Useful Facts to Know When You do Egypt Tours and Travel

Egypt is a magical land; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the River Nile, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is nearly impossible to imagine that it is easy to see everything it has in store for you when you do Egypt tours and travel, but it is absolutely really worth a try.

The formal title of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This wonderful country is situated in north-eastern Africa and is bordered by Jordan, Libya, Israel, Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Its largest city and capital is Cairo. Egypt covers almost 997,000 sq. kilometers of the African continent and has over 81 million inhabitants.

Getting There

Going to Egypt is fairly easy. A big aspect of their economy is tourism and making it difficult to enter the country would surely have an impact on their tourism. Probable guests that are thinking about Egypt tours and travel should know that visas may be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

The formal language of Egypt is Arabic. A lot of natives, though, speak what is referred to as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the local dialect. However, in schools and in various official settings, the accepted form of Arabic is the Regular Arabic.

Egyptians are popular for their curiosity of foreign languages. There are many Egyptians that can speak English in addition to Arabic. Also, owing to the overwhelming number of visitors that come in Egypt from Europe, you may find out that quite a few Egyptians also communicate in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also become an increasingly popular language to learn because, again, there are a big population of Russian tourists visiting Egypt- particularly in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Currency

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written as LE- which is an acronym for the French term “livre egyptienne” (Egyptian pound). When written in numbers, the Egyptian pound sign may be found in front of the numerals £. A lot of major hotels accept U.S. dollars. There are also a large number of ATM’s available for use to receive Egyptian money.

Shopping

When shopping in Egypt, if you are at a market or buying items from a road vendor, bartering is absolutely acceptable; it is even encouraged. The main reason for doing so is that prices are typically marked up for visitors. Egypt’s products are considered to be very fairly priced and depending on the types of lodging places that you want to stay into, you are capable of getting by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

No matter what you love to shop for, regardless of whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Whether you are in the marketplace for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely choices for you to buy when you do Egypt tours and travel. There are plenty of souvenirs and items available for shoppers in Egypt. There are also a large variety of designer boutiques available to shoppers at most of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Weather

You can’t go around several places without excellent weather, right? In general, winters are quite temperate and summers are of course) hot and very dry. The best part? You would pretty much never carry around a raincoat as it barely rains.

Ramadan

True to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a essential Muslim holiday. During Ramadan, Muslims fast daily, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would very much appreciated if visitors do not eat, drink or smoke cigarettes in public.

Places to Visit

Deserts Galore

It has been said that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the land encompassing the Nile are quite fertile and favorable to the growth of crops. Once you plan to do Egypt tours and travel, it is essential to know that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is made up of 95% desert and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.

Do not be deterred, though, since the desert land is in fact remarkable in itself and its vastness may in fact overwhelm you once you are able to see it in person.

Fun factoid: The Desert part of Egypt is one of the cleanest spots you would ever visit. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it may be utilized as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

Quite a few people go on guided desert tours when they do Egypt tours and travel. Desert tours are available in various increments-

– short tours, that can last until 3 days

– extended guided tours, which can last anywhere between 4 days to a full week

– and Desert excursions. Desert excursions are your ideal bet if you are interested in enjoying all that the desert has. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days. 

And there is a good number of things to discover in the desert including sand dunes- ideal for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

It is possible to take Egypt by land and also by sea! No Egypt tours and travel is complete if you don’t check out the sea…and there are endless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, clear water and an remarkable coral reef for you to discover. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of fish under the sea to discover including: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish among others! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 various known species of sharks which may be found in the Red Sea.

Oases

Located in then distant regions of Egypt, there are 7 oases in the Western Desert that you can choose to check out when you do Egypt tours and travel. An oasis is a confined region in the desert where there is vegetation, which is able to grow due to the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other supply of water). An oasis may be inhabited by wildlife and in the case of the Egytian oases, people.

These oases include:

–         Siwa Oasis

–         Bahariya Oasis

–         Karga Oasis

–         Dakhla Oasis and

–         Farafra Oasis

Luxor

Once you do Egypt tours and travel, you would certainly want to stop by at Luxor. Populated by over 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and various pieces of Egyptian history.

Squeezing all there is to know regarding Egypt into one piece is almost impossible. Do the research, choose a time to visit and Go! You will surely not be disappointed.

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