Egypt: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Egypt

Overview

Ancient wonders, infinite desert and the mighty Nile! Egypt may seem like it's from another place in time, when you are exploring the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, sailing into the sunset on the Nile or riding a camel into the absolute silence of the desert. Welcome to Egypt.

 

Capital City: Cairo

Population: 102.3 million (2020 est.)

Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)

Time Zone: Eastern European Time - (UTC/GMT +2)

Language: Modern Standard Arabic

Emergency Number: 122

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Packing List

Speak the Language

Language: The official language of Egypt is  Modern Standard Arabic.

 

  • Hello / Good morning - Salam Alekum
  • Goodbye - Mae alsalama
  • How are you? - Kayf halikm?
  • Thank you - Choukran
  • My name is… - Aismi hu?
  • Yes - Nem
  • No - La
  • How much? - Kam Thuman?
  • Where is ... ? - Ayn hu ... ?

 

Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here 

Nile-River Egypt

Weather

CAIRO WEATHER

Fun Facts

  • The ancient Egyptians invented the 365-day-a-year calendar, to predict the yearly floodings of the Nile river.
  • Many people believe the pyramids were built by slaves, but that is not the case. They were paid laborers, and most of them were built with great honor towards the Pharaoh and those who died were buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids.
  • With an estimated population of 22 million and approximately 500 square km, Cairo is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. 
  • Aswan high dam is the world’s largest dam, built to contain the raging waters of the world’s longest river, the Nile.
  • The afterlife was incredibly important to the Egyptians. They believed that by preserving a dead person’s body – which they did through the process of mummification – their soul would live on in the afterlife forever.
  • Both Egyptian men and women wore make-up. The eye paint was usually green (made from copper) or black (made from lead). As well as offering protection from the sun, the Egyptians believed make-up had magical healing powers, too.
  • Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2,000 deities. They had gods for everything, from dangers to chores. Each had different responsibilities and needed to be worshipped so that life could be kept in balance.

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $10-15 /person/day
Drivers USD $5-10 person/day (ex: $35-70 for 7 days)
Restaurants(full service)  10% of total bill

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

 

Is the water safe to drink? Tap water should be avoided by travelers. You should also avoid brushing your teeth with tap water when possible. For drinking water, make sure to drink treated water which can be found at all lodging accommodations.

 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure also to check that your passport isn't expired or about to expire!

 

What about vaccines? For Vaccination information, click here.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com, or from a provider of your choice.

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

What does public transportation look like?  Cairo has a metro system with many stations in the city, as well as a bus system.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available, as are taxis.

Luggage Restrictions

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