Holidays for the less mobile, travelling in Egypt and Christmas in New Zealand.
I JUST HEARD THAT OUR CRUISE COMPANY, MSC, HAS CANCELLED ITS VISIT TO EGYPT IN OCTOBER. HOW SAFE WOULD IT BE FOR MY WIFE AND I TO DO A SIDE TRIP TO EGYPT IN EARLY NOVEMBER? ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR CHEAP AIRLINES AND A TRAVEL COMPANY TO GUIDE US AROUND THE PYRAMIDS?
B. STUBBS, HOBART
Egypt looks safe at the moment, but the situation can change quickly. Make sure you keep an eye on the travel advice for Egypt on the Australian government's Smartraveller website (smartraveller.gov.au).
For cheap airlines, it really depends where you're flying from. Take a look at the Momondo (momondo.com.au) website for the best deals.
As far as touring there goes, call Bunnik Tours (bunniktours.com.au). This is a family-operated travel agency based in Adelaide and it has many years of expertise in operating tours to Egypt and the Middle East. The directors have just returned from Egypt, where they were accompanying a group of 2500 Australians on a post-Gallipoli cruise, taking them on a nine-day tour of Egypt, and everything went without a hitch. Bunnik is continuing to run a full tour program in Egypt and you can be completely confident when you put yourselves in its hands. You can speak to a consultant on 1800 286 645.
With luck, the much anticipated and also much delayed Grand Egyptian Museum should be open by the time you visit. Located near the pyramids, this will be the world's largest archaeological museum, crammed with treasures from pharaonic Egypt and the rest of the ancient world. Allow plenty of time.