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Cairo - 2 day trip by bus
You cannot go to Egypt and not visit Cairo. It's a big and busy, unique and wondeful city.
The museum and the pyramids are a must but once those have been taken care of Cairo deserves a really good explore.... much more than can be done on a short trip from Sharm.
We weren't sure what the climate (politically) was like and as we were travelling with our young children we decided to go with a tour from Sharm. We came home independently and the journey and bus (superjet) was far superior to that with the tour although there were many more check points and security checks so it did take longer.
Highly recommend a goof tour guide to show you Cairo and to avoid tourist traps. We had two days. One with a rubbish guide and one with Abdel who was wonderful. Will try to find his details and post them on.
Tourist coach took 6 hours to get to Cairo but the best part of 2 hours driving from hotel to hotel in Sharm collecting passengers it was painful!
Superjet bus back took 8 hours as had more security checks but was more comfortable, had a man with a snack trolley who worked his socks off and a tv which played Egyptian carry on films - corkers and highly entertaining. Our kids screamed with laughter throughout!
However you do it it's going to be tiring & you are going to meet lots of people (especially around the pyramids) who are keen to relieve you of some Egyptian Pounds...but well worth it!
Pick Up a Free Sharm Entertainment Map
I just started going through my travel drawer and found several things from my last trip to Sharm. One that I think would be very valuable to people is the "Sharm Entertainment Map" which is free in several locations. I believe that I picked mine up at Maison Dive Shop.
The two-sided fold-out map gives locations of the different hotels, restaurants, and many travel tips such as taxi fares, avg temperatures, and distances to nearby tourist locations (Ras Mohammed, Dahab, St. Catherine, etc).
The map features a 'zoom-in' of Na'ama Bay as well as an overview of the five sections of Sharm with several of the local dive options.
With relatively little advertising, the map is quite helpful and full of pertinant information for travelers.
~ Cairo Day Trip By Bus ~
If you are going to Sharm then one excursion which is a must is to go and see the wonderful City of Cairo. This is where you get the chance to see one of the last remaining wonders of the world which of course is the Great pyramids and Sphinx of Giza.
You also visit the Egyptian Museum where you can see the beautiful golden mask of King Tutankhamun and all his treasures. You also visit the famous Khan El Khalilli Bazaar where you can use your haggling skills to get yourself a bargain.
Please note this is a long journey and starts early morning at approx 1.30am, the bus journey takes around 6 hours and on the way back from Cairo you leave at around 8.00pm at night and the journey back to Sharm takes around 7 hours. Prices included lunch and hotel pick up and drop off is also included. I never did this trip when i was in Sharm as i have already done a single 1 week trip to Cairo before. However my friend Kay on Virtual tourist has done this tour so if you would like to talk to her for more information im sure she will be happy to help. Her user name on here is Kaysta.
Trip to Cairo
Impossible to think of going to Egypt and not doing the trip to Cairo to see the pyramids.
We did a day trip (by air) from Sharm, 45 minute flight.
You can't really grasp the size of them until you stand next to one.
Spot me at the bottom in the pic!
Excursion: Luxor by Plane
We arrived to the airport and quickly found our guide who spoke very good english and explained to us what we'd be doing that day.
We were shown to the bus, which were very modern, clean and had air conditioning. Our guide asked us if we'd like to be shown to the hotel first or see the sites! Of course, see the sites! We were taken to the Valley of the Kings and given the option of also seeing King Tut's tomb, which of course we did! The tombs were more beautiful than i imagined...but we couldn't take any photography! It was a bit emotional seeing King Tut's tomb as you've heared so much about the famous King...He still was only a young boy when he died. Unfortunately, we could only see three other tombs but our guide picked out the best. We were then taken to a shop where they made limestone in to statues etc...It was interesting and had some beautiful things, here i were given a necklace by the shop owner - very nice of him! We were then taken to Al-Deir Al-Bahari Temple...so beautiful! I didn't want to leave this place, it also had some beautiful views overlooking Luxor!
From here, we were taken to the Mercure Hotel which were very nice...we had a buffet lunch, plenty to choose from. We were here for a while before our guide picked us up to take us to Karnak Temple...Here was my favourite - there was so much to see and the detail in it was out of this world. Time flew and we had to leave. We were taken back to the hotel and were given the choice to do what we wanted and we were to be picked up at 8.30 for our flight. We had a beautiful meal by the hotels pool, and was extremely cheap!! We then decided to go on horse and carriage around the nile...our driver was really nice although he went a bit fast at times! Before we knew it we were back by the hotel and it was time for our flight. It was a great day and i felt we got a lot more than we bargain for! I'd love to go again!
- Historical Travel
Excursion: Cairo by bus
We finally arrived to Cairo museum (after about a 7 hour journey)...they had ques outside to get in. We evencually got in and our guide told us that he could only take us to what he thought were the most important part as it'd take three whole days without sleep to visit everything in the museum!! It was absolutely breath taking to see the treasures of Egypt, it's such a shame we couldn't see it all. I have to admit that the most beautiful section were Tut ankh amon. His mask it beautiful.
We then set off from the museum and set off to lunch by the Nile, it was a running buffet and was included in the price. I quickly ate my lunch as i knew we'd be going to see the Pyramids of Giza next. Not too far from the coach we approaching the Pyramids, everyone were getting excited. We finally stopped and were allowed half an hour to walk around the Pyramids...I also decided to go see Cheop's boat and it was worth it! It all seemed too short to see the Pyramids, but it was time to get back on the bus and go to see the Sphinx. Wow...it was absolutely huge! Again...amazed by how they could create such things...We were then taken to a perfume shop which we weren't too interested in, so we saw Pizza Hut across the road and decided to visit that instead! We couldn't believe the view from it; Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx! We then returned to the coach and were taken to a papyrus shop, we were really tired by this point so we stayed on the coach. After this we were taken to the old city (Khan el Khalili)...It was getting dark and most were a bit daunted by it, it was very very busy and the crowds were too much for some. We were left to walk round ourselves and be picked up where we were dropped off. We didn't know where we were going so didn't venture too far...we all seemed to meet up at the drop off within 15 minutes! We then were picked up and set off back to Sharm, we stopped off again...then the journey back and didn't arrive home until 1.30 the next morning!
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
sharm and cairo
sharm of sharm
a well known local agent in sharm el sheikh will organise whatever trips you want to take we flew from sharm early a.m collected from hotel and flew to cairo collected first stop was a river boat pictured by the nile river we had an very average dinnergrilled chicken,piece of fruit prior to going the he pyramids.
check out the charm of sharm website mohammed the owner is really friendly and will come to the hotel and discuss any queries you have.
This was the first stop and after a small queue through security we were in, passing several souvenir stands on the way (Fez anyone?).
The Citadel is a collection of buildings as opposed to one single structure and could be described as a mix of a medieval fortress and Royal Residence, for it was built by Salah Al Din and it housed Egypts numerous rulers until the late 18th century.
The initial part was actually very 'castle' like. We approached the Mohammed Ali Mosque (picture 1), which is also referred to as the Alabaster Mosque, and is one of three within the Citadel's walls. As you can see it is visually stunning and I was suprised to learn it was built fairly recently in the mid-19th century.
Entering the Mosque from the internal Courtyard (picture 2) we naturally had to remove our shoes. Any women whose shoulders or legs were exposed were given long capes to wear inside, so conservative clothing is recommended.
The first striking thing about the inside is the huge domed ceiling, with the most beautiful and ornate decoration (picture 3 - a little blurred). To the right of the entrance is the tomb of Mohammed Ali (picture 4) which is a masterpiece to be gazed at through a wood/metal fretwork screen.
Just before leaving the Mosque, we visited the toilets. (Why do we want to know that? I hear you say) My advice is that if you can hold it - do. They really were not the nicest toilets by any stretch of the imagination, and so if you must, I'd recommend a hand santiser such as this http://www.ifsogo.com/acatalog/toiletries.html so that any germs you do pick up can be got rid of. As mentioned previously, we were both ill the day after Cairo which may or may not be related to the toilets and the food.
Overalll The Citadel was an excellent part of the day and highly recommended for a short visit, or as part of a day trip in Cairo.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Submarine (Aquascope S24)!!!
We booked a trip on a 'submarine' from Sharm el Sheikh. It was £20 (sterling) a head and was a great disappointment. The 'submarine' was actually a glass hulled boat. We were taken out to the middle of the bay and then had to climb down some very steep steps to the hull. It was extremely cramped and very difficult to move about. There were 20 - 30 people in all. We had to sit on tiny stools. The glass was very thick and had a milky tint to it, so the view wasn't that good either.
Having said the above, it was a good chance for us non-swimmers and divers to see the coral reefs and fish. Would I recommend it? Probably not.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Sailing and Boating
take trip to Cairo you can either fly or go by bus/car , we went by tourist bus set off at aboout 00.30hrs and travelled through the night , go to Cairo at about 09.30hrs went to the Egyptian museum, then on to the Papyrus Factory , which did not involve any hard sell, left there had lunch then went to the pyramids and Sphinx and then to the Khan el Khalili Bazaar
Day trip to Cairo
Went on a day trip to Cairo....
Was a greeat experiece!
Decided to book up in the shopping centre in town (The little boat in the shopping centre selling trips!).
Was told by or hotel rep ( Libra Holidays) not to book up as no insurance, different flights etc....They wanted nearly £160 each! Thought we would risk it!! Ended up on the same plane doing exacly the same visits!
Cost about £85 each! Included flights to Cairo. Visits to the Piramyds, Sphynx, National Museum, Meal on the Nile. Shopping in old Cairo.
Shopping in Old Cairo Town was amazing! A real eye opener! Very busy and enjoyalbe! Quite overwhelming but amazing! Made the trip!
Got picked up at the hotel at 6am and returned about 11pm.
A long day but well worth it!
The ancient wonders of Cairo
A trip to Egypt, regardless of where you stay is not complete without a visit to the pyramids.
We travelled by bus (all night) to get there and arrived in the early hours in time for breakfast.
First visit was to the Egyptian Museum which is facinating, followed by the drive to one of the seven wonders of the world - the pyramids. Watch out for the relentless touts offering photo opportunities and then asking for money. Don't get into a conversation with anyone trying to sell tourist tat - this is not the place for bargains!
We visited the bazaar in the afternoon which was interesting though you do get tired of saying 'no thankyou' to the relentless attempts to get your attention as you pass by the stalls. We visited in Ramadan and a good tip if you are there during ramadan is to shop just before the sun is setting. You will find that the interest in food overtakes the interest in getting a big profit!
Final stop was to a perfume factory which was the usual marketing attempt to get you to spend more money by telling you that the perfumes are the same as the well known makes.
Cairo is a must. It's busy, dusty and noisy but is nonetheless a facinating city.
- Road Trip
- Museum Visits
Cairo by Plane
We booked our Cairo Trip with Cosmos as we felt much safer doing it that way. We could have booked it for a lot cheaper in Naama Bay price isn't everything.
It cost £160 each.
Picked up from hotel at 6am and got dropped off at 10pm that same evening. It was a long day.
We went to the Pyramids first. We were given a choice but I wish we visited the Pyramids last now as we were so tired by the time we got to the Museum. The Museum would have been much better when we were more alert but it was good anyway.
Pyramids were good. You get a bit of hassle from local people and they can be very persistent, however, there are tourist police around.
Cairo was different to any I have ever experienced before. It was a real eye-opener. I am so glad I have been to Cairo.
There were a few upsetting sights such as a dead horse floating in the river next to children playing in the river. Men cycling around with a huge basket of bread on his head and tower blocks with a satelite dish next to every single window. Millions and millions of people going about their everyday business but in such a different world to the world I know. I will never forget Cairo.
The Mosque in Cairo
The Citadel is just so pretty!
Men and women are not permitted to pray together in case they get a bit distracted by the opposite sex
Inside the Citadel there is the tomb of the Muslim Mohammed Ali who inspired the Mosque.
- Historical Travel
Excursion To Cairo
If you are travelling to Egypt then it is well worth giving up a couple of your lazy beach days to visit Cairo. It seems only natural to me to see the pyramids if youre in Egypt. Its not often one gets to witness such a wonderful sight.
We visited the Museum, had lunch on the Nile and then went on to a papyrus making establishment on the first day of our tour and then the next day we went to the pyramids went inside the Mosque and visited a perfumery.
We witnessed the sound & laser show at the site of the pyramids on our first night in Cairo and it was absolutely awesome. The best history lesson Ive ever had!
The journey by coach (or minibus as we endured!) is a nightmare in itself, we were told by the rep it was approx. 5 hours and yet we suffered in cramped conditions for 8 and a half hours.
We paid £280 for 2 of us to travel and gain entrance to everything except the Mummies Room in the Museum. We also stayed in a Movenpick hotel overnight and had both breakfast and dinner. I thought it was money well spent as its an experience I will never forget.
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- Road Trip
- Museum Visits
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