Hi there... I'm Canadian, looking at visiting Egypt next spring and am trying to come up with a budget. It's a 10 day trip, a day in Cairo, a few days (all inclusive) in Hurghada, a 4 day Nile cruise, and a few more days back in Cairo at the end of the trip.
I'm not asking anyone to tell me how much spending money to bring for souvineers, etc... (I realize that's completely up to me), but instead I need information on the buying power of the Egypian Pound... i.e. how much are standard things are likely to cost (approx, of course)?
For example... all of our breakfasts would be included, and many of our lunches and dinners as well. But, there are a few that we'd have to buy on our own and I have no idea how much to set aside for that. What's a rough/average price I could expect to pay for lunch somewhere not too touristy (i.e. not in our hotels)? Dinner? Bottles of water? Pop? Snacks? Taxis? Laundry somewhere mid-trip?
Right now I've got a very rough guestimate of 500 Egyptian Pounds for meals/water/snacks/etc... that aren't included, and 2500 Egyptian Pounds for spending money/tips/entrance fees/etc... - Sounds like a lot to me, but since I don't know how much it will actually buy, I really don't know if it's enough or way too much.
I wanted to post this in a general "Egypt" forum but there doesn't seem to be one so I chose Cairo instead... not sure if this will affect prices of things at all in other areas?
Also, does anyone have anything else to add to that list, things they remember having to pay for when they visited that might be helpful for a first time visitor?