In this article, we will be providing you with a tonne of useful information that can help you get the most out of your visit to Egypt and to ensure that you have a smooth trip from knowing how to behave to local customs to staying healthy.
What vaccinations are needed for visiting Egypt?
Before travelling to Egypt you should consult with your health practitioner to get medical advice and to make sure that you get all of the required vaccinations. As a guide, we strongly recommend Rabies, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria, and Tetanus.
Is it safe drinking Egypt’s tap water?
Actually, Egypt’s tap water is safe to drink. However, it is heavily chlorinated, s we don’t recommend that you drink it since it can upset your stomach. Bottled mineral water is widely in restaurants, shops, and hotels, and it is inexpensive. There are no problems with using tap water to shower and brush your teeth in Egypt.
What is Egypt’s food like?
Egyptian cuisine features succulent vegetables, fish, and grilled meats so it has something that will appeal to most people’s taste. However, it is a good idea to take a few precautions to avoid having stomach issues while you are on holiday. Since the tap water is highly chlorinated it is recommended that you avoid having salads unless you are on an upscale cruise boat, hotel, or restaurant. All foods should be piping hot. That will ensure that it has been cooked correctly. You should avoid eating any food that looks like it has sat around for a while.
It is common to bargain in Egypt
Haggling over prices and bargaining is a fundamental aspect of shopping in Egypt’s bazaars and markets. Vendors often significantly inflate their prices so that following a back-and-forth exchange that the final price that is agreed on will be suitable for both parties. The key here is to start low and then work your way up but also have a maximum amount that you are willing to pay in mind at all times.
Things To Shop For In Egypt
Egypt is truly a virtual Aladdin’s Cave. Although the Khan al-Khalili bazaar in Cairo is huge and full of both everyday and unusual objects, there is also an abundance of smaller bazaars and souks in other towns as well. Some of the best items to buy include authentic papyrus, clothing, Egyptian cotton sheets, Pharaonic items fashioned in alabaster and marble, handcrafted shisha pipes, backgammon boards, mosaic mirrors and lamps, leatherwear, brass wear, and cotton shirts.
Etiquette and Cultural Hints
It isn’t just women who need to consider the way they dress when they visit Egypt, it also is best for men to have their shoulders covered and wear trousers to be in line with the way Egyptian men dress. It is only acceptable to wear shorts at beach resorts. However, it is surprising that so many people who visit Egypt ignore that. When a mosque is visited both women and men must be completed covered up. Women also are required to wear headscarves. Before entering, don’t forget to remove your shoes.
Is Egypt a suitable destination for a family holiday?
Yes, absolutely! The amazing tombs, temples, and pyramids are sure to fascinate both old and you with their impressive workmanship and complex history. Children with go home after their Egyptian holiday with their imagination stimulated and their minds opened. There are also many exciting experiences that Egypt offers from felucca boat trips down the Nile to camel rides, so your kids are sure to stay entertained. If you do fancy a Nile cruise holiday, be sure to contact Egypt Escapes to find a holiday for all the family.
What is Egypt’s currency?
The Egyptian Pound (LE) is Egypt’s currency. It is divided into 100 piastres. There are banknotes that are available in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5.
How much do things cost in Egypt?
Egypt is a highly price-competitive destination. In fact, in 2015 it was ranked as the second cheapest country in the world for international visitors based on purchasing power parity, taxes, and hotel prices. Dining out and food is a bit more in comparison, and expect to pay about USD $10 for inexpensive meals at restaurants, whereas an upscale three-course meal will probably cost about $30.