Back from Egypt April 2003

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Apr 29th, 2003, 12:26 PM
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Back from Egypt April 2003

We were in Egypt last week (April 2003). We visited Cairo and Luxor. It was VERY safe. We had a tour guide and a driver, and we stayed at nice hotels. Moreover, we even had a police escort to most places since we are American. We did not see any other Americans there, however. We had a great time. We would recommend it to anyone?even small children. Right now there are VERY few tourists there, so you will have most of the places to yourself. The only down side of the tour was the pushy and demanding street vendors, taxi drivers, and beggars. The first few days of our trip we gave out pens, candy, and money freely, but as our trip continued, we were tired of being harassed all the time--wherever we went. This greediness and aggressiveness diminished our experience. If you have thicker skin than us, you should definitely go. The dollar goes a long way there, which is a good thing since they see Americans as being money dispensing machines. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: [email protected]
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Apr 30th, 2003, 03:11 AM
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Glad you enjoyed Egypt - we went April 2001. The vendors, etc. are annoying, as are those requesting a tip for any non-service. But these same vendors are the ones depending on tourists - a large percentage American - for their income. Imagine how much less money they make with greatly reduced tourism.

Just curious - did you go on a packaged tour, and if so, which one (we were on Globus). And we did take our kids - ages 11 and 15 at the time.
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