Travelers Guide

Travelers Guide

Please note that some travelers may need pre-arrival Visa (For example the people of Pakistan, South Africa, India & Iran should verify their visa requirements at the nearest Arab republic consulate to them prior to their arrival). Our representative at the airport can help and purchase the visa, assist you with airport formalities without you being hassled.

It is highly recommended that you drink only bottled / mineral water, hot beverages (such as coffee or tea), canned or bottled carbonated beverages, and beer. Ice is made with tap water and should be avoided. Make sure that all fruit juices are freshly squeezed and not mixed with non-mineral water. Egyptian foods are delicious, but avoid road-side food stalls and remember that it is not what you eat, but how you eat, that will cause you to be sick. If you lie out by the pool in the heat of the sun and drink ice-cold beverages, especially beer, then anything you eat will likely upset you. Egypt boasts a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but it is best to stick with cooked vegetables and eat fruits that you peel yourself. Use your common sense, exercise moderation and you will stay healthy and be happy!

Like everywhere in the world, tipping is customary, and Egypt is no exception. Actually the word "Baksheesh" is not an Arabic word, and was most probably introduced by the British during their colonial days. The Webster dictionary defines Baksheesh as a gratuity or tip. Keep small money ready to give to those whom you consider deserving (LE 2 is considered the minimum tip). Charity is something else, and you will see many who will touch your heart, give as you feel, a little goes a long way in Egypt. At hotels, restaurants and cruise ships, international tipping standards apply. Your tour may already include tips, so it is best you first check with your travel agent. But usually you would pay not less than LE 5 per bag to the bellman/porter, LE 3 for maid service/housekeeping per night, 12-15% to your waiter if the service charge has not already been added, and if it has, then you may add a little extra, depending on the service you received. L.E 20 per day for your cruise staff, plus something extra for the cruise director. For doormen, toilet attendants and anyone doing you a small service, LE 2 is sufficient. given a good heart, anything you give will be gratefully receive .

Egypt Popularity as a holiday destination may be in part to its climate. The hottest months are June, July and August when maximum temperatures range between 34C/95F in Cairo and 41C/107F in Luxor and Aswan. Since the climate tends to be dry, especially in Upper Egypt, the heat is more bearable. Evenings are much cooler and very pleasant, which is possibly the reason why nightlife in Egypt is so lively. Weather-wise, the best months to visit is March, April, October and November. Other-wise, any time is a good time.

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