Due to an unpleasant incident, an old lady from our group needed some medical assistance while staying in Cairo.
The guys from our hotel (Maadi Hotel) have been very kind and called us a doctor which arrived immediately.
The doctor only consulted the lady and prescribed some medicines to her.
The price paid was of USD 18-, but he also gave an invoice for the insurance company.
We used a private tour guide and think it was one of the best investments for our trip. We always had a private car, driver AND knowledgable tour guide, We did not waste any time, saw all the sights and were never lost. All tours take you to their favorite shops, but you are not sharing the show with 40 other people. Do your research and use a company that can have guides in all of the cities you will visit, you will be glad you did.
Fondest memory: The people of Egypt are very friendly. They love Americans and all visitors.
Alaways you will find space for you inside the egyptains , pepoles are firendly , always taking care of you , always you will find some one to help you.
Esay to go around , easy to find oen to talk with , even to chat , easy to be inside the events , always you find someone say welcome.
Fondest memory: I need you to share me my love to Egypt to my country , i hav been so many places aborad , I can see that here you will find some thing you will miss .
This is not some ilegal drug thing - simple water pipe and flavored tabacco. Even for a nonsmoker this was a nice treat. Worth trying - Apple is best.
Fondest memory: Meseum of History - This was a dream come true. Plan to spend at least 6-8 hours here.
Don't let your guide shoot you through. Take your time this is probably the most rare artifacts as you will likely ever see in your life.
If you are a visitor to Cairo, you will for sure be offered to buy some Papyrus.
The Papyrus that sells in the markets and souvenir shops are all fake. Real Papyrus is made from the grass "Cyperus papyrus". Straws from the grass are soaked in water for six days and then the straws are arranged in lines to form a sheet of paper. Then the straws are being pressed together for six more days to become a sheet of Papyrus paper. The false Papyrus leafs are made from banana leafs instead.
The easiest way to check if the Papyrus is fake or not is to crumble up the paper in your hand.
If it breaks - it's fake!
Favorite thing: If you are staying in Cairo for more than a few days, I suggest going to Alexandria to break up the monotony of siteseeing. Sometimes, you get to the breaking point of mosques, museums and monuments and can't take any more. It is an easy train journey there, and just enough things to keep you busy for the day. Train is cheap in 2nd class 50 Pounds RT, with arctic AC!
Favorite thing: When possible walk. Especially in a city like Cairo, where the urban landscape can change every hundred meters. Also, I find by walking one gains much more confidence in the new surroundings. In Cairo, just make sure you stay in the shade, which there is a lack of, Watch out for the rubble, rubble rubble everywhere in Islamic Cairo!
The Pyramids and the Sphinx
BUT beware of the camel and horse men who pester you, and if you do want to ride, make sure you agree on prices for going and coming back. Some people have just been left to find their own way back.
Fondest memory: The statue of Tuthmosis III.
I am absolutely fascinated by this Pharaoh, known as the Napoleon of Egypt. Every time I visit the museum, I have to see him.
Favorite thing: I know lots of people may be wondering if it's safe to go to Egypt. It is! I went in May '04 and felt very safe the whole time. The Egyptian people love tourists to come and spend their money in the country! Plus, we had a tour of about 30 and we had guards with us at all times. Also, Egypt has a whole Tourist Police force (they wear the white uniforms). They are very concerned with keeping their tourists safe and making them feel safe, so don't worry! :)
FYI> I paid USD90 for a basic tour package incl:
(1) train to Cairo->Aswan->Luxor->Cairo (I had free option of Aswan -> Luxor by BASIC feluca)
(2) 2-start accom
(3) transfers and transport to all the tourist sites incl basic guide
(3) 5 days I think (incl 1 free day in Aswan and Luxor).
I made it a 3-day trip and went to Sharm-el-sheikh as well.
The bus was about 55 egyptian pounds (I think).
Cairo is rather boring - the pyramids are not that great. Luxor, Aswa, Red Sea are AWESOME.
Fondest memory: Red Sea, Luxor, Aswan
Favorite thing: Well Cairo is a busy frenetic city and traffic is terrible, it can take forever to get around. One of my fondest memories is driving around (or rather sitting in traffic) and just observing local life. It is so different to the west and since it was my first time in a Middle Eastern country I was more than happy to people watch.
If you have no plastic card (either a debit, or a credit one) and do not wish to be bothered with travelers cheques (where commission charges tend to be quite high) you will be better off taking with you determinate currency.
At present, these currencies are clearly Euros (#1, offering the best exchange rate) and US Dollars (as widely accepted but somewhat marked down by the Exchange Bureaus & banks due to the recent slide).
Some other currencies are accepted, but they are heavily marked down.
Favorite thing: Everybody (well, almost!) likes receiving letters - I certainly do, though there are other, more modern and efficient means of communication - e-mail, phone, and such like. However, if you simply like getting letters or if you need, say, the originals or paper copies of some documents sent to you while you are on the move, you can use the poste restante service. Your best bet is to use the American Express service, which is available for free to clients - you should hold either their card or travellers cheques. They are reliable and present in all major cities.
Favorite thing: Just in case you need help, there are a multitude of tourist police available who speak at most enough English to get by. They are all eager to make sure you are being taken care of. Around town and all tourist sites they are well identified by their white uniforms.
Favorite thing: Introduce yourself to the Islamic Religion. In 969 Cairo was founded, named Al-Qahirah (The Victorious) & became the capital of Egypt & center of Islam. The city of Cairo developed rapidly since 1960s & is currently having a population of 12 million!