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In terms of the earliest known organized government, Egypt is the second-oldest country in the world. It is bordered in the north by the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of
Suez, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Red Sea to the east.
Needless to say, this land of mystery and sand in the northeastern corner of the African continent holds many secrets to humanity’s distant past. But it also holds the key to the future - your future - when you book a tour of this exotic land.
You’ll find taxi cabs in Egypt, but we were especially pleased that rideshare services like Uber are also available in the main centers. We found them much more affordable than the local taxis, especially in Cairo.
Low-lying mountains and deserts are the main features of southern Egypt. While the desert also predominates to the east and west, Northern Egypt features wide valleys around the Nile. You may find a 4x4 hire useful for getting around.
Egypt has a reliable public transport system. And with such spectacular scenery dotted with iconic palm trees, any journey through the Nile Valley becomes a sensational experience. The Cairo Metro system is the most efficient form of local transport.
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The Egyptian Pound is used in Egypt.
The official language is Arabic. Egyptian Colloquial Arabic is the predominant dialect, also known as Masri. This is the common vernacular of the Egyptian people.
Because of its history as a British colony, English is widely spoken, particularly in tourist centers. We found that it was easy to find tour guides fluent in English.
The climate is dry and hot. Deserts dominate the landscapes. The winter season (November to January) is mild with coastal rainfall.
Summers are hot and dry, from May through September. Temperatures vary widely between the seasons, driven by the prevailing winds.
Two camels rest in front of the Pyramids at Giza. (photo via A&S Signature Journeys) (Photo Credit: (photo via A&S Signature Journeys))
Egypt is a Muslim country. As such, tourists often wonder about a possible dress code when touring Egypt. It is best to abide by the conservative dress code of the locals. This is more applicable to women travelers. In Cairo especially, going bare-shouldered or bare-legged may be frowned upon.
While women tourists are not required to wear hijab or any other head covering, they will have to wear a headscarf if visiting a mosque while sightseeing.
The best time to visit Egypt is October through April, thanks to cooler temperatures. However, you’ll still bask in the sun at this time.
We recommend this time of year for tourists unused to blazing African heat. It will allow you to explore outdoor attractions like the Pyramids more comfortably.
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