Egypt- Beyond the Pyramids
Egypt29 days / November 2019
We spent a full month experiencing the wonders of Egypt. We began our trip in the absolute spectacle of Cairo and Giza, then made our way south right to the Sudanese border.
Highs & Lows
The history blew us away!
It wasn't always straightforward.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I think we would have spent less time in Cairo and Giza. It's just so big and dirty and loud and busy and there's not a lot to just hang around and do.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
A few little mishaps with pre-arranged transportation that were a little frustrating. Don't pre-pay anything! There were also a couple of incidence where as a woman I felt a bit uncomfortable and so I ensured I was always with my husband- not usually our style or my character but here it made me feel more comfortable. We never felt unsafe at all, just things weren't really straightforward and so you had to be constantly aware and assertive.
How was the food?
We didn't love the food in Egypt. We felt like we couldn't transcend the tourist offerings no matter how hard we tried.
What tips would you give a friend?
To be really organised. Maybe even take a tour if you're not particularly confident or intrepid. It is all so so worth the effort but it's definitely an effort.
As a woman I felt uncomfortable at times, even completely covered up. Be sure to cover elbows and knees at all times. If you have blonde hair, to avoid being potentially ambushed by 50 screaming teenage girls, you may want to cover yourself with a scarf.
Uber is reliable and this was our choice and it worked well for us for the most part (excluding the crash with the donkey cart). We also used public buses and the overnight 'luxury' train which was definitely not luxury but an awesome experience.
Egypt is full of surprises. The trick is to view them as adventures and enjoy the ride. The pyramids were SO spectacular and even though we expected them to be, in real life they blew us away. And then the fact that these were not the most incredible thing our eyes saw in Egypt was a huge surprise.
We booked most of our own accommodation but we booked our Nile Cruise through Tour Radar.
- Giza, El Omraniya, Giza Governorate, Egypt
The Cairo Hilton Comfort Pyramids Inn, Giza
- Luxor, Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
Hotel Luxor Ms Royal Ruby
- Kornish Al Nile, Qism Minya, Al Minya, Menia Governorate, Egypt
Ms Royal Ruby Cruise Ship
- Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
Sunny Days Palma De Mirette Resort