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Egypt Useful Information

To help make your holiday as memorable as possible to Egypt, we would like to offer the following information before you travel.

The way of life in Egypt is at a somewhat slower pace than that which we are accustomed, which can lead to some frustrating moments! We suggest patience and a good sense of humour being indispensable, a combination we feel sure, will ensure an enjoyable holiday.

PASSPORTS

A full 10 year passport is required for everyone entering Egypt and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date.

VISA
For British Passport holders an Egyptian Visa is required which is obtainable at major points of entry in Egypt, at a cost of $25.00/£18. Visas can be obtained in the UK at a cost of £18.00 from the Egyptian Embassy, London taking 3 or 4 days to process. All other nationalities should check their visa requirements before traveling. Our representative at Luxor International Airport can also obtain a visa upon your arrival (UK passports only).

HEALTH
No compulsory vaccinations are required by UK residents. You should however, take advice from your doctor as to which, if any, may be advisable. Protection against Hepatitis, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio are recommended. It is advisable to pack a small first aid kit containing remedies for short term stomach problems, dehydration and small cuts. Use of a repellent cream or spray is usually sufficient to keep mosquitoes at bay. Try to avoid ice in drinks and use common sense when deciding what and where to eat and drink.

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
Egypt has temperatures that rise above 45C during the summer months. During the winter months, the average temperatures are in the twenties/thirties but can drop considerably after sunset and are quite chilly in the evening. In resorts, lightweight and informal summer clothes are the norm. However, please remember that Egypt is of a strong Muslim faith and care should be taken not to offend, particularly away from tourist resorts.

VOLTAGE
The voltage in Egypt is 220v, therefore, a two pin plug is required. We recommend that a travel plug adaptor be taken as part of your holiday requirements.

EXCURSIONS
All excursions and tours will be locally guided by qualified English speaking Egyptologists.

TIPPING
Traditionally, a tip is expected at the rate of £4.00 per person per night which is for the coach drivers, bell boys, housekeeping staff, crew and bar/restaurant staff. Additional tipping is not expected.

NILE CRUISE ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE
The All Inclusive option includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, unbranded local spirits, cocktails, local beer, fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee served by the glass or cup. Bottled water is also available between the hours of 11:30 am and 11:30 pm for the seven night duration of the cruise. Local wine is also served during lunch and dinner by the glass. On the day of departure, tea, coffee and water are available up to 1pm at which time the contract with the Nile cruiser ends.

Egypt Useful Information

CURRENCY

The local currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE) with an approximate currency exchange of 10.00 LE to £1.00 sterling. Credit Cards and Debit Cards are accepted on board the cruisers for bar bills and additional expenses only. Optional tours can only be paid for in cash to the guide on board. Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, local shops and restaurants. The exchange rate is applicable at time of publishing. Many street traders and shops will accept English pounds, Euros and Dollars for your purchases.

SHOPPING
Bartering is widely accepted throughout Egypt and expected when visiting the local bazaar or souk. There you will find crafts, antiques, jewellery, spices, clothing, and leather goods which provide good value for money and wonderful memories of your stay in Egypt.

RELIGION
The dominant religion in Egypt is Islam. Christianity is the lesser but equally important religion. Ramadan is the most important and holiest month of the Islamic year. Allowances should be made if your holiday falls within Ramadan, as you could experience a slightly longer service time during this period, as many people with be fasting from dawn to dusk.

SPECIAL REQUESTS
We will endeavour to meet special requirements but no guarantee can be given.

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