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Anyone for a Nile cruise ?

Anonymous
Wed, 01/19/2011 - 19:49

Hi everyone. Finally booked the Nile cruise today. Never been to egypt before. Is anyone out their on the same trip? Neil.

Anonymous
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 05:53

Hi Neil,

 Me and my wife are on this trip as well. We are flying in from Dubai and will be joining the group in Cairo, never been to Egypt too... pretty excited !!

 Mahi

Anonymous
Sun, 01/23/2011 - 17:57

Hi Mahi. Thats great. Ill look forward to meeting you both. I have just been looking at the trip notes and it seems we have plenty to fit in! I met someone who went on this trip a couple of years back. They said it was brilliantly organised and they got plenty of time to see everything they wanted to. Neil.

Anonymous
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 06:15

Nice to know you are as excited as we are !! Well, I know someone who travelled on this trip only a few months back and it was heavily recommended which prompted me to go with Exodus.

Are you looking at any of the optional tours ? I'm thinking on the Abu Simbel trip and/or hot air baloon in Luxor.

Anonymous
Sat, 01/29/2011 - 00:00

Things don't look good in Cairo. As you may be aware, the British embassy are advising against all non essential travel. Have you heard anything from exodus? Any thoughts? Neil.

Anonymous
Sat, 01/29/2011 - 04:58

Yeah, things look very bad, on TV atleast.. nothing from Exodus.. sent them a mail.. waiting and watching.. and hoping for the best..

Anonymous
Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:27

If you here of any developements from exodus, please let me know. I will lat you know if i here anything. The independant newspaper say an exodus group is out there and they have not needed any change of itinerary, so are continuing as planned.

Anonymous
Cairo airport a scene of chaos as foreigners flee
BY VICTORIA HAZOU, Associated Press
FlightAware News Network
Monday, January 31 2011 08:48AM
Last updated 9 minutes ago
CAIRO (AP) — Cairo's international airport was a scene of chaos and confusion Monday as thousands of foreigners sought to flee the unrest in Egypt and countries around the world scrambled to send in planes to fly their citizens out.
Nerves frayed, shouting matches erupted and some passengers even had a fistfight as thousands crammed inside Cairo airport's new Terminal 3 seeking a flight home. In an attempt to reduce tensions, the airport's departures board stopped announcing flight times — but the move simply fueled anger over canceled or delayed flights.
Making matters worse, check-in counters were poorly staffed because many EgyptAir employees had been unable to get to work due to a 3 p.m.-to-8 a.m. curfew and traffic breakdowns across the Egyptian capital.
"It's an absolute zoo, what a mess," said Justine Khanzadian, 23, a graduate student from the American University of Cairo who was among those waiting at the airport for hours to leave Egypt. "I decided to leave because of the protests, the government here is just not stable enough to stay."
By midday, an announcement filtered through the crowd instructing groups of Danish, German, Chinese, British and Canadian passengers that their governments had sent planes to evacuate them, prompting a nervous stampede toward the gates.
A U.S. military plane landed at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus on Monday afternoon ferrying 42 U.S. Embassy officials and their dependents from Egypt. James Ellickson-Brown from the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia said at least one more plane was expected Monday with about 180 people — most of them U.S. citizens.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs has said it will take several flights over the coming days to fly out the thousands of Americans who want to leave Egypt, through Europe.
EgyptAir resumed its flights Monday morning after a roughly 14-hour break because of the curfew and its inability to field enough crew. Over 20 hours, only 26 of about 126 EgyptAir flights operated, airport officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
The officials said many countries were working to evacuate their citizens, with Turkey sending four flights, Israel and Russia sending two planes each and the Czech Republic one. They said those additional flights had helped ease the airport's swelling and restless crowds, but those gains were likely to be short-lived as other foreigners and Egyptians poured in.
Even Iraq decided it would evacuate its citizens. The government said it had dispatched three planes to evacuate its citizens from Egypt and would continue the process to evacuate all those who wish to return. The flights have been offered for free.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Aqeel Hadi Kawthar said two of the flights had already returned to Baghdad, and a third flight was expected to reach Baghdad soon.
He did not immediately have figures of how many Iraqis living in Egypt had taken the government up on its offer.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry posted a notice on its website calling on Iraqi citizens, residents and visitors to Egypt "to act in a way that provides safety for themselves and their families, and stay away from places and gatherings of tensions, and to be in constant contact with the Iraqi Embassy in Cairo."
Many Iraqis fled to Egypt to escape violence in their own country.
Hundreds of Indian nationals were evacuated, with 316 arriving Monday in Mumbai on board a special Air India flight and another 275 expected to reach Mumbai later in the day.
China sent two planes Monday and was sending two more charter flights Tuesday to help pick up an estimated 500 Chinese stranded in Cairo. It issued a travel warning and requested that its citizens not travel to Egypt, according to the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, which also handed out food and water to Chinese at Cairo's airport.
The foreign ministries in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark on Sunday advised against all nonessential travel to Egypt and tour companies canceled trips to the country until Feb. 23.
Danish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Charlotte Slente said Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service sent two of its members Monday to the Embassy in Cairo to advise how to improve the security.
Slente also said Danish company A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, has chartered a plane to pick up relatives on Danes working with the shippping and container group. No further details available.
Seperately, A.P. Moller-Maersk said there were no terminal operations in Egypt and Maersk Line, Safmarine and Damco offices were closed on Monday.
Tour operators say they will fly home all their customers this week when their holidays end, or on extra flights, stressing there has not been any unrest in Red Sea resort cities like Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheik.
Britain's Foreign Office estimates about there are around 30,000 U.K. tourists and long-term residents in Egypt, but said Monday it has no plans to evacuate British citizens. Foreign Secretary William Hague has advised against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez and recommended that people currently in those cities leave on commercial flights when they can.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said, unlike tourists from the United States and other nations, most Britons are on vacation at beach resorts on the Red Sea — which so far have remained largely unaffected by pro-democracy protests.
However, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Marcin Bosacki said food shortages were starting to be felt at Egyptian resorts and that some restaurants and shops were refusing to serve foreigners. He also said Warsaw has worked out contingency plans for evacuating Poles that would include the use of military aircraft. For now, there is no need for evacuations, he said.
Bosacki said Polish airline LOT would fly to Cairo Tuesday to bring back those hoping to return to Poland.
SAS Denmark said it would fly home some 60 Danes stranded at Cairo airport, while Indonesia was sending a plane to Cairo to start evacuating some 6,150 Indonesian citizens — mostly students and workers.
An Azerbaijan flight carrying 80 adults, 23 children and the body of an Azeri Embassy accountant killed in the unrest arrived in Baku.
Air France canceled its daily flight from Paris to Cairo on Monday. From Tuesday, its daily flight to Cairo will make a "technical stop" in Beirut, and was increasing its capacity on return flights — which will be direct — by an extra 200 seats to help bring passengers back to France.
Portugal sent a C-130 military transport plane to evacuate its citizens, and Greece put military planes on standby.
Czech travel agencies were canceling their trips to Egypt, and the foreign ministry warned against nonessential travel. There were about 1,000 Czech tourists in Egypt.

 

Wes

Anonymous
Mon, 01/31/2011 - 14:15

I've been following the news closely and things look very bad at the moment... I hope I dont have to wait till last minute to realise i wont be going, leaving no time to plan a different destination.

Anonymous
Mon, 01/31/2011 - 14:25

The US State Dept. has issued a warning for all non-essential travel valid through Feb. 28.  That is good enough for me.  I sent Adventure Center an e-mail advising that due to political unrest and the action by the US State Dept. (and the British Foreign Office), I was canceling my trip and want to substitute a China trip instead.  I don't expect any problem, but I will fight them if necessary.  I have other Exodus trips planned for the year and will cancel the entire bunch if necessary to make my point.

Wes

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