• What Is The Local Payment?
The local payment is a part of the overall tour cost and it covers a portion of the local expenses at the destination, including transportation, expenses of the local guide and the operation. The local payment does not cover extra costs like additional meals, entry fees, drinks, tips, personal expenses or other type of travel costs which are not stated in the “Inclusions” section. Accepted currencies are GBP (Bank of England Notes), EUR, USD, Moroccan Dirham. For more information please refer to the link: http://traveltalktours.com/pay-easy-system
• Are airport transfers included and how do I arrange them?
All of our Egypt tours include arrival airport transfer if your flight lands to Cairo on the first day of your tour between 5am – 11:30pm or if you have booked your Pre Accommodation through us. You must inform our call centre or firstname.lastname@example.org of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travellers) 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.
- For Egypt & Morocco Combo Tours, departure airport transfer is available on the last day of the tour, between 5am & 5pm.
• Where do we gather for the meeting on the first day?
Your info meeting will happen at your arrival hotel around 6:30pm on the first day of the tour. Please refer to ‘Arrival Details’ of your tour online under the Overview section.
• Can I book a 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 Accommodations in Cairo include breakfast & airport transfer.
• Do I need to get my visa beforehand or can I get it on arrival at the airport?
All visitors to Egypt are required to have a visa. Visas can be arranged through Egyptian embassies worldwide. It is your responsibility to make sure that all required visas are obtained before the start of your tour.
- Visitors from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and EU countries can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 35 USD, the fee can only be paid in USD. For other countries & up to date regulations, please check the links: http://www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk/visas.php
- Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. You may be refused entry if there is any less.
• Do you arrange arrival & departure flights?
Unfortunately our tours don’t include your arrival & departure flights. It is your responsibility to arrive at your tour’s destination on time. Travel Talk tours do not include any form of transportation to your tour destination.
• What is the personal spending money?
You can expect £30 - £35 per day including entrance fees & meals (excludes drinks).
• 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.
• What should I pack for my tour?
Don’t forget to have the following items with you:
- Airline or transportation ticket
- Tour voucher
- Insurance policy
- Visas (if necessary)
- Label on your travel bag
- Pre-departure information
- Money (cash and/ or travellers cheques)
- Credit card
Please also keep in mind that when visiting religious sites, appropriate attire is required (scarves for women etc). For seasonal clothing tips, you can refer to the ‘What to Wear’ section of your Pre-Departure File found Here.
• Do your tours welcome solo travellers?
There are always solo travellers 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 the single supplement?
There are always solo travellers on our tours. If you don’t mind being roomed with another traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the supplement. The single supplement is for travellers 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 email@example.com or 0208 099 9596.
Feluccas are traditional sailing boats that have been used on the Nile for centuries. They are very simple sailing boats without engines. A second basic boat is attached to your felucca for bathroom facilities. There is a single deck on which you can stretch out under a shade awning. Each felucca sleeps 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. Please note that Felucca Tours are only recommended to adventure lovers.
• What is the difference between Essential (Land), Felucca and Nile Cruise tours?
Only difference would be the vehicles & accommodation on the Nile River for days 4 & 5:
- Land Tours: Daily felucca trip on the Nile and you stay in the hotel during the night (Day 5).
- Felucca Tours: You will be sailing on a Felucca on the Nile, and will sleep on the Felucca (Day 4 & 5). It will be 2 days of back to basics.
- Nile Cruise Tours: You will be sailing with a luxury Nile cruise and a pool on the boat. You will stay on the boat at night (Day 4 & 5).
• Will my tour be affected if I travel during Ramadan period?
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
- 2019: From the 5th of May to the 4th of June
- 2020: From the 23rd of April to the 23rd of May
• 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.
• 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 +90 542 779 0434.
• Can I miss the welcome meeting?
Being avid travellers ourselves, we know that unforeseen circumstances arise. If you are late and miss the welcome meeting, don't stress, just check the information board in the hotel lobby for the next day's programme. For all emergencies, you can contact +90 542 779 0434.
• What are the driving distances on my tour?
To help you plan your day, the list of the driving distances and times can be found online. You can find these in the relevant section of your Pre-Departure File. You can download this from the 'Overview' section for each tour.
• What currency should I bring?
We recommend you to carry a mixture of cash and a debit/credit card. The local currency is Egyptian Pound (EGP) and 1GBP is approximately 22EGP. Most towns in Egypt have ATMs that are linked to major international networks. Credit cards are accepted in most tourist areas, but if you are travelling off the beaten track, it's best to keep some cash.
• Is Hot Air Balloon an option on my tour?
Yes, you can do it in Luxor.
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.