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Egypt - is it safe?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Fleur, Nov 2, 2012.


  1. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    After much discussion and thank you for all your advice - OH has booked us a holiday to Iceland this Friday !!!!!!

    OH wants to take me to Egypt - I've always wanted to do a cruise down the Nile, visit the Valley of the Kings and spend a night or 2 in Ciaro :)

    We have the time and the money to go - but Home Office have just raised the Terror Threat to High :(

    OH is still insistant that it's fine and wants to book everything independently as it's about 1/2 the price and we can do our own thing - we've never done a package holiday in 24 years :rolleyes:

    If we went it would be in a couple of weeks - but I'm not so sure :confused:

    Would you holiday in Eygypt at the moment?
     
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  2. MontyMaude

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    No not a chance, they were saying that if you do holiday to only stay within the confines of the resorts, I would wait and hold onto your money.
     
  3. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    That's what I think but OH doesn't believe all the 'fuss' :rolleyes:

    He has travelled all over the world and been to some very dodgy areas - including going to a club in Moscow where there was a gun check in next to the coat check in :eek:
     
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    No I wouldn't go right now, always wanted to go there, but it's too dangerous.
     
  5. porps

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    sure i would.
    The threat level has been changed to high due to reports of a foiled terrorist attack right? In that case this must be one of the safer times to go since i imagine it would take them a while to formulate, organise and mobilise a new attack even if they are adamant that an attack must take place in egypt.
     
  6. MontyMaude

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    My parents went several times years ago and the last time they went they said it had changed and did not have the friendly atmosphere it had had before, if you were going to go and sty in one place then I maybe consider it but travelling around outside of the resorts I really wouldn't risk it.
     
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    I know it's not quite the same but one of my sons thought it would be a good idea to go to Lebanon for a holiday back in september.They had a 3 day power cut,he was told by the soldiers not to leave Beruit,he spent most of the time sat in his hotel living off tuna and crackers.That was about the time when everyone was kicking off over that film and decided to set fire to the local KFC.Bloody scary but he came home safely.
     
  8. smokeybear

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    The key is to ask the Foreign Office and your insurance company, if something kicks off and you have been advised not to go, then you may be stuck.

    The UK is a lot more proactive than it used to be twenty or more years ago.

    During the war in Lebanon if you wanted to get out only the US was doing any special excursions............

    Due to the virtual civil war in Syria at the moment, the region is tenser than it has been for a while.
     
  9. welshjet

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    We are away there in feb

    It depends which parts your going to i know there have been some troubles in the sinai peninsula, but i tbinks its away from the main touristy areas,

    As usual tho, if your doing pyrimids etc, theres always the customary guards with guns. Its the main roads tbat got the probs.

    We were in turkey just gone when syria threw a couple of bombs/strikes but its the normally away from the tourist hotspots

    We are down nabq bay way - but its a relaxing hol so not even getting visas on this one
     
  10. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    That's exactly what Hubby said ;)

    We'd be on a cruise with organised 'shore' trips so it'd only be the transfer from the air port and Ciaro (but I'd make sure we were in one of the big hotels whilst we were there as well as go on an organised trip to the pyramids)
    I think it's the transfers that worry me most :(

    Friends went on April - but it does seem to of got a lot worse since then - I'll check with my travel insurance if he manages to confince me to go

    It just seems really scary to me to go somewhere with guards and guns :eek:
    I think to OH it's normal, having been to some dodgy parts of Mexicao City and Columbia he thinks it a good thing to have armed guards about ;)
     
  11. RAINYBOW

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    i went for my honeymoon in 2000. i wouldnt go currently BUT if i did i would go with thomas cook ;)

    apols for brief reply puppy pinned to sofa :rolleyes:
     
  12. welshjet

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    "It just seems really scary to me to go somewhere with guards and guns
    I think to OH it's normal, having been to some dodgy parts of Mexicao City and Columbia he thinks it a good thing to have armed guards about "

    I dont think I could cope with armed guards, its one thing to be escorted but, armed guards just puts me off.

    We enjoy going out and about and have done almost all the carribean, including mo'bay where it can get a bit tetchy, likewise some of the slummer areas of dom rep.

    This jan, we were away to India albeit Goa and I must say it is here that I have felt the most relaxed and comfortable especially with travelling, and that includes sleeping in some of the beach huts

    Rainybow has pulled up perhaps one of the most valuable points, I think they key is to perhaps go with a company that is both atol and abta bonded, that way its a case of they sort things out for you if needed, although personally we prefer standards of accommodation with thomson as opposed to thomas cook.

    I worked abroad for about 7 years with a holiday company and still in all honesty prefer to go an package - believe me, Ive seen more than enough croppers when some peeps do a diy package - although if done carefully, you can have some protection
     
  13. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    Well I've just got off the phone with OH (he's in Ireland working) - and he's given into me ;)

    So I await to hear his next plan - he metioned Iceland on the phone, shame we can't afford a 10 day safari in Africa :)
     
  14. welshjet

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    Id love to do a safari.

    About 4 years ago, we found a good price for china but with umming and arring, we missed it.

    When are you looking to go , have you done india at all, sri lanka and goa are beautiful but its goa for this side of tne year til march


    I really want to do vietnam and cambodia - but thats for after paong up of car loan
     
  15. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    10 days doing/seeing something - can't stand beach holidays or organised fun :p

    I love scenery and old buildings - so don't really mind where we go although I'm not a great traveler so long haul I need more than 10 days to make it worth it.
     
  16. welshjet

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    Perhaps not now, but say next month.or jan - cuba is fab with all the old stuff such as the cars and buildings.

    We ended up in a village/town called moron one night, we met up with a local and he yook us all round his family's houses, getting bits of food from each of them. His father cooked the most amazing food for us on a one ring plug in unit. They also had a religious festival at that time

    It was unbelievable the cost of things as they have 2 different currencies, to by a bottle of say their rum would cost about 2.00 in our money but fir them to buy things such as deodrant, and stuff like tbat was really dear.

    It made me laugh though, the lad we met, had a partner who was in prison, but they would let them out every friday night and they would go back in on a monday morning. We had like a tuk tuk and basically their lights were cd's

    It was fab though
     
  17. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    That sounds fab :) Me and OH would love something like this :)
     
  18. welshjet

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    Its worth looking into, but, just so as your aware, they 'advertise and sell' cuba even in October, but personally i would neber go this side of tbe year, its hurricane season!, so it could be a chance youv take, for us its always jan/feb/march when its out of season. Its still warm.

    Look at going mainland as opposed to the cayos, and look more towards the main resorts, where you can easily do havannah in a mini trip and spend some time there.

    It was somewhere i wanted to see 'pre-america' having an influence. The architecture and old cars are fab!.

    Ive set my mind to do cambodia and vietnam, hopefully i'll get there and theres one other place and thats Borneo where travelbag asia do ............ Just maybe :)
     
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    I'm planning a backpacking trip to Clacton next year...Can anybody tell me...are the natives still revolting?...:rolleyes:
     
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