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After some trouble I managed to send someone in Egypt to the auto club and ask about how it's done. First time they told him that I have to get a CdP from Canada before I travel and this is the only way, but after the information I got from fretje here I asked my friend in Egypt to go again and explain the situation further. After telling them that there is ...


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I have done this last year (2010) with a friend of mine. We arrived at the Egyption border in Nuweiba (with the boat from Jordan) without a CdP. It's not that you travel through Egypt without a carnet. We had to buy a local one (which is only valid in Egypt itself) on the spot. Actually, we had to get it in town (Nuweiba). So it's a process of getting ...


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While I haven't been myself, I've done some research so figured I may as well share. For tours and excursions: The Siwa Guide - desert safaris, and they describe a sea of sand stretching as far as the eye can see. They have half day, full day and custom trips - which could include camel safaris, or camping under the stars. Abu-Zahra Bedouin Safaris - ...


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All of those places are touristy, and as such they're completely used to seeing tourists wearing all of the described clothing. One thing to note, however, is if you're taking the train down to Aswan/Luxor overnight, it can get rather chilly in the desert at which point you will most certainly want more than just t-shirts and shorts. In fact I had my ...


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Egypt, as like much of North Africa and parts of the Middle East, is volatile. The State Department of the US has a comprehensive website detailing the latest information on the country. It points out that while crime is relatively low, there has of course been several incidents of protests, riots and political upheaval over the past year. In the end, it ...


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Given that no one really came forward with an answer, I am going to answer my own question. I am writing this answer at the Star Alliance Business Class lounge at departures so this experience is fresh. My original questions Is it an issue that my transit time is longer than 12 hours? Can I still leave the airport? The transit time being longer than ...


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For practical purposes the answer is "Adaptors will be reasonably available AND importantly, European equipment will work properly on the provided Egyptian voltage and frequency". Also, Egypt notionally uses the "Europlug" (type C below) so many continental European appliances will plug in directly. You will also find the type F Schuko plug in use. So, in ...


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Normally it is not required to have Visa tourist in advance for USA, Canada and most of Europe. But this is only for Tourist visa, any other visa (work, businesses, diplomatic, ...) should be arranged in advance. Also this is for normal passports, official or diplomatic passports need advance visa. Tourist visa can be stamped in all main airports for: UK ...


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Warning: Anectodal evidence... I just heard yesterday that it's an amzing time to visit Egypt right now while all the tourists are away. A young Australian couple passing through my hostel were there recently and reported only about three other people were at the pyramids while they were visiting! They felt very safe and highly recommended it. I was so ...


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Ok, I was in Cairo in 2007. With the tensions some may have changed, but here are my suggestions: Alexandria - it's only a few hours away, and there are connections to get there (my tour company just offered a day trip before the tour started). It was fantastic and I'm so glad I got to it - the new Great Library is cool, lots of old monuments and ...


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For men, the only place you have to worry about what you are wearing is inside a mosque, other than that you can wear whatever you want to. This does not apply to women, though. However in January or February I think it is going to be a little cold for shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. In Aswan, Abo Simbel and Luxor it's only at night when it gets cold just ...


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I visited Egypt in August of this year, and although I didn't stay in Cairo (I stayed in Sharm El Sheikh), I never once felt threatened. I partook in many activities whilst there, visiting the Bedouin, travelling to the pyramids, and quad biking in the desert, with 2 children. While Sharm would tend to cater much more to the tourist, on a professional ...


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Buses run infrequently and are privatized so it's extremely difficult to document. Taking the subway to Giza and connecting by mini-bus is much more difficult then catching the No 355/357 behind the Egyptian Museum. It's an "unofficial" stop, costs two Egyptian pounds, is air conditioned and will take you right to the base of the pyramids. Things to ...


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You can try the Radioshack chain in Cairo, I found a good quality adapter there for a reasonable price after realising I had forgotten to pack one. There are several stores in central Cairo and the staff have a good level of English.


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The road down there from Aswan is considered high risk, and currently inaccessible to foreigners travelling in their own car. However, you can travel there in police-escorted bus convoys, OR rent a car with a driver from a local travel agency in Aswan, who is familiar with the roads and rules. There's at least one daily convoy a day, and takes three hours ...


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MSK Try asking the same line of questions over at www.expeditionportal.com. It is a large international group of adventure travelers using 4WD and adventure moto to explore the world. Sure enough someone there will know your solution!


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Well, it's not yet a full answer, but it's a start. The ferry leaves Mersin once a week. But... as I write this (October 16, 2012), after having spoken to Anrusstrans, the ferry has not run for the 'past month' and will not run for 'at least another month'. (I might have an opportunity to try them again in April 2013. Any updates in the meantime are most ...


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I did two days on a felluca (small sail boat) and I have some thoughts on this. I personally loved sleeping on deck, watching everything go by. But there were the big cruise ships as well. On the big boats - you have more height, you have working toilets, I presume good meals, great cabins and beds, and so on. But it'll be very touristy. On the small ...


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I know it's a different period but some of the answers on a similar question are going to be relevant. I've re-read my answer there and feel it is just as suitable now as it was then. Therefore I'll quote: Egypt, as like much of North Africa and parts of the Middle East, is volatile. The State Department of the US has a comprehensive website ...


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There are 3 cell phone providers in Egypt: Vodafone Mobinil Etisalat Each one of them provide wireless data connection. There are two types: 1- USB modem, which is the easiest way: Vodafone USB modem Mobinil USB modem Etisalat USB modem Normally etisalat is the cheapest one. The problem with this USB modem, is that you have to buy the USB modem ...


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Yes it is possible. Entering "train from cairo to luxor" in Google found me this link (first) and this link (second). You can book online here. The link explicitly gives prices for foreigners.


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Museums: Cairo have a lot of museums, just to name a few. The Egyptian Museum is a MUST SEE. Khan Elkhalili: a major old market area. They sell a lot of antiques and souvenirs. Better to go at night. Pharaonic Village: a village, which simulate a lot of ancient Egyptian activities. Cairo Opera house: The Cairo opera house, with many nice shows. Al-Azhar ...


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You are lucky, if you are boarding in Cairo International Airport this is in the middle of Cairo, Nasr City where is the place to go to every awesome place. If your Layover is 12 hours its plenty of time to take a little bit of Cairo ~,* Just make sure if your flight is between 8AM to 4PM you need to leave couple hours early the airport road is ALWAYS busy ...


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Egypt uses GSM phones, on the 900 and 1800 Mhz bands, and have freed up 2100 Mhz for 3G usage. Vodafone Egypt has what they call 'USB Modems' which would be what you're after, and their data plans page would seem to indicate various prepay and postpaid options. But you're probably better off just chatting to them when you get there to decide on your best ...


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No, I don't think so. I was planning a trip to Egypt a year ago (it was quite a tense period then as well) but decided to go to India this year instead. It was also suppose to be a backpacking trip and was planning to go solo. I joined all the travel forums I could think of and members there (both, traveler and residents of Egypt) told me that I have nothing ...



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