Do I need vaccinations for Egypt?

Vaccinations for Egypt are not mandatory; however, vaccinations against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A are recommended. Contact your local Municipal Health Service for detailed information. Malaria does not occur in Egypt.
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What is the currency, and how can I pay in Egypt?

The official currency is the Egyptian pound, in Arabic ‘guinea’ (LE or E₤). You can exchange money at banks, hotels, and exchange bureau x. You can find ATM machines in most cities, airports, and in larger hotels. Credit cards, including VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Diners Club, are widely accepted in major hotels, restaurants, and stores. Make sure you have enough money in cash when travelling to remote areas, such as the desert.

What is the best time to travel to Egypt?

In terms of weather, the best time to travel to Egypt is between October and April, especially November to February. Winters (November to April) are mild and summers (May to October) are warm. Temperatures vary greatly, depending on season and region. Daytime temperatures range between an average of 14° C (57° F) in winter and an average maximum of 30° C (86° F) in summer. The Christmas and New Year period is High Season in Egypt. Airlines, most hotels and cruises will increase their prices, and there are surcharges for special events like gala dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in the luxury hotels.

What can we do to prevent health problems during our trip?

Make sure you take enough time to get used to the climate, local cuisine, and the atmosphere in Egypt. Stomach problems are often the result of a mix of fatigue, climate, and unfamiliar food. It is important to drink plenty of water and juice because of the heat. Hot drinks such as tea are better than cold drinks. Drink only bottled mineral water, which is widely available. Antibacterial hand hygiene gel is very useful for washing your hands when there is no water available.

What do you recommend we bring for our trip to Egypt?

Ensure you have a travel and health insurance
Copies of your passport and insurance documents
Camera, binoculars and flashlight (for dark archaeological sites)
Comfortable shoes, cotton or linen clothes and warm sweaters for cool evenings
Contact-lens solution, spare glasses and sunglasses
Sun hat, high-factor sun screen, insect repellent, after sun lotion, etc.
Personal medicine and toiletries

What is the official language?

In Egypt, Arabic is the official language, but English and French are widely spoken.

Is there any social etiquette to keep in mind?

In Egypt, keep public displays of affection to a minimum. Also be careful when taking photos. Always ask if it’s OK to take photos of someone or something before doing so. People in rural areas will naturally be suspicious of foreigners taking pictures of them, so it’s best to ask and be friendly first. At archaeological sites and museums, signs will guide you. Do not take photos of military officers, soldiers or government buildings. Please be advised that Egyptians are in general conservative, especially in the smaller villages. We advise women not to wear tight-fitting or revealing clothing when going on excursions. When visiting religious buildings like mosques, churches and monasteries, we recommend a shirt or blouse with long sleeves and trousers or a skirt below the knee.

What about tips in Egypt?

Tips in Egypt are not mandatory; they are just a sign of recognition for a job well done. However, it is an important and widely accepted part of Egyptian culture to give a tip, even for minor services. Tipping is not customary for tourists only, but also a daily event for Egyptians. Take into consideration that tips are a necessary and indispensable complement to the low-income of the population. Tipping is sometimes difficult to understand – the relationship between the tip and the salary may on occasion seem disproportionate. It is difficult to give solid guidelines for tips; it all depends on the services provided, how long the excursion lasts, and/or the traveled distance, group size, etc.

How is guidance provided during the trip?

During your time in Egypt, you get support from our local King of Egypt staff. They make sure your trip runs smoothly from start to finish. Our team will welcome you on arrival in Egypt. They arrange all practical matters such as transport and hotel vouchers. Furthermore, they help you with the formalities at the airports, both on arrival and departure, and with the check-in at hotels or cruise ships. As well as organizing the practical things, they introduce you to contemporary Egyptian society and give advice on local etiquette, restaurants, shows, and special sites.

Is it safe to drive in Egypt?

Our drivers are experienced in their field and have completed all the Driver Improvement Programs offered by the Egyptian authorities. All the vehicles we use comply with local safety standards and are fully insured. All our vehicles are equipped with seatbelts, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and Automatic speed control devices. Before all transfers and excursions, our local staff will contact you to discuss the best times and will let you know when you have to be ready for departure.

Can I use my mobile phone in Egypt?

Mobile phones are widely used across the country at cheap rates. You can only use your mobile phone if you have a roaming facility, and don’t forget, there is always an extra roaming surcharge. If you want to avoid high costs, we recommend using an Egyptian SIM. You can buy these SIM cards and top-up cards almost everywhere in Egypt.

What voltage does Egypt have, and do we need to bring special plugs?

Egypt has a voltage supply of 220V. You need a two-pin plug, the type that is common throughout Europe (though not in the UK). Check whether you need a converter and/or an adapter before departure.

What if I want to reschedule or cancel my trip?

In today’s times, flexible travel plans are more important than ever. Our Carefree Booking policies give you the freedom to change your plans until your final payment due date (60 days prior to departure for most packages). We can change your departure date or even your package with no fees or penalties and no hassle.

Changes or cancellations after your final payment due date are subject to fees, which vary by package, and some packages may not offer Carefree Booking. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.

If you’d like to make a change, please let us know as soon as possible.

What if I become ill before I depart or while traveling?

If you aren’t feeling well or are diagnosed with COVID-19 before you depart, you should not travel. Please contact us as soon as possible, and we will do our best to help you reschedule your trip.

If you become ill or are diagnosed with COVID-19 while on tour, please alert our representatives—your tour guide, tour manager, driver, or hotel staff—as soon as possible, and they will help you get medical assistance. If necessary, you can also contact our team in EGYPT via our 24/7 emergency phone line. We’ll do everything we can to get you home quickly and safely.

Do I have to pay upfront?

No. For most packages, we only require a per-person deposit to hold your booking. (The amount varies by package.) This deposit will be applied to the cost of your package.

Your balance is due later. The due date will be shown when you book. For most packages, the due date is 75 days prior to departure. If you are booking close to the departure date (usually one that departs in less than 75 days), your final payment may be due within 72 hours.

Can I make changes or customize a package?

Want to depart from a different city? Stay a few extra days? Add an extra stop? Take two tours, back-to-back? With most of our packages, it’s no problem, and we’re happy to oblige. You can request a change when you book online, in the special requests section. Or complete your booking and contact us as soon as possible, and we’ll promptly let you know the price and availability. Fees & rules vary by package, but for most packages, a $50–150 per-person fee applies, in addition to any fees imposed by airlines, cruise lines, or our vendors—we will advise you of the total.

Can I book solo? Do I have to pay more?

We welcome solo travelers, and quite a number of our travelers do go solo! However, like the published prices for most hotels and cruises, our package prices are based on double occupancy rooms. In most cases, we do have a limited supply of single occupancy rooms available for an extra fee (sometimes called a single supplement). (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Start a booking to find out if single rooms are available and what the price is.

Can I bring my children?

Sure, though for the safety and security of our travelers, we do have some age restrictions. On most of our tours & packages, your traveling companions must be 8 or older at the time of travel. Some packages have different requirements; see the package page. Travelers under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept personal checks, money orders, credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover & American Express), and payments from your PayPal account.

To pay your deposit: the easiest, fastest and safest way is with your credit card or PayPal account using our secure online booking system. You may also call or fax us to make your payment by credit card, or you can mail in your deposit by check or credit card, but we cannot hold your place until we receive this payment.

To make your final payment: we encourage you to mail a check or money order for the amount due on your invoice. To pay with your credit card or PayPal account, you may use our secure payment form. Or you can mail or fax your credit card payment.

Will somebody accompany our group?

On our Small Group Tours, Value Vacations, Biblical Journeys, and private group tours, you will be accompanied by a professional tour manager, guide, and/or driver. This person is an authority on the destination and is responsible for your safety and wellbeing and the smooth operation of your tour. We believe a great tour manager is a difference between simply seeing a country, and truly experiencing it. We’re very proud of our tour managers, guides and drivers—we think you’ll agree they’re the ones who put the “friendly”

How many people will I be traveling with?

On our Small Group Tours, you’ll travel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 like-minded travelers (and often much fewer). On our Value Vacations, groups may be larger, but no more than 10. We do our best to keep our group sizes small enough to ensure you have the opportunity to meet new friends and to enjoy the camaraderie of others, but not so large as to feel lost in the crowd.

How do you allow for social distancing?

We are currently redesigning our itineraries and procedures to allow for a reasonable amount of social distancing. These changes include limiting group size, traveling in larger coaches with fewer occupants, and avoiding visits to small, indoor, and/or crowded sites.

How will I know my destination is safe and open for travel?

Our team in the U.S. and in each destination keeps close tabs on current conditions, including consulting with all applicable governmental agencies. We will be in touch if we believe there is any reason to be concerned about your destination or if there is a possibility that we may not operate your trip.

We are also enhancing our existing health & hygiene protocols to ensure every aspect of your trip is as safe as it can be.

Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

We generally discourage travelers from trying to join a tour after it has begun or to depart before it’s finished. But if you need to, please contact us prior to booking and we’ll see what we can do to accommodate. Note that you will generally be responsible for your own arrangements and travel costs from the moment you decide to leave the tour.


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