The cool kid on the block since 2000 BC, the land of ancient pharaohs, towering pyramids, endless golden sands and the iconic Sphinx is calling.
You’ve got to see it to believe it in Egypt – the chaos of Cairo (seriously, this city never stops); the atmosphere of the bustling bazaars; the awesomeness of the Pyramids of Giza and the world’s most famous nose-less lady-lion (we’re talking about the iconic Sphinx). Only in Egypt can you sail into the sunset on a felucca cruise along the Nile, then jump on the back of a camel and ride into Luxor’s Valley of the Kings.
If you want to walk like an Egyptian, this is where you do it.
Egypt travel highlights
Pyramids of Giza
These have to be the world’s most impressive tombstones. Also nearby is that rather famous half human/half lion – the Sphinx
It sounds a bit like a whale, but a felucca is actually a traditional wooden boat with canvas sails (and your ticket down the Nile)
Valley of the Kings
King Tut’s treasures may be long gone, but his hieroglyphic-covered tomb remains an incredible sight to see.
Abu Simbel Temples
Originally built to impress neighbours to the south, these massive monuments to Ramses II and Queen Nefertari continue to impress visitors today.
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Transport in Egypt
Why hail a plain old cab when you could ride a camel or jump on a train? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including how they get around. Wherever possible, Geckos Adventures uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport. This way we can reduce our environmental impact, support local operators and have a great time.
Camel: Travel Egypt’s hot and dusty sand dunes in style – on the hump of a camel.
Egypt travel FAQs
New Zealand: Yes
South Africa: Yes
United Kingdom: Yes
Travellers from most countries require a visa to visit Egypt that can be purchased upon arrival at the airport for USD 25. Visas are single-entry and valid for 30 days. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from your date of arrival in Egypt in order to receive your visa.
Contact your local Egyptian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information and to find out what is required if you need a multiple-entry visa, are staying longer than 30 days, or are arriving to Egypt via a land border.
Tipping is customary for pretty much all services in Egypt. A tip of 10-15% is customary at cafes and restaurants and loose change is an acceptable for food purchases from street vendors and markets. It’s also a good idea to tip local guides and drivers USD 2-4 per day. When in doubt, tip in Egypt.
Internet access is growing in Egypt, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots becoming increasingly common in large cities, especially Cairo, though access may be limited in smaller town and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Egypt’s urban areas, but may not be available in remote and desert areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Squat toilets are most common in Egypt, although Western-style flushable toilets can be found in larger hotels and some tourist areas.
Pastry = USD 0.25
Bottle of local beer = USD 0.50
Falafel sandwich from a street stall = USD 0.50
Sit-down dinner at a local restaurant = USD 5
Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Egypt. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.
Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors in remote areas. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are commonly found in larger cities, like Cairo and Alexandria, near shopping centres, tourist areas and 5-star hotels, but are far less common in small towns and rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 7: Coptic Christmas
April 16: Coptic Easter
April 17: Sham el-Nessim
April 25: Sinai Liberation Day
May 1: Labour Day
June 25: Eid al-Fitr
July 23: National Day
Sept 1: Eid al-Adha
Sept 11: Coptic New Year
Sept 21: Islamic New Year
Oct 6: Armed Forces Day
Dec 1: Birth of Prophet Mohammed
Many of these public holidays are religious holidays and change each year as they are celebrated according to the Islamic lunar cycle. For a current list of public holidays in Egypt go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/africa/egypt/public-holidays/
Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Egypt. Though homosexuality is technically not a crime, gay men have been prosecuted in the past using debauchery and public morals laws and have received lengthy prison sentences as a result. There is a small, underground gay scene in Cairo and Alexandria, though tapping into it can be difficult as a foreigner. Be aware that signals are ambiguous in Egypt as men commonly hold hands, link arms and greet each other with a kiss on the cheek. As long as you use common sense, travel in Egypt should not be a problem.