Dust off your explorer hat and head into the desert to explore the ancient Egyptian civilization. Take a journey back in time to see the land of the Pharaohs, the mystery of the Sphinx, great temples, cities and burial sites, beautiful art and hieroglyphs as well as the rich Nile River. Follow in Howard Carters footsteps as you see the discovery of the boy king, Tutankhamun, and all the treasure he was buried with to help him in the Afterlife.
Egypt’s most popular attractions include:
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Egypt is from October through April, especially if you want to explore Egypt's ancient sights like the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the Temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel.
Egypt’s climate is hot and dry, with the exception of the winter months from December - February, where it can be colder in the north. Average temperatures range from 20°C to 26°C. Maximum temperatures can climb to 31°C and even 50°C. During the winter nights, temperatures sometimes drop to as low as 8°C, in the desert it’s even more extreme.
Flights & Getting Around:
The most popular airport used in Egypt is Cairo International Airport (CAI). Getting around Egypt means covering substantial distances from one tourist centre to the next so EgyptAir is your best option. They offer international as well as domestic flights in and around Egypt.
Buses are how the majority of Egyptians get around the country. You can get almost anywhere on the bus, and the service is reliable and relatively safe.
You can hire a car with a driver or hire a car that you drive yourself. The best option is to hire a car with a driver because it is the low-hassle option with the driver taking care of most of the problems associated with driving yourself.
Visa & Passport Requirements:
Every visitor to Egypt must be in possession of a passport that is valid for six months after the initial date of travel. Visitors from all countries, except nationals of the EU and the USA, must register with the police within one week of arrival in Egypt, although this service is normally undertaken by hotels. When you check in at your hotel the receptionist will ask to see your passport, and will record its details for the police. Visas are required by all travellers wanting to enter Egypt. They are usually valid for three months.
As a general precaution, all travellers are advised to carry a photocopy of the main photo information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from the passport.
There are no vaccinations needed to visit Egypt unless you are arriving from an infected area. Vaccinating against some diseases, such as Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Rabies, Tetanus and Typhoid are advisable as a precautionary measure. Please consult your pharmacist / Local Travel Clinic at least 6 weeks before departure for medication or any other vaccinations etc.
Ensure you control the quality of your drinking water. Bottled water is readily available throughout the country. We recommend that guests either buy bottled water, or take water purification tablets with them on their trip. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled.
You should avoid uncooked vegetables and peeled fruit that may have been washed in tap water, and make sure any poultry or egg-based dishes, and any seafood or shellfish, is thoroughly cooked.
As with all medical requirements, your doctor or travel clinic will provide the most up to date information – the above is a guide only.
The currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound.
There is a severe shortage of small change in Egypt so make sure you have small change wherever possible. Also, be sure to cash out large bills in upscale establishments, even if they initially appear unwilling.
It’s possible to travel in Egypt now relying solely on plastic as ATMs are becoming more and more widespread such as Visa, MasterCard and any Cirrus or Plus cards. ATMs are found at Banque Misr, CIB, Egyptian American Bank (EAB), National Bank of Egypt and HSBC; they are particularly reliable.
Amex, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club are becoming more useful in Egypt and are accepted quite widely in foreign-friendly hotels, shops and restaurants.
Don’t feel obligated to give anyone a tip that has not provided you a service. Tipping is however greatly appreciated. Egyptian service workers may look disappointed or comment rudely about the amount of your tip, implying that it is too low. Don’t let this bother you; it is simply part of their culture. If this happens, either take your tip back or simply smile and say that the tip is enough.
What to pack:
Being practical is most important when packing for hot temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night. In the summer months, daytime temperatures can exceed 40°C, so shorts and t-shirts are best, with a longer shirt for protection against the sun if you burn easily. Don’t forget your sunblock. For women, conservative clothing that covers you knees and shoulders (no halter neck or mid-riff tops, short shorts, etc.) is not a must but is encouraged as it is respectful of the local culture. Even for men, long, light clothes are also recommended as they help protect you from the sun.