(last update: September, 1999)
The pyramid of Wenis in Saqqara is closed. (You can read the pyramid-texts in the pyramid of Teti also in Saqqara)
The Great Pyramid (Cheops) has just been opened again for the public. The daily number of visitors is limited so if you want to go in, sleep at the bottom of the pyramid :-)
The Temple of Luxor can be visited in the evening when it is floodlit. Fabulous! (Open till 9 p.m.)
The Temple of Karnak is closed at 5-6 p.m. because of the Sound and Light Show. Count with the tons of tourists. I suggest that you should assign at least for hours to walk around. If you are curious about the Sound and Light Show (worth seeing) then I recommend the English version, narrated by Lawrence Olivier.
You can see Sound and Light Show not only in Karnak but at Gizah and Philae, too.
Arrive to the Valley of the Kings early in the morning if you want to go in the tombs. It opens at 7.30 a.m. You have to buy a separate ticket for the tomb of Tutankhamun! The tombs of Sethi I. and Horemheb are closed. Some suggestions about the selection from the open ones: Thutmosis III, Rameses III, Merneptah, and Rameses IV.
At the world-famous and just renovated tomb of Nefertari, the daily number of visitors is limited and the entrance fee reaches for the stars.
The most beautiful Theben tombs are not open.
In Middle and Upper Egypt, you may have to go in convoy. This is not too reasonable, you can happen to be held up so count 1-2 hours more for the travel from one place to the other.
They are not shooting!!! The military control makes it more difficult to reach some places (e.g. Tell-el-Amarna, Abydos) but according to our experience, the tourist is not endangered in Egypt.
If you have any further questions, dont hesitate to contact us via e-mail on travel(a)kemet.hu address, or surf on http://.touregypt.net
For individual tourists I warmly recommend the "Egypt" issue of Lonely Planet travellers guide. It contains tons of extremely useful information and updated annually.
If you are interested in my personal experience I had in Egypt in details, soon you can read my travel-diary on http://www.tar.hu/eszah.