PYRAMID OF KHAFRE - 136.5 m high, 1,660,000 cubic m of stone blocks.
(3) PYRAMID OF MENKAURE (MYCERINUS) - 66 m high. Some of my tour companions have fun 'galloping' on those camels & perhaps trying to haggle for a 'good price' with the camel owners...


by vdoortje

IBM is an abbreviation you should learn by heart when coming to Egypt. It is what makes the people there going. And it will make you understand and, hopefully, accept some things you will be experiencing.

I is for: Insh Allah. It means: if it is within Gods will. All the things Egyptian people hope for, plan or intend to do are within Gods will. Whether it happens or not.... They will accept it. It is within Gods will. So, if you are planning a trip the next day; it will go on....Insh Allah! If it will not go on... It is: Insh Allah!

B stands for: Bukran, or tomorrow. "I will do it tomorrow". Could also be the day after tomorrow, or the day after that. Or day after the day after. Or maybe never, or on a day you never expected. Everything is possible with: Bukran.

The M is Ma'alesh. It means: Don't worry! Don't be upset! Cool down! Relax.......

If it is not Insh Allah to be today, than perhaps Bukran...and if not: Ma'alesh.....!! It is all Insh Allah.

This is not an excuse to not answer promises. This is meaning to say that things can happen that will make earlier promises being postponed. Relax... and wait! A promise made is very important in the Islamic faith. They will answer their promise, just not on the day and time you expect.


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