Egypt Travel Guide

The land of the pharaohs, Egypt is a captivating destination known for its ancient civilisation, archaeological treasures, rich culture and diverse landscapes, from the Sahara Desert to the Red Sea coastline.

Located in the north-eastern corner of Africa, the country has a population of approximately 98 million, its capital and largest city is Cairo and the official language is Arabic. 

For many centuries Egypt has fascinated travellers due to historical gems like the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and temples along the River Nile. The opening of Suez Canal in 1869 provided easier access for cargo ships and travellers, then in 1922 the discovery of Tutankhamun, one of the most famous pharaohs in Egyptian history, further fuelled the interest for tourists. Even renowned author Agatha Christie spent time in Egypt, where she developed an interest in Egyptology and it inspired one of her most famous novels 'Death on the Nile'. Although archaeologists are regularly unearthing new finds, Ancient Egypt still has an air of mystery and mystique around it which compels many people to visit. 

We've outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next holiday to Egypt.

Time Zone & Currency

Egypt is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. The currency is the Egyptian pound. 

Weather in Egypt

Egypt has a hot desert climate, with very high temperatures between May and September.
During other months it is cooler. Winter (Dec–Feb) is generally mild, with cold nights in the

Reading For Your Trip To Egypt

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

The Last Egyptian by L. Frank Baum

Best time to go to Egypt


We suggest visiting during the cooler months of late autumn (October to November) and early spring (February to April). During these periods, the weather is more comfortable for exploring Egypt's ancient ruins and attractions. 

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Top Tourist Attractions In Egypt

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Pyramids of Giza

An iconic symbol of Egypt and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence today, it was originally built to be a tomb for the Egyptian King Khufu. 

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The city is often referred to as the "World's Greatest Open-Air Museum" due to its wealth of archaeological sites, including the iconic Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple Complex.

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Valley of the Kings

This archaeological site is renowned for its rock-cut tombs with intricately decorated with hieroglyphs and being the burial place for many pharaohs and nobles, including Tutankhamun. 

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Grand Egyptian Museum

Set to be one of the most impressive museums in the world showcasing ancient Egypt, it will house an extensive collection of artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun, ancient statues, mummies, and much more. 

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The Nile

The longest and most iconic river in the world with its surrounding fertile lands played a crucial role for ancient Egypt. Taking a Nile river cruise is the most relaxing and convenient way to visit the many temples located on its shores. 

Top Places To Visit In Egypt

Egypt is a land of many wonders, from the temples of Luxor to the bustling markets of Cairo, there is so much to uncover in this incredible country.

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Virtual Tour of Egypt

Our expert guide Dodi takes us on a tour of the highlights of Egypt. This virtual tour will take you through the main highlights of this unique holiday that combines the exotic beauty of Cairo and the vibrant resort of Hurghada with an unforgettable 7-night cruise.

Food and drink in Egypt


Egyptian cuisine is similar to that found in the Middle East, it includes pulses cooked in stews, soups, ta'amiyya (Egyptian falafel). Lamb kebabs, grilled chicken and kofta (spiced meat patties) are also popular. Fish is plentiful and comes from the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Nile. A favourite dessert is mahallabiye, made from rice flour, milk, sugar and rose or orange water and topped with pistachios and almonds. Egypt produces a limited selection of beers and wines that are of good quality and reasonably priced. In accordance with Islamic tradition most restaurants don’t serve alcohol, however you can avail of a full bar service in your hotels and on your Nile Cruise ship. 



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