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Old 09-06-2005, 07:41 PM   #1
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I have been looking but I CANNOT find a reasonable way to get to Egypt from Europe.

I was thinking of touring Europe till I got to Athens or Rome, and then finding either a ferry or a plane or something to egypt for a reasonable price. I cannot find anything for under 500 USD. I was thinking I could find something for around 300 round trip. I mean, if I can fly to Europe from the US for around 700 then I SHOULD be able to find something for alot less since im going less than half that distance!



Anyone know of anything?? Is this something I should maybe talk to a travel agent about???
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Yes, talk to a travel agent. I flew from Cincinnati, OH to Cairo for about 850 (layover in Paris) so hopefully you should be able to do Europe to Cairo for less than 500!!
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Old 09-06-2005, 09:04 PM   #3
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Well after looking through TONS of pages and whatnot, I THINK I have found the best way...and I shoulda looked there almost first...

Travelocity. It seems that if I make reservations first through athens, then I can get it for like 300 USD. So YAY! But do any of you know of better ways possibly?

Also, while I have your attention, should I get a ISIC or an ISE for my stay in Europe, or should I not bother at all???

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Instead of looking at US agents/booking sites, try checking out European sites. I remember readin in travel rags and student publications there that trips to Egypt and the Middle East can be had on the super cheap.

Have a look at sites like ebookers.com and skyscanner.net for airlines that sites like Orbitz and Travelocity don't serve.
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Old 09-07-2005, 01:34 AM   #5
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yes you could try
www.lastminute.com
www.expedia.co.uk
www.opodo.co.uk

There are some cheap holiday's to be found to Egypt, however, because of the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt many of the european tour agents have reduced their amount of holiday's which they have bought to sell on
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Recent terrorist attacks in egypt? I have not heard of these, what has happened?
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Sorry couldnt find an Edit button for my last one.

Thx! I tried the expedia.co.uk one, and i found some good prices on there too. Looks like i'll be able to do it for 300 +/-!! Soo happy! It just looks like i'll have to reserve the flight at least 2 weeks in advance for a decent rate.
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they just had a few weeks ago a massive terrorist attack in egypt, where are you from that you dont know this? It obviously must be reported more in the British news but yeah good news about your trip!
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Toll climbs in Egyptian attacks

The attacks happened at the height of the tourist season
At least 88 people have been killed in bomb attacks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, hospital staff say.
Some 200 more were injured in the overnight blasts. The first, in the Old Market, was followed by two more in Naama Bay, where a hotel was badly hit.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak vowed to continue the "battle with terrorism" as he visited the sites of the attacks, the worst in Egypt's recent history.

Most of the dead are Egyptians, but foreigners are among the victims too.

A 34-year-old Italian man on his honeymoon and a Czech citizen have been confirmed dead, and at least 20 of those injured are thought to be foreign.

Clues

The blasts come less than a year after 34 people died in an attack further north in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adli condemned what he called an "ugly act of terrorism" and said police were following leads.


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"We have some clues, especially about the car that was exploded in the Old Market, and investigators are pursuing," Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a visit to neighbouring Israel, denounced "the horrific terrorist bombings". She vowed that Egypt and the US would "confront and defeat this scourge that knows no boundary and respects no creed".

'Rammed hotel'

The blasts came within minutes of each other, shortly after 0100 local time (2200 GMT), when the bars and markets were busy.

This flaming mass flew over my head, faster than a torpedo

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In pictures: Egypt blasts

In the most devastating attack, a bomber rammed his car into Ghazala Gardens Hotel, according to an eyewitness.

"A suicide car bomber forced the barrier at the entrance of the hotel. A member of the security staff tried to stop him but he sped towards the reception and there was a huge explosion," an unnamed hotel employee told AFP news agency.

Parts of the front walls of the hotel collapsed, trapping people under the rubble.

A few hundred metres away, a bomb went off in a car park near the Moevenpick Hotel and popular nightlife spots, causing widespread damage and casualties.

In the Old Market area blast, about 4km (2.5 miles) away, 17 people - believed to be Egyptian workers - were killed as they gathered at a street cafe, rescue officials said.

We heard a huge bang and saw a gust of black smoke over Old Sharm

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Holidaymakers' horror

"This flaming mass flew over my head, faster than a torpedo and plunged into the water," Mursi Gaber, who was working on a nearby beach when the blast happened, told AP.

"There were body parts all over the steps down to the beach."

Sabina Salvatore, an Italian diving instructor, was on a boat at the time of the blasts.

"Suddenly we looked at Old Sharm and we saw this fire coming up and after this fire some sounds... an explosion and then more fire and everything was shaking," she told the BBC News website.

"After this bomb, silence, then a lot of people screaming."

'Mass hysteria'

Witnesses said there was pandemonium as dazed and shocked tourists fled to safety.

"We went outside on to the street where we were met with hundreds of people running and screaming in all directions," British tourist, Fabio Basone, told the BBC.

British policeman Charlie Ives was in a cafe about 50 metres (160ft) away from where two explosions went off.

"The whole area was quickly covered in debris. There was a huge ball of smoke that mushroomed up. It was mass hysteria," he told the BBC. Speaking after touring the bomb sites, President Mubarak said the "cowardly, criminal act" would "only increase our determination in chasing terrorism, cornering it and uprooting it".

"Our battle with terrorism will continue with all the strength, resolve and will that we have," he added.

Tourism fears

In a statement posted on an Islamic website, a group calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, al-Qaeda, in Syria and Egypt, said it carried out the bombings, the AP news agency reported, although the claim has not been verified.

The bombings happened at the height of the summer tourist season in Sharm al-Sheikh, and coincided with an extended holiday weekend to mark the anniversary of the 1952 Egyptian revolution.

It was the first such attack since last October, when 34 people died in car and truck bomb attacks at Red Sea resorts on the eastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula.

The previous worst attack in Egypt occurred in 1997, when Islamic militants killed 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians near the southern city of Luxor.

Tourism is Egypt's most lucrative industry, worth about $6.6bn a year.





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ID cards - Are you going to be hitting many college towns? If so, I'd say yes. If not, I wouldn't really bother. You can go to the site and see what discounts you get.
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