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Egypt Trips: Cheap Holidays To Egypt

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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Without a doubt, the best Egypt trip you can experience is in ‘overland’ style. Embarking on an overland trip offers cheap holidays to Egypt, but promises the richest experience. Whatever length of time you have to spend exploring the North African sands on your Egypt trip, Overlanding Africa can get you there… and back.

These are our three top Egypt trips:

#No. 1 The Best of Egypt Trip

Often it’s not possible to spend a month exploring foreign sands; that’s why our Best of Egypt trip allows you to experience it all in a two week adventure. From missioning across Egypt’s desert, to drifting through calming waters of the Nile in a felucca, the trip’s two week itinerary sends you on a historical journey of ancient discovery and natural beauty. This trip promises 14 days, well spent, admiring the absolute Best of Egypt. You get such value for money when choosing from Overlanding Africa's cheap holidays to Egypt.

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#No. 2 Middle East Trek 

Set off on a 5 week exploration letting that open mind of yours absorb the culture of the Middle East. This epic overland journey kicks off in Istanbul and sees you through to oriental Turkey, friendly Syria, Jordan’s desert sands, and ancient Egypt. This cheap holiday to Egypt gives enough time to experience the region’s diversity, sights and culture.

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Overlanding holidays in Egypt aren't all about the tombs, temples and pyramids, they're about the humbling feeling you experience when you realise that the bubble you've been living in, is now the size of the globe. All this on a cheap holiday to Egypt! Bargain. *Salama alekum: A common greeting heard in Egypt meaning ‘Peace be with you’. What are you waiting for? Book one of our awesome cheap holidays to Egypt, like now...


Other Cheap Holiday Trips to Egypt

Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition

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Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

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Middle East Trek

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Best of Egypt

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Huey’s Trip Diary - The ‘Best of Egypt’ - Part 2

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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One of our intrepid travellers, Huey, travelled on the 'Best of Egypt' 14 day accommodated trip which started on the 5th December 2010 in Cairo, and wrote us a daily diary! Here is the second part of her series of diary entries....

Day 3 - Aswan After an overnight 13 hour train ride we arrived at Aswan (1000km down south from Cairo). Aswan is a peaceful town with much of its life around the vast Sahara Desert with the Nile flowing past, with many feluccas (traditional Egyptian sailboat) peppered along it. We headed out on a short boat ride to the tiny island of Agilka, where the Philae Temple (Temple of Isis) perches on. The temple was relocated stone-by-stone, all 57,000 of them, thanks to UNESCO to avoid it from going under the water when the Aswan dams were completed.

A beautiful temple dedicated to the Goddess of Love & Magic, Isis, the complex is adorned with intricate inscriptions. That is until the Coptic influence at later centuries, resulting in the defacing of Gods & Goddess' carvings on temple walls. It still stands beautiful today with many of its carvings remaining intact & its location is certainly a charming factor on its own.

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Aswan is home to Nubian culture, so we visited a traditional Nubian home where the hostess served us hibiscus tea & a home-cooked dinner. We had a first-hand experience of how the Nubians still continue to live like their ancestors did, in specially designed homes to keep warm in winter & stay cool in summer, as well as daily activities of cooking, craft-making, hunting etc. It was a very eye-opening experience to see how so many ways of living is still relevant after so many generations.

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We glided back to the hotel under the stars on the Nile, wondering what other adventures the days ahead might bring.

To find our more about overland trips in Egypt and the Middle East contact the OverlandingAfrica.com team or post your comments below.

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Top 5 Travel Tips for Egypt

Monday, July 12th, 2010
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You can never be too prepared when you travel to a destination very different from your own! So, we listed a few points that we think are essential for every traveler that visits Egypt.

Money Small notes (1, 5, 10) are like gold in Egypt! You pretty much tip everyone who looks at you so you will need a good supply of small notes handy. Make sure that you receive the correct notes when you get change back after buying something. Don't mistake the 50 piastre note (50 Egyptian cents) for the 50 Pound note if a sly trader hands it to you 'by mistake'.

Water Avoid tap water (except in bigger, better hotels) and only drink bottled water. Clean your teeth with bottled or boiled water and avoid unpeeled fruits and vegetables (unless you wash it first). The real tip though for water is to remember to take it with you everywhere.

Dress Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, however they are pretty relaxed and accepting of other cultures and religions. I would not recommend hitting the town in hot pants and a boob tube... longer length shorts and shirts are fine.

Shopping There are plenty of plastic Tutankhamun’s and stuffed camels to buy in Egypt but there is also some good quality items. The ones to look out for are Papyrus, Alabaster/granite, gold and Egyptian cotton. Bartering is expected.

Photos No matter where you are, or who they are, do not give your camera to someone else to take a photo for you - it could cost you to get it back. Do not take pictures of military/police/official posts - ever! And do not take a picture of a local person without their permission. You do not need to take any more precautions in Egypt than you would traveling to most Western countries. It’s a different culture, no question there, but that doesn’t make it wrong - just different. Open your eyes and open your mind and Egypt will find a place in your heart.

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