Egypt is a wonderful country; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile River, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is virtually impossible to believe that you will see everything it has to present when you choose your egypt vacations, but it is certainly worth a try.
The formal name of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This fantastic nation is located 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 over 997,000 sq. kilometers of the African continent and has an estimated number of 81 million inhabitants.
Going to Egypt is fairly simple. A large part of their economy is tourism and making it tough to enter the region may certainly have an effect on their tourism. Potential visitors that are considering to egypt vacations should understand that visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office.
The formal language of Egypt is Arabic. A lot of natives, though, converse with what is regarded as as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the local dialect. However, in schools and in various official settings, the acknowledged kind of Arabic is the Standard Arabic.
Egyptians are known for their curiosity of foreign languages. There are many Egyptians that can communicate in English in addition to Arabic. Additionally, owing to the overwhelming number of visitors that appear in Egypt from Europe, you may find out that a lot of Egyptians also converse in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also turned out to be an increasingly popular language to learn because, again, there are a huge population of Russian visitors visiting Egypt- particularly in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.
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 can be found in front of the numerals £. Many big lodging places accept U.S. green bucks. There are also a lot of various ATM’s available for use to receive local money.
When buying stuff in Egypt, if you are at a market or buying items from a street vendor, bartering is totally OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for doing so is that prices are usually marked up for visitors. Egypt’s products are thought of to be very reasonably priced and depending on the kinds of lodging places that you desire to stay into, you are capable of getting by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.
Whatever you plan to shop for, whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Whether you are in the marketplace for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely something for you to buy once you choose your egypt vacations. There are plenty of souvenirs and goods obtainable for shoppers in Egypt. There are also a large variety of designer shops available to shoppers at some of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.
You can’t shop if there’s no good weather, right? Normally, winters are quite temperate and summers are of course) hot and quite dry. The best part? You would pretty much never bring a raincoat as it hardly rains.
True to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is an important Muslim holiday. In the course of Ramadan, Muslims fast daily, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would greatly appreciated when visitors do not eat, consume liquid or smoke cigarettes in public.
Locations Worth Checking Out
It has been mentioned that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the areas around the Nile are quite fertile and favorable to the development of crops. Once you plan to choose your egypt vacations, it is important to understand that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is covered by 95% desert land and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.
Do not be deterred, though, since the desert land is actually amazing in itself and its vastness may in fact overwhelm you when you are able to see it in person.
Fun fact: The Desert part of Egypt is one of the cleanest places you will actually visit. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it can be applied as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free.
Many tourists go on desert tours when they choose their egypt vacations. Guided desert tours are available in different increments-
– short guided tours, that can last up to 3 days
– long guided tours, that can last anywhere between 4 days to a full week
– and Desert excursions. Desert excursions are the ideal bet if you are interested in seeing all that the desert has to offer. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days.
And there is plenty to enjoy in the desert which includes sand dunes- ideal for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.
You can take Egypt by land and also by sea! No egypt vacations are complete without checking out the sea…and there are endless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an remarkable coral reef for you to check out. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of animals under the sea to discover including: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish and more! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 different known varieties of sharks that might be observed in the Red Sea.
Situated in then remote areas of Egypt, there are seven oases in the Western Desert Land which you can choose to go to when you choose your egypt vacations. An oasis is a confined area in the desert area where there is vegetation, which is able to exist because of the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other supply of water). An oasis can be inhabited by animals and in the case of the Egytian oases, communities.
These oases include:
– Siwa Oasis
– Bahariya Oasis
– Karga Oasis
– Dakhla Oasis and
– Farafra Oasis
When you choose your egypt vacations, you will surely want to stop by at Luxor. Populated by over 480,000 people, Luxor houses burial chambers, monuments and other pieces of Egyptian history.
Squeezing all there is to understand concerning Egypt into one piece is pretty much impossible. Do your research, choose a time to visit and Go! You will surely not be disappointed.