Time for a confession. I actually have color flowcharts of possible itineraries
for this trip. Charts and graphs. Spreadsheets to compare "time at
a site" with "travel time" weighed against number of things
to see and distance.
It's embarrassing. I collected boatloads of information off the web and
travel brochures and starting comparing individual itineraries to see
what we wanted to do. I ended up with a colossal Visio chart, complete
with arrows and notations.
Why? This is much more structured than our previous trip. I'm not sure if that
makes me more or less comfortable. Our biggest conflict traveling is
that I do so much pre-planning that I am concerned about being "over-planned"
on the trip and I tend to be even less organized that Mark is -- while
he expects me to have things pretty much laid out.
Our itinerary is a very customized version of Ancient Adventures' Egypt
in Depth II tour. Since we're doing private sightseeing through them,
we can be very flexible. Still, I compared the multitude of options to
come up with an itinerary that lets us see the maximum amount of stuff
while avoiding AEO (Ancient Egypt Overload) and we wanted to just
wander around and get a feel for a place.
I've included not only our itinerary (which is linked to the photos, travelogue,
and other parts of the site), but also some itineraries for trips
of varying lengths. Finally, I've included links to the major tour operators that I could find with interesting trips to Egypt, and the suggested itineraries from the pile of travel books I've collected.