Egypt Holiday – Cairo, Giza Pyramids, Luxor, Dahab, Blue Hole Snorkling 2010 – Sydney Photographers Thina Doukas
Egypt Holiday – Cairo, Giza Pyramids, Luxor, Dahab – Blue Hole – On the Go Tours – 2010
What an amazing trip to the famous destination of Egypt, the land of the pharaohs, and home to the pyramids.
We landed in Cairo after a long 21hr trip from Sydney. The temperature on arrival was a stinking 39 celcius with little to no humidity.
Our holiday began in Cairo the capital of Egypt which was truly an unbelievable city. We were greeted by our tour guide from On the Go tours at the airport which was a great relief. Cairo is hectic, chaotic, vibrant and home to the famous Giza Pyramids.
The 6000 years of history is quite evident around the city with the majority of Cairo still living life like the ancient Pharaohs once did. Camels, goats, donkeys are still used as transport mixed amongst the cars which all had damaged panels on them.
The drive from the airport to the Oasis hotel was quite an experience in itself. The drivers own the roads and rules are non-existent. Our accommodation was excellent and the service 5 stars all the way.
Visiting the museum was fascinating where most of the famous artifacts were held in tight security surroundings. Unfortunately no cameras are allowed in the museum to avoid damage to the relics.
The famous Giza Pyramids were unbelievable. Standing 145m high they were truly an awesome sight.
Luxor was home to the famous temples. It was a beautiful and peaceful city much cleaner than the busy and overcrowded Cairo which has a population of 23 million people packed like sardines.
Dahab was a resort town famous for the best snorkling and diving in the world. The Blue Hole was awesome to say the least. Costing 50 Egyptian pounds ($10AUD) for transfers including snorkling gear, the trip was worth it without doubt. Highly recommended for anyone travelling to include Dahab on your itenenary. The resorts are 5 stars and the service excellent throughout the tour.
Shopping is very cheap and exciting if you don’t get harassed by the thousands of locals looking for a quick dollar. Lookout out for scammers as they are part of the culture in Egypt. The best method to get rid of these people is to ignore them. They will get the message.
Everyone is a taxi driver or supposed to be. Only travel in the white cabs that have meters.
We can honestly say the trip was amazing as we met new people, lived a new culture and experienced a new religion composed mainly of Muslims.
You must be vigilant and stay alert in Egypt. This is evident everywhere as tourists police, armed personnel, security guards and the army are present on almost every corner, hotel gates and check points throughout the country.
On the Go tours were fantastic and highly recommended. Travelling in Egypt with a tour was an excellent decision. Trying to experience this country on your own is very difficult and not as secure as being amongst travellers. Special thanks to our tour guides Moustaffa, Tommy, Hamada and Shady for their great service, friendly smile and organisation. Cheers guys!!
Looking forward too our next journey and adventure as soon as possible.