Introduction

Welcome to the Land of the Nile Valley; the land of the Pharaohs, intriguing legends, ancient civilizations and amazing temples, Egypt is one of the world’s greatest and most captivating countries.

Egypt enjoys a strategic location in North Africa close to the Middle East. Officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, it borders Libya in the West, Sudan to the South, and Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east via the Sinai Peninsula and a land bridge that crosses the Suez Canal. It is, however, far from landlocked. Its north cost is lapped by the Mediterranean, while its lower east coast and south Sinai lie alongside the Red Sea.

Egypt has four district areas. The Nile Delta, itself, is a stretch of land that fans out north from a point close to Cairo where the Nile splits into smaller flows of water, reaching a stretch of coastline that runs from Alexandria to Port Said. At the coast the waters of the Nile flow into the Mediterranean. Along the coastline are the towns and cities of El Alamein, farmed for its Second World War battles and museums, along with Marsa Matrouh and Sallum to the west of Alexandria, while to its east is the historic Rosetta, where the Rosetta Stone, an important artefact that was key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic writing, was discovered. Further along the coast is Damietta and Port Said.

The Nile Valley stretches from the delta to Egypt’s southernmost border with Sudan, and along with the great cities is home to some of the world’s most iconic symbols of ancient civilizations. It is here visitors can see the three Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx that “guards” then, the fabulous Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temples Complex in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and, of course, the Nile River itself. The Sahara Desert, the world’s second largest makes up much of Egypt’s distinct desert and oases areas, which are fascinating if sparsely inhabited, while the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea coastline and reports are the country’s top spots for family fun and water spot themed holidays.

A fabulously rich history and achievements sit comfortably with the Egypt of today. Deserts that stretch for kilometers into the distance and holiday resorts with top notch hotels offering family fun such as swimming and diving in the Red Sea contrast well with the Nile Delta and the Nile Valley that leave you breathless at their bustling cities and ancient temples. Visitors arrive in their thousands, are totally captivated and return time after time. Whether it’s a view of the sun going down behind the centuries-old pyramids, turning the sky to a magical bright orange, or seeing the mesmerizing sun-scorched Sphinx, the priceless treasures contained tantalizingly behind glass in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum or standing in awe of the fabulous temples the sights of the world’s most entrancing country stay with visitors for a lifetime.

Egypt is a religious country. Islam if the official religion and most Egyptians are Muslim, although over 12 million are Christians, the atmosphere is one of friendship. Egyptians like to work hard and live life to the full, and tend to work in the heart of the cities which have seen many changes in recent years and are now at the forefront of world politics. Egypt also has one of the highest populations of all the countries in this part of the world with around 90 million people.

Egypt is a warm country for most of the year. Some days in summer the temperatures can reach 25-35C (95F) in Cairo, and so the way Egyptians live tends to reflect this as it has done for centuries.

Egyptian society is geared very much around the family, and it is not uncommon to see all generations dining together or on an outing. Religion is important, with Muslims and Christians living and working together in harmony. As a visitor, you will always be made to feel welcome and protected.

After giving you a brief idea about the Geography, Environment, History of Egypt, we are going to talk about the main Travel Tips in Egypt that may be useful for the first time visitors to Egypt.

Travel Tips

Moneda:

La moneda oficial de Egipto es la Libra egipcia que se divide en 100 piastra, hay Coins para 25 and 30 piastra y 01 libra, además de 01 , 05 , 10 , 20 ,50 ,100 y 200 libra egipcia .
Le recomendamos a coger suficientes monedas para comprar regalos, suvenires etc. Es que en sus visitas podrá haber una pequeña oportunidad para ir a cualquier banco U Oficina de Cambio .Pues no más de 5000 Libra egipcia se pueden tomar dentro o fuera de Egipto. Por favor, tome las medidas de precaución normales cuando lleve efectivo. Actualmente casi todos los productos va a pagarlos con la libra egipcia como, las comidas, regalos y expensas etc.
Las propinas se pueden con libra egipcia o dólar, sería mejor tomar un poco efectivo con Usted y si necesitas más dinero, puede usar su Tarjeta de crédito. Pero por favor asegúrese con su banco antes de su llegada a Egipto para reconfirmar que Usted va a viajar a Egipto porque a veces los bancos hacen seguridad con las tarjetas de crédito ante algunos países.

Clima:

Durante todo el año, los días son cálidos o calientes (calor) y la noche es fresca. Egipto y el medio oriente tienen solo dos estaciones invierno suave de Noviembre a Abril y calor verano de lluvia de Mayo se limita a unos pocos días del año en todo Egipto. Si Usted viaja entre Marzo y Mayo, podría encontrar con Khamassen , vientos que soplan desde el sur y llevan partículas de polvo que causa el aumento de la temperatura a 100 ° F (38°C) en el desierto . Los promedios de temperatura serán entre 80 y 90° F (27 – 32°C) en el verano y entre 55 y 70°F (13 – 21°C) en el invierno. Sin embargo la temperatura de la coste del Mar Rojo y el sur de Egipto será un poco más a alcanzar 109° F (42 °C) en el verano.

Food:

The range of Egyptian food is very wide and cosmopolitan. Mostly you will find the dishes a combination between Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants and snack bars that offer good range of inexpensive food. Typical Egyptian food of falafel and Beans (fol) is sold everywhere. Western style restaurants are now present in most Egyptian cities like Pizza Hut, Mac Donald’s, Kentucky, etc. Food is also available in large restaurants or from street corner stalls and snack bars. Egypt is famous for its street coffee shops where you can smoke shisha and have a drink while watching people passing by. Muslims do not drink alcohol although they are tolerant of visitors drinking in moderation.

Dress Code:

Egypt is a Muslim country, it is advisable to dress conservatively when visiting churches and mosques. For men do not wear shorts and as for woman do not wear anything short or sleeveless unless on the beach or by the pool. This will save you unwanted attention. If you are traveling in the summer loose, light cotton clothing is absolutely essential. Don’t forget to bring with you your sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, and a hat.

Electronics:

The electric current voltage is 220 Volts, with European-style plugs. For TV broadcasting, Egypt uses MESECAM which is a derivative of the SECAM standard. Usually, VCRs sold in countries using MESECAM can also play tapes recorded in the PAL standard. All of these standards, however, are incompatible with the US standard (NTSC).

Tipping:

Most Egyptian are of low income, tipping plays an important role for people working in tourism field in raising their standard of living as normally it represent about 60% of their income. It is up to you to pay the tips you want according to the service you receive. So tipping is up to you and it is not compulsory issue but it is kind of appreciation to all people working for you and involved in your trip like drivers, guides, porters, company representatives etc.

Entry Visa:

Most tourists and visitors come to Egypt can obtain an entry visa at any of the major airports or ports of entry. All foreigners arriving in Egypt should have a valid passport (with at least 6 months left, before expiry) to get an entry visa. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, which you arrive at, just before the immigration booth; you can’t miss it! The visa will cost you around US $25 and after buying it; you just stick in any empty page on your passport. Don’t worry; it’s so easy! Once you have bought your visa then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. Citizens of Europe, USA and North America, Latin America can obtain their visas upon arrival, Most Citizens of Asia and all African countries should have a pre-arrival visa.

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