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Dollar ou euro? Coloured canyon ou canyon de grès?

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Dollar ou euro? Coloured canyon ou canyon de grès?

Bonjour,

       Nous partons à Sharm el Sheikh en avril et nous voudrions faire quelques excursions. Vu le cours actuel des deux monnaies, est-il plus intéressant de payer en dollar sur place?

       Nous hésitons entre le coloured canyon et le canyon de grès. Si vous avez fait une excursion dans un de ces canyons, je vous demanderais d'avoir la gentillesse de me donner vos impressions.

       Un très grand merci à tous.

       

       SYLHalluin

       

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1. Re: Dollar ou euro? Coloured canyon ou canyon de grès?

Bonjour,

Comprenez-vous un peu d'anglais? Si, "non", je peux essayer de traduire un peu de cet message:

TA forum anglais:

Posted on: 11:30 am, January 01, 2008 Save

Hi,

We did this trip on 20th Dec ’07. For health & safety reasons, this trip isn’t available thru some tour ops like Thomson. We decided to book thru our hotel (Jolie Ville Resort & Casino, Na’ama Bay) who, in turn, booked it thru RSM Excursions. Their office is near the hotel; exit the hotel grounds by the side entrance under the Italian restaurant, Zigolini’s, turn left & they’re next to the supermarket, within site of the exit from where you just came.

The trip was $55 per adult (we paid in sterling) & we were picked up by Toyota Landcruiser at 7am. The trip would have been cheaper had we cut out the middle man, but this was our 1st trip thru someone other than Thomson. We figured that the hotel wouldn’t use a “dodgy” tour op & would consider booking directly with RSM next time.

There were 8 passengers in all; 2 Russians, 2 Lithuanians & a couple from Kuwait who spoke English. The other 4 didn’t but we all got on really well thru’out the day.

We made 2 comfort stops; the 1st was a bit of a flea pit, the 2nd slightly better. The guide also bought us complementary soft drinks later. Some folk had brought a breakfast box from their hotels, but hubby & I didn’t bother; one can buy snacks at the 2 stops mentioned but we’d taken some light snacks & fruit with us. Don’t forget the antibacterial handwash!

There are road checks along the way & the guards want to see your passports. Even tho the Coloured Canyon is within Sinai & no visa is needed, they were asking to see that everyone had a visa. All 8 of us did. I asked the guide what would have happened if one of us hadn’t had a visa; he replied that we would still have all been let thru but he may well have ended up having to give the guard a back-hander.

The final part of the journey to the Canyon is across the desert & on extremely rough terrain for about 30 mins. This part isn’t much fun as the seats in the Toyota are sideways bench seats! I actually left the seat several times (involuntarily!) & you’re def glad to see the loos at the end of that stretch! These are just holes in the ground & we were charged 5LE; the other 2 stops charged 2LE & were “proper” loos. The whole journey, incl stops, must have been about 3 hrs.

The view from the top of the canyon, looking down, & around, is amazing. It was quite fresh up there but once down in the valley, it was very warm. The walls can be as high as 40metres in places & it’s very sheltered; you can buy drinks at the top but we carried water with us. The walk thru the valley takes about 1.5hr & good walking shoes are required. I would also advise to dress with this in mind – there are places where you will have to “stick your butt in the air & wave it like you just don’t care”, as it were! No time for modesty. I found myself suddenly, & unexpectedly, becoming very well acquainted with the Lithuanian guy as he gave me a “helping hand” up one part! You really do all have to help each other or you’d be there till dusk.

We have been to Petra twice (still want to go again) so could draw parallels with that & the Canyon. It’s nowhere near as grand or large as Petra, but it’s still wonderful & the colours, in parts, are amazing (yellows, purples, reds, black). The extraordinary shapes & patterns look like paintings of mythical creatures here & there, really firing the imagination. The rock formations themselves are wonderful & it’s hard to believe that someone hasn’t carved them that way on purpose. They’ve been formed by natural elements & at least one earthquake; the colours are a result of ferrous oxide and manganese.

There are a few dicey moments. I got stuck in a crevice at one point....absolutely hilarious! Now, I'm not large so God knows what larger folk do to negotiate this particular spot! You have to sit on your bum, limbo under a fallen rock & drop about 10' the other side. I went thru flat on my back, instead of slightly on my right side, so was like a stranded turtle. The folk behind couldn't reach to push, cos I'd passed the point of no return, I was having a giggling fit, as were they, hubby was pulling on one foot, the guide on the other & I was just stuck fast! Somehow, I managed to wriggle onto my right side a bit, hubby & guide continued to pull & I scraped thru...literally. There were a few more tricky places, but that was the worst...or best!

It’s quite tiring climbing up again at the end & you only have a few moments to catch your breath, grab a quick drink, re-visit the loo before rattling across the desert again. It really does seem like you’re DNA is being rearranged, so that when we stepped out of the vehicle in Nuweiba for lunch, I felt a totally different shape than when we started! It’s a late lunch, at about 2pm.

Lunch at Nuweiba was lovely. It’s a BBQ at a café on the beach & the loo was free!!! You can eat as much as you like. The staff were very friendly & there is a gift shop. The beach was deserted; there is time for a quick dip if you like. It was really tranquil there & we’d have liked more time to see a little more of Nuweiba & its environs.

The final stop is at Dahab; not my favourite place, I find it a bit oppressive. The guide took us to a shopping mall (not a part we’ve been to before) which “conveniently” had a perfume shop, jewellery shop, papyrus shop, T-shirt shop, & gift shop. There is a café outside, so we just stretched our legs for a bit. I did buy a child’s T-shirt at a good price, but I found the prices very similar to Na’ama, despite the guide saying that Dahab is cheaper; obviously he was on commission from the place, but that’s the way it works so, as long as you know, you can choose whether or not to buy from there or shop in places of your choice. You’re given a discount card on entry, to make you think that you must be getting a better deal than most, but it’s not the case.

We definitely enjoyed the trip & are glad that we finally got round to doing it. I would recommend it, & the tour co. but please take note of what I’ve said with regard to the safety issues, the journey, the walking shoes & the late lunch. We returned to the hotel at about 5pm.

Incidentally, Longwood also do this trip; they're specialists in Egypt & surrounding countries. Their office is in shopping mall 8, just past the Jolie Ville, on the main rd thru Na'ama Bay. Their price is $58 or £30 per person.

I asked the guide about the White Canyon trip; he said that he didn't rate the excursion, so we didn't discuss it further.

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2. Re: Dollar ou euro? Coloured canyon ou canyon de grès?

Bonjour,

J'ai réussi à traduire votre message sur coloured canyon.

Je parle un peu l'anglais, mais je ne l'écris que très rarement.

Je vous remercie beaucoup pour toutes vos informations, qui m'ont donné vraiment envie d'y aller!!!!!!!

THANKS A LOT AND I WISH YOU A VERY GOOD EVENING

SYLhalluin

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You're welcome : )

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