visiting EGYPT with a guide or not?


Sep 3rd, 2002, 06:13 AM
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visiting EGYPT with a guide or not?

I am planning to go to Egypt this fall. My question is it better to get a guided tour package of Egypt or just explore on my own. Im a bit nervous because of the language factor and im also a women traveling alone ..

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Sep 12th, 2002, 09:58 AM
Donna Boychuk
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I strongly recommend a package tour. Cairo is a hugh city and very few streets, places & attractions have actual addresses. Opening and closing hours are inconsistant and most taxi drivers do not speak English - you will need an arabic address or directions. You could spend your entire holiday waiting in line for tickets, trying to find a hotel's location and finally getting where you want to go - only to find out it closed an hour before. Worse case is you will spend most of your time "lost"; not knowing where you are or where you are going. Check out MISR - it is an Egyptian Travel Agency which is run by the Tourist Authority of Egypt (Egyptian Government). Very good prices, top of the line tours; and they also have an office in New York. Actually ANY tour package would be preferable to going on your own (especially being a woman) because just by getting into a taxi - you would have no idea where they were taking you - and a 10 mile walk back from the desert (relieved of your money, of course), in the blistering sun is pretty devastating. Egypt is a wonderful destination but use your head; and its fascination will bring you back more than once. I love it!

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Sep 13th, 2002, 03:34 AM
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I second above post. Only thing I could add is that there are lots of "helpful" people who will offer directions and even escort you to wherever you want to go - with a detour to their uncles shop, restaurant, etc and you will never get to your original destination.

These are more issues of efficiency and sanity rather than safety - statistically and actually, Cairo and much of Egypt is very safe from usual city street crime - people try to scam you out of your money rather than steal it by force.

On our tour, our guide was clear to point out that things often ran on "Egypt time" rather than clock time - a much more relaxed way of going about life, but infuriating if you are trying to manage language, culture, geography at the same time.
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Sep 13th, 2002, 07:39 AM
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Let a guide worry about all the little hassles that come with traveling in Egypt. You'll be able to enjoy all the unbelievable sights you're going to see without worries.

I had good trips with companies that used Misr and Salco.
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