We are a family of four including two children aged 13 and 16. We have visited Cairo briefly once and Luxor and Aswan several times. I have done some courses in Egyptology. I am now thinking of a week in Cairo at the end of October so that I can see some of the archaeological material in more detail. My husband would like to see Alexandria because he loves faded fin de siecle seaside charm. We all want to relax as well.
I'm thinking of staying in the Marriott on the island so we can relax in between times and leave the children on their own if they don't want yet another museum trip.
I've read the tripadvisor reviews and the more recent threads of this forum.
I welcome comments/answers on the following:
-The weather at that time looks reasonably pleasant by UK standards mainly sunny, about 70 F) during the day, possibly cool at night, is that correct?
-Is the Marriott is reasonably accessible for both the Egyptian Museum and Saqqara? I know Cairo traffic is terrible.
-I might like a guide to the pyramid fields, but it would have to be someone genuinely knowledgeable, what is the best way to find one? There are a couple of names in the forums but I really want more than you can read in the average guidebook or I will just take a guidebook. I'm thinking of Dashur, Abusir, Saqqara as we have seen Giza. It's not clear to me yet whether this needs more than one trip - I do take time to look at things as as I try to understand inscriptions and paintings.
Is there any reason why my husband should not just get the express train to Alex and wander round with a guidebook? Would it be worth an overnight stay - he really wants to soak in the atmosphere rather than tick off every single item on the tourist agenda?
- Any good Egyptian restaurants to recommend accessible from Marriott? Not hotel food or Westernised. Something authentic where locals might go. We like real Egyptian food, grilled fish or meat, vegetables, etc and can live with or without alcohol.
-Is the Fayyum too far for a comfortable day trip?
-Are there any recommended boat trips in Cairo, either day trips or with dinner?
-When is Ramadan this year?
Thanks to you all.