Egypt 11-day Trip

USD $2,950 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $600. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are encouraged to travel with us.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying a single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay for the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

What is included :

  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels
  • 3 nights on a 5-star Nile riverboat cruise
  • Private, air-conditioned ground transportation
  • 2 domestic flights
  • Activities as indicated on the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Insurance
  • Airport drop-off
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment from the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were one of the highlights of the trip.

  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time which the guide can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be at your own expense.

  4. Egypt’s official currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP). One Egyptian pound consists of 100 piastres.

    Smaller notes are especially useful for tipping, but are in increasingly short supply. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stockpile them when you can by withdrawing irregular amounts from ATMs or ensuring change by paying with larger bills in high-end establishments so you can get small change.

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

    The Egyptian Pound typically stays around 1 USD ≈ 16 EGP.

    For other currencies, see below:

    1 CAD ≈ 12 EGP
    1 AUD ≈ 10 EGP
    1 GBP ≈ 20 EGP
  5. Currency exchange services often offer poorer rates at airports and hotels. You can change currency easily in the major cities and tourist areas of Egypt. The airports have several exchange desks – so it’s worth shopping around. If you aren’t happy with the exchange rates offered, then simply change what you need immediately and look for a better deal in town. Upon arrival, the guide can take you to a place to exchange money at a reasonable rate.

    Many travelers choose to avoid the hassle of exchanging money by withdrawing cash from an ATM when they arrive at the airport. ATMs are easily found in large cities and airports, although they are less common in rural and remote areas. When traveling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren’t always an option. Finally, when bringing cash to exchange upon arrival, make sure that you have clean, crisp notes.

    Your guide will inform you when you will be visiting an area that is cash-only with no ATMs around and will make a stop at an ATM and/or exchange house before heading into those areas.

    Debit and credit cards from major foreign banks should be accepted throughout Egypt (Visa and Mastercard are typically a safe bet). Before you travel, contact your bank to confirm whether or not your card will work and to ask about withdrawal fees on their side. You should also ask them to make a note of your travel dates so they won’t think your card has been stolen and cancel it the first time you use it at an Egyptian ATM. A backup card is a good idea if you have one, as is making a note of your bank’s overseas helpline number in case of emergency.

    Some ATMs have an EGP 2,000 limit, however; look for a Banque du Caire machine if you wish to draw more than that.

  6. While tipping isn’t mandatory in Egypt, it is customary. Rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is generally standard practice. Taxi drivers and porters will also accept tips and 16 EGP (approx. 1 USD) is usually sufficient in this case.

    On the first day of your trip, your guide may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty to which everybody contributes an equal amount at the start of the tour. Your leader then uses this to tip drivers, local guides, and hotel staff on your behalf. In Egypt, this can be beneficial as it is hard to break large bills and get small change for tips.

    If you wish to take a picture of a market vendor, artisan products, etc., expect to be asked for a tip of around 15 EGP (≈USD 1).

    Tipping your bus driver and tour guide: At the end of the trip, if you are satisfied with the service that you received from your guide and bus driver, you are more than welcome to tip them, especially if you feel they did an exceptional job and helped you have a great trip. Below are recommended amounts based on past travelers’ feedback:

    • Egyptian tour guide: $50 – $120 USD
    • Egyptian driver: $20 – $40 USD
  7. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for a few lunches and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    Like most travel destinations, Egypt does not lack in its offerings of unique items.  Past travelers have said it was their favorite country for shopping so pack light!  You will be visiting a lot of really fantastic places that offer unique items.  Do remember that most places that offer high-end products to buy will accept credit/debit cards.

    Based on past travelers’ feedback, an estimated amount to bring for spending is between USD $400 – 700. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BRINGING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

  8. Foreign visitors who want to visit Egypt need a visa and must apply for an e-visa through a simple online application or wait in the immigration line at the border for a visa on arrival. Submitting an electronic visa application will help expedite the process upon arrival in Egpyt as you will not have to wait in line to get the visa upon arrival, thus we recommend the e-visa.

    Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, EU, USA, UK, and Canada can apply for a visa on arrival or get an e-visa. A single entry visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and entitles the bearer to one month of travel in Egypt. An Egypt tourist visa allows a total stay of 30 days per entry. 

    All foreign visitors to Egypt, whether they need a visa or not, must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

    Directions for applying for your e-visa:

    Go to visa2egypt.gov.eg. This is the only official government e-visa portal for Egypt; however, other websites falsely claim to provide this service, sometimes at double the price.

    Follow the prompts to sign up, sign in, apply, and pay online. After your visa application has been processed, you will receive an email updating you on the status of your application. If successful, you will be emailed a link to download your e-visa to present on arrival in Egypt. Passport control officers at Egyptian ports of entry will verify your e-visa in their system. Currently, the cost for a single entry tourist e-visa is USD 25.

    If you are eligible for an Egyptian e-visa, you must create an application at least 7 days before your arrival. Please note, the visa is only valid for 3 months from the date of issue.  This means it is best to apply for your visa 90 days or less before your trip start date. We will send out an email reminder to all passengers to apply for their visas at the 60-day mark.

    On arrival in Egypt, you must present a printout of your e-visa along with a passport with at least six months’ validity after your arrival date, a travel itinerary, and documentation outlining accommodation and tour bookings.

  9. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Egypt, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls, and texts in that country. See the example below:

    Welcome to Egypt! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data.

    While mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Egypt’s cities and metropolitan areas, expect limited coverage in remote or mountainous areas.

  10. All hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well. In the more rural towns, wifi can be slow and may not work in your hotel room and you may only have access to wifi in the hotel lobby area. Be prepared to ‘disconnect’ when traveling in the rural areas of Egypt.

    When on the cruise you can purchase a daily wifi card for an additional charge.

  11. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet.

    The plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this:

    In Egypt, the power plugs and sockets are the types C, E, and F. Type C is also known as the standard “Euro” plug.

  12. Temperatures in Egypt during all seasons will vary depending on the region, but are generally warm to hot during the day and cooler at night. Pack lightweight clothing and don’t forget your sunscreen! Also note that in the desert, temperatures drop very low at night. Therefore, a warm coat/jacket is a must all year-round. Please be aware that the weather across Egypt can be unpredictable so it is best to be prepared for extremes.

  13. Regardless if you travel in summer or wintertime, always bring a warm coat as temperatures in the desert drop very low at night despite the warm/hot days. It is important to dress modestly in order to be respectful of the culture as well as to avoid unwanted attention. Shorts and tank tops are not recommended for both men and women.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable:

    • Sunglasses/Hat
    • Flashlight/Headlamp
    • Umbrella (for shade)
    • Lip balm (it gets dry in the desert!)
    • Jacket/Cardigan (for cold nights)
    • Swimsuit
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Flip flops/Sandals
    • Sunscreen 
    • Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap
    • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day
    • Prescription and over the counter medication (if needed)
    • Hairdryer (if needed; some hotels, but not all)

    Winter Months: If you’re traveling to Egypt in the winter months which are between November and March, we suggest bringing a scarf, warm jacket, sweater, warm pajamas, and a hat/beanie as it does get quite cold at night during these months.

  14. Most areas of Egypt that you will visit on this trip experience less crime compared to the bigger cities such as Cairo. During your time in the larger cities, it is suggested to travel in groups of two or more even though it is very unlikely that you will face any violence. As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings with a secure over-the-shoulder day pack that closes tightly. This way your belongings won’t easily become the property of any purse-snatchers or pickpockets. Situations such as those just mentioned are most common in larger cities or at famous attractions where large numbers of Egyptians and tourists tend to congregate. The U.S. State Department offers general travel information about this country. See below for more information.

    U.S. State Department Travel to Egypt

  15. Restaurants throughout Egypt offer a wide variety of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the tour although options might be limited.

  16. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Morocco to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  17. Yes, we offer private tours to Morocco for groups of 4 people or more. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Cairo (CAI). Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

Visa

Foreign visitors who want to visit Egypt need a visa and must apply for an e-Visa through a simple online application or wait in the immigration line at the border for a visa on arrival. Submitting an electronic visa application will help expedite the process upon arrival in Egypt as you will not have to wait in line to get the visa upon arrival so we recommend the e-Visa.

Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the EU, the USA, the UK and Canada can apply for a visa on arrival or get an E-visa.  A single entry visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and entitles the bearer to one month of travel in Egypt. An Egypt tourist visa allows a total stay of 30 days per entry. 

All foreign visitors to Egypt, whether they need a visa or not, must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

Applying for an Egyptian E-Visa:

Go to visa2egypt.gov.eg. This is the only official government e-visa portal for Egypt. Beware of other websites falsely claiming to provide this service, sometimes at double the price.

Follow the prompts to sign up, sign in, apply and pay online. After your visa application has been processed, you will receive an email updating you on the status of your application. If successful, you will be emailed a link to download your e-visa to present on arrival in Egypt. Passport control officers at Egyptian ports of entry will verify your e-visa in their system. Currently, the cost for a single entry tourist e-visa is USD 25.

If you are eligible for an Egyptian e-visa, you must create an application at least 7 days before your arrival. Please note, the visa is only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. This means that it is best to apply for your visa 90 days or less before your trip start date. We will send out an email reminder to all travelers to apply for their visas at the 60-day mark.

On arrival in Egypt, you must present a printout of your e-visa along with a passport of at least six months validity after your arrival date.

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when temperatures are cooler, but still pleasantly warm across the country. This makes exploring the busy streets of Cairo, visiting the Pyramids in the desert, and exploring ancient Pharaonic tombs more comfortable and enjoyable.  December and January are considered high season and expect to pay double and have more crowds.

If going in April here are the average temperatures:

In Egypt, you will be spending 3 nights on a Nile riverboat cruise and 7 nights in hotels.  Please understand that in Egypt the word ‘5-star’ does not have the same meaning as it does in the West.  Luckily, we have chosen a cruise and hotels that are truly worthy of 5-stars.

Cairo

There are two swimming pools and a variety of bars and a restaurant on the premises.

Aswan

Set on Elephantine Island, this upscale resort overlooks the River Nile. There’s a stylish restaurant overlooking the water, plus a poolside eatery and a chic top-floor bar. 

Abu Simbel

Overlooking Lake Nasser, this hotel is inspired by Nubian architecture and you can see this in the room decor and colorful textiles.

Amenities include a lagoon-style pool, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars. There’s also a shisha lounge, a cafe, and a shopping market, as well as gardens and an amphitheater on the property.

Nile Cruise

Our cruise boat is one of the most luxurious boats on the Nile and has proved to be a firm favorite with guests.  After a busy morning’s sightseeing, unwind with a refreshing dip in the pool or sip a cold drink on the deck. This cruise has a well-appointed restaurant that serves a delicious range of international and regional cuisine. The lounge bar with its attractive terrace area is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink.

There is a full range of amenities including belly dance shows, a jacuzzi, a spa and a swimming pool.

The cruise includes all meals but drinks must be purchased separately.  Some meals will be a la carte while others are buffet. All breakfasts are buffet-style.

Wifi is available on the boat at no additional charge.

Luxor

Welcome to five-star splendor on the banks of the Nile in a city of ancient pharaonic treasures. The hotel is luxurious, sophisticated and above all, elegant.

Come and enjoy a sweeping terrace with majestic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail, a sumptuous health spa, an array of fine dining choices and every amenity to please the most discerning traveler. With the mystical Nile just a whisper away and the temples of Luxor and Karnak preserved in time, experience a city of fascinating antiquity and indulge in the rich splendor our Luxor hotel.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical, and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

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