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Egypt

  • Getting there: Fly into Cairo (CAI), Luxor (LXR) or Aswan (ASW) International Airports or any of Egypt’s seven other international airports. Travel overland from Israel.
  • Capital city: Cairo.
  • Population: 93.946 million.
  • Religion: The majority is Muslim with about 10 percent being Christian.
  • Language: Egyptian Arabic.
  • Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP).
  • Climate: The country has basically two seasons — a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. Daytime temperatures are what vary during the seasons and the nights are generally cool. Siroccos (hot spring winds) occur mostly in April.
  • Transport: Getting around the larger cities and resort towns is best done by taxi. Cairo has a metro and Alexandria, trams. The bus system does connect most of the country but schedules can be quite unreliable. The train service is an infinitely better option for long distance travel as is the domestic air service.
  • Best time to travel: October to April when temperatures are pleasant is the best time to visit though from December to January the sights can get extremely crowded. The shoulder months of June and September will be cheaper but very uncomfortable temperature-wise.
  • What to wear: Dress ultra-conservatively at all times and a sturdy pair of closed walking shoes for the rough and dusty terrain is recommended.
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