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Holiday to Egypt - Pyramids

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Hi

Anybody have any recommendations on the above?

I've never booked a holiday before, so anybody have a complete novice guides to booking one? And how it works? Do you just print a confirmation email and take it to the airport? Then do you just find a taxi to the hotel? Etc

Would love to see the Pyramids, Cairo according to google?

I've looked on Thompson, and have seen 14 nights in Egypt for less than £400pp. I have a budget of £800 for 2 adults, cheaper the better!

Help please! Cheers
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
i'm off to egypt in 4 weeks. we got 2 weeks AI in sharm for just over a grand. the trips to the pyramids should cost another £100-£200 depending on whethr we fly or take coach. apparently loads of places in resort to book pyramid trips
#2
Egypt will not be everyone's cup of tea and it would pay to do quite a bit of research and digging to find out whether it will suit you.
You definitely need to factor in the heat and culture difference.
Also good to remember is the pyramids may not give you what you actually expect from Egypt where as a Nile cruise taking in the major Temples together with say a day or two at Cairo for the Pyramids would better suit.

Rough Guides are usually good books to read.

There are some good online reference sites, I'll try and find a few for you.

Here's one to get you going :
http://guide.diytravel.co.uk/Egypt-travel-guide-346.html

and some more........................
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Egypt/TravelGuide-Egypt.html

http://forum.holidaywatchdog.com/Egypt-Forum-C-13.html
#3
When I've booked holidays I've always been with Thomas Cook, They send your booking confirmation by post plus an email confirmation. About two weeks before your holiday they'll send you your tickets by post I think. If the holidays short notice then you'll pick tickets up at the airport. Transfers by coach are usually included in price at Thomas Cook, When you arrive at Egypt for example you'll be greeted by your travel rep and she will tell you which coach to go on, The coach will drop you off as near to your hotel as possible and also drops other holiday makers off on the way, At the end of your stay you'll be picked up by coach and taken back to the airport. Their are options to choose different transport methods e,g taxi and they can usually arrange the taxi's for you or option to hire a car etc.. It's your responsibility to get to the airport in the UK, Consider booking car parking and 2 weeks is usually around £100. It's usually cheaper for you to arrange you own travel insurance, In flight meals are usually an option with Thomas Cook and are probably worth having considering the distance to Egypt, I've never bothered as furthest I've been so far is Spain.

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#4
Here's s couple of photo's from the O/H's Egypt Nile Cruise holiday a couple of years ago.
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#5
Thanks for your comments.

@ Shaune - Many thanks for the advice, I'm not too far from the airport, so will be getting a taxi there and back. Regarding the holiday rep, (bearing in mind I've never been on holiday without a friend/family member in charge before) are they already in Egypt and they have like an office or something to meet you?

Also, would it be worth going into a Thomas Cook travel agents to book it? Or is it true that its much cheaper via the internet?

@ Hottoshop - WOW, fantastic pictures! Its exactly what I'd like to go there for, the history and sights. I assumed the Nile Cruise was a boat trip? Where did your OH stay? I've read that Pyramids are in Cairo, and have read about Luxor, Sharm el Shiekh.

As far as I can see, I could easily find 2 weeks for 2 adults for under £800. Would that be the same in a travel agents?

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Deal4Me
Thanks for your comments.

@ Shaune - Many thanks for the advice, I'm not too far from the airport, so will be getting a taxi there and back. Regarding the holiday rep, (bearing in mind I've never been on holiday without a friend/family member in charge before) are they already in Egypt and they have like an office or something to meet you?

Also, would it be worth going into a Thomas Cook travel agents to book it? Or is it true that its much cheaper via the internet?

@ Hottoshop - WOW, fantastic pictures! Its exactly what I'd like to go there for, the history and sights. I assumed the Nile Cruise was a boat trip? Where did your OH stay? I've read that Pyramids are in Cairo, and have read about Luxor, Sharm el Shiekh.

As far as I can see, I could easily find 2 weeks for 2 adults for under £800. Would that be the same in a travel agents?

Thanks for your suggestions.


The main Nile cruises are on boats which are actually floating hotels. There's a selection on the following link to have a look at::
http://www.travcotels.com/nile_cruise.htm

The O/H flew to Luxor and then boarded the ship and spent the week cruising down the Nile, stopping at various places.
Excursions and trips were then taken from the ship usually starting out early morning and returning midday because of the heat factor.

The ships have all facilities and you are looked after very well. She went with her son who was 11/12 at the time and felt secure at all times. Excursions are usually taken by coach and also normally have an armed guard.

She was advised before hand that the Pyramids although pretty spectacular were not as amazing as the Temples etc and on a one week holiday it would be advisable to forget them and stick to the Nile and the temples.
She took that advice and never regretted it in the least. If you are on a two week holiday you can split the holiday between the two and see the Pyramids.
Again the advice she had was that Cairo was not the best place to spend a lot of time in but of course you would need to make your own mind up.

You are escorted at all times from the time you get off the plane in Luxor to returning to the Airport. There is usually a rep on board the ship.
There are loads of these ships and they vary in age and quality. Apparently the way to tell if you have a good one is by the decor/state of the entrance room !

The staff on the ship look after you well and especially so if you make sure you give a nice tip to the person showing you to your cabin on the first day !
Remember a lot of these staff only exist through tips and they are not shy in coming forward. It's a different culture and you have to take that into consideration. Egypt is still a relatively poor country and tourism is to a lot of these people their only income. You will always be "hassled" to buy things when off the ship etc and when going round the temples etc if you want to photograph the local people then it is polite to ask and to offer a tip.

It's a real good idea to get a supply of $1 bills before you go. The locals will take any money as a tip but normally dollars are the most acceptable. If you can get hld of low denomination Egyptian pounds that's fine too but they are not that easy to find.

Food on the ship she was on was absolutely fine but as is normal you may well get a tummy bug due to the different climate and food. Only drink water from a bottle and don't have ice in your drinks. Be careful how much alcohol you consume.
Bear in mind the heat as it can get seriously hot and oppressive even on the Nile. Most of the ships have a swimming pool albeit not massive ones obviously. Make sure you have hats and plenty of sunscreen.
Take a supply of Immodium with you as well as any other medicines you might need. It's also not a bad idea to pack some snacks like biscuits or whatever from the UK.

Anything else you want to know about just shout !!

With regards to booking the holiday we did a lot of searching on the net and things like teletext etc but ended up seeing a notice on the window of a travel agent for a special offer, went in, checked the details and booked it there and then.
You can get some really good deals so it's just a matter of trawling about for the best.

Probably missed something important but those are the main points above. Don't be afraid to ask the travel agent anything you want to know.
There's loads of reference points on the net and if you type "Nile Cruises" into Google you will discover many sites to look through.

Regards :)
Regards
banned#7
Quick question about egypt can you actually climb on pyramids all the way to the top if you want?
banned#8
Proximo;2172686
Quick question about egypt can you actually climb on pyramids all the way to the top if you want?

Climbing up the pyramids is illegal. You wouldnt want people climbing all over stonehenge.

Some people do both though.
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Deal4Me
Also, would it be worth going into a Thomas Cook travel agents to book it? Or is it true that its much cheaper via the internet?

it is much cheaper on the net but most shops will try to match if not beat an internet price. i went to holidaywatchdog.com and read up on reviews until i found 1 liked the sound of then went through thomson thomas cook etc to find the best price. i then printed it out and took it to my local shop. in my case i took a quote from thomas cook's website to the thomas cook shop and she matched it straight away (dropped £300 off the price) with a bit of persuading she rang regional office and knocked another £30 off. ended up paying just over a grand for 2 weeks 4*AI from bristol, last week of june and first week of july. i found the cheapest time seemed to be from now until 2nd week in june. try not showing her the actual quote until she gives you her best price then getting her to beat yours HTH
#10
Thanks for that guys!! Very informative, shall leave rep to you guys.

On some research, I think I'm going to stay in Luxor, and if possible, go to Cairo for just the day, and return to the hotel? That possible? How much?

If not, I think the Temples in Luxor should please me, I've been told by a friend that they are walking distance from hotels in Luxor, anyone confirm this?

Found a deal, around £350pp, which I think is pretty good?

Cheers for the tips so far all. Appreciated.
#11
Deal4Me
Thanks for that guys!! Very informative, shall leave rep to you guys.

On some research, I think I'm going to stay in Luxor, and if possible, go to Cairo for just the day, and return to the hotel? That possible? How much?

If not, I think the Temples in Luxor should please me, I've been told by a friend that they are walking distance from hotels in Luxor, anyone confirm this?

Found a deal, around £350pp, which I think is pretty good?

Cheers for the tips so far all. Appreciated.


Sorry Deal, i missed your reply before.
I think you might want to research the Luxor Hotel thingy a bit more. Certainly the more spectacular temples are down the Nile further hence the cruise holiday being so popular.
In fact one of the most spectacular is still a half day trip or a short plane ride away.

I'm also not so sure about walking around Luxor without security, it's probably ok but you need to check it out.

Day trips to Cairo I'm sure can be arranged but again you need to research this.

Why don't you just walk into a travel agents and tell them exactly what you are looking for and they will guide you through everything if they are reputable. You wont be under any obligation, they are used to it.

You should come away a lot more clued up. Last thing you want to do is go all that way and miss the best bits.

Regards :)

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