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Boston - Washington - New York $1,899
Dallas - Chicago - Houston $2,099
Miami - Los Angeles - San Francisco - Atlanta $2,199
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Toronto - Montreal $2,299
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Daily Departures from April, 2015 through November 30, 2016. Price is based on limited seat availability and may be higher during Summer (May 20 to Sept. 10), Christmas week and Easter holidays. To get the best deals be flexible on departure dates. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement is $599 USD. Monday and Friday departures cost $90 more per person.
Overview
Enjoy three nights in Cairo and four nights aboard a Nile River Cruise. Daily excursions to Egypt's most famous attractions are included, all guided by an English licensed Egyptologist. Your stay in Cairo is at Le Meridien Hotel, a five star hotel located very close from the Grand Pyramids of Cairo.
Your Nile River Cruise has 66 comfortable large updated cabins, and panoramic windows to enjoy views of the Nile. Delicious buffet meals are included daily along with evening entertainment. International and Domestic airfares are included as well as all transfers and taxes.
Small groups with 100% guaranteed departures, all our itineraries are fully customizable with flexible departure dates.
Day 1
Board your International flight to Cairo, we offer departures from most major cities in Canada or the USA.
Day 2
Cairo
Arrival in Cairo, meet and assist by our Representative. Transfer to your Hotel Le Meridien Cairo Pyramids.
Day 3
Cairo
After breakfast start a full day of sightseeing visiting:
The Grand Pyramids of The Giza Plateau, tour one of the most famous sites in Egypt, take your picture while riding a camel.
Memphis and Sakkara, the highlights of this visit are the Step Pyramid considered the oldest in Egypt and the impressive The Colossus of Ramesses.
Fully guided with lunch included.
Overnight in Cairo.
Day 4
Cairo - Luxor
This morning your guide will transfer and assist you to board your flight to Luxor, upon arrival transfer to your River Cruise, Semiramis Nile River Cruise.
All meals are included but not drinks, bottled water, coffee/tea and other beverages are available at an extra cost.
All shore excursions are included and guided by a licensed English speaking Egyptologist, today you will visit:
Luxor Temple: A magnificent example of Egyptian temple architecture, along with Karnak was one of the most sacred and important Temples of Ancient Another site worth mentioning is the Mosque of Abu El Hagag which was built on top of the buried ruins of Luxor Temple.
Karnak Temple: Located on the East bank is the largest temple complex in Egypt. Built over a period of 1300 years to honor the god Amun of Thebes.
Stroll down the famous avenue of the Sphinxes, with a length of two miles it was once lined with hundred of sphinxes.
Lunch and Dinner included aboard cruise. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 5
Nile Cruise
Today guided by a licensed Egyptologist you will visit:
Valley of the Kings in the West Bank, most well known for being the place where Tutankhamun's Tomb was found.
Queen of Hatshepsut Temple: Dedicated to the first female Pharaoh, this temple is the best example of Egyptian classical style architecture.
Colossi of Memnon: A pair of massive stone statues 75 feet in height in the image of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
All meals on board. Overnight while sailing to Edfu.
Day 6
Nile Cruise
Guided by a licensed Egyptologist you will visit:
Temple of Edfu, built in the Greco Roma Era is the most well preserved and complete Egyptian temple.
Temple of Kom Ombo Overlooking the Nile built to honor the crocodile and Falcon Gods Sobek and Horus.
All meals on board. Sail to Aswan. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 7
Nile Cruise
Guided by a licensed Egyptologist you will visit:
The High Dam: Bordering Egypt and Sudan, is the world's largest dam.
Granite Quarries with Unfinished Obelisk: Most of the red granite used to built Egypt's Temples came from these quarries. Here lies the Unfinished Obelisk still attached to the bedrock.
Temple of Philae: On the island of Agilkia, this beautiful temple dates back to 380 BC. erected to honor the goddess Isis.
All meals on board. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 8
Nile Cruise ends
Enjoy a morning of leisure on board.
You could add an optional tour at an extra cost to visit Abu Simbel, the second most visited site after the Grand Pyramids.
Abu Simbel excursion by road $199 USD - Abu Simbel excursion by air $499 USD, prices are per person.
Disembark.
Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Cairo.
Upon arrival transfer to your Cairo Hotel.
Overnight Cairo.
Day 9
Cairo
Tour Ends. Our representative will assist you with your planned arrangements.
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Day 1
Board your international flight to Cairo, we offer departures from any major city in Canada or the USA.
Day 2: Cairo
Upon landing in Egypt, purchase your visa by filling out an application form provided there and submit with $25 USD cash per person. They will stamp your passport, then proceed to clear customs and immigration. Once done you will meet our Representative who will assist you with transfer to your Hotel 5* Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa. This hotel is well located very close from the Grand Pyramids. Available at an extra cost an upgrade to the historic 5* Mena House Hotel.
Air conditioned vehicle transfer, English speaking Guide. Overnight in Cairo.
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Meals included today: None.
Activities: Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Cairo
Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel and then visit:
The Grand Pyramids of The Giza Plateau, located 10 miles south of Central Cairo just at the edge of metropolitan Cairo. One of the last still standing wonders of the ancient world, with its three Great Pyramids Khufu,(also known as Cheops) over 4,000 years old the oldest and largest of the three. Khafre (Chepren) the only one with an original stone cap at the top and Menkaura (Mycerinus) the smallest. Although not for everyone but entrance to the Pyramids can be arranged at an extra cost. At the foot of the Great Pyramid you find the mysterious Sphinx carved almost entirely from one piece of limestone one of the most photographed ancient monuments in the world. Without a doubt your visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza will be one of the most memorable of your trip.
Continue your tour with a visit to Sakkara here you find The Step Pyramid considered the first and oldest of all the ones built in Egypt. Constructed by King Djoser designed by the architect Imhotep who was the first to build Tombs for the Kings.
Visit Memphis, Originally a great City with many exceptional Temples, founded around 3,100 BC, unfortunately there is no much left of the City today.
What people come here to visit here is the enormous statue of Ramesses II. The Colossus of Ramesses is about 33.8 ft long, the Colossus is housed in a small Museum built specially for this massive statue.
Full Day, Guided with a licensed Egyptologist. Lunch included.
Overnight in Cairo.
Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast at your Hotel, Lunch during your sightseeing tour.
Activities included today: Visit to the Cairo Grand Pyramids and Memphis-Sakkara.
Day 4: Cairo - Luxor - Nile River Cruise
This morning your guide will transfer and assist you to board your flight to Luxor, upon arrival transfer to your River Cruise, Semiramis Nile River Cruise Lines all meals are included but not drinks, bottled water, coffee/tea and other beverages are available at an extra cost. Please have cash available for incidentals and not included extras, as credit cards are not always accepted on board. Upgrades to smaller luxury and Luxury + Ships are available.
All our shore excursions guided by a licensed English speaking Egyptologist are included. Today you will visit:
Luxor Temple: A magnificent example of Egyptian temple architecture, along with Karnak was one of the most sacred and important Temples of Ancient Thebes (now Luxor City). Built parallel to the River Nile dedicated to Amun Ra King of Gods and his wife Mut (Goddess of War), at Luxor you find Colossal Statues of Rameses, and big 24 meters carved pylons. One of the two Obelisks that once stood at the entrance of Luxor Temple still remains, the other was removed and transported to France in 1874 and now sits at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Another site worth mentioning is the Mosque of Abu El Hagag which was built on top of the buried ruins of Luxor Temple, after the Temple was uncovered the Mosque was preserved and is still a place of worship until today.
Karnak Temple: Located on the East bank is the largest temple complex in Egypt. Built over a period of 1300 years to honor the god Amun of Thebes his wife Mut and Sons Khons. An impressive complex of over 25 Temples full of Sanctuaries, big columns, and Obelisks, at least thirty Pharaohs are represented here over a period of time. One of the highlights is the Hypostyle Hall with 134 enormous pillars, for sure an awe inspiring place.
Stroll down the famous avenue of the Sphinxes, with a length of two miles it was once lined with hundred of sphinxes. Ancient Egyptians traveled on a horse drawn carriage between Luxor and Karnak Temples during the festival of Opet, a celebration to reunite God Amun and his wife Mut since their statues were kept separate one on each Temple. Overnight on board in Luxor.
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Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour of Karnak Temple, and Luxor Temple Complex.
Day 5: Nile River Cruise – Luxor
Breakfast on board later visit West Bank to see the Necropolis for pharaohs and nobles, the Valley of the Kings most well known for being the place where Tutankhamun's Tomb was found, Tutankhamun's treasures now in Cairo's Egyptian Museum. The Valley of the Kings is a World Heritage site, many of the tombs are closed to the public and your guide will direct you to the ones that are open. Use of video equipment is forbidden. A very important site in Egyptian History since the most important Pharaos in Egypt were buried here.
Queen of Hatshepsut Temple: Dedicated to the first female Pharaoh, set at the head of the valley, the temple is the best example of Egyptian classical style architecture. Built to express the grandeur of the Pharaoh as well as honoring the gods that she would need in the afterlife, her statues were all defaced by her son Tuthmosis III, after her death.
Colossi of Memnon: All that remains of the largest and most opulent mortuary Temple of Amenhotep. Although badly damaged the massive stone statues 75 feet in height in the image of Pharaoh Amenhotep III are still quite impressive. The colossi have stood guard for more than 3400 years on the West Bank. Overnight on board while sailing to Edfu.
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Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour West Bank Valley of the Kings, Visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple, Visit The Colossi of Memnon.
Day 6: Nile River Cruise – Edfu
Breakfast on board, today enjoy visits to:
Temple of Edfu, built in the Greco Roma Era is the most well preserved and complete Egyptian temple, built to honor Horus the falcon headed god. The walls are lined with inscriptions and hieroglyphics depicting the age old struggle between Horus and Seth, This impressive example of the Ptolemaic architecture is said to have taken 180 years to complete.
Overlooking the Nile you find the Temple of Kom Ombo in the town of the same name located 45 km north of Aswan. Built to honor the crocodile and Falcon Gods Sobek and Horus, dating from 180 BC it has beautifully carved columns some of them still keep their original brilliant colors. Sail to Aswan. Overnight in Aswan.
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Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour Edfu Temple, Guided Tour Komombo Temple.
Day 7: Nile River Cruise – Aswan
Breakfast on board, enjoy visits to:
The High Dam: Bordering Egypt and Sudan, is the world's largest dam, its construction finished in 1970 and it changed the life of Egyptian people by providing flood protection, irrigation, and electricity to Egypt. One of the most talked about facts is the enormous task of relocating many ancient monuments along the banks of the Nile, this was only possible by using very advanced engineering and the cooperation of many Countries.
The construction of the High Dam created Lake Nasser the world's biggest artificial body of water, the Lake Nasser area is very beautiful and pristine, this is where the famous ruins of Abu Simbel are located, they are River Cruises that sail between Aswan and Abu Simbel visiting other ancient sites along the way. You can visit Abu Simbel only by road excursion or by air.
Granite Quarries with Unfinished Obelisk: Most of the red granite used to built Egypt's Temples and Tombs came from these quarries. Here lies the Unfinished Obelisk still attached to the bedrock. Abandoned when a crack appeared while working on it. It's weight is calculated at 110 tons and would have been the world's largest piece of solid stone ever carved.
Temple of Philae: On the island of Agilkia, the beautiful temple of Philae, dating from 380 BC. erected to honor the goddess Isis, this is not its original location, this Temple was relocated from the holy island of Philae in the middle of Lake Nasser. In 1960 a rescue operation that took many years and the cooperation of an international group of engineers and archaeologists, many of the buildings and monuments were painstakingly moved from Philae which was continually flooded and eventually submerged in Lake Nasser. Overnight in Aswan.
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Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour visiting Aswan's High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Visit Temple of Philae.
Day 8: Aswan - Cruise Disembarkation
Enjoy a morning of leisure on board, or add an optional tour to your itinerary we suggest a tour to Abu Simbel three hours drive from Aswan is one of the most well known sites in Egypt after the Grand Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Abu Simbel: On the West bank of the Nile at the shores of Lake Nasser. Abu Simbel was one of the Temples moved from its original sacred place to save it from flooding, a project considered one of the greatest achievements in modern engineering. Fully guided by a licensed Egyptologist, includes boxed breakfast.
$199 USD Abu Simbel excursion by road - $499 USD Abu Simbel excursion by air, prices per person.
Disembark. Our representative will transfer you and assist you with your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival transfer to your Cairo Hotel assisted by our representative.
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Meals included today: Breakfast.
Activities included today: Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 9: Cairo
Tour Ends. Our representative will assist you with your planned arrangements.
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Our Price Package Tour includes:
Flights:
  • International airfare from most major cities in the USA and Canada.
  • Domestic Flight Transfers Cairo - Luxor - Aswan – Cairo.
Accommodations:
  • Three nights of accommodation at the 5* Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, within walking distance of the Grand Pyramids.
  • Four nights aboard the Semiramis Nile River Cruise.
Sightseeing Tours:
  • Guided Visit to the Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
  • Guided visit to Memphis/Sakkara.
  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor Temples.
  • Guided tour of the Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut Temple.
  • Guided visit to the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Guided visit to Edfu Temple.
  • Guided visit to Kom Ombo Temple.
  • Visit to Aswan's High Dam.
  • Guided visit to Philae Temple.
  • Visit to the Aswan's Quarries and Unfinished Obelisk.
All sightseeing tours are provided by an English speaking Licensed Egyptologist.
Meals:
  • Breakfast daily during your stay in Cairo.
  • Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Cairo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner aboard your Nile River Cruise.
Services and Fees:
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • Transfers airport – Hotel - airport.
  • Transfers airport – Cruise – airport.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions in Cairo.
  • Transportation for all off shore excursions during your Nile River Cruise.
  • All entrance fees (except mummy room at Egyptian Museum Cairo).
  • All taxes.
Extra Bonus:
  • Short Camel ride for a photo opportunity.
  • Dress up in traditional Egyptian attire and enjoy a Galabeya Party Night on board your Nile Cruise.
Price Excludes:
  • Visa on arrival at Cairo airport $25 USD Per Person.
  • Customary tips to driver, guides, cruise staff, etc.
  • All optional tours mentioned on the day by day itinerary provided.
  • Bottled water, Coffee, tea and other beverages are not included aboard your Nile Cruise but are available at an extra cost.
Travel Tips to Egypt
Best time to Visit Egypt
You can vacation in Egypt year round, but if you can choose the time of year to visit you find the most enjoyable weather from September to May. Summers are very hot. Make sure you take extra precautions when travelling in the summer months by drinking plenty of water, wearing proper clothing, using sun protection, and slow down when necessary.
Passport and Visa Requirements
You need a valid Canadian or American Passport to enter Egypt, it must be valid for 6 months past your return date, a tourist visa is also required and is easily obtained upon arrival in Egypt at a cost of $25.00 USD cash per person. The airport Visa Office is near customs and immigration, once you pay the fee they will give you a sticker to be applied to your passport then continue to the Customs and Immigration booth.
Passports holders of other nationalities must contact the Egyptian Consulate for advise on entry requirements.
Your passport will also be registered within one week of your arrival in Cairo, this is done by the Hotel’s front desk, you will be asked for your passport upon check in.
Health Regulations and Medical Requirements
They are no vaccinations required to travel to Egypt, unless you come from a high risk infected area. If you would like to take precautionary measures you should visit your local travel clinic and they will advise you based on your personal medical history.
Some Tips to keep you healthy while travelling in Egypt
Only drink water bottle, inspect the seal cap before drinking it. To be in the safe side you should brush your teeth with bottle water as well. Although tempting do not eat food from street vendors. If you know your system is very sensitive take extra precautions like eating only fruits you can peel and making sure your food is freshly made and well cooked. Fruit juices may not be advisable to drink unless they are bottled. Wash your hands frequently, do not touch any stray animals. Do not overload your stomach specially on the first days of your arrival give your body time to acclimatize, if you keep a special diet back home continue while on your trip. Drink more water than you usually do at home specially while touring the sites on hot days. Bring a small medic kit with headache tablets, allergy and stomach medication, etc. Public hospitals are available at most major Cities and are open to tourist most doctors speak English, but you will be asked to pay for your treatment, medical travel insurance that covers hospital bills and repatriation to your Country is strongly recommended.
Bring sunblock with you specially if you are fair skinned, SPF lip balm is also a good idea.
Language
Arabic is Egypt's official language. But English and French are widely spoken.
Currency
The national currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE) Genaeh in Arabic. Each pound is divided into 100 Piasters (1LE= 100 Piasters) with different banknotes. ATM machines are found in cities, large towns as well as most hotels, they usually accept Visa, MasterCard or Cirrus cards, but cash is the favorite form of payment at many shops. All major credit cards are widely accepted at most major Hotels and shops but most likely you will have to pay a surcharge, American Express cards are not widely accepted. If you are paying cash the currency preferred is USD, sterling pounds, or Euros. Traveler’s cheques are not widely accepted. Banks are open Sunday to Thursday 08:30 to 2:00 pm. If you are taking a Nile River Cruise be prepare to cover your bill for incidentals by cash since they do not accept credit cards. Western Union locations are easily found, in case you need to receive money from home.
Clothing
Egypt, being a predominantly Muslim country, is naturally conservative (not like the Gulf States or Saudi Arabia) but the average people are careful in what they wear. The dress code in Egypt for women is considered conservative by western standards.
Bring light colored clothing, loose linen/cotton trousers or a below knee skirt and sleeved blouse. (If you're planning to ride a camel, a skirt is not a good idea). A good hat and sunscreen are a must, you should also bring sunglasses.
Swimming suits and shorts are reserved for the beach or swimming pools only.
Restaurants require you to wear shirt/Tshirt, trousers/dress shorts and shoes/sandals. Evenings are smart casual.
It is advisable to bring a light sweater for the evening if you are visiting Egypt from November to April.
If visiting a religious site such as a Mosque, monasteries or churches wear long trousers or skirts, remove your shoes, and for women is advisable to wear a headscarf and a conservative blouse.
Comfortable, strong shoes are a must. Sandals can be worn, but you will suffer from dust/sand and the streets of Cairo are not clean; there are often mud puddles too, so in general, having closed shoes is the better option. It will be difficult to see sights in heels of any sort, as the desert is sandy. In the winter months, long slacks or long walking shorts are recommended, as well as sweaters since you may encounter some cold evenings. Is good to bring one or two casual dressy outfits for special occasions aboard the Nile Cruise or at one of the major Hotels in Cairo.
When entering a mosque is to leave the shoes with the mosque guard, who usually has a desk at the entrance and a place to store shoes. He will keep an eye on them. When leaving you can give him 1 Egyptian pound.
Bring a small flash light (pocket size) it becomes useful when visiting some of the underground archeological sites. Small binoculars can be useful.
Electricity – Time Zone
You need to bring an electricity converter since electricity is 220 volts and uses rounded plugs. Egypt is GMT +2 (+3 during the summertime) or 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Telephone and Internet
Long distance charges can be expensive at most hotels, calling cards are widely available and you should try that instead. Internet is usually reliable, WI-FI is generally available, extra charges apply for both. Internet Cafes are always found in most major Cities and Towns.
Mail
Regular mail will take over a week to reach USA or Canada.
Shopping
The best things to buy in Egypt are Egyptian handicrafts, carpets, blown glass also known as Muski glass, papyrus, antique jewelry, leather goods, cotton goods, perfumes, silver and gold jewelry, and textiles. And of course you can have a gold or silver cartouche made with your name written in hieroglyphics! El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo is a favorite place for shopping is unique and offers great variety of interesting and artistic goods. In Luxor The Souk is a popular place for tourists. To bargain is always accepted at these bazaar markets and small shops.
Bringing children on an Egypt Tour
Egypt offers a great holiday for children, to have the opportunity to see Egyptian ancient history first hand is invaluable, all the excursions to the archeological sites are guided by a licensed Egyptologist great opportunity for children to get full details from an expert. There is no children’s activities while on the Nile River Cruises therefore bring some activities to keep them occupied while on board, some boats have television but the broadcast are in Arabic. Fortunately you do not expend too much time aboard and when you do you sail thru the Nile while passing small villages which makes for interesting observation. Beach resorts like Hurghada do offer a variety of activities for children and young teenagers with theme parks, swimming and snorkeling. Back in Cairo visiting the Giza Plateau, the Egyptian Museum and the downtown bazaars are exciting tours for children and adults alike. You do need to be vigilant to keep children hydrated and with proper sun protection, dress them comfortable wearing sturdy shoes. Making sure they get proper nourishment and plenty of sleep is definitely necessary.
Cuisine
Egyptian food is an exotic combination of Middle East, Mediterranean and African cuisines, some of the most popular dishes are grilled lamb kebabs ( Kufta) with Egyptian bread ( Aysh), stuffed vine leaves, falafel, Dips like babaganoush, soups made of beans tomato and spices (Fool), and for desert pastries filled with dates and rose water. Olives and Egyptian bread accompany many of the dishes. Tea flavored with mint and very strong coffee are very popular. If you are a vegetarian Egyptian cuisine definitely has dishes that will accommodate you. While on the Nile River Cruise you will find most of the food caters to tourists, speak to your Guide if you are interested in sampling real Egyptian food he/she will take you to a good restaurant. In regards to drinks wine, spirits and beer are usually found at major hotels and restaurants catering to tourists. Legal drinking age is 21.
Photography
Keep your camera well protected from sand and dust while travelling to the archeological sites, please note that many Museums and historic sites restrict video or photography in order to protect the antiquities, you may be asked to leave them at the entrance. Other outdoor sites may charge a fee to use them, expect to pay $10 Egyptian pounds for a camera and $100 Egyptian pounds for video cameras. But at the majority of the outdoor sites you are free to take pictures and video. Many sites will not allow Flash photography, be careful to comply.
Tour Guides
Always stay with your tour guide, if you would like to visit something outside the scheduled tour always consult him/her, be mindful of times to return to the tour buses.
Nile River Cruise Travel Information and Tips
Travel Discounters packages include all meals on board, usually in an open buffet manner at a fixed time each day.
Soft drinks, wine, bottled water, coffee, tea and other drinks from the Bar are not included but available at an extra cost.
Local beer is around $5 USD and the exported beer can be a dollar or two more. Soft drinks, bottled water, hot beverages, and juices are between $2 to $5 dollars. Many drinks are sold by the glass.
We also offer a Cruise Drinks package that you could add to your booking, ask your Agent about it.
Travel discounters packages include all your excursions on shore (as per detailed itinerary provided) fully guided by a licensed Egyptologist.
The dress code for dinner time is smart casual. Swimming suits and shorts are reserved for swimming pools only. At lunch time Restaurants require you to wear shirt/T-shirt, trousers or dress shorts and shoes/sandals.
The Cruise offers entertainment on a couple of nights, one night will be a Galabeya Party where you wear the local Egyptian you can purchase one on board (approx 20 USD) or rent it.
Be prepare to cover the bill for your extras in cash, credit cards although accepted at many Ships cannot always be processed due to poor communication connection. USD, Sterling Pounds, and Euros are the preferred currency.
The Cruise does offer laundry service but it may be expensive.
Telephone and internet facilities are not very reliable on board, and can be expensive. There is always a charge for internet services.
Tipping to the Cruise staff is not included, you can leave it an envelope at reception is suggested $30 USD per person for a 3 night Cruise, $40 USD per person for a 4 night Cruise and $60 for a seven day cruise.
Nile River Cruise Drinks Package
Bottled water, Coffee, tea and other beverages are not included but are available at an extra cost aboard the Nile River Cruise. Add the convenience of a Cruise Drinks Package for only $149 per person for a 4 Night Cruise and $249 per person for a 7 Night Cruise. Includes: small bottled water, soft drinks, local beer and local wine (by the glass), Selected local spirits.
Details for drinks included:
  • Local Beer: Sakkara Gold Served by the glass.
  • Local Spirits: Whisky / Gin / Vodka / Rum / Ouzo / Brandy.
  • Local Wines served by the glass: Red White and Rose.
  • Bottled Water served by one small bottle at the time.
  • Soft Drinks: Cola, Sprite, Pepsi, Soda / Tonic served by the glass.
  • Tea, Coffee, Mint and Hibiscus tea (Karkadeh).
  • Juice Drinks from concentrated served by the glass.
Travel Insurance
Having Travel insurance is essential for any vacation, and Egypt is not an exception, the cost of medical emergencies or home repatriation can be extremely high, make sure you read your policy carefully and understand all the applicable exclusions and limitations. Usually you pay for small medical bills while on destination and claim upon arrival, but in the case of a major emergency you must call the insurance company immediately (or have someone call on your behalf), not doing so affects the eligibility of your claim. Is always a good idea to give details of your policy to a close relative back home and to your travel companion. Protect your investment by also having trip cancellation/interruption insurance.
Tipping
Tipping is expected in Egypt. Take with you plenty of small notes (1 and 5 USD notes) for you to tip small amounts frequently (specially the 1.00) refrain from giving coins since they are not easy to exchange.
Guidelines for Tipping aboard Nile Cruise: is suggested $30 USD per person for a 3 night Cruise, $40 USD per person for a 4 night Cruise and $60 for a seven day cruise.
For the Tour guides you can leave $10 to $20 dollars per person per day.
For the drivers $2 per person per day.
For the Meet/Greet Representatives around $5 per person per day.
Camel Ride Man $1 USD per person.
Horse Carriage in Edfu $10 Egyptian Pounds per person.
Motor Boat to Philae $10 Egyptian Pounds per person.
Felucca in Aswan $10 Egyptian Pounds per person.
Restaurants in Cairo and other Cities $1 USD per person.
Hotel Staff $2 USD.
Luggage $1 USD per person In/Out in each destination.
Ramadan
Ramadan dates is 18 June to July 16 2015, (it changes every year) is a period of Islamic religious fasting, there is alcohol restrictions during that time but Nile Cruises and major Hotels do not get affected.
Cairo, Egypt Weather:
Airport: Cairo International
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Currency: EGP Currency Chart
Voltage: 220 Volts
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