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!
It has been a dream of mine to see the Pyramids, and the perfect opportunity was when holidaying in Sharm El Sheikh.
We looked into the day trip by air prior to leaving, and had some good quotes ....some as low as 150 Euros.
However, in the space of a few weeks there were 2 bombings in Cairo, and while we won't be scaremongered, 2 in such a short space of time was a little concerning.
We asked for advice from our fellow VT'ers. One suggestion was to wait until we got to Egypt, and see how comfortable we felt and decide from there. This worked a treat because as soon as we arrived we felt at home, and decided that we would definately be doing the day trip to Cairo.
Despite our cheaper quotations, we ended up booking this with our Cosmos holiday rep at a cost of £160 each. You CAN get this cheaper in Naama Bay. Our reason for booking with Cosmos was because we arrived on the Sunday, had a welcome meeting on the Monday, and wanted to do the trip Tuesday. Because we weren't going into Naama Bay before Tuesday, we had to get it booked asap.
BUT - despite paying a little over the top, we were glad we did. I'll explain why later!
We were picked up at the unearthly hour of 4.30am for a 7am flight, we picked up another couple along the way. We flew from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo with "Luxor Air".
The legroom was worse than the poorest charter airline and the plane felt very old, it was a Mcdonnell Douglas aircraft. Luckily though, the flight was only about 45 minutes so we were in Cairo before we knew it. However, see my 'Warnings and Dangers' tips about the airport procedures!
Upon entering the arrivals section, our Cosmos rep greeted us, and we travelled in a small taxi van into Central Cairo to pick up our guide for the day.
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.
A memorable trip to the mountains and valleys of the Sinai, and the beautiful coastline surrounding Dahab city.
You are taken in the desert by jeep, showing the natural beauty of the Sinai. We met bedouin people and shown how they live. We also saw their graveyard, only way they knew were gravestones by having a simple stone place to the top of the grave. Quite sad really, but its their way of life. Interesting to see how other cultures live. It was very nice to see and meet the bedouin people, as they were lovely. Small children would often come upto you ask to buy things, such as necklaces and bracelets.
After a viewing of the desert, we went into Dahab city to do some shopping, being able to purchase things like perfumes etc. Then lunch were served.
It was nice to see 'natural' beauty and on how people in Egypt genuinely live.
The trip cost approximately £33 per person, including pick up and drop off at hotel, safari and lunch.
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!
The itinerary for the day inlcuded the Citadel, Egyptian Museum & the Pyramids, with a lunch break in between at a restaurant opposite the Pyramids. The lunch was pleasant and was included in the price of the trip. You just pay extra for your drinks. We had soup to start, followed by a mezze, and then a spicy chicken dish. There were various other choices including seafood. I must admit that the day after we both had a bit of an Egyptian belly. It may not have necessarily been the food...it could have been the general exhaustion of the day, or some of the toilets we used even! (Believe me whn I say it's possible - especially at the Citadel!)
This tip covers the day in general, and I have written in more detail about the 3 sightseeing spots seperately in this 'Things to Do' section; they deserve alot more detail than I will be able to fit into this tip! There is also a travelogue with various pictures from Cairo.
The reason I'm happy we paid a little more was because there was only 4 people in our group. When at the Egyptian Museum for example, there were some groups that had perhaps 30 people in it, with the guide having to hold up an umberella for the group to follow. I doubt they heard half of what the guide was saying. Us 4 on the other hand had a very personal service, built a rapport with our guide and got so much more out of the day by having a smaller group. I truly felt educated after his amazing descriptions. There was no big coach, no big crowd, no following the leader; just a relaxed day with 4 people being guided through Cairo, by someone who loves Cairo!
Apparently Cosmos only book a max. of 8 on these trips. In my opinion based on that fact alone, it's worth the extra to book with them.
The day was extremely long & tiring, but also the most fulfilling day of my life. To see all these wonderful sights that I had dreamt about seeing in one go was awe inspiring. I felt satisfied, humbled, & grateful to have been able to experience such a vast, ancient and modern(!) city all in one go!
You can go on some beautiful glass bottom boat trips in Sharm. We went with attraction world (booked through Thomson travel agent) and it was £26 per adult and £12 per child which was prebooked before we went to Sharm.
You get picked up from your hotel and taken to the jetty where all the boats are located. It lasts around 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes and it includes drinks which i thought was excellent value for money. There are many photos to be taken, there are lots of gorgeous colourful fish to be seen in the waters so make sure you dont forget your camera.
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!
This was without a doubt our favourite day on holiday. We booked a day trip which took us from the harbour to Res Mohammed and the Ras Norai National Park. The trip included transfers from and to our hotel. Qualified instructor and lunch and refreshments on board.
Travelled by bus to Cairo. Was a little bit sceptical going all the way by bus but it was better than expected. Started at 2 am in the morning. Slept on the bus. Woke up when we crossed the Suez canal at 6.30 a.m. Cairo at 9 am. First a visit to the Egyptian museum. Two hours there. Very interesting but a little bit fast. Then lunch in Giza. The pyramids for to hours. Fantastic.
Papyrus fabric and jeveller before we where dropped off at a nice hotel at 4.30 pm. Had the rest of the night free. Picjked up the next day at 9 am. Then the citadel and the Mohammed Ali moskee. Interesting. Then the bazaar. A lot of bargaining if you buy something. You can by everything there!
Lunch and then back to Sharm. At the hotel 8 pm.
Very nice trip. Very happy that we chose the over-night trip and not the all-in-one-day trip. It would have been too stressful to do it in one day.
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.
First thing its not really a submarine but more like a boat with a deep hull. Down below there are seats all along the hublots windows where you do feel as though you are in a submarine but the entire vessel does not submerge. It is a nice way for kids to see life underwater. We managed to see a moray eel and a large stingray and of course coral and many other fish. We booked it throught the Movenpick hotel excursion desk on the main promenade in Naama Bay. Can't remember the price exactly approx USD40 for adults and half price for kids.
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.
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.
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.