by Mark Albert
Top Travel Tips in Two Minutes
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Egypt’s main international airport is Cairo International Airport (CAI). Others include:
- Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF)
- Aswan International Airport (ASW)
- Luxor International Airport (LXR)
Most major transportation options are available, including taxis, buses, car rentals, and cars for hire.
Cruise ships dock at the Port of Alexandria.
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-As of June 1, 2017, visitors can apply online for an electronic visa.
-This is a mostly Muslim country. By dressing modestly with legs and arms covered, you will respect the culture and protect yourself from the sun. Women need not cover their hair unless visiting a mosque. Alcohol is generally not served except in tourist hotels and on cruises. More Customs and Currency.
-Major sites have armed guards and security checks. While most people you encounter will be curious and friendly, a woman walking alone may draw catcalls or worse.
-Hiring a car and driver is highly recommended to keep you safe as you navigate Cairo’s legendary traffic jams. Many young English-speaking guides have college degrees in Egyptology and will help you make sense of what you are seeing.
-Maximize your sightseeing days with an early-morning start to beat the mid-day heat.
-No-camera rules are ruthlessly enforced at key sights, such as the mask of King Tut in the National Museum, King Tut’s tomb and the interiors of the temples at Abu Simbel. Your camera might be confiscated.
Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate! Bargain at the markets, called souqs, and at stalls along your journey.
Spend your last night in Cairo at a hotel near the airport. Otherwise you risk being stuck in traffic and missing your (expensive) international flight in the sometimes chaotic terminal.
Bookings in Egypt have jumped in 2017, as tourism roars back.
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For more in-depth—and often candid—travel advice when visiting Egypt, consider LONELY PLANET’S EGYPT guide on Amazon.com. Your use of our referral (“affiliate”) link helps support our journalism; thank you.
Terry Anzur is a journalist, author and former college professor. She has hosted a national TV talk show and anchored the news in major U.S. markets. She now travels the world as a blogger and media trainer, teaching journalism and coaching on-camera presentation skills for news and public relations. Read more about Terry’s travels on her website, Strangers in the Living Room.
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