If you would unfurl the story of Egypt, it would be thousands of pages populated by powerful pharaohs and fascinating beliefs that spawned some of the world’s greatest wonders. Travelling here is like stepping into ancient history—beneath man-made pyramids, along Africa’s longest river, across vast deserts, and off a dreamy coast where secluded beaches aren’t a rarity. Live in the present and check off an adventure bound to be one for the books.
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Good news: We're making it easier than ever for you to travel to Egypt from Canada! Discover our Egypt tour packages to visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx of Giza, the ancient capital of Memphis, the Egyptian Museum, and much more, including a Nile river cruise, Luxor, the Red Sea coast and Alexandria! If you prefer going your own way, you can always opt for Flight & Hotel to Cairo, Egypt.
EGYPT TRAVEL GUIDE
Arabic (official) and English or French are widely understood.
WHAT TO EAT
Kushari (a hearty mix of macaroni, lentils, and rice with tomato sauce, chickpeas and onions), ful medames (Egyptian fava beans), ta’meya (Egyptian falafel), meats in kebab or kofta form, mezze (a mix of hot and cold starters), mulukhiya (a leafy soup with garlic and coriander), and absolutely everything served with heaps of delicious, freshly baked Egyptian breads of various sorts.
WHAT TO BRING BACK
All types from trinkets, jewellery, spices and clothing from the world-famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Cairo, handmade leather slippers, statuettes and sculptures of ancient Egyptian gods, blue scarab ornaments or amulets (they represented the rising sun and eternal life in ancient Egypt!) and traditional hats or jellabiya (loose outfit from the Nile Valley).
With a history that began in around 3,100 BCE, there are tons of fun facts about Egypt. Like that ancient Egyptians were one of the first civilizations to read and write (700 hieroglyphs were included in the Egyptian alphabet!), they loved having pets (especially cats, which can be found mummified with their owners) and playing board games (especially one called Senet) and believed in about 2,000 deities (which you’ll learn about when visiting ancient monuments).
For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.