Egypt Travel Guide


This can be a comprehensive Egypt Travel Guide of practical things you need to know before going to Egypt. Our aim is to guide you with the information you need to know so there are fewer surprises when you go, We will touch on many topics that we think you have to know.

FACTS

  • Language: Arabic
  • Electricity: 220 Voltz, 50 Hz
  • ATMs: Accessible in the cities they may not be as available in remote and desert areas
  • Sim Cards: Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat are the top three corporations in Egypt. All have some type of pre-paid package available, but Vodafone may be the easiest and most recommended provider because it can be picked up easily at the airport near the luggage carousel.
  • Tipping: In general, 10% is the rule of thumb for restaurants.

Egypt Geography

Today, the most popular places to visit are not only the monuments of the Nile Valley and the souks, mosques, and madrassas of Islamic Cair, but also fantastic coral reefs and tropical fish, dunes, ancient fortresses, monasteries, and prehistoric rock art. Although the pagan cults of ancient Egypt are as moribund as its legacy of mummies and temples, their ancient fertility rites and processions of boats still hold their place in the celebrations of Islam and Christianity.


Where to go in Egypt?

Egypt’s capital, Cairo, it is a seething megalopolis whose chief sightseeing appeal lies in its bazaars and medieval mosques, though there is scarcely less fascination in its juxtapositions of medieval and modern life, the city’s fortified gates, villas, and skyscrapers interwoven by flyovers whose traffic may be halted by donkey carts. Egypt’s Red Sea Coast has more reefs further offshore, with snorkeling and diving traditionally centered around Hurghada, while barely touched island reefs from Port Safaga down to Marsa Alam beckon serious diving enthusiasts. Travelers can also follow the “Great Desert Circuit” (starting from Cairo, Luxor, or Assyut) through the four “inner” oases – Bahariya and Farafra hold the most appeal, with the lovely White Desert between them, the larger oases of Dakhla and Kharga also have their rewards once you escape their modernized “capitals”. Despite being founded by Alexander the Great and lost to the Romans by Cleopatra, the city today betrays little of its ancient glory; however, its magnificent new library, featuring statues raised from the sunken remains of Cleopatra’s Palace, and the Lighthouse of Pharos (which divers can explore) are restoring an air of majesty. Further east lies the Canal Zone, dominated by the Suez Canal and its three cities: Suez is grim, but a vital transport nexus between Cairo, Sinai, and the Red Sea Coast; Port Said and Ismailiya are pleasant, albeit sleepy places, where you can get a feel of “real Egypt” without tripping over other tourists.


Sea Life in Egypt

The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba are rich in sea life and home to a wonderful array of dive sites, with plenty of options for both novices and experts alike: remarkably preserved World War II wrecks, coral reefs filled with dolphins, rainbow-colored anemone gardens, and shallow bays visited by turtles are just a few of the sites you can explore. The Red Sea’s stable climate, shallow tides, and exceptionally high salinity provide perfect conditions for unusually brilliant corals and sponges – a revelation if you have previously dived in such places as Hawaii or the Caribbean, whose reefs will forever seem dull by comparison. Besides hard corals such as brain and fire coral, which have a rigid outer skeleton, the Red Sea hosts an abundance of soft corals, including whip coral and sea fans. Most Red Sea reefs are of the fringing type, with a shallow lagoon just offshore, whose warm water and rubble-strewn bottom attract starfish and sea slugs.


How to book a Travel to Egypt?

Heaven Sent Travel Agency invites you to book your travel in Egypt with us. We provide a high-quality service, accessible 24/7 and we are ready to assist in any way!

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