We are thinking of traveling on an escorted tour of Cairo and a Nile cruise. We have mixed feelings about safety. Can anyone advise us as to how safe it would be for our family to take this tour.
Loads of threads on this subject, many (like the previous poster) are from recent returnees. The overwhelming consensus is that, if the tourist uses ordinary common sense, Egypt is as safe or even safer than most places these days. Search through and read a few to get a rounded idea of current thinking. This should ease your concerns.Edited: 12 June 2018, 08:10
And what safety concerns what that be ?
Road safety ? Risk from plague ? Risk from earthquakes ?
Oh... so you are worried about terrorist attacks are you ?
What amazes me is that this question comes up so frequently on the Egypt forum - yet, despite the many terrorist attacks in various European countries in recent years, no one dares to ask a similar question.
I have just browsed through the first ten pages of the Belgium, France and UK forums and find this question only arising twice in all of those 30 pages - and then they were both relating to very specific areas and one post was two years old ! And that despite London becoming one of the murder capitals of the world with scores this year being stabbed or shot dead so far this year !!
Safety concerns are raised four times in the first four pages of the Egypt forum !
For heavens sake, there is nothing more to be worried about in Egypt than anywhere else !!!
Except maybe for road safety !
That is my point Verity - i think there have been now 64 deaths so far in Greater London this year due to stabbing or shooting, plus many more injured.
Whilst many can be put down to gang warfare or drugs related, a lot are as a result of robbery, often with the use of one or two moped riders, ( maybe as many as a half ), and targeting rich looking or defenseless people - including foreigners and tourists. Regent's Street has been targeted several times this year including a couple of attacks directed against shops during opening hours ! And as we all know, Regent's Street is in one of the most affluent parts of the country, frequented by thousands of tourists every year !
Then we can look at the terrorist attacks... the Westminster and London Bridge attacks caused the multiple death and injury to many foreigners living in and touring London.
But public perceptions and biased media paint the Middle East of being some sort of mammoth war zone, and yet ignore the dangers at home.
And this is reflected in practically no questions being asked about safety on European threads - and of the two I mentioned one dates from two years ago and the other one's OP has been removed !
Its a farce !
I am actually in the airport now typing this as I wait for my flight out of cairo to go to sharm. I was in Cairo for 3 nights with my partner to see the Giza pyramids, nile river and Egyptian museum. This is my honest opinion and our personal experience, so I understand that not everyone will have the same as mine.
Safety, I would maybe rate it a 8/10. It feels quite safe and most hotels are guarded with strict security. The only part that might frighten you is possibly the way people drive out there or if you are on foot and trying to cross the crosswalk.
However, BE AWARE of scammers and locals pesturing you for money everywhere !! We could not go two steps in a tourist sight or public street without having anybody pesturing us to buy something/pretend they want to help us with something (and then harass us for money), and we even made the choice to hire a driver just to avoid all these sales people and scammer. Even still, there are many of them just outside these sights and attractions persistently trying to grab your phone/camera to "help" (forcibly) take a photo for you and then harass you for money for "helping" when you did not ask for it nor agree. We even paid money for a storage locker to store our ccameras the museum and the storage guy demanded a tip. It honestly made the trip VERY unenjoyable for us and it's such a shame because we were very much looking forward to this trip.
Even at the airport my boyfriend had went to use the mensroom, he returns to tell me the JANITOR (who was already in the washroom cleaning before my boyfriend had stepped in) was demanding for money. My boyfriend said he had no money on him and the janitor held the door closed and refused to let him out until he gave him money.
Again, this is our personal experience. I do not want to scare you nor prevent you from visiting Egypt because the pyramids, nile river, and other sights are still beautiful to see for yourselves. But I just want to give you a warning for what to expect and to BE CAREFUL with scammers. I understand that sales is "how business is" (what our driver stated), but there's a fine line between trying to sell something and just straight harassment.
Sorry if this was not of any help but I hope you will have a better experience than we did! Happy travels
priscilla0922 what you experienced sounds to be more than just the "normal" pestering for money. That's too bad that you had to experience that.
I hope you complained about the janitor in the airport.
Harassment should always be reported to the tourist police at site. Especially at the main tourist attractions.
This pestering of tourists is annoying and does deter other potential tourists.
Have been pestered myself for tips over the years from luggage handlers at Cairo Airport and at the public toilets at airports and hotels though not to a great extent. I usually just shrug my shoulders and walk away.
In the case of post no. 7, and in reply to post no. 8, I doubt if people want to waste time looking for a police officer and risk missing one’s flight. Honestly, I have never heard of anything like that happening before. One just has to man up and assert oneself, refuse to hand over money, and insist on being let out.
My husband and I spent ten days in Egypt this past February, we went by ourselves on our own itinerary. We did have a guide with us for three days in Cairo and then another guide who went on our Nile cruise and an additional four days in Luxor and surrounding areas. The only time without a guide was one day to Abu Simbel, but EgyptAir shuttles you to and from the temples and returns you to the airport.
We felt totally safe the entire time! In fact, at times there were too many security procedures! The hotels have guards, airport type entry/exit screening, some have dogs to detect bombs. Some places military escorted you to the sites. Airports have multiple screening stops within the same airport.
Bottom line, it is extremely safe! It is important to have a guide however, just because the logistics are complicated and of course because of the language differences. I was told by somevthat an armed guard is required to accompany groups of six or more, not sure if that is valid. With our guides we felt very secure. This is an ideal time to go, as it is safe, tourism is down to about 10% of the peak, you can breeze through the tombs at Valley the Kings and Queens tombs, and prices are low as a result. I have read about recent gas hikes but we did not experience that. It was an amazing trip and we are so glad we went. We felt some trepidation before we left; that is totally gone since we went and we encourage people to go soon before tourism reboundsvtoo much!