Just Returned from Egypt

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Jan 11th, 2000, 05:53 PM
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Bill
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Just Returned from Egypt

Had a great time in Egypt. Travelled with my family and celebrated the Millenium at the Pyramids. Went on a Nile cruise to Luxor and Aswan
Would be happy to answer questions as others did for me before I travelled
 
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Jan 12th, 2000, 08:13 AM
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What hotel did you choose to stay at in Cairo? I'm going to Cairo in 2 weeks and debating whether to stay at The Mena House, for the pure sake of having the pyramids in sight, or Cairo where most of the sights and action is. We will only be in Cairo for 2 days.
What was the weather like?
Thank you.
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Jan 12th, 2000, 11:59 AM
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We stayed at the Conrad Hilton - it opened about 8 months ago and we loved it. Ask for a pool /Nile view. Ask for Wael on the concerege desk and he will welcome you like a friend of the family.
Tell him Bill recommended the hotel.
If you are only going to be there 2 days spend 4-5 hours at the Pyramids, go for a camel ride and visit the markets Kana hel laylee ( phonetic spelling ). Go to the Egyption Museum and visit the Papyris Institute. Get the concerge to write the destination on a card(in Arabic)give it to the cab driver and ask how much-negotiate to at least half of what they ask for.The cabs at the hotels have to pay the hotel-walk across the street and flag one down.
The weather was cool at night 12 c and 25-28 c during the day

Always bottled water-no ice cubes and no salads for your health.
Bring anti-biotics if you can along with immodium just in case.
Spend time with the people in the markets and find out what kind and generous people they are.
Enjoy your trip
Bill
 
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Jan 21st, 2000, 07:46 AM
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Bill - Did you use a tour operator to organise your trip? Which ship did you go on on your Nile cruise? What did you think of it? Any "don't miss" or "skip its"? Thank for your help! B
 
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Jan 23rd, 2000, 09:36 AM
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We used Spring tours in Egypt and criused on the Giselle.The manager on the cruise ship is great. Mohammed was our guide. Must sees Karnak,valley of the Kings and Queens,the unfinished Obelisk and a feluca ride in Aswan.
Have fun relax and enjoy the wonderful people of Egypt.
Bill
 
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Jan 27th, 2000, 06:58 AM
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Had a great time in Egypt. Must add this information though. While in Aswan... Fly to Abu Simbel ! It is VERY interesting. Norma
 
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Jan 27th, 2000, 12:24 PM
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Bill how was the Giselle as far a comfort and Quility?
Thanks
Bruce
 
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Jan 29th, 2000, 07:13 PM
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Bruce
We were pleased with the Giselle the ship was clean roomy and comfortable. The food was well prepared and served buffet style.
The manager Mohammed was a riot we got along really well with the staff and crew.The people make the trip.
Remember your on vacation don't foget to laugh and have fun- the Egyptians will add to your trip they have a wonderful sense of humour.
Bill
 
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Jan 30th, 2000, 09:43 AM
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Bill,

Glad to hear you had a great trip. Egypt is my dream destination. Did you leave from the US or the continent? How long in advance did it take to plan your trip with the tour operator? And, can you give me some ball park pricing. We would be departing from San Francisco.

Thanks for any info you can give me.
 
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Feb 5th, 2000, 11:18 AM
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Dear Roger
We left from Canada but chose to purchase our package without air. we then looked for air only to Cairo with a stop-over in Europe and found a good price through a travel agency that uses a consolidator. We bought a package 9 days complete with cruise on the Nile but also arrived before the tour just to have some time in Cairo to look around on our own.If you add the air and package price together you'll know what is the best deal. we chose to give ourselves more options as this once in a lifetime - will never see another millennium in Egypt in my lifetime.
Good Luck
Bill
 
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Feb 24th, 2000, 07:13 AM
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Hi Bill: I'm thinking of going to Egypt either this summer, July - it might be too hot for us - or December at Christmas time. Can you give me more details on who you booked with, I'll be leaving from Toronto. Looking at the brochures of packages offered, it seems to me it might be cheaper to book the land only and book air sep. as you did.
 
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Feb 24th, 2000, 03:04 PM
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Hi Bill, Good to hear that you had a great time in Egypt We will be there in March. Have a question about the transportation between Luxor and Aswan. We have read that travel by Service Taxi requires a convoy with police escort. Do you know if this is still true.? Thank you for any info.
 
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Mar 12th, 2000, 05:05 PM
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Hi Nina
Allow lots of time to just take in the country. Nothing planned and plenty of time to talk to the people of Egypt. For me and my family this was the best part. Of course the pyramids and the nile cruise didn't hurt.Enjoy your trip. We booked separately and took a stop over to spend some time in the alps.
Good Journey
Bill
 
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Mar 15th, 2000, 05:51 AM
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Bill, thankx for offering to answer questions. We are taking what will probably be our last "family" vacation. Our dau is a college sophmore, so she will soon be on her own. Everyone wants to go to Egypt. Unfortunately, we will be traveling in August. Hopefully we'll be able to tolerate the heat. My questions are:
Where did you locate Spring tours? How did you locate the Giselle? I do all the booking for our trips, but I am not having much luck finding things out for Egypt. Thanks Joye [email protected]
 
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Mar 19th, 2000, 11:03 AM
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Hi Bill,
I am a college student, and my family lives in italy at the moment for the military. We have planned a trip for Egypt to see the pyramids and other wonderful sights. I was wondering about what kind of clothing that you have to wear. Are shorts and t-shirts appropriate? We will be there Memorial Day weekend. Thank you so much,
Lindsey
 
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