Egypt is the gift of the Nile, creating a narrow fertile strip of land 600 miles long in an immensity of desert; this great river gave life to the Egyptian civilization. Cairo is a juncture of four worlds: modern and ancient, Christian and Muslim.

A short distance from the center of the city lie the three Pyramids of Giza. The sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, largest in Egypt, is still mysterious 45 centuries after its construction.


Services & Government Offices:
Government offices, including post offices, are open from 8:30AM - 2:00PM, Sunday through Wednesday. Shops are open daily from 10:00AM - 09:00PM (sometimes till midnight) and some shops are closed on Sundays.

The weekly day of rest is Friday. So the “weekend” is generally Friday and Saturday - Sunday is a normal business day although a good percentage of the population is Eastern Orthodox Christian. Islamic Holidays are based on the lunar calendar that changes annually and the Eastern Christian holidays are generally different than the western Christian ones. Some sites that are of an active religious type (monasteries, mosques, etc.) close for their appropriate Sabbath.

Health Regulations :
Vaccinations are no longer necessary or required to enter Egypt. However, if you have recently been traveling in an area known to be experiencing problems you should obtain a health certificate prior to arrival. We advise you to avoid drinking tap water.

Other un-bottled beverages and drinks with ice. Please consult your physician for more advice and be sure to bring any prescriptions you might need during your trip.

Climate & Clothing:
Egyptian summers are hot and dry while fall and winter seasons are moderate while spring season is windy. Some rain falls along the coast.
Light cottons and comfortable shoes are recommended for the hot summer months. Hats, Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended for protection against the harsh rays of the sun , Egypt is a religious country and modesty in clothing should be observed. Short dresses should be avoided when visiting religious sites.


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