Well, what an amazing place - I would say a 'must do' along with an African safari for everyone.
I won't go through day for day however I will say that anyone visiting Egypt must have an open mind and expect to be harrassed and ripped off! This is all part of the culture though. Cairo was awful, ugly, smelly and disturbing (largely towards animals)! However, the pyramids, sphinx, memphis, sakara , museum etc etc more than makes it worthwhile staying for a few days.
A 'funny' little story, you can't take a bag in to the museum so we were told to leave it in the car under the safe guard of the tour driver - he was the only one who would have access to the car. Anyway, we came back to the car and my phone and other femine items had been taken, including a mirror (what the??!!) ! depsite it being 100% him and only him, he denied it. We complained formally to the tour company as our major concern was we were on the start of a 7 week OS holiday and this being the only method of contact with a sick family member back home. If only it was easy enough to buy a phone - of course not as it was all in Egyptian therefore we could not use it in Europe a week later! Anyway, we just wanted the phone back and pushed and pushed for it - we even offered $50AUD for it back!! (of course it would have changed hands 10 times since then)....then it turned nasty. We could make a formal police statement however we found we were strongly 'encouraged' not to do this - quite amusing and still scary. Imagine my hunsband and I sitting in a room of 5 men and our female tour guide, all shouting arabic with two guys behind my husband twirling their guns in their hands and another 10 cms in front of me (and pointing at me) on the table! Needless to say, we shakily signed something that we would not make a formal statement or take it any further as it would mean bad news for this well known tour company (the fact that the driver can blatantly steal things and it's not fixed by the company) and this person would be 'severely punished' and will never work in Cairo again!! ....I just wanted my phone...none of that other stuff!!!
Anyway, leaving Cairo for a 6 day cruise was the highlight - you really must do this is visiting Egypt. cruising the Nile is I believe was Egypt is truly about. Once again, take everything with a pinch of salt and you will love it! (ha ha...including our tour guide insisting we give him $100USD pp additional to all costs to pay for 'tips' along the way!!...unbelieveable)...once again....all part of the same tour company!.
My highlights include: seeing the largest for the pyramid for the first time took my breath away....I was a little teary having the honour of seeing it. Valley of the Kings, the various temples down the isle. the boat men throwing bags and clothing up at the boat as we sailed in towards the loch. I must say, after the interesting experience two days earlier in Cairo, we were a bit on edge - we sailed in to this in the late afternoon and we were snoozing with the window open. Imagine the fright we got when we awoke to a rope coming through or window at the same time as fierce screaming below...ha ha....I have to laugh...once again. It was totally harmless - they try and latch on to the boat so they can sell things...I thought we were being hijacked by pirates!
An amazing place!
Would love to know if what happened to us with the theft is standard' though