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  • Camels

    Hurghada Favorites

    Obviously, you will be given more than a few opportunities to get that long coveted camel ride in Hurghada, if that is your desire. These can range from a ten minute walk around the parking lot up to a full day tour out in the desert. Here a young girl awaits a fare somewhere out in the Eastern Desert...

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

    Cairo Favorites

    We've been to Cairo twice. The Pyramids and Sphynx are awesome sites. Remember it is a tourist spot so peddlers will come from everywhere. Enjoy the sites first, then bargain for souvenirs. Stay in site of the bus parking. Visit the Cairo Museum. It is amazing. The history of the site.

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  • walk around

    Alexandria Favorites

    Oh yes, you will enjoy your trip to Alexandria and walking is an experience you will treasure. I have seen people, the local young boys and girls, their parents whom you will be comfortable talking with. On our trip to Alex, we did a lot of walking from around the museum and most of the walking happened at the Fort of Qaitbay and the Corniche....

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  • Karnak

    Luxor Favorites

    No doubts about, the whole complex of Karnak is amazing achievement of an extraordinary civilisation which excisted three of four thousands year ago. I always wonder what will left after us who live nowadays, could one modern skycraper survive after three of four Hundred years, I doubt it. If not by natural cause it will be demolished or dismanteld...

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  • Advises

    Cairo Favorites

    the foreign curency exchange ATM's are different from the international ATM's, in that you can exhange you US Dollar, European EU, Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars and other selected currencies like the Saudi Arabian Riyal, Kuwait Dinar or the Bahraini Dinar into Egyptian Pound (LE) via a fixed exchange rate via these automated teller machines,...

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  • life in Alexandria

    Alexandria Favorites

    In the heart of Alexandria, at Mansheia near by Saint Catherine Square this main Greek Orthodhox Patriarchate is found. The street itself is called Greek Church Street "Share' Al-Kaneesa Al-Younaneah". It is one of the landmarks of Alexandria not only religiously but also architecturally and culturally. In Arabic Greek Orthodhox are called "Rom...

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  • The Nile River

    Luxor Favorites

    This is one of my «from the bus» pictures. It was shot during my first encounter with the grand and divine Nile river on my way from Hurghada to Luxor. I grew up on two beautiful rivers, Sava and Danube, but the Nile is something else. It is the longest river in the world, with water colors that can’t be described. It is so wide… The legend says...

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  • People of Cairo

    Cairo Favorites

    This is a beautiful city with lot of similarity with our Indian city. We got down from Luxor at 5.30 in the morning, the city was on the move, people were buying tea, breakfast, going to work or school. I really love the way, people live there! It also shows that people are not lazy like many Asian countries, where people sleep through sunrise or...

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  • people of Alexandria

    Alexandria Favorites

    This the first time I recommend a guide and I do this for two reasons: 1) I would have loved if someone advertised a good guide to me so I would have spent less time arguing with fake guides, fake drivers and hassles. 2) she is really good, clever, funny and professional, she speaks perfect English, good French and let’s say she speaks Italian...

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  • Taking the TIme

    Luxor Favorites

    Did tour including boat trip from Luxor to Aswan for first visit to Egypt:found it too organized, guides in a hurry to return you to boat for meals, time at sites was limited, wasting time waiting for others to return to bus/from hotel rooms,those factory visits(guide gets a commission), given no time for own shopping,missing out on places e.g.Khan...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Cairo Favorites

    like in any country, egypt has lots of snack foods and junk foods present and there is a cornucupia of assorted snack foods which you can buy in and around cairo which are made by local companies, multinational companies and local street hawkers and they range from halal potato chips, nachos, assorted small cakes, yogurts, finger foods, falafel and...

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  • Luxor Temple

    Luxor Favorites

    Luxor temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was, during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility – whence its name.Construction work on the...

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  • Egyptian Museum

    Cairo Favorites

    if you are touring the Egyptian National Musuem on a group tour like us, your tour guide and egyptologists guide will give you the wireless headphones as a means of communication as you go around the huge musuem as silence is strictly enforced inside (and also no picture and video taking). your egyptologist guide will talk to you via these wireless...

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  • River Nile

    Cairo Favorites

    the Nile River Corniche is the long riverwalk, parallel to the Niche Corniche Road in most areas, filled with assorted docking bays for various Nile River Boat Tours and riverside restaurants and bars and towering residential and commercial condominiums and buidlings facing the east bank of the Nile River in Cairo. The Nile Corniche is one of the...

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  • Khan el Khalili

    Cairo Favorites

    I took both with me to Egypt. (I have been twice before) and have to say that the ROUGH GUIDE is a much better guide on all front. I found the current edition of Lonely Planet lacking in current info and also very thin reading. I have often thought that Lonely Planet is a bit overrated. ROugh Guide also has better writeups and historical...

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  • Citadel of Saladin

    Cairo Favorites

    The CItadel, also called Al-Qala, is a walled fortress on top of a hill in Cairo. In the past it had been the home to Egypt's rulers for about 700 years. The Citadel was built in different stages, so it turned out to be a mix of differing styles There's a lot to see in the Citadel: several museums, various historical buildings and three mosques,...

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  • Mosques

    Cairo Favorites

    As Egypt is an Islamic Country since the 10th century after the conquests of the Fatimids and the Mamluks and the Ottomans. There are many numbers of mosques in Cairo and Greater Cairo Area as a testament of the devotion of the Egyptian to Islam, among the famous Mosques are the Al Azhar Mosque, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Mosque...

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  • Old Cairo

    Cairo Favorites

    There are a couple of buildings in Old Cairo which really look very old. I cannot help but think if these were built more than 100 years ago. Two of my photos have signs of a bazaar, a museum, papyrus, and perfume. I took the pictures when I was in the city of Giza touring the pyramids and sphinx. These buildings catches my attention and took a...

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  • Traffic

    Cairo Favorites

    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...

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  • Islands

    Cairo Favorites

    One of my favorite sections of Cairo is Zamalek, an island in the Nile that basically lies between modern downtown Cairo and Giza. It is an upscale, garden area with a number of attractions as well as many embassies, schools popular hotels. Zamalek,is an inner city upper class neighborhood, the Bermuda Triangle of the city's pleasure-seekers - a...

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  • Rea Sea

    Egypt is mainly history, history and... Red Sea. A perfect brake in a dense visit concentrated in art and history is a swim in the warm waters of this sea, surrounding by colourful fishes. There are several places to do it, but the top destinations are Hurghada, in west coast, and Sharm-el-Sheik in Sinai. We've been in both of them, and the only...

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  • Recommended tour companies

    My friends used egyptrays.com and were very happy with their service but i think its for tours in egypt only.Also from my experience they are the CHEAPEST option,there are cheaper companies of course but there is lot of hassel,they will collect their money from you in another ways like drive you to plenty of shops and push you to buy or push you to...

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  • Birds you may see in Egypt

    There are a lot of birds you will see in Egypt that you will see at home in the UK, but there are some Quite exotic birds that you will not recognize, and some european birds may well be spending their "holidays" in Egypt. Just like you some birds fly South for the winter. After half a dozen trips to Egypt what is my best memory? I couldn't even...

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  • You Will Be Safe In Whole Egypt !!

    I'm sorry but cairo is not more less safe than sharm ( It's totally safe for tourists) , Being to pyramids and egyptian museum is an experience you will regret if you don't go there. i advise you to go Blue Hole Trip and ST. Catherine Trip And by the way i will be at sinai at the same time and it will be nice to meet you ! and for more info tell me...

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  • Euro Exchange

    A nightmare for all the European citizens is... change. Our smallest note is 5 euros, too much for some tips, and so, euro coins are used. But, as anywhere else, the banks don't change them forcing, the Egyptians to ask for exchange from tourists. At the first situation everybody gets surprised and mistrustful, but after the first day we get...

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  • cities and towns

    Upper Egypt (Arabic: صعيد مصر‎ Sa'id Misr) is the strip of land,on both sides of the Nile valley, that extends from the cataract boundaries of modern-day Aswan north to the area between El-Ayait and Zawyet Dahshur (which is south of modern-day Cairo). The northern section of Upper Egypt, between...

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  • Cairo Museum

    Do not missing seeing the pyramids up close they are an awesome sightMake sure that you pay a bit more and if you cruise down the Nile take the SS MISR a steamship, renovated and used by the King. Decorated in 1920s style, but with all the confort of modern day living. The SS MISR a VJV/Traveline steamship which cruises between Luxor and Aswan and...

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  • Local custom guide

    Egypt is one of the best countries for solo travel. Having said that, for my first time in a country where not only do I not speak the language but can't read it either I would go for the tour option. Once you know how the country operates (as far as tourism is concerned) you can return solo to catch up on the bits you missed. I've been to Egypt 3...

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  • Cairo Airport

    There have been tremendous improvements in the airport in the last 10 years, especially since the new terminal has opened.Depending on how many aircraft have landed- it is quite busy at night- will determine how long it takes to get through Immigration, but it is never as long as at Heathrow or Dubai.Visas can be bought before Immigration if you...

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  • English Guide in Egypt

    The pyramids of Giza. Their history, size and architect is amazing Seeing the pyramids for the first time and being close to them. The unsolved mystery of how they were built. The visit to the perfumery and the history of making the perfumes in Egypt I was amazed to find my favorite pitter-Sweet.

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  • The phenomenon of non-licensed travel...

    The phenomenon of non-licensed travel agencies in Egypt is increasing every day just specially on internet they just making websites and start to fill it with some tours and programs and link it to other advertising agency to promote his website.So, think before you paying any money. • This person has no license to run this business.• You have no...

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  • Quiet Friendly British Cafe/Bar

    We have just got back from a fab 2 week stay in Sharm. We have been before and didn't enjoy the all inclusive hotels so booked an apartment on Delta Sharm through holidaylettings.co.uk. Eating our is cheap if you know the right places to go. Our favourite is the Dananeer - streak and fish Vinos - Steak Mexican near little Budda - speaks for...

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  • Tipping in Egypt

    I agree that gross overtipping unbalances the economy and, I will add, makes things worse for tourists that come after you, so good on you for asking and not just throwing money around like some tourists do. I usually find a mid-point between Egyptian wages and what I find acceptable. I will not look at someone who has gone above and beyond to help...

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  • wages

    it depends on what type of job you are looking for. I am in the manufacturing sector and have extensive experience in building construction as well. I have enquired concerning a few jobs in the Middle East. There are jobs that pay $80-100000US plus, if you have the experience, qualifications and languages required. Most of these are with foreign...

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  • Egyptian humor

    The egyptians have a lot of humor and like to take the tourists for a ride.If you are a couple they might offer the guy camels in exchange for his wife and if you dress in a way they find unusual or funny they won't hestitate to tell you and laugh at you.don't worry, just hit back as they are not serious with all these things.they are a very funny...

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  • What To Wear (Ladies)

    You don't need to dress much differently than you do at home. Just cover shoulders, back, midriff and knees. You do not need to cover your head. Jeans, cargo pants, khakis, capris, shorts and skirts that come to the knee - all fine. Actually the longer the skirt the better but to the knee is acceptable for tourists. Any top that doesn't drop your...

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  • Tourist Information Office, Cairo

    The following are particulars of Tourist Information Offices in Cairo, Egypt:- The Head Office: Misr Travel Tower, Abbassia Square, CairoTel: 285-4509/284-1970 Fax: 285-4363 Others:-Adly St. Cairo Tel: 391-3454 02Pyramids, Cairo Tel: 385-0259 Airport Tel: 667475 Ext. 3640 International Airport Tel: 291-4255 Ext. 2223 New Airport Tel: 291-4277...

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  • electrical connector

    Thanks, GrumpyDiver, for the excellent information. It was exactly what I was looking for. I believe you established a response record for answereing right on the money only 6 minutes after I posted. Thanks again.

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  • Beat the Heat in Egypt in the summer . ....

    Hello,I was just there in July. Luckily, the OCD traveler in me came prepared with a list of things I will include here that helped me, and may help you. The days in the south of Egypt were in the 40s, and at midnight in Luxor it was 34 degrees. I think the Valley of the Kings is the hottest place on Earth! But here is what saved me: - a hat with a...

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  • EOL Tours

    We booked our tour with EOL and it was a wonderful experience. It was a private tour which was great because your one on one with your tour guide and you don't have to jostle for position in a crowded tour. The price was very reasonable it cost us 1060USD per person for the two weeks. That includes hotels, guides, a private car, some meals, all...

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  • Alex in summer

    I agree that Alex can be very upleasantly crowded in Summer but this is really restricted to July & August due to school holidays as well as any festive seasons throughout the year .. Humidity levels can also be uncomfortably high is August & September .. Since you are travelly in June , you should have no problem with crowds or weather although...

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  • Egyptian children

    Have some candy with you to give to Egyptian children who are begging for money. We found out they are also happy if you give them a pen.

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  • Ride a camel

    Ride a camel when your at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Its something you'll never forget and you get great pics of you on the camel and the Pyramids in the background. The cost is 90LE per person or about 15USD. The ride lasts about 20 minutes. You can get quite high being atop a camel and if your afraid of heights as my wife was there are also...

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  • Taking photos in sensitive areas.

    If you want a decent photo, buy a postcard. The professional who took it will have taken the time to get the lighting right, no doubt taking several photos to get the one that comes out. You will then contribute to the economy of the photographer, the card seller and your guide. How much you contribute to the last two depends on your bargaining...

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  • ATMs

    There are plenty of ATMs in Egypt. My card worked in most machines. The only time I had to visit a money changer was when I needed to change Egyptian money to US dollars for the Cairo to Aswan train. I tend to find that I get a better currency rate from my bank than I ever do from money changers.

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