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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2017
Halfaya Sollum War cemetary

I am considering a trip to Egypt maybe in the next year or so. I will most likely do an organised to see the pyramids and the Nile, etc. While I am there Inwould also like to visit the Halfaya Sollum War cemetary as my great uncle is buried there. (He was killed in action in WW2)
I know you can get buses from Alexandria or I was also considering staying a night at Mersa Matruh which is closer. I am just not sure about travelling there on my own as it's very close to the Libyan border. Has anyone been there or have any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2016
US citizen transiting  (2 Answers)

Do I need to obtain a visa in advance? I am flying from Johannesburg to Copenhagen via Cairo. Plane lands at 5:35 a.m. and next flight leaves at 10 a.m. US citizen. I have read differing reports that say I need to have a visa but cannot determine if it can be obtained online ahead of time or upon arrival. I know the policy changed effective May 15, 2015 saying you had to obtain in advance but then that was changed until an electronic system was to be put in place.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2016
Safety - Query  (5 Answers)

Egypt is not going away from mind and we have been waiting for a while for safety to return. It is concerning reading an incident on 11th Dec. However, wanting to know from anyone who travelled recently how is the experience. We would limit Cairo now but has always been interested in visiting Luxor too - what are best options?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2016
Egypt safety coming from Israel  (1 Answer)

Family and I will be having a vacation to Israel first then to Egypt on Christmas. When we read the itinerary for the tour I found out that we will be crossing the Israel-Egypt border and passing north sinai to reach the Monastery of St. Claire; and then the next day to Cairo. I am worried that the crossing of the border or the driving in north sinai would be too dangerous since north sinai has many terrorists as per travel warnings. Should I cancel the trip?

Also can anyone tell me the current situation of Sinai and Cairo? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2016
Changing Currency in Egypt  (1 Answer)

We are travelling to Egypt in Feb 2017. Are there ATM where we can get Egyptian pounds. Is there a daily limit on how much we can withdraw? TIA

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2016
Which cruise liner would you recommend for cruising the Nile.  (3 Answers)

Which cruise liner would you recommend for cruising the Nile. I know that the Dolphin Nile is out dated and looking for something better please. Any advise

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2016
Best Egypt City for Luxury Resorts  (4 Answers)

My husband and I are traveling to Egypt from the US in late December (for a 1 week stay), but we haven't booked our hotels yet. We're looking to relax at a high end resort for a several days but also take in some of the popular tourist attractions (pyramids, Sphinx, cruise the Nile).
We fly into Cairo. Are we better off staying at a luxury resort in another city and taking an excursion trip into Cairo to see the sights? Or are there good luxury resort options in Cairo?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2016
Is there a ferry or cargo ship from Egypt to Europe?  (4 Answers)

My wife and I have been driving a small car from Japan and heading to Africa.
We want to go from Egypt to Europe, when we go back to Japan.
Is there a ferry or cargo ship from Egypt to Europe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2016
Please help!! 1st time travelling in egypt.  (4 Answers)

hello folks,
i am planning to visit egypt in december with my parents and wife.we will be staying for 10-12 days. please suggest itinerary for cairo aswan luxor and hurdhaga.please include all must see places and overland travel.i dont like to take all inclusive tour packages.i love to plan and travel it possible to tour economically this way in egypt or i must have to take tour package from agency!! is it possible to buy train tickets or arrange car and guide individually in each places from hotel or from other good options.please help folks.thanx in advance. :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2016
travelling to the north coastal area in Egypt from Cairo Airport

I travelled to Egypt on my own approximately 1 year ago when i was 21 all the way down from Cairo to Qina and then to Al Quseir which went very well, i'm planning to travel again to the north coastal region like Salloum and Marsa Matruh, however my question is, is there a direct bus-route from Cairo airport to Salloum? since the places i went before are more familiar since there are alot of English speaking people compared to the small places i want to travel now since i don't want to caught up clueless in the middle of the desert (i don't speak arabic just a few basic lines i'm Turkish).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2016
Hurghada to Cairo (Giza pyramids)  (2 Answers)

My partner and I are travelling to Hurghada in October for a week and had our hopes up to travel to Cairo to see the Giza pyramids. We have seen day trips available via flying, however, much to our disappointment, the hotel we are staying in have advised due to safety reasons, we cannot book a trip with them.

Can anyone recommend a safe/good company to book a day trip to the pyramids (preferably flying there) so that we can fulfil our dreams of seeing the great culture this country has to offer?

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2016
alexandria and pyramids  (2 Answers)

I'm visiting Egypt this October. I'm gonna stay in Cairo for 05 days.
I'd love to visit the pyramids as well as the light house in Alexandria if it still exists and other anciant sites.
my concern is , is it better to see the pyramids on the second day since i'll get to cairo late in theevening the first day or is it better to visit them the last day? also i'll book a hotel in Gezira or downtown cairo , which one is better? what's the best means of transportation to get from there to the pyramids.
as far as Alexandria is concerned. Is one day enough sightseeing and what are the places i should go to. Do i go to Alexandria by bus or by train.
thank you in advance for your valuable advice

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2016
not just antiquities  (3 Answers)

So I'm excitedly waiting for a planned and scheduled trip to Cairo and a Nile cruise in October. I realize that most of my time in Eqypt will be spent looking at things that are thousands of years old. But I would also like to experience modern life in Egypt--at least a little! I hate the idea of visiting a country and not getting any idea of what it's like to be a citizen in current times. And while most of my time is scheduled for me on the tour, I do have a couple of days with hours of free time--one full half day in Cairo for instance, and a morning in Aswan.

I was especially interested in touring/ visiting the Parliament meeting house...just to see the building. I'm traveling solo on this trip (and that's why I booked a tour package), and I don't speak much Arabic (mostly please and thank you). I understand that I'm not really going to get a true idea of common life among the people of Cairo by spending one afternoon, but do you have a suggestion of how I could maybe get a few glimpses of "real life" while I am there? I'm truly fascinated by other cultures. Do I just go to a plaza in the middle of town, eat from food vendors and observe? Do I find a "visitor's bureau" of some sort and watch a presentation?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2016
Visas on entry to hurgarda  (3 Answers)

Hi I'm travelling to hurgarda in September 2016 from uk and can I still get a visa on arrival at airport thankyou

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
Travelling to Egypt in August 2016  (3 Answers)

First time going to Egypt - a bit nervous due to media, and warning notices not to travel there. Plan on meeting a friend who is Egyptian and lives there. Was wondering if there have been recent travellers there this year and how was there time there.... thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2016
Marsa Alam  (3 Answers)

I've just read a few reviews about Marsa Alam and one in particular I thought a bit strange.
It stated a possible alternative to obtaining a Visa at Marsa Alam airport was to purchase one from Thomson on route to the hotel, apparently if you chose this option there is no receipt given and your passport is not stamped.
I wonder how you would get on if the Egyptian authorities challenged you before boarding your return flight.
Last year my wife and I stayed at the Makadi Spa Hurghada which we both enjoyed very much but found access to the reef from the beach difficult.
We thought we would give the Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort a go this November and would like to know the best method of tipping.
At the Makadi pound coins were accepted and then changed for notes but apparently its better to tip using dollars at the Coraya, or is change in local currency easy to obtain?.
The brochure mentions a few things to expect in your room but it doesn't say anything about a safe, tea / coffee making facilities or a fridge.
Any advice or recommendations from anyone who has stayed at the Coraya recently would be greatly appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2016
Where is this address in Cairo city?  (1 Answer)

Hi! I'll go to Cairo in first time. and I can not found this address on the map.
Cairo has 10 streets with this name.
Guys please find it for this map and give me link

9 Omar Ibn Abd el aziz Street off Shehab St.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2016
Question regarding Visa on Arrival  (4 Answers)

I have a question regarding Visa on arrival at the airport. There seems to be some uncertainty in regard to Latin American citizens, specifically in my case Venezuelan. While the Egyptian Embassy in the UK doesn't list any country from Latin America as eligible for Visa on arrival, IATA includes these and some Brazilian travellers seem to have crossed in without problems. Do you know of South Americans entering Egypt this way? I just don't want to risk an unfriendly surprise at the airport or even before with the airline.
Thanks for any information.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2016
Egypt itinerary  (4 Answers)

Hi guys,

I will be visiting Cairo next week for 4 days. I'm planning to extend my trip and take the opportunity to backpack Egypt. I can stay there for up to 14 days. Kindly note that I will be traveling alone and on a tight budget. I'm interested in historic buildings, archaeological sites and culture. Any suggested itinerary for the additional 10 days?

Thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2016
Visiting El Sharm Sheikh

Any suggestions on what to do and where to in sharm? Will Be leaving in a couple of days and staying for a week a group of six. What is the nightlife like also should we plan trips to Cairo or Luxor?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2016
Tour guides necessary?  (7 Answers)

Hi everyone! I will be traveling to Cairo in a week with my sister. I will be visiting a friend who is Egyptian. We will be staying with her and we're planning on going with her to see all the sites. I'm confused though because she is telling me we need to book tour guide to see pyramids, bazaar, citadel, Christian Church tours...pretty much everything. She told me Egyptians can't be guide for foreigners unless they have a permit. But she is my friend and knows all this places, is this really not allowed? She will be coming with us but also the tour guide. And if we have to spend all this money on guides how much is reasonable? I will attach a photo of what was sent to me. Also I would like to go to either luxor or hurghada, I'm wondering what is best. Or if to do both. Is the price quoted to me reasonable

I will add that the price does not include plane ride to hurghada and back. Thank you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2016
Daraw (camel market), Kom Ombo and Edfu  (2 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Egyt this May. After visiting Aswan, I plan to return to Luxor by a taxi visiting on the way the camel market at Daraw and the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu. I have few questions in this regard.

1. There are conflicting reports about the most active market days . Some sources say it is Saturday and Sunday while some say it is Tuesday and Thursday. Most sources agree that there on Tuesday there is a market for cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, etc.

2. Is it possible to visit these three places in a single day by taxi without hiring a guide? How much would the taxi cost?

3. Are there any restrictions imposed by the police on independent travel by tourists at these places?

Thanks in adavnce.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2016
sharm to taba by road  (2 Answers)

hi, how safe are the road travel between sharm and taba. There is a tour that goes from charm to taba by road before taking you over to jerusalem, deadsea, petra, then back to aqaba for a transfer to taba, and then back on the road again. I know the FCO says sharm is in the greenlight, but the areas outside of it on the way to taba is orange (to reconsider your need to travel) and Taba itself is on the red zone.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2016
International Student Identity Card discounts at Egyptian monuments.  (3 Answers)

The page of The International Student Identity Card
mentions 50% discount at many monuments in Egypt for ISIC as well as ITIC (International Teacher Identity Card) and IYIC (International Youth Identity Card) card holders. But the webpage of Egypt Tourism mentions discount only for "students". Can anyone please explain what the ground situation is? Do they give discount to any "student" or only for ISIC holder or even for ITIC/IYIC holders.
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2016
VIsa Requirements  (7 Answers)

I will be travelling to Egypt next month and need to know the correct visa requirements as I hear 2 different things: I can get one when I arrive at Cairo airport and then I hear that I have to get one prior to arriving. I've contacted the Egytian Embassies in NY and DC by phone and email to which I've not yet received a response. This is utterly confusing as it seems there's nothing clear about it. The EgyptAir website states I can get one when I arrive but I want to be sure and I'd hate to be told otherwise when I arrive. I really don't trust mailing my passport to the embassy because if they can't even respond to my calls/emails, then what makes you think they'll send me back my passport and visa in time. PLEASE HELP!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2016
I'm looking for a carving inside the Egyptian Museum of Antiques  (3 Answers)

In the Egyptian Museum, I seen a carving of a woman sitting on a chair holding a book with 4 men sitting cross legged on the floor in front of her. Their heads were pointed up with bubbles and/or stars around their heads indicating they were dazed or hypnotized somehow. How can I get a picture of this carving?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2016
Hurghada and Mosquitoes  (2 Answers)

Hi, off to Hurghada in March - just wondering if mosquitoes are generally a problem in the resort areas (I've been to Alexandria/Cairo/Karnak and up the Nile, and they were there).  Will be taking repellant anyway but my son is a magnet for them so trying to find out in advance what we'll be up against!!  Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2016
Hurghada Snorkelling at beach  (2 Answers)

Does anyone know whether the Sunrise holidays resort or Sentido Mamlouk Palace resorts have any reef accessible from the beach

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2016
Safety at Sharm El-sheikh now ?  (2 Answers)

Hi I suppose to travel to Sharm El-sheikh on the 13th of February, just wondering if anyone is at that resort or have been can shear they experience and thought about it. Did you feel safe?

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2016
How safe is it  (5 Answers)

Hi we are going on a Nile Cruise, 3 days in Giza & 4 days in Hurghada in March, but we are a little concerned, due to the two recent attacks. I know nowhere is completely safe, but can anyone reassure us & would we be hasty in cancelling now.

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