... on 8th June, for a week! Just wondering if anyone can offer any general advice on what to do, what to see, where to go to eat, buy clothes, "souvenirs" (hopefully not too tacky like ankh keyrings'n'stuff!), etc?
I'm going with my girlfriend, and we want to stay safe & healthy, not wander too far off the beaten track - i.e. don't want to venture near Cairo, because of recent bombs, or any eateries of "dodgy" quality, etc - but we do want to see "stuff"! - i.e. genuinely interesting tombs, temples, etc, "real" Egyptian markets, that kind of thing.
We're v.excited, because Egypt is somewhere we've both wanted to go all our lives (we're both 32, by the way!), & we want to make the most of it, without taking too many risks.
Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can offer!!
this is Stonfish a travel Helper from Egypt ...it fills me with joy just to help with some info aboutmy country ...
i concern about Cairo and the bombing there ...it's really annoying this people and what they are doing in our beautifull country ...
If you want a safe trip i agree with you about Luxor & Aswan ...very safe countries ..VERY nice and good and kind people there ..true Egyptians ...Luxor & Aswan is such a nice place to go to ..BUT you are traveling in Jul ..which is the begining of the summer there it will be a real hot weather ..but in the night it's cool ...so you have to be prepaired for VERY hot weather looolll ....
The place there is so nice there is Pharos Tomps & Temples ..and there is also the Nile ...if u r going with your GF my advice is a night nile crouse..it will be so romantic....
If you have extra time in your trip ..try to go Sinai ...Dahab & Sharm El Shaick is a place you should not miss in your trip in Egypt
although there is no tomps or monuments there but man if we are talking about nature ..it's Sinai ...Mountens & Sea ...and healthy weather ...if you like diving or snorkling ...u will really enjoy ...
Cairo is all about night life & there is also Pyramids & Sphinx & Cairo Musum ...if you really care about your security ...no need for cairo as long as you went to Luxor & Aswan ....
Hope i didn't miss anything ...Just ask i'm here to help ...
be prepare for a serious hot climat
queens valley and kings valley - skip less interesting nobles tombs - plus the Hatshipsut (sp) temple (seen from Luxor on the other side of Nile). You can treck from this temple to kings valley.
Rent a bike for 1 egyptian pound/day.
There are horse stables about 5 min by bike from the pier on the other side of the river - about 25 pounds/h. Nice rides along the river and into the sahara.
don't forget about the karnak temple complex (about 2km north from Luxor).
Thanks for all your advice, people!
We've looked at various books, on-line travel guides, etc, but it's really nice to get more "personal" perspectives - especially from a genuine Egyptian person, stonefish!
I must get a notebook or something, as advised by marama, and consolidate all the advice I have recieved so far... there's so much to remember & I really want to make the most of this trip. I'll probably go off & do this, then think to myself, "ooh, I also want to know this and that," then return with a barrage of further questions!
Stonefish: it is such a shame when something happens like the recent Cairo bombings and taints the rest of the world's view on the beautiful country where you live. If we could just dispense with politics and religious intolerance, the world would be a much more peaceful and harmonious place.
Anyway, must be off, as I'm writing this from work.