Egypt Travel Guide

Continent: Africa
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Egypt Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 7-10 days for exploring the main attractions; 2 weeks for a more in-depth trip

Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)

Best Time: October to April (Winter/Spring) Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD): Dorm bed: $5-15
Budget: $20-40
Mid-range: $50-100
Luxury: $120 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD): Budget: $10-20
Mid-range: $30-50

Visa Policy for Indians: E-visa or Visa on Arrival

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: E-visa or Visa on Arrival for many nationalities

Getting In Egypt: Cairo International Airport (CAI), Hurghada International Airport (HRG), Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH) Read More

Getting Around Egypt: Trains, domestic flights, taxis, Uber, and Nile River cruises Read More

"The Exotic Land of History and Mystery"

Egypt Tourism

1. Egypt is home to some of the world's most iconic ancient landmarks, including the Great Pyramids of Giza which is the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. Pyramids along with the Sphinx, and the temples of Luxor and Karnak, have withstood the test of time, providing a glimpse into the ancient Egyptian civilization. Egypt's history spans over 5,000 years, making it a treasure trove of cultural heritage. The Nile River, often referred to as the lifeblood of Egypt, offers a unique way to experience the country's history and landscapes. Egypt's Red Sea coast is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and an abundance of marine life. Resorts like Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh are popular among beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Egyptian cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavors influenced by various historical cultures. From aromatic spices to delicious street food like falafel and koshari, Egypt also offers a gastronomic adventure.

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Best time to visit Egypt

October to April is the best time to visit Egypt. During this time, the weather is pretty comfortable. December and January are the peak seasons in Egypt and the famous places like t (Read More)he Temples of Luxor, the Pyramids of Giza, and Abu Simbel remains the most crowded. Also, during these two months, the rates of all the Red Sea resorts are the most expensive. The summer months in Egypt are generally too hot and dry. From May to August, the sun is very strong, and it is imperative for you to carry sunscreens if you are travelling to Egypt during this time. The Nile Delta region and Cairo are cold from October to February. Apart from the weather conditions, the Islamic calendar can have a profound effect on your travel plans to Egypt. The weather in Egypt is usually sunny and hot throughout the year. So much so, that the wettest places in the country like, Rafah and Alexandria gets only around 46 days of rain per year. If you are planning to travel during Ramadan, you might need to give it a second thought. This is the month of daytime fasting, and hence, it might be problematic for transport and eating.

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Egypt

What's Great about Travelling to Egypt?

Kind locals. Beautiful sight-seeing spots. Good and varied food.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Egypt?

Pollution. Traffic on roads. Trash on streets. Too crowded at times.

Who should Travel to Egypt?

History lovers. Culture enthusiasts. Architecture lovers. Archaeologists.

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Exchanging Money in Egypt

There are currency exchange shops scattered around, as well as several banks. You can exchange currency there. ATMs are also available in all the popular central hotels. You can even find ATMs stationed outside some banks. Regarding exchange, the EGP to USD conversion rate is the most popular and most frequently used one. Barclays, Citibank, HSBC, Credit Agricole are some of the international banks that you can access here.

Nightlife in Egypt

Egypt is not a party destination. However, there are odd clubs, pubs, and casinos for tourists and locals. Cairo has a couple of clubs, most of which are located inside hotels. The areas of Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab also have pubs and clubs. Bars can be found in nearly all of the Egyptian cities, and they churn out the famous local beer named Stella.

Shopping in Egypt

Egypt is a treasure trove of things just waiting to be found. Its Souks or the local markets are very popular and thronged with tourists and locals alike. Egyptian markets sell clothes, jewelry, fruits, vegetables, souvenirs and more. Cairo has a lot of lanes and markets to shop from including The Khan El Khalili Market which is a very well-known one, filled with a lot of beautiful objects. Portsaid, Luxor, and Alexandria are the other areas that are great for shopping.

Festivals of Egypt

Egypt celebrates some festivals, both religious and cultural. Songs and dancing in the streets during festival time is no uncommon sight. Ramadan, Leylet en Nuktah which includes worshipping the Nile, Sham al-Naseem, Coptic Christmas for the Catholics are some of the important festivals of Egypt. During this time, everyone comes together, and unity is forged. The Festive season is a great time to visit Egypt.

Hygiene in Egypt

Public toilets in Egypt are not that many. They aren't very often clean either, so it's safer to use ones at restaurants or your hotel. Toilet paper is seldom used. Improvements are being made to provide potable water and other sanitation facilities through various public initiatives.

Customs of Egypt

It is important to dress well but conservatively in Egypt. Preferably, women should avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing. Tipping is expected here. It is considered rude, impolite or a way of saying you are unhappy with the services provided if you do not leave a tip. Generally, peole tip up to 10% of the total bill.

Tips for visiting Egypt

Ask the hotel desk/reception to book you a cab; else you may end up getting mugged.  Do not drink tap water here. Stay aware while crossing the road, as there is always a lot of heavy traffic.
Public displays of affection and Kissing are frowned upon.

Food of Egypt

Egyptian cuisine contains a lot of fruits, vegetables and legumes. This is because of the Nile valley, the presence of which makes the growth of the same very conducive. Bread is a staple here. It is consumed on a large scale and eaten along with nearly every meal. The Egyptians are also known to add a lot of onions and garlic to their preparations. Tea, usually without any milk, is consumed all across the country. Some famous Egyptian dishes are kushari, ful medames and other meat dishes. Desserts include basbousa, a sweet and spicy dish and Kahk, which is a customary sweet dish.

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