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.
What people say
Egypt and Jordan are both very safe destinations for travel so don't hesitate, just go. The memories from the Pyramids to the Dead Sea with stay with you forever.
Egypt travel highlights
View burial treasures at the Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum holds the greatest collection of ancient Egyptian treasures, among them are the lavish jewels and furniture found in Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Descend into the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqquafa
This subterranean cemetery was constructed at various times by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, bearing artwork and inscriptions from each of these cultures.
Cruise down the Nile in style
The Nile River is the lifeblood of this country. The river is still used for trade and luxury travel.
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Egypt tour reviews
Our Egypt trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5 based on 153 reviews in the last year.
Nile Valley Highlights, September 2017
The assistance we received at Cairo airport was fantastic. We were met by a lovely gentleman (Ramadan) who helped us through customs and then onto our hotel. He was also there when we departed to help us with check-in and customs.
Review submitted 17 Oct 2017
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Egypt travel FAQs
- Australia: Yes – On Arrival
- Belgium: Yes – On Arrival
- Canada: Yes – On Arrival
- Germany: Yes – On Arrival
- Ireland: Yes – On Arrival
- Netherlands: Yes – On Arrival
- New Zealand: Yes – On Arrival
- 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