hereunder, some of Egypt Common frequently asked questions as and their answers, hopefully you will questions find what you're looking for. If you didn't find what you are looking for, then email us [email protected] you will get an answer for your question with every help we can do to make your trip so enjoyable.
Some of the international agencies will give you good low prices, but most of them are very expensive compared to the locally-based agencies as they use them as ground operators, and all what they do is to get you as a customer, then the local company do all the tour for you, so using local travel agents will save you a lot of money
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. There are no upper age limits on our tours however travelers aged 70 years or older are required to complete a medical questionnaire. Our packages are open to families with children aged between 0 and 17 years of age. Children aged 12 years or older when accompanied by a parents or teachers
Most of our trips do not have a single traveler supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if you are travelling on your own, you should contact us first to check availability and the supplement.
Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact us for price information. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly.
Starting and ending hotels are listed on your travel voucher. We use a variety of hotels en-route and so a complete list of hotels won’t be provided until 1 – 3 weeks before your tour, depend on the booked date. If your family requires contact information, or in case of emergency, please have them phone 002-01270106622, can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It’s extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult one of our travel consultants before you book your tour.
We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc.. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases. Suitcases with wheels may not work well on dirt or cobblestone roads.
With one exception, we transport your luggage from the vehicles to your hotel, or cruise. Bellboys will move it from the lobby, to your room, for a small tip.
Is there a place to leave excess luggage we do not need for our trip?
Yes, there is a ‘left’ luggage department at the airport and it costs about $10 US per day, per suitcase. You can also leave luggage with your first hotel concierge and reclaim at the end. Of course, expect to tip them.
Luggage allowance when traveling to Egypt International flights generally allow 2 pieces of luggage each person, plus one carry on. Each bag should weigh no more than 50 lbs (23Kgs) each bag for check in luggage and about 22lbs for your carry on. Charter airlines restrict this further.
We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Each tour includes a suggested packing list.
Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we can send you a guarantee letter. [Especially for Indians, South African]. To help you to get your visa, but this after booking the tour, not before. Most of the Europeans, Canadians, and Americans can get the visa on arrival.
If you arrive, and depart, from Sharm El Sheik or Dahab, a 14 day Visa is issued, without charge, to visit Sharm El Sheik, Dahab, Taba, Nuweiba, and St.Catherine. If you wish to visit Cairo, you must obtain a full paid Visa.
It’s important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Our page does provide links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.
We use a variety of hotels, the name of which will be provided after making your reservations. Just in case we cannot provide the hotel of your choice, we will carefully select another nearby, with the same category/rating. Most hotels that we use are near the pyramid area, and each has its own restaurant, some open 24 hours. Beside this, we can suggest other restaurants in that area.
Our Representative who will meet you in the airport will be holding a sign with our name, Tour Egypt Club, with a blue background. This is the same logo that is used on our web site. On that same board will be your name as given to us on your reservation. In your tour leaflet will be the name and phone number of our representative who will meet you.
Bank transfer is the easiest way to guarantee that your money is delivered to us safely and quickly. Credit cards and on-line payment are not common in Egypt. For safety reasons, we prefer that you contact your bank and send us your deposit by bank transfer, keeping your bank account data private, and we receive the amount easily.
In order to keep our costs as low as possible, we do not offer travel insurance. It is possible to purchase travel insurance for the entire year from your home country at a rate less than what we would be able to offer for the short duration of your tour.
During your tour we can suggest places to shop that are of high quality and recommended by the government. Here there are no forceful sale techniques used. In the most famous market, “souk”, Khan El-Khalili, you will be able to see the Egyptian handmade crafts, and try your hand at the bartering method of sales. However, if you prefer to purchase expensive things like papyrus, gold, silver, carpets, and perfumes, we strongly recommend that you purchase those items from reputable shops. It is very easy to buy fake items from “masters of the retail” trade.
Your local home cell phone will probably not work in Egypt. We will help solve this problem for you by providing our clients with a free Local Egyptian Mobile phone, to be used during your stay with us. We will also provide you with a number where family/work will be able to contact you in case of an emergency while in Egypt.
All staff of Tour Egypt Club are well educated and speak English and several other languages. Your Agent will try to be available 24 hours/day. IF, for any reason you cannot reach him, don’t hesitate to call the General Manager, Mr.Nasser (011 222 633 72)
Being careful where you choose to eat, is highly recommended. Your hotel restaurant and those that your tour guide/Representative suggest, are the best options. Because of the dry/hot climate, consuming more water is necessary. Most visitors to Egypt prefer to purchase bottled water to use when they are away from the hotel. If you should become ill, we will be able to help by getting you local medicine we know is beneficial. In case of severe illness, we will bring a doctor, at your own expense.
A guide is in charge of explaining and providing information to the tourist in the right place at the right time, setting your mind and self free in the tour to enjoy is not guaranteed without a guide.
In Egypt, in the major cities, you will find all the international famous restaurants everywhere you go. Having a guide with you insures you know about the Egyptian restaurants and where to find them for Egyptian food.
The currency is LE pounds currently about 6 LE to $1 US. The rate changes daily against the US dollar. Click here to see what the Egyptian exchange rate is for your currency. It has at-a-glance tables for comparison with the Egyptian Pound and a handy currency converter.
Yes you can, but it not recommended. Our accounts are Canadian therefore the card company will charge you the exchange rate, plus a fee, in addition to the 3.5% we charge. It is best to use Visa as we have a US Visa account and there are no additional fees over the 3.5%.
This will depend upon your tour itself. IF it is an escorted tour you will have one guide for the entire trip (this is done upon request for a private tour). If it’s a guided tour, it is very likely that you will have a different guide in each city.
Security is especially tight, and, all hotels have metal detectors, and Police, at the entrance. People are only allowed to come and go through one or two entrances. Media hype exaggerates what is happening. Egypt is safer than most cities in the USA.
Tour Operators are required to give your itinerary in, around and outside Cairo, to the authorities. In addition they have to provide a list of names, passport numbers and nationalities for all individuals and groups. This allows the police to secure the areas they visit, beforehand
This is not possible unless you have managed to negotiate a special permit with the department of Antiquities. These are not regularly permitted and you must have a special reason for doing so. We cannot assist with these.
There are no longer any fees for camera or video camera use. However, many sites will not allow you to take them in, and you may have to check them in at the entrance. If they do allow them they must be set to museum mode as they will not allow regular flash. This damages the artifacts. The rules do change regularly.