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The Highly Commended Radisson Blu Resort occupies a tranquil location further south of the traditional Red Sea resorts and is conveniently set for exploring nearby Quseir.

Fort Arabesque QQQQ

Stay and Relax

The cosmopolitan, Saga award-winning Fort Arabesque offers all-inclusive accommodation amid spectacular gardens overlooking the Red Sea.

Magic of the Nile

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Marvel at Egypt's ancient wonders as you cruise the Nile, visiting the temple of Karnak, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings.

Relax at this locally-rated 5-star resort, renowned for great service, or try snorkelling or diving in the Red Sea.

A private island retreat on the river Nile, overlooking Aswan, from where you can relax and explore this ancient land.

From the Nile to the Red Sea

Escorted Cruise & Stay

Discover the secrets of ancient Egypt on this thrilling holiday which combines a classic seven-night cruise along the Nile with a relaxing stay on the Red Sea coast.

Land of the Pharaohs

Escorted Tour Pace 2

The treasures of ancient Egypt are revealed on this magical tour, which includes a gentle cruise on the River Nile.

Visit a host of beautiful and exotic treasures on this spectacular fly-cruise to the Far East, Egypt and the Mediterranean aboard Fred. Olsen's Balmoral.

Board Fred. Olsen's Boudicca and circumnavigate the African continent – only made possible by the Suez Canal – visiting 16 countries and four fascinating island nations.

Around the World

Cruise World

For the ultimate cruise, join this full circumnavigation of the globe to discover a world of variety and contrasts...

Language

Arabic - The official language in Egypt is Arabic, although English is widely spoken in the main towns.

Tipping

The Egyptian term for a tip is ‘backsheesh’ and you will be asked for backsheesh by anyone who has offered you service (and, indeed, by anyone who has not).

You will be expected to tip any staff in your hotel who assists you: the porter will wait to be tipped 3-5 £E per bag and the maid 5-10 £E per night.

Your restaurant bills will probably include a service charge, but this goes to the restaurant and not the waiter, so be sure to tip them separately.

Somewhat surprisingly, it is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

Population and size

Egypt is the fifteenth most populated country in the world and is home to more than 86 million people. Mind you, most of them live in Cairo.

Egypt is four times the size of the UK and is easily the world’s most square-shaped country.

Currency

Pound - The currency is the Egyptian Pound (£E), which is divided into 100 piastres. Sterling, euros and US dollars are also accepted and ATMs are widely available.

Culture

The two most important things to Egyptians are the family and Islam, which govern their lives.

A handshake is the customary greeting, although expect them to be limp and prolonged. Sprinkling salt on your food is considered unnecessary and an afront to the chef, as it indicates the meal lacks flavour.

Egypt has a strong presence in popular culture. Films set there have included Death on the Nile, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Spy Who Loved Me and The Mummy.

The Bangles hit Walk Like an Egyptian – based on the music hall sand-dance routine performed by Wilson, Keppel and Betty – reached number one in 1986 and, of course, the Egyptian fez was made famous by comedian Tommy Cooper.

Phrases

Hello – Ahlan wa sahlan

Goodbye – Salam

Good morning – Sahab el-kheir

Good evening – Masaa el-kheir

Yes – Aiwa

No – La

Thankyou – Shukran

I don’t speak Arabic – Ma batkalemsh Arabi

Timezone

Egypt is two hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220 volts AC. Most sockets take small, round, two-pin plugs so you’ll need an adaptor for British appliances – bring one with you as they’re not widely available locally.

Climate

Egypt is one of the hottest countries in the world, so bring a wide-brimmed hat, plenty of suntan lotion and, if you can squeeze one in your suitcase, a punkah wallah.

Health

Flying insects – including mozzies – are commonplace in Egypt so a can of repellent is highly recommended. Perhaps also pack some pills for that unexpected tummy bug.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You will need to carry some form of identity with you at all times – a photocopy of your passport is a good idea. A tourist visa is required on arrival, but Saga will foot the bill for that.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in public places but many turn a blind eye to the law and some hotels, restaurants and bars still have designated areas for smokers.

Flight time

It takes approximately five-and-a-quarter hours to fly from London to Cairo.