Egypt, land of the Nile, tomb of the pharaohs. Once a sparkling – now crumbling – wonderland of the ancient past.

Egypt’s trove of ancient ruins is more than anyone could take in in a single lifetime. You may start with the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid in the world, with its stuffy interior and imposing façade. And you may choose to marvel at the mystery of the Sphinx, whose origins and maker are still unknown. Or you may choose to study Egypt’s lesser-known ancient Christian and medieval Muslim sites with their labyrinths of churches and mosques. In a land where the sand meets the sea, Egypt’s wonders are endless. 

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  • Ireland: Yes – On Arrival
  • Netherlands: Yes – On Arrival
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  • Switzerland: Yes – On Arrival
  • United Kingdom: Yes – On Arrival
  • United States: Yes – On Arrival

Most nationalities need a visa for Egypt. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport or border and are for three months of travel. You’ll receive a stamp that you need to put into your passport yourself. Check with your local embassy or consulate if your nationality isn’t listed above. 

Due to the low wages in Egypt, many rely on tips for their services. Tips are usually about 5-10% of the bill in restaurants and cafes, but for street vendors and markets, loose change is enough. It’s also common practice to tip local guides and drivers between US$2-4 per day.  

Internet is easily accessible in Egypt, with plenty of internet cafes, Wi-Fi and good connection across the country. Internet is difficult to find in rural and desert areas. 

Egypt has good mobile phone coverage in major centres but service may be patchy in rural and remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Egypt has Western-style toilets in some hotels and tourist areas, however most toilets are of the squat variety. You may like to carry some soap and toilet paper with you as it isn’t always provided.

  • Pastry = 5 EGP
  • Cup of coffee = 5 EGP
  • Beer = 10 EGP
  • Short taxi ride = 10 EGP

Despite the affordability of some goods, major tourist sites can have expensive admission fees. 

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Egypt. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

Credit cards are accepted at large hotels, major shops and nice restaurants, however you’ll need cash to make purchases from small businesses, restaurants and markets. 

ATMs are easy to find in cities like Cairo and Alexandria however they are less common in small towns and remote areas. Prepare to carry cash when travelling out of the city. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays in Egypt go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/80/public_holidays/Africa/Egypt.html