This list of essential tips for traveling to Egypt will help you prepare for your trip to one of the most fascinating countries in the world, which we are sure, you will never forget. Known as the land of the pharaohs and marked by the passage of the Nile, Egypt will allow you to discover one of the oldest and most advanced civilizations in history through many of its most famous places. Cairo, where you will be speechless when you are in front of the Pyramids of Egypt, tour the mythical Nile visit ancient temples, look for tombs of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings or reach the wonderful Abu Simbel, the perfect end to any trip to Egypt.
Based on the experience, we have made a list of what we believe are the best tips for traveling to Egypt. We started!
1. What is the best time? The best time to travel to Egypt is from March to May and from September to November. In this period you will avoid the hottest and coldest months since although the climate is hot and dry for most of the year, in July and August, the thermometers soar above 40 degrees. In case you can only travel in summer, we recommend concentrating all your visits during the first hours of the day when temperatures are still bearable. If you include the Red Sea area to spend the last days relaxing on the beach or diving, the best time is from May to September.
2.Security The current situation in the country has stabilized after a few years in which, regrettably, tourism disappeared completely due to insecurity due to terrorist attacks and the Arab Spring. In recent years, tourism has been recovering until reaching quotas that are beginning to resemble those of its best years, so in principle, we can say that traveling to Egypt is safe. In addition, it must be taken into account that tourism is one of the largest sources of income in the country and the government allocates many resources to guarantee security in all tourist places and hotels. If you travel by yourself, it is advisable to follow the traditional road routes set by agencies and the government to always travel safely. In cities like Cairo, you can move around freely on foot, although you have to be careful with the traffic when crossing the roads and if you take a taxi, agree on the price beforehand. The current situation in the country has stabilized after a few years in which, regrettably, tourism disappeared completely due to insecurity due to terrorist attacks and the Arab Spring. In recent years, tourism has been recovering until reaching quotas that are beginning to resemble those of its best years, so in principle, we can say that traveling to Egypt is safe. In addition, it must be taken into account that tourism is one of the largest sources of income in the country and the government allocates many resources to guarantee security in all tourist places and hotels. If you travel by yourself, it is advisable to follow the traditional road routes set by agencies and the government to always travel safely. In cities like Cairo, you can move around freely on foot, although you have to be careful with the traffic when crossing the roads and if you take a taxi, agree on the price beforehand.
3. Requirements for entering the country To enter the country, in addition to having a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months, you need a visa that lasts 30 days. You can process the visa at the airport of arrival or in advance online on this page. In both cases, the price is 25 dollars and if you pay it in euros they will return the change in Egyptian pounds.
One of the best Egypt tours tip and other countries are to always carry one or more copies of the passport on paper and another in the cloud, either in an email account, in Google Drive, or Dropbox.
4. Vaccines and travel insurance In the case of vaccines, in principle, there is no mandatory travel to Egypt, although we always recommend (and we believe it is very necessary) to make an appointment at an International Vaccination Center and bring the book with the vaccines that you are wearing. Another of the best tips for traveling to Egypt is to have good travel insurance. In addition to insurance, it is advisable to follow a series of basic precautions such as drinking bottled water to avoid the usual stomach problems and always carrying sunscreen and mosquito repellent in the Nile area. In addition to insurance, it is advisable to follow a series of basic precautions such as drinking bottled water to avoid the usual stomach problems and always carrying sunscreen and mosquito repellent in the Nile area.
5. How to start the trip To get to Cairo, you can take a direct flight from home, or fly to Luxor, an option that allows you to start the trip with the Nile cruise and end in Cairo, with a visit to the Pyramids.
From Cairo, you can also catch an internal flight to Luxor or make the journey on a night train. For more information, you can contact us to book a cruise on the Nile with prices and advice.
To make the transfer from the airport to the hotel, if you travel on your own, you can take a taxi, Uber, or book this comfortable transfer, or contact us, and our driver will wait for you at the airport exit.
6. Money exchange To get Egyptian pounds, one euro is equivalent to about 20 pounds, and one USD is equivalent to about 15 Pounds. You can withdraw money at ATMs, or from the exchange houses.
Also remember to always carry a good amount of coins and pound notes, for the usual tips.
7. How to have internet in Egypt? If you want to have internet in Egypt, something very necessary today, especially considering the number of applications we use on our trips and the need to be in contact with our family and friends, you can buy a SIM card at the airport or a telephone store in the city.
8. Travel to Egypt on your own or with an agency Egypt is one of the few cases in which an agency trip can be much cheaper than going on your own. It must be borne in mind that the prices that travel agencies get in this country for good hotels, transport, and guides, can hardly be matched by an individual.
Saving time is also one of the main reasons to take an agency, not having to worry about all the logistics of transfers and hotels. Remember that by going on your own you will have to invest time in looking for a reliable taxi or driver in each city to take you to the temples and hotels. You will also have the difficulty finding a good guide, ideally being an Egyptologist, in your language, if you don't speak Arabic or English, it is essential or highly recommended, to be accompanied by an expert to understand the history of each temple and know how to decipher the interesting hieroglyphs.
For this reason, it is advisable before hiring any trip, to read the itinerary carefully, see the hotels which it includes and the times you will spend in each place.
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9. Take a cruise on the Nile One of the best tips for traveling to Egypt is to take a cruise on the mythical Nile, the second-longest river in the world. Keep in mind that most temples, except for Abu Simbel who moved it, are located on the banks of the Nile, so in addition to enjoying the navigation you will have incredible visits every day. Most ships make the route from Aswan to Luxor in 3 or 4 days, sailing at night and stopping by day at the most interesting points.
If you travel with us, the cruise will be included, and if you do it on your own, we recommend you book it in advance since it is an experience that we would say is carried out by 99% of travelers who go to Egypt.
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Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.
Your Egypt Tours is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.
It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.
Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.
Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation. From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.
It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).
Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.
There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city
The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.
Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.
You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg
Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.
There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet
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