So I just got back from my trip and thought I would share my experience since I know I was looking for advice when I was about to go. Hopefully some of you guys will find this interesting.
First night we arrived after a super long flight and two days of travelling, my friend had arranged a private airport pick up at the airport. Sure enough, as soon as we got off the plane there were two guys there with a sign with our name on it. They directed us on how to get our bags and we got to cut the lineup at the security check.
We were taken into two brand new private mercedes benz SL500's and taken quickly to the airport. So glad we paid the $50 for this option, as the airport was pretty chaotic. Our driver was hilarious, as soon as we passed the police checkpoint, he took off his seatbelt and said that he was a racecar driver. The guy was flying, passing people at like 150 km/h and barely paying any attention to the road. He proceeded to merge into like 4 lanes of ongoing traffic while talking on his cell phone and trying to write down our names on a piece of paper.
We arrive at the hotel at like 12:30 Cairo time, completely exhausted, and the guy at reception tells us that our rooms aren't ready. I couldn't believe it. This was the Fairmont hotel, and the rooms weren't ready at midnight!!! I was like WTF!? Anyways, he's like I'm really sorry, please have dinner and drinks on me and your rooms will be ready soon. Even though I was super tired we decided to go down and have some dinner and drinks.
There was a nice restaurant in the hotel lobby, but he led us downstairs, where it immediately got pretty sketchy. We walk into this bar that looks like its the dingiest bar from the 80's. First thing I see is this prostitute spread over this couch. I'm like, okay its all part of the culture. Next thing I know, we sit down and the fucking lights go off! I was like YEAHHH right! We left the bar went back upstairs, argued with the manager for a little while and finally got into our rooms at like 2:00am.
At this point I was kind of regretting my decision to go to Egypt. I felt so far away from home, the one egyptian thing I saw was probably the sketchiest bar in Egypt, and I was exhausted.
The next day everything turned around. We flew to Sharm el Sheikh. Airport security is a joke in Egypt. I can't remember how many times I walked through metal detectors and had them sound off and the gaurd just says, go ahead anyways! lol
Sharm el Sheikh is amazing. Naema Bay is amazing. The Red Sea is incredible. Do the ATV tour in the desert. Go snorkelling... not only did I have two hot 18 year old Russian twins on my boat, but the reef and the fish are the best I've ever seen. Pyramids are like nothing I have ever seen before. The Egyptian museum and its exhibits are unbelievable.
Before I left Canada everyone kept telling me how the people were constantly harrassing you. How they disrespect women. How its dangerous to go to Egypt. I can honestly say that I did not experience any of this! Sure when you are in tourist areas the people ask you to buy stuff, come into their shisha bars or go on their tours. That is their job! Its really easy to tell them you are not interested and they are usually respectful. I didn't find it to be any worse than Mexico or Jamaica.
Secondly, I was concerned that my girlfriend would get harrassed by Egyptian men. Again, being there for 6 days, walking about all over the place, we encountered no problems. They were all very respectful and nice to her.
The media really does make you believe that everyone in the middle east are out to get you as a tourist. The more I was there, the more I encountered the nicest people I have ever met. And this was not just a fake nice to try and sell you things. They generally cared and tried to show you the best possible experience in their country.
If you are thinking about Egypt you should definitely go. Forget about what North American culture tells you. Just do it, it will be an experience you will never forget!