Located in the northeastern corner of Africa, Egypt was home to one of the principal ancient civilizations and the world’s earliest urban and literate society. With more than 5,000 years of history, it features the only remaining survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, in addition to beautiful landscapes and cultural gems you can’t miss!

Why Visit

HISTORY AND CULTURE: Egypt is known worldwide for its rich history. It offers an incredible cultural experience and some of the most iconic landmarks in the world such as the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor temple and The Valley of the Kings.

LANDSCAPES: Well known for its extensive deserts, Egypt also houses stunning beaches that will take your breath away. And let’s not forget about the Nile.

THE PEOPLE & HOSPITALITY: Tourism is one of the leading sources of income in Egypt, so they take it very seriously.  Egyptians are hospitable and friendly, but we aware of the cultural differences and be careful is you are a female solo traveler. 

THE FOOD: Egyptian food is characterized by its big flavours, full of a variety of flavors and spices, just like its neighbors in the Middle East. It relies heavily on legume and vegetable dishes, so vegetarians will have a blast. Many of these ancient foods are still eaten in Egyptian households today. Make sure to try the koshary, sambousek and the kebabs! 

Egypt Postcards

Located in the northeastern corner of Africa, Egypt was home to one of the principal ancient civilizations and the world’s earliest urban and literate society. With more than 5,000 years of history, it features the only remaining survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, in addition to beautiful landscapes and cultural gems you can’t miss!

Egypt Postcards

Why Visit

HISTORY AND CULTURE: Egypt is known worldwide for its rich history. It offers an incredible cultural experience and some of the most iconic landmarks in the world such as the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor temple and The Valley of the Kings.

LANDSCAPES: Well known for its extensive deserts, Egypt also houses stunning beaches that will take your breath away. And let’s not forget about the Nile.

THE PEOPLE & HOSPITALITY: Tourism is one of the leading sources of income in Egypt, so they take it very seriously.  Egyptians are hospitable and friendly, but we aware of the cultural differences and be careful is you are a female solo traveler. 

THE FOOD: Egyptian food is characterized by its big flavours, full of a variety of flavors and spices, just like its neighbors in the Middle East. It relies heavily on legume and vegetable dishes, so vegetarians will have a blast. Many of these ancient foods are still eaten in Egyptian households today. Make sure to try the koshary, sambousek and the kebabs! 

  • Name: Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Capital: Cairo
  • Official Languages: Egyptian Arabic
  • Independence from the United Kingdom
  • Currency: Egyptian pound
  • Time Zone: UTC + 2 (Central Africa Time)

  • Name: Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Capital: Cairo
  • Official Languages: Egyptian Arabic
  • Independence from the United Kingdom
  • Currency: Egyptian pound
  • Time Zone: UTC + 2 (Central Africa Time)

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What to expect

LANGUAGE: The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic, but english is also taught in schools. As tourism is a big part of their economy, many people there speak English, but I would recommend to learn some words in arabic to make your trip more smoothly. Keep in consideration that english is more common in big cities and not so much on remote areas. 

ELECTRICITY: In Egypt the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor

CURRENCY: Egyptian Pound is the official currency in Egypt, but US dollars are accepted as well in the majority of tourism location. I recommend to change your currency directly here as your will get a better rate for it. 1 USD is equivalent to about 16 egyptian pounds.

SAFETY: Overall, Egypt is safe, but I recommend to take certain precautions. Due to the Muslim / Christian conflict, there have been a couple attacks during these past years, but they weren’t targeting foreigners. I would still recommend to avoid the Sinai Peninsula (or jumping into the desert by yourself) just to be safe, still, there are military checkpoints all over the country. Besides that, just use your common sense. Try to avoid bringing expensive things on you if you walking around.

CLIMATE: Egypt is really, really hot. Temperatures during the summer months average 104° F (40° Celsius) but can reach as high as 122° F (50 °C). Even coastal areas stay hot. The best time to visit Egypt is from September through to April, when temperatures are not as high. Temperatures tend to drop a lot at night (especially in the night), so take a jacket and some socks with you just in case. 

PASSPORT: Before traveling to Egypt, you should first check and see whether you are eligible for an Egypt visa on arrival or for an Egypt eVisa. Citizens from the U.S., European Union and another 18 countries must have a visa to enter Egypt, which can be obtain for single-entry 30-day on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required to enter. If you wanna check whether you can pay for your visa of arrival or you need to ask for it in advance, check this site.

How to get around

Public transportation in Egypt tends to be really good. The rail networks are pretty efficient although limited and there are buses or taxis where there is not train. Camels (keep in mind you will need a permit if you are willing to travel through the desert, required mostly if you want to visit restricted areas like Oasis, I recommend to contacting a travel agency in advance for this specific adventure) and boats on the Nile are another fantastic way to move around in Egypt. EgyptAir also offers domestic flights at a good rate.

There are differences in pricing regarding buses and trains with and without A/C (remember, the desert is really hot) but they are all affordable. The buses and trains without A/C are mainly for the local routes.

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