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1. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 8y


We are planning a trip to Egypt come March '08.
We've booked our tix for 2 weeks' stay in Egypt, and hopefully Jordan..
As we'll be moving to Asia for a few years right after the trip,
we'll be bringing along a substantial amount of baggage.

Anyone has any idea where we can store the baggage up to 1 month in Cairo?
we'r hoping to store ard baggage of 40kg total in weight, in Cairo while we travel around.
I've checked with the airport authorities but haven't got any reply.

Also, we are planning to travel Cairo-Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simbel and then back to Cairo-Nuweiba-Aqaba(Jordan).
It's quite abit of a rush for a 2 week trip, but I really look forward to seeing Abu Simbel n Jordan.
I've checked the available mode of transport,
but it looks like we'll hafta take the overnight sleeper train, (quite expensive)
do you guys recommend domestic flight??
we'r on a budget trip, but do not wanna spend all our time on the train...
Ive also read about the falucca ride, any recommendations??

We'll love any ideas or recommendations, thanksss ciaoo

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Best contact the hostel in Cairo where you plan to stay. It should not be too much of a problem to arrange storage with them.

BTW, I do not consider the overnight sleeper train expensive at all. Compared to a domestic flight or what similar trains in Europe cost it is a real bargain. As for flights I would look into flying Abu Simbel to Amman or Aswan to Amman. The distance would be worth it.

Note that in order to see Abu Simbel you need to get up at 3 am and you will be back in Aswan at around 5 pm. You might want to time your arrival and departure with this.

3. Posted by QCLisa (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y

I have been to all of these places and in my opinion unless you fly or take select overnight trains, you can't do what you are looking to do in the time you have allocated. You are going to need to pick what is important and then figure out how to do it. I guess it also depends on your level of interest. Are you someone who goes to a temple walks through every room and says, cool, time to go? or a person who can wonder around a museum for days? You will not get a great overveiw of Egypt in less than two weeks. I spend two months there between two trips and still feel slighted. You also should spend two days at Petra. Wish I knew that little piece of advice ahead of planning my trip too. Jordan is a lovely place and seriously deserves it's own trip of at least a week and that is without spending any time anywhere, like Aquaba or the dead sea. It is just running from place to place with a private driver.

4. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 8y

Hi there!

Thanks for the advice!

yeh the baggage is quite abit of a problem, since they are two big suitcases of abt 25kilos each..
we'r gonna stay with some couchsurfers, but perhaps u'r right,
i might just stay in a hostel for a day or two, just so we cld have some arrangment with them regards to the bags.

2 weeks is just not enough, i think so too.
we'r planning on spending 2 days in Petra, can u recommend any accomodation near there?

i guess we'r gonna go ahead with the overnight sleeper train,
it's just that the train we'd taken in turkey earlier was much cheaper,
bt well, u can't compare, it must be worth it, bt we just didnt wanna spend too much time on the road..

thanks for the advice on Abu Simbel! i wouldnt had known!
to get to Abu Simbel, we should get a hostel in Aswan, is that right?

thanks a mill, Nell

5. Posted by QCLisa (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y

I flew down to Abu Simbel and stayed there overnight. We went in the afternoon and it was so hot even the guards left. We had the whole place to ourselves. It was magical! In over two months, this and Nefertari's tomb were the highlights of our trip. Going through temples with a herd of babbling tourists is distracting at best and infuriating at worst. I would try to find ways of getting places at times that tourism is minimized. Good luck!

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Yes, hostel in Aswan. I can recommend the Keylany. Call them ahead (Tel. (097) 231 7332) and arrange for the tour to Aswan in advance, or you might have to wait up to 2 full days in Aswan before you can go.

7. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

I as well will be in Egypt in early March. I am planning on visiting Cairo and Luxor. Would the weather recommend a visit to the Red Sea city of Sharm el Sheikh that time of year or will the weather and sea temperature be too cold?

8. Posted by wershwie (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y


I'm also heading out to Egypt mid-March. I'm hoping to go through Cairo, Luxor, and may be Abu Simbel if time permits since I'm definitely hitting the Red Sea for diving :)

Still not sure how exactly to go about things, but my itinerary looks something like this:

March 15 Arrive Cairo

March 16 Cairo: Pyramids of Giza/Sphinx

March 17 Cairo in the day, then head out at night

March 18 Dahab: dive Dahab

March 19 Dahab: dive Ras Mohamed

March 20 Dahab: Sinai Tour (overnight at the desert + St. Katherine's Monastery?)

March 21 Dahab in the day, transfer to Luxor

March 22 Luxor

March 23 Luxor

March 24 Travel back to Cairo

March 25 Cairo: Khan el-Khalili

I fly out around 7pm on March 25. I'm not sure I can fly in and out of Cairo/Dahab/Luxor, but if I can I'm willing to take that option. Otherwise, I'm more than willing to bus or train it, but I think everything has to be pre-booked to make sure I make my rides.

What do you guys think? Oh, and if anyone else is traveling alone, I'd be happy to meet buddy up with, if ever :) Right now I've booked my first couple of nights at Dahab Hostel in Cairo. It's pretty basic, but should serve its purpose just right :)

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

wershwie, your initiary is crazy.

I especially object to March 17 and 18. I don't know much about diving, but it seems to me that it is not a good idea to spend the night on the bus from Cairo, get very little sleep and then dive the very next morning.

A camel trek for one day is also nuts, most people take 2 days.

Luxor to Cairo is best done by night train, there are better ways for you to use March 24th. I strongly suggest adding it to either Luxor or Cairo.