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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:08 pm    Post subject: Whats open in Egypt Reply with quote

Hi there,Does anyone know of a good sight telling you sights that are open round cairo,and saqqara.
Next year,me and my fiancee are visiting Egypt on our honeymoon,and although Ive been to Egypt before,it is my fiancee's first time.I was suprised last time when I visited cairo and saqqara for the first time to find that that only pyramid in the saqqara complex that I could go into was the pyramid of teti.Although I had prevously asked my arab friend to specifically enter the pyramid of unas and step pyramid,which I did not know were not open to the public until we arrived.
Were also planning on visiting Abu simbel and the temple of Isis at philae :
Any comments would be appreciated.thankyou.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help with Cairo but Philae & Calabsha at Aswan & both temples (1 ticket) at Abu Simbel are open daily throughout the year Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok .thankyou Heqat.will bear that in mind Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This link from the SCA might help

http://www.sca-egypt.org/eng/SITE_List.htm

However, it does cover the whole country so you need to know the names of the places you hope to visit.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyou priest.I will save that sight,as it may well come in usefull for my travel to Egypt next year.I have saved it to my favourites as it has some usefull information.thanks again Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That will be a good idea because the SCA do take sites on and off the lists as and when further work is being carried out.

If you plan to travel down to the Luxor area send me a PM near the time and I can advise you as to what is going on here then.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks priest.Thats appreciated.But not going till Oct 3rd.So will message you nearer the time. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the information on the SCA site is wrong and / or outdated:
- Abusir is open for visitors according to the site but this is not the case
- In the Imhotep museum you no longer can take pictures at all (since 2009)
- In the Military museum you can take pictures without flash (ticket 10 egp)
These are the examples I'm aware off, there might be other mistakes on the website
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another error is that it says of the VOK

NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE TOMBS. Cameras must be left outside.

Cameras are not allowed anywhere in the Valley now. You have to leave them in the vehicle.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How rediculous.I for one will keep my camera in my bag.I can understand the rules for no camera,s in the tombs to conserve them.But if I want to take a picture of the valley cliffs then I will.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry but you have to go through a metal detector to get in. Bags all have to go through a scanner, the same as airport ones with a mini conveyor belt. The camera will be removed at that point. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hekat wrote:
Sorry but you have to go through a metal detector to get in. Bags all have to go through a scanner, the same as airport ones with a mini conveyor belt. The camera will be removed at that point. Sad


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it is quite common at a lot of the sites, it's normally for security only though as you can take cameras into all the temples
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Axenabdw wrote:
... I for one will keep my camera in my bag. ... But if I want to take a picture of the valley cliffs then I will.. Very Happy

The security will check your bag and you have to leave your camera at the entrance of the Valley.

If you have a women on your side you can give the camera to here. Sometimes it works that they have a look at the mans bag but not for the one of the female company (last time on November the 13th, 2010 ... but, no guarantee!).

If you take pictures in the Valley be carefull and make sure that nobody from the Egyptians can see it. The fine should be surely high and you get rid of the memory card or is extinguished.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true Lutz, the fine is up to 10,000$.

The loss of all the photo's on the memory card (not just the ones taken in the Valley) could be an even worse loss, especially if you have a card full of legally taken photo's Sad We were in the VOQ very recently and a German man was very lucky to escape with a severe warning and eviction from the tomb!
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