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Destinations In Egypt

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Cities

  • Greater Cairo – the capital of Egypt and is home to the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and stunning Islamic architecture..
  • Alexandria – Egypt’s Window on the Mediterranean, with glimpses of the past still palpable
  • Aswan – a more relaxed option, full of curiosities
  • Hurghada – a Red Sea town filled with all-inclusive resorts and scuba diving
  • Luxor – gateway to the Valley of the Kings, among other fabulous attractions.
  • Port Said – the center of the third largest metropolitan area, has a cosmopolitan heritage and is home to the Port Said Lighthouse.
  • Sharm el Sheikh – a very popular resort on the Sinai Peninsula, with some of the best diving in the world.

Regions

  • Lower Egypt
    includes the north of the Nile Delta and the Mediterranean coast; Cairo, Alexandria
  • Average Egypt
    the area along the Nile where the historic upper and lower kingdoms met
  • Upper Egypt
    a series of astonishing city-temples on the southern part of the Nile
  • Western Desert
    Location of the western oases: five green points, each with its own attractions
  • Red Sea Coast
    Luxury resorts, diving and marine life
  • Sinai
    Rugged and isolated peninsula with fascinating remains of the past, high mountains and great diving possibilities.

Other destinations

  • Abu Simbel – a very isolated place in the far south, with some beautiful ancient temples
  • Dahab – in the Sinai, east of Sharm el Sheikh, a center for hikers, with excellent dives
  • Karnak – scattered temples built with an emphasis on grandeur, an impressive avenue of ram-headed sphinxes runs through the center
  • Memphis and Saqqarah – both filled with relics and ruins of ancient Egypt, they are often combined in a day trip from Cairo
  • Siwa – a beautiful and secluded oasis near the Libyan border
  • Saint Catherine is home to the oldest permanently inhabited monastery, Mount Sinai and Mount Catherine (the highest mountain in Egypt) and the true Bedouin culture.
  • Taba Heights – a seaside resort specially designed for tourists, overlooking Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
  • The Valley of the Kings

How to get in Egypt

With planeEgypt has several international airports:Cairo International Airport — It is the main entry point and hub airport for the national airline  Egyptair.Alexandria NozhaLuxor International Airport — has become the recipient of an increasing number of scheduled international flights, mainly from Europe, in addition to charter flights.Aswan International AirportHurghada International Airport —...

How to get around in Egypt

With trainThe state-owned Egyptian National Railways operates almost all trains in Egypt. The Cairo-Alexandria line is a busy train line with frequent daily services. For journeys from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt, there are night trains operated by a separate private company called Abela Egypt. On ENR...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Egypt

Egypt is one of only three countries in the Middle East that tolerate Israeli citizens in their country. Therefore, entry into Egypt is not a problem for holders of Israeli passports.As Egypt is a major tourist destination whose economy depends on tourists' money, it is relatively easy to enter...

Weather & Climate in Egypt

Egypt's climate is generally classified as desert. It is an extension of the great Sahara desert that encircles North Africa, and except for the narrow strip of irrigated land along the Nile, very little could survive there. Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, remarked: "Egypt is the gift of the...

Things To See in Egypt

The main attractions of any visit to Egypt are the well-known monuments of Lower (North) and Upper (South) Egypt. The most famous are:Greater Cairothe Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinxthe Egyptian museumSaqqara and Dahshur pyramids and templesCitadel of Salah El Din and Mosque of Mohamed AliAl Hussein Mosque and...

Money & Shopping In Egypt

CurrencyThe local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piasters. (The currency is often written in LE, (an abbreviation of the French Egyptian pound) or using the £ sign with or without additional letters: E£ and £E.Coins: The denominations are 25pt, 50pt and 1 pound....

Festivals & Events In Egypt

Public HolidaysOn the following Egyptian public holidays (civil and religious), banks, shops and businesses are closed and public transport may be limited:7 January (Eastern Orthodox Christmas)25 January (day of the Egyptian revolution)25 April (Sinai Liberation Day)1 May (Labour Day)23 July (day of the July revolution)6 October (Armed Forces Day)1st...

Food & Drink In Egypt

Food In EgyptEgypt can be a fantastic place to try a unique selection of food: not too spicy and well seasoned with herbs. For a convenient selection of Egyptian cuisine and staples, check out the Felfela restaurant chain in Cairo. However, some visitors complain that they have become almost...

Internet & Communications in Egypt

Egypt has a fairly modern telephone service with three GSM mobile telephone operators. The three mobile telephone operators are Orange, Vodafone and Etisalat. The main centres are in Alexandria, Cairo, Al Mansurah, Ismailia, Suez and Tanta. Roaming services are available, but you should check with your service provider. It...

Language & Phrasebook in Egypt

The mother tongue spoken in most of the country and the national lingua franca is Egyptian Arabic.The official language of Egypt is standard Arabic. Although it is not very pronounced, it is taught in schools and therefore understood by almost everyone except for a small minority, mainly uneducated people,...

Things To Do In Egypt

For the foreign traveler, there is much to do in Egypt. In addition to visiting and seeing the ancient temples and artifacts of ancient Egypt, there is also much to see in each city. In fact, each city in Egypt has its own charm of things to see, with...

Traditions & Customs In Egypt

TippingRemember that most Egyptian workers expect tips after providing a service. This can be expected for something as small as pushing the lift button. Many workers will even ask you to tip them before you have a chance to do so. The typical tip for small services is 1...

Culture In Egypt

Egypt is a recognised cultural pioneer in the Arabic-speaking world. Contemporary Arab and Middle Eastern culture is strongly influenced by Egyptian literature, music, cinema and television. In the 1950s and 1960s, Egypt played a leading regional role, which gave an additional and lasting boost to the reputation of Egyptian...

History Of Egypt

Prehistory and Ancient EgyptAlong the terraces of the Nile, in the desert oases, there is evidence of rock carvings. In the 10th millennium BC, the culture of hunters and fishermen was replaced by that of grain milling. Climate change or overgrazing around 8000 BC began to dry up the...

Stay Safe & Healthy In Egypt

Stay safeWARNING: The governments of several countries warned against unnecessary travel to Egypt after the army threatened a coup due to ongoing protests against President Mohamed Morsi. (This coup d'état actually took place in 2013; there have been numerous arrests of journalists and the human rights situation remains problematic.)Egypt...

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