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Egypt Trip by cameragrrrl on 30 October 2005 4:13pm
I have booked an 11-day trip to Egypt in late December/early January.

I will have friends acting as tour guides. But am happy to hear suggestions from others that have been there before.
I am very much an off-the-beaten track kind of traveller (well, after I get the major sites out of the way!)

What are some highlights? (aside from the obvious, i.e. Pyramids, the Market, etc) -- and not just sites in Cairo. I am happy to travel around the country as much as my 11 days will allow.
Re: Egypt Trip by Godfather on 1 November 2005 11:41am

The Westerm Desert Oases are interesting. Although it's 10 years since i visited them, so things may be different now. Usually you need to get permissions and permits in Cairo to visit those areas. But things may have changed. The areas i'm talking about are Bahariya, Farafra, Dhakla, the White Desert, and Siwa, etc.
Re: Egypt Trip by Scarlet on 7 November 2005 8:57pm
Hi, if you fancy a meal or a drink in the evening, go to the Marriot Hotel. I have stayed there many times. It used to be a palace years ago and was turned into a hotel and had extensions added. I think there are about 16 resturants in the place including a good English pub. Sitting out at the back terrace in the evening with the plam trees lit up is great. Close to the hotel there are several floating resturants which are also worth a visit. Enjoy the traffic it is a nightmare.
Re: Egypt Trip by Wild in Africa on 8 November 2005 11:25am
Also recommend trying Alexandria. A real 'crossroads' city where Mediterranean Europe meets north Africa. Great atmosphere and lots of historical sites too including the very spooky catacombs and an atmospheric waterfront promenade.
Easy to reach from Cairo by train or bus but a very different atmosphere to the rest of Egypt.

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