Egypt Tourism and Travel Guide

Egypt (/ˈiːdʒɪpt/; Arabic: مِصر‎ Miṣr, Egyptian Arabic: مَصر Maṣr), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is the world's only contiguous Eurafrasian nation. Most of Egypt's territory of 1,010,408 square kilometres (390,000 sq mi) lies within the Nile Valley. Egypt is a Mediterranean country. It is bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, arising in the tenth millennium BC as one of the world's first nation states. Considered a cradle of civilisation, Ancient Egypt experienced some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanisation, organised religion and central government in history. Iconic monuments such as the Giza Necropolis and its Great Sphinx, as well the ruins of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings, reflect this legacy and remain a significant focus of archaeological study and popular interest worldwide. Egypt's rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, having endured and at times assimilated various foreign influences, including Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and European. Although Christianised during the Common Era, it was subsequently Islamised due to the Islamic conquests of the 7th century.With over 90 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab World, the third-most populous in Africa (after Nigeria and Ethiopia), and the fifteenth-most populous in the world. The great majority of its people live near the banks of the Nile River, an area of about 40,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable land is found. The large regions of the Sahara desert, which constitute most of Egypt's territory, are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.Modern Egypt is considered to be a regional and middle power, with significant cultural, political, and military influence in North Africa, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Its economy is one of the largest and most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and services at almost equal production levels. In 2011, longtime President Hosni Mubarak stepped down amid mass protests. Later elections saw the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted by the army a year later amid mass protests.
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Itineraries For Egypt

Best Time To Visit Egypt

Peak Season is from November to February. Although people visit Egypt year round, these months are the traditional tourist season as the temperatures down south in Luxor and Aswan are pleasent and Nile Valley is balmy. 


Shoulder Season is from September to Novemebr and the months of March and April. The temperature is not too hot yet and the northern parts like Cairo and Saqqara are still cooler. 


Off Season ranges from May to August, when the afternoon is is intolerable, the desert is viciously hot and the pollution in Cairo is at its worst. During these months the best place to visit is either Alexandaria or the coastal towns of Sharm El-Sheikh and Dahab. 

Budget For Egypt

For Budget Travellers: INR 500 to 1,000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic rooms in guesthouses: INR 200 to INR 300
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 100 to INR 300
  • Public Transport by the tube and buses: INR 70 to INR 120
  • Sightseeing: INR 150 - INR 300

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1,400 to INR 2,100 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 700 to INR 1,200
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 300 to INR 800
  • Local transport in local taxis: INR 200 to INR 500

For Luxury Travellers: INR 7,000 and upwards a day

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3,000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 2,000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 700 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 2,000 and upwards

Visa Information For Egypt

Tourist visa for Egypt can be obtained from the Embassy of Egypt in New Delhi and the Consular office in Mumbai. Unlike many other countries, Egypt has not outsourced its visa work to a private agency like VFS or IFS. A single entry Tourist visa for Egypt cost Rupees 1,900. You can get the visa in 2 to 3 working days. It is valid for 90 days however, a tourist can stay only upto 30 days from the arrival date in Egypt. 

If you are travelling in a group of 10 or more people, and have a letter of invitation from a certified tourist guide in Egypt, then you can apply for a visa-on-arrival. However, such Visa are mostly obtained by travel companies and for group packages.