Egypt is a magical country. With so much culture, magnificent historical attractions and a wonderful year round climate it attracts visitors from all over the world.
There are some magnificent resorts all over the country with a large cluster grouped along the Red Sea at Sharm El Sheikh. You can find some great deals on holidays here particularly if you book well in advance or wait until the last minute.
You may have friends who have already visited Egypt and given you some tips, or you may have bought a guide book and done your research but here we have rounded up some insider tips that will help your holiday be even better than you ever dreamed of.
Bartering Tip- Don’t Ever Say This Is The First Time You Have Visited Egypt
This gives the seller a head start as they think that you will be unaware of how things should be priced. Always say you have visited before and never pay the first price that is quoted to you if you are buying at a market. If you are prepared to haggle and barter then you will always get a better deal!
Health- Carry Toilet Paper In Your Bag
You will be extremely lucky if most of the toilets you visit in Egypt have any kind of paper. Carry some around with you or a pack of pocket tissues so you don’t get caught out! If you forget to take some from home then take some from the hotel! It can also be a good idea to have some hand sanitizer/wet wipes to wash your hands as well as there may not always be soap.
Wining and Dining – Don’t Be Afraid Of All Inclusive
Many people don’t like the idea of being in an all-inclusive hotel, restricted to only eating their meals in the resort. It doesn’t have to be like this though! Just because you have an all-inclusive deal, nobody is stopping you from venturing out for an alternative meal and sampling some of the local restaurants and a change of scenery. This is a great way to find out more about the culture as well and you can try some authentic food whilst supporting the local community.
Transport- Use The Metro If You are Visiting Cairo
There are very few tourists on the Metro in Cairo, but it is a very efficient system and can be a great way to get around. Before booking on to any tours or booking taxis, consider the Metro as a transport option.
Prices – Consider Service Charge and VAT
Be wary in restaurants that the prices that are advertised may be 25% more when the final bill comes. Most restaurants will add a service charge of 10-15% and then VAT will be added as well. Tot up the prices before making any decisions on where you eat so you don’t end up running out of money!