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Egypt Holidays

Language of Egypt: Arabic is the official language, however English is widely spoken

Time Difference in Egypt: GMT + 2 hours

Currency in Egypt: Egyptian Pounds (LE)

Flights to Egypt: We offer flights with British Airways, Egypt Air, EasyJet, Thomas Cook Airlines & TUI Airways to Egypt on almost every day of the week from most of the UK’s main airports and many regional departures from airports such as Doncaster Sheffield, Nottingham East Midlands, Cardiff, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and many more.

Typical Costs in Egypt: By international standards, prices in Egypt generally represent good value for money, especially when eating and drinking in local restaurants and bars. Eating and drinking in hotels is a little more expensive, but still reasonably priced.

Eating & Drinking in Egypt: In hotels and on the cruise boats, you will find international and European-style cuisine widely available. Traditional Egyptian food is also served. Kofta, which is minced lamb kebabs, ful, a spicy bean paste with onions and tomatoes, and tahini, which is a paste made from Sesame seeds, are those most commonly found on the menu. Beers, wines and spirits are readily available, though they can be expensive.

Tipping in Egypt: Tipping, or baksheesh as it is called in Egypt, is a way of life. It is customary and appreciated to tip guides, drivers, hotel & restaurant staff and anybody else who provides you with good service.

Shopping in Egypt: Shops are generally open from 10am-9pm in the winter and 9am-10pm in the summer.
Haggling is a common practice in all bazaars.

Banks in Egypt: Banks are usually open from 8.30am to 2pm Sunday - Thursday. Many banks are open 6pm-9pm Sunday to Thursday for exchange only.
ATMs are also widespread throughout the branches and in other locations such as supermarkets, petrol stations and shopping malls.

Local Customs in Egypt: It is important that local customs and etiquette are respected at all times. Women should cover their upper arms and should not wear revealing tops or shorts in public especially when visiting religious sites. It is also advisable for men to wear short/long sleeved shirts and long trousers. Swimwear and other revealing clothing is acceptable around thepool or sundeck but not in public places.

Ramadan: During the holy month of fasting, the date of which varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar, it is important to note that you should refrain from smoking, eating or drinking in public during the hours of daylight. Hotels will make provisions for guests during this time. It is also likely that shops and restaurants will close earlier than normal during Ramadan.

Clothing in Egypt: Light weight cottons during summer with warmer clothes for winter and the cool evenings. Men & women should not wear revealing clothes in respect of the local culture.
Suitable clothing such as comfortable walking shoes and a windproof jacket is recommend for touring itineraries.

Passports & Visas for Egypt: All British, EU and EEA nationals require a full 10-year passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of return for travel to Egypt.
British passport holders also require a visa to visit all parts of Egypt except for the Sinai coast which includes Sharm, Dahab, Taba and Nuweiba, for stays of less than 15 nights. Visitors to the Sinai area wishing to stay 15 nights or more, or those wishing to visit other parts of Egypt including Cairo and Ras Mohammed, must obtain a visa. Visas can be obtained by contacting the Egyptian Embassy on 020 7235 9777 or on arrival at all Egyptian airports. For up to date information on visa requirements, visitors are strongly advised to contact the Embassy prior to travel.

Vaccinations required for Egypt: For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic or local GP. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at

Electricity in Egypt: 220/240 volts AC, 50 cycles. An adaptor, usually 2-pin, is necessary.

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General Information

Festivals and Holidays 2019

07 January 2019: Coptic Christmas Day
25 January 2019: Revolution Day
25 April 2019:Sinai Liberation Day
28 April 2019: Coptic Easter Sunday
29 April 2019: Sham El Nessim
01 May 2019: Labour Day
06 May - 04 June 2019: Ramadan *
05 - 07 June 2019: Eid Al Fitr **
23 July 2019: Revolution Day
12 - 15 August 2019: Eid Al Adha *
01 September 2019: New Year (Hijri Day)
06 October 2019: Armed Forces Day
10 November 2019: Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday **

*Dates of Ramadan and Eid Al Adha are confirmed only shortly beforehand and vary from year to year by one or two days. During Ramadan, the pace of life during daylight hours is slower and offices and shops keep shorter opening hours between sunrise and sunset. Hotels may limit facilities, and excursions and entertainment can sometimes be affected.

**These festivals are subject to change by one day before or one day after as the moon governs them.

Muslim religious festivals may vary by one or two days. For further details, please contact the Egyptian State Tourist Office.

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Kempinski Hotel, Soma Bay - Spring 2020 Offer

02 March 2020 - Prices from £785 per person, based on 7 nights, Half Board at the Kempinski Hotel, Soma Bay. Based on 2 adults sharing a room


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