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EGYPT: PHOTOS AND TRIP REPORT
Here below some of the most
fascinating photos from Egypt. Together with the photogallery, you will find a funny
and interesting trip report full of info and anecdotes describing the whole travel itinerary.
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EGYPT TRIP REPORT AND PHOTOS
For that Christmas I decided to spend
my holidays in Egypt, not only for the pyramids or
the Red Sea, but mostly for the strange White Desert. From Italy we flew to Cairo and then to Luxor.
We had also booked in advance
a B&B in the city of temples and a three-day trip in the
desert (the latter through the agency Select Egypt, that we found on the
Internet: it didn't seem reliable at all, but the low price convinced us).
We had dinner at the Beit Sabee hotel (a double room for
40 euros per night) and we went to sleep. The breakfast on the
terrace of the guesthouse was great: not for the food, but for the spectacular views over the red mountains around Luxor.
Our taxi driver / guide that we had booked for the day (50 euros per person including all tickets
and lunch) took us to Medinat Habu temple, to the famous temples of
Karnak and Luxor, and to the Valley of the Kings.
A travel itinerary in which the grandeur of buildings
and columns and ruins meshed with the harsh beauty of the bare landscape, creating
In the evening my girlfriend and I decided to
have a walk in the center of Luxor. It was amazing to cross the Nile at sunset, on a small taxi boat.
We loved Luxor town center and also the food at the restaurant. Taxis and boats were incredibly cheap.
after, at dawn, our taxi driver took us to the airport, from which we flew to Cairo.
At the arrivals a man loaded us on his car and he drove into the flat, boring desert.
It was the start of out tour in the White Desert; a
three-day tour for 140 euros each, including sleeping, eating,
drinking, driver, guide, jeep, entrance fees to parks, etc... We arrived at the oasis of Baharya at lunch. It was amazing to see
the palm groves and houses suddenly rise from the middle of that
flat sandy desert.
The town was dusty and not in too conditions. The driver left us in a nice hotel
where other tourists were waiting to go to the White Desert. Our guide
arrived shortly after. He was a typically Bedouin
guy, with his tunic and his turban, grown up in Baharyia. We started out 4x4 tour,
through a much more beautiful desert full of colors, dunes, rocks and mountains.
We stopped in an area of dark ground
(the Black Desert), then on a long sand dune, and then we continued our organised travel itinerary
through the extraordinary Akabat Mountains,
where we drank mint tea in a scenic location.
It was dark when we arrived in the
middle of the White Desert, so initially we could
only imagine its beauty. The Bedouins prepared the
camping gear, mounted it on the sand and began cooking.
After a quiet night in the sleeping bags (the temperature at night dropped
to 7-8 degrees Celsius) we woke up at dawn to
finally admire the spectacular White Desert under the light of the sun.
We walked through those senseless rock formations
while the Bedouins prepared breakfast and packed the tents and everything else. Back on the jeep, we continued our travel itinerary along sandy treks that crossed that spectacular scenery. We
some more desert and one small oasis.
The next day, the adventurous travel itinerary by jeep continued through other wild, deserted spaces.
Finally we arrived back to
Baharyia. It was a great trip! Another
driver picked us up on his van and took us to Cairo ,
in the city center, where we had booked a private room in a
hostel. We went out for dinner,
finding a good restaurant near the gigantic Tahrir Square.
The next morning we hired a taxi for the day (20 euros), contacted
by the hostel. The driver
spoke perfect Italian, so he was also our guide. By taxi we reached
the outskirts of Cairo, where there was the entrance to the
Pyramids of Giza. Here
we hired a dromedary, on top of which we visited the area.
As famous as it is,
the view of the Pyramids in the desert is amazing, even if it's disappointing to see
that they are just a few hundred meters from the ugliest
apartments of Cairo. But the Pyramids are the Pyramids!
Then we saw the Sphinx, which was smaller and much less impressive than we had imagined.
In addition to the Pyramids of Giza, there were other similar sites around Cairo.
These less famous Pyramids are almost as impressive as the ones of Giza, but much less crowded. So, our driver
took us to Saqqara and then Dahshur. In the latter
site, we were able to climb the steps of the Red Pyramid of Snefru and
then to enter into the heart of the pyramid through a
narrow and steep staircase.
In the afternoon we concluded the trip. Then we wandered alone through the center of
Cairo, which we visited in more depth the day after.
We walked to the lively souk, where we had falafels and bakhlava.
Aside from the crazy traffic, visiting Cairo was simple and safe. The monumental
center, with the alleys and the mosques, was really fascinating.
At dinner we enjoyed
the last Arab dishes of our holiday as our travel itinerary ended. The following morning
we returned to the airport and then to Italy and the journey was over... a real pity! Because Egypt is beautiful and
its temperate climate in the Christmas holidays is perfect, compared to the cold European winter.
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