What you are going to read below is something which is still elusive to the online forums on Egypt. There are traces of it here and there, but nowhere a comprehensive guide that will help ease your travel in the chaos you are about to witness. Only a traveler who has been to Egypt can relate to these.
So basically, you have two options:
1) take an ex-Egyptian traveler for a coffee
2) read below
Now that you are here, seems like you have chosen the second option.
So here, we have listed the Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Egypt :
1. Book a prepaid holiday package, if within your budget and according to your taste
Egypt is chaotic and really not tourist-friendly. Touts wait for you at every corner, written English is not widespread and the public transportation system is still in its infancy. Factoring in your comfort and cost, our upfront advice: take a prepaid holiday package.
Regardless of whether you tread your own path or are guided around, the below mentioned 9 points are sure to come in handy.
2: Independent travel in Egypt is a myth
If you want to visit the tombs and temples on your own, I can assure you, you will spend more time haggling with the taxi and dodging touts than learning about Egyptian history and admiring the beauty of these magnificent ancient monuments. Uber is active only in Cairo and Alexandria and transportation system is very poor in Luxor and Aswan.
The thumb rule for any city: Book a shared / private guided tour on the first day and then explore the eateries and the places you liked nearby on your own the next day.