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Things to do prior to and after the tour

5 Apr 2008 Abby said

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Hi all,

I'm flying into Cairo a day early and would love to hear any suggestions on things to do during this time. Any comments or further recommendations would be really appreciated!

Cairo
Things to do in Cairo covered by the tour (per Giraffegirl, but worth a second visit because of the tightly packed schedule:
- mohammid ali mosque
- Khan el-Khalili market
- egyptian museum

Things to do in Cairo not covered by tour (per wiki)
- egyptian tower
- coptic cairo:
  • coptic museum
  • coptic orthodox church

    Alexandria
    I'm most interested in a day trip to Alexandria. If anyone had any information regarding prices, taxis, tours, times, that would be super helpful!

    Things to do in Alexandria:
    - Citadel of Qaitbay
    - view of mediterrian sea/beach
    - montaza palace
    - Pompey's pillar


    Finally, on a seperate note:
    1) Does anyone know the denominations of the Egyptian pound? I've read several discussions which said to carry "lose change" of 10 LE. Is there any point holding a lower denomination or is tipping less than 10 LE kinda rude/cheap?
    2) It is important to have Egyptian pounds at the airport when paying for the vista, taxi to the Oasis hotel, etc?

    Thanks in advance!
    ~Abby Smiler

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