• Africa,  Around the world,  During the World Tour,  Egypt,  TDM,  Tips

    How to get to Abu Simbel from Aswan? Practical guide Egypt

    By bus There are 2 buses leaving Aswan for Abu Simbel: around 4am and around 7am. Contact your hotel directly. I have been given a rate around 250-300 pounds per person for the round trip . The 4h bus is taken by tourists. The 7h bus is taken by the locals (there are some who smoke inside) and our guide does not recommend it. The return is a few hours later, in the same day (in this case at 9 am for the bus which leaves at 4 am). It is possible, for those who want to sleep in Abu Simbel, to book a bus for the outward journey (around…

  • Africa,  Country Guides,  During the World Tour,  Egypt,  TDM,  Tips,  Top Destinations

    50 Things to Know Before Going to Egypt – Travel Travel Guide, Budget & Addresses

    We have just passed 12 incredible days in Egypt. We have noted a number of things to know to makeyour future trip to Egypt easier, whether you want to do as we do (i.e. opt for a 100% customized luxury trip), or in a backpack/roots, or on an organized tour. Before leaving 1. Don’t be afraid of insecurity provided that you limit your movements in tourist areas (and recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). It is a country that has lost a lot of tourists since the Arab Spring Revolution in 2011 and they are trying to boost tourism. The security is reinforced, everyone is aware of the importance…

  • Africa,  Around the world,  During the World Tour,  Egypt,  TDM,  Tips

    Budget Travel Egypt (2019): Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel in 6, 9 or 12 days

    [vc_row gap=”10″ equal_height=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1478007405932{margin-top: 10px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1543686879035{padding-top: 200px !important;padding-bottom: 200px !important;background-image: url(https://static.nomadbento.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DSC02942-e1542173076182.jpg?id=22515) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1543686839674{padding-top: 200px !important;padding-bottom: 200px !important;background-image: url(https://static.nomadbento.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DSC03042-1.jpg?)id=22516) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1543686783257{padding-top: 200px !important;padding-bottom: 200px !important;background-image: url(https://static.nomadbento.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DSC05072.jpg?id=22927) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We have just returned from a wonderful 12-day trip to Egypt (November 2018). We asked a lot of questions to our travel agency, our boat, our Egyptian guides… to know more about the different options to travel in Egypt Here is a budget estimate for a trip to Egypt We wanted to make 3 estimates according to the duration, the budget…

  • Africa,  Around the world,  Country Guides,  During the World Tour,  Egypt,  Female Travellers,  TDM,  Tips

    What about Security in Egypt in 2020?

    As soon as we tell our relatives that we are going to Egypt, the first question we are asked is: “what about security?”, as if we were suicidal (at the same time, our relatives saw us chainedto Turkey then Egypt, both countries not necessarily well seen on *BFM*). Obviously, zero risk does not exist, as we have sadly learned in France in recent years. In Egypt, one has never felt unsafe and the tourist places are very watched. All hotels, museums, temples … have security gates. They are used with more or less zeal but it has the merit to exist. At the airport, it was necessary to come super…

  • Africa,  Around the world,  During the World Tour,  Egypt,  Tips

    10 most popular scams in Egypt

    Like Cuba, Egypt is a country to visit absolutely. However, in these two countries, the feeling of being an ATM on legs will not leave you for a second and you will have to put your hand in your pocket very regularly. We will list below the most popular damage limitation scams in Egypt. 1. Egyptian coins that look strangely similar to Euros : Many tourists giveEuro coins as a tip. Egyptians cannot change them at the bank, which only accepts banknotes. It isn’t uncommon for them to hand you Euro coins, not to beg, but to exchange for a €5 bill or the equivalent in Egyptian pounds. There’s nothing…

  • Africa,  Egypt,  Nile Cruise,  TDM,  Tips

    [My Opinion] Dahabiya cruise with the Nile Rigs – El Khedewi – Egypt

    We have just spent 12 wonderful days in Egypt (November 2018), including 5 nights 6 days cruising on the Nile with the company Les Gréements du Nil Here is my opinion about my cruise with Les Gréements du Nil. This post is NOT sponsored We opted for a dahabiya (the company has other types of boats: sandal, felucca). And we were able to travel on the mythical El Khedewi (built in 1897), which has only 3 cabins (2 doubles, 1 single for the guide), that is to say 4 clients on the boat, 1 guide and 7 crew members. The ultimate luxury! This is what our boat looks like: Our…

  • Africa,  Cairo,  Egypt,  TDM,  Tips

    Egypt in 12 days (Luxury): Cruise, Cairo and Abu Simbel – Itinerary, Budget and Tips

    Note: this article is a summary of the trip we made to Egypt in November 2018.I hope this article gives you an idea of the cost of the trip and helps you plan it as there are many hidden costs in Egypt (especially related to tips, which we will ask you for as it is a bit like in the US, you are expected to tip for any service received). Itinerary In blue the program supported by our Egyptian agencyInpurple the programsupported byour cruise company (Gréements du Nil)I willmark in italics allthe extras we will pay (i.e.not part of the program). Day 1 – Friday Flight Istanbul – Luxor (284€/person),…

  • Africa,  Around the world,  Cairo,  Egypt,  Luxor,  TDM,  Tips

    Egypt in Backpack: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Abu Simbel in 6 days – Itinerary and Budget

    I have just returned from an incredible stay in Egypt. This article is the result of my long hours of research and discussions with my travel agency and my Egyptian guide. The rates given are for November 2018. I hope this gives you an idea of the budget for your backpack / independent trip to Egypt. To know more about the tours organized in Egypt and their comparison here If this program isn’t luxurious enough for you, check out our hyper luxury program reco here (with cruise on a sailboat) Also check out my ultimate guide to Egypt: 50 Things to Know Before Going to Egypt Attention the itinerary below…

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    Prepaid 4G SIM card in Egypt: how much does it cost? Where to buy it?

    Being taken care of by our tourist agency upon arrival at the airport, we had the good surprise to be offered a SIM card upon arrival containing 3 GB of data. Buying a SIM card at the airport: it’s theft! As we like you, dear readers, we still inquired about how to buy a SIM card at the airport. In our case (Luxor airport), it’s very simple, since a Vodafone stand is present in the area where we pick up our luggage. It’s very simple but expensive, judge for yourself: 3 GB for € 17 + € 5 SIM card: for Egypt, it’s theft! Unless you need the Internet right…

  • Africa,  Cairo,  Egypt,  TDM,  Travel Journal

    Day 12 in Egypt: Visit of Islamic Cairo

    Today is our last day in Egypt. Good things go by quickly, too quickly Reminder: if you haven’t done so yet, please read our previous travel diaries in Egypt first: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 and 11 We look at the Sphinx one last time during breakfast from the terrace of the hotel. We are going to miss this place a lot, despite the chaos, the noise, the pollution.. Today’s program is very simple: wander around Islamic Cairo. All our suitcases are kept in the car with the driver and JB just walks around with our most precious belongings in a backpack (computers, passports…) I…