• Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza
• Horse or camel ride near the Pyramids
• Treasures of the Egyptian Museum
• 3 days cruising the Nile
• Horse-drawn carriage ride to Karnak Temple
• Donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings
Transfers Airport transfers upon arrival and departure.
Escorted Services of Egyptologists at all major sites. Services of representatives for all airport transfers, train
station transfers and checking in at hotels.
Transport Private air-conditioned transport, 5 star Nile cruise boat, sleeper train, domestic flights: Luxor to Sharm
Activities Camel/horse ride at the Pyramids, felucca ride in Aswan, horse-drawn carriages in Luxor, donkey ride
Accommodation 5 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights Nile cruise boat, 1 night sleeper train, 4 nights beach
Meals As per itinerary. B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner.
Entrance Fees Included for all sites listed as a part of the itinerary, except Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Throughout the tour you will be provided with all the assistance that you will need. Representatives will meet you
at the airport on arrival and will drop you off and pick you up from train stations and airports during the course of
the tour. These representatives will be able to answer any questions that you might have about your tour. In
addition you will be provided with professional Egyptologists to guide you around all the major sites.
We have selected an excellent range of international standard hotels so that you can be confident that your
evening's will be spent in comfort. Whilst each hotel retains its own character, they all offer superb service and
international standards of cuisine.
All of the hotels that we have listed in the itinerary will be booked subject to availability. If we are unable to secure
a booking at the selected hotel we will suggest a suitable alternative.
Road - All road transport will be in privately chartered air-conditioned vehicles.
Sleeper Train - Although the Egyptian Railway system is limited, an efficient sleeper train service operates
between Cairo and Aswan. You will travel first class; all carriages have air conditioned / heated cabins which
sleep two people and contain a luggage rack and a wash basin. Communal western style toilets are located at the
end of each carriage. Dinner and breakfast are "airline style" meals and will be served in your compartment.
There is a Club Car located in the middle of the train where you can go for a drink after dinner in the evenings.
You will need a single entry Egyptian visa for this holiday. This is available on arrival for US$15 for most
nationalities and is not included in your holiday. You should contact your local Egyptian Embassy or Consulate for
the specific requirements for your nationality.
Fully Comprehensive travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers. We recommend that you take out insurance
to cover cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation
and personal accident, before you leave home. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully insured to
financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances.
The monetary unit in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE), which is divided into 100 piastres.
• Approximate exchange rates (as at April 2009) are as follows:
1 Pound Sterling: 8.3 LE
1 US Dollar: 5.67 LE
1 Euro: 7.5 LE
XE.com is a useful site for currency conversion. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that a
visitor may bring into Egypt, however very large sums should be declared on arrival.
During your stay in Egypt, you will notice a general lack of small change. We therefore recommend maintaining a
small supply of coins and small denomination notes (e.g. 1 & 5 LE notes).
Banks and ATMs can be found almost everywhere in Egypt. Credit cards are accepted in most shops, restaurants
and hotels (with the exception of American Express cards which are not widely accepted). We recommend that
you take either US$, Euros or GB£ currency. Travellers' cheques are not widely used and can be difficult to
Entrance fees are included for all sites listed as part of the itinerary apart from Edfu (US$7) and Kom Ombo
(US$5). Egypt also has a wealth of other historical sites and museums that you may be interested in visiting.
Some of the most popular extras are listed here.
Royal Mummies in the Egyptian Museum - US$18.
The Tomb of King Tutankhamun - US$15.
Entering the Great Pyramid at Giza - US$18 (there is a limit of 150 visitors per day)
Please note: The Tomb of Queen Nefertari, located in the Valley of the Queens, was closed on January 1st 2003
by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities. This is to allow restoration work to take place on paintings on the walls
of the tomb. It will not be possible to visit it again until further notice.
The Temples at Abu Simbel are considered by many to be a highlight of a trip to Egypt. The easiest way to get to
the temples is by a domestic flight from Aswan, which takes approximately 45 minutes. On arrival there is a
complimentary return bus transfer to the site. Entrance fees are US$15 and must be paid on arrival at the site.
The cost of the flight varies considerably but current prices range from £75 to £150; please check with your
booking agent for the latest information. We would be pleased to add the excursion to Aby Simbel to a 'gift list' so
that friends and family are able to contribute to the cost. Please discuss this with your booking agent.
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt and a tip will be expected by everyone who provides you with a service. We will
issue you with detailed guidelines on arrival in Egypt but to give an idea of the kind of amounts that you should
expect to pay we have given a few guidelines here;
Porters, waiters and hotel staff will appreciate a few Egyptian pounds each time they provide you with a service.
Guides should be tipped approximately 45LE (US$6) per couple for a half day tour
Driver should be tipped approximately 20LE (US$3) per half day.
You can increase this amount for particularly excellent service and reduce it if you are not happy with the service
Voltage and Plug Sockets
The voltage in Egypt is 220 Volts.
Sockets are of the European two pronged round pin variety.
Meals & Drinks
Meals are included as listed in the itinerary.
B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner.
Approximate costs for meals and snacks not included are shown below:
Simple snack: US$3
Light meal: US$6-12
Fancy restaurant: US$25-35
Tea and coffee are always provided with breakfast. All other drinks (i.e. bottled water, soft drinks) are at your own
Approximate costs for drinks bought in a shop in the street are shown below. Note: Prices in restaurants, hotels,
and cruise boats can be as much as double those specified.
1l of water: US$1
30cl bottle of soft drink: US$1
50cl bottle of beer: US$3-5
It is not recommended that you drink the local tap water in Egypt. Bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and fruit
juices are widely available throughout the country.
Taxis are the most effective method of local transport, and recommended for all journeys within a city. In Egypt
taxi meters are for show only and you will find yourself engaging in a bit of haggling with the driver to agree upon
the fare you will pay. This can be fun, but it is a good idea to find out, from your hotel receptionist, approximately
how much the fare should be for the journey you propose. You will probably have to accept that you will pay more
than the Egyptians do.
Note: Taxis at hotels tend to charge more than those you can hail in the street but hotel taxi drivers usually speak
As a general guideline, clothing should be lightweight, loose fitting, hard-wearing and easily washed. In Egypt's
hot summer months, cotton clothing is much more comfortable than man-made materials like nylon. However,
during the winter it can be cold, particularly in Cairo and in the evenings on the Nile.
You should bear in mind that Egypt has conservative attitudes towards dress, particularly in remote areas.
Women, and also to a certain extent men, will find that the way they dress will often determine the degree of
respect they receive from both men and women. The issue is not nearly of such importance in ‘touristy’ areas,
such as the Pyramids and the Red Sea coast, where you can be just about as casual as you like.
Make sure you bring lots of clothing that covers shoulders and knees and also more than one outfit which covers
your legs to your ankles and your arms past the elbows. A sarong is an invaluable item to carry as it can be used
to instantly cover any exposed areas (i.e. head, legs).
Whilst it is possible to travel to Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan (and in fact, many people specifically
choose to do so as there is a fantastic atmosphere in the evenings) this will have an effect on your holiday. Whilst
it is possible to eat in tourist restaurants during the day, most local restaurants will be closed. Alcohol is generally
not served at all during this time.
In 2009, Ramadan will start around the 21st August and last for 30 days.
In 2010, Ramadan will start around teh 11th August and last for 30 days.
Begging is a way of life in the Middle East. Ultimately donations are a travellers personal choice, however in line
with initiatives and government policy in many of our destinations, our recommendation is NOT to give money,
pens, gifts or sweets as this encourages a begging mentality and is largely ineffective. If you do want to help it is
probably better to give to a recognized charity. If you choose not to give, simply say no with a smile and keep on
walking. If you learn nothing else of the local language, learn to say ‘no thank you’!
Haggling is also a way of life in the Middle East. In the shops there is no fixed price so the shop keeper will start
with a high price which you are then expected to haggle down until you reach a fair price. Haggling should always
be relaxed and can be a lot of fun – you will find most shop owners are very friendly and will probably invite you in
for a cup of tea to break the ice before the haggling starts.
Safety Most people find that Egypt is a very friendly and hospitable country and feel quite comfortable wandering
around alone during the day. However, as with any country you are not familiar with (and in particular in large
cities such as Cairo), it is recommended that you exercise more caution at night and generally take taxis rather
Local Food & Drink
In Egypt the basic diet centres on pulses such as fava beans, chick peas and lentils. Meat dishes will usually be
served with rice or pasta and a garnish of green salad. Bread (usually of the flat, Middle Eastern variety) is ideal
for the great variety of dips featured in Egyptian cuisine.
The Egyptians are great tea drinkers. If you don't normally take sugar, make sure you mention this to your host.
Coffee is served Turkish style - very strong and sweet. There is also a wide selection of fruit juices, determined by
the season, served in local kiosks.
Although Egypt is a Muslim country, most of the hotels we use do serve alcoholic drinks (although during
Ramadan, many hotels will close their bars). In more up-market hotels, imported beers and spirits are available,
but can be expensive. Locally produced spirits and wine are not particularly good however the local beer “Stella"
(not Artois!) is quite good.
Although meat is often not the main feature of a meal, it can be found in many dishes, even if only as a stock.
Therefore, if you are a vegetarian, whilst it will be possible to accommodate you, you may experience a distinct
lack of variety in the food available at meal times.
Internet cafes can now be found everywhere in Egypt. The cost for an hour is approx US$3 (more in hotels).
The Egyptian phone system is fairly good. A 3 minute call (to the UK) will cost approx. US$8 from a hotel and
approx. US$5 from a telephone centre or with a pre paid phone card which you can buy from any shop in the
The postal service is good and stamps are available everywhere. An overseas stamp will cost approx. US$0.5.
If you are taking a video camera into Egypt you should declare it upon entry to the country. Regulations
concerning the use of video cameras in Egypt are much stricter than for the use of still cameras. At almost every
historical site you will have to purchase a special permit if you wish to use your video camera. These permits can
often be very expensive (US$25-30) and at some sites the use of video cameras is not permitted at all. If the main
reason for bringing a video camera is to film historical sites you should budget accordingly for this.
Weather Temperatures in Egypt are generally high, with most of the country enjoying a dry, desert, climate. There
are, however, noticeable differences in temperature between the north and the south.
In Upper Egypt (Luxor & Aswan) and on the Red Sea coast, you should be able to count on reasonable daytime
temperatures throughout the year. In Cairo and the Nile Delta, however, winter temperatures can be cool, even
cold. If you are travelling between November and March you should expect temperatures to fall considerably at
night on the Nile.
• Staffing as shown in the 'Factfinder'
• Accommodation, meals, transportation, and sightseeing excursions as per itinerary.
Price does not include:
• Visa costs
• Border Taxes
• Excursion to Abu Simbel
• Drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
• International flights
• Meals other than those listed