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  • Background info
  • Festivals Egypt
    Visual art, music, dance, ballet and opera have always been an important part of life in Egypt. Until 1970 cultural life mainly centred around the world-famous opera house, but it was destroyed by fire in ...
  • Culture Egypt
    In many ways Europeans behave differently from Egyptians. We will give you some hints to avoid the biggest misunderstandings. To begin with, travellers are expected to dress modestly. Clothing should cover the shoulders, while skirts ...
  • Food and drinks Egypt
    Meals during your holiday: Most meals are not included in the travel price. This gives you the opportunity to eat where and with whom you like. Breakfast, however, is always included. Generally you will eat ...
  • Landscape Egypt
    Egypt is sometimes described as the gateway to Africa. The surface of the Arab Republic of Egypt is 1 million sq km (about four times the size of the UK). Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea ...
  • Population Egypt
    Egypt covers a relatively small area, yet is home to some 78 million people. About half of the population is under 18 years old. Outside the metropolis of Cairo life is lived in the towns ...
  • Religion Egypt
    Islam is the dominant religion in Egypt; 90% of the Egyptians are Muslim. Some 7% of the population are members of the (Christian) Coptic Church. Islam “La ilaha illa Allah. Muhammudu rasulu Allah” (There is no ...
  • Tipping Egypt
    In hotels and during the felucca trip, attendants will expect a tip for bringing your luggage or other small services. With the exception of the most expensive hotels, wages in the Egyptian tourist industry are ...
  • Weather and climate Egypt
    Climate: Egypt has a hot and dry desert climate, with cold nights in the winter and very high temperatures from May to September (often over 40 degrees Celsius). Rainfall is extremely rare. In December and ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Egypt
    On your first day in Egypt, take it easy. Take time to adapt. The change of climate, culture and food can have quite an impact. Traders can be pretty persistent, particularly in the larger cities. ...
  • Other info Egypt
    A visa is required for Egypt. Shoestring do not arrange this so please contact the Egyptian embassy. ...
  • Electricity Egypt
    Egypt has a 220 V, 50 Hz AC power supply; European plugs can be used. There are sometimes power failures, so keep a torch at hand. ...
  • Health Egypt
    The following health information is a general text that applies to all our Middle Eastern holidays (Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Jordan). Travellers to the Middle East who pay attention to hygiene and skincare don’t usually ...
  • Information for people at home Egypt
    Ensure that those at home know which country you are in and how long you are planning to stay away. You may like to fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone ...
  • Luggage and clothing Egypt
    Do not bring too much luggage. Clothes, for example, can always be bought locally at little cost. As a rule, we do not think you will need more than 12 kg of luggage. It should ...
  • Money Egypt
    The amount of spending money suggested (€ 200-300 per person per week- depending on tour) is the minimum required to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, airport taxes and tips. The amount ...
  • Photographs Egypt
    Not all types of camera batteries are on sale. Therefore be sure to have batteries that will last the entire holiday. People do not always like being photographed. When in doubt it is better to ...
  • Safety Egypt
    Parts of Egypt are dominated by Islamic fundamentalists. Over the past decade there have been a number of incidents in which tourists were targeted. Since the army and police surveillance is considerable we think it ...
  • Time differences Egypt
    The time in Egypt is GMT + 2 hours. ...
  • Traveldocuments Egypt