1st day in the egypt was interesting, as cairo has approximately 22 million people and i think they all drive at the same time! if the road has 4 lanes each way the egyptians drive 6-8 wide and love there horns "BEEP BEEP". cairo airport was simple enough we proceeded to get our visas at the entry, and went through customs with no problems. luggage came out fast compared to paris, lol and like many travelers know the next headache is getting a fair price for a cab. rule of thumb whatever they tell you divide by 4 and stick to it and walk away, they will come back! the cab from airport for 3 people to central cairo was $100 egyptian pounds so $20 US.
i booked all of the trip online and alot through travel buddy, expedia, and links from sites.
we where only in cairo for 3 days and that was plenty, so we skimped on the hotel and went to the concorde exe on Tahrir st about 2 blocks off the nile river, of course i had everything form booking and they of course had nothing, and since it was all paid for they made us wait about an hour to get a room after charging us another $40 us a night, and after flying from slc, utah i was to tired to fight so i just had my credit card reversed. the concorde exe is NOT recomended, but the brother next door that own a PAPYRUS institute where a GREAT help for directions and organizing tours ( emad 002-0101540014 or email email@example.com
. just say UTAH rob and they will set up dinner cruises on nile , pyramid tours, etc. for NO fee. the first night we found food a chicken rotisore place a few blocks away that was great and cheap, about $10 US. went back for some sleep after the long 28 hours of travel.