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Lightbulb Places to Visit in Egypt

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Can any body share his experience for visiting Egypt.

Where to visit ..?
Distinace to travel ...?
Time on bike & car..?
Charges of cab..?
Adventure to do...?
Any recomended hotel ...?

I have 8 days in total for Egypt want to utilize them @ best ....

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Egypt is both huge and fascinating, not to mention a bit tricky nowadays. Where will you be, what will you be riding, what do you like, and how well equipped are you for outdoor are the first questions crossing my mind. I've been there for a few years until recently and explored quite a lot, but yet I've not seen (or lived) 50% of it. So what will it be, are you heading to Cairo, North, South? More info would bring more replies I trust.
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Egypt is both huge and fascinating, not to mention a bit tricky nowadays. Where will you be, what will you be riding, what do you like, and how well equipped are you for outdoor are the first questions crossing my mind. I've been there for a few years until recently and explored quite a lot, but yet I've not seen (or lived) 50% of it. So what will it be, are you heading to Cairo, North, South? More info would bring more replies I trust.
Thx For Reply Squire..

I will directly landed to cairo .. Then no bike no car... Looking for some 1 to rent out a bike.. I have 8 free days to spend ... So my parent location should be cairo after wards.. Want to explore as much as i can in these days.

Some places in mind are below but need to sort it out some of them which are best .. So if you can help with KM & Time to travel from Cairo will help me alot...

Cairo
Ancient Memphis
Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Sakkara
Pyramids of Dahshour
Pyramids of Abu sir
Pyamids of Mydoum
Pyramids of eleisht.html
Pyramids of Hawara.html
Pyamrids of Abu Rawash
Pyramids of EL Lahaoun
Pyramids of Hawara
pyramid of Mazghuna
The Egyptian Museum
The Coptic Museum
The Castle of Saladin
The Old Market "Khan El-Khalili"
The Hanging Church
Santa Barbara
Old Islamic Cairo:
Sultan Hassan Mosque
Refai Mosque

Luxor
Luxor Temple
Karnak Temple
The Colossi Of Memnon
Valley Of The Kings
Temple of queen Hatshepsut
Temple Of Medinat Hapu of Ramses III
Valley Of The Queens
Valley Of The Nobles
Temple Of Dendera
temple of Esna
Temple Of Abydos

Alexandria
The Castle of Qaitbay
The Pompeii Pillar
The Catacombs of Kom El-Shouqafa
The Amphitheatre of Kom El-Dikka
The Montazah Palace Gardens

Sinai
The city of Sharm El-sheik
The city of Dahab
The City of Nuweiba
The City of Taba
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Take a lot of patience and a thick skin.

In all the places I've been, Egypt is the place where I find myself losing my temper with the locals. I've been twice. Once for 3 weeks and once for a month on my way south.

Be prepared to be stopped, followed, harassed and sold something every 15 seconds... That place is so corrupt too.

There are some real gems there too and some of the people are super friendly and helpful. Once you fight your way through masses of tourists and traffic.

However, after the recent events , it might be much quieter. However, I think with less tourists, the ones who are there will probably be harassed twice as much.

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Egypt can be an incredibly busy and 'high pressure' location - particularly in the cities and tourist hot spots. And most of the places you have listed are one, or both of those.

Wages in Egypt can be low and visitors are often seen as 'easy money' - if you are being hassled by a street seller and don't want to buy something just say no firmly and politely and walk on - they will quickly move on to the next tourist.

However it is worth employing the services of a guide at some of the historic attractions. I visited the Egyptian Museum last year and we used the services of a local guide to take us around and explain what was what - he was with us for nearly two hours and cost us about £2 each - £10 in total split between 5 of us. Seemed pretty fair.

Egypt has a lot of history which is where your list of 'must do's' seems to be focussed. But there is also a lot of beauty away from the cities. The downside is distance and time to get there. The Western Desert is well worth a look but that could easily take most of your available time.

Some pics and a write up of my trip is here A little trip around Egypt .....................by scooter - ADVrider
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Take a lot of patience and a thick skin.

In all the places I've been, Egypt is the place where I find myself losing my temper with the locals. I've been twice. Once for 3 weeks and once for a month on my way south.

Be prepared to be stopped, followed, harassed and sold something every 15 seconds... That place is so corrupt too.

There are some real gems there too and some of the people are super friendly and helpful. Once you fight your way through masses of tourists and traffic.

However, after the recent events , it might be much quieter. However, I think with less tourists, the ones who are there will probably be harassed twice as much.

Enjoy
oopss seems will have to be very much careful... Can you please name some places so that that i will short list them... thx...
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Egypt can be an incredibly busy and 'high pressure' location - particularly in the cities and tourist hot spots. And most of the places you have listed are one, or both of those.

Wages in Egypt can be low and visitors are often seen as 'easy money' - if you are being hassled by a street seller and don't want to buy something just say no firmly and politely and walk on - they will quickly move on to the next tourist.

However it is worth employing the services of a guide at some of the historic attractions. I visited the Egyptian Museum last year and we used the services of a local guide to take us around and explain what was what - he was with us for nearly two hours and cost us about £2 each - £10 in total split between 5 of us. Seemed pretty fair.

Egypt has a lot of history which is where your list of 'must do's' seems to be focussed. But there is also a lot of beauty away from the cities. The downside is distance and time to get there. The Western Desert is well worth a look but that could easily take most of your available time.

Some pics and a write up of my trip is here A little trip around Egypt .....................by scooter - ADVrider
G8.. Mean have to pay some thing after covering 10km ... Can i get GPS to help me....Without getting guide from local.. as i heard they are not good to tell you right path...
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If you get a GPS, make sure you get Open Source maps for Egypt. They are free and very good.


T4A (tracks for africa) are VERY poor for Egypt.
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Egypt can be an incredibly busy and 'high pressure' location - particularly in the cities and tourist hot spots. And most of the places you have listed are one, or both of those.

Wages in Egypt can be low and visitors are often seen as 'easy money' - if you are being hassled by a street seller and don't want to buy something just say no firmly and politely and walk on - they will quickly move on to the next tourist.

However it is worth employing the services of a guide at some of the historic attractions. I visited the Egyptian Museum last year and we used the services of a local guide to take us around and explain what was what - he was with us for nearly two hours and cost us about £2 each - £10 in total split between 5 of us. Seemed pretty fair.

Egypt has a lot of history which is where your list of 'must do's' seems to be focussed. But there is also a lot of beauty away from the cities. The downside is distance and time to get there. The Western Desert is well worth a look but that could easily take most of your available time.

Some pics and a write up of my trip is here A little trip around Egypt .....................by scooter - ADVrider
Thx pebble35 you show the right direction Cross Egypt Challenge 2013 Registration is open I tried the form lets hope for the best... like yr clicks... Any advice before accepting...
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Thx pebble35 you show the right direction Cross Egypt Challenge 2013 Registration is open I tried the form lets hope for the best... like yr clicks... Any advice before accepting...
Don't expect high speeds and 'exhilarating' riding. Expect great company, amazing scenery, and long hot days - but with great locations and hotels to recover in overnight.

The best bit I found was to be travelling through Egypt with a group of Egyptians - it's the best way to understand their culture and appreciate the history and meaning of what we were seeing !
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