So I sit browsing through the post here on tripadvisor drinking some wine and relaxing this Friday evening as I day dream of my travels abroad to Egypt. Over the last few months Ive been silently observing the multiple discussions here (as well as a few other sites) and absorbing the extremely useful info that others have already provided which will hopefully provide me with some added knowledge making for smooth travels. Now with my trip only 9 days away I do have a few questions (Im a wait until the last minute kinda guy lol) and want to thank anyone in advance for their input. I will be traveling solo and here is my itinerary ..
Dec 24th - 27th I will be staying at the Iberotel Luxor .. I was planning a day trip to Aswan via train
Dec 28th - 31st Dahab (Dahab Hilton) and of course plan on doing Mt Sinai and was contemplating a day trip to Petra (I know more time is needed than a day to really see it but it is what it is)
Jan 1st - 6th in Cairo (Talisman Hotel)(leaving early on the 7th) and was planning a day trip to Alexandria ..
With the cities listed above I do plan to see all of the usual suspects (Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Mt Sinai, The Great Pyramids, etc ..)
First off in my past travels and since Im traveling alone I tend to be more a wing it kinda guy waiting until Im sitting in my hotel in each city to plan my daily events. Doing it that way I find gives me a sense of freedom that is really the root of who I am .. However since Egypt is a county where bargaining is way of life would I be better to organize a few things a head of time to save on time, hassle and $ ..? Again Im in it for the adventure but knowing that I do want to see the main tourist sites would I benefit from booking ahead or would the hotels I mentioned provide me with a "fair" service ...
Sharam airport to Dahab, Hilton offered a cab service for 70 usd one way, since I don't mind adventure will I save a few bucks figuring it out outside the airport or is taking the bus (for the ultimate adventure) an option? or is 70 usd a "fair" price for service?
Photography is my passion and I plan on bringing some of my gear, what can I and can't I take pictures of?
And lastly for now, tattoos and Piercings .. I have a few lol (I look good with em LOL) Should I cover up or will I be ok? I don't mind curious individuals and will gladly talk about them but will I offend anyone?
Haha well I've rambled on enough with my wine buzz .. thanks again for any input ..