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If you are planning a trip to Egypt, there is no doubt that you have a lot of questions. Should you hire a guide? What places should you visit? What do you need to pack? And the most popular question of all…is Egypt safe to visit?

We spent 12 days in Egypt at the end of December 2019. During this time, we visited Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Abydos and Dendera, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. For various reasons, we chose to drive along the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan, rather than taking a cruise, which I will address in this article. We learned a lot during our visit and have a lot of valuable information to share with you.

Since arriving home, we have received an overwhelming number of emails about safety and the expectations of a trip to Egypt. Tim has been answering these questions in great detail and we decided that it would be worth writing an article with answers to all of your questions.

Here are our Egypt travel tips. If you still have questions, let us know in the comment section at the end of this post.

Egypt Travel Tips

Where Should You Go?

Egypt contains some of the oldest, grandest sites in the world. Sure, everyone is familiar with the great pyramids on the Giza Plateau, but there is a lot more to Egypt than just the pyramids. The lesser known and more fun to visit pyramids in Saqqara and Dahshur are well worth the day trip from Cairo. You can also spend a day or two visiting the churches and mosques in Cairo, walking through Old Cairo, and getting a history lesson at the Egyptian Museum. 

Alexandria, with its location on the Mediterranean Sea, makes a nice day trip from Cairo.

In Luxor, not only can you visit the exquisitely decorated tombs of the ancient kings and queens of Egypt, but there is also the enormous Karnak Temple and the Temple of Luxor. The West Bank contains so many tombs and temples that it takes days, yes days, to see all of them. It is one of the largest open air museums in the world.

Queen Hatshepsut Temple Egypt Travel Tips

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut on the West Bank of Luxor

In Aswan, drift on the Nile in a felucca and visit the beautiful Philae Temple.

Philae Temple Egypt Travel Tips

Philae Temple

Abu Simbel, a temple that is located near the border with Sudan, is well worth the time. This temple is dedicated to the Ramesses II. In the 1960’s the entire temple, including the mountain of rock it was carved into, was painstakingly disassembled and moved to higher ground, as water levels rose after the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Tim and Tyler Abu Simbel Egypt Travel Tips

Tim and Tyler at Abu Simbel

If you want some chill time, check out the opulent resorts in Hurghada.

Finally, add some adventure to your trip by visiting an oasis in the Sahara Desert.

We didn’t have enough time to get to everything on this list, so hopefully you’ll see us back in Egypt within the next few years to explore some new places.

Valley of the Kings Egypt Travel Tips

The tomb of Ramesses V and VI in the Valley of the Kings

When Should You Visit Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt is the cooler months of the year: November through March. In the southern part of the country, at Luxor and Aswan, rain is unlikely. In Cairo, haze can be an issue in the morning during the winter months, so it’s best to time your visit to outdoor sites (such as the pyramids of Giza) to the afternoon hours. During the winter months, it can rain in Cairo and Alexandria.

Expect the biggest crowds in December and January.

During the summer months, temperatures can be oppressive. Temperatures can range from 40 to 55°C (104 to 130°F). In Luxor and Aswan, this is a dry heat, but up north around Cairo and Alexandria, the humidity can make the heat feel even worse.

Luxor Temple Egypt Travel Tips

Luxor Temple

Visa on Arrival

Most visitors to Egypt will need a Visa.

If you are a citizen of the USA, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Norway, Russia, and a handful of other countries, you can obtain a Visa on Arrival at the airport.

In the Cairo International Airport, just before passport control, there is a bank window where you will purchase your visa. It costs $25 USD and you will pay cash. Take the visa and your passport to passport control. The officer will add this visa to your passport and stamp your passport. It’s a very easy process.

SIM Cards

If you want a SIM card for your trip to Egypt, there is an Orange kiosk in the Cairo International Airport (near baggage claim) that can provide you with a SIM card. The process is fast and relatively cheap. You will need to show your passport and make sure that your phone is unlocked before your trip to Egypt. We had great cellular service throughout Egypt with Orange.

Inside Karnak Temple Egypt Travel Tips

Inside Karnak Temple in Luxor

Is it Safe to Drink the Tap Water?

Do not drink the tap water, brush your teeth with the tap water, or eat uncooked foods that may have been washed with tap water (such as lettuce, uncooked fruits & vegetables, etc.). We used bottled water for drinking and to brush our teeth.

Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

The bathrooms at the tourist sites are not typically stocked with toilet paper, so it is a very good idea to bring some with you.

Be Prepared to Tip the Bathroom Attendant

In Egypt, most bathrooms have an attendant, a person who keeps the stalls clean, provides a small amount of toilet paper, and hands you a towel to dry your hands (in some cases). It is customary to tip this attendant before or after you use the bathroom. It doesn’t have to be much, 5 EGP is sufficient. But small change can be hard to come by, so save this for when you need to use the bathroom.

Be Prepared to Tip… A Lot

There are numerous scenarios when you will be expected to tip for a “service” that was provided.

When visiting tombs and temples, the attendants will offer to take a photo of you. If you agree, you are expected to give him a small tip in return. If you take a photo of a camel or if you take a photo of a tomb attendant, you will also be expected to give a tip. After camel rides, felucca rides, etc., it is also expected that you will give a small tip at the end of the experience.

Tipping is always optional, but there is an expectation for it.

How much you tip depends on the service provided. For things like photos, we gave the person our spare change or 5 to 10 EGP. For tips after meals and things such as a camel ride, 5 to 10% of the price what you paid is customary.

Tipping is not expected but it is appreciated in restaurants.

Pyramids of Giza Egypt Travel Tips

Camel ride at the Pyramids of Giza

Using Cash in Egypt

You will need a lot of cash in Egypt. In Egypt, the currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP). $1 USD is equivalent to 15.66 EGP (as of January 2022).

Most tourist sites and activities need to be paid for in cash. At the Valley of the Kings, they have a credit card machine, but it was not working during our visit. We recommend having enough cash to pay for your entrance tickets without relying on a credit card. And for the West Bank, this can potentially be a lot of money, especially if you choose to visit the tombs on special tickets.

We withdrew all of our Egyptian pounds from ATM’s in Egypt. There are ATM’s in the Cairo International Airport, so this is a great place to make your first withdrawal. Our hotels in Luxor (the Hilton) and Aswan (the Movenpick) had ATM’s and we used these every day to withdraw more money.

The maximum any ATM would ever allow us to withdraw per transaction was 3,000 EGP. On some occasions, we had to use the same ATM card multiple times in order to have enough cash for the day.

It is important to know the ATM limits set by your financial institution, meaning how much cash per day your bank allows you to withdrawal and how many transactions per day they will allow you to make. You will need to add up how much you will spend each day in order to withdraw the correct amount of money. If your family or group size is large, then you might need to start withdrawing cash several days in advance.

Mosque of Muhammed Ali Egypt Travel Tips

Mosque of Muhammed Ali in Cairo

Discounts on Entry Tickets for Children and Students

If you are traveling with children, they might qualify for a discount ticket. One of our guides told us that at most tourist sites (museums, temples, tombs, pyramids, etc.), kids 5 years and younger can get free entry. Children ages 6 years to 12 years get a 50% discount. And those aged 12 to 30 can qualify for a student discount (50% discount) if they have a valid International Student Identification Card (learn more here).

You must bring the plastic card with you because a copy or a photo of the card is not typically accepted.

We did not know about this Identification Card before our visit. Tyler and Kara were 16 and 15 years old during our visit. Sometimes, the attendant would accept their passport as identification, but it didn’t always work so sometimes we had to pay full price.

If you are traveling with kids under the age of 12, it might be a good idea to bring a passport or another form of identification to prove their age. Some attendants were very strict with offering discounted tickets.

Bab Zuwayla Egypt Travel Tips

Tyler and Kara at Bab Zuwayla in Cairo

Luxor Pass and Cairo Pass

The Cairo Pass is a ticket that allows you to visit all of the main sites in Cairo and Giza. The Luxor Pass is ticket that allows you to visit all of the archaeological sites on the East Bank and West Bank of Luxor.

These are expensive passes (costing $100 to $200 USD, depending on the pass) so they are not worth it for everyone. But if you plan to spend a lot of time in either Cairo or Luxor, they could save you some money.

For full details on these passes, read our post Luxor Pass and Cairo Pass: Are They Worth It?

Photography Passes

The rules for this change constantly.

Inside of many tombs, temples, pyramids, and museums, you will need to purchase a photography pass in order to take photos with something other than a cellphone (a DSLR, GoPro, point-and-shoot camera, camcorder, etc.). If you want to shoot video with your cellphone, you will also need to purchase a photography pass.

Recently, the rules have changed, allowing tourists to take photos with their cellphones in most tombs and temples for free without a photography pass.

For most people, taking photos with a cellphone is sufficient. We typically purchased the photography pass at each site, since it’s important to capture great photos for this website, but honestly, in some tombs, our iPhones were almost as good as my DSLR.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: I recommend upgrading your cellphone before your visit to Egypt, so that you have a phone with a high quality camera. Photography passes typically cost 300 EGP per site (about $19 USD) and that expense can add up quickly. You can save a lot of money by using your cellphone at these sites.

If you plan to use a tripod, there is an additional fee for this (typically 20 EGP).

Tomb of Queen Nefertari Egypt Travel Tips

Inside the tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens

How Much Does it Cost to Visit Egypt?

Traveling through Egypt is similar in price to traveling through Southeast Asia. If you are a budget traveler, you can see and do a lot in Egypt without spending a lot of money. And if you like the idea of adding in upscale hotels and a cruise on the Nile River, you can do so without spending a small fortune.

For more information, take a look at our article How Much Does it Cost to Visit Egypt?

Should You Rent a Car in Egypt?

We do not recommend driving in Egypt.

The roads in Egypt are congested and chaotic. Traffic rules are different in Egypt than in places like the United States and Europe, and at times, it almost seems as if there are no rules.

The streets of Cairo and Giza are so congested and chaotic that it is not worth the stress of navigating them yourself. Cars fill every available space on the road and there is no effort to paint lines on the road, since they would be ignored anyway. It is not unusual for tuk-tuk’s or motorbikes to drive against traffic on these roads, adding to the chaos.

All the while, it is an almost constant cacophony of car horns. The horn plays a vital role in friendly communication between drivers. There is no road rage here, everyone seems to be very patient even though they are sitting in some of the worst traffic we have seen.

There is a different flow and rhythm to the traffic in Egypt, and if you are not accustomed to it, driving can be stressful and difficult.

On the rural roads, there are security checkpoints and you need to be able to effectively communicate with the officers. We had a driver and a guide. Our guide conversed with the officers at these checkpoints in Arabic. It did not seem as if the police at these checkpoints spoke much English, so if you were on your own, getting through these checkpoints would be much more stressful than if you had a guide and driver.

Finally, the rural roads are just as crazy as the city roads, but in a different way. Congestion is lower but speeds are higher. These two-lane roads are treated as three lane roads. The center of the road is the passing lane, for both directions of traffic. That means you will play a lot of games of “chicken” with the oncoming cars. Meanwhile, you or your driver are keeping a lookout for donkeys, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, tractor trailers, and pedestrians.

We highly recommend hiring a driver, rather than renting a car, for your trip to Egypt.

Tuk Tuk in Old Cairo

Tuk-tuk in Old Cairo

Should You Hire a Tour Company/Egyptologist?

Typically, we prefer to travel independently. Rarely do we book a tour. And never do we take packaged, multi-day tours when we travel.

However, with concerns about safety and hearing “horror” stories about how independent visitors felt like they were constantly hassled for tips, we decided to hire a guide.

After a lot of research, we hired the company Egypt Tailor Made, based on their impeccable reviews on Trip Advisor. Basically, we took nine of their day tours and strung them together to form a customized itinerary. They exceeded all of our expectations. One of the reasons our trip to Egypt was so positive is because of the exceptional service this tour company provided.

For each day of our trip in Egypt (with the exception of our day trip to Abu Simbel, which we did independently), we had a guide and a driver. This took away all of the hassles of transportation, negotiating fees for certain services, and knowing the best times to visit each place. Our guides would shoo away persistent shop owners and introduce us to local foods that we would never have tried, had we been on our own.

We could just sit back and enjoy the trip and let our guides handle the logistics. 

Since we traveled in a small group (it was just the six of us…the four Earth Trekkers and our moms), we got personalized attention and we could easily customize what we did each day.

If you like the idea of taking the hassle out of getting around Egypt and want knowledgeable guides to teach you about the places you are visiting, it is worth the small extra expense to hire a guide and driver in Egypt.

Is a Nile Cruise Worth It?

We did not cruise the Nile River for various reasons.

For one thing, it’s expensive, especially to cruise with a company that gets good reviews. Plus, on a cruise, you have very limited time at each location. Most of your time is spent drifting along the Nile River, which I am sure is an amazing experience, but we wanted more time at each site.

On a cruise, you tend to do your sightseeing on a set schedule with a large group of people, and that was not the experience we wanted.

Feluccas in Aswan

Feluccas on the Nile River in Aswan

We booked hotels in Luxor and Aswan with views of the Nile River, so that we could still get the “Nile experience.” In Aswan, we frequently rode the motorboats on the Nile River and we took a sunset felucca cruise. These boat trips, along with our hotel stays, made us feel like we had a great Nile River experience. Plus, we got to spend as long as we wanted at each site, in our private group.

We don’t feel like we missed out on anything by not taking a Nile Cruise.

Is Egypt Safe?

Safety is a big concern for most people when deciding whether or not to visit Egypt. We were no different.

In recent years, tourism to Egypt has increased and more and more visitors are coming home with reports of how safe they felt while in Egypt.

So, we booked our trip with a little bit of trepidation. During the months leading up to our flight to Cairo, we kept an eye on the US State Department website and we wondered, once here, how safe would we feel?

Never once did we feel unsafe. Yes, there is a big police and military presence. Seeing guards with rifles and driving past numerous police checkpoints on the roads can be unnerving at first. Every time you enter a hotel or enter a tourist site, you will pass through a metal detector.

But all of this is being done to keep tourists safe. Tourism is a very valuable industry in Egypt so a lot is being done to protect tourists.

The Egyptians are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people we have met. They would approach us, ask us how we were enjoying our visit to Egypt, and ask us to spread the news on how safe we felt.

Egypt is a big country, and safety depends a lot on the area that you will be visiting.

If you stick to the main tourist areas, which include Cairo, Alexandria, Hurghada, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, Egypt is safe. During our visit, we never felt unsafe in Egypt. However, we did stay in the popular touristy regions and we traveled with a guide and driver.

Places to avoid include the Sinai Peninsula and the western Sahara Desert, near the border with Libya.

Here are some things to be aware of when traveling through Egypt:

Security Checks: As you enter most sites, as well as many hotels, you will go through security. You will put your bags through an x-ray machine and you will walk through a metal detector (similar to airport security but not quite so rigorous).

Military and Police Presence: It is common to see armed guards and armored vehicles at the sites you will be visiting and along the roadways. They are there to protect you and the site you are visiting.

Convoys: Prior to our trip I had read that when hiring a driver for road trips, for example from Luxor to Abydos (or Luxor to Aswan, or Aswan to Abu Simbel), you have to leave at designated times in order to travel with other vehicles, all in a convoy escorted by police. That no longer applies and tourists no longer travel in convoys. They now rely on the security checkpoints along the roads to help ensure your safety. However, we did still receive a police escort several times on the drive between Luxor and Abydos.

Dendera Egypt

Hathor Temple in Dendera

A Few Essentials for Your Packing List

Here is a quick checklist of things to pack for your trip to Egypt. Some of these might be obvious (such as sunscreen), but some of these may not be things that you have thought of.

  • Backup Cash: bring some backup cash in USD or Euros just in case you have any issues with the ATM’s or if you run out of EGP. Include small bills like $1 USD that you can use for tipping, if you run out of small Egyptian bills.
  • Snacks: especially if you have long driving days and for big sightseeing days, such as on the West Bank of Luxor
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Power Adaptors: we brought type C and type E/F and we primarily used Type E/F
  • Toilet Paper
  • Extra Toothbrushes: just in case you rinse one with tap water 

Step Pyramid

The Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara

In Conclusion

Egypt is a wonderful country to add to your travel wish list. Go now, while tourism is still relatively low. Take advantage of lower crowds and lower prices…tourism is picking up and I expect that trend to continue for the next few years.

If you have any questions that we did not address in this article, let us know in the comment section below.


More Information for Your Trip to Egypt:

Read all of our articles about Egypt in our Egypt Travel Guide.

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    Paul and Wendy Mellen

    My Wife and I are having a 9 day guided tour of Egypt in Oct.
    How much should we tip the tour guide and driver?
    Should we tip them together? Each day? or at the end of the tour?
    We couldn’t find this info.
    Anny help would be appreciated
    Paul and Wendy

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      Julie

      We tipped our guide and driver separately at the end of each day. Most days we gave the guide a larger tip since the guide spent more time with us and played a bigger role. But on days where we drove a lot then we would tip the driver the same amount (or even more) as the guide. So the difference depended on that person’s role on a specific day.
       
      I don’t recall exactly how much we tipped (we were a party of 6), but my gut says the combined driver + guide tip was 20% of the tour cost for that day. Then we would split the 20% between the two as explained above. If you really love your driver and guide then you can always give them a bonus tip on the last day.
       
      Cheers, Julie

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    yijin ren

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you for your very informational and interesting articles.
    I have a question about travel vaccines, you get any special travel vaccines for your trip?
    Thank you

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      Julie

      We have had a lot of travel vaccines prior to our trip to Egypt. But I think Hepatitis A and B are a good idea as is Typhoid Fever. Yellow Fever is unnecessary. A website like the CDC will have a listing of recommended vaccines for each country. Cheers, Julie

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    Mira

    Dear Julie and family,

    your blog helped us a lot while planning our trip to Egypt and we just came back. Here some details, which, I hope, can help further travelers. The topics cover most of your categories about Egypt, so sorry if it feels mixed up and long. You can perhaps edit it according to your needs.
    1. Visa – as EU citizens we were entitled to apply for e-visa. Unfortunately it took 10 days for it to be processed and it was finally approved a day after our arrival. So we had to purchase ours on arrival. (Yes paid for the visas twice). Perhaps it was bad luck, still a disappointment.
    2. Visa on arrival was no problem, no queue at all. As it has been pointed out – the window at the airport does not say “Visa” it says “Banque de Caire”. It is 25 USD or 25 EUR, paid in cash.
    3. We are also independent travelers but for Egypt we hired “Egypt Tailor Made” and were very happy with them. As we purchased both Luxor and Cairo passes, the price they gave us was without tickets (for those who love Maths and checking entry tickets prices, it takes a bit of tinkering:-) to figure out). It was around 100 USD per day for a driver and a guide for two people (total, so around 50 per person). They did an amazing job, we also had Laila in Cairo and Rania in Luxor (of course there could be more than 1 guide with these names). The drivers were very good – just driving through the garbage city could convince you of how good they are. We arrived in Luxor way pass midnight because of a flight delay (1:30 am) but Emad was still waiting for us with the driver. If money is an issue I would say hire one in Luxor as I do not know how we would have found the best pictures, carvings, point of views without our guide Rania, who was very informative and kind.
    4. First we purchased the Premium Luxor Pass at the Karnak temple (we paid EUR 180 per person – new, clean, cash). Very “strange” procedure as the rules are made as you go. We had 2 passport photos each and 2 copies of our passports (in colour). Suddenly we needed 3 copies. The person who issued them did not even look at the second copy, but pocketed the 20 EGP for the third copy and the pen:-) My husband found that an unforgettable cultural experience worth the extra cost:-)
    5. Buying the Cairo pass took literally 2 minutes. 50% off when we showed them the Luxor pass. Did not even look at the passports. No staples so our guide gave us some pins from her headdress in order to attach our photos. Again a great cultural experience.
    6. As it was pointed out the passes are small pieces of paper so we had them in two small plastic envelopes I bought in Germany.
    7. The guards at all attractions knew about the passes and we had the feeling that they were very impressed that people would spend so much money on them (the prices are really high for regular Egyptians). They do check the dates very carefully (passes are valid for 5 days). No need to carry your passports, in Luxor a copy of the passport was attach to the back of the pass.
    8. We would definitely recommend buying the passes if you plan to visit lots of sights. It saves money (depending on how much you would like to see), hassle, all is paid so no need to carry lots of EGP cash, and you can enter the attractions more than once. We visited the Luxor temples twice each for example.
    9. Apart from our drivers, we used taxis and uber. In Cairo uber is used all the time. It is reliable (you can choose the option with a pin). Drivers are very different and Cairo traffic is pure madness, but again you can choose a well rated driver, car etc. From our hotel in Giza to the airport we paid 220 EGP and had a clean car and a very good driver. In Luxor we agreed on the price before we got on a taxi. From Hilton to downtown it was 50 EGP. If people are ready to drive you for the amount then it means that they are happy with it. They will never do something at a loss.
    10. Prices for foreigners are selective. Unless you have a local with you (but not your guide) you will be charged arbitrary and overpay. Make peace with it and hope that your money will be spend wisely on their families.
    11. We only drank bottle water (lots of it as it was 46 degrees in Luxor – so starting at 6 am is really worth it). In case of tummy problems there is a medicine called “Antinal” (nitrofuran), which helps. You can buy a pack for 25 EGP in any Egyptian pharmacy.
    12. The Grand Egyptian Museum is still not open, sadly. According to Laila this won’t happen this year, but you never know (apparently they are waiting for the tourism to pick up again). Unfortunately a lot of exhibits from the Egyptian Museum are packed and/or already in the new museum (like the giant statue of Ramesses II). The Tutankhamun treasure is partially still there but most of the jewels are in the new one as well. Very disappointing to enter the Egyptian Museum and only have some of the highlights to see. Don’t get me wrong there is still plenty there and very interesting items as well, although mostly without explanations (we had our guide so no problem).
    13. One museum which is absolutely worth visiting is the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. It was opened in 2021 and most of the royal mummies are there. The museum is wonderfully curated. It has two big halls but every single items has been thoughtfully selected and beautifully displayed. The entry ticket is extra (not included in the Cairo Pass) but worth the price. There is a gorgeous cafe with a proper Italian espresso machine. I know… after a week of Turkish coffee we missed our espresso.
    14. If Cairo gets too much for you, the area of Zamalek is much quieter,leafy, great little shops and modern cafes -a great way to recharge.

    Sorry if this post got too long. Hope it helps.

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      Julie

      This is awesome!! Thank you so much Mira for taking the time to write in with this information. I love that you covered Ubers and taxis, meds for “tummy troubles,” info about the Cairo and Luxor passes, and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. All of this should be very helpful to those that read our posts. Again, thank you very much and happy travels to wherever you are going next! Cheers, Julie

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    Manu

    I checked Egypt Taylor made tours. I picked the ancient Egypt day tour and the price for 4-6 persons is 80 dollars. If you read further down, it says “Prices are quoted in US dollars per person per trip…”

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    Manu

    Thank you. Great info!
    I just have a couple of questions or clarifications. Are the tour prices per person or per group? 400 to 500 dollars a day for a daily tour sounds pretty expensive.
    Are there any tour guides at the entrance of the pyramids per se?

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      Julie

      Hello Manu. I don’t know where you read 400 to 500 dollars per day for a tour. In our guide about How Much Does it Cost to Visit Egypt, I list our daily tour cost at $220 USD per person and that is for 6 people. There are “guides” at the pyramids but expect to do a lot of negotiating and it would be hard to know if you are actually hiring someone who were knowledgeable about the site. If you want a guide, it’s best to hire one in advance through a reputable tour company. Cheers, Julie

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    Brenda

    Your information on Egypt was very informative, but I have heard that women need to be more covered with their clothing than a typical tourist, can you help me with this? We are landing in Cairo and taking a Nile Cruise. .

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      Julie

      For women, short sleeved shirts are acceptable. I wore long pants or a long skirt for the entire visit. Avoid strapless shirts, tight shirts, tight pants like leggings. We were told that shorts were OK, but I feel like long pants or a long skirt is more respectable in Egypt. You will need to cover your head if you go into a mosque so bring a scarf. You do not have to cover your head for temples or historical sites. Cheers, Julie

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    Rowenna

    I have been immersing myself in all of your Egypt write ups as I plan to come in April! I am having some hesitatiin though as its going to be Ramadan and summer… Would you mind giving me your thoughts about this? Should i go or wait for cooler days? Thanks so much!

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      Julie

      It is beginning to get very hot in Egypt in April. Over the course of the month, daily highs average about 90F (32 degrees Celsius) in early April to 105F (32 degrees Celsius) by the end of April. If you are OK with temperatures like these, then continue with your travel plans. But if that sounds too hot, then delay your trip to late fall or winter. By mid November, the temperature is about 85F and it continues to cool off for the remainder of the year. I don’t know for certain, but Ramadan may not have a big impact on your travels, other than maybe Eid al-Fitr, the last day of Ramadan. Cheers, Julie

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