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Author Zoe
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#16 | Posted: 31 Jan 2022 12:34 
For the T-sites between Aswan and Luxor you may consider hiring a driver because apparently you need permits? Go to a local travel agency the day before to ask. Pretty much anywhere in Egypt they look at you funny for taking public transportation as a foreigner and want to arrange you a police escort.

Author nfmungard
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#17 | Posted: 31 Jan 2022 15:52 
nfmungard:
flights booked now. 20 feb seems to be magical day in abu simbel :D

Argh. It's 22nd February :(

Zoe:
For the T-sites between Aswan and Luxor you may consider hiring a driver because apparently you need permits? Go to a local travel agency the day before to ask. Pretty much anywhere in Egypt they look at you funny for taking public transportation as a foreigner and want to arrange you a police escort.

Police escort... My usual mode of travel. :) You know what a driver costs? Was thinking about it anyhow for time management reasons. I like trains, but I like visiting sites better.

Author christravelblog
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#18 | Posted: 1 Feb 2022 10:42 
nfmungard:
* Most seem to do Wadi al Hittum from Cairo. How much is a day trip? I thought it might be easier to stay at El Fayyum and arrange a driver there.

Yes great day trip!! Took me the full day by car. I see no other option to go there.

Zoe:
because apparently you need permits

what permits? I actually plan to drive Luxor-Aswan-Abu all myself and visit all WHS but also (most or all) TWHS on the way.
I haven't read anything on permits?

Author Zoe
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#19 | Posted: 1 Feb 2022 11:46 
Car + driver costs pretty much the same as fully insured renting, maybe $40 for a day? (if you keep the distances sane.) I am not sure what the permit is for but I think it's actually for the driver to drive you around, else s/he is in trouble at checkpoints. There is some chatter on tripadvisor and the travel agent mentioned it too because I asked quite late in the day and he had to make phone calls to check if it was still possible. Travel agencies are a dime a dozen in those cities and you can bargain. I did take a taxi from Cairo to Alexandria though, no permit on that route unless you want to visit the monasteries as they only accept non-Muslim drivers.

Author christravelblog
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#20 | Posted: 1 Feb 2022 12:12 
Zoe:
fully insured renting

Insurance is on my AMEX card. I don't worry about that.
if it's just permit about the driver driver then I won't worry.
I don't know about these areas having any checkpoints.

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