We are visiting Egypt next month for the first time (5 days in Cairo and 5 in Luxor) and whilst we think we have (roughly) sorted out what we want to do in Cairo (without a guide!) we quite fancy the idea of spending a day outside the city. We are quite taken with the idea of a trip to the Canal: maybe Ismalia? According to Lonely Planet it's about a 2 hour bus ride and do-able. Alternativel Al-Fayoum sounds good on paper. Grateful for any comments or indeed, suggestions about somewhere else. Finally can anyone recommend a decent hotel at the airport - we have an early flight at the end of our trip. I'll post a similar query on the Luxor forum. Thanks in advance.