Spring Break: Egypt


So Spring Break just ended….nope that junt ended almost two weeks ago.  I’m now having withdraws.

I will say this, my Spring Break was quite exciting.  I went to two different places for the 11 days of Spring Break: Egypt and Ghana.  In this post I will discuss my trip to Egypt and also share the information for the Airbnb and tours.

So we (Kisha M., Kisha S. and myself) left Abuja and headed for Egypt.  Kisha S. decided to leave before Kisha M. and me and spent an extra day in Cairo.

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome got a warm welcome to Egypt! Begin that we all have a US passports we were able to do visas on arrival.  This process went very fast.  You can obtain an Egypt visa on arrival at the Cairo International airport at the bank kiosks before the immigration counters for $25 USD and are valid for visits up to 30 days. When landing at the airport went to the visa on arrival window BEFORE getting in the queue for immigration. We gave them $25 (USD ONLY!!) and they got  a visa on arrival sticker.  Funny thing is that I didn’t realize that it was a sticker to place ON a black page in my passport, so while in queue I was just holding it.

While in queue, a representative from the tour company (Habibi Tours) came and helped us with the rest of the immigration process. Having him there made this process a LOT smoother.

From the airport you will be transferred by a private car to our Airbnb. So when we got to the Airbnb I was pleasantly surprised.  Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting, but everything presented was great.

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Staying with Walid was great! His place is literally in front of the Giza Pyramids. When you go up to the roof the view is breathtaking! The apartment is huge and spacious with 3 big bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The rooms were clean and the the showers had good water pressure. Walid is also available to take you on tours and show you the real Egypt. For the price you are getting a good deal and I will stay with him again when I return to Egypt. He was kind and made sure my friends and I were okay. He’s a great host! – Kisha M.

 My girl Kisha wrote this review and I agree 100%.

Day 2: Giza Pyrmaids, Sakkara and Memphis

So on Day 2 we were picked up at 8:00 am, in front of our Airbnb. Our first stop for the day was a visa to Sakkara. In Sakkara (Saqqara) we visited the Step Pyramid of Zoser, which is the first Pyramid built and it is the world’s oldest stone structure.  It was built for King Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty by the architect and genius Imhotep, who designed it and its surrounding complex to be as grand as it was unique and revolutionary. Imhotep was the first to build stone tombs in honor of the king’s majesty.

Later we drove to Memphis (particularly made me happy because I’m from Memphis, TN), the capital of the ancient kingdom and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. Here we visited the mostly open-air Memphis Museum and see the fallen statue of Ramses II.

In the afternoon we headed back to the area where our Airbnb was, Giza.  We went to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mycerinus and the enigmatic Sphinx.

 

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Day 3: Departure

Yeah I know our time was short in Egypt, but I couldn’t leave “The Continent” and not take a trip to Egypt. So we were picked up rather early in the morning so that we could go to the Cairo Airport for our early morning flight.


So here’s all the information so you can plan your travel!

Flight: AirEgypt

Accommodations: Apartment with private pyramids view roof – Nazlet El-Semman
Tell Walid that Marla sent you!

Tours: Habibi Tours – tell them that Marla sent you

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