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The excursion you don’t want to skip on your holiday to Hurghada is a sea trip. A boat trips to Giftun Island (Orange Bay, Paradise and Mahmya) are the most popular excursions to take in Hurghada.

Here is all you need to know about the different sea trips in Egypt’s Hurghada.


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Giftun Island Hurghada

What is Giftun Island? It is a national park (Island) which has beautiful sand beaches and crystal clear water. Three of the most popular beaches/areas in the Giftun Island are Orange Bay, Paradise Island and Mahmya Island.

So when you book an excursion to Giftun Island, you are most likely going to visit Orange Bay, Mahmya or Paradise Island. This is something that is always confusing me.

So briefly: The island where Orange Bay, Paradise Island and Mahmya are located is called Giftun Island. In other words, Orange Bay, Paradise Island and Mahmya are beaches located in Giftun Island.

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Where is the Giftun Island located?

Giftun Island is located very close to Hurghada. A boat trip to Giftun Island takes only about 45-minutes. Here below is a map from where you can see the areas and locations of the beaches on Giftun Island.

The Orange Bay is located in the middle of the island on the West side. Mahmya and Paradise Island are located in the South. You need to zoom quite close to see the exact locations.


How much a trip to Giftun Island cost?

The trips to Giftun Island starts from around 20€ (22$ & 18£). The price of the trip depends on the services and activities. Before booking trips, ask about the additional prices and what does the trip include.

A day trip to Giftun Island from Hurghada

A basic boat trip from Hurghada to Giftun Island includes a day at the sea. A boat is your base for all day: You dive, you swim and you snorkel from the boat. When you go to the Giftun Island, you will be transferred there with a small boat.

Mahmya Hurghada.

If you want to go to the island faster, you can choose a speedboat transfer. More information about the speedboat transfer to Giftun Island from this link.

The price of the trip includes transportation from your hotel to a boat. The day starts when you arrive at the boat, which takes you usually to two different spots, where you can swim, snorkel or dive in the Red Sea. After this, you can to spend some time on the beaches of Giftun Island. The price of the trip usually includes lunch, snorkelling gears and entrance fees.

Note that there is a tourist tax 2,50 €/tourist paid separately.

.Here is an example of a sea trip which you can book through Get Your Guide. The link is an affiliate link, which means that if you book your trip through this link I’ll get a small commission, with no extra cost at you.

Giftun Island Snorkeling Trip with Lunch

Giftun Islands: Speedboat Transfer with Hotel Pickup

Giftun Island experiences

As I read reviews of the trip to Giftun Islands, most of the people loved the islands and the trip. You can read the reviews also yourself from Get Your Guide website. The negative sides were the crowds of people on the islands and some thought there was nothing special to do on the beach. This is why it’s good to combine the trip with a day in the sea.

Personally, I have done lots of sea trips. Even though I don’t like to snorkel, I like to spend time at the sea just relaxing. The good thing about these trips is that you can just enjoy the sun, in case you don’t like to swim in the sea.

Because I’m a bit afraid of the fishes, I’m not enjoying snorkelling. But all my friends, who I have been taking to sea trip, have enjoyed swimming and snorkelling in the sea a lot. The underwater life in the Red Sea is amazing and colourful.

The fish come very close and there is much to see!

Facilities at the boats

Like said the day trips from Hurghada to the sea usually includes lunch. The food served on the boats is very basic such as Pasta, rice, chicken, meat and salad. I have always liked the food and if you want you can take some snacks with you in case you get hungry during the day.

All the boat have a toilets.


To protect the coral and underwater life, don’t go too close to corals, don’t touch corals or stand on them (I have seen people doing this).

Next: Orange Bay Hurghada



Orange Bay Hurghada

Orange Bay is the newest beach on the Giftun Islands and it also seems to be the most popular beaches.

The speciality in the orange beach is a swing, which is a perfect place to take Instagram pictures. If you look at pictures of Hurghada from Instagram, for sure you see lots of people on this swing.

The shore is quite shallow, therefore it is a good beach for kids.

Here is an example of the trip that takes you to Orange Bay Hurghada.

Orange Bay Snorkeling Trip with Lunch

Paradise Island Hurghada | Mahmya

Paradise and Mahmya beaches are similar to Orange bay, but without a swing.

What to pack for a boat trip in Hurghada?

If you take this trip during the wintertime, pack up some warmer clothes with you since it’s windy by the sea.

The other things you need to pack up with you are sun cream, towel and swimwear. I also would recommend you to take some clothes, a bottle of water, something to read and toilet paper.


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Egypt has welcomed tourists to visit Egypt again. When the international travel restrictions were on, Egypt made lots of measures to become a coronavirus free and safe travel destination. Egypt has started to receive tourists from the beginning of July from the countries who have opened their borders.

Here are the measures announced by so far for ensuring the safety of tourists visiting in Egypt. These measures may change and probably will according to the global and national coronavirus situation.

This article has been updated 6th of July 2020.


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Like said, Egypt has opened the airports and allows tourists to come to the country. Egypt has been preparing for receiving tourists again by making new safety regulations to all the hotels and touristic sites in Egypt.

The efforts which Egypt has done for ensuring the safety of the tourists are massive. These efforts have been recognized by world travel and tourism council and have allowed Egypt to use a stamp, which is awarded for the travel destinations who are following certain safety regulations.

More information: https://wttc.org/COVID-19/Safe-Travels-Global-Protocols-Stamp

It’s important to be ready and guarantee a safe holiday for all the tourists especially if coronavirus is still active.

We don’t know how the coronavirus will act in the future, but we know that it will affect tourism all over the world for long.

Even, when the crisis is over, people will be considering travelling more than earlier. This is why it’s crucial to plan and make sure the tourists can visit Egypt, without worries.

Here are the measures Egypt has announced for ensuring the safety of domestic and international tourists. Like said, these regulations will most likely to change according to the situation. The post will be updated regularly.

Next: General safety rules in Egypt after the coronavirus outbreak



General safety rules in Egypt after the coronavirus outbreak

Egypt is planning to go-exit from Coronavirus restrictions with the 3-stage program, which includes six articles. The starting dates for the program hasn’t been announced yet, but it has been said that Egypt starts to move to normal life by mid-June. The most important thing in this program is a mandatory using of facemasks.

Facemasks in public places will become obligatory in Egypt 30th of May until further notice. Penalty for violating the rule is from 4 000 Egyptian pounds to imprison.

Like said, the plan at the moment is to continue the current measures until the end of June. Read more about the current and up-coming measures against the spread of COVID-19 from these articles:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Egypt | When can we travel to Egypt again?

Also, hand-sanitizers will be added to public places and hotels. The social distance must be also followed in the future until announced otherwise.

Image: Ministry of Tourism and antiques Egypt (https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/photos/pcb.2952235984822032/2952234928155471/?type=3&theater)

Updated safety regulations by Ministry of tourism and antiques (19th of June): https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/photos/pcb.3150851804960448/3150851508293811/?type=3&theater

Safety measures at the airports:

Like we all are very aware of, the most important factor when preventing the spread of coronavirus is social distancing. The rules of social distancing will be followed at the airports of Egypt.

The thermal cameras to detect the coronavirus cases has been started to install at the airports of Egypt.

Read more: Article of Egypt today

Next: Safety measures on the touristic trips



Safety on touristic trips:

Touristic trips are playing an important role in the tourism field. This is why it’s crucial to make sure all the safety measures on the touristic trips will be fulfilled. Egypt’s Chamber of hotel establishment has set up guidelines which should be followed at the hotels and tourist resorts.

The guidelines include requirements for cleaning and disinfecting the areas and places that people frequently use and touch such as door handles, toilets and common areas. More detailed information later.

safety on the tourist trips in Egypt

The guidelines have been given for water related touristic trips especially for diving.

  • All the equipment used in diving trips has to be sterilized with a 10 % bleach solution. Also, the passengers are obligatory to use only their personal equipment during the trips.
  • Also, body temperature should be measured for the ones participating in the trips.
  • The number of participators should be restricted.

Source: https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-issues-guidelines-for-hotels-and-resorts-during-coronavirus-crisis/

Safety measures at touristic sights:

After the coronavirus outbreak, all the touristic sights and hotels in Egypt has been disinfected. The sterilization measures have been extended to the streets and public buildings/offices.

Also, when visiting tourist sights the safety measures are followed: Both visitors and guides should be wearing facemasks and gloves, temperatures will be measured and the areas will be disinfected daily. More information from this article published in Egypt today.

When will Egypt open the touristic sights?

The first museum opened after the closure due to the coronavirus crisis is Hurghada museum, which has been re-opened on 19th of June 2020.

Some of the sights will be opened in July, and all the sights and museums should be opened September.

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Next: Safety measures at the hotels in Egypt



Safety measures at the hotels in Egypt

Egypt has started to open hotels again for domestic tourism. The occupation of the hotels can be 25% until the beginning of June. After the beginning of June, capacity can be increased to 50%.

The hotels are allowed to re-open, in case they fulfil the safety guidelines set by WHO (World Health Organization).

The hotels which pass the criteria will be awarded a certificate. A hygienic sign must be seen by hotel guests.

A hygienic sign represents the symbols of: Life, Prosperity, and Health (Ankh, Udja, and Seneb).

Image: A ministry of Tourism and Antiques in Egypt https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/posts/3075403439171952

Before re-opening the hotels, a committee will inspect the hotels and make sure they fulfil the required conditions.

By signing the certificate, the manager of the hotel makes a commitment to follow the rules. The hotel must record the measures taken and report any cases concerning guests or workers. In the case of any violating the rules, a hotel will be suspended from operating.

The conditions for the opening the hotels are strict.

In case the hotel doesn’t fulfil the conditions, they can apply a certificate again and inspection will be done again. By Tuesday 6th of July, over 450 hotel has passed the inspection done by a committee.

The requirements for the hotels contain lots of conditions concerning cleaning, sterilizing and disinfection. Also, distance rules must be followed strictly.

When following these measures, the risk of the virus spreading among the guests or workers will be minimised.

Here are some of the conditions, which the hotels must fulfil before opening.

This information can be found from the Facebook page of Ministry and tourism in Egypt (published 20th of May).

The conditions concerning the hotel guests

  • The hotel must have its own doctor and a medical Clinique which work incorporate with the Ministry of health and population.
  • The quality of personal protection devices and sterilization materials must be ensured by dealing only with the companies accepted by a ministry.
  • The guests will be signed in to the hotels electrically or using disposable pens.
  • Handwashing and sanitation must be provided in at the reception area and around the hotel.
  • Luggage must be disinfected when the quests arrive and leave the hotel.
  • A temperature of the quests arriving at the hotel area must be measured.
  • The rooms are cleaned and disinfected by a daily bases. The rooms are cleaned throughout after the guests leave. The temperature of the guest will be measured also when they leave the hotel.

Next: The conditions concerning the hotel workers



The conditions concerning the hotel workers

  • A temperature of the hotel workers is measured daily.
  • The hotel workers must stay in quarantine for 14 days after returning from vacation. There must at least 60 workdays between the vacations.
  • The hotels must provide a separate housing for employees. Housing must be spacious and not too crowded.
  • In case there older or chronically ill workers, they shouldn’t be in direct contact with the hotel guests.
Image: The ministry of Tourism and Antiques
https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/posts/3075403439171952

The conditions concerning the hotel restaurants

  • The food at the restaurants is served from the list, open buffets are forbidden.
  • A distance between the tables at the restaurants must be at least 2 metres. And the distance between each person at the restaurant should be at least one meter.
  • A temperature of the guests should also be measured.
  • Serving shisha/hookah is forbidden.
  • Single-use cutlery must be used as much as possible. Also, sterilizers and sterilization napkins should be placed on each table.
Image: The ministry of Tourism and Antiques
https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/posts/3075403439171952

Next: The conditions concerning the pool areas



The conditions concerning the pool areas

  • The distance between the sun beds must be at least 2 metres. The sunbeds are sterilized after each guest.
  • Swimming pools must be maintained and disinfect regularly.
  • All the areas and surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected after each use and at the end of the run time.
  • Towels will be delivered to the rooms.

The conditions concerning the gyms and spa services

  • The areas must be disinfected every hour (including bathrooms) and after the use of the guests.
  • Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and massage services are prohibited.
Image: The ministry of Tourism and Antiques
https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/posts/3075403439171952

The conditions concerning internal supervision and laundry service

  • All the surfaces and public areas must be cleaned and disinfected hourly.
  • The furniture and fabrics are cleaned with a steaming machine.
  • Towels must be washed in high temperature. Also, sinks should be washed after completing the daily washing process.

Here were the safety regulations announced by so far. Like said, the safety measures in Egypt are strict, especially when considering the safety of the tourists.

What do you think about these conditions?

This post will be updated as soon as new information comes.

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Most of the countries in the world, including Egypt, were forced to suspended the air traffic due to the coronavirus crisis.

When will Egypt resume the flights? The government of Egypt announced on the 11th of June 2020 that Egypt flights start to operate and tourists are allowed to travel to the least infected areas from the first of July.

Continue to read the latest news and updates.


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Egypt has started to receive international flights from 1st of July. At the moment most of the flights are going to Cairo (non-tourist). Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh have received tourist flights from Switzerland and Ukraine.

Read more: Egypt operates 171 flights, reopens 5 museums and 8 archaeological sites

This article is updated (last update 6th of July), in case there comes any new information about resuming flights to Egypt.

This article is not based on facts, because there isn’t fact-based information available. No-one can tell for sure, what the future brings.

The only thing we can do is to fight together against this disease and hope the things will be back to normal soon. Here are my thoughts, based on what I’ve read and heard.

When will Egypt open its airports for international flights?

Many people want to know when will Egypt resume the flights. Egypt’s cabinet announced on 11th of June that it will resume flights to the least infected governorates from the beginning of July. These governorates are South Sinai, the Red Sea and Marsa Matrouh.

Also, all the airport in Egypt will start to operate from 1st of July, but as said international tourist flights will be operated first to these three destinations.

More information in English: https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/372133/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-to-gradually-resume-international-flights-at.aspx

More information: https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/371950/Egypt/Politics-/BREAKING-Egypt-resumes-flights,-tourism-in-the-lea.aspx

Nader Saad The spokesman of cabinet said on 31st of May that Egypt is considering to resume international flights gradually in 2nd half of June or 1st half of July. As I understood from this statement that nothing is sure and when the flights resume they will resume gradually.

More information from this article: https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/370192/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-considers-gradual-resumption-of-intl-flights.aspx

Next: Will there be flights Egypt in the near future?



Will there be flights to Egypt this year?

Like said, Egypt is planning to resume the flights in July. But even though Egypt opens its airports for International flights, there won’t necessarily be many flights to Egypt. At least not in the near future. Many countries are still closed, banned travelling or recommend citizens not to travel abroad.

Also, many countries have suspended international flights at least until the end of the summer. We’ll see later if these restrictions will continue or not.

It has been predicted, that the crisis will last long and some countries haven’t even seen the peak yet. The disease is in the different stages in different countries, so it’s impossible to tell when we are able to fly and where.

Are we allowed to travel between certain countries, where the virus is in control? Or do we have to wait until the coronavirus has totally gone? Will we eventually get a vaccine against it or do we have to learn live with the virus? No-one knows.

But one the other hand, the aircraft companies are suffering because of the crisis very much. This is why we need to find a new solution for air travelling.

Future travelling gears.
Will face masks be compulsory travelling gear in the future?

Who knows which companies will survive from this crisis. The crisis has hit hard on all the airline companies over the world, and the pressure for opening the routes is massive. The longer this continues, the more companies will get bankrupted.

Most of the airline companies and countries have suspended the flights for now. Also, the travel agencies have cancelled the trips until the fall of 2020.

Even though some airline companies are still selling the flights, they don’t know if and when the flights will be operated.

Next: When will Egypt resume the flights?



When will Egypt resume the flights?

It’s obvious that these restrictions can’t be held forever. Many countries have started to weaken the measures taken against COVID-19. The restrictions are removed little by little, step by step. But when will the flights resume?

My personal opinion is that the countries will remove the restrictions inside the countries first, and the last thing they do is to open for tourism. But actually, some of the countries have announced that they will open the country fo tourists in the summer, including Greece and Italy.

When can we travel to Egypt?

When can travel to Egypt and internationally again? My guess is that it will take time until we are free to make international travels again. Probably not in the near future. As long as Coronavirus spreads and is not in total control, travelling abroad is harder than earlier.

What is for sure that the world after the coronavirus will be different from all the aspects, including travelling.

In general, I believe, that when the international air traffic is resuming, in the beginning, people are not allowed to fly abroad without a valid reason.

When can we travel to Egypt again?
The joy of being back in Egypt again!

If you own an apartment in Egypt or have Egyptian nationality, it’s most likely a good reason to travel, but probably there will be a quarantine in both ends, in Egypt and in your own country.

Since all the countries are trying to control the spread of Coronavirus, it is unlikely that people are allowed to travel abroad while the virus is still active. If travelling will be allowed, there must be some restrictions, quarantines or similar.

Maybe there will be coronavirus tests running at the airports or something like that. But for sure, travelling won’t be as easy as it has been before.

When concerning these points, my guess is that it will long until we are allowed to travel internationally, especially without a valid reason. In the beginning, the countries will be opened from inside and the last thing is to open the borders for foreigners and tourists.

Next: When will the hotels in Egypt be open?



Are the hotels open in Egypt?

Egypt is opening the hotels little by little for domestic tourism. The tourism sector in Egypt is suffering from the situation and the losses are said to be millions or even billions of Egyptian pounds.

More information about opening the hotels in Egypt from this article: How Egypt is planning to ensure the safety of the tourists in the future?

For keeping tourism alive, the hotels in Egypt are allowed to open their doors with certain conditions. The Federation of Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Hotel Establishments, has set up seven pillars program to ensure the safety in the hotels.

Read more about the pillars: :https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/85180/7-pillars-set-for-safe-operation-of-hotels-in-case

Next: When Coronavirus restrictions end in Egypt?



When do coronavirus restrictions end in Egypt?

The current coronavirus restrictions in Egypt are going to last at least until the second week of June. We don’t know yet, where the situation is going and what is it after a few weeks. When will Egypt resume the flights? No-one can tell that.

Read here more about the current situation in Egypt: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Egypt

As I have understood, many countries have started to weaken their restrictions, as soon as it has been possible. Restrictions are very bad for the economy and countries can’t keep restrictions on forever unless it’s not a necessity.

But like said earlier, all the countries have their own rules. Still, it seems that everyone is trying to control the spread of the virus, in a way or other.

Even though the coronavirus cases have been increasing in Egypt, the government has set up a plan for go-exiting from COVID-19.

Note that the plan doesn’t say anything about resuming flights to Egypt. More details about the plan below.

Egypt’s plan for go-exiting from coronavirus restrictions

The government of Egypt has announced the plan to go-exit from coronavirus restrictions. The plan has six pillars and three stages. Here are the main points of the plan:

The main pillars of the plan:

  1. Basic requirements for the work of the various establishments, bodies and means of transportation
  2. Social distancing
  3. Reducing contention
  4. Supporting the elderly and those with Chronic Conditions
  5. Spreading the culture of wearing face masks
  6. Encouraging attention to public health status and smart activities to avoid gatherings avoid relapses

The stages

The first stage: The first stage is a strict stage which should avoid replacing of the virus. In the first stage, the restrictions are strict: Face mask is obligatory when leaving home. The temperature will be taken outside of some buildings and public transport. The hand sanitizers must be installed to the entrances of malls, businesses and shops. Also, all the recreational facilities such as restaurants, schools, cinemas and gyms will remain closed. And the public gatherings are still suspended.

The Second stage: The second stage starts 14-days after the first stage and it should last 28 days after the first stage. In the second stage, all the recreational facilities remain closed, but the shops and other facilities are allowed to open for medium capacity. Also, hand sanitizers must be installed at workplaces. If the number of coronavirus cases will start to rise again, then it’s possible to go back to stage one.

The third stage: In the third stage restaurants and other facilities can open the door in case they abide the safety requirements. Wearing face masks will still be obligatory, but it can be lifted in certain circumstances. Also, crowding must be avoided and a good ventilation system required.

I hope that things will be back normal soon and we can start to live our lives normally. Meanwhile, stay strong, we are in this together!

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Do you miss Egypt? I hope we can get there soon, Egypt is waiting for us. But meanwhile, here is how you can experience Egypt at home.


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Before you start reading this list, put on your summer clothes and turn the heat on. Imagine yourself to Egypt, feels amazing, doesn’t it?

Here is how you can bring Egypt to your home. Enjoy Egypt!

Listen to Egyptian music

When you are in Egypt, you hear music everywhere. If there are opening ceremonies for the shop or restaurant, it’s sure that everyone within two kilometres knows or hear about it.

A taxi can turn into the disco and the party can start even in the supermarket. Bring Egypt to your home and listen to the egyptian music!

Egyptian music on Youtube.

Here are few Egyptian musicians who you should get to know:

Amr Diab is probably the most well-known Egyptian singer, whose career has lasted for decades. Listen to Amr Diab on Youtube click here.

Sherine is an Egyptian female artists. She is also known as an actor and tv-host. Watch and listen Sherine on Youtube click here.

Tamer Hosny is known for his romantic songs. He published his first album already in 2004. Here is a link to his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/tamerhosny/featured. By the way, Tamer Hosny has 5.5 million subscribers on Youtube.

Arabsounds Youtube channel has made a list of the 20 best Egyptian Songs of 2019. Which song is your favourite?

Choose your favourite photo from Egypt and order a photo on canvas

Want to bring Egypt to your home? Pick-up your favourite picture of Egypt and order a photo printed canvas. Or if you have skills, you can paint your own Egyptian landscape to your home.

It’s very simple. You just choose a good quality picture and the company will print it on canvas. Depending, where you order it from, you can even add the text. Here is a canvas I designed myself (very fast though).

Open Youtube

If you want to hear and experience the vibe in the egyptian streets open Youtube. Here are some of my favourite videos from Egypt:

Downtown Cairo, places to visit in Cairo Published: 11.10.2017, duration: 4:55 minutes by ConollyCove

Cairo, Egypt. Cairo and the pyramids of Giza from the sky. Published: 25.01.2018, duration 3:29 minutes by Places & people

The Red Sea views. This video is for everyone missing the Red Sea. Published: 08.05.2017, duration 02:20 minutes by 4K relaxation channel.

El Dahar Square, Hurghada. This is my first and only Youtube video from Hurghada by so far. Published: 29.03.2019, duration 1:20 minutes by Lifebeyondex.

Sharm El-Sheikh. A great video about Sharm El Sheikh. Published: 18.06.2019. Duration 3:28 minutes by Feras Shata.

Visit the ancient Egypt sites online

There are lots to see in Egypt. Hundreds of touristic sites and you have a chance to visit just a few of them. Now, there is a chance to visit ancient Egypt sites online.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiques in Egypt has launched a virtual program collaboration together with its partners. The virtual tours and videos are from archaeological sites and museums around Egypt.

A screenshot inside of a tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI.

The tours and videos are published on the official website and social media platforms (Facebook) of the ministry of tourism and antiques in Egypt.

Official Facebook page of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiques.

The virtual 3D-tours that have been published by the 8th of May 2020:

Alfath Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.

Muhammed Ali Pasha Mosque located in Citadel of Cairo, Egypt.

Unas Pyramid in Cairo.

The step pyramid complex of Djoser in Giza desert, Saqqara, Giza governorate, Egypt.

The tomb of Niankh-khnum and Khunumhopet, Saqqara, Giza governorate, Egypt.

Mehu Tomb in Saqqara, Egypt.

The coptic museum in old Cairo (location here).

Wahty Tomb in Saqqara, Egypt.

A tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI (KV2) The valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Catacombs-Kom El Shoqafa located in Alexandria, Egypt.

Beni Hasan Old cemetery site located close to El Minya, Egypt.

Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo, Egypt.

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq located in Islamic Cairo, Cairo Egypt.

Red Monastery A Coptic Orthodox monastery located in the city of Sohaq in Upper Egypt.

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III (G7530-7540) in Giza area, Egypt.

The Tomb of Menna in the Theban Necropolis in Luxor Egypt.

Read the books

Books are the best way to move outside of your home by using your imagination. You can read e-books or even listen to audio books.

My all-time favourite book is the Egyptian. I recommend the book for everyone, whenever I have a chance. If you didn’t read it yet, try to find it and read it, I promise you won’t regret it. Once you start to read the book, you can’t stop reading.

This historical novel has been translated into 40 different languages. You can order the English version and read the reviews from Amazon link here (this is not an affiliate link).

If you are interested in the modern literature Egyptian Streets published a good article about the book written by Egyptian authors. You can see the article from this link.

Next: Cook Egyptian food



Prepare Egyptian dinner

When we are not in Egypt, we prepare Egyptian food. My favourite egyptian dish is definitely Koshari. I just can’t live without it.

Koshari is also quite easy to prepare. To prepare Egyptian koshari yourself, you need lots of pans and kettles. And the ingredients off course.

The ingredients are very basic, which you find from supermarkets all around the world. If you don’t find something, buy the one closest. For example, we are using green lentils instead of black ones.

Here are the ingredients we use in our home-made koshary:

  • Macaroni
  • Vermicelli (or small spaghetti)
  • Spaghetti
  • Rice
  • Green lentils
  • Garlic
  • Vinegar
  • Chilli (powder is ok if fresh is not available)
  • Fried onion
  • Chic beans
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Tomato sauce /puré and junks in the can

Here is how we prepare koshari at home:



First of all, you need to make it a lot. You also need pans for rice and vermicelli mixture, for macaroni and pasta mixture, for lentils, beans and tomato sauce.

Lentils need to be boiled in one pan. If you have dried chic beans, they need to be soaked on the water at least 8 hours and boiled one hour before eating them. This is why we prefer buying canned chic beans.

The hardest part is to prepare is a tomato sauce. If tomato sauce is not good, either is koshari. Flavoured tomato sauce with vinegar, salt, black pepper and cumin. After the sauce is ready, you take some of it and prepare the chilli sauce.

Chilli sauce is tomato sauce with chili, garlic and extra vinegar. It’s supposed to be spicy and sour.

After everything is done you put them in the plate and enjoy. Don’t forget to add some fried onion on the top!

Here is a picture of our home-made koshari:

Our home-made Koshari.

Read more: Food in Egypt | Egyptian dishes you must try

Watch Egyptian movies online

After eating it’s time to relax and watch some TV. Movies are one of the best ways to experience Egypt from home. Actually, I was totally surprised when I found Egyptian movies from Netflix. There are lots of them.

You can also watch the Egyptian series and films from Youtube. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles on Youtube, but take it as an opportunity to learn Arabic.

Check the list of Egyptian movies on Netflix from this link (some of the films may have changed).

Watch documentaries about ancient Egypt

Internet is filled with the documentaries about ancient Egypt. Watch them all. By the way, how did they built the pyramids?

Play with hieroglyphics translator

Since I have lots of free time now, I found a cool hieroglyphics translator. Check it from here https://lingojam.com/HieroglyphicsTranslator

Here is a picture of my translation.

hieroglyphics translator online
Stay home! Be Safe!

Here were my tips for experiencing Egypt at home. Do you have more ideas to share with us? If you do, leave a comment and share!

Last but not least: Stay safe and hope to see you back in Egypt as soon as possible! #stayhome

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As the rest of the world, Egypt is also struggling with coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). A first coronavirus case was confirmed in Egypt in 14th of February 2020. After this, the number of coronavirus infections in Egypt has been growing steadily.


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The number of coronavirus cases in Egypt has been increasing since the beginning of the epidemy (article updated 6th of June 2020).

For the past month, the number of new coronavirus cases in Egypt has been around 1200-1600 cases/day. At the moment it looks like the epidemy in Egypt isn’t growing, but the number of cases hasn’t been reducing either.

On the other hand, Egypt has been weakening the restrictions against the spread of coronavirus and the number of new COVID-19 cases in Egypt hasn’t started to grow despite the reducing of the restrictions.

Coronavirus has been spreading mostly in the biggest cities in Egypt such as Cairo and Giza (Cairo 7,111 cases 01/06/2020). More about the numbers from this article dated 01.06.2020. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/370227/Egypt/Politics-/Cairo-has-most-coronavirus-cases-in-Egypt-Health-m.aspx

You can see the statistics from at the end of this article. If possible change desktop mode, when reading the statistics.


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Until the 5th of July 2020, there have been 75 253 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Egypt. A death toll by COVID-19 in Egypt is 3 343 at the moment. 20 726 people have totally recovered from COVID-19.

You find the updated daily information about the coronavirus cases and measures in Egypt from

Egypt State Information Services Facebook-page.

On the 17th of May 2020, the government of Egypt announced that the partial curfew and other measures against the spread of corona-virus will be imposed until the end of June.

From the 14th of June, the curfew (20.00-04.00) will be imposed at the end of June.

Face masks will be mandatory in all public places and transportation starting from 30th of May.

Read more: When can we travel to Egypt again?

How is Egypt planning to ensure the safety of the tourists?

Since the situation changes daily bases, I have collected here news sites from where to follow the coronavirus situation and news in Egypt.

The latest news about Egypt’s situation (COVID-19) in English:

EGYPTIAN NEWSPAPERS:

EGYPT INDEPENDENT English version of Al-Masry Al-Youm daily.

AHRAM ONLINE English news from Egypt. The news are updated constantly. Published by Al-Ahram Establishment.

EGYPTIAN STREETS News and stories about Egypt.

EGYPTTODAY

DAILY NEWS EGYPT

FACEBOOK:

Facebook page of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiques

Egypt State Information Service on Facebook

The governmental measures taken in Egypt to curb the spread of coronavirus

  • A nationwide partial curfew started on the 25th of March. The curfew continues until the end of June. People should stay inside from 8 pm (20.00) until 4 am (04.00). The penalty for violating the curfew is from a fine (4,000 Egyptian pounds) to imprisonment.
  • All non-essential shops must remain closed from 6 pm (18.00) until 6 am (06.00). This rule doesn’t cover supermarkets, groceries, bakeries and pharmacies located outside the shopping centres.
  • Coffee shops, restaurants and nightclubs have been shut down. The food restaurants are allowed to be open with limited opening hours (take-away).
  • All public and private transportation have been suspended between 08.00 pm (20.00) until 04.00 am (04.00). Authorities have added additional trains to help the fleet during the rush hours.
  • Some of the governmental services are opened. All the expiring documents will be valid until the end of the closure measures eg. visa in case you can’t renew them.
  • The beaches and parks will remain closed until further notice.
  • The schools in Egypt remain closed.
  • The airports in Egypt will remain closed. The resumption of flights starting from July.
  • All the museums and tourist sites are closed from 23rd of March and are currently under the sterilization and disinfection.
  • The mosques and churches are shut down until the end of June.

Coronavirus COVID-19 in Hurghada Egypt

After Egypt announced the shut down of the airports, tourists from all over the world have flown back to their home countries.

The hotels in Hurghada have been disinfected and some of them have re-opened. The employees of the hotels were ordered to stay in quarantine for two weeks.

There are no exact statistics available from the Red Sea area, but if I have understood right the virus in this area has been staying in control.

Read more: When we can travel to Egypt again? | How is Egypt planning to ensure the safety of tourists?

Confirmed coronavirus cases and the death toll in Egypt

Date D/M/Y

11/06/2020

10/06/2020

09/06/2020

08/06/2020

07/06/2020

06/06/2020

05/06/2020

04/06/2020

03/06/2020

02/06/2020

01/06/2020

31/05/2020

30/05/2020

29/05/2020

28/05/2020

27/05/2020

26/05/2020

25/05/2020

24/05/2020

23/05/2020

22/05/2020

21/05/2020

20/05/2020

19/05/2020

18/05/2020

17/05/2020

16/05/2020

15/05/2020

14/05/2020

13/05/2020

12/05/2020

11/05/2020

10/05/2020

09/05/2020

08/05/2020

07/05/2020

06/05/2020

05/05/2020

04/05/2020

03/05/2020

02/05/2020

01/05/2020

30/04/2020

29/04/2020

28/04/2020

27/04/2020

26/04/2020

25/04/2020

24/04/2020

23/04/2020

22/04/2020

21/04/2020

20/04/2020

19/04/2020

18/04/2020

17/04/2020

15/04/2020

14/04/2020

13/04/2020

12/04/2020

11/04/2020

10/04/2020

09/04/2020

Confirmed cases

39 726  (1442 new)

38 284  (1455 new)

36 829  (1385 new)

35 444  (1365 new)

34 079  (1467 new)

32 612  (1497 new)

31 115  (1348 new)

29 767  (1152 new)

28 615  (1079 new)

27 536 (1152 new)

26 384 (1399 new)

24 985 (1536 new)

23 449 (1367 new)

22 082 (1289 new)

20 793 (1127 new)

19 666 (910 new)

18 756 (789 new)

17 967 (702 new)

17 265 (752 new)

16 513 (727 new)

15 786 (783 new)

15 003 (774 new)

14 229 (745 new)

13 484 (720 new)

12 764 (535 new)

12 229 (510 new)

11 719 (491 new)

11 228 (399 new)

10 829 (398 new)

10 431 (338 new)

10 093 (347 new)

9 746 (346 new)

9 400 (436 new)

8 964 (488 new)

8 476 (495 new)

7 981 (393 new)

7 588 (387 new)

7 201 (388 new)

6 813 (348 new)

6 465 (272 new)

6 193 (298 new)

5 895 (358 new)

5 537 (269 new)

5 268 (226 new)

5 042 (260 new)

4 782 (248 new)

4 534 (215 new)

4 319 (227 new)

4 092 (201 new)

3 891 (232 new)

3 659 (169 new)

3 490 (157 new)

3 333 (189 new)

3 144 (112 new)

3 032 (188 new)

2 844 (171 new)

2 505 (155 new)

2 350 (160 new)

2 190 (125 new)

2 065 (126 new)

1 939 (145 new)

1 794 (95 new)

1 699 (139 new)

Deaths

1 377 (35 new)

1 342 (36 new)

1 306 (35 new)

1 271 (34 new)

1237 (39 new)

1198  (32 new)

1166  (40 new)

1 126 (38 new)

1 088 (46 new)

1052 (47 new)

1005 (46 new)

959 (46 new)

913 (34 new)

879 (34 new)

845 (29 new)

816 (19 new)

797(14 new)

783 (19 new)

764 (29 new)

735 (28 new)

707 (11 new)

696 (16 new)

680 (21 new)

659 (14 new)

645 (15 new)

630 (18 new)

612 (20 new)

592 (21 new)

571 (15 new)

556 (12 new)

544 (11 new)

533 (8 new)

525 (11 new)

514 (11 new)

503 (21 new)

482 (13 new)

469 (17 new)

452 (16 new)

436 (7 new)

429 (14 new)

415 (9 new)

406 (14 new)

392 (12 new)

359 (22 new)

337 (20 new)

317 (10 new)

307 (13 new)

294 (7 new)

287 (11 new)

276 (12 new)

264 (14 new)

250 (11 new)

239 (19 new)

224 (15 new)

205

183 (5 new)

178 (14 new)

164 (5 new)

159 (13 new)

146 (11 new)

135 ( 17 new)

118 ( 15 new)

At the moment Egypt has 14 functional quarantine hospitals for coronavirus patients. The total amount of quarantine hospitals in Egypt is 30. The government has announced that all the quarantine hospitals are full and reached their capacity.

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Many people who are planning to visit Egypt are worried about alcohol or moreover the lack of it. If you came to read this article, you are probably one of them.

Don’t worry, I have good news for you, alcohol is served and it is allowed in Egypt. Alcoholic beverages are not illegal in Egypt and it’s widely available. Here is all you need to know about consuming alcohol in Egypt.


Is alcohol available in Egypt?

Despite most of Egyptians are Muslims, alcohol is still available in Egypt. Most of the Egyptians don’t consume alcohol, but some consume in other words it’s not forbidden to drink alcohol in Egypt.

Most of the hotels, restaurants and bars in the tourist areas are serving alcoholic beverages.

In the Red Sea area resorts such as Hurghada, El Gouna and Sahl Hasheesh most of the restaurants are serving alcohol, except the ones whose customers are mainly Egyptians. In other words, if you go to a local restaurant in Hurghada, it’s probable that you are not getting alcohol with your dinner. But, if you go to the restaurants in the main touristic areas, you are most likely to get a beer.

Stella is the most popular beer in Egypt. Image: Cheers Egypt

Anyways, even though alcohol is not served in all the restaurants in Egypt, there is no problem for tourists to get drinks. The only restriction is that you are not allowed to drink or buy alcohol if you are under 21 years old. But, to be honest, I have never been asked IDs in Egypt or I haven’t seen IDs asked when drinking or ordering alcohol.

Another restriction concerning alcohol is selling it during the Ramadan. Read more about Ramadan in Egypt from here. Egyptians are not allowed to drink alcohol during the Ramadan, this is why it’s also forbidden to serve and sell alcohol for Egyptians during the Ramadan.

Ramadan doesn’t affect tourists straightforward, but some restaurants and bars may be closed over the holy month. Also, there are fewer people in the clubs.

Can I drink alcohol in Egypt?

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Egypt. You can drink alcoholic beverages in the bars, restaurants and clubs which are serving alcohol. And also in the hotels and flats. But drinking on the streets, or being very drunk on the streets is not widely accepted.

Next: Where can I buy alcohol in Egypt?



Where can I buy alcohol in Egypt?

Alcohol is not sold in the supermarkets in Egypt, but it’s actually very easy to buy it. You can buy takeaway bottles from each restaurant and bar that are serving alcohol. Just place an order, and they’ll pack the bottles for you.

You can also order alcohol on-line. Yes, you read right. There are companies that are delivering alcohol beverages wherever you want. You select what you want, then you set up your location and they will bring the alcoholic beverages to you. The companies that are delivering alcohol in Egypt are Drinkies and Cheers.

Note! In case you use Drinkies, you must order lots of alcohol at the same time. You can’t order two beers instead you need to order 24 cans or bottles at the same time. Cheers deliver less than 24 packages.

Drinkies has many stores in Cairo, but they also have a store in El Gouna from where they deliver to Hurghada. They also have shops in Alexandria, Ain El-Sokhna, El Fayoum, Tanta, Mahalla, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor and Port Said. Check the locations from here.

Cheers has stores in Cairo, Alexandria and El Gouna. You can see the locations from here.

Both of the stores sell beer, wine, spirits and RTDs (ready to drink). Most of the alcohol sold, both in Drinkies and Cheers are brewed in Egypt. The prices are affordable and ordering is easy. Download the app or call!

Next: Duty-free shops in Egypt



Duty-free shops in Egypt | Imported alcohol

If you want to buy imported alcohol, you have 48-hours time to buy alcohol after you have arrived in Egypt. Imported alcohol is sold at airports and in the duty-free shops. Here are the locations for Duty-Frees in Cairo.

In Hurghada, you find a duty-free shop from Senzo Mall and beside Giftun hotel in El Mamsha, check the location from here. Duty-Free El Gouna is located in the Abu Tigi Marina and Sharm El-Sheik here.

Egyptian brewed alcohol

Like said, the alcohol sold in Egypt is often brewed and produced in Egypt. Some of the alcoholic beverages brewed in Egypt can make you very sick afterwards. This is why I usually don’t consume Egyptian spirits such as vodka or whisky, beer and wine are more than enough for me.

I haven’t tried Egyptian whisky myself, but I’ve tried vodka and it wasn’t the best one I’ve tastes. A friend of mine loves Egyptian gin, so not all the alcohol is bad. Depends on who you ask.

Here is a list of the most common and the most popular alcoholic beverages brewed and sold in Egypt.

Egyptian beer

Stella

Stella beer. Image: Cheers Egypt

Egyptians have brew beer since the times of Ancient Egypt. The oldest beer sold in Egypt is Stella. Don’t confuse it with the Belgian beer Stella Artois. Egyptian Stella beer is the most popular beer in Egypt, in the year 2016, it was sold 47.5 million litres in Egypt. It has been on the market since 1897. The company that produces Stella, distributes Heineken and Desperados beers to the Egyptian markets.

Stella is my favourite Egyptian beer (4.5% of alcohol), it’s light and the taste is good. It is sold both in 0.5 litres cans and glass bottles. The price in the restaurants varies from between 20 Egyptian pounds to 60 Egyptian pounds.

Sakara

Sakara beer. Image: Cheers Egypt

The other popular beer sold in Egypt is Sakara. Sakara Gold is 4.0% malt beer, and it is served 500 ml bottles and cans.

The more dangerous version of Sakara beer is Sakara El-King with alcohol content 10% and 15%. You don’t need to drink many of these to get drunk, so be careful!

There is also another beer with a relatively high alcohol content available in Egypt. This beer is called Meister Max and its alcohol content is 8%. It’s sold in a bottle (330ml) and cans (330ml & 500ml).

The other beer brands sold in Egypt, are Heineken and Desperados by Al Ahram brewing company. Both Heineken and Desperados are more expensive compared to local brands such as Stella and Sakara since they are international brands and brewed outside Egypt.

Egyptian wines

Omar Khayam wine

Omar Khayam wine. Image: Cheers Egypt.

According to my own experience, Omar Khayam is probably the most common wine in Egypt. You can find it, wherever alcohol is served. For me, it tastes like a wine, but I have a feeling that wine experts won’t rank the taste as high as I do. Omar Khayam is available in Red, White and Rose. It’s produced in Egypt and the price is affordable around 100-200 Egyptian pounds/bottle.

Other Egyptian brewed wine brands are Obelisque, Grand Marque, Ayam and Leila. You can order these wines and imported wines also from Drinkies and Cheers.

Next: Egyptian spirits



Egyptian spirits: Vodka, gin & whisky

BLUE40 VODKA

Like said earlier, I don’t have the best relationship with strong Egyptian alcohol. Actually, I haven’t even tried the Egyptian vodka after 2010. The quality must be better these days since the Egyptian Vodka called BLUE40 has been winning awards because of its quality. BLUE40 vodka is produced in Egypt under the supervision of Heineken international company. It makes this Vodka is worth trying.

There is also a vodka called BLACK50 available. It is also an award winner and produced under the supervision of Heineken company.

Blue40 Vodka. Image: Cheers Egypt.

VOLGA VODKA

If you want to have an authentic experience with Egyptian vodka, try Volga vodka. This vodka is the reason why I haven’t tasted Egyptian vodka since 2010. Even the smell of this vodka makes you consider twice before trying it. But like said I haven’t tried this for years, so who knows if the quality has improved. Have you tried Volga Vodka lately? What was it like?

DEVLIN WHISKY

Devlin whisky is the first single malt whiskey produced in Egypt. It’s a little pricey compared to other Egyptian Whiskies (i.e. AULD STAG WHISKY) but for sure the quality is better. At least it should.

BUTLER’S GIN

The gin that is sold in Egypt, it’s not exactly the same that is sold outside of Egypt. But at least it’s cheaper!

There are also rum, liquors, tequila and RTD’s available in Egypt. The only alcoholic beverage missing in Egypt is cider, but luckily there are RTDs to substitute cider.

As a conclusion, alcohol is available and served in Egypt, but the quality of alcohol sold in Egypt is not the best (excluding beer). My advice is: Don’t buy the cheapest bottles (wines & spirits) unless you know what you are buying. If you pay a little extra, you’ll get better quality.

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Are you planning a trip from Hurghada to Luxor? Here is all you need to know before visiting Luxor from Hurghada.

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What is Luxor | Luxor in a nutshell

Luxor is a city located in Upper Egypt, the distance between Luxor and Cairo is about 650 (403 Miles) kilometres (by car). So the pyramids are quite far away from Luxor.

It used to be one of the most important cities of ancient Egypt, mostly because of its location right next to the Nile River.

Today Luxor one of the most important cities for tourism in Egypt. Earlier Luxor has been known as Theba (Theban) and Waset, the city was named Luxor in 624 B.C.

The Nile River. Image: Tamas Juhasz Pixabay.

The city has been divided into two main areas on both sides of the Nile river. The areas are called the West Bank and the East bank.

From the East bank, you’ll find among the other things the Temple of Luxor, the Temple of Karnak, museums, train station, hotels and restaurants.

Most of the ancient sights are located in the West Bank of Luxor.

How can I go to the other side of the Nile River?

You can cross the Nile river with a felucca boat. This costs about 10 Egyptian pounds. There is also a bridge over the Nile River.

If you book a day trip to Luxor, crossing the River Nile is not usually included. So be prepared to pay felucca ride yourself.

Crossin the River Nile with a felucca in Luxor Egypt
Feluccas in Luxor Egypt. Image: Albert Dezetter Pixabay.

Like said most of the ancient sight in Luxor are located in the West Bank of Luxor.

These sights are Valley of the Kings and Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Tombs of the Nobles, The Temple of Medinet Habu, The Ramesseum Temple, Colossi of Memnon and Malkata.

If you wish to see the city from the Hot Air Balloon, you need to go to West Bank. Book your Hot Air Balloon ride from here.


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A day trip to Luxor from Hurghada

There are many ways to travel and visit Luxor from Hurghada. The most popular way to visit Luxor from Hurghada is to take a day trip from Hurghada to Luxor.

I have done this trip twice myself. And I can highly recommend this excursion. In case you take a day trip from Hurghada to Luxor, you will be spending the whole day in Luxor and get to visit all the important ancient sites. You can book your day trip to Luxor from here.

This trip includes visits to the Temple of Karnak, Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings and the temple of Hatshepsut. More information here.

There are lost to see in Luxor Egyt.
Luxor. Image: Imedias Pixabay.

If you hesitate whether you should visit Luxor or Cairo, I recommend you to go to Luxor. Personally, I liked it more. You won’t see the pyramids, but you can visit them next time. If you have time enough, visit both Luxor and Cairo.

On a day trip to Luxor, you see all the most important ancient sights. The disadvantage is, that you don’t have time to take a closer look at Luxor and all its miracles. If you want to spend more time there, it’s possible to travel to Luxor by bus from Hurghada. It’s up to you!

Next: When to visit Luxor? What to pack for a trip to Luxor?



Is it safe to visit Luxor?

Visiting Luxor isn’t more dangerous than visiting in Egypt overall. Here is an article to read about the safety in Egypt.

The best time to visit in Luxor

The best time to visit Luxor is from October to April. This time there are lots of tourists in town, so be prepared for crowds.

Luxor is also said to be the hassle capital of Egypt. In other words, the street vendors are very active. If you don’t want to buy anything, walk and say “LA SHUKRAN” this means no thank you in Arabic.

Read more: How to haggle in Egypt?

Luxor is called the capital of hassle.
Souk in Luxor. Image: Simon Steinberger Pixabay.

The city is very hot in the summer and there are not too many tourists around. This is why Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany announced that the ticket prices for foreign tourists visiting Upper Egypt’s sights in the summer will be reduced by 50%. More information click here.

Netx: What to wear and pack for Luxor?



What to wear and pack for Luxor?

When I was visiting Luxor at the beginning of May, it was already very hot then.

In case you visit Upper Egypt during the summer, pack light clothes and lots of sun lotion. A hat or other headcover is also a must thing to pack for a trip to Luxor. And don’t forget the sunglasses!

It may be chilly during the winter months, so pack up some warmer clothes with you. Also, the airconditioning on the bus may be cold, this is why you can even pack a light blanket with you.

It is also good to have some small money for toilets and tips.

When talking about the toilets, don’t forget to pack napkins or toilet paper with you. I prefer buying small napkins packets from the street vendors. This is a good way to support the locals.

Bottled water is a thing you don’t want to forget. It’s needed. And some salty snacks.

Next: How far is Luxor from Hurghada?



The distance between Hurghada and Luxor

So, How far is Luxor from Hurghada? The distance between Hurghada and Luxor is about 300 kilometres (186 Miles). By car, it takes about 4 hours to get there. It’s a long way, but totally worth it.

If you take a day tour to Luxor from Hurghada, the bus leaves early in the morning around 05.00 o’clock. A full day trip to Luxor lasts about 16-17 hours, and you’ll be back at your hotel around 09-10.00 pm.

It’s better not to make any big evenings plans after this trip, it’s a long day!

From Hurghada to Luxor by bus

You can also visit Luxor yourself. The cheapest way to travel between Hurghada and Luxor is a bus. Go bus Egypt’s bus to Luxor from Hurghadaleaves from Go Bus Hurghada station in Hurghada twice a day, at 8.15 am and 03.30 pm (15.30).

You can purchase the tickets from the bus station or through their website. I recommend you to book your tickets beforehand, to make sure there is a roam in the bus. More information & Timetables from Go bus website.

If you visit Luxor yourself, book accommodation from Luxor, take a bus and hit the sites early in the morning. Most sites are filled with tourists all day, but the main peak is in the morning. So, be there early! Some of the sites open already at 06.00 o’clock.


The flights between Hurghada and Luxor

At the moment there are no direct flights between Hurghada and Luxor, but Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany just announced that there will be new routes between Luxor and Hurghada in the future. More information from the article of Egypt’s Independent.

Next: What to see in Luxor?



What there is to see in Luxor?

On a day trip to Luxor, you see all the most important miracles of ancient Egypt. The tour will take you to visit Karnak Temple, which was the largest and most important religious complex in ancient Egypt. It’s over 2000 years old and there are lots to see.

Karnak Temple in Luxor is a must see
Karnak Temple is also called an open-air Museum.

The other places you visit during the day in Luxor are The Temple of Hatshepsut, The Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon.

The benefits of taking a guided tour to Luxor is, that the guide will be with you all the time. When I visited Luxor, I was fascinated to listen to the guide and stories about ancient Egypt. If you take a self-guided tour to Luxor, make sure you have a good guide with you.

Book your full-day tours in Luxor here.

The temple of Hatsepsut

Temple of Hathseput is one of the sites visited in Luxor trips.
Hatshepsut Mortuary Temple in Luxor, Egypt Image: werner22brigitte

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is a temple built by Hatshepsut herself. Hatshepsut was the first female pharaoh in ancient Egypt. She reigned the kingdom for 20-years.

The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is located in the area called Deir el Bahri. The temple was called Djeser-Djeseru in ancient Egypt, which means “the Holy of Holiest.” It’s situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II.

The temple has a unique architecture and the view from up to the valley is amazing.

The valley of the kings

The Valley of the Kings.
The Valley of the Kings.

The Valley of the Kings is probably the most famous touristic sight in Luxor. The Valley of the Kings used to be a place, where the Pharaohs were buried. The area is filled with tombs of Pharaohs and other powerful nobles of ancient Egypt.

There are 63 tombs in the area. Not all of the tombs are open for the public. The most popular and visited tomb in the Valley of the Kings is a tomb of Tutankhamon (extra cost).

You are allowed to visit three optional tombs with an entrance ticket (Ramses l, lV, Vll, lX, Seti ll, Tawsert/Sethnakhte, Tuthmosis lll, lV, Saptah, Horemoheb, Menttuherkhopshef ).

Some of the tombs have restored and remained in good condition. The tombs you don’t want to miss on your visit to the Valley of the Kings are A tomb of Tutankhamon (KV 62), a tomb of Ramses II sons (KV5), a tomb of Ramses VI (KV2), Seti I (KV 17) & a tomb of Ramses III (KV 11).

You can take a look at the tomb of a Pharaoh Ramses VI (KV2) in 3D from here.

If you wish to take pictures inside the tombs, you need to buy permission.

Colossi of Memnon

When you go to see the Colossi of Memnon, you’ll see two enormous statues dedicated to Amenhotep III. As you see in the picture below, the statues are destroyed, but still recognizable.

Colossi of Memnon Image By Tim Dellmann

Next: Other important sites to see in Luxor Egypt



Other touristic attractions to visit in Luxor

If you are doing a solo trip to Luxor, you should also check these sites. These sites are not included to a day trip in Luxor.

Luxor temple

Luxor Temple is a temple built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC). Later it was completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC). Also, Ramses II added his temple to the area.

The Temple of Luxor has been dedicated to Amon-Ra.

The Obelisk located in Paris has been moved from the Temple of Luxor.

Maltaka

A palace complex located in the desert close to Medinet Habu. It was built by Pharaoh Amenhotep III. More information here.

The Ramesseum

The Ramesseum
The Ramesseum, Luxor Egypt.

The Ramesseum temple is located in the West Bank area, Luxor, It’s a memorial or mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II. The temple was dedicated to Ramesses II himself and God Amon.

The temple is famous for the big statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II. There are also some decorated walls left. Though the temple is fragrant, it’s still worth visiting.

The tombs of the nobles

The tombs of the nobles is located in the area caller Sheik Abd El-Korna. There are over 400 hundred tombs belonged to nobles from the 6th dynasty to the Graeco-Roman period.

The tombs of the nobles is not a site occupied by big tourists groups. Though it’s rarely visited by big tourists groups there are lots to see.

A must see tombs: Tomb nr. 52 Chapel of Nakht, Tomb nr. 55 Ra-Mose, Tomb nr. 62 Tomb of Menna, Tomb nr. 100 Re-khme–e (Rehmire) & Tob of Sennofer.

Coming: Where to stay in Luxor



Workmen’s village | Dehr El Medina

The men who used to decorate the tombs of pharaohs and nobles used to live in this village. They decorated their own tombs. The most impressive tombs are the tombs Sennedjem and Inherkau. Sennedjem’s tomb covered with paintings was discovered in 1886 with 30 mummies.

Medinat habu

In the area of Medinet Habu, you’ll find the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. More information here.

medinet Habu in Luxor Egypt.
Medinet Habu Luxor. Image: Albert Dezetter Pixabay

Valley of the queens

The wives of pharaohs are buried to the valley of the queens. The most well-known tomb in the valley of the queens is a tomb of Queen Nefertiti. The entrance to the tomb of Nefertiti is 1400 Egyptian pounds.

Luxor museum

Archaeological museum of Luxor. Location: Corniche el-Nil, downtown Luxor.

Where to stay in Luxor | Accommodation in Luxor

If you are planning to see Luxor properly, spend at least one night there. There are lots of Hotels in Luxor, where to choose from. Here are a few recommendations for the hotels/apartments to stay in Luxor. In case you had a great hotel/apartment experience in Luxor, comment and share it with us and I will add it to the list.

LUXURY: SOFITEL WINTER PALACE LUXOR

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Sofitel winter palace Luxor.

Winter Palace Luxor is located in the banks of the Nile River. This hotel is not the cheapest one, but worth all the money. Winter Palace has been inaugurated on Saturday 19 January 1907. It has been designed by the Italian Architect Leon Stienon.

The hotel has been visited by AGATHA CHRISTIE, who wrote his famous book called Death on the Nile while staying at this hotel. Also, the Egyptologist Howard Carter, who found the tomb of Tutankhamon was staying in Winter Palace Luxor.

MID RANGE: NEFERTITI HOTEL LUXOR

Nefertiti Hotel is located in the west bank area, only 10 minutes walk away from the railway station. It’s also close to the airport, which is only 20 kilometres away from the hotel.

BUDGET: HOUSE OF DREAMS LUXOR

The house of dreams apartment is a nice and clean apartment in the West Bank of Luxor. It’s ideal for budget travellers with European standards.


ALL IN ALL, Luxor has a lot to offer for everyone. Even if you are not that interested in history, Luxor is still the place to go once in a lifetime! Did visit Luxor? How did you find it? Comment the post and share your best travel tips to LUXOR EGYPT.

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If you are planning Egypt tours in 2020 or a holiday to Egypt, you should definitely check this article.

I have collected here all the important dates and interesting things we are expecting to happen in Egypt in 2020. The list will be updated through the year.

Here we go EGYPT IN 2020 What happens where and when.

UPDATE 4/4/2020! Due to Coronavirus outbreak, Egypt has closed the borders and all the events have been cancelled until further notice. Read more about the coronavirus situation in Egypt from this article: CORONAVIRUS COVID- 19) IN EGYPT.

In case you planning a trip to Egypt in 2020, read this article first: When can we travel to Egypt again?

NOTE! Ramadan is expected to start on 24th of April and end on 23rd of May. Read more: Ramadan in Egypt | What is it all about?


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The year 2020 is important and interesting in Egypt for many reasons. This is what we are waiting and hoping to happen in Egypt in 2020:

  • Opening for the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The museum is expected to be opened in 2021. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet.
  • Egypt’s oldest pyramid the tomb of Pharaoh Djoser is set to be opened for tourists in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Baron Empain Palace in Cairo Heliopolis area is planned to be open for visitors after restoration in February 2020. The restoration of the palace built by in 1911 cost 100 million Egyptian pounds. Here is a good article of the palace’s history from 2012.
  • The tickets for Upper Egypt’s archaeological sites and Museums will be reducted for 50% during the summer season. More information here.
  • Tourists heading back to Sharm El-Sheikh. Over 15 million tourists expected to visit Egypt in 2020. For sure, some of them visit Sharm El-Sheikh.
  • Hurghada Museum is has been inaugurated on 29th of February 2020. More information about the opening ceremony of Hurghada Museum here. Entrance fees to Hurghada Museum: Foreign adults 200 EGP, Foreign child (under 6-years) & students 100 EGP. Egyptian adult 80 EGP, Egyptian child (under 6-years) & students 40 EGP. Click here to read more: Hurghada Museum official website.

For the ones who are planning Egypt tours or a regular holiday, it’s important to aware of public/national holidays in Egypt.

National holidays in Egypt don’t affect much on tourism, but in case you are planning to go to the bank or visa office, for example, you may be in trouble, if you didn’t prepare for holidays.

ATM’s are usually empty during long national holidays, this is why it’s good to get some cash before banks are closed for days.


TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CURRENCY IN EGYPT CHECK THIS POST:

CURRENCY IN EGYPT | EGYPTIAN POUND FAQs


Here is a full list of all the national/public holidays in Egypt in 2020. After the list, there is more information about the holidays and events in Egypt in 2020.

If you notice something worth mentioning missing from the list, leave a comment or e-mail me lifebeyondexpectationsss@gmail.com. And I’ll add it.

NEXT: NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN EGYPT IN 2020



National | Public holidays in Egypt in 2020

During the national holidays in Egypt schools, banks and government buildings are closed. Also, some of the shops may be closed. Here is a full list for the public holidays in Egypt in 2020.

During the Ramadan, Coptic Christians keep their shops open normally, while Muslim owned may be closed during the Ramadan meals. Read more about the Coptic Christians in Egypt at the end of this post.

  • 7th of January | COPTIC CHRISTMAS DAY |
  • 25th of January | 2011 REVOLUTION DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 19th of April | COPTIC EASTERN |
  • 20th of April| SHAM EL-NESSIM | SPRING FESTIVAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 25th of April | SINAI LIBERATION DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 1st of May | LABOUR DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 23rd-25th of May | EID AL-FITR | THE END OF RAMADAN | 3-Days after the end of Ramadan 2020
  • 20th of August | EL HIJRA | ISLAMIC NEW YEAR | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 30th of June | REVOLUTION DAY AGAINST MURSI IN 2013| PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 23th of July | 1952 REVOLUTION DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 29th of July | ARAFAT DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 31th of July till 3rd of August | EID AL-ADHA | FEAST OF SACRIFICE | 4-DAYS PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 6th of October | ARMED FORCES DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 29th of October | AL-MOULED AL-NABAVY | Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

What happens in Egypt in 2020? Important dates & my picks for events in all Egypt for 2020

When travelling to Egypt or anywhere, it’s good to know what happens around you, right? If there is a big celebration going on, it’s more interesting if you know why people are celebrating.

In case, you are still planning your Egypt tours or holiday to Egypt, you can make adjustments to your travel itinerary based on this list.

Next: Events in Egypt month by month.



All-year events in Egypt:

LIGHT SHOW IN PYRAMIDS, KARNAK, EDFU, PHILAE & ABU SIMBEL. MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS: https://soundandlight.show/

Events in Egypt in 2020 month by month

JANUARY 2020

EGYPTIAN MARATHON | LUXOR | 17th of January 2020.

HURGHADA MUSEUM OPENING IN 22TH OF JANUARY

REVOLUTION DAY | ALL EGYPT | 25TH OF JANUARY.

25th of January is a public holiday in all Egypt. It’s the day of the Revolution in 2011. In 2011 revolution Egypts’ long ruled president Hosni Mubarak was deposed and he left his Presidential official after being in power for almost 30-years.

FEBRUARY 2020

ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL | ASWAN EGYPT | 22nd of FEBRUARY 2020

One must place visit in Egypt is Abu Simbel. If are planning Egypt tours in February or October visit Abu Simbel Sun Festival.

Abu Simbel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt. The sun temple of Abu Simple is built by King Ramses II 1250 B.C. Among with the Sun Temple, there are two other temples built for King himself and his wife Queen Nefertiti.

Abu Simbel sun festival is held twice a twice.
Abu Simbel Aswan Egypt. Image: la_pet Pixabay

During Abu Simbel Sun Festival in FEBRUARY AND OCTOBER, the temple will lighten up from inside. The sun lights up the entrance corridor of the temple and three of the four statues at the end of the corridor. Only the statue of Phat (the God of darkness), will remain dark.

After seeing the lightening up of the temple, people gather around to celebrate. There will be eating, dancing and other celebrations.

Ramses II designed his temple to lighten up every year at the same time. Every year it will happen on the 22nd of February and the 22nd of October.

Original dates were 21st of February (RAMSES II throne ascension date and 21st of October (his birthday). Since the temple has been moved by Egyptian authorities in 1964 the dates forwarded for one day.

MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.ask-aladdin.com/egypt-travel-tips/abu-simbel-sun-festival/

NEXT: MARCH IN EGYPT 2020



MARCH 2020

EAZEES | INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL | CAIRO | 23th of March till 29th of March 2020.

Eazees international women’s theatre festival (EIWTF) is a festival concentrating on women issues and exploring them through theatre and stage plays. The festival is held first time in 2020, but it’s planned to be organized yearly.

The programme will consist of 10 both international and Egyptian plays, two each day of the festival.

More information: https://eiwtf.com/

D-CAF | DOWNTOWN CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL | CAIRO | 29th of March till 21st of April 2020.

D-CAF contemporary festival is held in different sites in Cairo Downtown in from 29th of March till 21st of April 2020. It’s a unique contemporary art festival that combines music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and film.

The aim of the festival is to bring art to the people and connect audience and performances in a new way. There are also workshops and other events.

The festival happens outside of the traditional art venues. During D-CAF You can see performances, events and installations in different sites such as historical buildings and rooftops.

More information, programme, tickets & prices for their website: https://d-caf.org/

APRIL 2020

CAIRO BITES | FOOD FESTIVAL | FAMILY PARK, NEW CAIRO | 10th & 11th of April 2020

The biggest food festival in Egypt. Both local, regional & international foods and drinks.

More information & tickets: https://www.cairobites.com/

3ALGANOOB MUSIC FESTIVAL | Concorde Royal Beach Resort at Ras Sudr | 18-20th of April 2020

A three days long music festival introducing Egyptian modern music artists & bands from different genres.

SHAM EL-NESSIM | ALL EGYPT | 20th of April 2020

Sham El-Nessim (eng. Inhaling the breeze) is celebrated all over Egypt. It’s a national holiday marketing beginning of the spring. Originated from Pharaons traditions and has been celebrated since 2 700 B.C. Though it’s celebrated right after Coptic Eastern, it’s not considered to be a religious event.

During the celebration, people gather together for a picnic to the parks or other green areas. The traditional dishes enjoyed in Sham El-Nessim are salted fish, eggs and onions.

Also, decorating and painting the eggs is a traditional activity done in Sham El-Nessim.

Many Egyptian heads to the beaches and attend different events such as theatre.

MOULID OF ABU EL-HAGGAG | ABU EL-HAGGAG FESTIVAL | LUXOR | Lasts two days and start two weeks before Ramadan (9-11 of May 2020)

Image: Stephen Ficalora Nilescribes

Abu El-Haggag is a festival to honour the birth of a man named Abu El-Haggag (Moulid=birth). Abu El-Haggag managed to convince the authorities not to move the mosque inside the Luxor temple. The Mosque is still there and named after him.

The festival is celebrated by all residents in Luxor and close to it. There is a parade going through the city starting from the Temple of Luxor. The parade is filled with boat-shaped floats, music, colours & cheering. The feast is all about celebrating!

To read more and see the pictures from the Parade: An article written by Stephen Ficaloras‘ about experiences of Abu El-Haggag festival in Luxor.

RAMADAN | MUSLIM’S HOLY MONTH | 23rd of April till 23rd of May 2020

In 2020 Ramadan is expected to start on the 23rd of April and finish on the 23rd of May 2020. The days may vary. The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. During the Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunset to sunrise.

Here is more information about the Ramadan in Egypt and how does it affect on tourists visiting Egypt during the Ramadan:

RAMADAN IN EGYPT | WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

MAY 2020

EID AL-FITR | THE END OF RAMADAN | 3-Days after the end of Ramadan 2020 | From 23-25th of May 2020

Eid Al-Fitr is a big celebration at the end of Ramadan. People gather together to eat and celebrate. For Muslim Children Eid is like a Christmas for Christian kids. Children get new clothes and sweets are eaten a lot.

NEXT: JUNE 2020



JUNE 2020

SANDBOX FESTIVAL | ELECTRIC MUSIC FESTIVAL | EL GOUNA | JUNE 2020 ( DATES NOT RELEASED YET)

Sandbox festival has been held yearly in El Gouna since 2013. It’s an electronic music festival on the beach. In the year 2019, there were over 70 local and international DJ’s performing. If you visit El Gouna during the Sandbox festival, you may hear some noise!

JULY 2020

EID AL-ADHA | FEAST OF SACRIFICE | 30th of July till 3rd or August

Eid Al-Adha is the oldest and the most important feast in Muslim Calender. During the holidays all the public places are filled with people, especially beaches and venues in the evenings.

The holiday for celebrating the commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It’s also called Eid Al Lahma in Egypt, Eid Al Lahma means meat feast. During the feast, people buy animals such as cows and slaughter them. Some of the meat is donated to the poor people.

Also, during this Eid, helping poor people is important. Food, clothes and money are donated for poor or homeless people.

AUGUST 2020

WAFAA EL-NIL | ALL AROUND EGYPT (CAIRO & NILE VALLEY)| August 2020

Wafaa El-Nil is a celebration for the Nile river. There will be concerts, poetry and family-friendly happenings through the festivals.

NEXT: SEPTEMBER 2020



SEPTEMBER 2020

EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL | EL GOUNA | SEPTEMBER (NO CONFIRMED DATES)

El Gouna Film Festival is usually held in September. The dates for 2020 hasn’t been released yet. Let’s hope the Festival will be set up for 2020.

El Gouna film festival (EFF) gathers both Egyptian and International superstars together to celebrate the movie. Add El Gouna to your Egypt tours programme, there is a chance to see Egyptian and international superstars.

El Gouna Golf tower is a place visit when visiting in El Gouna. View from golf clubs' tower is amazing and totally worth visiting. El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt, Ägypten, Egypten, Egipt, Egitto
Beautiful sunset from El Gouna golf tower.

OCTOBER 2020

CAIRO JAZZ FESTIVAL | CAIRO | Exact dates for 2020 hasn’t been published.

SIYAHA FESTIVAL | SIWA OASIS | THREE DAYS IN OCTOBER WHEN THE MOON IS FULLEST

The Siyaha Festival is celebrated in Siwa Oasis every year in October when the moon is fullest. The Celebrations lasts for three days. The main idea of the festivals is to celebrate the harvest, settle all old arguments, make peace and honour friendship. People sit down together, eat and pray for three days.

ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL | ASWAN EGYPT | 21st (22nd) of OCTOBER

Second Abu Simbel Sun Festival will be held on 22nd of October, months after the first one in February. 21st of October is believed to be the birthday of RAMSES II.

AL-MOULED AL-NABAVY | NATIONAL HOLIDAY | 29th of October

Al-Mouled Al-Nabavy also called Moulid El Nabi is Prophet Mohammed’s’ day of birth. It’s celebrated by Muslim all over the world. The day is a national holiday in Egypt. The celebration of Moulid El Nabi starts on the sunset of October 28th of October 2020.

In Egypt, people celebrate Al-Mouled Al-Nabavy with sweets called Halawet Al-Mouled. Also, children get new clothes. Another traditional thing for Egypt is Arouset Al-Mouled, which is the bride shaped doll. The doll is sold in different sizes and shapes.

NOVEMBER

SAHL HASHEESH ENDURANCE FESTIVAL | SAHL HASHEESH | NOVEMBER (NOT EXACT DATES ANNOUNCED)

Sahl Hasheesh endurance festival is usually taken place in November. For the sports fans doing Egypt tours, here is an excellent chance to combine sports & travel. The dates for Sahl Hasheesh endurance in 2020 haven’t been published yet. More information about 2019s’ endurance festival https://www.thetrifactory.com/sahlhasheesh

DECEMBER

December is so far away, that there is nothing announced yet. But I’ll keep the updates on!

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Looking for things to do in Hurghada Egypt? Here is a list from A-Z that covers almost everything you can do in Hurghada. Written by someone who has been living in Hurghada.


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Best things to do in Hurghada

There are various choices for the things to do in Hurghada. Whether you are on a holiday with kids, friends or alone, there are things to do for everyone in Hurghada. 

The best thing is that some of the things to do in this list are totally free of charge. Read the list and be inspired, for sure there is something you couldn’t have thought you can do in Hurghada.

You decide what’s the best thing to do in Hurghada!

Most of the travel agencies sell popular trips, but travel agencies usually charge more. So you can also buy excursions from Hurghada. If you prefer buying your excursion beforehand, you can purchase them through my blog/website. 

If you decide to purchase an excursion through the links on my site, I’ll receive a small commission. For you, this doesn’t cost any extra. All affiliate links are marked with ***

NOTE! Before you buy any excursions, make sure that the company has insurance covering possible accidents. 

Things to do in Hurghada

Alf leila wa leila-Arabian nights show

This is for the ones who are interested in culture and folklore stories. The show seems to a bit pricey and seems like it shares the opinions. Some say it’s worth going, others don’t recommend.

If you are interested in music, dance, fantasy and history, this show may be for you.

More info and bookings: Alf leila wa leila show with museum visit***

ATV | A quad bike desert safari

Beautiful landscapes in the desert near Hurghada. Quad biking safari Hurghada Egypt.
Beautiful landscapes in the desert near Hurghada.

One of the most popular things to do in Hurghada is a safari trip to the desert with quad bikes (ATV). You get to drive ATVs in the desert and drive a buggy. It’s possible to do either 3- or 7-hours trips to the desert. If you choose a longer trip, you get to visit Bedouin village and barbeque. 

I have done self a 3-hours quad bike safari trip to the desert. You can read more about my quad biking experience from this article:

Hurghada excursions | A quad bike safari

NOTE! Children under 16-years old are not allowed to drive the vehicles.

Remember to make sure that your travel insurance is valid when driving a quad bike.

More info and booking: 3 hour quad bike excursion***, 7-hours quad biking trip***

Nightclubs & bars

There is only one thing to do in Hurghada, which you may regret afterwards: It is going to the bars and nightclubs. I don’t mean that nightlife in Hurghada is horrible, but you may get a hangover from Hurghada. 

If the drinks are made from a local Egyptian vodka, you may suffer from the worst hangover of your life. So, be prepared!

Read more: A guide to Hurghada nightlife, Alcoholic beverages and drinking in Egypt

Next: Blue Moon animal center Hurghada



Blue Moon Animal center Hurghada

When you are walking around Hurghada you’ll see lots of stray cats and dogs. This is the big problem in all over Egypt. 

Luckily, there are Blue Moon Animal Center in Hurghada that takes care of the street dogs and cats for free.

You can visit Blue Moon Animal Center on Tuesdays and Sundays from 9.30-12.00. Here is a link from google maps, to see the location.

More information: Blue Moon Animal Center on Facebook.

Crazy Land Park – Hidden gem in the Sheraton Street

Entrance to an amusement park in HUrghada Egypt
Entrance to Crazy Land Park Hurghada Egypt.

There is a small amusement park on the Sheraton street called Crazy Land Park. If you have been walking on Sheraton street, you may have seen it. It took me very long to have the courage to take a closer look at the park.

Even though I didn’t try amusement rides, it was a very exciting experience. The rides at the amusement park looked like they haven’t been maintained regularly, so I didn’t dare to try them. Neither should. But still, the place is worth seeing. The entrance cost only a few pounds, and I was happy to pay for it.

If you are travelling with the kids, maybe it’s not the best idea to take them to see the park, since They’ll be very disappointed if they aren’t allowed to try the amusement rides.

Next: Explore the city with a microbus



Drive around the city with microbuses

Everyone who is visiting Egypt should try a microbus. It’s one of the funniest and the cheapest things to do in Egypt. The ride with a microbus costs only a few Egyptian pounds.

Microbusses are a fast and easy way to move around Hurghada.

Read more: How to use a microbus in Hurghada

Some of the most authentic things to do in Hurghada are totally free.

Explore El Dahar

All of these things to see and experience in El Dahar are located around El Dahar Square. El Dahar square in Arabic midan Dahar is the heart of El Dahar. Everything is a walking distance away from it. When you go to visit Dahar, ask a taxi, uber or careem to take you to El Dahar Square (Midan Dahar). Last time I paid 30 Egyptian pounds for Uber from the beginning of Sheraton Street to El Dahar square. If you take a microbus El Dahar square is the last stop. Microbus costs 2 Egyptian pounds from Sheraton to Dahar.
El Dahar square, Hurghada, Egypt.

El Dahar is the oldest part of a city of Hurghada. The exploring of El Dahar is a thing to do itself. Explore a souk, deal in the Bazaar and buy fresh vegetables from the fruit and vegetable market. 

Along with shopping, there are lots of other things to do in El Dahar, for example, visiting Hurghada Coptic Church.

Read more about El Dahar and Hurghada Coptic Church

Eat Egyptian food

One of the best things you can do on holiday is eating. Eating is my favourite thing to do, everywhere! When you are on holiday, you can eat almost anything, without feeling guilty. Try Egyptian food and enjoy the best restaurants in Hurghada Egypt. 

Koshari is one of the must try foods in Egypt
Image: Dina Said (Wikipedia Commons) Egyptian Kushari or koshari, made of rice, macaroni, and lentils, topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar, garnished with chickpeas and fried onions

Best Egyptian food in Hurghada is served in Dar El Darak-restaurant. The restaurant is located close to Sheraton Road. Don’t let the location confuse you. It’s safe to go to the sidewalks and enjoy authentic Egyptian food. More info: Dar El Darak on Facebook.

If you want to get to know with the Egyptian fast food try GAD restaurants. You’ll find at least four GAD restaurant in Hurghada. They serve everything from falafels to burgers.

Read more Food in Egypt | Egyptian dishes must try The best fish restaurants in Hurghada

Next: Escape room Hurghada

Escape room Hurghada

EL MAMSHA ESPLANADA MALL 2ND FLOOR

Escape rooms are perfect places to go with a small bunch of people. Escape room in Hurghada is for 2-7 people at a time. The Escape room is a place where you play the escape game. The idea of the game is to play together with a small group of people and solve the mystery to get out from the ESCAPE ROOM where you are locked inside.

One game lasts a maximum of 60-minutes. If you solve the mystery earlier, the door will be opened. And don’t panic, though the doors are locked you can always leave the room in case of emergency. If you didn’t find your way out of the room in 60 minutes, you’ll be set free anyway.

There are four different themed game rooms in Hurghada Escape Room. If it’s your first visit to Escape room, start from the easiest one and play a more difficult room later.

If you looking for things to do in Hurghada for a couple or group of friends, the Escape room is an excellent choice. More info from their website: https://escaperoomhurghada.com

Felfala beach | Old Sheraton road Hurghada

The best sea view in Hurghada

Sit down and admire the beautiful sea view. Felfala beach is probably one of the most photographed places in Hurghada. It is located in Old Sheraton road between Sheraton road and El Mamsha. The name of the place comes from the old restaurant called Felfala. 

Old Felfela restaurant in Hurghada Egypt.
Felfela used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada Egypt.

Felfala-restaurant used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada. Unfortunately, it has been

Felfela beach is located under the small hill, opposite to Granada restaurant. The view to the beach and the sea is amazing.

Going down to a Felfala beach is forbidden, but people still sneak into the beach. When you look down from above, you see many people swimming and spending time down on the beach.

I recommend you to admire the sea from above instead of going down to the beach on your own. If you decide to go down to the beach, you do it with your own responsibility.

Some people are fishing from the Felfala beach. If you are interested in FISHING, it is possible to book a fishing trip. Same companies that offer boat trips offer a chance to fish from the boats.

You can see the sea and felfala from behind the fence.

Drive a golf cart in Sahl Hasheesh

Sahl Hasheesh piazza is breath taking.
Piazza in Sahl Hasheesh Egypt.

Sahl Hasheesh is a stunning resort town about 20 km away from Hurghada. You can’t find a place like Sahl Hasheesh from anywhere else. It’s a very peaceful and beautiful resort city, filled with luxury hotels. 

The architecture and the city itself are very unique and totally worth seeing. The most memorable way to explore Sahl Hasheesh is to rent a golf cart. Golf carts are rented by hourly.

Read more: Sahl Hasheesh A gem of the Red Sea

Visit Hurghada Grand Aquarium

Best place to explore underwater life without actually going into the water is Hurghada Grand Aquarium. Hurghada aquarium is a good place to visit especially on a cold winter day. 

Shark feeding show daily at 11.00 and 15.00 in hurghada gran aquarium.
Hurghada Grand Aquarium shark feeding show.

In addition to exploring the underwater life, there are lots of other things to do in Hurghada Grand Aquarium, especially for the kids. There is a playground, a bedouin tent, possibility to ride a camel and you can even dive inside the tanks and feed the sharks.

Read more: Is Hurghada Grand Aquarium worth visiting?

Hiking in the Red Sea mountain trail

Red Sea mountain trail has been opened in 2019. The path is 170 kilometres long, and it usually takes 10 days to complete the trail. 

You get to hike with a local guide from the Beduin tribes. There are also easier and shorter options if you wish to hike a shorter path. 

More information: https://www.redseamountaintrail.org/

Horseback riding in Hurghada

Do you want to ride on the beach to the sunset? That’s possible to do in Hurghada. There are about ten horse stables in Hurghada who arrange riding trips and classes. 

Here are few, you can contact them all on facebook and ask more details:

Sunny horse stable

Horse riding Hurghada

Desert horse stable

Visit Hurghada museum

Hurghada Museum has been opened at the beginning of March 2020. The museum is located in the Intercontinental area, close to Hilton Hurghada Resort hotel (location in Google maps.)

The museum has six departments from Pharaonic age to Modern Egypt. The building has two floors, one is for the museum and the other for commercial use.

The tickets to Hurghada museum costs 200 Egyptian pounds for adults. Children under 6-years old and foreign students (documentaries required) pay 100 EGP. For the Egyptians, the entrance fee to Hurghada Museum is 80 EGP/adults and 40 EGP children/students.

Hurghada Museum is open daily from 10.00 till 02.00 (14.00), and from 05.00 (17.00) till 11.00 (23.00). The museum is closed from 02.00 (14.00) to 05.00 (17.00). The commercial area is open from 10.00 am until 11.00 pm (23.00).

More information about the museum from this article (in English). Hurghada Museum official website.

Things to do with a family: Hurghada bowling center

Hurghada Bowling Center is located in El Kawther area. It’s easy to find and most of the taxis know where it is. Bowling Center offers things to do for everyone from toddlers till the elderly.

Inside Hurghada Bowling center
Hurghada Bowling Center is located in Bowling Street in El Kawhter area

In addition to the bowling, there is a restaurant, a cafe, a playing area for kids and games for adults as well.

Read here more details about Hurghada Bowling Center: Hurghada bowling center

Join Facebook groups

Join Hurghada-related Facebook groups to get the latest information about what’s going on in the city. And don’t forget to follow lifebeyondex-Hurghada blog on Facebook.

Take kids to play to Kidzo playing area in Senzo mall

While parents and other adults go shopping at Senzo mall, kids can enjoy themselves in Kidzo playing area. The entrance to Kidzo playing area is free of charge, but if you want to use the games and other activities, you must buy a card where you can charge credit. 

At first time, you have to charge a card at least for 50 Egyptian pounds, after that, you can charge any amount of money.

Read more: Kidzo playing area in Senzo mall

Next: Kitesurfing in Hurghada Egypt

Kitesurfing in Hurghada: Things to do at sea

Kitesurfing is an activity for the ones who love activities in the sea. There are many Kitesurfing Centers around Hurghada, which offer Kitesurfing courses and lessons from the beginners to more experienced ones.

Here is a video of Kitesurfing in Hurghada (Soma Bay) for the ones who are not familiar with the sports.

And here is a list of well-known Kitesurfing schools in Hurghada Egypt.

Kite scholl Egypt Lessons from 135€ (3 Hours for the beginners).

Playkite Lessons from 45 USD (1 Hour).

Harry Nash windsurf and kite centers Prices on request.

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Lay down on the beach

Hurghada is made for beach lovers. From the city and its surroundings, you’ll find tens of beaches where you can to lay down and enjoy the sun.

There are no free public beaches in Hurghada, but most of the hotels have their own private beach for guests to use.

Read more: The best beaches in Hurghada Egypt

Go for a stroll to Hurghada Marina

View from Hurghada Marina.
Hurghada New Marina in the evening.

Hurghada new Marina isn’t very new anymore, but it’s still one of the places where you must visit in Hurghada. More about Hurghada Marina from this post.

In Hurghada Marina, you can see the biggest boats, stroll without being harassed by taxis and enjoy food, drinks or coffee. Whatever you like.

Giftun islands: Mahmaya, Paradise & Orange Bay

One of the most popular excursions in Hurghada Egypt is definitely a boat trip to Giftun Islands. Giftun Island is an island close to Hurghada about 1-hour boat trip (depends on a beach). 

It has three different beaches/areas called Mahmya, Paradise and Orange Bay. All of them are located in Giftun island.

Paradise Island Hurghada Egypt
Paradise Island.

A day trip to the island costs about 400 Egyptian pounds and includes lunch, snorkelling and beach entrance. The trip starts in the morning and you come back around 3.00 (pm).

There are different variations, you can either spend the all-day in the islands or visit Island for a few hours and the rest of the day at the sea snorkelling or diving from the boat.

Here are a few examples of the most popular excursion to Giftun Islands, Paradise Island and Orange Bay. 

These links below are affiliate links (marked with ***). In case you book your trip to Islands or anywhere through these links, I’ll get a small commission. For you, this doesn’t cost any extra.

Orange Bay snorkeling trip with lunch ***

Duration for seven hours, pick up between 7:30-8.00.

A trip includes lunch & soft drink on the board, use of snorkelling equipment and assistance. More info from the link above.

Giftun Islands snorkeling trip with lunch***

Duration for 9 hours. Includes pick-up and drop-off, lunch, soft drinks, mineral water & guide assistance. A possibility to see the dolphins. More info from the link above.

Magawish & Giftun Islands full-day snorkeling trip***

Duration for 9 hours. Includes two snorkelling spots on the Red Sea and visit Giftun Islands. More info from the link above.

The best time to take these trips is from March to December. If the weather is cold and windy, don’t forget to pack warmer clothes with you. My friends went to the sea trip in January and they were freezing all day. So you have been warned!

Read more: Giftun Islands | Orange Bay, Mahmya and Paradise Island

Next: Mini Egypt park & Sand city Hurghada

Mini Egypt Park & Sand City Hurghada

Both Mini Egypt and Sand City Hurghada are outdoor museums, where you can see miniatures of famous buildings and monuments made of sand and other materials.

Mini Egypt park is located in Makadi Bay area, about 30 minutes away from Hurghada International Airport. It’s open from 10.00 to 07.00 (19.00).

If you book your ticket to Mini Egypt Park from their website, the price includes pick-up. From Hurghada, a ticket with a pick-up for Adults is 20 €. Unfortunately, they don’t have a decent price list from their website.

Here is a video from the park, in case you are interested to take a look around.

Sand City Hurghada is located in a hotel area close to Senzo Mall. It’s open daily from 09.00 to 05.00 (17.00). They have big sculptures made of sand from Sponge Bob to Sphinx. I didn’t find the prices for Sand City Hurghada from their websites. But I found information that it cost 10 USD to get in. Here is a link to their website, if you want to take a closer look. 

Movie theatres in Hurghada

Watching a movie is always a good thing to do, in Hurghada and everywhere. Especially if you’ve burned yourself in the sun and looking for a place to hide from the sun. 

There are two movie theatres in Hurghada. One is located in Hurghada City Center Shopping mall, and the other in Sheraton Road (Sea Gull Movies). The one located in Sheraton-Road shows only Arabic movies. Whatever you choose, both are experiences.

Hurghada city center shopping mall
Hurghada city center shopping mall.

Negotiate and haggle about the prices

The most authentic thing to do in Hurghada is definitely haggling. Haggling is a part of the culture and expected. If you’re unfamiliar with haggling take a look at my guide for Haggling in Egypt and anywhere

Oasis mother club in El Kawther | Things to do in Hurghada with the kids

There are not too many playgrounds in Hurghada. There may be on at your hotel resort, but if not you can always visit Oasis Kids Club in El Kawther area close to El Mamsha.

Oasis Mothers Club is open daily and is located downstairs of Regency Towers Building. 

Here is a link to their facebook pages to take a closer look

If you are staying in El Gouna, there is an indoor playing area for kids called Cheeky Monkeys. More information here.

Walk along by the promenade El Mamsha

Mamsha promenade in hurghada Egypt
Mamsha is one of the best places to stroll in Hurghada

El Mamsha is a four kilometres long walking district, from where you find shops and restaurants. It’s a perfect place for a nice evening stroll. 

For the kids, there are small cars for rent to drive around. Be careful with this, you may have to spend lots of time there.

Enjoy Egyptian coffee and shisha in a local coffee shop

One of the most local things to do in Hurghada is to sit down in a local coffee shop. You find these Egyptian coffee shop around every corner.

Sit down, enjoy Egyptian coffee and smoke shisha. Most of the coffee shops have their own Shisha masters. There are also many tobacco flavours to choose from. 

In Hurghada and other tourist resorts, coffee shops are open for everyone. Even though most of the customers are men, women are welcomed to enjoy the beverages.

Egyptians drink their coffee from the small cups. The taste is quite different from Nescoffee. This is why you should absolutely taste Egyptian coffee.

Next: Scuba diving in Hurghada

Scuba diving in Hurghada

A letter S is definitely for SCUBA DIVING. The Red Sea is one of the most popular places in the world, among scuba divers. Divers all around the world come to enjoy Egypt’s amazing diving spots. There are millions of brilliant choral and fishes waiting for you in the red sea.

Here is a full list of Hurghadas diving sites:

http://divescover.com/dive-sites/egypt/hurghada

If you wish to start or try diving in Hurghada, it’s quite affordable compared to many other countries. Whether you are beginners or a more experienced diver, there are lots to explore in the Red Sea.

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Snorkelling in the Red Sea

If you don’t want to scuba-dive, you can still take a look to Red Sea underwater life. That is to say, the snorkelling facilities in Hurghada are amazing. You can’t find a hotel in Hurghada which has chorals close to the beach, but you can always book a boat trip.

If you wish to stay in a hotel with beach access to coral reefs, take a look at the hotels in Sahl Hasheesh. There is also an artificial underwater snorkelling site built in Sahl Hasheesh. 

Read more: Sahl Hasheesh | A Gem of the Red Sea

Wakeboarding at Sliders Cable Park in El Gouna

The coolest place in El Gouna is probably The Sliders cable park. There you can do wakeboarding, enjoy the pool, visit their a unique aquapark or restaurant services. 

I wish I had the courage to visit there someday. It looks so cool and also hard. Check their website and this video to see what I mean. Sliders Cable Park is located in El Gouna about 25 kilometres away from Hurghada. It’s open every day from 9.30 to 06.00 (18.00).

Sliders Aquapark in El Gouna

In El Gouna next to Sliders Cable Park, you have a chance to visit the most unique aquaparks in the world. Sliders aquapark is a unique floating aquapark. It’s open daily from 09.00 to 06.00 (18.00). 

One hour costs 12 € for adults and 8 € for children under 16 years old.

Two hours costs 18 € for adults (+16) and 12 € for children.

More information: https://www.slidersaquapark.com/

Next: Shopping in Hurghada



Shopping around the city

Who wouldn’t like to do shopping on their holidays? When I was younger, shopping was the only thing I wanted to on my holiday. This is not me anymore, but I admit that shopping on a holiday is fun.

There are lots of things to buy and places to shop in Hurghada.

The biggest shopping area in Hurghada is Sheraton Road, from where you find everything from spices to fake design clothes, bags and shoes.

If you want to do shopping in the air-conditioned shopping center, there are two of them in Hurghada. One is about 10 kilometres away from the city center (Senzo Mall). The other is in Arabia area, next to Hilton Hotel (Hurghada city center shopping mall).

Read more: The best places to shop in Hurghada Egypt

Sindbad submarine

In Hurghada, you have a chance to experience the real Submarine. You can book your submarine excursion from Sindbad Hotel in El Mamsha. 

More information: 3-hours Sindbad Submarine trip***

There is also Glass boat excursion sold in Hurghada, which can be a nice experience. But, if I could choose, I would definitely go with a submarine.

More information: Sea Scope submarine trip 2-hours***

If you are claustrophobic the submarine is probably the best place to go.

Visit El Gouna

El Gouna is one of the most beautiful places in Red Sea area.
El Gouna, Egypt.

El Gouna is a resort close to Hurghada. You can easily take a one day trip to El Gouna from Hurghada.  For the kids, El Gouna has an Indoor playing area called Funky Monkey. There is a marina and “city center” downtown to explore. 

Both have lots of restaurants, clubs and bars to try. Stroll in the Marina and see the biggest yatches in the Red Sea. Rent a bicycle and drive around the city.

More about El Gouna: El Gouna guide | A day tour to El Gouna***

Hurghada Aqua Parks | Things to do with the kids in Hurghada

The best thing to do with the whole family in Hurghada is definitely Water Park.

Jungle Aquapark, Makadi Bay Water World & Sindbad are probably the most popular ones in the area.

Most likely, you’ll get the tickets cheaper if you buy them straight from the water parks. You just need to arrange transportation yourself. A day ticket usually covers all-inclusive facilities (eg. food, drinks, entrance).

Jungle Aquapark is one of the biggest water parks in Hurghada Egypt. It is located close to Senzo Mall, about 10 kilometres away from the city center (Airport). 

It has lots of pool and 35 slides (21 for adults and 14 for kids). You can visit aquapark for a day. The price is approximately 40 $ USD, in case you book the ticket through a tour operator. 

Here is a link to a video from Jungle Aquapark, looks amazing right?

Makadi Bay Water world

Makadi Bay water world is the biggest aqua park close to Hurghada. It’s located in Makadi Bay area, about 30 kilometres away from Hurghada. It’s a little bit far away, but if you are the water parks lover, you should visit Makadi Bay Aquapark. 

There are about 50 slides for both adults and children. More information from TripAdvisor

Sindbad Aqua Park

Sindbad Aquapark is the smallest and also the cheapest aqua parks in the area. It’s located in El Mamsha, close to everything. If you are travelling with small kids, Sindbad may be the best choice for you. The pool for kids is nice and the park itself isn’t too big. More information and pictures from Tripadvisor. 


All in all, there are lots of things to do in Hurghada, right?

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The first times, when you need to haggle and negotiate about the prices in Egypt or anywhere you may feel hard and uncomfortable. Or strange. Probably you don’t have any idea how to haggle in Egypt or anywhere. Especially if you are not used to doing it. Here are the best tips for haggling in Egypt and anywhere.


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Some parts of the world, haggling is the norm. For example, in Egypt, China, Turkey, Indonesia or Thailand you are expected to bargain. This is why it’s good to know the basic rules for haggling. After reading this post, you’ll feel more comfortable and less stressed about negotiating the prices. So, here you go:

The best tips for how to haggle in Egypt and anywhere.

I have good news for the ones who are not used to haggle. Even if it makes you feel hard and sticky in the beginning, don’t stop. Haggle, bargain and negotiate and you’ll become better! The more you haggle, the better you became.

So, here are my tips for becoming a professional haggler in Egypt and anywhere!

Next: What is haggling?

What is haggling?

Haggling is also called bargaining. Haggling is negotiating about the price of a product. The negotiating usually happens between the seller and the buyer. Together they try to accomplish and decide the price, that is suitable for both parties. In the end, both sides should feel good and satisfied.

When you should haggle?

Like said, in Egypt, you are expected to haggle and bargain. If there are no price tags try to get the best price. When buying souvenirs and other things sold for tourists, there is no need to be shy. You are expected to haggle. If you don’t, the only one who’s happy is a vendor.

Even, it may feel embarrassing in the beginning, continue. It’s not rude. Haggling is a big show and not everyone is good at it (including me). The vendor has been acting like this for years and knows what he’s doing. But also you’ll learn, who knows how good you are going to be after one week of haggling.

Take it as an experience of negotiation. Forget all the negative things concerning haggling and let go! Enjoy! It is supposed to be fun!

how to haggle. Souks and bazaars are the best places to improve haggling skills.
Souks and bazaars are the best places to improve haggling skills. Image: Metwallyphotos (Wikimedia commons)

When not to bargain?

If the shop has fixed prices, there is no need to haggle. Also restaurants, cafes or bars are not the best places to put the price down.

A good rule to remember is: If there is some service included, don’t bargain.

Don’t start haggling, if you are not going to buy anything. It’s a waste of time.

Also, if the thing you are about to buy is very cheap already, it’s not probably worth haggling. For example, the glass bottles filled with sand are so cheap in Egypt, that I would rather pay some extra than try to put the price down.

Next: How to bargain? The basic rules for haggling in Egypt and anywhere.



How to haggle? The basic rules for bargaining in Egypt and anywhere

Haggling can be hard and sometimes people who are not used to haggle may make mistakes. It’s acceptable. To avoid mistakes, get to know the currency you are dealing with. Also, don’t show all your money to the vendor, if I go shopping I have little money every pocket.

Read more: The currency in Egypt | Egyptian pound L.E.

When talking about haggling mistakes, I want to a mistake I remember forever

I was in Hurghada Egypt for a holiday with my friend. We went shopping wanted to buy sunglasses from a street vendor.  We were negotiating a lot and finally, we managed to make a deal with him. Let’s say we ended up paying 30 Egyptian pounds for sunglasses. When it was time to pay, I noticed that I had only 25 Pounds with me. I had bigger notes but somehow I thought that he doesn’t have change (I don’t know why).

Even my friend didn’t have small money with her. So, I started to bargain again and offered him 25 LE. instead of 30 which we had dealt about. He became very angry. He started to shout at us and refused to sell the glasses.

Next: The basic rules for haggling

The First rule is: Don’t change the price after you have made a deal, as I did. What I learned from this, don’t continue haggling after the price has settled.

The second rule: Don’t show your interest in a certain product.

This is probably the hardest one. When you visit a shop and see something interesting you want to buy, hide your enthusiasm. You need to act like you are not interested. Ask the prices of many products and not just one. When the seller notice you want something really badly, the price will go higher, for sure.

The third rule: Offer half or less of what you are prepared to pay.

Before starting, think what is the highest price you are willing to pay? What is the product worth for you? How much you are willing to pay?

Start haggling from the half of the price you are prepared to pay. Ask around the prices from a few shops or go to visit big souvenir shops with fixed prices to have a clue about the prices. Shops with fixed prices are usually a little bit more expensive than the shops with negotiable prices.

If you know some locals, you can always ask if they know what the goods cost. It’s even better if you have a TRUSTED local with who to shop.

What is the price you are willing to pay?

The fourth rule: Let the seller set up the first price.

Let the seller say the first price, most likely it’s possible to get the thing at least for half of the price he asks.

Some sellers start from really high prices! They know people expected to get at least half of, so the price they ask in the beginning can be even 10-times higher.

They may even claim that the Gucci bag you are interested in to buy is original not a replica. Don’t fall on these tricks!

The fifth rule: Don’t give up easily.

Start from the low and bargain until you both are happy. After the seller has set up the first price, tell your own offer. Continue until you both are happy.

Remember that the main goal for the seller is to sell something, neither or you are happy if you leave the shop without buying anything. Walk away with a smile and in the end, everyone is happy.

The sixth rule: Don’t get angry or annoyed.

Haggling is a big theatre and you have a big role to play. Be shameless but in a good way. Smile! Fight for the price and don’t give up easily.

Be polite and if you know any local words use them.

The seventh rule: There is no need to feel embarrassed.

There is no need to feel embarrassed. For the ones, who are not used to haggle, first haggling in Egypt may feel uncomfortable. But when you get used to it, it can be fun. In Egypt, it is ok and expected to bargain. If the shop has fixed prices, there is no need to haggle.

The Eight rule: If start to feel uncomfortable, walk away.

You can always walk away in case you start to feel uncomfortable. Haggling is supposed to be like a good negotiation, dramatic yes, but not uncomfortable.

If you feel like you’re pushed to buy something, you don’t want, there is no need to continue, just because you want to be polite.

The ninth rule:

Most use walking away as a negotiating tactic. If the negotiating doesn’t go anywhere, leave the shop. usually, the seller goes after you, if he doesn’t, he’s not willing to sell the product for the price you want. You can always return back later.

The tenth rule: Have fun!

This the most important rule. Have fun! Don’t take it too seriously!

The purpose of haggling is to find a price that makes you and the seller happy.

Here were my tips for how to haggle in Egypt and anywhere. Do you have more tactics to share with us?

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