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Egypt - What to Expect

Egypt, a land of the great Pyramid has one of the longest histories of any country in the world. It dated back to about 4000~6000 BC. Egypt is known as one of the great civilization and most of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanization, organized religion and central government originate to this civilization.

Pompey's Pillar, A site marl in Alexandria, Egypt
Pompey's Pillar, A site marl in Alexandria, Egypt
The Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt

Fast Facts

o Capital: Cairo
o Population: 100M
o Currency: Egyptian Pounds and 1US$=15.6 EGP
o Official Language: Arabic
o Visa requirement: Most of the western can get visa on arrival with a fee of 25$.
o Best time to visit: October to April is ok and November to February is considered as the best time to visit
o How to get there: When you plan by air then You can plan and book by Sky Scanner. On the other hand, you can reach there by overland too, especially from Sudan.

Top Experiences

  • Giza Pyramid Complex.
  • Visit the civilization along Nile Valley.
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo City and Historical places
  • Alexandria city and Mediterranean
  • Sharm el Sheikh Resorts and Red Sea
Giza Pyramid complex, Egypt
Giza Pyramid complex, Egypt


A couple of years ago, Egypt was a very safe country but in past due to a couple of incidences security departments become very vigilant. Although we couldn’t find any traces of disorder but government provide a police security to group tours. In addition, it is advisable to do your intercity travelling in day light.
• Road Safety is a big issue in Egypt. If you have to drive within Egypt, then keep this golden rule into your consideration that “There is no Rule”. You can find people who use to cross the roads from any place. On the other part, the drivers are habitual to such routines and even don’t bother to stop in most cases. Horrible? yes, but it is just like same in most of the south east Asian countries.

Budgeting Plan

Transportation – Cairo as a capital is a base hub in Egypt. You can take flight to Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Sharm el Sheikh. Best site to plan and book your tickets is Skyscanner. Secondly, main cities along the Nile Delta are connected via train. However travelers are encouraged to travel on express train which is a good option. Mostly, trains are delayed a bit on long routes. Thirdly Many companies of Public Buses which includes Golden Arrow, West Delta, Super Jet, Pullman, El Gouna and Go Bus are operational in Egypt and some companies provide online booking too.
Within cities, the main sources of transportation are private taxi, Public bus or Tuk-tuk. In Alexandria you can enjoy the tram ride too.

Accommodation – All types of accommodation start from budgeting to high end are available easily. Best sites to plan and choose our accommodation are, Agoda and Hostel World.

We stayed in Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi and Sea Beach Aqua Resort in Sharm el Sheikh.

Food and local Dishes – You can taste the local foods which has a rich cuisine. We tasted following dishes on our entire stay there.
o Hummus, a starter and made from grinded chick peas
o Khubz (Eish Baladi) and it is a sort of bread,
o Kushari (It is made of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together and topped with a spicy tomato sauce. At The end, add garlic vinegar, garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions).
o Kofta, made from minced lamb and in ball shaped
o Kebab (minced lamb meat on skewers and grilled over charcoal)
o Fasikh, an ancient salted dish of Mullet Fish

Suggested daily budget – 25-30 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, and using local transportation. By keeping in view your your travel style you can up or lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!


•Bargain first. You have to use your negotiation skills to bargain for the things you like to purchase.
• Lock your price before purchase. May it be your transport, food or shopping
• Shopping. Try to Shop at Khan al Khalili Bazar and you can get the products at very reasonable rates.
• Egyptian style. Be prepared for loud conversation. Don’t worry, it is just normal
• Travel by Air. While booking, if you change your location to Egypt, then you can get a better rate for you flight

Ruins beside the Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt
Ruins beside the Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt


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