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1-Travel to Egypt

Why travel to Egypt when there are so many other interesting countries one can visit?

The  simple answer is because no other country in the world can be compared to Egypt. This is why Egypt is one of the most frequently visited countries for travelers and tourists of all kinds

One of the reasons  is because of the country’s rich and “intoxicating” culture, Because it’s the only place on this earth where you can visit and explore pyramids that are thousands of years old.

All of our Egypt packages tours include a visit to the Giza Pyramids, where you will be able to explore the pyramid of Khufu which is the oldest and the largest Pyramid there and you will be able to go inside it,See The Great Sphinx is a giant structure created by the Egyptians, and it was carved out of a single block of sandstone.

Most of the artifacts found in the pyramids, temples and tombs throughout Egypt were retrieved and put on display in various museums all throughout the country Visit the Egyptian Museum see the golden famous treasury for king Tut and many mummies

Enjoy the Islamic and Coptic sites ,listen lot of stories from your guide see Cairo Tours

Visit Egypt for the numerous activities and historical sites that one can visit and explore.Such As

The Nile River has given life to Egypt for many thousands of years. Not only is the Nile a giver of life, but it also allows visitors to explore the Nile Valley in an unforgettable way with 5 stars Nile cruise sailing down the Nile between luxor and Aswan

As many people have discovered, a Nile cruise is one of the best ways to experience the wonders of the Nile Valley. Explore the best of Luxor; the best of Aswan, and everything in between, including the temples of Karnak, Edfu, Philae, and Abu Simbel enjoy the Nile Cruise tours

Explorere The Desert (sahara) Sahara can be enjoyed and explored in a way you have never imagined include lots of fun activities and plenty of magical sightseeing.

Go camel trekking or conquer the Sahara in 4×4 air-conditioned comfort; visit welcoming oases and bathe in the wonderful natural springs, or camp under a star studded sky and mix and dine with the people of the desert. You can find many Desert tours to choose.

When people think of Egypt they automatically think of ancient pyramids, temples and tomb; Nile River cruises, and Sahara adventures, but there is so much more to see and do. Egypt’s Red Sea coast is home to some of the world’s finest dive sites. The unspoiled coral reefs and crystal clear waters combine to make it a paradise for SCUBA divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. see sharm tours

so let us help you to pass from this world to our ancient Egyptian world..let’s travel to the past through many bridges which are the previous mentioned sites

2-When to visit Egypt?

Please check When to visit Egypt page.

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3-Visa & Airport

1-Is Egypt a suitable family holiday destination?

Absolutely! The incredible pyramids, temples and tombs are bound to fascinate the young and old alike with their complex history and impressive workmanship and children will come away from a holiday to Egypt with their minds opened and imagination stimulated. Egypt also offers a number of exciting experiences from camel rides to felucca boat trips on the Nile so it’s unlikely they’ll ever be bored. Along the Red Sea there are plenty of family-friendly resorts with dedicated kids’ play areas, swimming pools and activities so parents can relax while the children are entertained and looked after.

2-Do we need a visa? How much do visas cost and where is the easiest place to get them?  

Yes, you will need a Visa Depending on your nationality, costs and procedures can differ. If you are an American citizen, you can purchase your visa at the Airport upon arrival . and our representative will meet and assist you at the airport

However, different nationalities have different rules.

You may also contact the Egyptian Embassy or Egyptian Consulate nearest you.

 For detailed information on visas and fees, please contact us

3-Are there direct flights from USA to Egypt?
– Yes, EgyptAir, the Egyptian official airline, organizes direct flights from the United States to Cairo in particular. There is a flight from New York, the JFK Airport, direct to Cairo five times a week. The journey takes approximately 12 hours. Egypt Air also flies from Los Angles directly to Cairo. This journey takes approximately 17 hours; however, most tourists coming from the United States stop either in Europe (usually London or Paris) or in North Africa (usually Morocco).
4- If I am arriving in the Cairo Airport coming from USA, which terminal will I be landing at?
– Your arrival terminal depends on the airline that you are using. Western European and American airlines mostly use terminal number 3, which is also called the New Terminal in Egypt. On the other hand, Egypt Air, Arab, African, and Eastern European airlines usually land in terminal number 1.

5-How Far is Cairo International Airport from downtown?

Cairo airport is located 22 KM to the south east of the city, you trip should takes around 30 to 45 Minutes. , make sure to leave your hotel at least

three hours before departure. There are Three terminals in Cairo airport. All Egypt-air flights and domestic flight depart from terminal Three, while all other airlines depart from terminal two.and one

How can we know and meet your Representative?

He will carry a sign with your name over it and will easily find you.

Where will your agent or guide meet us?
Our agent will meet you upon arrival inside the Custom Hall and will assist you with formalities.

4-Weather

1-How hot does it get?
The hottest months are June, July and August when maximum temperatures range between 34C/95F in Cairo and 41C/107F in Luxor and Aswan.

Evenings are much cooler and very pleasant, which is possibly the reason why nightlife in Egypt is so lively. Weather-wise

2-  What are the best months to visit?
The best time to travel to Egypt is between October and April, especially November to February. Winters (November to April) are mild and summers (May to October) are warm.

The Christmas and New Year period is High Season in Egypt. Airlines, most hotels and cruises will increase their prices, and there are surcharges for special events like gala dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in the luxury hotels.

5-Health

1-Are there certain vaccinations to be taken before traveling to Egypt?
– There are No obligatory vaccinations that should be taken before being granted with the visa of Egypt. However, it would be recommended for the senior people and for young children to take vaccinations against Hepatitis C, Typhoid, and an oral dosage of Tetanus.

2-Are there any health issues that I should worry about in Egypt?
– Generally speaking, tourists face few unique health problems in Egypt, but occasionally travelers experience some gastric disturbance resulting from drinking tap water or eating from a local restaurant not recommended by their tour guides or the receptionist in hotel. Some travelers might suffer sunburn or heatstroke from the heat and sun during the summer if they are not careful; however, taking the proper precautions and drinking bottled water can eliminate any health risks. 

3-Is it safe to drink the water in Egypt?
Egyptian water is highly chlorinated, not poisonous, and so it is perfectly safe to do this. You often swallow small amounts of water whilst in the shower, or swimming, and this causes no problems so the same for the Teeth .

4- Is it safe to brush mt Teeth with tap water?

Egyptian water is highly chlorinated, not poisonous, and so it is perfectly safe to do this. You often swallow small amounts of water whilst in the shower, or swimming, and this causes no problems so the 6ame for the Teeth

6- Clothes & What to Wear?

Egypt is a conservative Muslim country and it is much more progressive than the other Arab Nations,

No topless or nude bathing is permitted.

In winter it can get cold at night in Egypt. Often it is warmer in the street than it is inside buildings, so it is a good idea to bring a casual jacket or shawl.  The buildings are Not designed to be cool and it is good to be aware of this. Here it’s very rare to have central heating or central air conditioning except in big hotels and other high class places.

1-  What should women do and wear?

In Egypt Some women wear a niqab (a veil covering the face), others wear a hijab (a covering of the hair and neck but not the face) and still others do not cover their heads at all. Women are not required by law to follow a dress code,

Women do not need to cover Their head in Egypt, but dress modestly. Wear pants or long skirts. Cairo is hot, so loose fitting pants are going to be more comfortable than a pair of skinny jeans. sunglasses Must be

2- What Should men Wear?

Men Can  wear shorts and light cotton pants.Light cotton T-shirts.

3- What is the dress code in The Dinner Nile cruise at Night?

Going out to dinner, especially in a nice restaurant,or Dinner Nile cruise it is advisable to wear smart clothes and having a shawl to cover bare shoulders or nice dress would be a good idea. On cruise boats, also, it is nice to have something smart to wear in the evening.

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7-Food

1-What’s the food like in Egypt?

Egyptian cuisine is not unlike the cuisine of Turkey, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. The basic staple centers on pulses – fuul medames (fava beans often served with vegetables and boiled egg) and ta’amiyya (chickpea patties) though visitors to Egypt are more likely to encounter a delicious spread to meats accompanied by salads, rice, seasoned vegetables, and mezzes. Houmous and other yogurt-based dips, coupled with fresh pitta, schwarma (similar to a Turkish doner kebab), kofta (a skewered spiced meat dish) and fiteer (a  kind of pizza) are other popular dishes.

The lunchtime bargain has to be kosheri, though – a curious mix of noodles, rice, lentils, fried onion and spicy sauce. It’s very tasty and exceedingly cheap. Bread is a staple of Egyptian cuisine and you’ll a version served with every meal. Vegetarians should find plenty of options with stuffed peppers, grilled aubergine and baked squash popular meat-free dishes in Egypt.

Exotic juices freshly squeezed from the fruits of mango, guava and other seasonal varieties are also widely available, as is fresh fruit. Alcohol is not readily available as Egypt is a predominantly Islamic country though the major hotel chains usually have well-stocked bars.

2-Is the Food in Egypt spicy?

NO, it is Not spicy as India but it is so tasty and delicious

8- Opening Hours

1- What are the opening hours for monuments in Egypt?
– Most of the monuments, historical sites, and museums in Egypt open from 9 AM until 5 PM. Open-air historical sites, like the Pyramids of Giza for example, are open from 8 AM until sunset. Some museums have morning opening hours, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and evening opening hours, from 5 PM to 9 or 10 PM.During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.
2- What are the opening hours for shops and different stores in Egypt?
– Most of the shops in Egypt open from around 10 AM and stay open until 10 PM; however, many shops, cafes, and restaurants especially in major cities like Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, and Alexandria stay open much later and some facilities and shops are open 24 hours a day in touristic areas like Khan El Khalili and inside the hotels. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, opening hours may change significantly with shops closed during the middle of the day and staying open much later. 

9-Money & Banks

1-What is the official currency in Egypt?
– The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound, or “Geneh” in Arabic, and commonly abbreviated as LE. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 LE and there are coins of 25 piastres, 50 piastres, and 1 pound. It can sometimes be difficult to find change for large bills so it is always advisable to have change on hand for taxis and tips. 

2-How common is the use of credit cards in Egypt?
– Credit cards are widely used in Egypt in hotels, many shops, restaurants, and cafes. Most stores in markets like Khan El Khalili and the Luxor touristic market accept credit cards. The most common types of credit cards used in Egypt are Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

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10- Sightseeing Advices:

1-What are the Benefits of having a Personal Tour Guide?

Most travelers to Egypt, both male and female, will rely on the services of Private Tour guides. This is due in part to language barriers, a desire to get detailed information about some of the historic sites, or to get a good experience of “real” Egyptian life, and to focus on the surroundings and important sites instead of  wasting your time  or trying to navigate unknown towns, cities and streets on their own steam. and to have privacy with your families and friends in the tour without sharing with strange travelers with different desires.

2-What are the sights and activities that are not be missed while visiting Egypt?

Egypt, with its rich distinctive history, is a country that offers a lot to the tourists and a traveler can never see everything in one or even a couple of visits. This is why there are a number of monuments and some activities that tourists are advised not to miss if they visit Egypt.

These include:
– Visiting the Pyramids of Giza
– Visiting Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
– Visiting Saladin Citadeland Mohammed Ali Mosque
– Visiting the White Desert
– Diving or snorkeling in Sinai or cities situated on the Red Sea
– Going on a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan or vise versa
– Exploring the Saint Catherine Monastery in Sinai
– Eating Kebab and Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish
– Visiting the Luxor and Karnak temples in Luxor
– Visiting Abu Simbel
– Going to Khan El Khalili touristic market in Cairo
– Exploring Islamic Cairo on foot (walking tour)
– Discovering the magic of Egyptian oases like Siwa or Bahariya
– Visiting the monuments of the West Bank of Luxor including the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings
– Eating “Fool”, Egyptian beans, and “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish

These are just the highlights of what Egypt has to offer. There are many more places around the country to enjoy, but if you are in a hurry use these as a guide. You are sure to see many more incredible things along the way. for more help browse our tours pages

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3-I have one or 2 free half days what can i do for something new?

you can have a lot of ideas and unusual tours in Half day tours page.

4-What can i do or see at night in Egypt?

Egypt country never sleep see many of night tours in  Optional Tours page

5-Is there any special advice for women travelers while visiting Egypt? 

-There are many touristic areas in Egypt where special concerns are not necessary; however, in less touristic places, relatively modest dress is recommended. Women should avoid very tight clothing, keep their shoulders and knees covered, and avoid very revealing necklines. wearing shorts is not very common among Egyptians. Dressing with relative modesty is a way of respecting the local culture.

And as my site has many female team so you will enjoy Touring with us and you will be very safe  you will never left alone in public. All of our Tours include a private driver and your own private guide, trained and licensed

6-Can i pay American Dollars or Euro on the Historical sites for the entrance fees?

No, Admission fees to all sites is payable in LE,(Egyptian pounds) so make sure that you carry enough with you.

7- is there any discount for the kids and the students for the entrance fees?

Yes, the Kids from under 6 are free

From 6-12 they get 50% off

From  12 years old  they pay a full ticket as an adult

For Students please  bring  your Student ID if you are over 12 to get 50% off

8- What to wear during the Tours?

Wear good walking sport shoes in visiting the pyramids,Saqqara,and in all desert area avoid high heels, light cotton T-shirts for more tips please visit our Travel Tips Page

9- What to bring during the day tour in the desert as the pyramids Tours?

First Water,water water to avoid dehydration especially if you have kids,the same to do during your visit in Luxor and Aswan as they are too hot

Then,hats,sunglasses,sunblock, and wipes,wear light clothes and good sneakers

11-Tipping

Is it a common practice to give tips in Egypt?
– Due to the low salaries of many professionals in Egypt, many people depend on tips, or baksheesh as it is called in Egypt, as a major part of their income. Therefore, tipping is considered customary in Egypt.

How much should I tip?
– The amount depends on the situation. In a restaurant, it is good to give between 5 and 10% tip directly to the waiter even when there is service added to the bill. The service tax does not go to the waiter. For a small favor, like carrying luggage or parking a car, a few Egyptian pounds would be appropriate. Not more than five. Often times in Egypt you will find someone tending to the bathroom to keep it clean. Giving them one Egyptian pound is an appropriate amount.
– Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver is completely optional but should be considered if you’re provided with great service. If you decide to tip feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.

12-Taking Photos

1-Can I take pictures while visiting the monuments in Egypt?
– Photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt, but some of them have extra charges for taking in a camera. However, in some museums, like the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and some historical sites, like the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, photography is prohibited and visitors are asked to leave their cameras at the reception before entering.
2. Can I take photographs of the people, streets, etc. in Egypt?
– Egyptians are well known all over the world for their tolerance and hospitality; however, it is always polite to ask permission before taking a photograph of people, especially women, and stores or products. Photography is non-permitted around army bases, airports, dams, bridges, and in metro. In most places where photography is prohibited there will be signs to notify you.

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13-Shopping in Egypt

1-What to Buy from Egypt?

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Shopping in Cairo is fun and distinctive, Popular souvenirs in Cairo include painted papyrus scrolls embellished with hieroglyphics, copper and bronze items, jewelry, Gold or silver and the best item you can get is the cartouch which is one of the most important Egyptian trade Mark you can carved your name inside it

Also Egyptian Cotton, Ancient therapy oil and perfume as lotus flower

it will be part of your tour after you finish visiting the main sites.if you like to proceed with your tour guide so go with the guide for free to have an idea.

Also if you have time so visit the local big Market khan el Khalili

2- When these shops open and Close?

Most shops opening hours depend on the season and shops in tourist areas generally keep longer hours. The majority of stores open at 9am and close at 7pm

14-Tourist traps to Avoid

1-As a first time to Visit Egypt what are the Tourists Traps i should avoid?

Cairo is a great place, but it’s worth mentioning a few tourist traps.  The point of this page is to educate someone travelling to Cairo, so that you can have the best time with as little annoyances or negative surprises.

A- Right off the plane, you may be approached by a person  who say they are with the tourism board.  and are trying to sell you a tour   The fact that you came in with no plans they will sell you an overly expensive tour lined with mostly tourist trap destinations so it is highly recommended to organize all your tours before coming. as the representative will carry a sign with your name over it

B- Don’t take camel rides when there is no one around.  and without asking your tour guide as they know the best places and trusted camel men that you can deal with with a very reasonable prices

C- Avoid dealing with the vendors or taxi driver to get something or go with them without asking for the total price in advance First

D- Please Note that A good travel agent will not try to simply sell just a tour but a memorable holiday experience to enjoy, stress free.No Hidden cost

E- You have to Read all the travelers feedback about your tour organizer or travel agents ,you will find plenty of our travelers’s testimonials in our Guest book page

F- Avoid eating in very local place or unknown places without asking your guide to avoid getting sick

15-How to say in Arabic ?

During my work i usually found my clients are keen to  learn Arabic even if just a few words to try to communicate ?

usually they asked me How can we say thank you,or good morning to me in the beginning of the day,and really they got so happy if they pronounced the words as the Arabic is very difficult language to learn.
so Here are some main words as greeting or general words it may help …

How to Say in Arabic…..

Basic Words
Yes:  na,am, aiwa
No:    laa
Hello:   al salaam a’ Laykum/marhaba 

Thank you     Shukran
How are you? :    Izzayak/ik(F)
Good morning : Sabah el khair
Good evening  : masaa el khair
Fine thanks (reply):  Kwayyis/a(f)
Hello:    (reply) WA alaykum al salaam
Good Bye:   ma salaama
Please :    min fadlak/ik(f)
Excuse me :  an iznak/ik(f)
iam sorry :    ana assif / asfa (f)
Ok,fine   :  Mashy

Enough  :  Kafayaa


Places:_
Airport   :        Mataar
Embassy       : Sifaara
Hotel            : Fondok

X-Change office:  Serafa
Market         : Sook
Church         : kiniisa
Mosque        : Gaama/Masjad
Museum : mathaf

Pyramid : Haram

Subway   : Metro
Street         : shaari
Office         : Maktab
Home         : Baet
Pharmacy   :Sidaleayia

The toilets: L hamam
The Hospital: IL mustashfa
The police station: qasem al shurta
Traffic police: IL Murur

Restaurant : Mataam  

 

General Words

Egyptian Pounds: ginneh 

How much?  Bekam 

Taxi :  Taxi

Tips: Bakshish

Change (for small money)  Fakaa

Money: Feloos

Big    : Kibiir/ a(f)
Small  : soghayyar / a (f)
Nice    :Kwayyis/a(f)
Broken,not working  : Bayaz /a (f)
Boring   :   mumill /a(f)
Important  : Mohim /a (f)
Crowded   : Zahma
Happy   :mabsuut / a (f)
Tired     : Ta’abanna
Hot       :Harr(for the weather)
Cold     : Bard (for the weather)

Foreigner  :   Agnabi
Man  : Raggil
Woman : Sitt
Boy   : Wald
Girl    : Bent
My friend  : Sahbi(m) / sahbiti(f)

1       :Waahid
2       :Itneen
3       :Talaata
100     :Miyya
200     :Miteen

Food 

Water : mayya
Mineral Water   : mayya ma’daniyya
Tea  : shayy
Coffee: Qahwa
Beer   : beera,stilla
Juice : Asiir
Cookies  : baskoot
Sugar :  sukkar
Salt  : malh
Bread: Aish
Breakfast: Iftar
Dinner: Ashaa
Lunch: Gadaa
Rice  :Ruzz
Pasta  : makaroona
Fish: Samak
Meat  : lahma
Chicken  : firaakh
Pigeon  :hamaam
Milk: Labn
Onion: Basal
Salad: Salata 

16-General Questions

1-What sort of plugs do I need for Egypt and what is the voltage?

Standard voltage is 220 volts. Primary sockets require the European, 2-pronged variety. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adapter. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.

2-Is WiFi widely available in Egypt?

Getting online in Egypt is relatively easy. In the larger cities, most cafes and restaurants offer free wi-fi. All four and five star hotels in Egypt must provide internet access. Often it will be free WiFi access in the hotel lobby, and free or chargeable WiFi, or dial-up access in your hotel room.

3-What time zone is Egypt on?

Egypt is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

4-How far is Alexandria from Cairo?

Alexandria is a 2 hour drive from Cairo, there are two major roads that link the two cities (the Desert Road and the Local Inter Cities Road).

5 – How Far is Luxor and Aswan from Cairo?

Luxor is a 9 hour Train ride and Aswan is a 12 hour Train ride. Another alternative is taking a domestic flight, which takes approximately 1 hour from Cairo

6- Can I change anything in my trip?

Yes as it is your private tour and very flexible to change

Anything in you trip, please contact us for details. If you are in Egypt, you can organize changes with your guide.

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