Egypt Tours & Holidays

Travel Talk’s Egypt tours take you on a journey through time to the amazing lands of the pharaohs, pyramids, mummies and treasure-filled ancient tombs. Witness some of the greatest monuments on earth and face the ancient glory of the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Walk through the Valley of the Kings, pay your respects to Cleopatra and roam the bustling markets. Along with its phenomenal history and culture, Egypt tours offer much more. From sailing on the life-giving Nile to hot air ballooning over Luxor. From the lively coral reefs of the Red Sea to the magnificent rock formations of Mt. Sinai… Egypt will captivate and amaze you with each step in this journey. A group tour to Egypt with Travel Talk is to experience the heartbeat of the Egyptian culture and history on an adventure with like-minded travellers.

Travel Talk’s Egypt tours take you on a journey through time to the amazing lands of the pharaohs, pyramids, mummies and treasure-filled ancient tombs. Witness some of the greatest monuments on earth and face the ancient glory of the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Walk through the Valley of the Kings, pay your respects to Cleopatra and roam the bustling markets.

Our Egypt Trips

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Felucca Odyssey

9 Days

4.9

375 reviews

from

$2132

$1173

Best Time to Visit Egypt

Trip Style: Classic, Overland

Essential Egypt

9 Days

4.9

469 reviews

from

$2219

$1220

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Jewels of the Nile

9 Days

4.9

174 reviews

from

$2292

$1261

Cairo Sights

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Sailing

Amazing Egypt By Felucca

10 Days

4.8

11 reviews

from

$2453

$1349

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Sailing

Amazing Egypt By Land

10 Days

new trip

No reviews yet

from

$2541

$1398

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer, Sailing

Amazing Egypt By Nile Cruise

10 Days

5

1 reviews

from

$2614

$1438

Trip Style: Classic, Sailing

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Felucca

15 Days

4.9

194 reviews

from

$4279

$2353

Trip Style: Discovery, Overland

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Land

15 Days

5

114 reviews

from

$4308

$2369

Trip Style: Discovery, Sailing

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Nile Cruise

15 Days

4.9

102 reviews

from

$4498

$2474

Egypt Accommodation

Please find below the 5 & 4 Star hotels, 5 Star Nile Cruiser, Superior Feluccas and Sleeper Cabin Trains used on our Egypt trips. All accommodation is carefully hand-selected to satisfy our standards in terms of quality, authenticity and location for you to enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable holiday.

SONESTA HOTEL TOWER
Cairo
5 Star

The luxury design hotel features a SPA & fitness center, an outdoor pool with poolside bar and a selection of restaurants offering delicacies from various cuisines.

STEIGENBERGER HOTEL
Luxor
5 Star

This 5 star hotel, located in the heart of Luxor by the Nile River, provides an outdoor pool, fitness centre and sauna. All rooms feature air-conditioning and satellite TV.

TOLIP ASWAN HOTEL
Aswan
5 Star

This 5 star hotel overlooking the river, offers a pool, nightclub and spa centre. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a minibar and a satellite TV, also free wi-fi access.

DAHAB PARADISE HOTEL
Dahab
4 Star

This beautiful hotel located by the Red Sea features an outdoor pool and a panoramic view of the Sinai Mountain. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and have balcony with a spectacular view.

FELUCCA BOAT
Aswan
Superior Felucca

Feluccas are basic, traditional sailing boats that have been used on the Nile for centuries. They are very simple sailing boats without engines.Felucca experience is an essential highlight of trips in Egypt!

NILE CRUISER
Luxor
5 Star

You will be sailing on a luxury Nile cruise for 2 nights with en-suite facilities and swimming pool on-board. The Egypt Nile Cruise travels between Luxor and Aswan covering a distance of 230 km.

SLEEPER CABIN TRAINS
Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo
Sleeper Cabin Train

Privacy, a comfortable bed in which to sleep, a fine dinner and excellent service are the hallmarks of Egypt's sleeper trains. The twin share cabins are equipped with bunk beds.

Egypt Sights Map

Egypt Tours Guidebook

Best time to visit Egypt

Find our seasonal breakdown in detail for thebest time to visit Egypt. Generally, the best time to visit Egypt is spring and autumn when the scorching desert heat leaves its place to pleasant weather. March to early May and the entire autumn season are ideal times, especially if you want to enjoy the vibrant city of Cairo. Since this is no secret, you should expect to see more crowds during these months. Summer is great for a Nile cruise and visiting the beaches of the Red Sea, as well. Why You Should Visit Egypt: Egypt is a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable adventure into one of the world’s most ancient and fascinating civilizations. From exploring the iconic pyramids and temples of Giza and Luxor to relaxing on the serene beaches of Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab, Egypt offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. With a rich culinary scene, vibrant cities, and warm hospitality from locals, Egypt is sure to enchant and inspire visitors of all ages and interests.
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tours for solo travelers

Best Places to Visit in Egypt

Get lost in the Pharaonic history, taste the elixir of the lifegiving Nile and revel in Egypt's best cities to see. Visit our best place to visit in Egypt page to read about all the fascinating places visited on our tours. The visible marvels of Egypt speak for themselves. But, its centuries-old mysteries are yet to be unearthed all across the land. Ancient Egyptian history defines the narrative of one of its most famous landmarks today: the legendary Pyramids of Giza. From Luxor all the way to Aswan, the banks of the dreamlike Nile host the most spectacular temples and monuments. This is where the best places to visit in Egypt cluster. Visit the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings and Queens before cruising down the luminous waters of the Nile and its fascinating wonders. With tales of the living and the dead, Egypt certainly has a wilder side. Dive into the sensuous streets of Coptic Cairo, and see how ancient heritage is still deeply intertwined in the daily life of locals.
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egypt pyramids

Egypt Travel Advice

Read through our Egypt travel advice in detail and make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to Egypt. All travelers entering Egypt require a tourist visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa online two weeks prior to your trip via the official website. You can also get a visa at the Cairo International Airport based on your nationality for a maximum of 30 days. It costs US$25, and you can pay it in GBP, USD, or EUR. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in Egypt, and you should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. Check with your embassy or your official government website for regulations. Bear in mind that the Egypt travel advice is for guidance only. You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins.
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Egypt Tours

Egyptian Culture

Visit our Egyptian culture page to read about the fascinating culture of Egypt: eating & drinking, crafts, shopping, religion, etiquette, festivals and more. A glorious Pharaonic heritage, the world’s oldest tribes around the legendary Nile, final touches by Islamic and Coptic religion… You will find the cornerstones of Egyptian culture hidden in plain sight in the Pyramids, the buzzing souqs of Cairo, and the quaint cities of the River Nile. So buckle up and embark on a journey through Egypt’s cultural expressions. Bargaining is essential to the shopping culture in Egypt. If you are in a souq, make sure your voice is loud enough and your bargain is strong. More crowded means more reliable—Egyptian vendors have the habit of handling customers with tact. It is hard to leave once you get your hands on some local incense, strikingly vibrant fabrics, and high-quality glass works. Set at the heart of Cairo, Khan el Khalili Bazaar is the focal point of Egypt’s shopping scene.
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Egyptian Culture

Egyptian Food

Visit our Egyptian Food page to read more about the delicious local cuisine, find must-try dishes and beverages on your journey. Read articles about the diverse Egyptian cuisine from fellow foodies and seasoned travellers. Egyptian food revolves around the best elements of Mediterranean, French, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It may be overwhelming to find the rewarding dishes and drinks in Egypt’s often chaotic streets. But if you know what to look for, you may even tap into a rich vein of Ancient Egyptian food traditions. Go beyond pita, falafel, and kebab on your food journey, and dive deep into the authentic realm of Egyptian food with our Egypt food guide full of tips and recommendations.
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Egyptian food

Egypt Tours - FAQ

Most visitors to Egypt are required to have a visa, which can be arranged through Egyptian consulates worldwide, online via the official website:https://www.visa2egypt.gov.eg/, or upon arrival at the Cairo International Airport.

Visitors from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the EU may purchase their visa stamp upon arrival in Egypt. South Africans need to arrange their Egyptian visa prior to arrival. Please note that single-entry tourist visa fee is USD 25 and it can only be paid in USD, GBP or Euro.

Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Egypt must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date.

This information is provided only as guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.

Yes, all passengers travelling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance in place. You may read more about this here.

Egyptian summers are typically hot and dry throughout the countryside, and humid along the Nile Delta and the Mediterranean coast. Winters are mild with occasional rain, but usually bright, sunny days and cold
nights. Spring and Autumn seasons are felt rather shortly,
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 on Mt. Sinai or Nile-cruising, you
should expect temperatures to fall considerably
at night. At this time of the year, temperatures can
drop to below zero on Mt. Sinai.

Please make sure to check the Pre-departure file of your tour (found on each tour page online) for the average temperatures at sites visited.

Internet access has become increasingly common in hotels, cafes and restaurants in large Egyptian cities, however the quality of connection differs. Many internet cafes can be found in the cities as well.

Make sure to enable data roaming on your mobile if you wish to use 3G/4G abroad, although the connection may be unreliable in smaller towns and rural areas.

Purchasing an Egyptian SIM card for the duration of your tour may be a cost-effective option. Your guide will be happy to advise on this.

Mobile coverage is generally quite good in urban areas of Egypt, however may be spotty or unavailable at remote areas. Make sure to enable global roaming before leaving home to be able to use your mobile in Egypt. 3G access may be unreliable.

You can check with your mobile provider about your options. Alternatively, purchasing a SIM card in Egypt can be a rather cost-effective option; your guide will be happy to advise on this.

The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the currency of Egypt.
Please see some approximate prices to give you and idea;

  • Falafel sandwich: 2-3 EGP
  • Restaurant meal: 60-80 EGP
  • Pastries: 5-6 EGP
  • Cup of Coffee: 4-5 EGP
  • Cup of tea: 1-2 EGP

It is not recommended to drink tap water in Egypt unless it is clearly stated to be safe to drink. Bottled water is cheap and available throughout the country. However please consider using a reusable water bottle, especially if you’re on a longer trip, and reduce your use of plastic. ALternatively, you may carry water purification tablets with you.

Major credit/debit cards are widely accepted by large retailers, hotels and at touristic sites. However, small shops and vendors may not accept cards, we would recommend to carry cash with you for small purchases.

ATMs are easily found in large cities and touristic areas in Egypt, however are not as common in remote areas or smaller towns. Although they usually offer good exchange rates, some networks may charge heavy transaction fees.

Please note that cards may not be accepted in more remote areas, so we recommend that you have enough cash before departing urban areas.

All tours starting in Cairo include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands in Cairo on the first day of your tour between 5am and 11:30pm or if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, Airport Transfers.

You must inform our call centre or [email protected] of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 2 weeks prior to your departure date. If you do not receive confirmation that your pick-up is arranged, please contact us.

You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport.

For tours ending in Cairo, departure airport transfer is available on the last day of the tour between 05:00 and 17:00, or if you book post-tour accommodation in Cairo through us.

The welcome meeting will be held in the hotel lobby around 6pm with your group and guide. You can find the arrival information for Egypt tours here. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail to inform you before the trip.

Don’t worry if you will miss the welcome meeting on Day 1 as some travellers arrive late in the day – just make sure to let us know in advance.

Depending on the dates and hotel availability, we may be able to arrange pre/post-tour accommodation in Cairo.

You can book pre/post-accommodation during the online booking process, or by contacting us.
Pre and Post-accommodation in Cairo include breakfast & airport transfer.

Solo travellers often join our tours to meet and travel with like-minded adventurers, forming longstanding friendships. We also strive to provide a relaxed and sociable tour experience to allow the group to weld throughout the journey.

Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement.

There are always solo travelers in Egypt travel. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour.

Please note that the single supplement is not available on feluccas.

Please contact us with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. [email protected] 0208 099 9596

Our tours do not include airfare to/from the destination, and we do not advise on, ticket or sell flights. It is your responsibility to make it to the starting point of your tour on time.

If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available. You can leave a comment under the “Notes” section when making an online booking or simply contact us. Please note that gluten-free & vegan options are quite limited in the country.

The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the local currency. Although you can pay with USD and EUR 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 card is less favourable.

Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted at tourist sites and large retailers in the cities, however may not be accepted in rural areas or smaller shops. 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 if you need any assistance.

Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage – usually just for a very short distance.

If your tour includes felucca stay, we highly recommend to also bring a small bag. This will allow you to leave your luggage on the bus and take your smaller bag on-board for 2 nights.

Tipping service staff is very common in Egypt travel – typically around 10% for a restaurant meal. It is also standard to round up the fare or the bill, and to tip taxi drivers and porters. Please note that locals will expect tips for any service they provide to travellers, including taking a photo.

Your tour guide and crew would be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.

You can join a tour late or miss the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 if you inform us prior to the departure date. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch up with the group.

Please contact us at [email protected] or +44 208 099 9596.

For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536.

Ramadan (Ramazan) is the Islamic holy month, during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Fasting means ‘nil by mouth’ including food, water and cigarettes. Ramadan dates move every year, please see below the dates for 2020 and 2021. Some local cafes and restaurants close during the day; however tourists are not expected to fast, and there are many 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 (especially alcohol). 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 to make Ramadan easier for you. During the month you will find that tourist sites often close early to allow staff to return home in time to break their fast, and shops often open late and close early.

    Ramadan Dates:

  • 24 April – 23 May 2020
  • 12 April – 11 May 2021

If your tour visits Luxor, hot-air ballooning is one of the optional activities on your tour. Please note that optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and that hot-air ballooning depends on the weather conditions.

Feluccas are basic, traditional sailing boats that have been used on the Nile for centuries. They are very simple sailing boats without engines. 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 enjoy 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 even though blankets are provided.

Simple boats also mean no facilities on-board, however we arrange another boat with on-board facilities to tag along your journey, providing a more comfortable adventure.

Felucca experience is an essential highlight of Egypt travel.

You may have realized that some of our tours have very similar itinararies as each other, except for a few days. For example: Essential Egypt, Felucca Odyssey and Jewels of the Nile.

You will be visiting the same incredible highlights with all these options. The only difference among these is how you spend 2 nights along the Nile.

  • Essential (Land) Tours: You will be staying at hotels and drive to the sites. There is still a daily felucca trip on the Nile to experience the Nubian lifestyle.
  • Felucca Tours: You will be sleeping on the deck of a traditional felucca for 2 nights, sailing to the temples along the Nile durign the day. It will be a few days days of back-to-basics, recommended to adventure lovers. The most authentic way to experience Egpy.
  • Nile Cruise Tours: You will be sailing on a luxury Nile cruise for 2 nights with en-suite facilities and swimming pool on-board.

Camel ride isn’t included in the tour. If you would like to do it, your guide can help you organize it in Giza.

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Best time to visit Egypt

Best time to visit Egypt

Find our seasonal breakdown in detail for thebest time to visit Egypt. Generally, the best time to visit Egypt is spring and autumn when the scorching desert heat leaves its place to pleasant weather. March to early May and the entire autumn season are ideal times, especially if you want to enjoy the vibrant city of Cairo. Since this is no secret, you should expect to see more crowds during these months. Summer is great for a Nile cruise and visiting the beaches of the Red Sea, as well. Why You Should Visit Egypt: Egypt is a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable adventure into one of the world’s most ancient and fascinating civilizations. From exploring the iconic pyramids and temples of Giza and Luxor to relaxing on the serene beaches of Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab, Egypt offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. With a rich culinary scene, vibrant cities, and warm hospitality from locals, Egypt is sure to enchant and inspire visitors of all ages and interests.
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Best places to visit in Egypt

Best Places to Visit in Egypt

Get lost in the Pharaonic history, taste the elixir of the lifegiving Nile and revel in Egypt's best cities to see. Visit our best place to visit in Egypt page to read about all the fascinating places visited on our tours. The visible marvels of Egypt speak for themselves. But, its centuries-old mysteries are yet to be unearthed all across the land. Ancient Egyptian history defines the narrative of one of its most famous landmarks today: the legendary Pyramids of Giza. From Luxor all the way to Aswan, the banks of the dreamlike Nile host the most spectacular temples and monuments. This is where the best places to visit in Egypt cluster. Visit the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings and Queens before cruising down the luminous waters of the Nile and its fascinating wonders. With tales of the living and the dead, Egypt certainly has a wilder side. Dive into the sensuous streets of Coptic Cairo, and see how ancient heritage is still deeply intertwined in the daily life of locals.
Read More
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Travel advice

Egypt Travel Advice

Read through our Egypt travel advice in detail and make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to Egypt. All travelers entering Egypt require a tourist visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa online two weeks prior to your trip via the official website. You can also get a visa at the Cairo International Airport based on your nationality for a maximum of 30 days. It costs US$25, and you can pay it in GBP, USD, or EUR. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in Egypt, and you should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. Check with your embassy or your official government website for regulations. Bear in mind that the Egypt travel advice is for guidance only. You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins.
Read More
Egypt Tours
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Culture

Egyptian Culture

Visit our Egyptian culture page to read about the fascinating culture of Egypt: eating & drinking, crafts, shopping, religion, etiquette, festivals and more. A glorious Pharaonic heritage, the world’s oldest tribes around the legendary Nile, final touches by Islamic and Coptic religion… You will find the cornerstones of Egyptian culture hidden in plain sight in the Pyramids, the buzzing souqs of Cairo, and the quaint cities of the River Nile. So buckle up and embark on a journey through Egypt’s cultural expressions. Bargaining is essential to the shopping culture in Egypt. If you are in a souq, make sure your voice is loud enough and your bargain is strong. More crowded means more reliable—Egyptian vendors have the habit of handling customers with tact. It is hard to leave once you get your hands on some local incense, strikingly vibrant fabrics, and high-quality glass works. Set at the heart of Cairo, Khan el Khalili Bazaar is the focal point of Egypt’s shopping scene.
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Egyptian Culture
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Food

Egyptian Food

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HIGHLIGHTS
Alexandria
Mediterranean port city in Egypt. During the Hellenistic period, it was home to a lighthouse ranking among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as a storied library.
HIGHLIGHTS
Aswan
Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and to find Egyptian fresh spices.
HIGHLIGHTS
Cairo
Cairo is the sprawling capital city of Egypt, located on the banks of the Nile River, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and bustling city life.
HIGHLIGHTS
Edfu
Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC
HIGHLIGHTS
Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.
HIGHLIGHTS
Komombo
Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.
HIGHLIGHTS
Luxor
A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.
HIGHLIGHTS
Philae Temple
Philae Temple, a beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.
HIGHLIGHTS
Unfinished Obelisk
The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!
ACCOMMODATION
Cairo
SONESTA HOTEL TOWER
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Luxor
STEIGENBERGER HOTEL
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Aswan
TOLIP ASWAN HOTEL
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Dahab
DAHAB PARADISE HOTEL
4 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Aswan
FELUCCA BOAT
ACCOMMODATION
Luxor
NILE CRUISER
5 Star
ACCOMMODATION
Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo
SLEEPER CABIN TRAINS
F.A.Q.
Do I need a visa to enter Egypt?
Most visitors to Egypt are required to have a visa, which can be arranged through Egyptian consulates worldwide, online via the official website:https://www.visa2egypt.gov.eg/, or upon arrival at the Cairo International Airport. Visitors from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the EU may purchase their visa stamp upon arrival in Egypt. South Africans need to arrange their Egyptian visa prior to arrival. Please note that single-entry tourist visa fee is USD 25 and it can only be paid in USD, GBP or Euro. Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Egypt must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date. This information is provided only as guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling.
F.A.Q.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Egypt?
Yes, all passengers travelling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance in place. You may read more about this here.
F.A.Q.
When is the best time to visit Egypt?
Egyptian summers are typically hot and dry throughout the countryside, and humid along the Nile Delta and the Mediterranean coast. Winters are mild with occasional rain, but usually bright, sunny days and cold nights. Spring and Autumn seasons are felt rather shortly, 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 on Mt. Sinai or Nile-cruising, you should expect temperatures to fall considerably at night. At this time of the year, temperatures can drop to below zero on Mt. Sinai. Please make sure to check the Pre-departure file of your tour (found on each tour page online) for the average temperatures at sites visited.
F.A.Q.
What is the internet access like in Egypt?
Internet access has become increasingly common in hotels, cafes and restaurants in large Egyptian cities, however the quality of connection differs. Many internet cafes can be found in the cities as well. Make sure to enable data roaming on your mobile if you wish to use 3G/4G abroad, although the connection may be unreliable in smaller towns and rural areas. Purchasing an Egyptian SIM card for the duration of your tour may be a cost-effective option. Your guide will be happy to advise on this.
F.A.Q.
Can I use my mobile while in Egypt?
Mobile coverage is generally quite good in urban areas of Egypt, however may be spotty or unavailable at remote areas. Make sure to enable global roaming before leaving home to be able to use your mobile in Egypt. 3G access may be unreliable. You can check with your mobile provider about your options. Alternatively, purchasing a SIM card in Egypt can be a rather cost-effective option; your guide will be happy to advise on this.
F.A.Q.
How much does it cost for…?
The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the currency of Egypt. Please see some approximate prices to give you and idea;
  • Falafel sandwich: 2-3 EGP
  • Restaurant meal: 60-80 EGP
  • Pastries: 5-6 EGP
  • Cup of Coffee: 4-5 EGP
  • Cup of tea: 1-2 EGP
F.A.Q.
Can I drink tap water in Egypt?
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Egypt unless it is clearly stated to be safe to drink. Bottled water is cheap and available throughout the country. However please consider using a reusable water bottle, especially if you're on a longer trip, and reduce your use of plastic. ALternatively, you may carry water purification tablets with you.
F.A.Q.
Are credit cards widely accepted in Egypt?
Major credit/debit cards are widely accepted by large retailers, hotels and at touristic sites. However, small shops and vendors may not accept cards, we would recommend to carry cash with you for small purchases.
F.A.Q.
What is ATM access like in Egypt travel?
ATMs are easily found in large cities and touristic areas in Egypt, however are not as common in remote areas or smaller towns. Although they usually offer good exchange rates, some networks may charge heavy transaction fees. Please note that cards may not be accepted in more remote areas, so we recommend that you have enough cash before departing urban areas.
F.A.Q.
Are airport transfers included and how do I arrange them?
All tours starting in Cairo include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands in Cairo on the first day of your tour between 5am and 11:30pm or if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, Airport Transfers. You must inform our call centre or [email protected] of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 2 weeks prior to your departure date. If you do not receive confirmation that your pick-up is arranged, please contact us. You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport. For tours ending in Cairo, departure airport transfer is available on the last day of the tour between 05:00 and 17:00, or if you book post-tour accommodation in Cairo through us.
F.A.Q.
Where is the welcome meeting on day 1 of my tour?
The welcome meeting will be held in the hotel lobby around 6pm with your group and guide. You can find the arrival information for Egypt tours here. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail to inform you before the trip. Don't worry if you will miss the welcome meeting on Day 1 as some travellers arrive late in the day - just make sure to let us know in advance.
F.A.Q.
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 in Cairo. You can book pre/post-accommodation during the online booking process, or by contacting us. Pre and Post-accommodation in Cairo include breakfast & airport transfer.
F.A.Q.
Do you have solo travellers on your tours?
Solo travellers often join our tours to meet and travel with like-minded adventurers, forming longstanding friendships. We also strive to provide a relaxed and sociable tour experience to allow the group to weld throughout the journey. Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement.
F.A.Q.
I’m a solo passenger, do I need to pay single supplement?
There are always solo travelers in Egypt travel. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour. Please note that the single supplement is not available on feluccas.
F.A.Q.
Can I be roomed with my friends?
Please contact us with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. [email protected] 0208 099 9596
F.A.Q.
Do you arrange flights?
Our tours do not include airfare to/from the destination, and we do not advise on, ticket or sell flights. It is your responsibility to make it to the starting point of your tour on time.
F.A.Q.
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. You can leave a comment under the "Notes" section when making an online booking or simply contact us. Please note that gluten-free & vegan options are quite limited in the country.
F.A.Q.
What currency should I bring?
The Egyptian Pound (EGP) is the local currency. Although you can pay with USD and EUR 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 card is less favourable. Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted at tourist sites and large retailers in the cities, however may not be accepted in rural areas or smaller shops. 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 if you need any assistance.
F.A.Q.
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 - usually just for a very short distance. If your tour includes felucca stay, we highly recommend to also bring a small bag. This will allow you to leave your luggage on the bus and take your smaller bag on-board for 2 nights.
F.A.Q.
Do I need to tip?
Tipping service staff is very common in Egypt travel - typically around 10% for a restaurant meal. It is also standard to round up the fare or the bill, and to tip taxi drivers and porters. Please note that locals will expect tips for any service they provide to travellers, including taking a photo. Your tour guide and crew would be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.
F.A.Q.
What if I join the tour late?
You can join a tour late or miss the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 if you inform us prior to the departure date. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch up with the group. Please contact us at [email protected] or +44 208 099 9596. For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536.
F.A.Q.
Will my tour be affected if I travel during Ramadan?
Ramadan (Ramazan) is the Islamic holy month, during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Fasting means 'nil by mouth' including food, water and cigarettes. Ramadan dates move every year, please see below the dates for 2020 and 2021. Some local cafes and restaurants close during the day; however tourists are not expected to fast, and there are many 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 (especially alcohol). 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 to make Ramadan easier for you. During the month you will find that tourist sites often close early to allow staff to return home in time to break their fast, and shops often open late and close early.
    Ramadan Dates:
  • 24 April – 23 May 2020
  • 12 April – 11 May 2021
F.A.Q.
Is Hot Air Balloon an option on my tour?
If your tour visits Luxor, hot-air ballooning is one of the optional activities on your tour. Please note that optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and that hot-air ballooning depends on the weather conditions.
F.A.Q.
What is a Felucca?
Feluccas are basic, traditional sailing boats that have been used on the Nile for centuries. They are very simple sailing boats without engines. 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 enjoy 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 even though blankets are provided. Simple boats also mean no facilities on-board, however we arrange another boat with on-board facilities to tag along your journey, providing a more comfortable adventure. Felucca experience is an essential highlight of Egypt travel.
F.A.Q.
What is the difference between Essential (Land), Felucca and Nile Cruise tours?
You may have realized that some of our tours have very similar itinararies as each other, except for a few days. For example: Essential Egypt, Felucca Odyssey and Jewels of the Nile. You will be visiting the same incredible highlights with all these options. The only difference among these is how you spend 2 nights along the Nile.
  • Essential (Land) Tours: You will be staying at hotels and drive to the sites. There is still a daily felucca trip on the Nile to experience the Nubian lifestyle.
  • Felucca Tours: You will be sleeping on the deck of a traditional felucca for 2 nights, sailing to the temples along the Nile durign the day. It will be a few days days of back-to-basics, recommended to adventure lovers. The most authentic way to experience Egpy.
  • Nile Cruise Tours: You will be sailing on a luxury Nile cruise for 2 nights with en-suite facilities and swimming pool on-board.
F.A.Q.
Can I skip the camel ride?
Camel ride isn't included in the tour. If you would like to do it, your guide can help you organize it in Giza.
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