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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, Thomson Airways and Monarch Airlines 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 www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

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 2017

07 January 2017: Coptic Christmas Day
25 January 2017: Revolution Day
25 April 2017: Sinai Liberation Day
01 May 2017: Labour Day
17 April 2017: Sham El Nessim
27 May - 25 June 2017: Ramadan *
26 June 2017: Eid Al Fitr **
23 July 2017: Revolution Day
01 September 2017: Eid Al Adha *
21 September 2017: New Year (Hijri Day)
06 October 2017: Armed Forces Day
01 December 2017: 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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Latest Offers

Kempinski Hotel, Soma Bay - Winter 2017/18 Offer

Kempinski Hotel, Soma Bay - Winter 2017/18 Offer

07 December 2017 - Prices from £575 per person, based on 7 nights, Bed and Breakfast at the Kempinski Hotel, Soma Bay. Based on 2 adults sharing a room

Includes

  • Flights
  • 20KGS baggage allowance
  • Egyptian Visa
  • Private transfers + airport meet and greet service

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The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh - Winter 2017/18 Offer

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh - Winter 2017/18 Offer

07 December 2017 – Prices from £865 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe suite at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Includes

  • Flights
  • 20KGS baggage allowance
  • Egyptian Visa
  • Private transfers + airport meet and greet service

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Baron Palace - Winter 2017/18 Offer

Baron Palace - Winter 2017/18 Offer

08 December 2017 – Prices from £799 per person for 7 nights, All Inclusive at the Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh based on 2 adults sharing a room

Includes

  • Flights
  • 20KGS baggage allowance per person
  • Private transfers
  • Egyptian Visa

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The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh - Autumn 2017 Offer

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh - Autumn 2017 Offer

09 October 2017 – Prices from £1,139 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe suite at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Includes

  • Flights
  • 20KGS baggage allowance
  • Egyptian Visa
  • Private transfers + airport meet and greet service

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Sonesta St George Nile Cruise - 2017 Holiday Offer

Sonesta St George Nile Cruise - 2017 Holiday Offer

16 October 2017 – Prices from £1,899 per person for 7 nights, Full Board (Including Tours) at the Sonesta St George, Nile Cruise based on 2 adults sharing a room, including flights, 23KGS baggage allowance per person, private transfers and airport meet and greet service.

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Cascades Golf Course - Autumn 2017 Golf Holidays

Cascades Golf Course - Autumn 2017 Golf Holidays

09 October 2017 - Prices from £1,145 per person for 7 nights, All Inclusive at the Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa based on 2 adults sharing a room, including flights, 20KGS baggage allowance per person, private transfers, airport meet and greet service and 3 x 18 holes at the Cascades Golf Course.

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Autumn Offer Soma Bay Learn to Dive - Orca Dive Club

Autumn Offer Soma Bay Learn to Dive - Orca Dive Club

09 October 2017 - Prices from £1,109 per person for 7 nights, Half Board at the The Breakers, Soma Bay, based on 2 adults sharing a room, including flights, 20KGS baggage allowance per person, taxes, transfers and a PADI Open Water Course.

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