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Cairo-Dahab Itinerary With Petra Day Trip

When Visited?

Early March

Price Point?

Average

Travel Size?

Small Group (4 Or Less)

Duration?

6 Nights

Sights We Recommend?

Must-See

Top Things To Do & See In Egypt

Giza Pyramids
Sakkara Complex
Dashour
Egyptian Museum
Coptic Cairo
Amr Mosque
Salhadin Citadel
Mohamed Ali Mosque
Saint Simon Monastery
Islamic Cairo
Garbage City
Khan Bazaar

How We Got To Cairo?

(2) One Way Flights

Price: $1200
Flight Path

New York → Cairo (Royal Jordan)

Cairo → Houston (Emirates)

My Rating:

★★★★☆

Review

Review: I met up with my friend on the east coast with the intention of flying from NY to Europe and then Europe to Cairo. RT this would have been about 800 but because of the Nor’easter weather bomb that hit the east coat the night we were flying out, all flights were cancelled. Instead on losing more days than necessary from our trip we got refunds for what we could and bought a one-way direct flight out of NY the very next night on the first available flight with seats.

Royal Jordanian is a nice airline but as most know Emirates is just fantastic.

How We Got Around The City?

Mode: Taxi (arranged by our AirBnB host)| Walking
Rating: ★★★★★


☞ Airport transfer was about $25 each way to Giza where stayed (price is for the total ride and not per passenger)
☞ The Pyramids were right next to our AirBnB as well as numerous restaurants and shops so we just walked when needed
☞ All the tours we did included transport in the price

Where We Stayed?

AirBnB

Pyramdids Loft

Breakfast Incl.: No
Room Type: Private Room w/ Shared Bathroom (x2)
Price: $25/night
Rating: ★★★★★

Details & Review

2 Guests | 3 Nights
Review: As you’ll see if you check AirBnB, TripAdvisor and Booking.Com, PyramidsLoft is the cornerstone of a lot of people’s experience in Giza.

The property itself is a stone’s throw away from the Giza Pyramids and boast amazing panoramic views from the rooftop.

What makes PyramidLoft so special is it’s host, Thomas. He goes above and beyond and feels like an old friend the minute you meet him. You can get private rooms and apartments to have time to yourself and then head up the rooftop to meet amazing travelers from all over the world.

Thomas helped us create the perfect itinerary within Egypt and beyond giving recommendations he actively booked excursions and flight for us and got on multiple calls with locals to improve our experience.

His authenticity, generosity and endless connections made for a birthday trip we won’t forget.

Thomas has two properties close to each other both with views of the Pyramid. He’ll work with you to figure out what room/apartment works best for you in either or the properties for around the same price.

If you’re thinking of staying there, be sure to reach out to him directly. He’s responsive and super helpful.

What We Did?

Activities

Egypt Activities

Visiting The Pyramids

Price: $60
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Price included a guide, entrance fees, transportation, lunch and camel trekking

Review

Review: We had a great time. We not only visited the great Pyramids of Giza which are walking distance from our homestay but also traveled to see the Sakkara Complex and Dashour.

This was arranged through Pyramids Loft. Thomas put us with other travelers from the loft who were also going and this helped lower our price per person and gave us a new set of friends–some that we are planning to visit in their hometown.

The guide at the Giza Pyramids was incredible knowledgeable and our camel trekking guide took us into the desert enough to get the most picturesque shots of the pyramids.

Nile River Cruise

Price: $20
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: For an additional $20 we were able to add on an evening cruise on the Nile River after visiting the Pyramids. The food was great and the ambience was even better. The performers on the cruise are out of this world and I was even chosen to participate. This cruise a must-do while you’re in Cairo!

Experience Cairo

Price: $60
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Price included transportation, entrance tickets and lunch

Review

Review:This was a full day tour packed with a lot of stops. We visited the Egyptian Museum (which you could honestly spend all day at), Coptic Cairo, Amr Mosque, Salhadin Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Saint Simon Monastery, Islamic Cairo, Garbage City (THIS HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED) and the Khan Bazaar.

This was also booked through our AirBnB Pyramids loft. It was a great way to experience all the different pockets of Cairo and is HIGHLY recommended!

Pyramids Loft Rooftop Photoshoot

Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: The view of the pyramids from the Pyramid Loft rooftop is simply SPECTACULAR. Since we were already there and I’m never one to waste a good scenery we did a photoshoot of our own on the rooftop. It made for the most beautiful shots from our trip.

We took our photos from the rooftop of the new Pyramid Loft property. Both properties are close to each other and have a view of the pyramids but the newer one is taller and has a more panoramic view.

If you do stay there and you see Thomas, ask him to show you the photo from the wedding shoot that was done there—talk about PHOTO GOALS!

Where We Ate?

Restaurants

El Gizawy Restaurant

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Just go and thank me later! It is within walking distance from the Giza Pyramids and the Pyramids Loft AirBnB. The falafel pita pockets/sandwiches were our favorites but you can’t go wrong with anything here. The food is fast and authentic and we got 10 sandwiches for about $1. It’s crazy cheap and a must try.

Brothers Koshary

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: “I don’t ever see you finish your food and eat with such focus other than when you eat Koshary”…that was my friend’s statement by the end of the trip. To say I love Koshary is an understatement. Thomas ordered food from there once for us and I was hooked. We ate here multiple times and the food is just fantastic. It’s cheap and full of carb-y goodness.

Sights We Recommend?

Must-See

Top Things To Do & See In Egypt

Blue Hole
Gabr El Bint
Canyon
Bedouin Camp
Lighthouse Reef
Sharm El Shiekh Day Trip
Aqaba, Jordan Day Trip
Petra, Jordan Day Trip
Mount Sinai

How We Got To Dahab?

Round Trip Flight

Price: $170
Flight Path

Cairo → Dahab (Egypt Air)

My Rating:

★★★★☆

Review

Review: Thomas helped us book a RT flight to Dahab at the last minute. The flight is only an hour long and relatively inexpensive. An alternative to flying is taking a 9 hour bus–this happens to also be a much cheaper route.

How We Got Around The City?

Mode: Taxi (arranged by our AirBnB host)| Walking
Rating: ★★★★★


☞ All our tours and activity included transportation in the price
☞ There is long restaurant and shopping strip that is easily walkable

Where We Stayed?

AirBnB

7 Heaven Hotel

Breakfast Incl.: No
Room Type: Twin Room
Price: $10/night
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Details & Review

2 Guests | 3 Nights
Review: The hotel caters to divers and is a stone’s throw from the sea. It has a diving center which awesome for the price and facilitation they provide.

Now as for the rooms, you definitely get what you pay for and seeing as how you don’t pay much, you don’t get much either.

What We Did?

Activities

Egypt Activities

Petra Day Trip

Price: $300
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Thomas arranged it for us. Price included a guide, entrance fees, transportation, lunch and visa fees

Review

Review: We wanted to see Petra so badly that we embarked on a 16 hour day trip from Dahab.

The journey included a 15 min drive from the hotel to a bus station where we traveled 2 hours by bus to a port to then get on a ferry for 45 mins to another port in Aqaba Jordan.

From Aqaba Jordan we took a bus 2.5 hours to Petra. After visiting Petra, we had lunch then embarked on the same journey back to Dahab.

Thomas arranged it for us and it was well worth the price and the journey time. All we did was show up and transportation, visas, etc. were taken care of for us.

The day trip was worth it but if time had allowed we would have loved to see Petra at night and maybe even stay overnight in the Wadi Rum desert.

Mount Sinai Hike

Price: $15
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ Thomas arranged this for us. Price included transportation and a hiking guide

Review

Review: This was without a doubt one of the best things we did. If you are able to, hike up Mount Sinai for one of the most breathtaking sunrises you will ever see.

Thomas arranged this for us and the $15 included transportation to and from the hike site and a guide that hikes up with you. We left the hotel around 11/11:30 PM and it took about 2 hours to reach the site. The hike is in the dark but the moon illuminated our path.

It takes about 3 hours to hike up (you can get on a camel for an additional fee and that takes 1 hr) and the sun rises around 6 am.

The view is amazing and there is a monastery and the burning bush that you can visit once you hike back down that opens at 9 am.

Dinner At A Bedouin Camp (Desert)

Price: $15
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Thomas arranged it for us. Price included transportation and food

Review

Review: This was an amazing night! We ended off my friend’s birthday and brought in mine in the desert with the mountains framing our backdrop, great food, live music complete with drums, a bon fire, and even greater company.

With the stars so visible and illuminating the sky, I honestly could not think of a more perfect moment. We brought drinks with us partied till we all fell asleep on the comfortable pallets.

We’ll definitely be doing this again in future visits to Egypt.

Where We Ate?

Restaurants

Sababa, Dahab

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: I’m vegetarian but my friend Regi loved their chicken! I think their tea is amazing.

What makes Sababa a must-visit is that you can jump into the clear blue water right from the restaurant. We snorkeled there and it was awesome.

King Falafel

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Oh man! This was the last thing we ate in Dahab before we left for our flight back to Cairo. My only wish was that we found this place sooner because it is just that good!

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Damilola Olatayo

Damilola "Lola" Olatayo is the founder of StampedTribe. She's traveled to 30+ countries in the past four (4) years and views travel planning as an art form. She Identifies as a group and 'luxury on a budget' traveler. She has a travel family that she does most of her travels with and she is always planning her next trip. She prioritizes places where she has a contact and locations that are off the beaten path.