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A part of Africa, but close to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Egypt has absorbed influences from all three, creating a truly distinctive culture and civilization. Even if history is not your thing, it will be hard to remain unimpressed by the country's grandeur. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, it is also one of the best preserved. So despite the modern-day crowds, chaos, tourist traps and recent political upheaval, this is the place to witness some of the world's greatest architectural achievements and a way of life that took decades to decode. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Giza's Sphinx, and Luxor's temples are just a few of Egypt's many treasures. To live a day in the life of a Pharaoh, take a cruise up the Nile from Aswan and sink into the opulence on board.
If you've had your fill of Egypt's past, there is plenty more to keep you occupied. Dance the night away at Cairo's nightclubs, take a trip into the Sahara and go dune surfing, or jump into the Red Sea at Hurghada or Sharm El-Sheikh's world-famous dive spots. Fresh fruit is cheap here, so now is a good time to get your daily vitamin dose. For more substantial meals, try the local ful medames, koshary, or classic shawarma. Drinking alcohol is permissible for visitors, but try not to offend local sensibilities by getting drunk in public.
There are several international airports in Egypt including Cairo (CAI), Alexandria (ALY), Luxor (LXR), Aswan (ASW), Hurghada (HRG), Sharm El-Sheikh (SSH), El Arish (ACC), and Marsa Alam (RMF). Airlines connecting Canada with Egypt include KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Air Canada, and EgyptAir. Domestic flights are fairly cheap and can get you to most cities across Egypt from the international airports.
December to February and June to August is when most people visit, so for cheaper fares book your trip for March, April, May, September, or October. Average temperatures on the coast range from 20-26°C, while further inland they can be high even in autumn at 30°C. The summer months are particularly hot for those not used to extreme temperatures which can go as high as 50°C in Aswan. If you must visit during this time, stick to northern Egypt and carry a large hat and lots of water.