FAQ’s and tips on Egypt

After blogging about my trip, I had a lot of people ask me questions about Egypt. My travel agent “Mo” asked if he could refer his clients to my blog, and I said of course.…

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Heading back to Los Angeles

Our flight back to Los Angeles was at 8:30, and we had to connect from Cairo to Istanbul. The tour company picked us up at 6:15 am, and it took less than 10 minutes to…

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Kushari at Abu Terek in Cairo

Our trip is coming to a close.  We flew out of Luxor and headed back to Cairo. We were scheduled to stay one night in Cairo, but our flight back to LA was early, and…

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Luxor: El Hussein Restaurant

We had a day to ourselves in Luxor, so we had our ship’s coordinator to arrange for a car to take us to a local restaurant.  Our guide Saber suggested El Hussein Restaurant, located in…

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Egyptian vendors selling boatside

Our ship has to set sail back to Luxor, so we’re along for the ride. We have new passengers who we picked up at Aswan, so those people will disembark to visit the ports.  If…

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Sailing on an Egyptian felluca

While some of our tour members headed to the airport, the rest of us boarded an Egyptian felluca, which is an old fashioned sailboat.  There was no wind on the river, so a tug boat…

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Egypt day 8: Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple

It’s the final day for some of my travel companions.  We kicked off their last day at Aswan with a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk. The significance is that the obelisk is supposed to be…

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Egypt day 7: Abu Simbel, Aswan

The Abu Simbel temples are located in southern Egypt, near the border of Sudan.  In order to get here, we had to leave the ship at 3:30 am and take a covoy with other tour…

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Sailing to Edfu, then Kom Ombo Temple

After Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, we returned back to the ship for lunch, then our ship set sail to Edfu. While sailing the Nile, the sunset call of prayer echoed throughout the…

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Temple of Hatshepsut

Queen Hatshepsut was the 5th pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt.  The Temple of Hatshepsut (also known as Djeser-Djeseru) is a shrine dedicated to Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The temple is located on the opposite side…

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Making things with Alabaster

After Valley of the Kings, tour guide Saber wanted to know if we wanted to shop or go to another Temple.  We spent 2 hours at the Valley of the Kings under the hot sun,…

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Egypt day 5: Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is where the tombs of the Pharaohs of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. The tombs date back from 1539-1075 BC, housing pharaohs like Seti I, Ramses II, Tutakhamun and even elites such…

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Touring Luxor on horse & carriage

After touring Karnak and Luxor temple, we went back to the ship for lunch.  We were offered an optional excursion to tour the city by horse and carriage for $45. We decided to take the…

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Egypt day 4: Karnak & Luxor Temple

The past 2 days in Cairo was such a blur. We did so many things in such a short amount of time.  Now, we kick off the second part of the trip with the Nile…

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Arrived: Luxor, Egypt

We made it to Luxor, to start the cruise part of our trip.  We will be spending the rest of our trip on the MS Semiramis III river boat.  As in Cairo, where Abdul was…

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Cairo Museum, then to Luxor

The Cairo Museum is probably the highlight of most tourists, next to the Great Pyramids. I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps we spent too much time at the Hanging Church? Got caught in too much…

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St. Virgin Mary: The Hanging Church

The Saint Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox church is one of the oldest churches in Egypt, dating to the 4th Century AD.  It’s also known as the “Hanging Church” because it is suspended over a passage.…

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