Quite some time ago now, when I was in high school, I was scheduled to go on a history trip with a select few students to Egypt. This was the year of the Egyptian revolution, and of course, all was cancelled. My dreams of Egypt and all its history slipped away with this cancelled school trip, and whilst it was always one of my desired destinations to visit it was always so far out of reach. Read more..
Touring in Egypt
Top Egypt Tips!
Tipping – Tipping is common in Egypt, with a 10% gratuity a good rule of thumb. Check with your tour guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Ask the bank for some smaller denominations for tipping - bathroom attendants will often expect a contribution for toilet paper so have some coins at the ready. Power plugs – The power sockets in Egypt are configured to accommodate two round prongs and an adapter is required for Australian and New Zealand appliances. The standard voltage is 220V – check if your items require a current converter before leaving on your trip. Currency – The Egyptian Pound is the local currency throughout Egypt. Check with your bank for the options available to you (and fees involved) for accessing your funds overseas. Advise your bank of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions blocked or cancelled while you are on holidays.
What should I bring?
Light scarf – Modest dress is expected at temples and other places of worship, so it is handy for women to carry a light scarf to cover their shoulders when appropriate. For men, a scarf or wrap can also be useful to protect against the sand and wind. Sun protection – Include a hat made from lightweight breathable material for your trip, along with sunglasses and sunscreen. Pack a light singlet and long thin layers to protect you from direct sunlight and consider a cooling neck wrap for hotter days. Carry a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated while out sightseeing. Comfortable clothing – Pack light comfortable clothes and some warmer layers for nighttime as the temperatures can really drop, particularly in the desert. Modest dress is appreciated throughout Egypt, however, in tourist areas it is common to see shorts and short-sleeved shirts. Pack comfortable shoes to withstand long days on your feet.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Egyptian Cuisine – Take a culinary journey in Egypt – try Ta'meya (Egyptian Falafel), Aish Baladi (a traditional Egyptian flat bread), or Kushari (a mix of rice, pasta, black lentils, caramelised onion, hummus, thick tomato sauce, chilli sauce and vinager). Accompany your meal with a hibiscus juice – considered by the Egyptians to have an array of health benefits. Explore a local bazaar – Get swept up in the vibrant colours, aromatic spices, hand-crafted ceramics, intricate glass lamps, and vivid rugs. Haggling is part of the experience, so once you spot what you are after, be prepared to go head to head with the local stallholders to get yourself a good deal. Marvel at the ancient treasures – Get lost in tales of ancient times as your local guide brings these historic sites to life. Journey to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, explore the Pyramids of Giza, marvel at the colossal sculpture of the historical Sphinx, or visit the religious Temples of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt. Sail on the Nile – This major waterway is dotted with townships, historical sites, and breathtaking scenery. Considered by Ancient Egyptians as the source of life, take the opportunity to float down this famous river and become engrossed in the backdrop of Egyptian terrain and architecture if you get the chance on your tour.