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Jmscott

Safety in Egypt

by Jmscott »

My husband and I are planning a trip to Egypt in October. We have been reading post on frommers and trip advisor. We realize that the media gets the most bang for the buck to write about interest stories. But we are wandering just how safe it is. We have already booked and paid for our trip. Our tour guide says its safe, but we know Egypt is hurting for tourist. Has anyone been there lately. Is it as bad as what we see on TV and hear on the radio?  I was downtown seattle during the WTO demonstrations (just because I worked there) and if you didn't go into the specific area, you were safe. Can anyone give us any information?

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Safety in Egypt

by Pauline Frommer »

Unfortunately, 50 civilians were killed yesterday during rioting. Is there any way you can take a "wait and see" approach to the trip, or have you already bought your tickets? I don't hink you'd have any problem re-setting up tours, hotels, etc in September, and you'll have a better idea then what the situation on the ground is going to be. Right now, it's too volatile.

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casualcairo

RE: Safety in Egypt

by casualcairo »

I know this is VERY late, but I've had NOTHING but problems getting into this site since they changed it.  Today I'm using DuckDuckGo as my search engine and that seems to work well with Frommers - incase anyone else needs that help.  AOL obviously does not like Frommers or vice versa.

I live in Egypt, and yes, I have a stake in the tourism trade here, but have to say, if you come and can use a guide that you can trust (for whatever reason) you should be fine.  Some come from big companies, some come with great references.  There are probably as many reasons to pick a specific guide as there are tour companies in Egypt.   Responsible companies with a stake in making a living are NOT going to take chances with your safety.  Most of the time (and I mean 99% of the time) there is nothing going on here that would cause you any issues during your tours.  The other 1% of the time, either things can be otherwise scheduled or you can have a day off to enjoy your pool or other hotel amenities.  Perhaps just catch up on emails.  enlightened  Flexibility and a sense of humor have ALWAYS been must need items in Egypt, but more now than ever.  Try not to forget them.

 

 

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arion

RE: Safety in Egypt

by arion »

Glad to see you back on the Egypt board!!  And happy about your sensible advuce.

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casualcairo

RE: Safety in Egypt

by casualcairo »

Glad to be back!  We are bored out of our gords here, so please send people over to visit!  ..... not to mention the cash flow is down to next to nothing!  sad  We will take care of any and all tourists that will venture this way.  smiley

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Jmscott

RE: Safety in Egypt

by Jmscott »

Thank you for the information CasualCairo.  I don't think Pauline even read my post.  I mentioned that I bought and paid for the trip and she asks if I have bought my tickets.  She also gave the advise to "wait and see" and re-setting my trip for September when I posted that we were planning a trip in October.  So I really appreciate your post and answering my questions about safety.  We are still planning on coming and our tour guide has been given great reviews from Trip Advisor.  We have been emailing him and Mara at Luxor House and following her blogs.  It saddens me how the media has influenced and scared so many people from going to Egypt.  We will be there the first week of October and I'll make sure that I send another post to tell everyone what is really going on.  We are really looking forward to seeing your wonderful country!

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drobert360

RE: Safety in Egypt

by drobert360 »

With over 900 reported deaths, I do not blame the media for over emphasizing dangers to travel. These are not ordinary times. Have a safe trip. Remember to have a plan B (and C).

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casualcairo

RE: Safety in Egypt

by casualcairo »

Any deaths that have happened have certainly NOT been tourists.  If a tourist were to come over with an agenda to either fight the Muslim Brotherhood, or fight with the Muslim Brotherhood, then it could happen.  

The majority of what is going on now is vandalism by the MB supporters on Friday's when they are protesting.  I saw yesterday that they were using cans of spray paint to vandalize property of anyone that questioned their motives, but again tourists were NOT involved with that, and to the best of my knowledge no one died.

We are anticipating a busy EID holiday with several tourists from the Middle East (expats living in other countries in the area) visiting us.  Please keep your fingers crossed that everything in this holiday season goes off without a hitch and that the news finds other arenas to report more exciting news from that Egypt.  We all pray that a good sense of security is returning to Egypt and tourists can come once again and know they will have a great time.

As drobert360 says though - have a plan b in mind any time you go anywhere.  Better safe than sorry.

 

 

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travelkidz

RE: Safety in Egypt

by travelkidz »

My husband and I just returned from Egypt, as I previously stated we were planning on going, and there was absolutely no violence. We had a wonderful tour guide that took us everywhere. We even were downtown Cairo during their celebration of the October 6th war of 1973. The streets were packed. We went on our way to visit the museum and old Cairo. Everyday Egyptians would stop us and ask us where we were from and then said, "welcome".  When was the last time an American welcomed a tourist?  The pyramids and temples had less then 20 people and sometimes no one was there. The large restaurants are empty. When we were in Luxor, our guide said it used to take up to an hour to go into each temple. Now we walked right in and took as long as we wanted. These demonstrations are for the Egyptian people to have a better government. As casual cairo reported, these protests aren't for harming tourists. What would happen if a tourist we're in Seattle during the WTO demonstrations or in NY at the trade center during 911?  Use common sense, if you're a tourist anywhere in the world and don't want to get caught up in the countries issues, stay away from those places. We had the best trip we have ever had!  Thank you Egypt!!!

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casualcairo

RE: Safety in Egypt

by casualcairo »

Thank you for your report travelkidz.  So glad you had a good time and were able to go home and tell people it is really OK here. 

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