Egypt

Egypt has been the quintessential ‘must see‘ exotic vacation of history lovers for over 200-years. It has the only remaining of the ‘Original Seven Wonders of the World’ and features abundant monuments from more than 4,500 years of civilization the Nile Valley.

It’s a foreign land with the formidable weather of the Sahara Desert and chaos of Cairo. However, it’s still relatively safe to visit, but you need to be careful with land travel near the borders.

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Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

$ - up to $1500
$$ - $1500 - $3000
$$$ - $3000 -$5000
$$$$ - $5000+
Price Point
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Language(s)

Egyptian Arabic

Currency

Egyptian Pound

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Reconsider Travel

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Winter
Alexandria 86 50
Cairo 96 50
Sharm el-Sheikh 95 57
Outlets
Type-C
Type-F

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when temperatures are cooler, but still pleasantly warm across the country. This makes exploring the busy streets of Cairo, visiting the Pyramids in the desert, and exploring ancient Pharaonic tombs more comfortable and enjoyable.

Throughout Egypt, days are commonly warm or hot, and nights are cool. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter and a hot summer.

  • Winter: November – April
  • Summer: May – October

Fun Facts

  • Cleopatra was not Egyptian
  • The ancient Egyptians forged one of the earliest peace treaties on record
  • The Egyptians invented the 365-days a year calendar
  • Greater Cairo is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East
  • Egypt has more than 3451 hours of sun each year
  • Queen Nefertiti was often depicted as a man and the only woman buried in the Valley of the Kings

Bucket-List Activities

  • Visit the pyramids of Giza (Greater Cairo)
  • Cruise on the Nile River (Greater Cairo)
  • Get a history lesson in the Egyptian Museum (Qasr El Nil)
  • Scuba dive in the Red Sea (Cairo)
  • Explore the Valley of the Kings (Luxor)

Natural Wonders

  • Al Nayzak Beach (Marsa Alam)
  • Gebel Elba National Park (Marsa Alam)
  • Shakhlubah Village (Kafr El-Sheikh)
  • Wadi El-Weshwash (South Sinai)
  • Sharm El Luli beach (Marsa Alam)
  • White Desert National Park (Farafra)
  • Gara Cave (Farafra)

Major Attractions

  • The Egyptian Museum (Qasr El Nil)
  • Valley of the Kings (Luxor)
  • Abu Simbel Temples (Abu Simbel)
  • Karnak (Luxor)
  • Giza Necropolis (Al Haram)

Native Foods

  • Koshari (rice & lentil bowl)
  • Ful Medames (fava bean stew)
  • Molokhiya (jute leaf stew)
  • Fatta (flatbread dish)
  • Ta’meya (falafel)
  • Liver Sandwich
  • Besarah (fava bean soup)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Shukran – Thank you
  • As-aalaam alaikum – Peace be upon you
  • Lazeeza -Delicious
  • Sabah al-khair – Good morning
  • Jameela -Beautiful
  • Insha Allah – God willing
  • Yalla – Let’s go

Enplanements scaled by the number of commercial passenger boardings that occurred at the airport in calendar year per Wikipedia

🛩 - Limited commercial air service

✈ - 25,000  - 100,000

✈✈ - 100,000 - 500,000

✈✈✈ - 500,000 - 1,000,000

✈✈✈✈ - 1,000,000+

Major Cities / Airports

  • Cairo / Cairo International Airport (CAI ✈✈✈✈) – The capital city and major international gateway
  • Luxor / Luxor International Airport (LXR ✈✈✈✈) – The north end of the Nile cruise and Valley of the Kings
  • Hurghada  / Hurghada International Airport (HRG ✈✈✈✈) – Resort town on the Red Sea
  • Sharm El Sheikh / Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH ✈✈✈✈) – Dive capital of Egypt
  • Aswan  / Aswan Airport (ASW ✈) – The south end of the Nile cruise
  • Abu Simbel / Abu Simbel Airport (ABS 🛩) – It much safer to fly to Abu Simbel than go overland
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