It would seem that after hundreds of years with little changing in Egypt, suddenly and overnight EVERYTHING is changing. So here are my main tips if you are planning a trip to Egypt now.
- If you want a Nile Cruise – that must be your first booking. Then organise the rest of your trip around it. If you want a GOOD Nile Cruise around Christmas and New Year you need to book about a year in advance. Places are limited at that time as it is the time of highest demand.
- Book your hotels in advance. This applies especially if you want the best hotels as Egypt is in high demand again.
- Book your tours in advance. Don’t leave it until you get to Egypt to do this – you could find yourself without a guide or transport to sites. And public transport does not cover all tourist locations not do taxis
- Book your flights early, especially the internal ones as supply is not meeting demand now. In 2022 and 2023 I have had guests having to cancel tour reservations in both Cairo and Luxor just because they could not get flights and the overnight train was also fully booked.
MISTAKES TOURISTS MAKE in planning sightseeing:
- Spend less time researching ALL the sites in Egypt
- Spend more time researching the sites you have chosen to visit.
To expand on that –
- take my word for it and go with the sites listed on my website for a first visit.
- read my stories and see what grabs your imagination
- do further research into the history and the people who used or lived in the monuments/buildings you will visit, that you have an interest in.
A temple or a monument (unless you are an architect or such) is only a heap of stones and mortar if you don’t know the PEOPLE who used it. Most guides will only give you the official history they have been taught and to be honest, I find much of that information very “dry”. Finding info outside that is not actually easy……
I will give you an example. Google “Gayer Anderson House” and choose the “Images” tab. Now imagine yourself being walked through that house in 1 or 2 hours. That house is amazing but no guide could possible tell you all the stories, the history of the house or about Gayer Anderson himself in a full day.
On the other hand – read my stories on the Gayer Anderson House on this site and then look at the google images again. The experience of walking through that house knowing the lives of the former owners etc is a priceless experience. The same goes for all the sites in Egypt.
CHILDREN: – You can and should (in my opinion) prepare your children, whatever their age, for their visit to Egypt by telling them the stories of the places they will visit BEFORE they come. Being prepared in this way is even more important for children than it is for adults. You do not want a bored, overwhelmed child with you in a temple or tomb- it’s not fair on them. I have seen children tour Egypt with their faces more or less permanently glued to ipads and mobile phones. That is so sad and un-necessary.
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