Do I need a visa to enter Egypt?
All visitors to Egypt are required to have a visa and a passport valid for another six months. Visas can be arranged through Egyptian embassies worldwide. Visitors from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Korea, Colombia and EU countries may be able to purchase a visa stamp upon arrival in Egypt. South Africans need to arrange their Egyptian visa prior to arrival. Please note that visa fee is USD 25, it can only be paid in USD, GBP or Euro. Visas are the responsibility of each traveller, visa requirements can be changed at any time, so it is important to check the latest information. Please check the links for the most up-to-date regulations: http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/border/Egypt
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Egypt?
All passengers traveling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in the tour. Your travel insurance information will be noted by your leader before your tour. Travel insurance is particularly important as it protects what happens during travel against sudden and unforeseen events that occur during travel.
When is the best time to visit Egypt?
Egyptian summers are hot and dry in most of the country & humid in the Delta and along the Mediterranean Coast. In recent years the humidity has spread to Cairo and the city swelters in August. Winters are mild with some rain, but usually there are bright, sunny days and cold nights. Spring and autumn are only short seasons and during the 50 days (khamaseen) between the end of March and mid-May, dust storms can occur sporadically. If you are travelling between November and March on a tour that includes trekking in the Sinai or cruising on the Nile you should expect temperatures to fall considerably at night. At this time of year temperatures can often fall below freezing near Mt. Sinai.
What is the internet access like in Egypt?
In Egypt, the Internet is becoming an important part of daily life, because the majority of the population can access the internet through smartphones and internet cafes, in hotels that are mostly accessible in common areas. In small towns, connections can be limited
Can I use my mobile while in Egypt?
If you have a 3G phone with global roaming capability, your phone will work in Egypt, provided you are in an area covered by 3G service. You will be charged international roaming rates for calls and SMS messages. You may enter Egypt with one personal mobile device and use it via international roaming or with an Egyptian SIM card If your mobile phone is unlocked, without having to register it. There are some conditions you should be aware of, so check with your phone provider.
How much does it cost for a…?
- The Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt. A few examples of approximate prices;
- Falafel sandwich 2-3 EGP
- In Egypt, a typical fast food meal costs: 60-80 EGP
- Cup of Coffee 4-5 EGP & Cup of tea = 1-2 EGP
Can I drink tap water in Egypt?
Drinking tap water is often unsafe in Egypt. Bottled water is cheap and available even in the smallest towns, but consider using a reusable water bottle, especially if you're on a longer trip, reduce the use of plastic bottles.
Are credit cards widely accepted in Egypt?
Most mid- and high-end tourist hotels will accept major credit cards, with Visa and MasterCard having the widest acceptance in Egypt. However, not every small shop accepts cards, so you may need cash for smaller expenses.
What is ATM access like in Egypt?
ATMs are now common in large cities and tourist destinations in Egypt. Although they offer good exchange rates, some networks also charge heavy transaction fees. Please check with your bank before leaving home. However, not every small shop accepts cards, so you may need cash for smaller expenses.
Is Egypt safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?
Displays of affection by LGBTQ+ couples may attract a negative response. Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travelers in Egypt. Although homosexuality is technically not a crime in Egypt, homosexual acts in public are, and gay men have been prosecuted using debauchery and public morals laws and given long prison sentences. Traveling in Egypt should not be a problem as long as you use your common sense. Please kindly inform us when booking, ıf you do not identify with the gender stated in your passport. We will adjust the room configuration accordingly. For travellers who do not want to share a room, some tours have a single supplement option.
Are airport transfers included and how do I arrange them?
Tours departing from Cairo include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands to Cairo on the first day of your tour from 5am to 11:30pm or if you have booked your Pre Accommodation with us. You must inform our call center or email@example.com of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 10 days prior to your arrival for the confirmed arrangement of your transfer. You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport. Departure airport transfer is only available on the last day of the tour between 05:00 and 17:00, for the tours ending in Cairo or with Post Accommodation in Cairo booked through us.
Where is the welcome meeting on day 1 of my tour?
The welcome meeting will be with the group and your guide around 6:00pm in the hotel lobby. You can view your arrival information from the link below. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail with the information before your trip;https://www.traveltalktours.com/egypt-arrival-hotels/
Can I book pre or post tour accommodation?
Depending on the dates and hotel availability, we may be able to arrange pre/post-tour accommodation. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation in Cairo include breakfast & airport transfer.
Do you have solo travellers on your tours?
There are always solo travelers on our trips. At the end of the journey, like-minded passengers on our tours become travel mates for life! We always work to provide our passengers a relaxed and sociable environment, allowing them to easily meet people and make friends.
I’m a solo passenger, do I need to pay single supplement?
If you don’t mind being roomed with another traveler of same gender, then you do not need to pay single supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of their tour.
Can I be roomed with my friends?
You can contact our agents with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. For all requests you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 099 9596.
Travel Talk specializes in giving you the best tours from around the world, unfortunately the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking airfare to meet with the group at the starting city.
Will my dietary requirements be catered for?
If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available. Please note that vegan & gluten free options are very limited in the country.
What currency should I bring?
The Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt and although you can pay with usd and euros in some places, you’ll always get a better deal paying in the local currency. You can get EGP from ATM's using your debit card or travel card — withdrawing cash on credit is not advised. Visa and MasterCard cards are widely accepted, especially in the big cities. Avoid changing the bulk of your money at the airport as the exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city. Your tour leader will be pleased to help you if you need any assistance.
Is there any luggage restriction?
Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage! We highly recommend you to pack a smaller bag if your tour includes Felucca stay, so you can leave your luggage on the bus.
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt and will come up on most sites. Your bus driver, felucca staff and guide will be especially appreciative and honoured with this kind of traditional gratitude.
What if I join the tour late?
You can join a tour late or miss the info meeting on the first day if you inform us prior to departure. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch the group. For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536
Will my tour be affected if I travel during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the Holy Month of the Islamic calendar and a time when Muslims fast from sun rise until sunset. Fasting means 'nil by mouth' including food, water and cigarettes. Many local cafes and restaurants remain closed during the day. However tourists are not expected to fast and there are cafes and restaurants that stay open to cater for you. During Ramadan you are encouraged to show your respect by not walking around in public eating, chewing gum, smoking or drinking. It is fine to do so in your hotel or in a cafe/restaurant recommended by your tour leader. Your tour leader will organise lunches and dinners which will make Ramadan easier for you. During Ramadan, tourist sites and shops often close early to allow staff to return home in time to break their fast. Ramadan Calendar
- 2021: From April 13th to May 12th
Is Hot Air Balloon an option on my tour?
Yes, you can do it in Luxor.
Feluccas are traditional sailing boats that have been used on the Nile for centuries. They are very simple sailing boats without engine. A second basic boat is attached to your felucca and includes a washroom. Each felucca accommodates 6-8 people and is crewed by a captain and a deck hand – both of whom have grown up along the banks of the Nile. As well as being experienced Nile sailors, they also make the most delicious meals out of simple local ingredients. You may sit down to a lunch of local bread, white cheese, hummus and delicious fresh tomatoes or a dinner of pasta and mixed vegetables with tomato sauce. While the deck is covered with mattresses and cushions for a comfortable sleep on the deck, a light sleeping bag might be preferred if you are travelling in the winter.
What is the difference between Essential (Land), Felucca and Nile Cruise tours?
Only difference would be the vehicles & accommodation type on the Nile River (2 days): Land Tours: Daily felucca trip on the Nile and you stay in the hotel at night. Felucca Tours: You will stay on a traditional Felucca for 2 days. It will be 2 days of back to basics, recommended to adventure lovers. Nile Cruise Tours: You will be sailing with a luxury Nile cruise for 2 days.
Can I skip the camel ride?
Camel ride isn't included in the program, if you would like to do it your guide can help you to organize it in Giza.