Frequently Asked Questions
What to wear?
The program is informal throughout, no jackets, ties or gowns required. Keep in mind that on some occasions you may need to have your knees and shoulders covered.
A mix of casual and button down shirts paired with slacks or blue jeans are appropriate for most days, especially during the cruise. However you may wish to have a few nicer outfits for some dinners and some hotel properties. We also suggest sturdy comfortable footwear for excursions as well as some dressier footwear for time in hotels or on board the vessel.
What is the local & on board currency?
The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE), which is divided into 100 piasters. Notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 pounds. Coins are issued in denominations of LE1, and 25, and 50 piasters.
US dollars are widely accepted in major tourist establishments, hotels and souvenir shops. It is useful to have local currency, the Egyptian Pound for tipping or for shopping in smaller souks or local restaurants. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency which may be brought into the country. However, passengers entering Egypt with Egyptian currency exceeding the equivalent of $1,000 must declare this on arrival.
The following credit cards are accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard. Please note that all charges on board are in Egyptian pounds. Guests can pay in US Dollars, Euros or Sterling but please note any change will be paid in Egyptian pounds as there is no currency stock available.
What if I have dietary requirements (allergies, religious restrictions, or preferences)?
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.
How do I power and charge my devices?
The voltage in Egypt is 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. In Egypt the power plugs and sockets are of type C(Euro plug) and F.
Is Egypt safe?
Egypt has always been safe for tourists. The Egyptian government assures that security authorities are always present at all the tourist sites and cities. In addition, all groups will have someone from the security authorities assuring their safety.
One of the enormous advantages that Egypt offers visitors is that it is generally very safe when it comes to petty crime. Independent travelers and groups alike can wander at will, exploring deserted temples and crowded tourist sites without worrying about anything other than being overcharged for souvenirs and taxi rides.
In terms of street crime and random violence, Egypt is a remarkably safe country. Although there is potential for violence, it takes a lot of provocation and occurs in areas and situations that tourists are unlikely to encounter.
Egyptian law does not criminalize same-sex sexual activity, but LGBTI persons and advocacy groups have reported harassment, intimidation, arrests, and other forms of abuse, including by police. There are also reports that authorities have used social media, dating websites, and cell phone apps to entrap persons suspected of being gay or transgender in an act of “debauchery,” which is a criminal offense that carries sentences of up to 10 years. Traveling with a group provides the most security and we recommend using discretion when outside of the group environment.
What are pre-paid gratuities?
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
What are the passport and visa requirements?
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required for this trip.
Visa Requirements – citizens of almost every country require tourist visas to enter Egypt. Visas are normally obtainable at the airport upon arrival but some nationalities may need a pre arrival visa. Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry.
What vaccination requirements and health recommendations?
For up to date information on the latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor. We advise you to follow the following golden rules while in Egypt: Only drink bottled water, never tap water. Avoid ice in your drinks. Eat only vegetables that have been cooked. Avoid salads and all fruit that cannot be peeled.
For more information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/egypt?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001
What languages are spoken?
The national language in Egypt is Arabic. However, tourists will rarely find it to be a problem communicating as English is widely spoken in hotels and shops, with French a close second. Many staff in tourist areas also speak German or Italian.