I have been traveling to Egypt and Jordan every year since year 2000 and every time I notice the police, tourist police, and army are visible wherever you go. This gives you a sense of feeling secure in your surroundings. The Egyptian Government prides itself on its high safety record for tourists and will do all it can to maintain this.
Usually, you need to apply to your local Egyptian Embassy or Consulate General for a pre-entry tourist visa but if you are from North America, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Brazil/Argentina or Hong Kong/Japan/Macau/Malaysia or Singapore you can get your tourist visa upon arrival in Egypt.
If you going back to Cairo from Jordan you can apply for a multi entry visa but if you are returning home from Jordan you only need a single-entry visa.
Not at all, we would encourage you to go out and enjoy the culture of Egypt. We can help you organise some additional outings if you wish! Bearing in mind that our program is very comprehensive and most likely we will cover most of sites.
No! Malaria has not been in Egypt for well over 85 years and there is no need for any type of anti-malaria medication. Malaria is in parts of Africa but not in Egypt.
Yes, but not advised! Egyptian water has a high chlorine level in it which can upset the microbes in your stomach, causing diarrhea. For drinking purposes, it is far safer to stick with bottled water, ensuring the seal is intact before drinking it. Bottle water will be supplied through the tour.
The protocol does ask for men to wear long trousers or shorts below your knees (3/4), though Egyptians are used to the latter being worn and so say nothing, or little if it occurs.
The protocol does ask for women to cover bare skin as much as possible and so shoulders, especially, should be covered and a simple scarf will suffice. Again, it is advised to wear long trousers, or skirts, as legs should also be covered. Heads do not need to be covered, despite what some tourist books say, though it is a sign of respect if you do this.
When walking around the towns, dress as you would for a hot summer’s day back home. Shorts and t-shirts are actually worn by many locals.
Yes. Most places accept these nowadays, including all decent hotels and cruises we are using. You are advised to carry cash when shopping in the many street markets (souks) through the larger malls, and street shops can accept plastic. We can organise the exchange for you. American Dollars and Egyptian Pounds are favoured currencies in Egypt.
Egypt does have a culture of tipping. We set up a tipping kitty at the beggining of the tour and ask that everyone puts in approximately $250 per person. We then use this money to tip the appropriate people for their time and efforts. We will always tell you who we tipped and how much.
In our experience, we find that many people want to stop on the way to or from Cairo so have decided that it’s easiest if you organise your own travel arrangements to Cairo. We will take care of everything from when you land and while you are on the tour. Please let us know your flight and/or accommodation details so that we can meet you at the airport or at your hotel.
All hotels and cruises have safety deposit boxes, sometimes even in your room/cabin. All you need do is ask at reception and they will give you instructions on how to use them or will safely put your valuables away until you need them.
The fee that you pay covers the majority of your accomodation and food whilst on tour. There are some exclusions:
You will need to organise your own international travel to Egypt.
Entry visa (check your visa requirements prior to departure)
Phone calls, laundry, personal expenses, optional tours, beverages
Entering the Mummies Room at The Egyptian Museum/entry to Nefertari Tomb
Additional Tips (beyond the kitty)
You may also like to buy gifts, jewellery and special momentos. We think that you would be covered if you had $1,000 spending money. This would be more than enough!