About Egypt
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Useful Information


All Egyptian consulates issue visas and they can also be issued at the airports for some nationalities.


Take care in the dry climate and very high temperature, especially during the summer months. Make sure you get enough fluids by drinking plenty of bottled water which is available everywhere. We also advise guests to take care when sunbathing.


220 v 2 pin plug. Don't use any other electrical equipment than tape players, radios, hairdryers and shavers in your cabin.


Egypt is a Muslim country with a very different culture and mentality to that of the west. Please expect a lot of attention from the local people they will give you all an exceptional welcome in their land.


As Egypt is a Muslim country, alcohol is not served everywhere. They are available in hotels, bars, discotheques, pubs, on board the Nile cruisers and in most restaurants

You may find alcohol quite expensive, due to the fact that taxation on such products is very high. Imported beer and wine are more expensive than local products.


In Egypt the spoken language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. However, if you can spend some time picking up a few words of Arabic, the locals will be absolutely delighted.

Telephoning Home

International calls can be made via your cruise reception or in hotels in Luxor and Aswan . Calling internationally is expensive and you will find that a minimum charge of a 3 minute call usually applies.

Egyptian Currency and Changing Money

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound, which is made up of 100 pilasters. You will very rarely see any coins; most of the Egyptian currency comes in note form starting with 25 pilasters, 50 pilasters, 1 pound, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Egyptian pound notes. The value of each note is written in English in one side and Arabic numbers on the other side


Egypt is a shopper's paradise and you can find many wonderful gifts for your family and friends. There is a huge variety ranging from herbs and spices to gold and silver, perfume oils, papyrus paper and statues.

Tour Tips

When on tours please wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and carry plenty of drinking water. Spare cash will be required to cover any gratuities or extra camera ticket cost, which are not including in the excursion price. At some historic sites, photography is completely forbidden as is the use of a flash. Your guide will always be on hand to advise you of such details as they arise.


One of the greatest pleasures of traveling in Egypt is the friendliness of the people especially in the hotels and the cruise boats. All the staff strive to provide a very high standard of service. In view of this, it is customary to leave a tip, otherwise known as Baksheesh. Tipping is not restricted to foreigners and you will often see during your travels within Egypt , local people leaving a tip for any service provided