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Cairo and its surroundings:

– Felfela restaurant:

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Nestled at the heart of Cairo, close to Tahrir Square, this restaurant serves traditional and tasteful Egyptian food at inexpensive prices. With a menu that pleases vegetarians and meat lovers, this is the right place to head to if you are looking for an enjoyable meal in a well decorated and colorful environment.

Under the Egyptian specialties are the:

  • Fatta with Lamb (E£75)
  • Stuffed Vine Leaves (E£25)
  • Stuffed Pigeon (E£52)
  • Felfela Sausages (E£38)
  • Veal Liver (E£40), and many more.

Address: 15 Sharia Hoda Shaarawi

– Dahab Hostel:

Located in the Downtown Cairo it has a cool and relaxing rooftop (which it is its main highlight). The staff is lovely and very helpful. This is a hostel so don’t go expecting a comfortable accommodation. Private room for two with shared toilets from E£67. Definitely worth staying for the low-budget travellers.

Address: Mahmoud Bassiouny, Talat Harb Sq. 12411

Website: www.dahabhostel.com

– Cruise in the Nile River:

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Surely, the trip would not have been the same if we had not experienced a cruise in the Nile. We were in a very low budge trip and when we were offered to do the cruise we almost refused it because it seemed a bit more than we could afford. I am glad we changed our mind!
We paid $250 per person for 5 days trip. We took a train from Cairo to Luxor where hotel, breakfast and a two-day guide to the temples were included. On the second day we boarded this relaxing, beautiful and unexpectedly amazing cruise. The staff, the accommodation, the food (all included!) and the atmosphere were amazing! The views… WOW! Breathtaking! They have swimming pool, bar, exercise machines and a massive upper deck.
We spent two nights on board and got off in Aswan, where we took the train back to Cairo.

– Red Pyramid of Dahshur:

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Obviously, the three pyramids of Giza is a must see. However, we came to know that most people skip the visit to the Red Pyramid in Dahshur. Well, to begin with, the great pyramid in Giza has limit access to go in (apparently 300 people per day) so there is a need to get there early. Secondly, you have to pay an extra ticket to get in, more expensive than the ticket to enter the site itself. The other two pyramids in Giza are normally closed for tourism.

Then, in Dahshur, the Red pyramid has access to go inside and the entrance is included in the ticket to see the site (like an entrance fee for the area – around E£80 per person). Inside is absolutely amazing! It has three rooms, very dark and humid. To go in you have to go up a steep stairs outside the pyramids and then climb down, already inside, a tunnel which will lead to the rooms. Do not miss out on that when in Egypt!

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Luxor:

– The Valley of the Kings:

This is a must see where you visit the site where the Pharaohs were buried. The tombs were found in this area. Each one has a tunnel with hieroglyphs all over, some of them with false ways or doors to mistake thieves, which leads to the tomb where the mummy would stay with its precious belongs. The last tomb founded was from Tutankhamun, who ascended to the throne with 9 years old and died with 18 (reasons remain uncertain: murder, illness – all theories). Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take pictures inside the valley.

– The Kings Head Pub:

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Opened in Luxor in 1994 by Gomaa Abu El Fadl, an Egyptian admirer of the British culture of pubs, the Kings Head is a “piece of homeland” for the many English tourists in the area.

You can imagine that it was not easy for Gomaa to open a bar in a religious society and he suffered retaliations, boycott and threatens from the population and government. However, the success was such that nowadays there are other pubs in the area but the Kings Head is the first and original one.

Combining aspects of the British and the Egyptian culture in its decoration, this is definitely a place worth visiting (especially if you are tired of the nonstop harassment on the streets of Luxor).

– Advises:

All over Egypt, you are expected to pay extra money for everything. They say it’s an “all-inclusive thing”, but you will for sure be asked to pay tips all the way – to the driver, to the guide, to the waiter. Everything, everywhere, all the time. Go prepared!