Traveling to Egypt
Airfare costs and schedule
Overall total: $3302.60
Lodging- Cairo Marriott Hotel
From April 16-23rd I will stay at the Marriott. The hotel is rated 5 stars and if I travel all this way, I want to be sure that I'm staying in a comfortable and safe place. Location and wifi services were very important to me. I want to be connected to people at home via my computer. Also, I will depend on the touring services to provide recommended outtings and excursions.
My cost is $139 per night. Kayak.com had the best rate. I also looked at Expedia and they quoted prices $10 more.
While the hotel is large and bustling with people, the grounds are large and peaceful. The tower hotel provides views of the Nile and six gardens. The stunning Nile River runs smoothly nearby. Watch travelers enjoy relaxing cruises and calm waters. The huge rectangular outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs. The perfect place to wind down after a busy touring day. Other amenities include a small workout room, several restaurants on the grounds and modern features in the hotel room like television and a private bathroom.
Breakfast: Omar's Cafe-a la carte items $10 per person
Lunch at the Marriott Bakery for sandwiches $20 person
Nile River Dinner Cruise $62 per person $124 total
Everyone who travels across the world to Egypt must make a trip to the Pyramids. I opted for a private tour of Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. I found this trip through the concierge. It was 3-4 hours long and transportation was included from the hotel
9am-12 noon $37 per person $74 total
Parasailing on the Red Coast will satisfy the adventurer in Egypt. Many crave the opportunity to feel the freedom of flying. The expedition over the water will bring the wind through your hair as the sun warms your skin.
Hot air balloon ride over the city of Luxor. Soar over the land and sea to explore the sites and culture from a different perspective. At sunrise or sundown the glowing sun warms the balloon ride and brings peace to the day. ( cost: $187 per person)
For the water lover
A lover of water can always find fun opportunities even in the desert! The Nile River offers many water trips. This one feels the most adventurous.
An early morning float
Take a ride in a hot air balloon and see the historical pyramids and artifacts from a different perspective. The trip is a peaceful time with a loved one.
Riding a camel!
Who wants to walk in the sand when they can ride on a camel? Certainly a unique experience. Let's just hope he doesn't spit on his customers.
For the water lover
An early morning float
History and culture
The creation of the Sphinx in 2550 b.c. in the 4th dynasty.
King Tut lived in 1330 b.c. and dies in 1324 b.c.
Reign of Rameses II in 1279 b.c.
death of Cleopatra and Marc Antony 30 b.c.
Egypt becomes a Roman province.
In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore make up. They made it by grounding up rocks like kohl. They would wear it around their eye and they believe it protected them from their gods. Also, women while inferior to men in ancient Egypt still had many rights. For example they could divorce and remarry, own and sell property. Most did not work outside the home but those that did were paid the same as men. (Andrews)
Presently, Egyptians were 90% Sunni Muslim and 6% Christian. Although the country is mostly Arabic speaking most in the travel industry are fluent English speakers. The dialectic in the media is Cairene Arabic. Many dialects between countries are common and make it difficult to communicate at times between borders.
Nation is independent and has its own Constitution in 1923
Problems anticipated/Solutions suggested
My 2nd concern would be that I don't speak the language and communication can put me at a disadvantage when trying to purchase food, services and souvenirs. I've heard that Egyptians like to barter and argue about prices and I would have a hard time doing this because I don't do that in the U.S. As a solution, I might predict what bigger purchases I'd like to make and investigate a fair price before I leave, or I might be sure I have google translate on my phone. Another solution would be to use the concierge at the hotel to suggest secure and fair businesses as restaurants. A concierge's job is to make suggestions to tourists to ensure a positive experience while in the city.