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Introduction to Egypt
With a history shaped by Arabian, African and European civilizations, the North African country blends Muslim, Christian and Jewish cultures. It’s important to respect local customs, such as keeping shoulders covered and dressing modestly when visiting religious sites. IHG’s Cairo accommodations include a luxury city-center property overlooking the Nile and a family-friendly hotel with Giza Pyramids views.

Currency
Egyptian pound (EGP)

Official language
Arabic

Climate
Mainly a desert climate, with mild winters and hot summers (temperatures as high as 106°F)

Arriving from Cairo International Airport
Airport is around 12 miles northeast of downtown. Travel time typically 35 minutes by taxi (average E£35)

Getting around Egypt

  • Overground rail network
  • Trams and underground trains in Cairo and Alexandria
  • Nile ferries and felucca boats
  • Metered and flat-rate taxis

Top Egypt sightseeing

  • Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum artifacts, including Tutankhamun’s mask
  • Cairo Tower views
  • Ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings
  • The temples of Luxor and Karnak

Top experiences

  • Shopping for spices and souvenirs at Cairo’s Khan El-Khalili market
  • Cairo’s Bab al-Luq souk for specialties like falafel or fiteer pancakes
  • Alexandria’s charming cafés
  • Nile cruise
  • Snorkeling or scuba-diving at Red Sea resorts

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