From Andrew Harper:
Egypt's natural and cultural landmarks present a living, layered narrative of human civilization. The Nile River, the Great Pyramid, the Library of Alexandria -- the icons of this northeast African nation's past are etched into the collective consciousness. While the modern reality of the country encompasses the awe-inspiring legacies of its eons of history (from its native dynasties to its eras of Greek, Roman, Persian, Byzantine, Arab, Ottoman French and British control), it also includes the complexities and contradictions of a major player in 21st-century Middle East politics.
All tours of Egypt begin in chaotic Cairo. With a knowledgeable English-speaking guide and driver, however, the metropolis reveals its fascinating side. In addition to legendary attractions such as the pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum, the colorful bazaars of the medieval district and Cairo’s impressive mosques, such as Sultan Hassan and Ibn Tulun, also deserve escorted visits.- Andrew Harper
WHEN TO VISIT:
The climate is hot and dry. Only the Mediterranean coast receives measurable rain. The harshest weather occurs at the beginning and end of summer, when dust storms sweep across from the Arabian Desert. The best weather is from December to March, when the evenings may require a light sweater. Luxor is 10 degrees warmer than Cairo during the day and 5 degrees cooler at night.
DIRECT DIAL CODES:
To phone hotels in Egypt, dial 011 (international access) + 20 (Egypt code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).
Visit egypt.travel before your trip.
Egyptian pound (EGP). Fluctuating rate valued at EGP7.6 = US$1.00 as of February 2015. Note: Our suggested hotel quotes rates in US$.
Cairo, Tel. 2-2797-3300.