From the vast deserts in the west and the rocky landscapes of the Sinai Peninsula to the lush Nile Valley, Egypt is considered one of the distinctive destinations characterized by its natural and cultural diversity, attracting travelers of all tastes. Here is a collection of tips and information to consider when planning a visit to Egypt.
Visiting Egypt During Ramadan
Egypt is a predominantly Islamic country, meaning that many of its citizens observe fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Important considerations for visiting Egypt during this auspicious month include potential changes in working hours at various establishments and shops (hence, it is advisable to regularly check updated schedules). Additionally, it is encouraged to refrain from eating and drinking in public places in accordance with local customs and traditions. However, it is worth noting that tourist attractions typically remain open during Ramadan, allowing visitors the opportunity to explore Egyptian culture and history in a unique way.
The summer months are extremely hot
There is a reason that prompts people to avoid visiting Egypt during the summer season, which extends from May to August, due to the significant rise in temperatures during this period, as well as the limited availability of shade at most tourist attractions.
For this reason, we recommend visiting Egypt when the weather is moderate, during the period from September to April. However, it’s worth noting that tourist attractions can also be more crowded during the peak travel season in this period.
The additional fees
It is essential to ascertain the extent of the additional fees that must be paid before traveling. There are several additional charges that the traveler should be aware of, such as a separate ticket for the Royal Mummy Exhibition at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, a photography permit in the Valley of the Kings, the cost of the passenger train at the Temple of Hatshepsut, and admission tickets to the burial chambers in the Pyramids.
Regarding the budget for the trip to Egypt, an additional amount ranging from 30-40% of the base trip cost should be allocated. This amount includes additional photography fees, entrance fees to tourist sites, meal and gratuity expenses, as well as any required entry visas for Egypt. This additional budget should ensure an enjoyable and surprise-free experience during your journey to Egypt.
Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, so it is important to adhere to modest dress code. It is advisable for both men and women to cover their shoulders and legs. However, there are no specific clothing rules at major tourist attractions. It is also important to consider bringing sunscreen and a hat to avoid harmful sunburn.