Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Help Needed Please ;)

I wil be going to Sharm El Sheikh next week inshallah for a week with my bestfriend R. We have already planned and organised our stay in Sharm El Sheikh from tanning, to glass boat trips, to snorkling, to water gliding, to scubadiving, to fishing etc. We have even memorised the names of the places to go to in Ne3ma Bay and what to do and get from there. So as you can see everything is setteled for our stay in Sharm.

But being two crazy people and wanting to explore the Pyramids, the National Museum, Khan Al Khalil, Kahwitt Al Feeshawi , the Hilton & Sameeramis Malls (Lizzardroom), etc. we decided to visit Cairo during our one week stay. I will be needing the advice and help of my fellow bloggers living in Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh in a couple of things.

1) We were given 2 names of Buses to transfer us from Sharm to Cairo (Superjet & Golden Arrow -AlSahm Al Dahabi-). They told us that the trip is 6 hours long and they work on a schedule. So i would like to know if it is safe to travel at night in these buses ? For example if we take the bus that leaves Sharm at midnight so we can reach Cairo by 6 am - is it safe to be on such a bus? or shall we wait till the morning and take that instead? Do you have any idea how much would that cost us? Do you know of any other buses? Do yo have an idea about the schedule? Everyone told us that Superjet was better for it will drop us at Meedan Al Tahreer in Cairo which is like a center point to all the places we want to go to. What do you think?

2) We were recommended to stay at the SHEPHERD Hotel (i donno if the spelling is correct) in Cairo for it is 3 minutes walk from Meedan Al Tahreer which is good for us so we would catch the bus on the way back and not carry all the shopping from the Malls and Khan al Khaleel around. We also have Nile Hilton, Pyramiza, Atlas & Al Nabeela on the list. We really prefer SHEPHERD for it is next to the Hilton and Samiramees's Malls, next to the National Museum etc. What do you recommend?

3) We will be staying for one night in Cairo, So the schecule will have to be: Reach Cairo from Sharm, reserve going back ticket from the Bus Station, Check in the Hotel, Visit the Musuem, crash the Malls, then Khan Al Khalil, enjoy the nights of Cairo, next morning take taxi/bus to the Pyramids, then return to Khan Al Khalil, then Check out, go to bus station for return to Sharm.

Any suggestions? ideas? tips?

Please feel free to leave any tips or comments for they might help a lot ;) Would you recommend anything else? Any special places we shouldn't miss? We can elongate the stay for two days if there is something worth the stay for a visitor ;)

Thanx a lot in advance ;)

23 Comments:

Blogger BeeJ said...

Don't ride any ships

6:41 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Thanx for the concern ;) I will try my best but i'm so attached to the sea, w at the end of the day if this is how i'm going to go then it's my destiny ;) So i am i not going to ruin it for myself by being afraid from doing this and that on this trip ;) You taught me something once "Carpe Diem" ;) As always mittikleen 3a Allah ;) Bitwassi bshee (seriously, please let me know if you need anything "reasonable" from there) hehehehehehe ;) Take care.

8:02 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Wonderer said...

Bossy ya setty,

First of all, I don't like the idea of Sharm-Cairo-Sharm. It is better to save time and go to Sharm first then to Cairo and from Cairo back to UAE, as you are leaving from Cairo Airport, so it is better to keep the Cairo trip at the end of your visit.

For the buses, Superjet & Golden Arrow are the best, the trip takes 6 hours and it is very save to do it at night. The superjet station is in tahirir (down-town) i.e., very close to Shepard Helnan hotel.

As for the hotels, Semeramis Intercontinental is better than Helnan and just beside it. However, it is more expensive. I have no idea about the prices but it is around $180 for the double room. However, I heard (not sure) that if you are gonna stay for less than 3 days you can have it for $90 only (you have to book the nights through a travel agency).
Nile Hilton and Pyramiza are good too, but the Hilton is better. However, I don't recommend Atlas and Al Nabila.

Concerning the malls, The CITY STARS is the biggest mall in Cairo. It can take you 15 to 60 minutes from the Shepard Hotel to the City Stars, it depends on the roads:)
Also, you have Arcadia mall which is about 15 minutes from the Sheppard (also, depends on the roads). Ramsis Hilton mall is very close to you too. However, the CITY Stars is still the best. There is also the FIRST MALL. It is quite a small mall but it sells expensive brands (signee) besara7a not worth going.

Regarding the outings, You will visit the museum which is very close to tahrir. You can also go to khan el khalili and stay at el fishawy or Nagib Mahfouz café. If you are interested in silver wear, then khan el khalili is your place:)
You can also go on a night Nile cruise (example:Nile Maxim or Nile pharaoh). The tour is about 2 hours in the Nile which a band, a singer, and maybe a dancer together with dinner.
Also, you can have lunch in the Nile City or the Pasha which are restaurants by the River band where you can find different cuisines in each one (French, Italian, Mexican).

If you can elongate the trip for two days, then you can take the fairy from Sham to hurgada & gouna or maybe you can visit Saint Catherine Mountains (never been there but they say it is worth seeing).
Also, while you are in Sharm don't forget to go on a bedwen night (they call it safari or something). And enjoy the sea activities like parasailing, scuba diving, glass bottom boat, snorkeling, banana boat:)

Enjoy yr trip:)

5:11 PM, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Wonderer said...

Beej,

Leh bas el som3a el saye2a di. One sunk ship doesn't ruin the reputation of the Egyptian Navigation. It happens all over the world, wala eh:)

5:13 PM, March 09, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

wonderer,

Thanx for all the help;) I will take your info into consideration;) I think we both like the Shepard Helnan as i said before so we only now have to decide when to book it. As for the sharm-cairo-sharm we cannot change that for we are going/returning through Sharm's airport.

Is it true that all places are shut on Sunday? What about Friday with the prayers and everything do they work half day? Can we go like saturday midnight to arrive sunday at 6am to cairo then check in and then go to pyramids till mid day and then enjoy the khan al khalili and the rest? Or is it better if we go Sunday night and comeback Tuesday night?

Thanx a lot, really appreciate your help.

Best wishes and May God bless you x x x

8:27 PM, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Jane said...

Have a fun and safe trip. Enjoy your time away with your best friend!

11:39 PM, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Champ - Love Hound said...

Well, I think Superjet 'll be Great. When I visited Egypt, I also used this service 'n' it's quite satisfied.

I'm back from Paris, Right now I'm in Lahore, Pakistan to enjoy Basant (Kite Fest).

Hope you 're doin' good. *Smiles*

God bless you....

3:26 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Zanzounito said...

have fun atc!

4:42 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Jane,
Thanx a lot Jane. So how was your exam? or you haven't done it yet? Best of wishes ;) Good Luck!

Champ,
Hello Lahore ;) Kite Fest! First time to hear about it ;) See everyday we learn new things even if we think that we know everything hehehehehehehehe SO is thar fest a national tradition or a family tradition? I have seen some kite races among the Pakistani population in UAE but it seems that i always miss the party to follow heehehehehehehehehe No seriously they usually have those in the biggest 2 parks in Dubai (Safa and Khor) and you can see the sky filled with every single color you could imagine ;) By the way, here in UAE this kite race is organised by Paks but you can always spot a couple of non Paks participating in the kite race;) Hope you enjoy it and waiting for pictures ;) Especially of innovative and creative kite designs ;)

Zanzounito,
Thank you ;) I won't be going before next week so i still have time to organise the trip more ;)

7:24 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Jane said...

I did take my exam and scored 88 of 100 points so I am relieved, thank you.

7:41 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

hey Jane well done ;) Really happy for you ;)

11:37 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Nesrina said...

Hi aroundtheclock,
Is it your first visit to Egypt? I won't be of much help concerning sharm but as for Cairo.. . it's easier :)
you can contact me through an email. Hope to enjoy your stay in Egypt and hope to be of help isA.
nesrina_2002@yahoo.com

2:52 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Wonderer said...

Most of the shops close on Sunday. As for Friday some shops open and some close only for half an hour during the gom3a prayer. I prefer if you leave on Sunday Night to be on the safe side.

I also forgot to tell you that you can take a taxi from the hotel to the pyramids for about $4 or $5. You can take a lemo from the hotel but it will cost you around $20.

BTW, I prefer Semirames IF you get the $90 rate. It is very close to Shepard but more luxurious.

3:26 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

message in a bottle,
Welcome to my blog ;) Yes it is indeed my first visit to Egypt;) I am looking forward for it especially now for i really need a BREAK from everything ;) I haven't decided yet if it is safe to take my laptop with me or not for two reasons: 1) I will be taking it around everywhere i go especially that i am a computer addict. 2) I will always b e worried if i loose it or if something happens to it -not to mention that it is heavy and obvious to everyone! So i donno if iw ill be able to contact you through email while being there. I will send you an email now so we can exchange numbers then it would be easier to communicate. Thanx a lot ;)


Wonderer,
Moutashakkireen awy ya m3allima hehehehehe yes i am starting to flip before i even go ;) Finally all the Egyptian accents and words i know will come in hand ;) hehehehe rabbena youstour ;)

8:15 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Nesrina said...

Hi ATC,
I wanted to know if it's your first time so I can arrange for an expeditor to pick u up from the airport and what I meant from the email is to give u my number :).
my advice is take a break and don't bother bring ur laptop with u. there will be a business center at the hotel so u can log on or there are a lot of internet cafes here ... isA it's gonna be a pleasant trip.

9:53 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Champ - Love Hound said...

Thankyou for your comments Dear! Actually, this Kite Fest is called Basant, it's pat of Paki culture 'n' it comes once in a year. Paki people celebrate it like Eid, Just kites 're added LOL!

The most enjoyable thing is that people from all parts of world come here to enjoy it. So I'm also enjoyin' here. I 'll post the pics *Smiles*

God bless you.....

3:20 AM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Message ina bottle,
Yeah i am not taking my laptop i bought a 2GB and a 1GB digital card for my camera in addition to the 128MB card i already have. With the additional USB Card Reader and USB Hard Disk i can download the images and save them in the Business Center for both hotels are equipped with them. As for the airport, our flight is an offer from Al Arabia airlines so the pickup and the drop back are already planned for within the package ;) I will send you the email asap it is just that i am trying to fonosh billions of things before i leave. My email is headscan@gmail.com just in case i was delayed in sending the email ;) Thanx a million ;)

Champ,
Enjoy the Basant to the maximum and happy Eid hehehehe ;) Looking forward for the pix ;) Take care and celebrate safely ;)

9:23 AM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger a h m a d said...

Enjoy your trip, don't forget the camera. :)

3:20 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Ahmad,
Thanx a lot ;) Ayya forgett i bought today an underwater camera hehehehe besides to my digital photo/video cam and my friends manual camera ;) Walaw, the cameras were the first to go in the bags heheheehehe all i can say is Allah ysei3ed limsarweih 3layna hehehehe ;) Allah youstour. i will let you know if the Lahm B3ajeen their is good ;) sei3eitha bseer ana b3ajjil bkhabbrou la Rheda ;)

4:57 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger Me said...

Tewsaleelna besalama ya ATC w inshAllah you enjoy your stay and make the most out of it :)... I sent you an email btw..

5:15 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Me,
Moutashakkira awwy ya me :) I have replied to your email ;)
Thanx a million really appreciated it ;)

8:21 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger LouLou said...

ATC,

Have a safe trip & an amazing holiday ISA. :)

8:01 AM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Loulou,

Thanx a lot ;) i am really looking forward to it, i feel as if it is the first time i ever travel with all the worrying and the planning ;$

8:03 AM, March 12, 2006  

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