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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:34   #1
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Sharm el Sheikh

going in January

any recommendations on which part/ hotel

things to do. thinking Cairo and Luxor

thanks..
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:35   #2
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Workmate has just been.

She loved the resort/hotel complex. Absolutely first class.

The rest of Egypt scared the living daylights out of her.
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:42   #3
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yeah heard the same but will get out during the second week.

unless eaten by a shark in the first week..
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:42   #4
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:45   #5
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Actually yeah! Thats one thing she did that was "amazing". Im guessing it was at a fairly simplistic level - not sure, but it was well worth doing some organised stuff!
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:46   #6
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I hear the waters this time of year are just screaming with excitement.
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:49   #7
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yeah heard the same but will get out during the second week.

unless eaten by a shark in the first week..
Cairo was the issue - huge poverty and begging, everyone was looking for money. At one point they went to the police that were there and they wanted money too. Im not sure that that is typical but they were constantly on their guard from beggars and the like.

Dont want to put you off, im sure it is awesome but im just passing on what my friends impression was.
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Old 14th Oct 2011, 20:50   #8
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Ooops.missed the obvious joke i guess!!
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 00:40   #9
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I've been to Egypt 3 times and the first time was Sharm El Sheikh at a place called Three Corners St George.
Some pics here - http://www.disturbinthepeace.co.uk/egypt.htm

We flew to Cairo to visit the Giza Plateau & Cairo Museum and then a couple of days later flew to Luxor where we visited Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple & Valley Of the Kings.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 01:16   #10
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Also consider Hurghada as alternative.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 11:39   #11
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Also consider Hurghada as alternative.
I went to Hurghada last year for 5 days as part of 3 week Egypt holiday.
I didn't like it, Blackpool with the sun.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 11:40   #12
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Egypt is a lovely place, just for the love of God take some alcohol rub for your hands EVERY time you even touch money.

I was crapping like a baby from the day after I got there to a week after I got home, with awful belly cramps.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:00   #13
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I stayed at the Sonesta Beach Hotel when I went and I loved it- the place was nice, out room was huge, staff were brilliant, really helpful and the cleaning guy took a bit of a shine to me and my mate and use to leave a swan made of a towel on our bed every day! The diving is meant to be beautiful there- I went snorkelling in Ras Mohammed, and that was amazing, wish I'd gone diving instead. My cousin went diving at Tiran Island which she said was brilliant, but the diving in Dahab (not far from Sharm) is meant to be incredible!

Took a day trip to Cairo as well- we went on the overnight local bus and didn't realise they do a drug check at the border so was a bit scary being woken up by men with guns talking to us in Arabic. Lucky there was a guy who spoke English so we understood what was happening! Loved Cairo- it has it's beautiful parts and it's poverty, in the same way as most major tourist cities. Well worth going to though I think, although I think it's a bit violent at the moment.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:06   #14
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We had a great time there just under a year ago!
Really enjoyed it.
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:09   #15
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My mates loved it so much when they went for their holiday this year they are going again for the new year
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:33   #16
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I stayed on a complex which was owned by First Choice I think. All inclusive and all that jazz.

Trip to Cairo to see the pyramids is a must. Beware of the culture shock in Cairo though!

And also, go quad-biking out into the desert to see either the sunrise or sunset. I saw the sunrise and it was pretty awesome. The whole quadbiking in the mountains/desert during twilight was great as well. But you will need sunglasses to stop sand blowing in your eyes and get the scarves as well otherwise you'll breathe it in too.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:36   #17
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My mates loved it so much when they went for their holiday this year they are going again for the new year
A lot of people seem to do this. On the first day I was their the guide asked who had all been to Egypt before and about half of those in the group had visited at least once before.
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:37   #18
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There are some really nice prices up for it now, all inclusive. My folks at home might be going on January too for my birthday.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 12:46   #19
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My favourite place in Egypt is Luxor and I would live there.
We stayed at a hotel for 7 days called St Josephs ( http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Luxo...Egypt&t=h&z=19 )
and for all our food (3 times a day), beer, drinks, 7 days stay, it cost a total of 210 for both of us (105 each) and it's easily the best holiday I've ever had.

I would also advise everybody to experience a 7 day Nile Cruise - AWESOME.

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 13:02   #20
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Sharm el **** Hole ! Would not go there if you payed me.
Everyone i know thats been there got the stomach bug, poverty and begging etc.
Go somewere nice like Tenerife or Ibiza, Safe clean lots better !
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 13:13   #21
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I would also advise everybody to experience a 7 day Nile Cruise - AWESOME.
For sure, we did a short couple of day cruise and it was great. Would love to do it again.
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 13:15   #22
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stomach bug
I've been there for total of 6 weeks and never caught a bug because I always use hand gel before putting anything in my mouth.

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I really didn't know you became poor after going to Egypt

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Very easy to walk past just like the people on the streets in Tenerife trying to sell you stuff all the time.

I also never saw the 'history' of Tenerife and Ibiza when I went, just lots of working class people that I try to get away from.

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stayed in a hotel called Hauza Beach. Nice hotel, good facilities. Although the food is nothing to get excited about.

The beach was great, and the jetty on the beacj drops you right into a wall of coral which is AMAZING!

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Go somewere nice like Tenerife or Ibiza, Safe clean lots better !
Hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

All what you guys seem to be describing is what I hate. Town built just for holiday makers.
I hate going to big tourist places, basically just a bunch of obnoxious lager drinking english men, can imagine them straight from their council estate. And sadly most of them appear to turn this way when greeted by sun, or atleast over throw the rest of the "normal" tourist. And yes the english are the worse for it! As soon as the hotel and staff learnt we were from Scotland, instantly treated better and given more respect.

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If you go to the pyramids, do not let anyone show you around because they are 'security'. Also don't even act interested in the junk they sell.

I've always remembered what our tour guide said: 'Remember folks, in Egypt, NOTHING is free!'

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Old 15th Oct 2011, 16:34   #26
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Cairo is the most mad city I ever been to in the world, and I've seen a fair few. Everything about it is ramped up to max. All the good stuff and the bad stuff, mixed up chaotically. 3 days there, you'll need another holiday to recover!

You can't miss the pyramids, but Brookerts advice is spot on.
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If you go to the pyramids, do not let anyone show you around because they are 'security'. Also don't even act interested in the junk they sell.

I've always remembered what our tour guide said: 'Remember folks, in Egypt, NOTHING is free!'
To add to that do not take pictures of the camels or inside the pyramids.
Also only so many people a day are let into the Great Pyramid (around 250) and you must buy your ticket at the entrance for 10 so if you don't get there early you could lose out.
There are 4 stalls at the entrance to queue up at and they won't let you buy multiple tickets for the Great Pyramid and you have to queue up at each gate for each ticket (you can't aks fo rall 3 at the same window) :
1) Giza Plateau
2) Great Pyramid
3) Second Pyramid (everybody can go in that one for 2.50)
4) Guides

Being naughty in the Great Pyramid -





If you can get to the Red Pyramid which is about 10 miles away from Giza then go because nobody goes there and it is wonderful.
It's also a good job both me & the wife are dwarfs.
It's only 3 and you can run up and down it and do anything you want.
That's Mrs Dimple in front and I think there were 4 other people there.







You can't go to this one because it's on military land -



And one of the most amazing sights/sites EVER -
Abu Simbel


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Old 15th Oct 2011, 18:25   #28
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Old 15th Oct 2011, 18:48   #29
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My cousin went diving at Tiran Island which she said was brilliant, but the diving in Dahab (not far from Sharm) is meant to be incredible!
I stayed one night in Sharm before heading off to Dahab for a couple of weeks. You're asolutely right, the diving is incredible there and it was a lot more chilled out than Sharm. Not an incredible amount to do there apart from diving though.
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Personally I found it over rated having red up on it before I went.

Me and my wife spent 2 weeks there in the summer, great weather and hotel (5 star all inc at Stella di Mare) and that was about it for the positives in Sharm el Sheikh.

At the end of it though I felt it was better to experience it than to have never gone.

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