Situated in North Africa with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwest Asia, Egypt is an alluring country and extremely diverse. From the first class luxury Red Sea resorts to the fascinating ancient sights, Egypt offers something for all tastes and budgets.
Valley of the Kings
Dug into the Theban Hills on the west bank of the Nile, this valley is the resting places of some of Egypt's most powerful Pharaohs such as Tutankhamen some of which are 3,500 years old.
This temple dates back to the 14th century BC and is the largest religious site anywhere in the world.
No trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the ancient pyramids of Giza.
A large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city of Luxor (Ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. For centuries Thebes was once known as the capital of the known world.
The breathtaking mountains where Moses is said to have ercieved the 10 Commands are a must see.
The Red Sea provides access to some of the best diving sites in the world; the unique combination of exquisite marine life, a warm and sunny climate and incredible scenery along with the incredible, pristine, unspoilt reefs make the Red Sea the number one destination for diving.
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Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Egyptian Pounds (LE).
220 volts AC, 50 cycles. An adaptor, generally 2-pronged, is necessary.
Eating in Egypt can represent good value for money, with local meals being well priced. Hotels are naturally more expensive, but still offer good value for money.
Tipping, or baksheesh, is almost a way of life in Egypt. It is customary and appreciated to tip guides, drivers, hotel staff and your boat/dive crew.
Shops are generally open from approximately 10am-11pm year round, although may stay open until later in summer.
Banking hours are 9am - 1pm Sunday - Thursday. Many banks are open 6pm-9pm Sunday to Thursday for exchange only.
When visiting holy sites such as mosques, you may be required to observe customs such as covering your head, shoulders and legs. Please respect such local customs. Swimwear and other revealing clothes should be kept to the beach and by the pool.
Much of Egypt is desert, and as such is subject to hot days and cooler nights. Beach resorts are often cooled in the day by sea breezes, however, Nile towns can become stifling, especially in summer months. Lightweight clothing is recommended for days, although a fleece or sweater may be required during the winter months. A pullover or jacket for evenings, may also be required in winter. Shoes are not worn on board dive boats and liveaboards, so please take this into consideration when choosing which footwear to pack. Suitable clothing such as walking boots and a windproof jacket is recommend for touring itineraries.
Passports & Visas
A full 10-year passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of return is required for travel to Egypt for all British, EU and EEA nationals. British passport holders also require a visa to visit all parts of Egypt except for the Gulf coast of Sinai for stays of less than 15 nights. Visitors to the Gulf area wishing to stay 15 nights or more, or those wishing to visit other parts of Egypt including Cairo and Ras Mohammed, must obtain a visa. Visas can be obtained by contacting the Egyptian Embassy on 020 7235 9777. For up to date information on visa requirements, visitors are strongly advised to contact the Embassy prior to travel.
Cameras and video cameras may not be taken into temples, tombs and archaeological sites, or a charge may be levied. Bags over 35cm may not be taken into such sites.
Festivals & holidays
The following festivals and associated holidays are celebrated in either or all of the countries featured in our programme. During these times, resorts may be busier than usual and services may be reduced.
Muslim religious festivals may vary by one or two days. For further details, please contact the Egyptian State Tourist Office or the Jordanian Information Bureau.
Ramadan* 20 Jul - 18 Aug 2012
Eid Al Fitr** 19 Aug 2012
New Year (Hijri Day) 15 Nov 2012
Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday** 5 Feb 2012
*Dates of Ramadan and Eid Al Adha are confirmed only shortly beforehand and vary from year to year by one or two days. During Ramadan, the pace of life during daylight hours is slower and offices and shops keep shorter opening hours between sunrise and sunset. Hotels may limit facilities, and excursions and entertainment can sometimes be affected.
**These festivals are subject to change by one day before or one day after as the moon governs them.
EGYPTIAN FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS
Revolution Day 23 Jul (annual)
Armed Forces Day 6 Oct (annual)
Christmas Day 9 Jan (annual)
Sham El Nesim 15 Apr (annual)
Sinai Liberation Day 25 Apr (annual)
Labour Day 1 May (annual)