Egypt

Pyramids, hieroglyphics, mummies ... as the world's first great civilization, Egypt offers no shortage of fascinating historical sights. Add to that lush valleys, desert oases and some of the world's best diving, and it's no wonder Egypt is so high on many travel wish lists. Seeing the Pyramids at Giza and their neighbor, the Sphinx, for the first ... Read more
time is an awe-inspiring experience. The 4500-year-old pyramids are some of the largest manmade structures ever built, and are all that remain of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Giza has been absorbed into greater Cairo, a vibrant megalopolis straddling the Nile. Escaping the concrete isn’t hard in Egypt. Cruising down the Nile will take you to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, home to the tomb of Tutankhamun (you know him as King Tut) and the temples of Aswan. On the Mediterranean, forward-thinking Alexandria has a mix of ancient and modern, with a new library recently built to emulate the ancient Library of Alexandria.

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When to go

Egypt’s climate can generally be characterized as hot and dry. Summer (June to August) can be unbearable, especially in Cairo, which not only gets hot, but also muggy. In Upper Egypt, extreme temperatures and a ... Read more
scorching sun make for an uncomfortable (if not somewhat dangerous) vacation. This time of the year is better spent on the cooler Mediterranean coast, though you’ll want to keep an eye on Egyptian school schedules since locals will also be flocking to the more mild weather. Weather-wise, spring (February to April) and fall (September to November) are better times to visit. However, you’ll also want to check the dates of Egypt’s secular and religious holidays happening throughout the year since they can close down much of the country.

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Solo Female Travel Tips

Women generally noted that "Egyptian men can be aggressive," "especially in crowded markets." One visitor noted that her "female guide would not visit the markets... because the merchants would harass her mercilessly if (the tourists) didn't stop at ... Read more
their stalls." It's important to "respect the local dress norms -- covering shoulders and knees -- or very loose clothing that covers wrists and ankles — and do your best to blend in." Additionally, "attracting attention, especially for clothing, can be very uncomfortable."

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

Travel to Egypt requires caution. "Use discretion even in places like Sharm el Sheikh". While you should be aware that the 'news isn't always accurate' - use caution at all times and better not be out while in Egypt, as well as checking a few ... Read more
advisories before you go.

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

What travelers are saying

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London

Women generally noted that "Egyptian men can be aggressive," "especially in crowded markets." One visitor noted that her “female guide would not visit the markets... because the merchants would harass her mercilessly if (the tourists) didn't stop at their stalls.” It's important to “respect the local dress norms -- covering shoulders and knees -- or very loose clothing that covers wrists and ankles — and do your best to blend in.” Additionally, “attracting attention, especially for clothing, can be very uncomfortable.”

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Liverpool

I know what you’re thinking - Egypt? Really Graham? Hasn’t Egypt as a travel destination already been done to death (on the Nile)?? Yes it has, since possibly before the time of Herodotus. But the fact remains: Egypt is still as much of an adventure now as it was 3,000 years ago. Pyramids older than time, ancient temples and monuments that would take a lifetime to explore, the delights of the Red Sea and the eerie isolation of the Eastern Sahara – it just can’t be beaten. Given the current political instability, you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself. Just be careful, okay?

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Bangkok

I have a good chance to visit there, "Egypt" is an awesome place, which passionate us to explore Faroh, Mummy, Museum, What's a pity, after that Crisis happened there.., anyway, Egypt is still in my soul such a long time.

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Chicago

The 14 days trip in Egypt is my best trip ever. We traveled along the Nile river. The stunning pyramids and Citadel in Cairo, Sapphire blue Mediterranean sea in Alexandria, the peaceful and quiet town of Aswan, and the magnificent Karnak Temple in Luxor..... Everyday we were walking through a whole new world, a different fragment of history. Even though I have left, some part of my heart stays there.

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Munich

A very spiritual place full of adventure and waiting to be discovered! only a little care is needed what you do here but with the right people a nice holiday not to be forgotten! :D

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Toronto

Egypt is a wonderful Country that is getting a bad rap from the press...
Recently I was there with my family and we had the whole Pyramids to ourselves...
Egyptian people were very friendly and treated us like royalty..
Our Guides were very knowledgeable an at no time we had any issues with security....

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[ The Mystery of Egyptian Spices ]
At least that's what I always say! It’s a delight to try different tastes within oriental dishes and meals you get while traveling abroad. But what makes the Egyptian cuisine tastes or smells really good is adding some extra secrets while cooking. Unlike Indian or chinese cuisines, Egyptian food won't be very hot or spicy, but it is quite essential to Egyptian cuisine to add spices while cooking. While it is known that Egyptians live to eat rather than eat to live, the Egyptian cuisine is one of the rarest and most delicious around the world. Spices are enriched with a slight chili taste and vibrant smells that revives in anyone a monstrous appetite.
- Secrets Revealed about the Egyptian Cuisine -
The magical influence of Egyptian cuisine to getting into a state of fullness and joy, is due to the Egyptians’ artisitc ability of cooking, keeping the old mixtures of spices and herbs that goes back to Pharaonic traditions in baking and cooking practices in ancient Egypt. Those oriental recipes have held their components to this today with some additions and medical discoveries they’ve just kept Egyptian's eating habits more delightful.

to know more about the Egyptian Spices read on www.EgyptOlution.com

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United States

Loved, loved, loved being in Egypt, touring all the wonderful and amazing places, temples, etc! Went for 5 weeks and ended up staying almost 4 months!!! Had to leave because summer was coming (too hot for my tastes), but otherwise, I may have extended my stay even longer!

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Sydney

Egypt is one of the most fascinating and amazing places in the world. You will never experience another country and culture like those of ancient Egypt. Not only tour Cairo but also a Nile Cruise to see the wonders of the ancient world and really start to understand this fascinating history that helped to form mankind of today.

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West Hollywood

I went to Egypt back in 2004 and it is an amazing country. The pyramids and sphinx were architectural masterpieces and visiting the ancient burial tombs were mind boggling. I also got to experience the Nile river via a cruise which was alot of fun. The people were friendly and the food interesting. It was interesting to see how one part of the city could be very westernized while other parts still resemble a third world country.

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