Egypt boasts of a spectacularly beautiful landscape filled with cultural gems. Sun, sea, and sand interspersed with a touch of exotic culture and heritage, the gushing river Nile, ancient monuments, vast desert, world-famous coral reefs to cosmopolitan cities- enough reasons to travel to Egypt.
Egypt is known for its ruins, historical places, and sites of world wonders. It is also famous for its mesmerizing beaches, coral reefs, and sea cruises.
Egypt is a transcontinental country situated in north-eastern Africa and on the Sinai Peninsula in Western Asia (Middle East). Egypt has a coastline at the Mediterranean Sea in the North and the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea in the east. It is bordered by Libya in the West, the Palestinian territory (Gaza strip) and Israel in North East and Sudan in the south.
Did you know that Egypt shares maritime borders with Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey?
The official language of Egypt is Arabic. Should the language barrier be an issue? No! In tourist places, most Egyptians speak English.
When planning a trip to Egypt, we recommend that you consider visiting any of these cities – Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
Amid ancient monuments, 19th-century splendour and the buzz of modern technology, Cairo, Egypt’s capital, roars with life. Lining the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is a fusion of the ancient and modern. Cairo is best known for preserving the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Top attractions to visit are The Pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx, The Egyptian Museum, The Coptic Museum and many more. You can also cruise on the Nile and experience this ancient city. Cairo offers guests hotels from 2 stars to 5-star luxury hotels.
Easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Egypt, this is one of the best cities to explore in Egypt – there are only a few places in the world that could be called an open-air museum but the Egyptian city Luxor is definitely one of them. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. A visit to this charming city is worthwhile.
SHARM EL SHEIKH
Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort town between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea. It’s known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters, and coral reefs. There are many beautiful beach resorts in Sharm El Sheikh that offer All-inclusive meal packages (breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks) They also offer activities in the resort and entertainment for all ages throughout the day. There is so much to do and see in Sharm El Sheikh like quad biking, parasailing, deep-sea diving, visiting Mount Sinai, cruising on the Red Sea, camel ride and so much more.
Hurghada is a beach resort town stretching some 40km along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It’s renowned for scuba diving and has numerous dive shops and schools in its modern Sekalla district. There are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, while the old town, El Dahar, is home to traditional Egyptian coffee shops and souks. Hurghada’s long stretch of sandy beach is lined with resort hotels that offer all-inclusive packages like those in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Egypt is a shopper’s paradise, especially if you’re interested in Egyptian-themed souvenirs and kitsch. However, there are also a number of high-quality goods for sale, often at bargain prices. Some of the most popular purchases include Egyptian cotton, oil perfumes, incense, jewellery, cotton robes, handcrafted metalwork, papyrus, manuscripts and paintings, essential oils, pottery, ceramics, ornaments and more.
The food in Egypt is delicious, you must try the beef and chicken kebabs when you visit. Their rice is well seasoned and is similar to the Nigerian jollof rice.
When is the best time to travel to Egypt? Egypt is a year-round destination – with its desert climate, Egypt is typically hot, sunny, and dry with little rainfall. Summer months are between June and August and winter from November to January.
Travel essentials: One cannot underestimate the effect of the Egyptian heat, particularly if you are travelling during the hottest parts of the summer. Bring a hat (ideally one with a brim) and a bandana with which you can mop your brow but also covers your nose if a sandstorm erupts. Be sure to pack sunscreen and summer wears.
Safety is a major concern that pops into people’s heads when they think about Egypt. But as with any place around the world, you just need to be aware of your surroundings and look after your belongings. Don’t let the scary things that happen in the world hinder your curiosity to explore.
What do you need when going to Egypt? Your international passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure. You need your yellow fever vaccination card and Covid-19 PCR negative certificate test result required before you board. You also need an Egyptian visa.
The unit of currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. I don’t advise that you change a lot of money to Egyptian Pounds because US Dollars is widely accepted, although you will be given change in their currency when you pay with Dollars. $200 is the most that you should change at first and you can spend Dollars if you need more.
Now that you have read about this destination, why not plan a visit to Egypt this year and book your holiday package with Diamonds and Pearls Travels. Contact us for our honeymoons, family holidays, corporate retreats, group trips and more.
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