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Welcome to the website of our travel agency, C LA VIE! We are delighted to have you here and offer you an unforgettable experience of Dahabiya cruises on the Nile and tailor-made journeys throughout Egypt.

Sekhmet from $ 850


  • Aswan - Luxor
  • 4 Days / 3 nights
  • Guaranteed departure every Wednesday
  • English-Speaking Egyptologist Guide
  • Private Stay From The 1st To The Last Day
Memphis from $ 900


  • Luxor - Aswan
  • 5 Days / 4 nights
  • Guaranteed departure every Saturday
  • English-Speaking Egyptologist Guide
  • Private Stay From The 1st To The Last Day
Saqqara from $ 1399


  • Luxor - Aswan - Luxor
  • 8 Days / 7 nights
  • Guaranteed departure every Saturday
  • English-Speaking Egyptologist Guide
  • Private Stay From The 1st To The Last Day
Menkaure from $ 2450


  • Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Hurghada - Cairo
  • 15 Days / 14 nights
  • Guaranteed departure every Thursday
  • English-Speaking Egyptologist Guide
  • Private Stay From The 1st To The Last Day
Cheops from $ 1450


  • Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Cairo
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guaranteed departure every Thursday
  • English-Speaking Egyptologist Guide
  • Private Stay From The 1st To The Last Day
Khafre from $ 1899


  • Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Luxor - Cairo
  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Guaranteed departure every Thursday
  • English-Speaking Egyptologist Guide
  • Private Stay From The 1st To The Last Day
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International flights are not included in our services. But we can offer you this option if you prefer to use us for Booking your international flights.

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- Competitive rates.
- All prices are inclusive without surprises.
- our agency will inform you of any modification of flights.

You can also book your packages and International flights on our site.

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Cairo & Mövenpick SS Misr Steamer Nile Cruise 10 Days from $ 2999

Cairo & Mövenpick SS Misr Steamer Nile Cruise 10 Days

  • 10 Days
  • Flight Included
  • Full board
  • Every Friday
  • Private tour (our groups maximum 10 pax)

Plan your Family Holiday to Egypt 

Take a trip back in time with a cruise down The Nile on a Historic SteamShip. Enjoy the luxury and leisure on board Mövenpick SS Misr Steamer Nile Cruise. Visit The Great Pyramids, Famous Sphinx and Valley Temple, Solar BoatCruise the Nile between Luxor, Aswan and its cultural treasures including  visits to the pharaonic  ancient  monuments like  Cairo** Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Memphis, Saqqara, Khan El Khalili, Citadel, Coptic Cairo, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Valley of the kings, Philae Temple, High Dam**  

You can also include Excursions –at an extra charge- such as : Abu Simple** Lake Nasser, Tutankhamun Tomb, Churches and  Alexandria, Sharm El SheikhHurghadaMarsa Alam**

Covid 19 protection measures are fully implemented for your health.(please check Covid protection measures implemented)

Additional services upon request at an extra charge: Entry Tourist Visa to Egypt

Low Budget offer:   Cairo & Marsa Alam 7 Days from $ 450

Low Budget offer: Cairo & Marsa Alam 7 Days

  • 7 Days
  • Daily Breakfast with Lunch During Tours
  • Everyday
  • Private Tour (our groups Maximum 10 pax)

Plan your Family Holiday to Egypt 

Look for our Cheap Holidays in Egypt and you will find that Cairo and Marsa Alam are The Cheapest Holidays with The best Services. also The best idea for Culture and Beach Vacations. Enjoy the best Cairo Visit the Iconic Giza Pyramids Sightseeing and Sandy beaches in Marsa Alam. with C LA VIE Egypt

You can also include Excursions –at an extra charge- such as : Nile Cruise** Abu Simple, Lake Nasser, Saqqara, Memphis,Tutankhamun Tomb, Egyptian Museum, Hatshepsut Temple,The Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Islamic Cairo,The Most Beautiful Mosques in Cairo, Coptic Cairo, Churches, Edfu,Kom Ombo, High Dam, Philae Temple and Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada **

Covid 19 protection measures are fully implemented for your health.(please check Covid protection measures implemented)

Additional services upon request at an extra charge: Entry Tourist Visa to Egypt

Dahabiya Flower of Life Nile Cruise 8 Days During Easter from $ 1850

Dahabiya Flower of Life Nile Cruise 8 Days During Easter

  • 8 Days
  • Full board
  • Every Saturday from Luxor to Luxor
  • Private tour (our groups maximum 10 pax)

Plan your Family Holiday to Egypt

Dahabiya "Flower of Life" is a Luxury Cruise, Sailing on The Nile River which will add Romance, Relaxation to your Holiday Trip During Easter

You can also include Excursions –at an extra charge- such as : Felucca Trip, Nubian Village** Nile Dam, Abu Simple, Lack Nasser, other Temples and Sleeper Train to Cairo to visit Giza Plateau, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis ,Egyptian Museum, Tutankhamun Tomb, Citadel, Alexandria or by Road To Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam**

Covid 19 protection measures are fully implemented for your health, (please check Covid protection measures implemented)

Additional services upon request at an extra charge: Entry Tourist Visa to Egypt

From May to September: ** NB: The Nile Boat departure is dependent on booking at least 3 double cabins or 6 participants to guarantee sailing.

Marsa Alam to Luxor from $ 49

Marsa Alam to Luxor

  • 6 Hours
  • A/C Deluxe
  • Everyday
  • Private Transfer
Transfer service between Marsa Alam Airport and all locations in Luxor
Low Budget : Cairo & Nile Cruise By Train 10 Days During Easter from $ 1175

Low Budget : Cairo & Nile Cruise By Train 10 Days During Easter

  • 10 Days
  • Cruise (full board) & Hotels (Daily Breakfast with Lunch During Tours)
  • Every Friday - Sunday and Tuesday
  • Private tour (our groups maximum 10 pax)

Plan your Family Holiday to Egypt   

Discover Egypt’s captivating Pharaonic History through an Exciting Tour across the country over river and rail during Easter. This cheaper alternative to our popular Egypt by Air tour features the same Activities, but you’ll do some traveling via Sleeper Train instead of taking domestic flights. You’ll visit The Great Pyramids and witness the astounding beauty of the last remaining of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. After exploring the majesty of Cairo’s past and present, you’ll board a sleeper train headed southward to Aswan. A luxury Cruise Ship Spend three days Sailing and Sightseeing between Aswan and Luxor before heading back to Cairo via train. you will visit The Pharaonic Ancient Monuments like Cairo** Pyramids, Saqqara, Egyptian Museum,Khan El Khalili, Islamic Cairo, Citadel, Nile Cruise, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Valley of The kings,Temple of Queen HatshepsutKarnak Temple, Luxor Temple, The Colossi of Memnon, High Dam, Philae Temple **

You can also include Excursions –at an extra charge- such as : Lake Nasser** Memphis,Tutankhamun Tomb,Coptic Cairo,Churches,Abu Simple and Alexandria,Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada**

Covid 19 protection measures are fully implemented for your health.(please check Covid protection measures implemented)

Additional services upon request at an extra charge: Entry tourist visa to Egypt 

Cairo, Luxor and Hurghada Package from $ 1675

Cairo, Luxor and Hurghada Package

  • 10 Days
  • Flight Included
  • Full board
  • Everyday
  • Private Tour (our groups Maximum 10 pax)

Plan your Family Holiday to Egypt 

Enjoy this Tour package of Cairo, Luxor, and Hurghada with optional day to Alexandria, specially designed for Wheelchair Travelers to See The Pyramids, The Egyptian MuseumIslamic Cairo then tour to the Temples on both banks of The Nile in Luxor like Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, The Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, and then spend 4 days relaxing on The Red Sea Hurghada.

You can also include Excursions –at an extra charge- such as : Abu Simple** Lake Nasser, Nile Cruise, Esna, Edfo, Kom Ombo, High Dam, Philae TempleSaqqara, Memphis ,Tutankhamun Tomb, Citadel, Coptic Cairo, Churches and Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam**

Covid 19 protection measures are fully implemented for your health.(please check Covid protection measures implemented)

Additional services upon request at an extra charge: Entry Tourist Visa to Egypt


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Section One: Booking

    1-Why book with C La Vie Egypt?

    There are many reasons to book your trip through C La Vie Egypt. We have been in the business of operating high quality tours in Egypt since 1995 by Mr. Ehab Ahmed Saber. Before The Creation C La Vie Egypt Travel Company Sponsor of Alwalaa Tour and pride ourselves on using this experience to create consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences. Our network extends all over Egypt so we are able to provide a level high of service anywhere you would like to travel in Egypt and  for more reasons why C La Vie Egypt is the best touring option for you and your group.

    2-Is there a discount for booking my tour far in advance?

    C La Vie Egypt is happy to offer an “Early Bird” discount for clients who pay the full cost of their tour in advance.as following 

    A -   If full payment for your tour is received Six months before the date of your arrival, we will gladly reduce the quoted cost of your trip by 7%. “Early Bird” rates require full, non-refundable pre-payment. Discounted tours will not be eligible for date changes or refunds.

    B - If full payment for your tour is received Fix months before the date of your arrival, we will gladly reduce the quoted cost of your trip by  6%. “Early Bird” rates require full, non-refundable pre-payment. Discounted tours will not be eligible for date changes or refunds.

    C - If full payment for your tour is received Four months before the date of your arrival, we will gladly reduce the quoted cost of your trip by 5%. “Early Bird” rates require full, non-refundable pre-payment. Discounted tours will not be eligible for date changes or refunds.

    3-Is there a special rate for private groups booking with C La Vie Egypt?

    Yes, C La Vie Egypt does provide a discount for private trips booked with large groups. For groups of ten or more people, there will be a discount dependent upon the nature and length of the trip. For groups of Sixteen or more people, highly competitive prices will be applied.

    4-Are there any rewards after booking the trip?

    Yes  "Earn travel points thanks to your loyalty"

    Loyalty and recommendation are qualities that will save you money!  Easy operation, without loyalty card or formalities.

    Each trip made (stay, circuit or cruise) allows you to earn Travel points These trips are necessarily chosen on our site.         

    Your points will only be credited if your reservation is made directly with C La Vie Egypt. 

    The amount in dollar of your trip is automatically converted into points (30 points for every 10 dollar) 

    You can redeem these Travel points to reduce the cost of your next stay to one of our destinations.   

    Recommend us!You can also offer your Travel points to a third party.

    This person must choose his trip on our site and book directly with us The amount of accumulated travel points will be communicated to you upon request.                                                         

    Register on our C La Vie Egypt website now to start earning points. If you are already a member, log in to view your account.    

    You earn 30 Travel points when you register.                                                                                                                         

    You earn 30 Travel Points when you offer your points.   

    You earn 100 Travel points if you are on one of our trips on your birthday.   

    The validity of the Travel points acquired is 24 months. 

    Between 5,000 and 15,000 points, you have a 10% reduction on your next trip with C La Vie Egypt.     

    Beyond 15,001 points, you have a 15% reduction on your next trip with C La Vie Egypt

    5-What do I need to do to book a tour and confirm my reservation?

    Booking a tour is simple. All you need to do is contact our representatives via one of the methods listed above in question 4. You will receive a prompt response outlining the options available to you and then you can build a tour that will suit your needs in terms of budget, number of days, and points of interest with the help of one of our travel consultants. Once a plan has been decided, C La Vie Egypt will send you a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans for your trip. At this point, you will have to confirm your reservation with payment of a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by C La Vie Egypt. The balance of payment will be due on arrival to begin your tour.

    6-How much will I have to pay as a deposit? How will I pay it?

    - The deposit required will be 30% of the total price of the tour, except during peak travel times around Christmas and New Years, when the deposit will be 50% of the total price. You can pay the deposit using a credit card (Visa and Mastercard are accepted) or a bank order directly to C La Vie Egypt. Our representatives will be willing to provide any additional information or support you need to complete this payment.

    - If payment of the deposit in one transaction is not possible, please contact C La Vie Egypt. to enquire about the possibility of making the payment.

    7-Is there any surcharge on transactions completed using a debit or credit card?

    C La Vie Egypt. does not charge any additional fees or surcharges on any debit or credit card transactions. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

    8-If I am forced to cancel my trip with C La Vie Egypt. will I receive a refund?

    - C La Vie Egypt’s refund policy is detailed in our Termes and Condations. The amount refunded depends on how far in advance we are notified about the cancellation.

    - If you have booked a Shore Excursion from a cruise ship with C La Vie Egypt. and weather conditions or circumstances otherwise outside of your control prevent the ship from coming into port then a full refund will be granted for whatever amount you have paid in advance.

    9-How can I contact C La Vie Egypt to book a tour?

    - C La Vie Egypt is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to receive your booking inquiries via email, telephone, or live online chat. You can also submit a booking request form describing the trip you want to take, its length, and any other details you can provide and you will receive a reply promptly with a proposal from our representatives.

    -Our toll free number, email, and a link to our chat service can be found at the bottom of our Homepage You can submit a booking request form  

    10-What is included in the prices offers?

    Our prices included as follows: 

    1- Accommodation and Cruises 5 * Luxury on full board basis (starting with dinner on the 1st day and ending with breakfast on the last day)                                                                                                                                                                                   

    2- Meals during your stay In Egypt (Breakfast - lunch - dinner & One bottle of water for each Person every day                          

    3- Domestic flight tickets with Egyptair in economy class                                                                                                                 

    4- There are also some Programs  4 *   accommodation with breakfast.                                                                           

    5- All transfers during your stay in Egypt and visits by private air-conditioned, modern vehicle                                                    

    6- For tours all our groups include only 10 participants maximum during tours in a private vehicle, air conditioned with a private guide, Egyptologist,                                                                                                                                                             

    7-  Egyptologist Tour  guide During your Stay and your  Visits in Egypt                                                                                   

    8- Entrance fees to all sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.                                                                                     

     9 - Assistance service from our agency 24/24                                                                                                                                  

    10- Special rate for private groups booking with C LA Vie Egypte                                                                                                   

    11 -  C LA Vie Tours Egypt does provide a discount for private trips booked with large groups. Some Egypt travel packages will include discount  as well for repeated customers, and students.                                                                             

    12- Standing by our designation to make the payment process  as smooth and  effort less as possible we do not apply any surcharge on your  transactions  via Debit  or  Credit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard                                                           

    13- Your trip to Egypt according to your budget 

    You are already thinking of packing your bags, heading for Egypt. A country whose splendor and culture fascinate you. A country very different from yours, which you dream of discovering today. Except that, precisely, this same difference in culture, if it fuels your curiosity, also increases your questions. What means of transport to choose, in a country where the road signs are written in a completely different alphabet? Did you know that men and women do not mix in queues like those at stations, and that you will often see two queues? Or that avoiding the car as a means of transport is the best initiative to take? In this guide, you will also learn that the administrative formalities are not that complicated, and that you only need an up-to-date visa to leave for the pyramids. All this information and more is available in the Egypt travel guide!

  • Section Two: Security and Safety

    1-Is Egypt safe to visit, especially after the political events that took place after the Egyptian Revolution?

    -Tourists have been visiting Egypt for centuries and Egyptians have well-earned reputation for warmth and kindness toward visitors. Egyptian cities are generally very safe, especially in area where tourists frequent.

    -Since the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, there has been intermittent unrest and political violence in Egypt, but even the most intense episodes have occurred in a relatively small area of Cairo and other cities. Tourist sites, mostly located far from these areas, have not been affected and there is no negative feeling toward foreign visitors among Egyptians. While Egypt is certainly still dealing with a political transition, it has not significantly affected the experience of tourists in the country.

    -. Most of our clients rave these days about how safe they felt during their trip.

    2-Is Egypt considered a safe destination in comparison to other countries in the world?

    Egypt generally has a very low crime rate. Travelers will be safe in Egypt if they take sensible precautions that would apply to any tourist destination around the world.

    3-Is there any special advice for women travelers while visiting Egypt?

    -There are many touristic areas in Egypt where special concerns are not necessary; however, in less touristic places, relatively modest dress is recommended. Women should avoid very tight clothing, keep their shoulders and knees covered, and avoid very revealing necklines. Men should also avoid particularly revealing clothing as all Egyptians generally dress more modestly than in many parts of Europe and America. For instance, wearing shorts is not very common among Egyptians. Dressing with relative modesty is a way of respecting the local culture.

    - The metro in Cairo has separate cars for women that might be more comfortable, especially during rush hours when the cars can be very full.

  • Section Three: Visas and Arrival

    1-How can I obtain my visa to visit Egypt?

    - Visitors to Egypt must have a passport valid for at least six month after their arrival and all foreign citizens must obtain a visa to enter Egypt. You can apply for a tourist visa at any Egyptian embassy or consulate around the world.

    -Travelers of the following nationalities can purchase a 1 month entry visa without application upon arrival in Egypt: Australia, Canada, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. This only takes a few minutes to do at a bank window before you go through customs

    - Egypt generally has three types of entry visas.

    1. Entry visa-- valid for one month; given to any non-Egyptian citizen entering the country without a previously purchased visa
    2. Transit visa-- given to any non-Egyptian citizen entering the country for a limited period of time for transit reasons
    3. Tourist visa-- valid for up to 3 months and available with single or multiple entries; purchased by the majority of visitors to Egypt from a Egyptian embassy or consulate before arriving in the country


    2-How do I apply for a visa to enter Egypt if I live away from the country of my nationality?

    If the traveler has a residence permit to live in another country, they can apply for a visa from the Egyptian embassy or consulate in that country or buy a visa upon arrival in the Cairo, Hurghada, or Luxor Airports. If they do not hold a residency permit, they must obtain their visa from the Egyptian embassy/consulate in the country that issued their passport.

    3-If I have already obtained a visa to enter Sinai, will I be able to visit other destinations in Egypt?

    The visa for Sinai allows tourists to travel anywhere in the Sinai Peninsula; however, if they want to visit another part of Egypt, like Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, or Aswan, they will need to obtain a new visa using the methods described in question 1

    4-Can I extend the period of my tourist visa beyond its expiration?

    It is possible to extend a tourist, but this requires obtaining an extension from the Mogamma building in the Tahrir Complex in Cairo or other governmental offices in another city. There is a two-week grace period after your visa expires during which you may purchase an extension without being subject to a fine.

    5-Can I combine my visit to Egypt with another country?

    Tourists visiting Egypt sometimes visit other countries in the Middle East or North Africa in the same trip. C La Vie Egypt offers tourism services in Jordan, Turkey and Dubai, which you can research on our website.

    6-Are there direct flights from USA to Egypt?

    Yes, EgyptAir, the Egyptian official airline, organizes direct flights from the United States to Cairo in particular. There is a flight from New York, the JFK Airport, direct to Cairo five times a week. The journey takes approximately 12 hours. Egypt Air also flies from Los Angles directly to Cairo. This journey takes approximately 17 hours; however, most tourists coming from the United States stop either in Europe (usually London or Paris) or in North Africa (usually Morocco).

    7-If I am arriving in the Cairo Airport coming from USA, which terminal will I be landing at?

    Your arrival terminal depends on the airline that you are using. Western European and American airlines mostly use terminal number 3, which is also called the New Terminal in Egypt. On the other hand, Egypt Air, Arab, African, and Eastern European airlines usually land in terminal number 1.

    8-Can I travel to Egypt by sea?

    - Although Egypt has many ports situated both on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, the number of passengers arriving in Egypt by boats or ferries has greatly decreased because of cheap airfare and package holidays that use air travel. There is only one exception to this: the crossing by ferry from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba in Sinai. The boats that used to sail directly from Greece or Cyprus to Egypt's Mediterranean ports no longer exist.

    - There are several cruise lines operating in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, which stop at various ports in Egypt and Jordan. C La Vie Egypt is happy to offer short private tours for cruise passengers passing quickly through Egypt or Jordan, who do not wish to use the tour services offered by the cruise companies. Passengers will be granted a visa by the port authorities at the point of their arrival and tours will begin from there. Please take a look at the Shore Excursions section of our website if you are planning a cruise that will come to Egypt.

  • Section Four: Purchasing Alcohol and Cigarettes

    1-Can I bring a personal supply of cigarettes and alcohol with me when I am visiting Egypt?

    It is always recommended for travelers who wish to have their own supply of cigarettes and alcohol with them in Egypt to purchase them upon arrival. There are duty free shops in the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh. Tourists are allowed to purchase up to 3 liters of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes on arrival.

    2-What happens if I didn't purchase my alcohol and cigarettes upon arrival, will I have the chance to buy them elsewhere in Egypt?

    Tourists have 48 hours after arrival to buy these products from any duty free shop in Egypt. Duty free locations are in the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh. There are also several other locations in Cairo and in hotels in Sharm El Sheikh, El Gouna and Hurghada. Your will be able to purchase up to 3 liters of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes.

    3-Can I bring my supplies of alcohol and cigarettes with me from any other country while I visit Egypt?

    The allowance for cigarettes or alcohol brought to Egypt from another other country is 1 liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes.

  • Section Five: Languages

    1-Do Egyptians speak languages other than Arabic?

    English is studied in school all over Egypt. This is why most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German; however, professionals, who work in the tourism sector, are accustomed to visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.

    2-Do I have to learn Arabic in order to enjoy my visit to Egypt?

    Many travelers enjoy their stay in Egypt without learning a single word of Arabic; however, it is always good to learn a few Arabic words to expressing greetings or thanks. If you are planning to visit some places other than popular tourist destinations, it is advisable to learn some Arabic phrases. Generally, Egyptians are friendly and are happy to help anyone, especially foreigners and tourists, even if there is a language barrier.

  • Section Six: Opening Hours

    1-What are the opening hours for monuments in Egypt?

    Most of the monuments, historical sites, and museums in Egypt open from 9 AM until 5 PM. Open-air historical sites, like the Pyramids of Giza for example, are open from 8 AM until sunset. Some museums have morning opening hours, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and evening opening hours, from 5 PM to 9 or 10 PM.During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.

    2-What are the opening hours for shops and different stores in Egypt?

    Most of the shops in Egypt open from around 10 AM and stay open until 10 PM; however, many shops, cafes, and restaurants especially in major cities like Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, and Alexandria stay open much later and some facilities and shops are open 24 hours a day in touristic areas like Khan El Khalili and inside the hotels. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, opening hours may change significantly with shops closed during the middle of the day and staying open much later.

  • Section Seven: Visiting Religious Sites in Egypt

    1-Is it allowed for non-Muslims to enter historical mosques in Egypt?

    Non-Muslims are generally welcome to visit mosques in Egypt; however, it is always advisable to seek permission before entering mosques outside Cairo and Alexandria where people are less accustomed to tourists. Tourists and foreigners are welcome in almost all mosques in Egypt, except mosques where the relatives of the prophet Mohamed were buried like the Mosque of El Hussein and the Mosque of Sayeda Zeinab. Tourists are more than welcome to visit most mosques at anytime expect when they are being used for prayer, on Friday and during the five prayers of the day.

    2-Is there any special dress code to be followed during visiting a mosque in Egypt?

    There aren’t really special clothes to be put on while visiting a mosque in Egypt; however, modest dress would be highly recommended and in some mosques, women will be asked to cover their hair and perhaps their arms and legs. Both women and men will be asked to remove their shoes before entering a mosque.

    3-What are the most important historical mosques in Cairo?

    Cairo, nicknamed as the ‘City of a Thousand Minarets’, features a large number of remarkable and historical mosques. The most notable among them are the Mosque of Mohamed Ali in the Saladin Citadel, built in the beginning of the 19th century, the Mosque of Al Sultan Hassan, built in 1361 AD, the Mosque of Al Azhar, built in 970 AD and restored and enlarged many times afterwards, the Mosque of Amr Ibn El Aas, the first mosque in Africa built in 640 AD, the Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, built in 878 AD, and the Mosque of Al Hakem, built in 1013 AD. Tourists are welcome in all of these mosques on any day, except Friday.

    4-Are tourists allowed to enter the Christian monuments in Egypt?

    In Egypt, churches are treated the same as mosques. Most churches and monasteries welcome tourists and foreigners, except during Lent. Modest dress is also advisable while visiting Christian monuments in Egypt.

    5-What are the most notable Christian monuments in Egypt?

    Christianity arrived in Egypt as early as the 1st century AD and as the birthplace of Christian monasticism, Egypt hosts many interesting churches and monasteries. These include the Monastery of Saint Catharine in Sinai, the Monastery of Deir Abu Makkar and the Monastery of the Syrians in Wadi El Natrun, and the Monasteries of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul near the Red Sea to the North East of Hurghada. There are many historical churches in Egypt as well, especially in Cairo and Alexandria, like the Church of Saint Barbara and the Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo.

  • Section Eight: Taking Photographs

    1-Can I take pictures while visiting the monuments in Egypt?

    Photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt, but some of them have extra charges for taking in a camera. However, in some museums, like the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and some historical sites, like the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, photography is prohibited and visitors are asked to leave their cameras at the reception before entering.

    2-Can I take photographs of the people, streets, etc. in Egypt?

    Egyptians are well known all over the world for their tolerance and hospitality; however, it is always polite to ask permission before taking a photograph of people, especially women, and stores or products. Photography is non-permitted around army bases, airports, dams, bridges, and in metro. In most places where photography is prohibited there will be signs to notify you.

  • Section Nine: Hotels in Egypt

    1-What is the check-in and check-out time in the hotels in Egypt?

    The same as many hotels all around the globe, the check-in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM. If you arrive in the hotel late at night or in the early morning, you may have to pay for an extra night to get to your room immediately without having to wait until the normal check-in time.

    2-What different types of hotels are there in hotels in Egypt?

    Accommodations for travelers in Egypt fall across a broad range—everything from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations are available. The nicest hotels compare well with luxury hotels anywhere, coming from international hotel chains like Movenpick, Hilton, Four Seasons, and Sofitel. A step down from these is a variety of local hotels that ranges from luxurious to simple. Egyptian hotels have their own rating system that loosely classifies them on a 5-star scale; however, this scale is different from international standards used elsewhere.

  • Section Ten: Health Issues

    1-Are there any health issues that I should worry about in Egypt?

    Generally speaking, tourists face few unique health problems in Egypt, but occasionally travelers experience some gastric disturbance resulting from drinking tap water or eating from a local restaurant not recommended by their tour guides or the receptionist in hotel. Some travelers might suffer sunburn or heatstroke from the heat and sun during the summer if they are not careful; however, taking the proper precautions and drinking bottled water can eliminate any health risks.

    2-Are there certain vaccinations to be taken before traveling to Egypt?

    There are no obligatory vaccinations that should be taken before being granted with the visa of Egypt. However, it would be recommended for the senior people and for young children to take vaccinations against Hepatitis C, Typhoid, and an oral dosage of Tetanus.

  • Section Eleven: Currency and Banking in Egypt

    1-What is the official currency in Egypt?

    The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound, or “Geneh” in Arabic, and commonly abbreviated as LE. One Egyptian pound is 100 piastres, or "irsh" in Arabic. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 LE and there are coins of 25 piastres, 50 piastres, and 1 pound. It can sometimes be difficult to find change for large bills so it is always advisable to have change on hand for taxis and tips.

    2-Will I be able to exchange dollars, Euros, or other currencies in Egypt?

    There are a large number of banks and exchange offices that can change cash and travelers’ checks in Egypt. Moreover, many touristic shops, restaurants, and bars will actually accept dollars or Euros at rates that are relatively close to the official ones. Makes sure you know the current exchange rate of dollars or Euros to Egyptian pounds.

    3-How common is the use of credit cards in Egypt?

    Credit cards are widely used in Egypt in hotels, many shops, restaurants, and cafes. Most stores in markets like Khan El Khalili and the Luxor touristic market accept credit cards. The most common types of credit cards used in Egypt are Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

  • Section Twelve: Tipping in Egypt

    1-Is it a common practice to give tips in Egypt?

    Due to the low salaries of many professionals in Egypt, many people depend on tips, or baksheesh as it is called in Egypt, as a major part of their income. Therefore, tipping is considered customary in Egypt.

    2-How much should I tip?

    - The amount depends on the situation. In a restaurant, it is good to give between 5 and 10% tip directly to the waiter even when there is service added to the bill. The service tax does not go to the waiter. For a small favor, like carrying luggage or parking a car, a few Egyptian pounds would be appropriate. Not more than five. Often times in Egypt you will find someone tending to the bathroom to keep it clean. Giving them one Egyptian pound is an appropriate amount.

    - Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver is completely optional but should be considered if you're provided with great service. If you decide to tip feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.

  • Section Thirteen: Transportation and Traveling Around Egypt

    1-Will it be easy for me to find transportation from the Cairo Airport to other destinations in the city?

    - There are several transportation options available from the Cairo Airport. The fastest and most common way is to take a taxi. The moment you step out of the airport, you will find many taxi drivers offering you a ride. It is advisable to avoid riding in the old black taxis as they don’t use meters and the drivers may ask for an exaggerated fare. The new white taxis, which use a meter, are a good choice if you are going anywhere around Cairo, but at the airport you may find yourself negotiating the price even with these new taxis. If you are going to Central Cairo, you should pay more than 60 LE.

    - There is a limousine service offered by the Cairo Airport, which is more expensive than other transportation means, but still relatively cheap when compared to the cost of transportation in North America or most European countries.

    -We recommend using the Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus, which you can reserve ahead of time if you are already in the country by calling 19970. You can also hire a car upon arrival if you look for the desk in the Arrival Hall, but you may have to wait for a short time. It is more expensive than a taxi, but it removes the hassle of negotiating a price and you will have a comfortable, private van to yourself.

    2-Are there any trains that go from Cairo to major cities in Egypt?

    The trains in Egypt fall generally into two categories; the air-conditioned trains that include the luxury wagons and local trains that stop in each village or town every 15 to 20 minutes. The local trains are crowded and do not provide much in the way of comfort. The A/C trains usually offer first and second-class cars. Both offer good options for travelers, but for a modest extra charge, the first class cars offer larger, more comfortable seats. There are around 15 A/C trains from Cairo to Alexandria everyday and five from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan, which also stop in the major cities of the Nile Valley on the way. There are also two overnight sleeper trains from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan, which will provide you with a private cabin and a hot dinner. Demand for trains in Egypt can be very high. It is recommended that you book your tickets several days in advance.

    3-Is it a good idea to take the train from Cairo to distant destinations in Egypt like Aswan?

    - Generally speaking, the standard of the railways service in Egypt is pretty good. The Egyptian railway network connects the Nile Valley, the Delta, and the Suez Canal. In the summer there are also trains to the resort areas along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.

    - Because of the high prices of domestic flights in Egypt, air travel does not always suit budget travelers. While it takes longer, train travel provides a cheaper option and the experience of seeing the entire Nile Valley by train is a memorable one. The sleeper trains from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor are designed specifically for tourists, leaving Cairo at 9 PM and arriving in Luxor at around 4 AM and in Aswan around 7 AM. These trains are comfortable and the guests will be offered a private cabin and a hot dinner.

    -Bus travel is also available to all of these locations for Turgoman Bus Station, located near the main train station in Downtown Cairo. Buses provide another affordable travel option.

    4-Can I travel by train from Cairo to Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh?

    No, the railway service in Egypt does not pass the Suez Canal to reach any cities in Sinai and it doesn’t go further south than the Ismailia along the Red Sea coast. Other than airplanes, tourists can take the buses from Cairo to reach cities like Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. It is also possible to hire a taxi to take you to these places, but this can be expensive without traveling companions to divide the cost.

    5-Is it a good idea for tourists to ride in the public buses of cities like Cairo and Alexandria

    The buses in cities like Cairo and Alexandria literally cover the whole city. These buses are cheap (fare is less than 1 Egyptian pound), it can be difficult to know where each bus route will take you and the buses are sometimes extremely crowded. Therefore, it is recommended to use other transportation means, like taxis or the metro when in Cairo.

    6-Is it advisable to ride in the underground metro in Cairo?

    - The metro is one of the best ways to go from one place to another within Cairo. With the streets being crowded with cars and people most of the day, the metro has become the fastest means of transportation in the Egyptian capital. Although the metro can get rather crowded during the rush hours, it is still a good way to get around Central Cairo.

    - The metro in Cairo goes from Helwan, the southernmost point in the city to Al Marg, located in the northeastern section of the city. The second line goes from Shubra in the north of Cairo to Giza in the western section of greater Cairo. The third line of the metro of Cairo will actually reach the airport eventually, but there are only 5 stations currently operating. The price of the ticket is one Egyptian pound for going from any station to another on any of the three lines. Each train on the metro has two wagons that are specified for women all day long, which can be a good option especially when the trains are very crowded.

  • Section Fourteen: The Most Remarkable Sights and Monuments in Egypt

    1-What are the sights and activities that are not be missed while visiting Egypt?

    Egypt, with its rich distinctive history, is a country that offers a lot to the tourists and a traveler can never see everything in one or even a couple of visits. This is why there are a number of monuments and some activities that tourists are advised not to miss if they visit Egypt. These include:

    - Visiting the Pyramids of Giza

    - Visiting Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

    - Visiting Saladin Citadeland Mohammed Ali Mosque

    - Visiting the White Desert

    - Diving or snorkeling in Sinai or cities situated on the Red Sea

    - Going on a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan or vise versa

    - Exploring the Saint Catherine Monastery in Sinai

    - Eating Kebab and Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish

    - Visiting the Luxor and Karnak temples in Luxor

    - Visiting Abu Simbel

    - Going to Khan El Khalili touristic market in Cairo

    - Exploring Islamic Cairo on foot

    - Discovering the magic of Egyptian oases like Siwa or Bahariya

    - Visiting the monuments of the West Bank of Luxor including the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings

    - Eating “Fool”, Egyptian beans, and “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish

    These are just the highlights of what Egypt has to offer. There are many more places around the country to enjoy, but if you are in a hurry use these as a guide. You are sure to see many more incredible things along the way.​​

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