What is Egypt known for?
Egypt is a fascinating country filled with famed ancient monuments such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx with a history dating back thousands of years. Witness some of the magnificent wildlife living along the Nile including rare birds such as spot squacco herons, hoopoes, and the mighty crocodiles. In the arid desert see Shiatta Gazelles and flamingos, and the vibrant coral reefs of Marsa Alam where mantas and dolphins swim. The deserts of Egypt are filled with so much variety with endless outdoor adventures including camel and horseback rides, sandboarding near Al Fayoum, and evening camps under the stars. Hot air balloon rides are a great way to see the vast desert area and the magnificent tombs at Luxor. Experience the shopping at vibrant traditional souqs in Egypt filled with colorful fabrics, sensational smells, spices stalls, and unique souvenirs. Check out Egypt`s café culture and enjoy tea at the many unique atmospheric cafes.
What are the best places to visit in Egypt?
Cairo is Egypt`s ancient capital known as `the victorious city` nestled along the banks of the Nile River. Cairo boasts some of the magnificent ancient wonders including the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Witness some of the amazing collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the entire world including the contents of the Tomb of Tutankhamen. Alexandria is known as `The Pearl of the Mediterranean` a spectacular seaside city curving along the enchanting Corniche. The historic city founded by Alexander the Great is brimming with fantastic museums and archeological sites including Pompey`s Pillar, the Catacombs, and the Ancient Royal Amphitheater. Luxor is a fascinating ancient city split in two by the River Nile featuring an impressive collection of historical sites including tombs, ruins and mighty temples. The city is known as the `world`s largest open-air museum` where visitors can explore architectural masterpieces, visit interesting museums, cruise along the River Nile and enjoy the bustling riverside atmosphere.
When is the best time to visit Egypt?
The best months to visit Egypt are from October to April, when the weather is pleasant and not too hot across the entire country. Visiting the country`s famous Pyramids of Giza and exploring the ancient tombs can be more comfortable and enjoyable during this period. During the winter months from October to February, the weather can be much cooler with overcast skies especially in the capital city of Cairo and the Nile Delta region. Winters in the south remain pleasant and warm during these months but temperatures tend to drop at night and become chilly. The Red Sea is ideal during these months providing perfect weather for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. October through April is also peak travel season in the country as most travelers visit during the cooler months and attractions can be very crowded during this popular time. Hotel accommodations and travel prices increase during this time, and often sell out quickly, it is important to book in advance. The winter holiday season of Christmas and New Years is a popular time to visit Egypt along with Easter time as well. Best Time to Visit Egypt
How many days should I spend in Egypt?
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
What is the best way to get around Egypt?
By Bus:Frequent bus services are offered in Egypt connecting travelers all over the country. The bus services are frequent, reliable, and safe and routes are divided into geographical areas with long journeys out to the seaside locations.
By Plane:One of the quickest ways to travel around the substantial area of Egypt is by plane with daily flights offered between Cairo, Alexander, Luxor, Aswan, and more. There are quite a few airlines offering internal flights including EgyptAir who offer frequent, cheap, and reliable services.
By Car: Driving around Egypt is not advisable due to poor road conditions, heavy traffic, and erratic drivers. However, there is an option in Egypt to hire a car with a driver which is a good option to see sights within certain cities.
By Train: Traveling via train in Egypt is easily done with a great rail system that runs from north to south between Aswan and Alexandria. Train travel is a pleasant and practical experience in Egypt allowing passengers the opportunity to see the scenic surroundings. There are two classes of services offered; Spanish and Special which both provide first and second class seats.
What is the currency of Egypt?
The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE). US Dollars are accepted amongst other currencies and also preferred by the locals. You will need to exchange your dollars for pounds upon arrival; there are ATM machines at the airport and throughout downtown Cairo. You can also exchange your money at the local banks and five-star hotels. For a detailed guide on how to tip in the country, please see our tipping guide.Tipping in Egypt.
Do people speak English in Egypt?
The official language spoken in Egypt is Arabic. English is spoken and understood by most individuals in the service industry, however, if you travel to the areas of Upper Egypt you will most likely encounter individuals that do not speak or understand English. We suggest you get a good English/Arabic Guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you and numbers 1-10.