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Egypt

For thousands of years, since the Age of Antiquity, Egypt has bewitched and beguiled, its wealth of astonishing wonders reflecting a heritage stretching to the dawn of recorded time.

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An Egypt Journey

For thousands of years, since the Age of Antiquity, Egypt has bewitched and beguiled, its wealth of astonishing wonders reflecting a heritage stretching to the dawn of recorded time.

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Immersive Egypt Experiences

Gaze in awe at the pyramids – minus the crowds

Those looking to further enhance their experience can beat the tourist crush with exclusive sunrise access to the great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Walking at the feet of the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, you’ll enjoy a most eminent guide: Egyptologist and former Minister of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass. A similar experience of solitude awaits at Egypt’s grande dame of museums, allowing you to peruse its massive collection before it opens to the public.

Cop a dose of desert adventure in Sinai

Feel a boost of adrenaline on an off-road adventure through the hauntingly beautiful wadis of Egypt’s Sinai, and soak up the silence of the desert on hikes up remote, rocky canyons, to be greeted by gracious Bedouin hosts. Peer into Moses' Well on a visit to the UNESCO-listed St. Catherine Monastery, and reap the rewards of a sunrise summit of Mount Sinai with its sweeping, indelible views.

Feel the ocean breeze in one of Antiquity’s greatest cities

Absorb the rich history of Alexandria – the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ – by taking in the remnants of its Graeco-Roman glory, from its theater and catacombs to the solitary spire of Pompey’s Pillar and its slew of fantastic museums. Stroll the lively Corniche to the modern edition of the celebrated library of legend: the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, itself a splendid architectural feat.

Rewind millennia by stepping into secret tombs

Absorb the grandeur of Luxor’s unrivaled assemblage of ancient temples and stand in amazement at the feet of the Colossi of Memnon before ducking beneath the earth’s surface at the Valleys of Kings and Queens. Enter the most legendary tombs – such as that of King Tutankhamun – as well the most elaborately adorned and the most rarely seen, among them a few tombs that remain strictly off-limits to the general public.

Soak up the span of ages in Cairo – ‘The Victorious’

Crack the surface of the vast metropolis known as ‘Umm al-Dunya’, the Mother of the World, the living, breathing ‘city of a thousand minarets’. Descend into a secret tomb at the Step Pyramid of Sakkara and be whisked from ancient Memphis to the nostalgic Downtown. Taste Turkish coffee in the heart of a maze-like medieval bazar – the Khan el-Khalili – and admire the highlights of a long Coptic heritage and a glorious, unrivaled skyline of Mamluk mosques.

Snorkel at the Red Sea’s most spectacular sites

Take a dip in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Sinai for a glimpse of some of the world’s most dazzling reefs, with a mind-boggling spectrum of biodiversity to glimpse while floating at the surface. Enjoy snorkeling jaunts to laidback Dahab’s Blue Hole and the stunning coral landscape of Ras Mohamed National Park, or spend a day hopping from reef to reef en route to Tiran Island.

Sail along the legendary Nile

Embark on a sumptuous cruise up the Nile from Luxor and Karnak, drifting deep into Upper Egypt, with stops at the magnificent Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, the latter in honor of the crocodile god. Alighting in tranquil, breezy Aswan, float further aboard a felucca for some Nubian tea on the delightful islands that straddle the Nile.

Delight in the charms of Egypt’s indigenous cultures

At Aswan’s Nubian Museum, be exposed to the fascinating history and culture of the indigenous people of Upper – or Southern – Egypt. Sample Nubian delicacies deep in the Sahara, not far from the Sudanese border at Abu Simbel, and taste the best of Bedouin cuisine in the twisting valleys of Sinai while enjoying a cultural treat: becoming mesmerized by the movements of belly dancers and the spinning of tanoura – Sufi-inspired skirts.

Get lost in the world’s greatest museums

Of Egypt’s enormous troves of ancient, medieval and Islamic treasure, vast stockpiles are arrayed on open display in its several superb – and suitably mammoth – museums. Be amazed by the masks and mummies of Downtown’s venerable Egyptian Museum, a gem in itself, and marvel at the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum by the Pyramids of Giza, a gargantuan assemblage of priceless items, including the coveted collection of Tutankhamun.

Egypt Travel Tips & Insights

Egypt is geographically located in Northeastern Africa. It is further divided into Upper Egypt in the South and Lower Egypt in the North. This is because the Nile flows from the South to the North, eventually meeting the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. While Upper Egypt is mostly desert, with a few low mountains, Lower Egypt has more urban spaces, wide valleys and the mouth of the Nile, near Cairo.

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP/E£ or ج. م in Arabic), and is further sub-divided into smaller currency denomination known as qirsh/piaster or millimes, where 1 EGP = 1 qirsh/piaster = 1000 millemes. The Egyptian currency comes in denominations of EGP 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 notes, as well as in coins available for EGP 1, and 10, 25, and 50 qirsh/piaster.

The principal international airport in Egypt is Cairo International Airport. Most major Middle Eastern carriers offer connections to Egypt, including Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad.

Over 180 nationalities qualify for getting a visa upon entry provided the passport holder has a valid and used visa for the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area (Schengen visa), Japan, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Additionally, 78 nationalities qualify for visa on entry or an electronic visa. For Singaporeans traveling for tourism, leisure, or to visit family or friends, for less than 30 days, an Egyptian electronic visa can be obtained online. It is important to note that Singaporeans are not eligible to obtain a Visa-on-arrival to Egypt. They must have a valid eVisa or a traditional visa before entering the country.

The following goods in their respective quantities and values can be carried in duty-free:
   - Tobacco products, regardless of age: 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco
   - Alcohol and beverages containing alcohol, of maximum 1 litre
   - Perfume or Eau de cologne, of maximum 1 litre
   - Non-commercial articles with a total value of under USD$200
   - Non-commercial item are of an occasional nature and consist exclusively of goods for the personal or family use of the traveller, or of goods intended as presents. The nature and quantity of the goods must not be such as to indicate that they are being imported for commercial reasons
   - Goods for personal use
   - Medicinal products. Any medications brought into Egypt must be accompanied by a prescription and an official letter from a doctor specifying that the medication is for personal use only. Any medication containing methadone, even with a prescription, is strictly prohibited

Strict duties apply on the importation of expensive electronic items. It is also prohibited to export any antiquity or any item older than 100 years without a license.

Entering or exiting Egypt with more than USD 10,000, or its equivalent in freely convertible currency, or EGP 5,000 in cash is prohibited.

It has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October.

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