I am here again to share my experience about my short trip to the land of wonders with my beloved wife Pallavi i.e.,Egypt . 🙂 .The reason that let us to travel to Egypt was a dream from our childhood to visit the pyramids ever since we learnt about it in our schools.
So, we decided to travel to Egypt but when we enquired with few people about travelling to Egypt, we did not get good suggestions and asked us not to travel to Egypt.When asked for the reason, they said it has not been safe after the revolution since 2011. We had made up our mind to visit Egypt and so ,we badly wanted to go there. Later, I managed to check in trip advisor and got to know that there is a good tourism company for Egypt , i.e., Memphis Tours which can offer good services.I checked with Memphis tours for the package trip to Cairo and Luxor. They provided us with a good and customised package after lot of discussions, finally we decided to opt a better package.
So, on March 1st 2017, the trip started with full excitement when we boarded the flight to Cairo from Riyadh around 8.20 AM. Around 10.30 AM, we reached Cairo Airport.
Info : when I went to foreign exchange centres in Riyadh to get Egyptian pounds in return for Saudi Riyals, the conversion rate was very low. So, I had planned to exchange the currency in Cairo Airport and I did it. As i expected , I got Saudi Riyals exchanged for a very good conversion rate.
Later, we finished the immigration process.We were approached by a person named Mr.Anas Tawfiq. He was our tour manager and greeted us with dignity and after that, he escorted us to the Memphis Tours private cab. Post getting into private cab, our journey started to our hotel in Giza which they had booked it for us.While on the way, our tour manager gave brief information about Cairo and it’s population and traffic and discussed about that day’s itinerary.
Info : In Egypt, most of the houses will look unfinished and when we asked the reason for that, they said if it is kept unfinished, they will not have to pay any taxes to the government.In Addition, they expect their children not to leave them and build another floor on top of their house for them to live in future which I felt it very interesting. Nice thing right ? 🙂
After 45 min, we reached our hotel named “Le Meridian Pyramids” hotel.It is a 5 star hotel and I must say the ambiance was awesome.The hotel authorities were very friendly. We finished our lunch in the hotel with Pyramid view in front of us 😉 and rested in the hotel for some time before we got ready for our Nile Dinner Cruise.Yes, It was on our itinerary.It was scheduled at 8 PM. The tour manager asked us to be ready by 6.30 PM as there will be more traffic in the evening in the roads of Cairo.
The tour manager arrived at 6.30 PM and we started our journey to the cruise.On the way, we saw Cairo Tower filled with lights. The view was very nice. Around 7.45 PM, we reached our cruise which was in Nile river.It was a romantic atmosphere with chilly weather and the cruise was decorated with lights.We noticed only few people in the dining place.So, we came out of the dining place and went near to the water to take photos and it came out very well indeed. After some time, we went to the dining place for our dinner and the cruise got started. It was very kind of tour organizers to have arranged vegetarian food for us.I thank Memphis tours again for that. To spice it up, they had organised some shows in cruise, dance performances and the most amazing belly dance show which we were very eager to see.It was very entertaining.We went out of the dining place few times to enjoy the cool breeze and colorful view of Cairo city.
Around 10 PM, we finished the dinner cruise and then headed back to the hotel.
If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, I hope this blog is helpful.If you have already been there, do comment below with more suggestions and places.If you need any additional information about travelling to Egypt from Saudi Arabia , Please leave a comment. Once again , I thank Memphis tours for making our trip memorable and awesome.
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Tips & Other Information
1.You can get all the information regarding visa to egypt from this link .The visa costed 40 USD per person for us : https://egypt.visahq.com/. It will take 3 to 4 working days to get visa for indian residents living in KSA.
2.If you are travelling with your family to Egypt, then it is preferred to opt for a package trip as you will be secured and safe.Otherwise you can explore on your own.I opted package from this https://www.memphistours.com/
3.You can get your currency exchanged in any airport in Egypt or any of the egyptian cities as you will get better conversion rate over there.
4.Preferred time to visit Egypt is from November to April as weather would be much cooler.
5.If you have more time in Egypt, please opt for a cruise from luxor to aswan as it is the most opted adventure over there.
6.Tipping is Customary in Egypt.It is advised if you are willing to offer it, this would be great – if not, you are not obliged to do it.
7.Most of the places in Egypt will have entry tickets not more than 150 EGP per person.