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Restrictions on train travel Cairo - Luxor - Cairo

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:31 am    Post subject: Restrictions on train travel Cairo - Luxor - Cairo Reply with quote

Hello !

Since March there are new regulations valid to tourists for the use of trains Cairo - Luxor :

http://luxor-news.blogspot.com/2009/04/train-travel.html

http://www.seat61.com/Egypt.htm#Tourist%20travel%20restrictions :
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"Latest report: New restrictions on train travel from March 2009...
It's now reported that from 1 March 2009 tourists are no longer allowed to use on the 22:00 overnight non-sleeper (in other words, seats) express train from Cairo to Luxor & Aswan, or the 07:40 daytime express train from Cairo to Luxor & Aswan. As of March 2009, the ONLY train which tourists are legally allowed to use between Cairo and either Luxor or Aswan is the overnight Abela sleeper trains. It's reported that these trains now have seats cars as well as sleepers, albeit at a more expensive fare than the original non-Abela express (LE170 instead of LE90). You can take a wider selection of trains between Aswan & Luxor, it's reported. If you have more information, please email me."


Are there any experiences? Tickets, where? How expensive? Fast fully booked up?

Greetings, Lutz.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only once, well twice... (there and back) have I travelled by train from Cairo to Luxor and it was ok. Overnight thing so basically stayed awake all night while being bounced around on the bed. Laughing

I'm going to Egypt in November and part of the original itinerary was to travel from Amarna (or thereabouts) down to Luxor. Unfortunately due to the restrictions which also seem to effect travel from Amarna (or thereabouts) we are unable to do this and our holiday people have had to charter a plane instead. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah a trip to Egypt would have to include a visit to Amarna for sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've not been to Amarna before and this will be a highlight... as well as Nefertari's tomb Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrismackint wrote:
Yeah a trip to Egypt would have to include a visit to Amarna for sure.

Although I'd love to visit the site in the future...
You have to take into account you don't have a direct connection there.
Meaning: you easily "lose" 3 hours at least to get there.
To basically arrive at a rather "empty" site, compared to others.
Not that it would be a waste of time (God, no)...
But personally I'd think there are far more interesting sites to actually visit.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well this will be my 6th visit to Egypt so obviously have seen many sites many times before (well 4 or 5 Embarassed ). Amarna has been top of my wish list for a long time. Also HAVE to go back to Abu Simbel at some point.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember, a long, long time ago, my first trip that included Amarna.
At that time, very little had been done to make the site "touist friendly".
In fact, we rode out to the site on a tractor! A farmer happened to be going that way, and offered us a lift.
There were absolutely NO tourist facilities. Oh yes, there was one. A flat-roofed shade (of sorts) had been erected by the Northern tombs.
We spent 5 hours there--completely alone! It was great fun to climb to all the tombs and explore.
I remember sitting on a rock at the Northern tombs which overlooked the Northern Palace--nothing there but mud wall foundations--and had a eerie feeling of hundreds of people standing behind me! Of course, no one was there...spooky!
Again, when we were ready to leave, we caught a ride on the same tractor--the farmer was on his way home! This time, he had two co-workers with him. About half-way back to civilization, they decided to have tea. Stopped the tractor, sconged in the desert for a bit of brush, built a fire, whipped out a battered teapot and we all had some of the wonderful mint tea!

Sadly, it has greatly changed now. In the name of improvements, shelters have been built, rocky paths to tombs have been graded and asphalted, gates have been installed on all the tombs, entrace now is charged a fee. I'm sure it's all for the comfort and enjoyment of tourists, but I sadly miss the tractor-ride!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a fine line between comfort and keeping things authentic. It was nice when I went to the Grand Canyon two years ago that they hadn't done much to spoil the landscape by building roads to help the tourists down to the boats. Thankfully I was not the one to fall over in the sand.
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