Port Said


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Port Said, Egypt

Founded in 1859 during the construction of the Suez Canal, Port Said has been linked to the famous waterway since its earliest days. Considered a vibrant global city, Port Said’s greater metropolitan area spans across the Asia side of the canal. Only one other city in the world, Istanbul, can claim the distinction of encompassing two continents. Spend the day enjoying the historic sites and delicious cuisine of Port Said or journey to the larger, more bustling city of Cairo on a guided tour. Or travel through the seemingly endless desert to see Egypt’s world-famous pyramids. Whatever you choose to do, get ready to take a walk on the historic side!


  • Port Name & Location
    Port Said, Egypt
  • Time Zone
    Eastern European Standard Time Zone
  • Language
    Arabic Hello is pronounced as “’ahlan” and thank you as “ashkuruk” while “saeid biliqayik” means nice to meet you.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Egyptian pound For a truly memorable shopping experience, immerse yourself in Khan el-Khalili bazaar where you can find everything from gold and gems to exotic spices, leather goods and much more.
    • Famous For
      Located at the northern end of the Suez Canal, Port Said — with its vibrant atmosphere and gateway to the country’s pyramids — is a popular destination for those wishing to explore the world-famous canal.
    • Important
      Dressing modestly is recommended for both men and women while exploring Egypt, which includes avoiding wearing shorts and/or tank tops/sleeveless tops.
    • Fun Fact #1
      The Pyramids of Giza are a must-see for anyone visiting Egypt. The complex includes the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which was built in the 26th century BC and is the country’s biggest pyramid. The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramid houses Khufu’s tomb — the pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty.
    • Fun Fact #2
      When people think of Egypt, most immediately imagine ancient pyramids, but there’s much more to see. Journey into the Medieval days of Cairo on a guided tour that leads you through incredible historic sites like the Ben Ezra Synagogue — believed to be the location where baby Moses was found — and the imposing Citadel fortress that offers fantastic panoramic views.
      • Fun Fact: Foodies
        During your day of exploration, sample one of the country’s most popular street foods, koshary, which consists of macaroni and rice that’s mixed with lentils and lemon sauce.
      • Fun Fact: Landmarks
        To learn more about the Suez Canal, tour the Military Museum and then visit the Suez Canal House to see the building’s famous green dome, which is featured in many photos of the city.


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