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 From the Sun Temples of Abu Simbel to the towering pyramids, culture vultures will be in awe of the legendary sights you can't afford to miss. This African country has developed over recent years - it now has a more modern side, appealing to those seeking relaxation and stunning beaches. Along the Red Sea coast, clear waters, spectacular corals and an abundance of marine life make this one of the world's best sites for snorkeling and scuba diving.

During Ramadan (starting on 18 June 2015), a night-time festival atmosphere prevails. Muslims fast, and some restaurants may be closed during the day.  Tipping is standard practice in Egypt, so keep small notes for these purposes - try to tip anyone who offers you assistance or service. Haggling in markets is a way of life. It can be fun, too.