Well I've read all the stickys, FAQ's along with a few hundred postings in this forum to gather what I think is enough information to form a plan. So here it is. I'm looking for some suggestions from the experienced (cairowendy et al) as to what they think I could do to improve upon what I've come up with (considering my limitations)
I have a business trip to Tel Aviv in September. Instead of heading back home to Canada afterwards I'm planning a short side trip to Cairo (with my wife along) to visit the pyramids. Mainly we want to visit; a) Pyramids, b) Cairo Museum, c) The Market.
Here is the logistics; (we are bound by work completed on Wednesday evening and must be back in Canada no later then Sunday)
We would leave Tel Aviv on a Thursday at 12:noon on an Air Sinai flight ($330 USD) to Cairo. arriving Cairo noon time (I gather they are an hour behind).
We would prefer to go first to the hotel (Le Meridien Pyramid, Giza) from the airport and check-in. As I would rather have a whole day for the pyramids we would need to do the Museum that afternoon. So bluecab or cairotaxi reserved at 90 LE to the hotel we get in around 1:30 PM. Throw our bags in the room then taxi back to the museum (I understand Cairo traffic is bad, so hints needed here) and take in the exhibit till closing (6:XX PM?). Back to the hotel for the night and perhaps the pyramid night/light show.
Next day it's a walk to the pyramids as they are 10 minutes walk from the hotel (?- are they, btw, we are in decent shape and don't mind the heat).
I have opted out for the guide as I think I know enough of what I want to see and my wife is an art major so we should get what we want by touring ourselves. We plan to go early, 8:AM and buy tickets to see both the outside and inside. I want to go inside the great pyramid as well, is it worth 100 LE?. End the visit to the giza plato around 5:PM and back to the Hotel for dinner (or other recommendations?). Is there time for a nile dinner cruise?
Our flight back home is around 4:30 AM Saturday morning, so after a nap that evening we're off to the airport in the wee hours.
1. I can book the Le Meridien Pyramids on-line for $130 USD a night. It comes to $322 (2 nights) when you factor in the taxes and service charges. Is there a better and cheaper way to reserve with them? I.E. and agent? This is a pyramid view room.
We need to use a travel agent to reserve with Air Sinai as far as I can tell. I have a quote from Mazda Tours in Israel for $330 pp Tel Aviv to Cairo. Is there another option or better way?
With the little time we have there, am I waisting it in any stupid way that I'll regret later? I.E. I miss something grand that was right next door!
You will notice I've left out the visit to the market. Any ideas?
looking forward to any/all comments and recommendations.
Assumptions; visa at airport on arrival $15 pp.