Egypt Mini Guide
The Arab Republic of Egypt is located in North Africa where the huge capital city of Cairo is built along the banks of the River Nile. Egypt also extends into Asia along the Sinai Peninsula. Home of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, which are the last of the remaining original Seven Wonders of the World, Egypt is where one of the most sophisticated ancient was born. To see Egypt’s incredible buildings, temples, mummies and hieroglyphics is to truly be amazed by the abilities of mankind.
Among the many unmissable sights and things to do in Egypt are taking a Nile cruise, visiting the stunning Egyptian museum where you can see the chariots that the Pharaohs used to use as well as other artefacts, The Valley of the Kings and various incredible temples.
Situated mostly in the Sahara, Desert tours are very popular with tourists when visiting Egypt. Visitors may well wish to ride across the sand dunes on a camel or a horse for an unforgettable authentically Egyptian experience. But the searing summer heat of Egypt means that ideally you should plan your trip to coincide with the cooler months between November and March. All the same, always carrying bottled water with you is a good idea.
Egypt has several international airports. They are Cairo International Airport which is the primary entry point and the hub of the national carrier Egypt Air. Other airports are Alexandria Nozha, Aswan International Airport and Burg Al-Arab International Airport. Hurghada International Airport and Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport both receive a number of charter flights while Luxor International Airport has an increasing number of international scheduled flights, mostly from Europe, in addition to charter flights. All major airport hubs operate routes to Egypt, it's easy to get here from London, Dubai, France, Germany and from all across the US.
Visas are needed to enter Egypt and there are three types. The tourist visa gives you three months to explore the country while the entry visa is for those who are not entering on holiday. Transit visas are for certain countries but are rarely needed. While driving in Egypt
requires steady nerves, drivers will be pleased to know that the price of fuel is relatively cheap, and so will not add much to the cost of renting a car.