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Egypt - tourist guide for holidays

Egypt is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Egypt is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well. Here you can find useful information about traveling in this country: prices, accommodation, itineraries, statistics and more.

Egypt - the best places to see

Egypt If you compare Egypt with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Cairo (Egyptian museum + Khan El Khalili bazaar + pyramids of Giza)
  • Luxor (temple + Valley of the Kings + Valley of the Queens + Colossi of Memnon + Hatshepsut Queen temple) + Karnak (temple)
  • Abu Simbel temples
  • Aswan (High Dam + Philae and Kalabsha temples)
  • temples in Kom Ombo and Edfu
  • sea resort Hurghada
  • oasis town Siwa (Amun and Oracle temples + Cleopatra bath)
  • Alexandria (Roman amphitheater + catacombs + citadel + Montaza Palace)

Egypt - useful information

Religion:
~ Muslim: 88 %
~ Christian: 12 %
Religion - Egypt
Egypt: flagCapital: Cairo
Area: 1,001,450 km2
Number of inhabitants: 82,079,000
Currency: Egyptian pound (eg. libra), EGP,
Language: Arabic
Time zone: GMT+2 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +20
Mobile phones system: GSM 900
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Egypt

Egypt - Travellers Forum

  
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  Felluca sail trek
It is a good idea to make a felluca sail trek on the Nil river. (Felluca is a special egyptian ship.) You can go from Aswan to the north and visit temples around the river, especially Kom Ombo and Edfu, but there are more of them. I can recommend two day trip - there are great views from the river....

Egypt - the map and typical itinerary

Egypt - map
Itinerary 1: Cairo (Egyptian museum + Khan El Khalili bazaar + pyramids of Giza) - days: 2, Luxor (temple + Valley of the Kings + Valley of the Queens + Colossi of Memnon + Hatshepsut Queen temple) + Karnak (temple) + day trip - Abu Simbel temples - days: 3, sea resort Hurghada - relaxation at sea - days: 3
Itinerary 2: sea resort Hurghada - relaxation at sea - days: 2, Luxor (temple + Valley of the Kings + Valley of the Queens + Colossi of Memnon + Hatshepsut Queen temple) + Karnak (temple) + day trip - Abu Simbel temples - days: 3, Aswan (High Dam + Philae and Kalabsha temples) - days: 1, temples in Kom Ombo and Edfu - days: 2, sea resort Hurghada
Itinerary 3: Cairo (Egyptian museum + Khan El Khalili bazaar + pyramids of Giza) - days: 2, oasis town Siwa (Amun and Oracle temples + Cleopatra bath) - days: 2, Alexandria (Roman amphitheater + catacombs + citadel + Montaza Palace) - days: 1, sea resort Hurghada - relaxation at sea - days: 3
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbol
  • Cheap accommodation: $10
  • Medium accommodation: $25
  • Expensive accommodation: $80
  • Cheap meal: $3
  • Medium meal: $8
  • Expensive meal: $18
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Egypt on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Egypt may have different names in different languages. For example Egypt, Ägypten, L'Egypte, Egipto. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, Egyptian: Kemet; Coptic: Kīmi; Arabic: مصر‎ Midr; Egyptian Arabic: Mádr) is a country in North Africa. The Sinai Peninsula is part of northeastern Egypt, which also forms a land bridge to Asia. Covering an area of about 1,001,450 square kilometers (386,660 sq mi), Egypt borders Libya to the west, Sudan to the south and the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east. The northern coast borders the Mediterranean Sea; the eastern coast borders the Red Sea. Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its estimated 80,300,000 people (2007 US State Department estimate) live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable agricultural land is found. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with the majority spread across the densely-populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta. Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx. The southern city of Luxor contains numerous ancient artifacts, such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Egypt is widely regarded as an important political and cultural nation of the Middle East.
Wikipedia

The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. Following the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became an important world transportation hub, but also fell heavily into debt. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty with the overthrow of the British-backed monarchy in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's growing population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure.
CIA The World Factbook
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