|Ancient Egypt is awesome. And Modern Egypt has perfect beach resorts.
The best way to see Ancient Egypt is from a cruise ship on the River Nile.
And although it feels quite decadent to travel this way - it is not expensive.
You can take a 3-4 day short cruise which will show you most major monuments.
But better still, take a leisurely seven day cruise and see them all.
For a perfect vacation, combine your cruise with a week on the fabulous beaches around Alexandria.
Or maybe go scuba diving in the Red Sea.
Egypt has a lot to offer. Everybody should visit this fabulous destination at least once!
There is a potential threat from terrorism in Egypt.
Having said that, if you are from the USA or a major European city, you live with similar risks every day!
Public unrest is also a potential threat to tourists. You should avoid demonstrations, which can turn hostile.
Egyptian society is conservative and women should dress modestly when not on the beach or beside the pool.
You must carry some form of photographic ID at all times. Your passport is sufficient.
Egyptian security forces can be extremely harsh with people carrying no ID.
We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.
You should check any exclusions - if you are unlucky enough to get caught up in a terrorist attack,
you don't want to be told that your medical insurance has a terrorism exclusion! Read the small print!
Going It Alone
Generally speaking we are in favour of travellers going it alone - you get exactly what you want that way.
But in this instance we strongly recommend that you stick with a tour group.
Tour operators, especially those recommended by us, are experts at keeping their customers safe.
Renting a car or travelling alone on public transport is not a good idea right now.
The only sensible way to get here is by air. Many airlines fly to Egypt from all over the world.
Properly organised tours are safer and cheaper than going it alone.
Passports and Visas
You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date.
You will also need a visa. Visas are usually arranged by your tour operator - but check!
The currency of Egypt is the pound, the Egyptian pound is divided into 100 piastres.
You can exchange money at banks, hotels and official exchange companies (Forex).
Do not exchange currency on the streets. It is illegal and will land you in a heap of trouble!
Credit cards are accepted in major resorts, hotels and larger restaurants.
Travellers Cheques can be cashed at hotels, banks and Forex offices.
Tipping is expected in most parts of Egypt - 10-15% is about right.
Haggling in markets is normal and perfectly acceptable.
Don't believe what the local market guides tell you about the best places to shop -
they are being paid to take you to specific vendors.
Shop around and bargain for the best prices.