I am interested in taking a trip around Egypt and then into Jordan. This seems to be a popular route but is it possible to do this whole trip in about 5 weeks?
Cairo-Alexandria-Siwa-Bahariya-Aswan-Abel Simbel-Nile cruise to Luxor-Sinai-Sharm-Dahab- Jordan: Aqaba-Wadi Rum-Petra-Dead Sea
I am a fast traveller, I like to stay in places just long enough to see everything. Any advice would be helpful. When is the best time to see these place? Thank you. SL
I guess 5 weeks would be a perfect time, considering the fact that you are a fast traveler like you say.
3,5 weeks Egypt and 1,5 weeks Jordan would be fine.
The best months to go are april and october/november. May till september is really too hot unless you like 40 degrees C.
Wintermonths are ok in Egypt although Cairo and Alexandria see some rain then. But Jordan can be really cold in winter, last week tourists were stuck in the snow for 24 hours.
Looks more than ook. Same to you I am a fast traveller. Never been to Egypt but will go this summer so allready found out a lot of info.
Just an idea: Am not sure how you travel but if you take a nile trip to Luxor and have seen this city and sights you can take a bus to Hurghada wich crosses the dessert to the red sea. There you can take a 90 minute boattrip to Sharm el Sheik. From Sharm el Sheik you can do several excursions in to the Sinai dessert like a camel trip or visit to St.Catharine/Mount Sinai. Travelling to Dahab and than to Jordan.
My advice: Instead of taking a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor, take a felucca (sailing boat) cruise for about 2 days to Edfu, and then go on by car to Luxor. You can easily arrange this in Aswan, it is much cheaper than any luxury cruise on one of the big boats and far more fun. I paid 120 LE in Dec 2005 for exactly this trip, less than 15 EUR. For a cruise from Aswan to Luxor in a big boat I would have paid 400 USD.
Also if you are flying in from Europe, consider taking a charter flight to one of the resort airports, not Cairo. Flights to resort airports start at 150 EUR, flights to Cairo at 350 EUR. Also if you don't mind having an Israeli stamp in your passport, you can easily and cheaply connect to Europe and Turkey from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport. See www.skyscanner.net
But if you want to fly into Cairo and out of Amman or vice versa, I recommend that you take Turkish Airlines. Contact one of their agents or an official booking office, they can sell you two one-way flights for the price of one return flight. (Around 380 EUR from/to Europe.) See www.thy.com for the adresses.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 13, 2007, at 11:47 AM by t_maia ]
Depending on where you fly from, and how flexible your arrival date is to Egypt, you can get flights from Europe considerably cheaper than the 350Euro that t_maia says. I got a charter flight ffrom Brussels in Belgium (using Jetair) in April 2005 for 89 Euro oneway from Brussels to Cairo (went via Luxor for some stupid reason). It appears that the current going rate (for April) is about 149Euro including all taxes one way using Jetair www.jetairfly.com That same company flies from other ports in Europe but it now appears that apart from Brussels Germany is the only country which gets flights to Cairo on Jetair. Checking out www.whichbudget.com then clicking on the link in the to section mentioning Egypt will get you a few airlines to look at.
I second what t_maia says about the felucca ride instead of the cruise which is very expensive. A felucca ride is very relaxing, you get to live it more like a local instead of a millionaire and you may also get to make good friends with people like I managed to, but I had arranged a tour in a hostel in Cairo so more than just me went on that felucca ride. That was a really great thing and very very relaxing. That ferry which BjornParee refers to didn't run on every day and also didn't operate when the weather conditions weren't perfect or very close to perfect. Instead I got an overnight bus from Luxor-Dahab which wasn't too unbearable, but it was long. The wake up at 4.30am to check passports and then another about an hour later when no one had even got on or off the bus, was a bit painful, but other than that it was all smooth.
If you plan on going through Israel, it is a good idea to get them not to stamp your passport, but instead get them to stamp a loose piece of paper. A lot of countries will give you crap if you have an Israel stamp in. I have read that in some countries they will see where you exit Egypt from and then know you have been through Israel and even if you didn't get the stamp in the passport they'll give you crap.
Have a great trip
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 19, 2007, at 5:06 AM by aharrold45 ]
Does anyone have any idea how much does a month of egypt cost? I'm planning to go there in March (similar route as Spoons2377).
It is possible to get by on 15 USD per day, but if you do a lot of sights and want some comfort at your hotel (swimming pool, air-con, clean bathroom) 20-30 USD per day is more realistic.
Entry to the sights is damn expensive, they will be the most expensive thing. Decent hotels cost 7-12 USD per night, but you can get a bed from 3 USD on. A cheap "fuul" sandwich from a streetstall will cost you less than 0.10 USD, a full 3-course meal in a decent Egyptian restaurant around 5 USD. Noodles with tomato sauce will set you back 1 USD to 1.50 USD, a kilogramm of fruits is around 0.20 to 0.50 USD.
The international fast food chains (McD, KFC, Pizza Hut) are quite expensive, they cost the same as at home, so only the rich eat there.