Egypt River Cruising
- Currency - Egypt uses the Egyptian Pound (EGP or LE), which comes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200-note denominations, and 1-pound and half and quarter-pound coins. Upscale establishments typically accept major international currencies, particularly the US Dollars and Euro, and major credit cards.
- Population - nearly 100 per cent of Egypt's 80 million inhabitants live in the Nile Valley and Delta regions, away from the Sahara Desert that spans more than 90 per cent of the country. The majority of people are ethnic Egyptian, but prominent minorities include the Nubian people in the south and Bedouin tribes of the Sinai Peninsula.
- Language - Egyptian Arabic is the most widely spoken language in Egypt, though many Egyptians are fluent in English and a smaller number in French.
- Time Zone - Egypt follows Eastern European Time, which is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2). The time changes to UTC+3 during the summer, but reverts to UTC+2 for Ramadan if the festival falls during this period.
- Weather - temperatures in Egypt are fairly consistent throughout the year, with a mild winter lasting from November to April and a hotter summer between May and October. Conditions in the Nile Valley are generally cooler and more comfortable than in desert regions.
Did you know..?
The Nile is the world's longest river at 6,695 kilometres (4,184 miles). While the river is commonly associated with Egypt, only 22 per cent of its total course passes through the country.
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Best time to go?
Cruises operate on the Nile all year round, with high season between October and April when temperatures are milder. Water levels are at their highest in mid-April, which can cause disruptions and alterations to some cruise schedules.
- Aswan - this historic city on the banks of the Nile offers access to the botanical gardens of Kitchener Island and the Tombs of the Nobles, with day trips to ancient Nubia. Pass the statues of King Ramesses II guarding Abu Simbel, explore the grounds of the Temple of Isis and admire the feats of engineering of the Old Dam and High Dam.
- Luxor - travel north from Aswan and stop in Luxor to walk among the pillars and statues of Luxor Temple and the ruins of Karnak. Cross to the West Bank of the Nile for the popular tourist circuit of the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and Colossi of Memnon.
- Giza - no trip to Egypt is complete without visiting the Giza Necropolis, home to the iconic Sphinx and pyramids, the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. A short trip away, the modern metropolis of Cairo is known for shopping and the world-famous treasures of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum.
- Alexandria - Egypt's gateway to the Mediterranean where the Nile ends its long journey, Alexandria has a distinct character from the rest of the country. Fascinating history in the Citadel and the Catacombs is combined with a resort atmosphere.