– Personal Travel Services
Rides and Safari’s:
entry into small pyramid and camel ride (approx $25 US per person)
Trek the Camel ride is great experience you don't need to
is only 30-40 minutes or we can cut it shorter.. It is around the great
of Giza. You ride a big half circle in the desert to see the Pyramids
them ,the 3 main pyramids and other small queen pyramids- from the
desert.. It is great also for taking unique pictures for
pyramids and the desert landscape. Including a memorial
Picture with the background of the Pyramids
Desert and Oases
A huge part
(almost 90%) of Egypt
is desert. It is not wise to go off into the desert alone. It gets
cold at night and very hot during the day, everything has to be taken
including water, food, camping equipment and toilet facilities and
still thousands of mines. If you run out of anything you are
luck as there is no fast way back.
Other Treks can be done for 4
or 5 days
are ‘Camera Fees’ and how much are
no longer any fees for camera or video camera use. However, many sites
allow you to take them in, and you may have to check them in at the
If they do allow them they must be set to museum mode as they will not
regular flash. This damages the artifacts. The rules do change
cameras are not allowed and you see others using theirs, please do not
suit. This destroys the heritage of Egypt and many sites such
tomb of Nefertari have already been closed to the public as a result.
Videos can be used in the
advisable to have your passport stamped on arrival if bringing in a
Camera or expensive Camera as proof you brought it with you on
Otherwise you could be charged customs duties.
How much extra does the
Mummies room cost?
approximately $10 US no guiding or cameras are allowed.
Agha Khan Mausoleum
Dates and Times:
mausoleum is a restricted area. No one can approach by land. We can
around the Island and enjoy a nice
view of the
place. Due to the huge number of visitors they restricted the Visit
ago. Now permits have to be obtained outside the country to enter.
When is the next Aida
show takes place at the Giza Pyramid, during October. It has been
since ‘911’, and we will inform you via our website, when it will begin
the Dates for
Ramadan and Feast of Ramadan?
Ramadan will start September 12, and each year following, will be
earlier. The feast is 3 days after Ramadan. During Ramadan, all sites
hours earlier than usual.
Ramadan affect tourism?
does the lock at
Esna close for maintenance?
is moretraffic at Break Fast time around sunset. Depending on the time of
does affect some restaurants and some early closings of sites. However,
are minor irritations and guides work around these when on tour.
Breakfast time is at sunset so everyone tries to get home for that.
Breakfast is when they stop fasting) Ramadan moves forward approx. 10
year. You will also witness some of the celebrations and the
set up to feed those who cannot get home for Break Fast.
close twice a year for maintenance - usually in June and for a short
early December. During these periods the Cruises dock in Esna
coach participants to the sites from there by Vehicle. The length
Cruise is the same. The Nile Cruises are basically used as
and the actual sailing time between Luxor
is 1 day and 1
Is the Tomb of
tomb is closed indefinitely for restoration.
When do our daytrips
for sightseeing start, and end?
around 9am to 4 or 5pm. You can arrange these times directly with your
we do a
daytrip from Sharm to Cairo, to see the Pyramids etc.?
Yes it can be
done. As it is a 7 hour drive, to do it as a daytrip you will need to
way. We suggest you do it as an overnight, if possible, to get the most
depends. If there is a group of 3 or 5, an odd number, there are no
supplements. If there is just 1 person traveling alone, yes we do
additional fee of $25 US, to cover the costs of the driver,
Is there a
children age three?
We do not
charge for Babies up to 2 years, when sharing
the room with their
there is no charge for them no services of any kind are provided for
services required for your baby, such as a crib, milk, or, special
need to be paid separately directly by you.
exception to the baby rule is flights. There is a charge for Babies for
from 2-12 years enjoy a 50% discount as long as they share the same
their parents. If internal flights are included a 40% discount is
over 12 years are considered adult.
What are Feluccas?
bare bones sailing boats, no bedrooms, no washrooms, nothing, except a
seats and a sail.
you sail on a
sail on a Felucca in Luxor, Aswan
and in Cairo.
This is best as they are short sails of 2-3 hours. If there is no wind,
substitute a motor boat.
Do we have
We do not
do overnight, or longer, Felucca programs, just the short day sails.
bare bones, sleeping on the deck or on the side of the Nile.
This is an adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. We do not book these
the Ferry go
between Sharm El Sheik and Hurghada?
not leave every day, and, they take approximately 2 hours. Check the
timetable with Egypt
the Ferry go
between Egypt and Jordan?
leaves Nuweiba on a daily basis at 3:00 PM, and
arrives in Aqaba at 4:00 PM. It
leaves Aqaba on Daily Basis at 12:00 PM, and arrives in Nuweiba at 1:00
times do change so it is always best to check before departing.
are required to guarantee a space.
When are the flights from Sharm El
Sheik to Cairo?
several flights a day, but as with all internal flights in Egypt,
flights are early morning, or late night.
fly from Tel
Aviv to Cairo?
can. However, they do not fly daily, so check the schedules.
Can we fly
to Sharm El Sheik?
do not go daily. It is more advisable to go back through Cairo, so as not
to interrupt your schedule,
or go by Ferry via Hurghada.
independently without booking a tour package?
possible to travel Egypt
as an independent traveler, it is recommended that you book a package
private tour. Here's why:
get much more out of your trip if you have a tour guide explaining
the sites, and answering any questions on Egyptian culture and history.
tours, most times, work out cheaper than booking the individual hotels,
transportation and admissions, on your own. Transportation without a
tour is hard to arrange on your own.
permits, or, government escorts and convoys are required, to visit some
A tour operator can easily arrange this in advance. In addition, of
language and cultural barriers can make getting around difficult, and
Will we have one Guide
throughout our tour?
licensed. Some are just licensed for their own city, some have licenses
permit them to guide in other cities. It will depend on the
guides at the time of your tour. Most guides are contracted by more
company. We do have some guides that work permanently for us.
Services without booking hotels with you?
can. You can hire as day trips, or as a ‘complete package’ program.
What are Holiday
supplements are the price increases implemented by the
hotels, and other services, during their peak periods, Easter,
New Years. We have no control over these supplements and do have to
onto the clients. Economy is usually around 15% more, deluxe around
Luxury around 25%.
Hot Air Balloon Rides:
Can we take a Hot
Hot air balloon
rides are available only in Luxor
and will take you in the early morning, over the Valley of the Kings
wonderful experience, but very expensive. Prices fluctuate around $200
person. They must be booked as an option, as it will depend on weather
conditions as to whether they will be available on any particular day.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Rides over Luxor
have to remain optional as they are dependant on weather conditions and
fluctuations. The price generally ranges between $150
- $200 and they leave early in the
morning. Please let the Egypt
office know if there is interest in this option.
your Hotel Categories?
basically tourist class – 3 & 4star
The major chain hotels – 4 & 5 stars
these are top of the line hotels such as the Mena House, Grand Hyatt
etc. and, are
priced as per each request.
request a specific hotel or cruise?
If you request a
specific hotel or cruise, we would have to request it and quote you.
fluctuate and we base our prices for the tours, on hotels’ where we
negotiated rates. We may not be able to get your special request at
rates. The prices are likely to be higher.
triple accommodation mean?
be three twin beds, a double and single, a pullout bed or a cot. There
set rule; it varies from hotel to hotel.
than 3 stars, are they cheaper?
than 3 stars are often run down and dirty. We do not use, or book these
as they do not meet western standards.
tea facilities in the hotel rooms?
answer is no. You will need to take a portable kettle if you wish to
coffee or tea in your room.
means, two meals per day, breakfast and then either lunch or dinner.
facilities in the Hotels?
hotels now have gym facilities. The higher end hotels are more likely
these services, along with spa treatments.
arrange Belly dancing lessons?
we do not arrange lessons. There is belly dancing on the cruise and
cruise. Anything else, you will need to arrange directly, or sort out
guide or hotel, on your arrival.
available in Egypt?
Internet access is available at most hotels. Some of the higher end
cable access. If not, Internet cafes’ are everywhere. Your guide will
you finding them. Internet for dial up is a free local number, but you
the phone calls.
Where is Upper Egypt?
Egypt is a
little unusual. The South part
of Egypt is Upper
the North part, is Lower Egypt. This
because the Nile flows from the higher lands in the South to the lower
the North, and out to the Mediterranean Sea.
Do we have
to carry our
we transport your luggage from the vehicles to your hotel, or cruise.
will move it from the lobby, to your room, for a small tip. You will
carry your luggage onto the train if taking the overnight sleeper, but
you can pay someone to carry it on and off for you. The cabin attendant
also assist in putting it up on the rack if you wish. We do suggest
small overnight bag on the train, so you do not need to open your large
Is there a
leave excess luggage we do not need for our trip?
is a ‘left’ luggage department at the airport and it costs about $10 US
day, per suitcase. You can also leave luggage with your first hotel
and reclaim at the end. Of course, expect to tip them.
allowance when traveling to Egypt
comfort and as you will be changing rooms frequently we recommend one
one carry-on per person otherwise you will find your luggage becomes a
can always leave one bag in Cairo
at the Hotel while traveling in Luxor/Aswan. We suggest taking one
person plus your carry-on and then packing a fold up bag to use for any
purchases or as an overnight bag.
flights generally allow 2 pieces of luggage each person, plus one carry
Each bag should weigh no more than 50 lbs (23Kgs) each bag for
luggage and about 22lbs for your carry on. Charter airlines restrict
Can we get
married in Egypt?
Egypt is a
Moslem country and there are
no Ministers to marry you. In addition, many permits would be required,
is expensive and time consuming to arrange. We suggest getting married
then having a reception or honeymoon in Egypt.
Money and Credit Cards:
rate and local currency?
currency is LE pounds currently about 5 LE to $1 US. The rate changes
against the US dollar.
restrictions or limits on how much money I can take into Egypt?
no restrictions or limits on taking in money.
there may be limits on what you can take out of your own country.
are investing using cash, this should not be an issue.
money do you
recommend we exchange into Egyptian Pounds?
person is the usual. We can arrange this for you on arrival.
Do we need
to have Egyptian Currency or should we take US
or Euros are great for buying souvenirs and such, but for the small
snacks, bottled water, washroom service, you need to have some one
incidentals, can we use US dollars for
the US dollar and the Euro are accepted everywhere.
Can I use
Amex instead of Visa to pay for my tour?
can, but it not recommended. Our accounts are Canadian therefore the
company will charge you the exchange rate, plus a fee, in addition to
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%.
is the Egyptian Museum
is open until 8 pm.
New Years Eve?
fact most hotels throughout Egypt
have a compulsory dinner that evening, and on Christmas Eve. The higher
hotels will have parties and entertainment.
When do Nile Cruises depart?
few exceptions, but these are the main departures.
from Aswan, on Mondays and Fridays
Departures from Luxor,
on Saturdays and Mondays
the Nile Cruises go from, and to?
between Luxor and Aswan, or reverse. The occasional
between Luxor and Cairo is done when repositioning
maintenance. This type of Cruise requires long term planning.
What size are
the rooms on the Nile Cruise Ships?
When do we
Rooms are the same size
most cruise ships, small and compact.
With a private bath, all have outside cabins. Most ships cannot
triples or quads, as these ships only carry 100-200 passengers.
in Luxor or Aswan, you will drop off your luggage
ship, and then proceed onto sightseeing. Previous guests need to depart
you can check into your rooms. Upon your return, around 1 -2pm, you
the cruise for a late lunch, and, check into your room.
Do we have a
ship guide or our own guide?
either, but usually, our guides are land based and will meet you at
for the sightseeing. On rare occasions
we use the ship guides.
Do we sleep
on the ship?
will be 3 or 4 nights on the ship, depending on cruise schedule.
the 7 night
3 and 4
night cruises, from Aswan to Luxor have
actual sailing time of 1 night and
3 and 4 night cruises, from Luxor to Aswan have
time of 1night and 1day.
The rest of the time the cruise ship is a floating hotel dockside, and,
for sightseeing in Luxor and Aswan. This
means, if you choose seven days,
you are simply reversing the same journey, duplicating the same stops
Can we get
a room on
the ship with a balcony?
only one or two ships with balconies, owned, and operated, by a company
their own groups. Some other ships that have large windows that open,
French windows, but these are not balconies.
How long does the ship
only sails for one day and one night, the rest of the time they are
dockside in Luxor and Aswan,
docked alongside other ships. Sometimes you will see as many as 6 ships
You will do your sightseeing while docked.
What are Lake Nasser
is south of the High Dam in Aswan.
There are several high end luxury
cruises that operate on Lake
includes Abu Simbul temples, and many other temples rescued from the
building the High Dam.
Length of time to get
there and how long there:
How long does it take to get to
Dendara & Abydos?
This is a day
trip, out of Luxor,
hours each way, by convoy. The convoy controls the length of time at
but usually, there is plenty of time to see the temples.
does a trip
take to Bhahariya Oasis, and, how much time do we need to spend there?
Bhahariya Oasis can be either, 2 days and 1 night, or, 3 days and 2
is about 5 hours from Cairo.
This is where they have recently found the Valley of the Golden Mummies.
does it take
between Dahab and Sharm El Sheik?
Sharm is a 3 hour drive, each way.
is the sound
and light show, and when does it start?
and Light Show at Giza
lasts approximately 45 minutes. Start times vary, as they show is
various languages. They rotate the shows on different nights. For
English version usually starts at 6.30 pm and lasts approx 2 hours
have masterfully created a spectacle show that draws you in as part of
Our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Giza
or Karnak (in Luxor) at
the end of the show the driver will be waiting to take you back to your
do we spend at
the Bazaar and is the guide with us?
allocate 1 - 2 hours, depending on how much time we have free. The
with you, but it is impossible to keep everyone together due to the
crowded streets. The guide will normally allocate a set place for
meet at a certain time.
does it take
to travel from Aswan
approx 3-4 hours either
by road or by train. Unless there is a group of
more it is more cost effective to travel by Train. There are 2 stops on
train, and it leaves Luxor
at 6am and 6pm.
meditate or stay
overnight in the Great Pyramid?
possible unless you have managed to negotiate a special permit with the
department of Antiquities. These are not regularly permitted and you
a special reason for doing so. We cannot assist with these.
inside the pyramids is more to say you have been in a pyramid than
else. It is claustrophobic and not recommended for anyone who is
walk down steep steps into the main chamber and return the same way.
ceilings are low, and you have to bend in some spots. There is a larger
once your reach the main chamber but basically it is a narrow corridor
people coming both ways. It is hot and humid as there is no ventilation
These were built as tombs not for people coming and going.
The smaller two take about 10-15mins and
the large one only permits 100 people
twice a day and you have to line up yours self for that one as they
allow guides to buy tickets. For the small ones no problem, they rotate
smaller pyramids frequently so we never know exactly which one it will
be. As I indicated many people wish to do it to say they have
a pyramid. No cameras are allowed inside.
entering the large pyramids is around $50 US and only sell 150
tickets twice a
day, the guide will take you to the line if you are interested and you
purchase the tickets at that time.)
Pyramid you can climb a little way to the main entrance, where all the
are allowed, but you cannot climb any of them other than this, and it
wise to even try, there are police at every pyramid and they take no
nonsense. An Egypt
jail is not where you want to spend your vacation. Don't even try
you do and you don't stop and come down when asked the Police
you. These are protected historical monuments and they do not take any
and there are no exceptions for anyone.
Chamber in the Large Pyramid
Chamber is the burial place of King Khufu and YES it is inside his
Pyramid. They only sell a set amount of tickets a day, and you will
line up with your passport in hand either early morning or around noon
to get tickets. Guides are not allowed to purchase tickets. The charge
approx. $50 US..
What is the
of the Red Sea during winter?
It is warm,
between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius during the winter time, which is
February. It is much hotter during the rest of the year.
do I have to
wait to fly after diving?
wait 24 hours to fly after diving.
Safety in Egypt:
is travel in Egypt?
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.
Operators are required to give your itinerary in, around and outside Cairo, to the
In addition they have to provide a list of names, passport numbers and
nationalities for all individuals and groups. This allows the police to
the areas they visit, beforehand.
Can we get a Visa on
States, Canada, Western
Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand,
all can obtain a visa on arrival. Other countries need to check with
nearest Egyptian Embassy.
Do I need a
Visa if arriving by cruise ship for a short visit?
for foreigners arriving in Egypt
on board a cruise ship is granted a permission to visit the port of
24 hours. They must return to their ship at the same port. One may have
permission to enter the country for a visit, not exceeding a period of
before catching their ship at the port of arrival, or at any other port.
the Purser onboard your Cruise.
Is a Visa
required if I enter the country via Sharm El Sheik or Dahab?
arrive, and depart, from Sharm El Sheik or Dahab, a 14 day Visa is
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.
Visas to Egypt
for an Egyptian Visa is between $15 and $18 US depending on
however we hire the security services to meet our clients prior to
assist with visas, and luggage and escort them through to the
hall where they meet with one of our staff members. We charge the
for the visa and this includes this service.
does the sun lights
up Ramses statue
temple was aligned so that twice a year, on
February 22 and
October 22, the sun's rays penetrate the length of the temple and flood
sanctuary with light - lighting up the face of the statue
cafes everywhere in Egypt
and most 4/5 star Hotels offer internet service and business centers.
vary depending on the Hotel. There is no internet access on Cruise
Shopping in Cairo
shopping options in Cairo,
the Khan El Khalili is the bazaar, then there are numerous perfume,
souvenir shops. In addition Cairo
now has several new shopping centers where you can shop as you would in
west. If you have a preference or are searching for something special
your guide know.
train has individual cabins with two bunk beds one up and down, a small
washbasin and a place to store luggage. You will be served dinner in
cabin, a pretty basic one and then they lower the bunks for sleeping.
washroom is at the end of each carriage, two of them. No showers. It is
ride and there is nothing to see until early morning as it is of course
all the way. Breakfast is served in your cabin on the train. It arrives
in Luxor around 6am and in Aswan around
9am. Some people enjoy it for
The alternative is the plane which also leaves in the early hours of
morning, so whichever way you choose that night will have limited
time. Either way you need to get a good nights sleep the night
Why we need passport
for security reasons, all foreigners are
checked into the Hotels and
with their passports, this is standard throughout Egypt as the Hotels are
register everyone with the police. We give the Hotels the info on
However if you prefer you can leave the numbers out. Either way I would
you to bring copies of your passport with you so that you can give them
Hotels so they don't keep them overnight to copy, also on the Cruises
everyone's passports in the pursers office until they depart this is
on any Cruise worldwide.
ancient quarries have vanished. The few
existing ones are not
accessible to the Public or are so far away that reaching them in the
a major task. They are not considered tourist destinations.
The Granite quarries in Aswan can
be easilyvisited with the regular day trip in Aswan.
The other famous one is Chain
Mountain for the
sandstone and can be easily seen
from the cruise ship in the area between Edfu and Kom Ombo on the west
Christmas and New Years in Egypt -
and New Years eves are celebrated in Egypt
at the Hotels and on Cruises;
they put on Gala dinners and entertainment. Unfortunately they
occasions mandatory for all guests whether you attend them or not, they
charge. This is throughout Egypt
and we have no control over it. The sites stay open as usual. The
Egyptians are Muslims and do not celebrate Xmas or New Year,
readily acknowledge that this is a western holiday and do their best to
tourists are able to celebrate. Egyptian Christians (the Coptic
celebrate Xmas on January 7th. These Gala events vary between
Solar Boat Museum
shops at Cairo and Amman Airport
The Solar Boat
Museum has a
separate entry fee and is NOT included
in the cost of the entry fee to the Pyramids
Alcohol in Egypt
not readily available in Egypt.
There are restaurants, bars
and mini bars that serve alcohol. If you buy alcohol to drink in
room, then please make sure it is sealed on arrival in Egypt
and that you are discreet
about leaving bottles out in the open in your room. Muslims are
allowed to purchase alcohol.
there be an
open duty free shop at the airport in Cairo
flying to Amman?
will there be an open duty free shop at the
airport in Amman
when flying to Paris?
shops are regularly open for purchases for international flights.
Nile Dinner cruise is a buffet style meal,
entertainment. A 3 or 4 piece band with singer, belly dancer and a
dervish. These are regularly utilized by locals for weddings, birthdays
You can of course go out on deck as well. They are somewhat
the whirling dervish makes the evening. They take about 2- 2 1/2 hours
usually have two seatings one early and one very late. We book clients
Closed on Fridays, Sundays and Religious Holidays like Xmas and so on.
also book private events for their own purposes and will close on these
occasions as well. The itinerary should take into account these
closings if you
wish to visit the Monastery; it is a small site and can readily be
15 - 30 minutes.
How difficult is it the climb at St
Catherine’s? It takes about 3-4
hours to climb the 7,498-foot peak following the Path of Moses, a
nearly 4,000 steps.
What type of physical condition does one
have to be in? You need to
be strong enough to hike in the middle of the night for the 3-4
to the peak to see the sunrise. It also gets very cold so you need to
gloves, hat, warm jacket and a flashlight.
can taste the experience by hiking for an hour enjoying the
sunrise from that point and then walking back. You can also rent a
to take you to the top it costs approx. $45 US per person
Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar
Antonio’s), and St. Paul's
two of the oldest inhabited Coptic Christian monasteries in Egypt.
Hidden deep in the Red
and relying on
springs for their water supply, both still observe rituals that have
changed in 16 centuries. Both are
accessible by special tours from Cairo,
or Hurghada and a stay in either monastery can be arranged in advance.
with Dolphins in the Red Sea
swim with Dolphins directly in the Red Sea,
but of course they are fish freely swimming in the ocean so there are
guarantees they will be there. The locals usually have a good idea
where they are, but this is not something you can book in
when you get to the Red Sea please
your guide, the hotel or locals for more information on where they can
March & April the wind gets stronger
and at times can
whip up the sand in the desert to create dust storms called Khamseen.
occurs then itineraries will be moved around to accommodate this
ensure any outdoor sites missed as a result will be organized for
Light and Sound
There are 3 light and sound shows
- Giza Pyramids, Karnak Temple,
The seating is open air, the show is conducted with lazer lights and
information is narrated in English and they have shows in various other
languages as well. They last about 45 minutes.
Two prong round, and sometimes 3 prong. Current 220. You will need an
from North America
unless your appliance goes
110 to 240.
Solar Bark Museum
This is a
4,000 year old boat discovered alongside the pyramids and is situated
separate museum on the Pyramids site. The entry fee is $20 and is
separately on site - the Boat
should be done as
part of the Pyramids tour otherwise an additional entry fee for
the Pyramids must be purchased again.
Step Pyramid of Djoser’s
Sarapeum Mastaba of Ti Pyramid of Unas
be included as part of the trip to Sakkara
will require additional entry fees.
(Prince Mohamed Ali Museum)
as a private residence by Prince Mohamed
Ali Tawfiq, the
palace is set in the Midst of a delightful garden with a collection of rare
trees from all over the world, the rich collection of Jewelry, Carpets &
Ceramics can be seen
exquisite architectural masterpiece
the most important of historic museums.
The Mummy Room
in a separate section within the Egyptian
containing some historical mummies of pharaohs - this exhibit requires an
additional entry fee of approx $10 US.
remember all products that contain water even when boiled can cause you
problems, so if you are not sure ask if the water is filtered. If you
suffer from stomach problems we highly recommend going to a local
they are well aware of the problems and the
treatments and can usually supply
you with a quick acting solution. If it persists, please have the guide
you to a doctor. Please ensure you check out any medications and
do not conflict with any you are already taking. Medications are
reasonability priced and so are doctors visits so please make use of
necessary, also if you have insurance the costs will be recoverable.
is the Western Dessert
of Cairo -
Bhahariya and Siwa Oases are in the western desert
cruise ships there will be a Galabia party one evening. Galabia is
gown worn by both men and women, and can readily be seen throughout Egypt.
be bought locally anywhere from $10 or many of the shops on the Cruise
will sell them..
Shorts - clothing
long shorts are acceptable throughout Egypt. Any attire is
the red sea resorts, however Cairo/Luxor and Aswan are far more conservative and
particular should note this if they do not want unwanted glances from