About Egypt
    Egypt occupies the North-Eastern part of Africa and encroaches on Asia in the Sinai Peninsula, covers an area of 1,001,400 square Kilometers, with a population of 60 million living mainly on the Nile river's banks. The very existence of the country depends on the slender ribbon of the Nile (the world's longest river). 
    Egypt named by the Pharaohs, the oldest civilization in the world. 
    How could you miss one third of the world's treasures which Luxor has? 
    There is so much to do and see all over Egypt- this lovely warm land  
    with its charming and hospitable people. Your one and only problem is likely to be time - you may never want to leave.  
    The Capital   

    The Egyptian Pound (LE or EGL) is divided into 100 piasters. 
    It is allowed to import and export any amount in foreign currency.  

    Weights & Measures   
    Metric system.  

    GTM +2 hours and 3 hours for summer time (from May 1st to  
    October 1st)  

    Personal effects are admitted duty free.  

    Cairo International Airport   
    14 miles from the city centre.  

    Business hours  
    Banks: from 8:00a.m to 2:00p.m, Sunday though Thursday and  
    closed on Fridays and Saturdays.  

    Government Offices   
    from 09:00a.m to 02:00p.m, closed Fridays and Thursday.  

    Commercial Offices   
    from 08:30a.m to 05:00p.m, closed on Fridays and Sundays.  

    Generally open from 09:00a.m to 09:00p.m and closed on Sundays.  

    Mild, with temperatures increasing as you travel from north to south. Cairo can be chilly from December to February, and very hot from  
    June to September, though the traveler is often relieved by a northerly breeze with temperatures dropping during the night.  

    Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt from May to October are usually compensated for by extremely low humidity.  

    In summer, light cotton garments and in winter woolens. In the winter,  
    a sweater and an overcoat may be needed in the evening. In all seasons light walking shoes and a hat are essential and avoid very brief clothing  
    as the norm is semi conservative attire.  

    Handy Items Include  
    Sun-glasses, sun oil, a pocket torch and binoculars.  

    Electric Current   
    220 volts, 50cycles. Sockets take the standard continental Europe round-prond plug. American appliances will need adapter plug and transformers.  

    Arabic is the language spoken in Egypt. The most common foreign languages spoken by Egyptians are English with French a close second, perhaps also German and Italian.  

    Egypt offers many "best buys", such as silver, leather, gold, mother-of-pearl, brass, copper and alabaster .In winter, most shops are open twice daily.  

    Passport & Visa   
    All Egyptian consulates grant entry visa. Passport authorities at  
    all ports of entry are also empowered to grant visa on spot.  
    Passports must be valid for least three months subsequent to the date  
    of the passport visit. For more than seven days it is necessary to  
    register all passports, this can be done via local police station but is  
    easier done by giving all passports to hotel reception which will make  
    the necessary arrangements free of charge. Group visas are granted  
    on a group passport on condition that visit is organized via a travel  
    agency and that members remain in the group.  

    Currency Regulations   
    Egyptian currency may not be taken in or out of the country, individual visitors must declare on entry any foreign currency they are carrying.  

    At Luxor and Aswan, there is a fee for video filming on an hourly basis.  

    There is no charge for still photography  



The Land of Pharaohs   
tutankhamen's treasure Egypt is the cradle of civilization, the beacon of religion and the gateway to Africa. Cairo is the foremost capital on the African continent and lies at the centre of all routes leading to, and from the capitals of the three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.  

 Egypt, for over fifty centuries, engendered the development of culture and civilization: Pharaonic, Christian and Islamic; and all during those long years, has generously contributed in the history and treasures of man-kind.  

  Consequently, when in Egypt, the land of love, friendship and hospitality, you will never not even for a moment, feel a lonely traveller! In fact, you will enjoy travelling through time, from one period to another, exhilarated by the history of those who remained immortal; through their bodies were laoid to rest thousands of years ago.   

    Cairo, which has enfolded various civilizations, does not concede to mortality which it has overcome.  

    Egypt, the country of 7000 years of civilization, where past and present meet, invites you to come and enjoy its beautiful all-year weather, and visit the immortal monuments and relics, especially the ancient pyramids, the Sphinx of Giza, the Great Temples and Tombs of Luxor and Abu Simbel, the beuty of River Nile and the unforgetable Nile Cruises.  

    One of the greatest Pharaohs of Egypt, Ramses II, was born in the eastern Nile Delta about 1303 B.C., during Egypt's golden age,  
    known as the New Kingdom. Egypt had been unified 2,000 years earlier; by Ramses' time its borders reached the Fourth Cataract of the Nile,  
    and its sphere of influence extended to northern Syria. In 1279 B.C. Ramses II assumed the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt. Ramses left more monuments to himself throughout Egypt than any other pharaoh. Colossal Ramses, in Nubia at Abu Simbel is the most splendid monument of this dynasty.  

    Obviously, 4,500 years old Sphinx, in Giza, is the most famous of all monuments since the antiquity. The builder of the Sphinx , Pharaoh Khafre, did not have the chance to finish this great monument during his life time.