Embarking on a trip to Egypt is an exciting experience as there is almost no end to the possible activities and sights that await you. Whether you are heading to the sandy location of the Great Pyramids or the underwater cities of coral in the Red Sea, there are a number of things you should know that will help you have an easier and more pleasant adventure. Browse through the available information on Visas and Travel, read the tips on how to reach the different locations in Egypt and what to do on your first visit to different locations, and check when the best time to visit is.
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FAQs

  • Q:What are the best options for sightseeing and enjoying Egypt with my children?

    On any trip to Egypt, you have to take your children to the pyramids of Giza and for a camel ride around the site. They will also have loads of fun at the Egyptian Museum gazing at all the mummies and King Tut’s golden mask. The temples around the Nile will have them living an Indiana Jones dream, and no need to say that the sun&fun combination makes the Red Sea a favourite among family travelers to Egypt.
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  • Q:Should I take my kids on a Nile cruise?

    If planning a cruise of the Nile with kids, a cruiser is a better choice than a felucca as children may get agitated on board the latter. On cruisers, they can take dips in the deck pool, play games, and run around more freely.
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  • Q:What can my children eat while on holiday in Egypt?

    Egyptians, including waiters, love children and make them feel welcome everywhere. Local food like Taameya, Shawarma, Kebabs, and Sheesh Tawook are favourites among the young. Western style restaurants, including junk food chains, are also available wherever you go. Local food is healthier though.
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  • Q:Should I take my kids to the Western Desert?

    It is advised that only older children are taken on trips to the Western Desert and even then make sure they always have sunscreen on and are always hydrated. Children usually get dehydrated faster than adults. The White Desert Safari is fun for the kids as they'll be trying to assign shapes to the chalk formations. x

  • Q:How to organize my trip to Egypt?

    Egypt is varied and extensive; there are many sights to see and many things to experience. Use this website to learn about what's available and determine your priorities, then contact a travel agency to purchase the most suitable package, unless you feel like experiencing organizing it on your own. x

  • Q:What's the perfect one week vacation in Egypt?

    If you're planning a one-week trip to Egypt, then you should stick to one region. Spend a week enjoying the Sun and Sea on the Red Sea Riviera, or take a cruise down the Nile that encompasses the sites from Luxor to Aswan. You can also explore the White Med Coast from Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh then move to Siwa Oasis for a taste of the Desert. Or just explore Cairo thoroughly. x

  • Q:What should I do to see as much as I can in two weeks in Egypt?

    The best two week schedule to see Egypt's most renowned sites starts in Cairo, at the Giza pyramids, then the Egyptian Museum. At night take a dinner cruise on the Nile. On your 2nd day, walk through old Cairo and stop at Khan el Khalili. Continue by train or plane to Luxor, embark on a Nile cruise to Aswan then head to Lake Nasser and the Abu Simbel temples. Spend the last days in the Red Sea Riviera town of your choice. x

  • Q:I want to experience Egypt off the beaten path, where should I go?

    Head to the Western Desert and tour the oases to understand the culture of the people who call them home. Travel the Sinai Peninsula, climb Mount Moses and visit the Bedouins of the region. Check out our itineraries page for more ideas. x

  • Q:Is it Safe to come to Egypt?

    Egypt is generally a safe destination, crime has low prevalence. As a tourist, your most major concern would be pick pockets in crowded souks just like anywhere else. x

  • Q:Who can help me if I get into trouble?

    The Egyptian Tourist Police is very well trained; its agents are usually within reach, and you shall not find any communication problems with them as they all speak English. To call them, just dial 126. x

  • Q:What is the Currency in Egypt?

    The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP), known in Arabic as the "Geneih". 100 piasters, known in Arabic as "irsh", make up the pound. Notes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 pound, and 50&25 piasters. All have writing in both Arabic and English. x

  • Q:What about money exchange?

    You can easily exchange currency at banks, official exchange bureaus, and many hotels. Banks usually offer the best exchange rates.  The average international exchange rates are 1 USD = 5.64672 EGP; 1 EGP = 0.17709 USD and 1 EUR = 7.17773 EGP; 1 EGP = 0.13932 EUR. x

  • Q:Can I use my Credit Cards in Egypt?

    You can generally use major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club at larger establishments and many hotels. In more remote locations they will be harder to use. You can also easily get cash advances from some Egyptian Banks using certain credit cards. x

  • Q:Should I bring my laptop?

    Of course! It is very likely that your hotel will provide internet access. Prepare for electricity discrepancies though: if you have a type “C” plug, you will most likely need an adaptor. Also its is important to note that the voltage level in Egypt is 220 to 230V. x

  • Q:Is Internet available in Egypt?

    Internet is available at "Net cafés" throughout Egypt, many hotels offer Internet services as well. Wireless hotspots are also available in cafés and restaurants in all major Egyptian cities and towns. x

  • Q:Am I allowed to bring cigarettes and alcohol into Egypt?

    You can import a maximum of 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 g of tobacco to Egypt, and a maximum of 2 liters of alcohol. x

  • Q:Is the import or export of certain goods prohibited?

    The Egyptian customs prohibit the import of drugs, firearms and cotton. The export of narcotics and firearms is prohibited as well. Cotton, gold, and silver can be exported in small quantities. It is strictly forbidden to export an item older than 100 years, unless you have a license. x

  • Q:Are touristic sites accessible to physically challenged travellers?

    Mobility impaired persons may have some trouble getting around the archaeological sites in Egypt, due to narrow passageways, and steep uneven stairs but work is being done to improve the disabled travel conditions in Egypt and a helpful hand is always near. x

  • Q:Are there any taxi or bus companies that cater for physically challenged travellers?

    Many of the taxis in Egypt are large hatchbacks and it is not difficult to commission one for the day once you make an agreement with the driver. There are also some companies who prepare tours for the physically disabled or challenged tourists. x

  • Q:What kind of experiences does Egypt offer to its physically challenged guests?

    Egypt has some pretty unexpected experiences on offer for disabled travellers. Contact your travel agent through whom you’ll be able to organize a diving holiday in the Red Sea, or even mountain climbing activities. Well-trained professionals provide the support and equipment needed. x

  • Q:Are hotels in Egypt equipped with disabled facilities?

    Most of 4 and 5 stars hotels in Egypt can cater for guests of restricted mobility. Upon reservation, inform the hotel’s administration about your needs and expectations. x

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