Frequently Asked Questions
- All of our tours can be customized to fit your time, budget, and interests.
- All prices are in US Dollars, and based on double occupancy. If you travel alone, the price will be 50% higher. This additional expense is charged upon arrival by the guide. For currency conversion, click here.
- All day trips leave in small groups, private tours are also available, please ask.
- All tours are accompanied by a professional tour guide, and are by A/C transport.
- Additional accommodation nights can be arranged upon request.
- Trains may be upgraded to sleeper with additional fee $70 per person each way.
- Hotels can be upgraded to 4* or 5* with additional fee.
- Deposit/Cancellation Fee: A deposit is required to confirm time.
- Deposit is refundable if cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to appointment, 50 percent refundable for cancellations received at least 15 days ahead, non-refundable after that.
- Discounts may be available for large groups, or booking of multiple tours, please ask.
- Discounts may apply for children under 13, depending on the tour.
Egyptian Food is essentially similar to Turkish, Lebanese, and Persian food, with a big accent on a legume, locally called foul medames. Foul medames are basically fava beans, and they are served in a variety of ways including fried in the form of falafel- and served with houmous and fresh pitta bread. Another local dish- Kushari is a mixture of macaroni, rice and black lentils, seasoned and served with a generous dollop of spiced tomato sauce and fried onion. Kofta- a seasoned char-grilled beef torpedo shaped morsel is also very tasty, as is fiteer, a kind of Egyptian style pizza. Vegetarians are well catered for. Rice and breads are served in abundance, as are fresh fruits and vegetables. The cruise ships and large hotels serve a wide variety of European and North American style food as well, and there are numerous choices of restaurants particularly in Cairo.
Please note that drinks are not included with any meals in Egypt, this includes water and soft drinks. Coffee or teas are often served for free with breakfast but all other drinks must be paid for. It is important to check the prices of drinks before you order. Water Although water is treated, It is best to drink and brush your teeth only with bottled water. Be sure to check that seals are intact when buying water.
Tipping Is often a challenge for tourists in Egypt. Tips or baksheesh are customary in many more situations than in some countries. As you are a visitor to this country, you do not always know the right amount to tip someone. It is always at your discretion as it is essentially a sign of your appreciation for the services rendered. Here are a few guidelines: About 1LE for restroom attendants, 5LE per luggage porters, and 10% on meals. As in any country, when you receive excellent service a tip is the best way to show your appreciation.
What to wear?
Egypt is a Muslim country, and as such is conservative in dress. For women, you will be more comfortable if you avoid tight and revealing clothing, and stick with cool flowing cottons. Beach attire and shorts are fine onboard cruises, and in tourist areas at beach resorts, but not recommended in the cities. Ex-military style clothing should not be worn.
Mosques and religion?
About 90% of Egypt’s population is Muslim; most of the rest are Coptic Christians. The Mosque is a place of worship and cannot be visited during prayer time, though at any other time, a visit is possible. With the exception of two Mosques in Cairo, Sayyida Zeinab and Al-Hussein, anyone can visit a Mosque. There are a number of splendid examples of Mosques, particularly in Islamic Cairo. Al-Azhar Mosque is a great example of 1000 years worth of theological history, and it is also the world’s oldest surviving university. Take care to dress conservatively and ensure that limbs are covered when entering any Mosque. Men must refrain from wearing shorts and all visitors, prior to entry into any Mosque, must remove footwear.
During Ramadan adherents of the Muslim faith fast during daylight hours. Many businesses close during daylight hours, however this does not generally apply to businesses that cater predominately to tourists. The start/finish date for Ramadan is different each year.
Arabic is the official language of Egypt. English is widely spoken in major towns and tourist center. Egyptians will appreciate any effort on your part to learn few simple words and phrases. Just a few words can go a long way in shops and markets, and can result in light-hearted meetings.
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