Key information on organizational matters during our trips
Some of tour leaders working for tour operators may threaten you that if you buy a trip from them you are insured however if you buy a trip at the local travel agency you don’t have an insurance. This is not true! When you buy any trip ( foreign holidays) you pay also for the mandatory travel insurance, which covers tourists for 24 hours during the entire stay abroad.
You don’t have to buy additional insurance while on the sightseeing trip unless you plan to do some extreme sports which are not covered by the standard insurance.
The sightseeing trips bought at our travel agency do not have any separate insurance.
You will be picked up from the hotel as well brought back when going on the tour. The pick -up point is either at the reception or the entrance gate of the hotel. We provide you with air conditioned, comfortable tourist vehicles. The type of transportation depends on the number of participants and it may include a coach, coaster or microbus.
In the region of Hurghada, there are resorts which are at considerable distances between some parts of region. Because of this, the transfer to the pick- up point is charged separately as follow:
El Gouna, Makadi Bay, Sahl Hasheeh- 10$ per person if there are two people. This price covers the return transport on most of tours.
Soma Bay, Safaga- 15$ per person if there are two people. This price covers the return transport on most of tours.
The more people the lower cost of transfer.
Tourist staying in Hurghada don’t pay extra for the transfer.
Lunch, served in the form of buffet-style table, is included in the price of one day trip. During the desert trips—known as safari, you have meals served in the open air (barbecue). During the sea cruises, the lunch is served in the form of buffet. There are many options to choose from Arabic cuisine- kofta (minced mutton/lamb), chicken, beef, fish (served on the boat during the cruises), potatoes, rice and salads. Please remember that any drinks during the one day trip for example to Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Aswan& Abu Simbel, Edfu&Kom Ombo, Dendera&Abydos, Jerusalem, cost extra!
When going on a one day trip, you can order a packed lunch from the hotel (so-called “breakfast box”), which you are entitled to have as a part of unused food which you paid for during your stay.
In order to receive a packed lunch, you should place an order just a day prior to your trip (for example during the supper time). The order should be made and collected at the hotel reception.
If your return from trip occurs in the night hours- you can ask the reception for the “late dinner” served in the room. The reception should be informed early enough. It happens sometimes that tour leaders warn that provisions are provided only for trips booked at tour representative. It is illegal behavior! Each client in the hotel is eligible to have a packed lunch as a part of food that has been already paid for- regardless clients go on package tour or stay out of the hotel for other reasons.
During sightseeing trips, for example to Cairo, Luxor, Aswan&Abu Simble, Edfu&Kom Ombo,Dendera&Abydos, Jerusalem, Petra or Mount Sinai, all information about places and hotels are given to you by English speaking tour guide. You are always under the supervision of the professional tour guides.
During trips like safari jeep, dolphinarium, submarine cruise, glass bottom boat cruise and other sea trips, English speaking tour guides are groups’ supervisors.
You can find the information about tour guide’s supervision in each trip description.
Baksheesh is a very popular form of tipping in Egypt given for rendered service. This is not alms! Baksheesh has its roots in tradition. Therefore it is highly recommended to be given not only by tourists but also by people who go to restaurants, coffee shops, hotels or on ships etc. Even the smallest service deserves tipping called baksheesh. It is advisable to give smaller sums but more frequent. If you think that service isn’t satisfactory, you don’t have to give a tip; however if you feel satisfied about the service you can give a bigger tip and this way you can show your appreciation.
In hotel, restaurants or coffee shops (regardless the category) you should leave tips equivalent to 10-15% of the service price. In addition to that you should give a baksheesh for each, even the minor service, not only to staff in hotel, coach drivers, jeeps, boat service, horse carriage carters and camel caretakers but workers in mosques, Coptic churches, ancient temples and tombs as well. They always try their best to deserve a tip by showing you, for instance, the place from which you can take a picture of an interesting object. Usually the tip of 1-2 dollars is sufficient.
Small gifts like pens, colorful markers or sweets (chocolate) are very appreciated by Egyptians, thus it is always a great idea to shop for them before coming to Egypt.
Please do not give any money to children and women begging in the street!
Unfortunately the concept of baksheesh is often manipulated and wrongly used by street beggars who hope for extra cash from tourists. These beggars, often uneducated and lazy, have no idea for life so they treat begging as their way of earning money.
You need a passport valid at least 6 months after the end of your tour or your departure date. You will also need a VISA that is issued after you arrive to Egypt. The cost of the VISA is 25 USD per person and you don’t have to apply for it before you travel.
In cities located in the Sinai Peninsula such as: Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Taba you can have Egyptian Sinai Only visa free of charge. Having this visa issued you can go on trips to Jerusalem, Petra, the Mount of Moses, Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Ras Mohammed ( cruise) , Tiran island cruise, snorkeling so called “ intro”, Abu Galum safari, quad safari, aqua park, dolphinarium, Seascope boat.This free of charge visa is valid for 15 days, and is issued upon arrival at the passport control points at the airport. A full paid Egyptian visa is issued upon arrival at the airport as well. It is necessary to obtain full visa is you want to go on the following tours: Cairo, Ras Mohammed (by bus), super safari and the Colored Canyon. The visa is valid for 30 days. In case of going to Jerusalem, the visa is extended for free and it does not expire.
However this full visa expires in case of going to Petra- upon return a new free of charge Sinai Only visa is issued. Therefore if you wish to visit Petra and participate in trips where full visa is required, it is advisable to visit Petra as your at the end in order to avoid unnecessary expenses.
Children under 4 years old participate in most trips for free except for: the trip by plane to Jerusalem, Sindbad submarine, dolphinarium.
Children aged 4 to 12 get 50% off on the trips, except for : trips by plane, dolphinarium, swimming with dolphins aqua park and “intro” snorkeling
Children under 6 years participate for free in all sea trips except for Seascape boat
Children under 4 years participate in all field trips for FREE except for the Nile cruise
Children under 12 years get 50% on most trips
Sharm el Sheikh and Taba
Children under 2 years participate for FREE in most of trips except for plane trips and going outside Egypt
Children under 12 years get 50% off on most trips except for plane trips, prom trips, trips outside Egypt and swimming with dolphins, aqua park, diving “intro”
In order to get discounts you must always provide with document that confirms child’s age.