HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN EGYPT?
There is so much to see in Egypt that it is worth taking your time. Without an adequate time frame, you will likely be absolutely exhausted or somewhat disappointed. Enjoying a Nile cruise, an afternoon wandering the souks of Cairo, a relaxation day and so on should all be factored in to make the most of your Egypt adventure. For this reason, at least 10-14 days is recommended to make the very most of this unique and captivating country.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
With so much desert, it comes as little surprise to discover that Egypt doesn’t really have a wet season, with an annual rainfall of just 2.2 inches (55mm). However, midsummer can become stiflingly hot to the point that excursions can become unpleasantly uncomfortable. Summer runs from May to September, with the peak hot months being June to August. November, and February to April are the premium months, December and January having what little rainfall occurs (only a day or two per month) and colder temperatures, especially overnight.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN EGYPT?
Impeccable luxury, but almost always of a shared, hotel style. Service is exceptional, as are facilities and standards. Whether in the heart of Cairo or drifting down the Nile, luxury is easily achievable almost to the point of being unavoidable. There are less exclusive options, but for the most part Egyptian accommodation is fit for a Pharaoh!
Visas are required to visit Egypt, but can be obtained at Egyptian international airports. We recommend that you contact your travel designer or a travel medicine specialist for vaccination advice.
Arriving internationally into Egypt is easy and convenient, but internal travel is limited. Some private charters are available, but for the most part, private vehicles will transport you by road. This makes the notion of a Nile cruise particularly appealing and beneficial.
Egypt has a proud and pervasive Arabic culture. Though all signs, menus and so on are written in Arabic, the country also caters well to its English-speaking visitors, and the many things are written in both languages. The hospitality industry has a strong emphasis on English-speaking staff, in hotels, attractions and major transport, so you will rarely run into communication issues.
Egyptian culinary offerings range from world-class, through conveniently western to exotically adventurous! Food bursts with flavour and spice, and ingredients can be wonderfully delicious, highly creative and occasionally just a little disturbing. However, for the greater part, Egyptian cuisine shares similarities with Greek, Turkish and Arabic dishes, and is both fantastically flavoursome and accessible for all. Hotels frequently offer a high standard of modern fusion cuisine, and every dietary need is adequately catered to.