Luxor

Luxor possesses undeniable charm. Here and there among the palace halls and gardens and on facades of nineteenth-century buildings with corbelled balconies there is a glimpse of the past and of a time of British colonials and Egyptian monarchs, of wealthy English, and of beys and pashas.

As the sun sets, the Temple of Luxor, close to the large tourist souk, seems to stand apart from the world of the living. Its columns, colossal statues and bays recover their serenity, oblivious to the carriages passing by. On the other side of the Nile, the village of Gurna slumbers peacefully with its back to the mountain under stars shining more brightly than ever.

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Fact File

CapitalCairo

LanguageArabic

ClimateEgypt does not receive much rainfall, except during winter, when most rainfall is between October and March. Temperatures range between 27 to 32 degrees Celsius in summer and up to 43 degrees Celsius on the Red Sea coast. Winter temperatures average between 13 to 21 degrees Celsius. A constant northwesterly wind keeps temperatures down on the Mediterranean coast

CurrencyEgyptian Pound (EGP)

VisaA visa is required for entry to Egypt except for EU nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Newiba or Taba resorts, who will receive an entry permission stamp on arrival

HealthRecommended vaccinations against Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A

PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Egypt

Time ZoneGMT + 2