The cuisine in Egypt combines elements from across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Greece and France, reflecting the diverse influences that have shape her history. The influences vary across the country.
It is possible to enter Egypt overland, but the vast majority of travelers arrive by air. There are flights arriving at Cairo International Airport from London and New York, as well as many other major cities around the world.
Tourists visit Egypt year round. The winter is the best time for sightseeing and trips in the outdoors. Beach resorts are open year round. Prepare for the heat and come to Egypt during the summertime to enjoy great low season prices.
Tourists walking in the streets are most often greeted with a smile and this common refrain from passersby. It is evidence of just how used to visitors most Egyptians are, especially in areas frequented by tourists, but also a reminder that in general Egyptians want to make people visiting their country feel welcome.
Most holidays and festivals in Egypt are determined by the Islamic calendar; however, several Coptic Christian holidays are widely celebrated. For instance, Sham Al-Nessim is celebrated on Coptic Easter. This holiday itself, however, has Pharaonic origins as a celebration of the arrival of spring.
‘Baksheesh’. The word roughly translates to English as ‘tips’, but its meaning is much more nuanced in Egypt culture and tips are common in many situations. This guide is designed to help you get more comfortable with tipping customs in Egypt.