Egypt is a land of many different faces and problems. The more than 4500-year-old pyramids of Giza, the temples of Karnak and Abu Simbel and the tombs of the Valley Of The Kings show you the Pharaohnic Egypt. Countless mosques (some are up to thousand years old) embody the Islamic Egypt. The modern Egypt is represented by the high dam and storage lake of Aswan and the moloch of the city of Cairo. With its more than 15 million inhabitants (doubling every ten years) Cairo is ranking among the Top Ten of the highest populated metropolises of the world.
For the tourist, particularly the Bond-fan, who is interested in special places off the beaten track, Egypt is not an easy terrain. The classic way of exploring the country is a package tour including some days in Cairo and a cruise down the Nile. The Bond-locations in Cairo may not be included in your booked sightseeing tour. Even if they are, you probably will not have the leisure to enjoy them sufficiently. So you will have to separate from the group and go on your own. There is a public bus- and even a metro-system in Cairo, but to save your nerves in the short time you’ve got there, I would recommend going by taxi. As everywhere else in a foreign country it is prudent to negotiate about the price in advance. Maybe your travel guide can help you with that. It is also a good idea to ask your guide or a hotel clerk to write down your destination in Arabic characters. Be as well prepared for time-consuming trouble when exchanging money, especially with traveller checks. Summarizing you can say: When planning your Egypt journey, make sure that you have enough free time in your schedule for the field trips you intend to do on your own.