Climate/Clothing

Spring: 70°F – 85°F; Summer: 80°F – 130°F; Autumn: 70°F – 85°F; Winter: 60°F – 85°F. Bring comfortable shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. Sunscreen and a hat or sunglasses are also recommended. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Passports and Visas
Passport and visa required.

Passports: To be valid at least 6 months or longer after the date of travel. Please check with the Embassy or nearest Consulate of the country that you plan to visit for their requirements.

Visas: If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative. Some nationalities can get the visa on arrival, Like USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Argentine, Brazil, Ecuador, East & West Europe

THE CURRENCY

In Egypt, one Egyptian pound is called ‘Genēh’ The Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: ɡeˈneː(h). The sign for a Genēh is: E, £ or in Arabic letters: ج.م In Egypt, the most frequently used abbreviation for an Egyptian pound is LE, which stands for livre égyptienne (French for Egyptian pound). ISO 4217 code: EGP

The word Genēh is derived from the British Guinea coin, which was the first English machine-struck gold coin. A Guinea coin had the same value of a Genēh as it was divided into 100 units.

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EXCHANGE RATES

Ideally, visitors should carry most of their money in Egyptian pounds as they will use the Egyptian currency the most. Most souvenir shops, grocery stores and day to day expenses will require visitors to pay in Egyptian pounds. Paying in their own currency will be a possibility; however, in this case, the shop owner will be the one to decide the exchange rate. As a result, visitors may end up to paying more than is required of them.
For up to date rates we recommend you check this website: www.xe.com

 

Before you leave:
Before you leave your country, we recommend you to make sure you have the followings with you:
Passport
Airline or transportation ticket
Tour voucher
Insurance policy
Visas (if necessary)
Label on your backpack & travel bag
Vaccination certificates
Pre-departure information
Safety & Security
Money; Working out your Budget
You are highly recommended to prepare a list of necessary belongings to be taken with you before your journey.

 

Medical
Be prepared for a change from your regular diet. It often takes your body a little time to adjust to the different food, water and hot weather. Therefore, bring some Imodium to stop possible diahorea and stomach pain, and a general anti-biotic.

During the hot weather we recommend that you avoid eating red meat products and choose chicken or fish instead. Regarding water, please do not drink tap water or use it for brushing teeth. Bottled water is very cheap and available everywhere. Also bring plenty of quality sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

Electricity
The voltage used is 220 volts

 

Public Transportations
 
Ladies…… Do sit next to other women on public transportation.
Ladies ….. Do enter the car assigned for women only (first two cars) on the metro, as others may be too crowded.
Do bargain the amount you will have to pay the Taxi driver before getting in, as some take the advantage of tourist (but no fight please)
Do shout out the name of the location that you are going to when hailing a taxi.
Do look both ways before crossing the street even if it says, “walk”.
Don’t get on overcrowded buses. It’s anything but comfortable.

Time
GMT +3 (in summer) GMT+2 (in winter)

Culture
Please – when you are visiting places of religious significance, both men and women should dress appropriately.
Men and women should have their legs and shoulders covered.
Safety/ Security
In general, travel to Egypt is surprisingly safe, group travel even more so. However thieves are still about and you should always use your common sense. Take at least the same precautions you would take if traveling around your own country. DO NOT worry yourself sick but at the same time be prudent and keep your valuables in a safe secure place whenever possible. All money and travel related documents should be kept in a secure place, NOT in your luggage. Concealing them under your clothing in a cotton pouch or money belt or pockets sewn inside loose clothing is recommended.
DO keep alert at all times and don’t be lulled into a false sense of security if nothing happens. DO listen to your tour leader’s advice at all times and heed any warnings given. Most of our hotels have safe deposit boxes in the rooms or a safe at reception, where we suggest you deposit your valuables on arrival. If using the reception safe, put your valuables into a sealed envelope and sign across the seal to make sure it is not opened. Get a receipt on all occasions.
Timeless Egypt cannot accept responsibility for any valuables left in safe deposits in hotels.

Shopping
Egypt offers an incredible selection of shopping. Shopping ranges from the famous Khan el-Khalili Bazaar largely unchanged since the 14th century, to modern air-conditioned centers displaying the latest fashions. All the bounty of the East is here – particularly good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics.
You can also try some of the famous street markets, like Wekala al-Balaq, for fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, and Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments and, although you probably won’t want to buy, the Camel Market makes a fascinating trip.
Cokes, batteries, water and similar items can usually be purchased much cheaper in supermarkets. But of course, many items which the travelers will wish to purchase such as gold cartouches, Egyptian theme clothing or t-shirts and statues replicas are souvenirs by definition and must be purchased, for the most part, from a market that caters to tourists.
A considerable aptitude for negotiation will unquestionably result in lower prices in areas which cater to tourists, such as the Khan and tourist shops around the pyramids and old or Coptic Cairo. Most everywhere else such as grocery stores, shopping malls and the shopping area downtown, prices are fixed and not really negotiable at all. In some of the shops, one might make a friendly effort to secure a small discount, but a strong attempt at negotiation will probably offend the sales person.
Please also bear in mind that haggling is a way of life in the Middle East. Haggling should always be relaxed and can be a lot of fun – you will find most shop owners are very friendly and will probably invite you in for a cup of tea to break the ice before the haggling starts.
Opening hours
Normally shops and department stores are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with possible variations from town to town (except for the Ramadan period).
Banks in Egypt are open Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and they are closed on Friday and Saturday. Post Offices are open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. They are closed on Friday.

Language
Egyptian language is Arabic.
Below you will find some important phrases that will make your travel easier:

English

Arabic

Hello

Marhaba

Good morning

Sabah al khaer

Good evening

Masa al khaer

Goodnight

Tesbah ala care

Thank you

Shokran

Please

Men fadlak

No thank you

La Shokran

How are you?

Ezzayak

How much?

Beekam?

My name is —-

Ismy —-

What is your name?

Esmak ay?

 

Please feel free to contact us for any further information, we wish you fantastic Trip. 

Visiting a new country can often be a hassle, particularly if it’s country as complex and as interesting as Egypt is. Known for its sunny beach side resorts and one-of-a-kind ancient monuments, here are 13 tips for visiting Egypt.

’TAXI!’

When taking a taxi, it is best if a visitor asks their travel agency or hotel concierge to call a taxi for them. Usually, hotels and travel agencies have certain assigned taxis they know and have worked with. Visitors should try and form a relationship with a certain taxi driver so that they always have a reliable form of transportation available.

KISSING ON CAIRO’S STREETS

Like with so many countries, acts of physical intimacy in public vary with respect to the culture and context; in Egypt, displays of intimacy in public are usually frowned upon. While Egypt prides itself on being a top tourist destination, it is still a conservative country. It is advised to keep a conservative attitude when in public.

THE TRAVELER’S COMPANION?

Most travelers who travel to Egypt come armed with travel books. Travel books can provide an interesting overview and perspective of destinations; however, they are not always helpful. Travel books can often be inaccurate. It is wiser to ask a friend who has visited or ask a travel agency. If none are available, logging onto travel forums and reading people’s blog posts about their experience while visiting Egypt, would provide a more realistic perspective of the country.

LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE

When traveling alone or independent of a travel agency, let your hotel know where you are going. In case of an emergency, your hotel representatives will know where to look for you or contact you. Also, getting the exact address and phone number of both the place you are going to and your hotel will save you time and will ensure that you are transported to the exact location you wanted.

A nice dish to eat in Egypt is Kushari. Kushari consists of four different carbohydrates and is considered one of Egypt’s most popular street foods. You can find it everywhere. For a more comprehensive list of Middle Eastern foods you can eat in Egypt check out our 15 Mouth-Watering Middle Eastern Dishes.

CAIRO’S BUMPER CAR RIDES

Cairo traffic can be very hazardous at times. Cautiousness is advised when crossing streets and driving. For UK and Japanese travelers, be watchful when on the streets as you are used to drivers driving on the left. In Egypt, people drive on the right.

DRESS LIKE INDIANA JONES

When visiting tourist sites, visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Some of Egypt’s must-see tourist destinations are on sandy surfaces or uneven grounds. In addition, visitors may be required to walk long distances. High heels and open-toe shoes are not ideal for some of these sites.

THE RISKS OF FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

As with most tourist sites, various monuments inside ancient sites have a “No Flash Photography” policy. Bright flash can be very damaging to monuments with paintings. Please be respectful of those rules as you may be asked to leave if you do not abide by them.

Egypt is full of ancient monuments and temples. Some of Egypt’s most beautifully decorated monuments is the valley of Kings. The valley of Kings consists of 63 chambers and tombs. The walls of the royal chambers and tombs are decorated with paintings portraying Egyptian mythology and ancient Egyptian funeral Rituals.

Valley of the Kings
Inside the Valley of Kings. Photo: flickr/Jean-Pierre Dalbera
YOUR LOCAL COMPANION

In Egypt, there is an abundance of freelance tourist guides. If you are traveling alone or in a couple, a guide may approach you on a tourist site asking to ‘give you a tour’ of the place. Those tourist guides are not employed by the Egyptian government. You will be asked to pay them on their own terms, thus, they may be overpriced. In addition, they may not be as knowledgeable.

BEWARE: SCAMMERS

When you are alone at the street be aware of some people that will try to get some benefits from you as you are foreigner and don’t know the country and prices so they will try to rip you off.

One of the world’s seven wonders, and the oldest of the three Giza pyramids, the Khufu Pyramid, took more than 2 million blocks of stone and 20 years to build. Some of the stones used weigh more than two elephants.

Please feel free to contact us for any further information, we wish you fantastic Trip.