Egypt - Beyond the Pharaohs

Did anyone have difficulty breathing while in Cairo? My sister is thinking of joining me, but she has emphysema and is concerned about the air quality in Cairo.

  • My short answer is no, I didn't. I participated in the "Egypt Beyond the Pharaohs" in January / February 2017. It was a fabulous experience!! I do not have emphysema, but I do have an occasionally-persistent cough related to allergies. I never had a problem with air quality. We rode through heavy traffic in Cairo and in Alexandria -- with an amazingly expert bus driver! -- but the bus windows were always closed and the air conditioning / heating was on. LIke most of my group, I went in winter so it wouldn't be too hot, and it was indeed pleasant and even really cold in Alexandria. It is quite possible that the air quality was better because it was cool weather.
    My advice would be for both of you to GO, especially if you can book in cooler months. Our group leader, Ghada Doss, was exceptional, as was the entire RS team there. Security was excellent. The group was very helpful and accepting of the different physical capabilities among us. There won't be any pressure on your sister to do the more challenging activities if she chooses not to. I did almost everything, but not all, and the group just did what they did. I found we really looked out for each other. (Your group leader, or security guy, or others in your group may choose to sit on the sidelines or in the bus too. Your sister won't be left alone. No worries!) But GO. The sights and experiences are so worth it.
  • In reply to cassellcan071825:

    We will be going on the trip Beyond the Pharaohs in Oct. I was concerned about taking medications both prescription and non into the country. My husband and i carry several meds with us (prescription in original containers) and I will take 2 different inhalers. I have heard some countries forbid certain meds and confiscate them. I have contacted the Egyptian embassy with these questions, but have not received a reply. If you carry prescription and non prescription meds, did you have any difficulty? Did you have any instruction from Road Scholar about this issue--they just told me to check with the Embassy.
  • In reply to maddencathy071232:

    Cathy, I'm going on the October 1st Egypt trip. Will be glad to meet you and your husband if you are on the same trip.
  • In reply to subrewer030716:

    We are going Oct 21-Nov 3. Have a great time.
  • In reply to maddencathy071232:

    My husband and I are on the Oct 21st trip. We just received our final packets in the mail. There is nothing about etickets for our flights. I called RS and they told me to contact the airline. I checked the airline website and they won't give any info because the flights were booked through an agent (RS) Has anyone any tips about this? We havent traveled with RS before and I'm a bit confused. Other tours that included flights sent the etickets in the final packet.
  • In reply to cpelk2003011137:

    You should have received an email from Road Scholar “Your Itinerary”? I am old-fashioned enough to print it out because it has all the information you need. I believe what used to be an eTicket is now referenced as an “Airline Booking Reference” designation : two letters indicate the airline(in caps) followed by six characters both letters and numbers that indicate your specific reservation. I’ve flown internationally three times with RS lately and have never needed more information than that. No eTicket.
    Hope that helps.

    Let me know how the trip is...I’m going in March. I’d love any tips or tricks.
  • In reply to cpelk2003011137:

    Hi cpelk, your e-ticket number is T46UXC and the booking with Turkish Airlines is listed under your last name. Feel free to follow up with us directly should you have any further questions or concerns. The phone number for our airline department is 800-241-1404 and hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (EST). Best, Rachel
  • I will warn you Giza is very polluted and this could be an issue for someone with emphysema