IS EGYPT SAFE?
Egypt has been the country that I have been asked the most questions about. The number one question I get: “IS IT SAFE???” I asked the same thing many times in different Facebook travel groups and every single reply was YES. I never once felt unsafe in Egypt. To me it was no different than traveling through Israel, Jordan, or Turkey. Had I not been so nervous to travel there in the beginning I would have probably stayed 3 weeks instead of one. There is still so much that I have yet to see.
WHAT TOUR COMPANY DID I YOU USE?
I found a tour company advertising through airbnb and after a few weeks of searching and negotiating a price, I went with this tour company because they were the most responsive to all my questions, the cheapest, and were willing to be flexible with my toddler schedule. I couldn’t have chosen a better company –Private tour guides, private drivers, really friendly staff that are with you every step of the way. Whenever I needed anything –like a sim card or a ride to the grocery store, they were there! It was such a great experience, which is why I highly recommend them.
WOULD YOU TAKE A TODDLER TO EGYPT?
YES! My son loved riding camels around the pyramids, he loved being on the cruise ship and swimming in the pool on the top deck as we watched the scenery pass by. He really enjoyed playing with all the rocks at the temple ruins, and running through the passages and rooms. I would recommend going during low season as there aren’t so many people and you can freely let your toddler roam without fear of losing him in a crowd.
EXPENSES BROKEN DOWN:
1 week budget tour through Mohammed Fawzy Travel Master: $534
His website: click here
2 Nights in Cairo pyramid view hotel/airbnb (meals excluded) To see photos click here
3 Nights on a 5 Star Nile Cruise (all meals included) –our ship was called MS Zeina, there are photos on google.
2 Nights on a first class overnight train (There and back –which saved on 2 nights of accommodation) –this wasn’t a sleeper train..just regular seats.
***Also, the prices were a lot lower because
1. I went during low season (September) while it was still pretty hot and
2. Because I found another company who quoted me that price and Mohamed said he would beat any competitors quote as long as it was for the same exact services. I’m glad he did because I think his company offered way better service than the other company I was going to go with.
***I should also note that the Egyptian Government doesn’t allow tourists to use 1st class night trains anymore –they have to buy an $80 sleeper train (trying to gouge more money out of tourists) and that has to be paid in USD. But the easiest way to travel for sure is by plane and if you book your domestic flights well in advance they might even be cheaper than the sleeper train.
Camel ride around the Pyramids:
$68 (Negotiated down from $120) by convincing the camel owner that I wasn’t the typical holiday tourist, that I was a single mom traveling on a budget.
Entrance Fees: (Museums, Monuments, Temples in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor)
Tipping: (Guides, drivers, Cruise staff, and anyone who provided any sort of service –Egypt has a culture of tipping known as backsheesh)
Flight From Izmir, Turkey $300.
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