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UK to Cairo help needed

I'm thinking of arranging a trip to cairo in April 2009 for 3 months. Travelling from London. Any help gratefully accepted along with anyone who fancies doing the trip?

Has anyone on here done this journey, how long will it take, are visas difficult to get etc.

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Which way are you going? North Africa or Europe?

If you're coming through Spain I might fancy hooking up, if not the whole way at least for a stretch (at the very least for Morocco & Algeria)...

You intending to do a return trip (or just shipping the bike back)?

As far as visas and such go, it'll be very easy going up to and including Turkey for the northern route, Syria-Jordan-Israel-Egypt (due to an official state of war, getting to Israel from Lebanon is currently impossible, so you have to go through Jordan) would be the only problematic bit visa-wise. The other way, no idea for UK nationals, the only person I know that did it was a Syrian/Belgian national (and fluent in Arabic as well as a muslim) and it was a breeze... but that doesn't really count does it?

Anyways, afaik Morocco and Algeria are fairly easy, as is Egypt (quite a few tourists from Europe and such, with bike and overland might be a bit more complicated, but it won't be like trying to get into Burma/Myanmar or anything. Lybia: No idea, honestly... again, don't know any european nationals that have gone there - at least without the support of either an NGO or a company. If you intend to take Tunisia (as in not try to go around it inland), I've heard it's not too complicated visa-wise either, but that info is about a decade old by now (so pretty much useless).

Anyways, I intend to do that (african) route (and beyond) somewhere in the 2010-2012 timeframe, so if that's your path, keep us updated.
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