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Tour Of Egypt

Egypt is a country that can offer everything to everyone. And although you will need more than one visit to experience it all, it is generally recommended to visit several areas per trip. Combinations of cultural & beach itineraries are most popular.
Most comprehensive tours include a couple of nights in Cairo, a Nile cruise and a few nights on the Red Sea to relax. These tours usually last between 10 to 14 days.
Nile Exploration would be more than happy to assist you in planning and booking your custom tour of Egypt through our local partners.

Cruise itineraries

Understanding the itineraries and embarkation/disembarkation towns is very important.
Most ships on the Nile follow a rotating weekly schedule from Luxor to Aswan and back. The week is split into two cruises, one of 4 nights and one of 3 nights.
For example our ship the Mövenpick M/S Royal Lotus starts a cruise on Tuesday from Aswan to Luxor for 4 nights. On Saturday, our guests check-out in Luxor and new guests check-in to begin a cruise of 3 nights back to Aswan, which will end on a Tuesday. Thus the weekly cycle has been completed and a new one shall begin.
To accomodate as many guests as possible, we have arranged our itineraries to suit most vacation schedules.
Please click here to compare our different itineraries.

Visa and entry requirements

To enter Egypt, most travelers can obtain a visa from any airport/port upon arrival. However some foreign nationals must obtain it before arrival from their home country. To inquire about your requirements, please click here

Currency and money

Egypt's official currency is the Egyptian Pound (pronounced "Geneh" in Arabic), divided into 100 Piasters (pronounced "Ersh").Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 & 5 pounds, whereas coins come in 1 pound, 50 piasters & 25 piasters. For currency conversion, please click here.
ATMs and currency exchange offices are common and competitive in tourist areas. Many hotels, restaurants and shops in major tourist areas also accept major currencies in payment. Please note that tipping in Egypt is a way of life and a little amount goes a long way in appreciation. It is useful to have change and small denominations with you.

Getting around Egypt

Egypt has 10 international airports as well as several other smaller local ones. Most travelers use flights to get around the country. There are however rail networks that take you from Alexandria all the way south to Aswan. There are also regular bus services and convoys linking major urban and tourist areas.
To get to Upper Egypt, the most convenient method is flight. There are daily flight from Cairo to Luxor & Aswan as well as several flights a week from Sharm El Sheikh to Luxor.
Another method is by rail. The travel time is approximately 10 hours so the night sleeper train is preferred. Also, many come by road from Hurghada on the Red Sea (approx. 4 hrs).

Language

The official language of Egypt is Arabic, but English, French & Italian are widely used, especially with tourists and visitors.

Weather

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Egypt has a arid desert climate. It is hot or warm during the day, and cool at night. In the coastal regions, temperature daytime temperatures range between an average of minimum 14 °C (57 °F) in winter and average of maximum 30 °C (86 °F) in summer.
In deserts the temperature vary to a great degree, especially in summer; they may range from 7 °C (44.6 °F) at night, to 40 °C (104.0 °F) during the day. While the winter temperatures in deserts do not fluctuate as wildly, they can be as low as 0 °C (32 °F) at night, and as high as 18 °C (64.4 °F) during the day. Hot and dry Khamsin winds blow in the Nile Delta region
Egypt receives less than 80 mm (3.15 in) of precipitation annually in most areas, although in the coastal areas it reaches 200 mm. It hardly ever rains during the summer.

Packing Tips

On board, the managers and tour guides can assist you in procuring items you may need, however some things cannot always be available. For your convenience, below is a list of items that are prudent to bring with you:

  • Comfortable footwear for excursions
  • Sunglasses
  • Conservative attire for visiting religious sites
  • Sun block
  • Camera gear, film, extra memory cards (digital cameras), extra batteries
  • Toiletries (including medical remedies)
  • Electrical adapters
  • Lightweight jacket/warm sweater/sweatshirt for the winter months
  • All needed medications, including prescriptions, in their original, labeled containers