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EGYPT TOURS

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If you want to explore the main tourist sites in Egypt or discover locations off the beaten track, then our Encounters Travel Egypt tours have it covered. Egypt has been an inspirational travel destination for centuries and its allure continues to this day. Home to some of the world's most iconic monuments and ancient civilisations which date back millennia, any trip to Egypt is certain to create lasting memories. Whether you want to visit the Pyramids in Cairo or the temples of the Nile Valley, explore beautiful desert landscapes or relax and unwind in one of the many Red sea resorts, Egypt has something for every traveller.

Sightseeing and Adventure Tours of Egypt

We have always had a great passion for travel in Egypt and several of our sales staff have lived and worked in Egypt. Combined with a great local team managed directly from Egypt by one of our directors, we're confident we have the knowledge and experience to provide an unbeatable service before, during and after our tours to Egypt. So, why not join one of our small group tours as we explore the sites of ancient Egypt in and around Cairo and the Nile Valley. Many of our tours feature time spent cruising along the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, while others explore Egypt's deserts and beaches, or cross into the neighbouring country of Jordan to visit Petra and the Dead Sea. We also run a wide range of private and tailor-made tours in Egypt.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of climate can I expect in Egypt?

The climate in Egypt is heavily dependent on where you are in the country, although in summer the climate can be quite hot and dry whereas in winter its quite moderate. The best times to travel to Egypt would be from November to March, and there is almost never rain at the Nile Valley.

What major attractions can I see in Egypt?

Many of the main tourist attractions in Egypt can be found in the Nile Valley such as the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza, the Abu Simbel temples south of Aswan and the Karnak Temple Complex and Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Other attractions in include the Cairo Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, as well as Hurghada on the Red Sea coast.

What currency is used in Egypt?

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound E£ and can be abbreviated as EGP and sometimes, LE or L.E. The 1/100th unit of EGP is the Piastre. The Central Bank of Egypt controls the circulation of currency. You should not change your money before you go to Egypt, as you will get a better rate there. Euros, sterling and dollars are accepted (notes not coins) but your money will go further if you change it into Egyptian pounds.

Are Nile cruises included in your tours?

We offer Nile cruises on a felucca, a traditional sailboat, on which an overnight journey may require passengers to sleep in the open air on deck, and the sailors sometimes double as cooks - giving you the perfect opportunity to experience rural Egyptian life on the banks of the Nile River.

What is the official language of Egypt?

The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic. It is taught in schools and is spoken by nearly everyone, and is used in most official documents. Arabic easily became integrated with other Semitic languages such as Syriac, Berber, and Assyrian to form other variants of Arabic spoken in the country today.

TOUR REVIEWS

My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

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Egypt Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: 00 20
Area: 1,001,450 km²
Elevation: Lowest point: Qattara Depression -133m | Highest point: Mount Sinai 2,629m
Population: 98,423,598 (2018)
Capital: Cairo
Governemnt: Republic
Language: Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes

Officially known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, this transcontinental country covers the northeast corner of Africa and the southwest corner of Asia. It is a Mediterranean country boarded by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Libya to the west and Sudan to the south.

Egypt has a heritage dating back to the 6-4th millennia BCE, one of the longest histories in the world. It is also considered a cradle of civilisation and it was in Ancient Egypt that writing, organised religion and urbanisation began to develop.

The country is filled with iconic landmarks including the Giza Necropolis and the Sphinx, the ruins of Memphis and the Valley of the Kings. The culture of Egypt was influenced by a variety of foreign countries and Egypt was an early and vital centre of