The photos of your trip are stunning! We had a combo trip planned to
Africa and Egypt but had to move Africa into 2022.
Thanks, Sandy. It sounds like you have a great trip planned.
We also moved Egypt into Nov 2022 as the GEM is not going to open this
Where are you hearing that the GEM isn't going to open this year? Just curious. They haven't set an official opening date yet, but most sources I am seeing indicate that it is supposed to open this summer. If the GEM not going to open until 2022, I might rethink my travel schedule.
We are staying at the 4 seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo, then taking a
cruise on the Oberoi Zahra and staying at the Old Cataract and Luxor
Hilton-thoughts on the accommodations?
You are going much more upscale than we did. We stayed at Mena House in Giza and then opted for a very modest guest house on the west bank of Luxor. The two accommodations were very different, but we enjoyed the variety. The modest accommodations in Luxor gave us a better sense of everyday life in Egypt. Also, the west bank gave us a nice break from the ubiquitous touts that are everywhere on the east bank. When we return to Egypt, we are definitely planning to go back to Mena House. We are still debating what to do in Luxor. Our time in Luxor will be brief this trip, and we are thinking that we might stay on the east bank, most likely the Winter Palace, just for convenience. The Old Cataract, I think, is a must. It's just so iconic. We were planning to stay at the Old Cataract last year, but then Covid hit. We never made it as far as Aswan. The Old Cataract is definitely on our list for the upcoming trip.
We are definitely doing valley of King/Queens and all the tombs
including Nefatari-your photos of her tomb were astounding!
The tombs were amazing. Neferatari's tomb, though, is the most spectacular. You might want to visit the tomb of Seti I, too. We didn't, and I sort of regret it.
We head to Aswan/Abu Simbel and then back to Cairo to jump on a flight
for 4 days to Sharm at the 4 seasons which looks beautiful. I hear the
RedSea is wonderful and great snorkeling.
Sharm is supposed to be gorgeous. Sadly, it's not in our plans.
Enjoy your trip. You'll love it!