Would you go to Egypt?

Discussion in 'Adventures By Disney' started by adeline723, May 14, 2011.

  1. adeline723

    adeline723 Earning My Ears

    May 13, 2011
    I saw a special on TV on Egypt...and started talking about going next summer.

    That said...we started debating. With everything going on, we're torn on the risk associated with it. Wanted to see what others thought-would you go?
  2. Tozzie

    Tozzie DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2008
    Not anytime soon, it will be a long time before there is any stability in that country. Here is a link to an article about things that are going on now and it isn't good.

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  4. sanville

    sanville Earning My Ears

    May 1, 2011
    ive been to egypt 2 summers ago it all depends on the area you visit, we being british went to the holiday resort of sharm el shiek and it was lovely no crime like the link above and the area was lovely nice clear beaches, great shopping and culture and excurtions to the pryamids / jordan i reccomment this area 100 %
  5. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus Plain grey will be fine

    Jan 28, 2001
    Not even if they paid me---
  6. XGrumpy1

    XGrumpy1 DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2008
    I don't want to go anywhere I need an armed guard going with me.
  7. Gigi22

    Gigi22 DIS Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    No way. The current government is not stable--Western tourists offer a high profile target.
  8. WeLoveABD

    WeLoveABD DIS Veteran

    Jun 30, 2008
    My DW and I went to Eygpt 19 yrs ago--part of a cruise stop with all day visit to Cairo (bus trip from port had armed guards following); never felt in real danger while on the sites...but, I wouldn't go with kids yet as it will no doubt also be a trip with armed guards and the kids might freak a little but the parents probably would have a harder time relaxing. In balance with this is that most of the people of Eygpt need and want tourists, and the government has a strong interest in protecting tourists....and Disney has an absolute interest in keeping its adventurers out of harms way. So all of that said--depends on your tolerance. I'd have a frank discussion with my kids (10 and 17), but I'd probably would vote to go if we had the time and money. (The world is never stable--always crazies out there--so at the end of the day, I try to avoid the obvious risks and accept the other risks as a part of travel--otherwise I'd never leave my neighborhood).
  9. carpenta

    carpenta DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2010
    I have to agree 100%. We were in Tunisia a couple of years ago with DCL and have no interest in returning to that area even to see the historic aspect of the pyramids etc. Nat. Geo. channel is as close as I wish to get.:)
  10. Icemann

    Icemann Dis Vet

    Jul 12, 2009
    I have to agree looking over my shoulder all the time kinda takes the fun out of it
  11. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    We were there for Thanksgiving 2010. I would go again in a heartbeat.
  12. kristilew

    kristilew DIS Veteran

    Jan 11, 2008
    I was at a political function this week and had the opportunity to spend time with several Egyptian activists who were involved in the events in January. They insisted that right now is a great time to be a tourist in Egypt.

    One told me of his friends who came last week and had the pyramids pretty much to themselves - he said there were about 40 people there. The guides are, as he put it, "eager" to do business and bending over backwards to be accomodating. He swears that it is safe.

    Of course, I'm not booking a trip yet, but I thought this was an interesting perspective. If one were feeling brave, it could be a wonderful opportunity.
  13. Tinkerbellie16

    Tinkerbellie16 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Certified <font colo

    Apr 3, 2009
    yes. I went to Egypt years ago and there was a tour bus bombing right before we went. There will always be an element of additional 'risk' in going to any middle eastern country. But it was very nice there and you really do have to go with a tour group (especially since we were two young women traveling alone). The people were very nice and they knew that their livelihoods were dependent on tourism. If you wait until the 'perfect' time - it will never come.
  14. lizabu

    lizabu Disney Maniac

    Jan 19, 2011
    I'm going to Cairo next month as an independant traveller. I'm really looking forward to this trip. I've done a ton of research and I read the news about what's going on there every day. There are still demonstrations going on on Fridays in Tahrir square so I know to avoid that area when they are going on. I think I'm lucky in some ways because usually its so crowded. Right now all the tourist sites are almost completely deserted which will be amazing for picture taking and I won't have to fight to get tickets to enter the pyramids etc. At the same time it's so sad for the Egyptian people who make their living serving tourists.
  15. vakamalua

    vakamalua DIS Veteran

    Jul 2, 2009
    We had a trip to Egypt planned for November and recently cancelled it. What will happen after the proposed elections in September is anybody's guess. One of the main issues with unrest--the economy--is not getting any better.

    The pyramids have been there for thousands of years; we'll wait a few to see if the area settles down.
  16. walkdmc

    walkdmc <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Apr 28, 2010
    Probably not. Who knows what it's going to be like in a year? Then, you have to worry about getting your money back and scrambling to find another vacation spot. There are too many uncertainties, IMO.

    BTW, it's a real shame, too. My DH has traveled the world and he claims the museum in Cairo is the best he's ever visited. I was looking forward to taking our kids one day, to see the museum and the pyramids but who knows when things will settle down?
  17. arthur06

    arthur06 DDC #689

    Oct 26, 2008
    DW has two foreign places on her bucket list... Ireland and Egypt. We aren't planning either of them in the real near future, but if we were Ireland would definitely be first.

    I would love to go to Egypt, just need a little more time before I would feel comfortable there!
  18. mollygirl13

    mollygirl13 DIS Veteran

    Dec 13, 2005
    Egypt has always been a place DH and I want to visit.

    We were seriously thinking on going but decided against it for right now.

    I agree with the others-I don't want to vacation somewhere where I need an armed guard. :eek:
  19. DisFan10

    DisFan10 Mouseketeer

    Nov 28, 2009
    The U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Alert for Egypt, meaning that there are conditions which pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. When the violence began earlier this year, it was a Travel Warning.

    I would not travel to a country that the State Dept deems unsafe for U.S. citizens...
  20. yorkshire11

    yorkshire11 Earning My Ears

    Jul 5, 2011
    Of course why not,I would love to go to Egypt, just need a little more time before I would feel comfortable there!
  21. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    The armed guards don't bother me and theyve had armed guards accompanying tourist groups for years. But I am not considering going at least until they've had their elections.

    I had the December ABD booked and cancelled it.

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