It was a good trip, but a long day, not back in our hotel until 2345hrs
Put us off ever going to Egypt on holiday!!
I'm used to long days so that doesnt worry me much, I'm expecting it to be a marathon from what I have read on here.
Was it just the length of the trip that put you off or Egypt itself? The trip looks pretty action packed - so just wondering if you get enough time at each place and is it all worth it, or are parts of the trip utter rubbish?
I know its a lot to ask, but a full review would really really help me out - as there dont seem to be any full reviews on the trip here, just generalised comments and quick overviews.
I'm not too good with crowds of beggars and hawkers, so that might well get on my wick - so thats going to be my main gripe I think.
Looks like 195 CYP is the price to pay then.
We went on the day trip to Cairo last year and I have to say it was fantastic. You pack so much into one day so you dont get that long in each destination but we never really felt rushed and felt like we had time to see everything. We booked via our thompson rep and I think it was roughly the same cost as everywhere else.
My only bit of advice would be to take a packet of baby wipes, we took some and were so grateful to be able to clean our hands and faces as its so dusty and hot.
Im sure you will have the time of your life and get some amazing photos.
Our rough itinery of the day was
6.00am get picked up from Hotel
7.30am fly from Cairo (however we were delayed an hour at the airport!)
Drive through Cairo with the tour guides pointing out all the sights, this was really interesting as they take you through the city of the dead and then you go through the really rich part - the differences are breathtaking
Then to the Giza pyramids where you can wander about and go inside a pyramid if you like, we never did this as I was a bit afraid of small dark spaces. There are lots of people trying to sell you items and talk to you or get you on a camel, but just say a firm no and walk away and they soon get the message.
Then we went to a plateau where there are a few stalls and a great photo opportunity of all the 3 pyramids.
Then we went to the sphynx.
We were then taken for lunch at a 5 star hotel looking out on the pyramids, it was really really posh and luxourious and it was a help yourself buffet.
The Cairo Museum was next, we were taken round here on a 2 hour tour, you are not allowed to take cameras in here and there is no air conditioning so it does get quite stuffy, but its the most interesting place you will ever go, there is a "Mummy Room" where you pay about £9ish each to go and see the mummys, we did this and it was good but im not sure if i would pay it again as we were in and out in 10 minutes. Some of the mummies still had teeth and finger nails which was quite awesome.
Then we went on a boat trip up the Nile and had a meal (sandwiches etc) and there were belly dancers and other performers, we then went on the top deck and watched the sunset over the nile and the captain of the boat let people have a go at steering the boat and they will take a photo of you with your own camera (and dont charge you for it!).
After this we went to a papyrus museum and saw how it was made and had the opportunity to but some, they were awesome and I wish we had taken our credit card. Finally we went to a bazaar which is a shop full of gold and ornaments and jewellery, again we bought lots in here.
Back to the airport for our 11.50 flight (which was an hour delayed!), and we eventually got back to our hotel at 3.50am!
A tireing day but one of the best days of my life and I would do it all over again.
Hope this helps, any questions let me know
A thousand thanks - this was just the sort of info I was after. I have just one question though....
So, not being able to take cameras in with you to the museum (I assume this means video cameras too?) - What happens - are they just left on the coach or somewhere more secure???
Everything is included in the price: breakfast on the 8am flight, buffet lunch at Le Meridien, hot meal on the nile cruise and wine and cheese on the 11pm flight back to Paphos. The only thing you need to spend is the extra 4CyP to enter the great pyramid and 7CyP for the mummies room in the museum. If you're not fit and are claustrophobic I wouldn't bother entering the pyramid. Hubby did it but I had to turn back and so did a lot of others. If you do enter the pyramid you need to leave your cameras on the coach so that you have to trek back again to get your photos and it all seems a bit rushed then.
The treasures of Tutankhamon exhibition is breathtaking and again no cameras are allowed in the museum but people were sneaking pics on their mobiles - naughty.
There's no worries about leaving your cameras on the bus as the driver stays with it the whole time.
We arrived back at our hotel at 12.30, exhausted with totally exhilirated. You definately won't be disappointed or feel ripped off at spending so much - just do it. Wonderful.
Just let me know if I can be of any more help.
Glad you found it useful. We left our cameras on the bus as the driver stays with it the whole time and it is always locked up, and yep it means video cameras too, they search you as you go in and you have to walk through metal detectors.
The coaches are air conditioned and oh my god was i grateful for that!
We were quite lucky as we got to the coach first we managed to sit one seat back from the front (the guide has the very front seats) so had a great view and could look out the main drivers window to see all the sights, and believe me you will be astonished by the roads!!! there are cart like vehciles with about 10 people, 16 chickens, 20 suitcases and a donkey all crammed in!
A lot of the cars dont use lights at night and they wouldnt know how to give way or stay in the lanes if they tried - its hilarious and as the coach drivers are experienced then you always feel safe. You also get an armed guarded car with you at all times, dont be alarmed they are there for your safety and they drive in front and behind you to get everyone out of the way - makes you feel quite important! especially if they put there sirens on!
Remembering it all makes me want to go again. Hope you have a fantastic time
I imagine any hat would do. Those cotton / linen trousers they do or cargo pants tend to be quite popular to cover the legs from what people have told me.
Those with first hand experience might advise differently - so, over to them!
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