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Egypt – minus the crowds

Sunset at Giza, Egypt

I just arrived back from 10 lovely days in Egypt on the Egypt Unplugged tour. To sum it up in one word, it was amazing. The first stop was Giza to check out the pyramids and the Sphinx, and then onward to Saqqara to visit the older pyramids. It was quite surreal to have so few other people around. Not counting our tour group, I counted very few other tourists! The following day we headed to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, where there weren’t that many more people than there were in Giza. It was really quite strange, having been here at times when it’s almost too busy. But I’m not complaining: I had more than enough time to explore and truly appreciate Egypt’s highlights. And with so few people there were great photo opportunities too. Even with low numbers of visitors around, the tourist sites were very well patrolled and we had no reason to feel unsafe while we were there.

On the beach in Dahab

Dahab had fabulous weather as always. We soaked up the sun, went snorkeling and generally had a great time. And the best part was, we pretty much had the run of the place. Then it was time to head back to Cairo and visit the museum. We had a great time exploring here, and thankfully most of the artifacts that went missing during the protests have been found or have been returned.

Egypt will pick up soon and reach their normal ’14 million tourists a year’ quota. In the mean time, the last of the original 7 Wonders of the World are quieter than anyone can remember. Now is the time to go to Egypt!

- Miles Walker

 

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