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Egypt 2008

26thMar 2008 to 4th Apr 2008

Check out our travel adventure here!

Day 1: 26/03/08 (Wed) Arrive Cairo International Airport (CAI) Terminal 1 at 1420hrs.  Check-in to Luna Hotel, Cairo.
Day 2: 27/03/08 (Thurs) Pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx, Dahshur, Sound & Light show at Giza, Overnight at Luna Hotel, Cairo.
Day 3: 28/03/08 (Fri) Egyptian Musuem, Khan al-Khalili market, Sleeper Train to Aswan
Day 4: 29/03/08 (Sat) High Dam, Philae Temple, Overnight at Aswan
Day 5: 30/03/08 (Sun) Abu Simbel, Unfinished Obelisk, Elephantine Island, Overnight at Aswan
Day 6: 31/03/08 (Mon) Kom Ombo, Edfu, Overnight at Luxor
Day 7: 01/04/08 (Tues) Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple.  Overnight at Luxor
Day 8: 02/04/08 (Wed) Hot air balloon over Valley of Kings and Queens, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Sleeper Train to Cairo
Day 9: 03/04/08 (Thurs) Taxi to Alexandria, Pompey’s Pillar, Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa, Roman Amphitheatre, Alexandra Library, Overnight at Luna Hotel, Cairo.
Day 10: 04/04/08 (Fri) Depart Cairo International Airport (CAI) Terminal 1 0900 hrs

Egypt: Ancient Land of Pyramids and Pharaohs

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam, the host from Luna Hotel , our trip wouldn’t be so smooth without him helping us in planning. Throughout the trip, we think the most exhilarating experience was the hot air balloon trip in Luxor. We had the chance to float past the ancient temples in the west bank and you can overlook the valley of kings and queens.

Another unforgettable experience was climbing journey into the pyramid. There was actually nothing fascinating to see inside the pyramid but the entire climbing experience was unique. We had almost a week of muscle pains after the climb because it demanded a lot of stretching on your leg muscles which we obviously did not do any warm up before it. You will feel a little bit claustrophobic inside the pyramid and so the advice was not to linger around too long. The climb was definitely unsuitable for the unfit and elderly.

For those of you who are planning to visit Egypt one day, here are some tips that you may find useful:

1. A good time to travel Egypt is winter, the touristy high season is around December to February. We went in April which was still good but we can actually feel the strong heat as each day passed by, we almost had heat stroke when we were in Luxor and Aswan. Never go during June to August as we think the weather will be extremely hot and the air will be dusty, polluted and dirty unless you are only heading to Alexandrian coast or Red Sea.

2. If you are thinking of travelling from Cairo to Luxor, you can book an overnight sleeper train (2 to a cabin) if you don’t mind the rumbling sounds of the train. The train tickets cover for dinner and breakfast and you can even do your morning washing up in the cabin. Overall, the overnight train experience was better than we expected.

3. It is very common in Egypt that the people ask for “baksheesh”, ie. Tips for small service from passing you a tissue in the toilet to carrying your bags. So always be prepared to keep small change in your pockets and give only when you see a need, never feel pressure or obligated to every demand.

4. Taking taxis is a convenient way to get around, however, we have tried to avoid taxis whenever we can. We got ripped off once when we paid 50 Egyptian pound for a ride from our hotel to Khan Al Khalili when the normal fare was only 20 Egyptian pound as we paid that for our way back. We realised that we should have agreed the price with the driver before we took on the taxi.

5. The cheapest way of going downtown Cairo from the Airport was to take the bus. We took the bus which costs us only 2 Egyptian pounds per person. This saved us about 45 to 60 Egyptian pounds if we take a taxi. Try to book a hotel that is near the bus terminal so that you do not need to lug your luggage too long to reach your hotel. The bus number is in Arabic, so be sure to check with the locals to make sure you get on the right bus!

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