Egypt is the oldest tourist destination on Earth, beginning with the Ancient Greeks to the modern day visitor. A wealth of awe-inspiring monuments attract thousands of visitors every year but these are just part of this country’s fascination.
Combining the great monuments, the hospitality of the Egyptian people and the natural beauty of the country all make for a holiday to remember. To help make your holiday as memorable as possible, we would like to offer the following information before travelling. 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, will ensure an enjoyable holiday. Occasionally, due to unforeseeable circumstances and operational difficulties a change to your itinerary may occur at very short notice. Also, power failures and slow services may occur but this all part of the Egyptian experience.
A full 10 year passport is required for everyone entering Egypt and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date.
For British Passport holders an Egyptian Visa is required which is obtainable at major points of entry in Egypt, at a cost of $15.00. Visas can be obtained in the UK at a cost of £15.00 from the Egyptian Embassy, London taking 3/4 days to process. All other nationalities should check their visa requirements before traveling. Our representative at the airport (Luxor only) can also provide visa at £12.00.
No compulsory vaccinations are required by UK residents at present. 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 mosquitos at bay. Try to avoid ice in drinks and use common sense when deciding what and where to eat and drink.
The local currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE) with an approximate currency exchange of 8.75LE to £1.00. Credit Cards and Debit Cards are accepted on board the Ms Stephanie and the Ms Monica for bar bills and additional expenses only, optional tours can only be paid in cash to the guide on board. Many other Nile cruisers do not accept Credit cards, but they are widely accepted in hotels, local shops and restaurants. The exchange rate is applicable at time of updating this document. Many street traders and shops will accept English pounds, Euros and Dollars for your purchase, check before you start to haggle.
With the volume of traffic on the Nile and lack of mooring spaces, your Nile cruise boat may be moored along side other Nile cruisers with limited docking facilities. Also, you may experience delays at Esna Lock due to the congestion. This situation will, however, not affect your excursion itinerary. The Esna Lock is sometimes closed during the months of June and December which will entail all the Nile cruisers departing from Esna to Aswan and returning Aswan to Esna. Your excursion itinerary will not be affected as transfers to Luxor will be made by coach.
All excursions and tours will be locally guided by English speaking guides.
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.
Traditionally, a tip is expected at the rate of £4.00 per person per night . This sum includes the coach drivers, bell boys, housekeeping staff, crew and bar/restaurant staff to name but a few. Additional tipping is not expected.
All Inclusive option on board the Ms Monica, the Ms Stephanie, Domina Prestige and Nile Vision includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, unbranded local Sprits, cocktails, local beer, fruit juices, soft drinks, tea, 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 cruise boat ends.
You will find that bartering is the order of the day and expected when visiting the local bazaar or souq. There you will find crafts, antiques, jewellery, spices, clothing, and leather goods, provide good value for money and memories of your stay in Egypt.
Egypt has temperatures that rise above 45C. during the summer months. During the winter months, the average temperatures are in the twenties 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.
The majority religion in Egypt is Islam, Christianity being the lesser in numbers 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.
We will endeavour to meet special requirements but no guarantee can be given.