Independant? or tour?

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1. Posted by rebecca-nz (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Egypt in february. Neither of us are 'experienced' travellers as such, especially in non-western countries. We would like to spend between 1 and 2 weeks travelling, seeing the main sights but also having some down time. We like to be semi-organised but are not sure if a scheduled tour is for us.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is it so hard to organise independantly?

2. Posted by siso010 (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Rebeca.!
I know how you are lucky because you are comming to Egypt.!
Now you want to organise your tour.
here we go,it depends in your target in money like you want to stay in a 5 stars hotel or to rent an appartment or to stay in 4 stars hotels. and so on.
they way of transportation if it will be via bus/trian or via charter/plain.

Anyway i will discuss the 2 things and you know what you will do.

1-Sure there are some cities you SHOULD/MUST visit.
we can classify our cities in class A,B,C according what is the most important to less then less.

Class A cities are:-
-Cairo: sure you will visit Cairo and Giza "they are attached to each other",there you will go to Pyramids,Musuem,Castle,Mokattam,Hussien and Khan El-Khalili"Islamic Cairo" and Coptic Cairo.

-Sharm El-Shiekh:for Diving and resting,Sharm is full of tourists,its rarely to find egyptian ppl there"only sellers",Sharm is very good place to see.

-Alexandria: I dont know why tourists ignore Alexandria while in Egypt we consider alexandria the best city as its the cleanest,the quietest and one of the best Greek style over the world,It has castle,museum and the library.

-Aswan&Luxor:-Both cant be missed,i will not say why because I am sure that you know a good bit about it.

Class B:
-Dahab: for snorkling purpose,I have never been in a place better than Dahab in snorkling,the simple defination that DAHAB IS AMAZING.

-Hurghada: its like sharm but sharm is preferred.

Class C:
-Siwa:Its an Oasis.

-Catrine: I Can put it in class B,its a mountain with ministry you should climb it in the morning to see the sunrise from top view.

well now you choose where you want to go then we can discuss where EXACTLY you will stay in each city you want to be in.

Remember FEB. is winter and so Alexandria will be windy,rainy.

Hope that helps.

3. Posted by manta (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi rebeca.
i guess our friend siso gave you a good classification on egyptian cities, i really liked that ossama.
as i m atour operator i shall give u an advice concerning your trip , u may arrange it urself through a travel agency, or even let the agency only handle the booking in the hotels inorder to get better prices , for ex: u 'll pay more than 120$ p.p in dbl b.b but through the agency u ll get around 50$ in 5 stars hotel.
for the tour it self u can arrange it urself but it is better to have it done for u cuz it is the first time for u in egypt, or if u want to do it urself u can get one of those guide books

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4. Posted by siso010 (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

to use an agency or not,we just want them to enjoy in Egypt :)
sure using an operator will make the trip much easier for them,also comfortable, but its her choice to choose an agency or not.
for any more questions i am glad to reply you them "friendly".

God Bless

5. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i suggest you to travel indipendent ... in every occasion it s really great experencie.


6. Posted by ZazuToo (Full Member 27 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Take some of the interesting suggestions you have here, read some guidebooks (I usually take a stack out of the library before I decide to buy any one), and get on the internet. We've done Europe, some of Central and South America, and Vietnam without a "tour." Sure we use guide services for special places -- the Cao Di Temple outside of HaNoi, and the Reed Islands in Lake Titicaca -- but we find where we want to go, stay, and eat. The process of planning, to whatever extent is comfortable for you and your partner, is part of the fun. Sure it's overwhelming at first, but you've been given a good start right here. I have always injoyed knowing a lot about a place and then letting some things just happen -- a great restaurant the guy sitting next to you on the local bus recommends, or better, the guy's mother who invites you to her house for dinner! You will never get that on a tour.

I say, try the adventure. And adventure is not packaged no matter what the brouchure says.


7. Posted by Nix1 (Full Member 25 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

We did it the "tour way" and unfortunately we were exhausted by the end of the first week. The internal flights our tour operator had booked for us were all at the crack of dawn or last thing at night, and the actual tours all started at like time for rest for 2 weeks. Wasn't too social either as we kept on having to get to sleep prior to early flights or early tour.

I would imagine it's fairly easy to do yourself (in retrospect) but we felt that we jammed in too much over too short a period of time (2 weeks, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Sharm).

Perhaps you could add on a non organised tour day in between and pre-arrange the necessities?

Have fun.