Is it your first time in Cairo, or Sharm el-Sheikh, Luxor, Hurghada, or any Egypt location and you aren’t sure what to expect? Pick your intended vacation spot from the list below to find some information that might come in handy. You’ll feel welcome in each and every Egyptian town or city you’ll visit. Nonetheless, each destination has its own special spirit which you might want to know about before going there.
Wherever you chose to go, you will easily stay connected with family and friends back home through:
Mobile phones: you can chose to roam with your international number by registering on any of the three mobile phone operator networks in Egypt. Alternatively you may want to purchase a temporary visitor line from one of the providers.
Land-lines: in addition to their availability in all hotels, payphones are also available in some cities.
Internet: wireless internet is available in a large number of restaurants, hotels and coffee shops throughout the country. Some may provide the service for free while others may charge you for it. Hotels offer wired and wireless access in the comfort of your own room. Some cities, like Sharm El Sheikh, are fully connected using wireless internet connectivity.

Abu-Simbel
Being one of the southernmost touristic destinations in Egypt, located in the heart of Nubia, a few kilometres away from the Sudanese border, Abu-Simbel has a unique atmosphere that most tourists have no time to sample when hanging around for a day or less only to see the world-famous amazing temples of Ramses II and Nefertiti. Try to extend your stay at Abu-Simbel to immerse yourself in the Nubian culture of Upper Egypt.
Weather: Abu-Simbel is located 280 km south from Aswan; it enjoys a mild weather from November to February (10-25 C) and hot and dry weather during the months of June, July and August, when the temperature can go as high as 35 C. In the remaining months of the year, the weather is hot but pleasant, with temperatures rising to a maximum of 30 C.
Tickets and Fees: Whether you’re thinking of travelling to Abu-Simbel by boat, road or plane, you can book your trip as a whole package, including the sites visits, the entrance fees, the assistance of a guide and the accommodation. As in most of Egypt’s amazing touristic sites, professional multilingual guides are available. Inform your agency about your language preferences prior to booking the trip.                  
Food: Budget travellers will find many cheap cafes lined up on both sides of the Abu-Simbel main road, they serve local snacks, coffee, and cold drinks. Hotel restaurants offer more consistent dining options, often mixing between traditional Nubian cuisine and international dishes.

Aswan
The serene Aswan lies on the East bank of the Nile, and is busy with tourists all year long. In ancient times, this trade hub was the source of stone for most of the empire.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in Aswan:
Don’t miss:
Trip to Abu-Simbel: A nice extension to your visit in Aswan would be a small excursion to Abu Simbel where you can enjoy the sound and light show at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is reachable by plane, train, or cruise from Aswan.
Nile Cruise: Remember that the best time of the year to go on a Nile cruise is during fall. The weather gets colder during fall in Aswan so its advisable to be prepared with some warmer clothing.
Aswan Museum: Pay a visit to the Aswan Museum on Elephantine’s Island; it’s a serene small museum housing an interesting collection of Greco-Roman artefacts that were found in Aswan and Nubia, such as the mummy of the sacred calf which symbolized Khnum. The museum is open from 8 am till 5 pm in summer, and from 8:30 am till 6 pm in winter.
Folk Dances: Aswan is the hub of traditional Nubian folk dances: these are performed on special occasions as well as everyday for the sake of entertainment. Every night Nubian dancers and musicians perform in the Cultural Center, just off the Corniche.
Tips:
Felucca Cruise Tips: If you decide to go on a Felucca cruise, agree on the price and the itinerary before sailing off from Aswan.
Food: The fact that most of Aswan’s visitors arrive on cruise ships where they can enjoy all their meals, may be the explanation for the lack of diverse dining options in town. Nevertheless, there are a few floating restaurants down by the Cornice that are worth a visit; there you can enjoy your meal while listening to traditional Nubian music, or watching a Nubian dance show. You’ll also find a few interesting cafes on the Souk street. Those are perfect for quenching your thirst, or having a quick snack in between your sightseeing tours. Remember to dress comfortably when visiting the ancient Egypt sites; sneakers, sun glasses and caps are highly recommended.
Remember to pick up some of Aswan’s unique and special drinks such as karkadeh. Ask the seller to explain how to prepare it.

Dahab
Dahab is more of a backpacking location than a luxury resort town, although the new Dahab City area offers tempting upscale resort hotels.
If you’re looking for a more rugged stay and budget accommodation options, you’ll find what you need in Assalah, the laid-back area of the town housing camps, hotels, cool restaurants, a bazaar, in an island-like atmosphere nestled among the palm trees.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in Dahab:
Diving Tips: Prior to registering in a diving course or class, ask how big the group is and bear in mind that more than 4 people is too much. Also remember that it is strictly prohibited to fish any of the rare fishes or to tamper with the coral reefs.
Food: For a nice dining experience in Dahab, head down to Assalah where the seafront is lined with laid-back Bedouin-style restaurants. Comfortably seated on traditional embroidered cushions, you’ll enjoy a feast of freshly caught seafood and fish, , and spend  the remainder of the evening  listening to some local music or watching an improvised belly-dancing show.
What to buy: When shopping in Dahab, look out for Bedouin handicrafts: you can find some really beautiful hand embroidered clothes made by Bedouin women.
Dahab is perfect for yoga lovers and meditation seekers. Take a daytrip to St. Catherine, visit the famous monastery and climb up Mount Moses for amazing views of the Sinai Peninsula.

Dakhla Oasis
Dakhla Oasis in Arabic means the Inner Oasis; it is situated between the Oases Farafra and Kharga, and is in the New Valley Governorate. Dakhla’s capital is Mut.  When visiting Dakhla you will see different communities and interesting ways they have adapted to living in the desert.
Food: As in most Western Desert oases, eating options in Dakhla are far from being gourmet-friendly. Budget restaurants and cafes dot the town’s main street and serve quite decent traditional local specialties, ranging from roasted chicken, kebabs and stuffed pigeons, to ful,  Falafel (taameya), vegetables and salads.
Hot springs: When bathing in hot springs, women are particularly advised to take into account the Bedouin culture and customs.
Sunburns: While walking, cycling, or riding a camel around town, or in the desert, it’s best to apply a good sunscreen, especially if you have fair skin. The desert sun is very strong. Also make sure to stay hydrated.
Visit Bashendi: To the north of the main road leading to Kharga, lie the pharaonic ruins of Bashendi, a small village believed to have been built in the 19th Dynasty. The village also houses the 1st century tomb of the region’s governor. The beautifully carved tombstone explains the mummification process and depicts the final trial of the dead at Osiris’ Tribunal.
Rock Art: 45 km towards Al-Kharga, the oasis’ cultivated land ends at the feet of strange rock formations, the former location of a caravan routes crossroad. You’ll find different prehistoric carvings on these rocks depicting camels, giraffes and tribal symbols.
Museum: Dakhla is home to an amazing ethnographic museum. The locale is organized as a traditional house, and includes exhibits taken from the everyday life in the oases, such as: traditional clothing, baskets, domestic tools and jewellery.
Roman Necropolis: 37 km from Mut lies the Roman Necropolis of Muzawaka, a sight to behold for the beautiful paintings decorating the tombs.
Dakhla Oasis can be reached from Luxor.
Banks and ATM machines are available in Dakhla.

El-Alamein
With its lovely Mediterranean climate it’s a wonder that the WW II troops didn’t put their rifles aside, and lay on the beach to share a cold beer. El Alamein is one of those places that have a prominent history and really beautiful beaches.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in El-Alamein:
Don’t miss:
The Battlefield: But watch out! Some live mines and ammunition still litter El-Alamein’s battlefield sites and surrounding desert. That is why, when visiting these sites, you’ll be asked to stick to tracks that are visible.
The Opportunity: If you’re not intending to stay in El-Alamein, a day trip from Alexandria is the most convenient way to visit the town. Your hotel or Alexandria’s tourism office can help you organize your excursion.
Tips:
Food: Except for a small cafeteria close to the war museum, there are barely any restaurants in El-Alamein. Usually, when visiting the WWII sites in El-Alamein on a day tour, lunch will be organized at one of the resorts in nearby Sidi Abdul-Rahman or Marina. If you’re more of a solo traveller, a good idea would be to bring your own snacks for the trip.
Explore the North Coast: From El-Alamein, you can head to the nearby pristine beaches of Sidi Abdel-Rahman, to King Mariout – a renowned therapeutic destination for rheumatism patients -, to Abu Mena for a visit to St Mena Monastery, and to Borg El-Arab for the upscale touristic resorts’ entertainment.

Farafra Oasis
Located 320 km northwest of Dakhla and 200 km south of Bahariya, the smallest and most remote of Egypt’s Western Desert oases, Farafra, relies mainly on agriculture: dates, palms, sunflowers, and guava making up the majority of the produce. Female visitors to Farafra’s hot springs should respect the local tradition and restrict their bathing to the afternoon.
Here are some tips and hints you may make use of while in Farafra:
Watch the White Desert change color: At sunrise and sunset you can see the formations of the White Desert take on the colours of the sky, no one going into the White Desert should miss this breathtaking vision of purples, oranges, and pinks. Day trips can be organized from Farafra to the white desert.
Food: As in most Western Desert oases, eating options are limited in Farafra, but available! The town’s main restaurants and cafes are located on Al-Qasr’s main street. They serve traditional local dishes and snacks, including kebabs, roasted chicken, ful, and Falafel (taameya). Farafra’s hotels offer their guests a wider and more diversified menu.
Qasr Al-Farafra: or simply Al-Qasr, Farafra’s only “town” is home to the ruins of an old Roman fortress which was built to protect this part of the desert caravan route.
Wadi Hanas: Heading 55 km northeast from Farafra, you’ll reach the “Hanas Valley”, a fabulous natural spot dotted with Roman springs surrounded by the lush greenery of palm groves.
Crystal Mountain: At a certain point in the desert the floor begins to change and you can see quartz crystals scattered like stars.
The rock formations in this part of the desert are actually crystal formations, the largest of which is the crystal mountain, with its large hole in the middle.
Tourist Information: There is no tourist office in Farafra; if you’re looking for information it’s better to contact the one in Mut (Dakhla Oasis).
You can book a safari to Farafra from Cairo: a typical one-week journey includes Fayoum, the White Desert, Farafra and Bahariya. While exploring the Western Desert, stay within reach by activating the roaming service on your mobile phone. Alternatively, you can purchase an Egyptian phone line from any of the local telecom operating companies (Mobinil-Vodafone-Etisalat).
Banks and ATM machines are available.

Gilf El-Kebir
A journey through the breathtaking landscape of Gilf El-Kebir is a great finale for any Western Desert exploration safari.
Discovering this remote area of untouched nature is awe-inspiring and surely one of the most exciting off-the-beaten-path touristic experiences in Egypt.
Weather:
The best time of the year to visit the Western Desert and take in the amazing prehistoric rock art in Gilf El-Kebir is in late autumn and early spring. Beware of the scorching hot summer months and the month of April, when hot and dry winds (Khamseen) hit the region. Winter is also unadvised  although the climate is pleasant during daytime – because, at night, temperatures can drop to as low as 0 C.
Where to Stay:
Camping is the only accommodation option available in Gilf El-Kebir. Guides and accompanying staff from your travel agency or safari operating company will set the group camp in the middle of the dunes, light a fire, and ensure your security during your sleep.
What to Eat:
There are no restaurants in the barren region of Gilf El-Kebir. Basically, there’s one rule, what you bring is what you eat! But rest assured: all safari companies organizing trips to Gilf El-Kebir are well prepared from that perspective: usually food and beverage are included in the safari package you’ll book.

Kharga Oasis
Kharga or Khariga Oasis means the Outer Oasis in Arabic; it is the capital of the New Valley Governorate and is the largest and most modern of the Oases of the Western Desert.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in Kharga:
Food: Make sure your hopes aren’t too high when it comes to eating in Kharga. There are a number of good establishments, but they are usually quite basic and traditional, mostly serving roasted chicken, ful, taameya and kebabs. Hotels have more diversified options, with menus including some continental dishes.
Day Trip to Qasr ad-Dush: 90 km south of Kharga is Baris, which boasts an interesting Roman temple-fortress, Qasr ad-Dush. You can usually take a bus from Kharga (they leave twice daily), and then a covered pick-up truck to the site.
Bulaq Springs: If you suffer from rheumatism, take a dip in the Bulaq wells where the water temperature reaches 28 C. The area is located about 28 km south of Kharga on the Kharga City-Baris Road. The sand dunes found in the area are used for sand-burying therapy sessions. For more info, call +20 92 966 177.
Nasser Wells: Located 18 km south of Kharga, Nasser Wells refer to three wells which waters are collected in a swimming pool maintained naturally at an average temperature of 28 C. The water is known for its curing properties in the treatment of rheumatism, joint pains, kidney stones, and digestive disorders. The pool is surrounded by beautiful gardens where a huge tent and a restaurant have been built to host the tourists.

Makadi Bay
The beautiful Red Sea bay of Makadi, lying only 35 km south from Hurghada City’s downtown, enjoys year-round sunshine, incredibly clear waters, and pristine white sandy beaches. It is the perfect holiday destination for families, friends, and honeymooners alike.
Here are some hints to make the most out of your holiday in Makadi Bay:
Weather: Average temperatures in Makadi Bay range from 15 C to 23 C during the colder months of November, December, January and February, and reach 23 C to 34 C during spring and summer months.
Visit Hurghada: Most of Makadi Bay’s hotels and resorts offer a daily shuttle service to nearby Hurghada City. A trip to the bustling city is worth it, be it for shopping, diving or nighttime entertainment.
Food: since it was designed from the start to answer the most particular needs of its visitors, it is only natural that Makadi Bay is full of gourmet restaurants, charming lounges and bars, and can cater to any taste in the world. Makadi Bay hotels house high-end establishments serving local specialities  including mouth-watering freshly caught seafood, as well as Asian, French, Italian, Japanese, and International cuisines.
Internet is available in many hotels. Wireless hotspots are also available in cafés and restaurants around the city.
Mobile phones: you can either keep your mobile phone number by activating the roaming service or buy a new number that you can use during your stay.

North Coast
Geographically, the Egyptian North Coast extends from the easternmost point of the Mediterranean coast in Sinai to Sallum, the westernmost point of the coast on the Libyan border. On the touristic map of Egypt, the “North Coast” mostly refers to the new sea & sun holiday destinations such as Sidi Abdul-Rahman (132 km west of Alexandria) and the Marina (about 100 km west of Alexandria), state-of-the-art resort towns catering to vacationers elite. Here you’ll experience luxury at its best, the resort towns are home to amazing apartments, villas and leisure facilities including golf courses, modern Spas, water activities centres and amazing entertainment options. Moreover, Egypt’s hippest nightclubs are located on that strip of coastal bliss.
Don’t Miss:
The Archaeological Discovery: The Marina Town in El-Alamein houses a Hellenistic-Roman town that was discovered in 1986 when the marina’s construction started.
The Boat: Enjoy a nice sea cruise by renting a yacht from Porto Marina in Marina El-Alamein. For a softer cruise version hop on one of the gondolas that sail through the canals of the Venice-inspired Porto Marina resort.
The Movies: Enjoy watching a movie at Porto Marina’s Good News Cinema. You can even get there by boat, a great way to start a romantic movie night out.
The Food: All the world-acclaimed food chains, famous local brands, and respectable newcomers have invaded the Egyptian North Coast. There is no possible way you won’t find what you’re craving for. The resort towns of Marina and Sidi Abdul-Rahman house upscale Italian, French, American, Chinese, Japanese and local restaurants, as well as a wide selection of cafes and fast-food eateries.

Safaga
On the gorgeous Red Sea, Safaga is a quiet, relaxed tourist town to visit. There is no wild Sharm nightlife, or shopping galore, it is the kind of place where you can wind down and enjoy the peace, or crank it up with water sports. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are very popular here, and there are brilliant dive sites.
Food: Like most Egyptian Sea towns, Safaga has some great seafood eateries where you can enjoy the perfectly cooked catch of the day, right by the shore. Sharks, Rays and Tuna: While diving in Safaga’s Abu Kifan Reef keep an eye out for the large pelagics that can be seen around these parts of the Red Sea.

Sahl Hashish
Located on the paradisiacal Red Sea coast, only 18 km south from Hurghada, the resort community of Sahl Hashish is a recent real-estate development completely dedicated to luxury, relaxation, and family-fun.
Escape the crowds to the most upscale Red Sea holiday destination in Egypt. Keep in mind the following tips and hints to make the best out of your vacation in Sahl Hashish.
Don’t miss:
Resort Day Passes: check at hotel reception desks for the availability of such passes which will provide you access to the hotel “all inclusive” guest facilities which would include meals, drinks, gym, spa, activity and entertainment without the cost of accommodation. These may be purchased on a meal to meal basis, daily or for a number of days.
Shopping: the newly opened Senzo Mall shopping centre, located only 10 minutes away from Sahl Hashish, in Hurghada City, offers you the most complete shopping experience in the area. The mall sells food, electronic appliances and gadgets, bedding and linen items, as well as hardware, house ware and clothing.
Spa & Wellness: Sahl Hashish is one of the best upscale Spa & Wellness destinations on the Red Sea Riviera. The resort’s hotels house gymnasiums, saunas, spas, beauty treatments, and wellness classes.
Food: The upscale resort of Sahl Hashish is dedicated to providing the best culinary experience on the Red Sea through various gourmet restaurants hosted in the development’s most luxurious resorts and hotels. An infinite choice of cuisines and styles are on offer: Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian, Lebanese, and International, it’s all there.
Tips:
Internet: most of the accommodations in Sahl Hashish offer internet access to their guests, through direct room connection, or through internet rooms and business centers located within the premises of the hotel or resort.
Keep in Touch: you can activate the roaming service on your personal mobile line, or alternatively purchase an Egyptian line from any of the three main telecom operators in Egypt.
Weather: Sahl Hashish enjoys a year-round sunny weather, just like most of the Red Sea destinations in Egypt. In the colder months of the year, temperatures can reach 25 C, whereas in summer, they range between 28 and 35 C.

Siwa Oasis
Siwa is the closest Egyptian oasis to neighboring Libya. During Roman times, it was used as a place for banishment. Siwa is famous around Egypt for its delicious dates and its good quality olives and olive oil.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in Siwa:
Permits: you must hold a permit to travel from Siwa to Bahariya or into the desert surrounding Siwa, some local guides may be able to arrange for these permits and your passports are needed. Permits are valid for only one day, so overnight trips aren’t always permitted.
Food: With the exception of hotel- and camp-based restaurants in Siwa, most restaurants and cafes in town cater to visitors by offering a unified selection of traditional staples, including kebabs, salads, and meat and chicken based dishes. Most of them are based in Shali or nearby. Siwan Traditions: Siwan people are very proud of their traditions and as a result are very sensitive about them. Do not show “public displays of affection”, and dress modestly.
Sand Baths: Why not take a sand bath and be buried up to your neck in the hot desert sand? Sounds scary? Well it’s actually very curative and is known to give relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
The best time of the year to visit Siwa is either in spring or fall as it is very cold in winter and hot in summer.
If you happen to be in Siwa during October, don’t miss the traditional date harvesting festival that lasts for 3 days.
In Siwa, you can use your own phone number by activating the roaming service. Alternatively, you can purchase a local mobile line from any of the Egyptian telecom operators.
Bank branches and ATM machines can be found in Siwa.
Therapeutic Waters: In Siwa you’ll find the Bir Kighar hot spring. The temperature of the mineral and highly sulphuric waters of this spring is situated around 67 C. Studies have shown that it helps greatly in healing skin diseases such as psoriasis, digestive disorders and rheumatic ailments.
Mountain of the Dead: located at the northern end of Siwa Town, Gabal el-Mawta is a small hill dotted with beautifully painted rock tombs dating back to the 26th Dynasty. The most famous tombs at this site are the tomb of Si Amun, the Crocodile tomb, and the tomb of Ni Ber Baghouti.
Gebel Dakrour: located 3 km southeast from Siwa, the Dakrour Mountain is known for its climatic therapeutic properties, especially in regard to patients suffering from rheumatism.

Soma Bay
The upscale resort of Soma Bay on the Egyptian Red Sea is one of the most convenient destinations to experience a fulfilling holiday on the Red Sea Riviera.
Location: Opportunely located at a 45 km distance from Hurghada International Airport, the resort boasts all the amenities you might expect from a world-class holiday resort.
Experience: Soma Bay is a perfect location for a hassle-free sun & sea holiday with your family, your friends or your loved ones. Water sports addicts will also be overwhelmed by the infinite options offered by the resort and honeymooners won’t have to worry about a thing when choosing Soma Bay for their romantic escape.
Weather: The temperature in Soma Bay averages between low to mid 20 C in winter and mid 30 C in summer, making it a perfect sea & sun escape destination all year round.
Dining: The resort’s fine restaurants cater to all gourmet tastes. Families and couples alike will find the appropriate settings and menus to enjoy mouth-watering dishes and squeeze in some unforgettable dining experiences in their fully jammed holiday schedule. Moreover, delightful street cafés dot the little resort-town’s pedestrian alleys: stop at these for a morning coffee, an afternoon drink or snack. Don’t forget to inquire about the Soma Bay dining around program: if your hotel is taking part in it, you will be entitled to dine around the resort’s best restaurants at attractive prices.