Below is helpful advice
for anyone traveling to Egypt.
Egypt is a country of
contrasts, old and new blending together, this
can be seen everywhere on a daily basis. Truly a
country rich in history and culture. Prices are
reasonable, although they do fluctuate with the
seasons and supply and demand. The people are
friendly and hospitable, and crime is rare.
To help you better understand what to expect and
to ensure you get the most out of your trip we
are providing some traveler information that we
hope will assist you in your journey. Go with an
open mind to the lifestyle and culture and the
experience will be memorable and rewarding.
In order to respect the culture it is
recommended that you wear conservative clothing
no short shorts, or see-through clothing.
Conservative clothing is the preferred wearing
apparel. Head coverings are not required for the
churches or mosques but you will be given a
cloak or wrap to wear if your arms or legs are
Luggage Restrictions or
You are limited to two checked bags not to
exceed 50 pounds each and one carry on item.
(Seventy pounds on international flights - check
with your carrier for details) These limits are
strictly adhered to and baggage fees can be
Sometimes if a connection
has been missed, or due to bad weather during
your journey, baggage may be delayed.
So that you can enjoy your tour and sightseeing
without worrying about calling airlines etc.,
our agents track luggage for you. Once it is
found and delivered to the airport, depending
where you are, it is sometimes quicker to send
our agent and van to pick it up and deliver it
to your hotel to save further delays. We provide
this as a service to save you further distress,
and ask you to remember that if you have any
concerns with the delay or the condition of your
luggage you should contact the airline directly.
Bargaining & Shopping
It should be noted that it is often more cost
effective to book with a Tour Operator or Travel
Agency with Egyptian contacts than it is to try
to book independently.
If you do make any independent bookings on your
own with hotels etc. please make certain you
have full written confirmations.
If traveling independently using Guide Services
will save you a great deal of time and money.
The guide will negotiate rates on your behalf,
and you won't be constantly hassled by the local
service providers and street vendors. Guides
aren't necessary for resort stays in Hurghahda
or Sharm el Sheik.
If traveling with an escorted tour be sure to
ask your guide for advice on buying. Check for
quality and of course the final price you pay is
your decision. Street Markets, food carts and
small stores are everywhere, and the normal way
of shopping in Egypt.
Unique Shopping items:
Gold Cartouche's with
your name in hieroglyphics.
Papyrus Paintings - again
you can have your name put on.
T-Shirts Egyptian Cotton
with Egyptian logos or names in hieroglyphics.
Handmade Carpets and
Egyptian Cotton items.
Unique Perfume Essences
Note: Check over any
purchases carefully, ask your guide for advice
but the final price and quality of any articles
you purchase are your own responsibility
The Telephone system in Egypt is overloaded and
antiquated. 4/5 Star Hotels will have direct
line dialing and international service. Some
hotels have data ports and even their own
Internet Cafes, or you can hook up your laptop
directly to the phone if you have an ISP service
you can use.
We recommend purchasing an AT & T calling card
before coming to Egypt as this is the most
widely accepted way of placing International
calls from Egypt.
You will find that while a tour you do not need
local currency too often so we recommend that
you only exchange small amounts as you need
them. Most places will accept American Dollars
and major credit cards.
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