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Egypt is one of those mythical places you’ll certainly never forget. With its ancient language, dusty tombs, dominating pyramids and stunning beaches, Egypt brings offers something for everyone.
Why not start off with a trip to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, where Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, before heading on to the fascinating relics of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Jump on a Nile boat for a chance to take in Dendara, Edfu or one of the other temples beside the river, before crossing Lake Nasser to see Ramses II’s masterpiece at Abu Simbel. And when it’s time to take a break, don’t forget to try some local Egyptian delicacies like aish & baba ghanoush, falafels, and halva.
Then when it’s finally time to relax and enjoy a bit of diving or snorkelling, head down to the fantastic Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el Sheik. The coasts here enjoy a rugged desert beauty above the waterline and breath-taking coral and aquatic life below which the whole family will enjoy. Then head off back into the vast desert for a fun camel ride or some dune bashing on a quadbike for those who love an adrenaline rush.
Whatever it is you’re looking for a in a vacation, Egypt has it all in abundance and is certainly one for any bucket list.
Here are five things you may not have known about Egypt, which you’ll want to make note of before packing your bags:Time Difference: UTC +2 hoursCurrency: Egyptian Pound Native Language: EgyptianWeather: The climate is generally very dry and hot all over the country except on the northern Mediterranean coast which receives rainfall in winter in the winter months (November to March).Sales Tax: 14%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about flying to Egypt from Canada, including flight times and entry requirements.
Flights from Canada to Egypt generally take around fourteen hours, with direct flights available from Toronto.
Flights from other cities in Canada, such as Vancouver and Montreal, will have to take indirect routes, which will take a little longer.
Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Egypt. You may purchase a tourist visa at the airport on arrival. However, you should obtain your visa from an Egyptian embassy or consulate before arrival to avoid lengthy delays or the possibility of being refused entry.
The following airlines offer direct flights from Canada to Egypt:
- Air Canada
- Egypt Air
If you’ve never visited Egypt before and are wondering what the ‘must-see’ sights and attractions are, here are our top ten:
- Abu Simbel Temple Complex
- Temple of Karnak
- Temple of Hathor at Dendera
- Coptic Church
- Tomb of Queen Nefertari
- Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
- Khafre's Pyramid
- Tomb of Ramses VI
- Valley of the Kings
- Great Sphinx
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