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Things To See in Egypt

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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 Cairo

  • the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • the Egyptian museum
  • Saqqara and Dahshur pyramids and temples
  • Citadel of Salah El Din and Mosque of Mohamed Ali
  • Al Hussein Mosque and Khan al Khalili Bazaar

Alexandria

Alexandria, with its many historical sites and the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is the country’s main summer attraction for Egyptians fleeing the summer heat and looking for a place to spend their vacations. Tourist attractions include Roman and Greek monuments, the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Qa’edbay Castle and Qasr El Montaza (El Montaza Palace).

Luxor

The temples of Luxor and the West Bank of the Nile

  • the Valley of the Kings
  • the temples of Abu Simbel

Aswan

In Aswan, you can see even more temples and ancient monuments. You can also visit Geziret El Nabatat ( The Plant Island ). It is an island in the Aswan Nile planted with rare species of plants, trees and flowers.

Perhaps the most popular activity in Luxor and Aswan is the Nile cruise on a boat from Aswan to Luxor. It allows you to stop at any place along the Nile where you can see all the famous ancient monuments as well as experience being in a five-star hotel boat in the Nile.

  • The Red Sea resorts on the Sinai Peninsula, including Dahab, Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh. This part of the Red Sea has some of the greatest diving opportunities in the world.
  • The sights of the Sinai Peninsula, including the Monastery of St. Catherine and Mount Sinai.
  • The western desert and the oases there, including Siwa,
  • Memphis, with some relics from ancient Egypt-including a huge statue of Rameses II that recalls the image that inspired the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

How to get in Egypt

With plane Egypt 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 train The 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...

Destinations In Egypt

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 palpableAswan - a more relaxed option, full of curiositiesHurghada - a Red Sea town filled...

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...

Money & Shopping In Egypt

Currency The 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 Holidays On 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 Egypt Egypt 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

Tipping Remember 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 Egypt Along 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 safe WARNING: 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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