- Egypt 2011-12 (Siwa, Cairo, Alexandria, El Alamein, Luxor, Abydos, Dendera, Assuan, Abu Simbel): After visits in 2001, 2003 and a brief one in 2010 to the Sinai this has been our fourth trip to Egypt. This time we have visited some places where we haven't been before such as Siwa, Alexandria, the Mediterranean coast, Dendera and Abydos and again the classical sights of the upper Nile river valley. We have limited our time in Cairo to just a bit over a day, due to the current unrest situation, to minimise the risk of running into problems should anything have happened.
In Alexandria and Siwa the level of hassle was very low, actually almost non-existent, while in the tourist hotspots of Cairo and the upper Nile river valley the hassle was very bad.
We only spent two days in Siwa, and noticed that ... read more
- Egypt 2010 (Sharm el-Sheikh, St Catherine monastery): This was a relatively short trip of just six days to the Sinai coast. We had visited Egypt twice before that, in 2001 and 2003, focusing on the Nile valley back then.
Compared to that the Sinai coast is much more touristy. Particularly Sharm el-Sheikh is a "tourist ghetto" where the locals are all focused on squeezing as much cash as possible from tourists. If you go here it makes sense to make advance bookings of everything you need - hotel, car rental etc. because arranging things locally is very expensive.
Lot of police and army checkpoints ... read more
- Egypt 2003 (Red Sea, Luxor, Assuan, Abu Simbel, Cairo): This has been my second trip to Egypt - the first one took place in January 2001 (see the corresponding travelogue). This time I did the trip with my wife, in her fifth month of pregnancy. I have therefore been careful to stay in better places, eat in clean restaurants and travel comfortably (we used flights and private cars + drivers, avoiding to travel with (cheaper) public buses).
We didn't book tours or packages - just the return flight to Hurghada with Air Berlin. I won't fly again with this airline (only if the price is very low). In Egypt we enquired about tours, but received only heavily overpriced offers.
Cairo is incredibly polluted and dirty - much more than just two years ago. It's a city with an impressive cultural heritage ... read more
- Egypt 2001 (Cairo, Luxor, Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariya): This is a report of my trip to Egypt in January - February 2001. I'd classify it as a budget trip with some comfort, meaning that I stayed in inexpensive hotels/guesthouses with private bath and used a mix of buses, private taxis and internal flights to travel within Egypt.
Basically I flew to Cairo, continued by plane to Luxor and from there drove back overland to Cairo along the desert route, stopping in the oases (Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariya).
I travelled with ... read more