FAQ

Wonderful Egypt Tours - Frequently Asked Questions About Egypt

CHOOSING A TRIP

Booking A Tour

1. Are there any discounts for “Early Bird” bookings?
Book 6 months in advance and receive 10% discount off. Wonderful Egypt Tours will give you a 10% discount if you pay the full payment of the tour 6 months before the arrival date. It requires full payment, non-refundable, not-changeable.

 

2. How can I book a tour with Wonderful Egypt Tours?
We receive your booking inquiries via email or live chat. You can also submit a booking request form. Once we received your email, one of our tour consultants will contact you to build your tour that satisfies your needs, budget, and interests.

 

3. How can I confirm my booking?
All you need is paying a 25% deposit of the total price to confirm your booking. Your booking will not be confirmed until we received this deposit. The balance of payment will be due upon arrival.

 

4. How can I bay this deposit?
You can pay the deposit online using your credit card or via bank transfer. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

 

5. Is there any surcharge on transactions?
There is no additional fees or surcharges on any transaction.

 

6. If I am forced to cancel my trip will I receive a refund?
It depends on the situation and how far in advance we are notified about the cancellation.

Best Time To Visit Egypt

1. What is the best time to visit Egypt?

Egypt is an all-year-round destination, it depends on when and where you will visit in Egypt. Cairo and Upper Egypt is the ideal destination in winter. Lower Egypt is the ideal place to visit in summer. The Red Sea resorts are the best in shoulder seasons.

 

Tourists prefer to visit Egypt from September to April, Though it is the high season when the temperatures are a lot better for those not used to the heat. This is the best time to visit Egypt especially for the tourist who want to visit Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan.

 

2. When is the peak periods in Egypt?
Christmas/New Year period and the Easter Period are known as “The Peak Period” when hotels and cruises will put their prices up, though you will find that special events like Gala Dinners are also laid on for their customers. This can mean that some hotels become really expensive and so making your reservations very early, even for the budget hotels, is strongly advised.

Solo Woman Traveler in Egypt

1. Is it safe for women to travel alone to Egypt?
Yes, It’s safe to travel to Egypt alone. You will always find the tourist police close by while you are in Egypt. Solo female travelers will feel safe during their tour in Egypt but please ensure that you take the same precautions that you would anywhere else.

 

Women traveling alone will be safer if they book their trip with a travel company.

 

2. How can women wear while walking around the cities?

Women can wear clothes as they are in their own country. You will be amazed at how many of Egyptian women dress like tourists than Egyptian.

Health & Vaccination

1. What are the necessary vaccines that I should take before traveling to Egypt?
No required vaccinations that should be taken before being granted with the visa of Egypt. However, it would be recommended to take vaccinations against Hepatitis C, Typhoid, and an oral dosage of Tetanus.

 

2. Is it safe to drink the tap water in Egypt?
No, it’s not recommended, it may cause a disturbance in your stomach because the Egyptian water is highly chlorinated. We recommend buying bottled water from your hotel or any market near your hotel.

 

3. Is it safe to brush my teeth with tap water?
Yes, Egyptian water is not poisonous, so it is perfectly safe to do this. It will be safe if you swallow a small amount of it during your shower or swimming in the pool.

 

4. Is it safe to eat in local restaurants in Egypt?
You can eat in local restaurants the recommended in guide books or recommended by your tour guide, but you might feel stomach disorder due to the difference between your diet and the Egyptian food.

 

5. How can I prevent the sunburn or heatstroke from the heat and sun during the summer?
You should bring cotton clothes, sun glass, hats, and sun block with you and you should put a bottle of water in your bag whenever you go in Egypt to reduce your feel of heat.

 

6. Can I bring prescribed medication with me?
Yes, It’s allowed but ensure that you only bring enough for your stay, with just a few day’s extra supply as a backup.

Safety and Security in Egypt

Is Egypt safe to visit in 2017?

Yes, Egypt is extremely safe to visit and the tourist police are in prominence wherever you go, giving you a feel of being in secure surroundings. Egyptian cities (Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam) are generally very safe, especially in the area where tourists frequently visit.

 

Tourists have been visiting Egypt for centuries and Egyptians have a well-earned reputation for warmth and kindness toward visitors. You will feel as you were at home.

BEFORE YOU DEPART

Cigarettes & Alcohol

1. Can I bring a personal supply of cigarettes and alcohol with me when I am visiting Egypt?
It’s allowed to bring 1 liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes with you, but it’s highly recommended to buy your own supply of cigarettes and alcohol from the duty-free shops in the airports in Egypt upon arrival. It’s allowed to buy up to 3 liters of Alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes on arrival.
2. Can I buy it from any other places in Egypt?
You have 48 hours after arrival to buy your supply from any duty-free shop inside the airports of Egypt. You can also buy it from your hotel of stay or Nile cruise.

Visa Information

1. How can I get Egypt visa?

You must have a passport valid for at least six months after the date of your arrival to Egypt. Normally, You can apply for a 3-months pre-entry tourist visa at any Egyptian embassy or consulate around the world even if you live away from the country of your nationality, but if you are from North America, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Brazil/Argentina or Hong Kong/Japan/Macau/Malaysia or Singapore you can get a 1-month entry visa upon arrival to Egypt.

 

2. Can I extend the visa after the expiration?

You can extend your tourist visa beyond its expiration, but you have to apply for the extension from Mogamma building in the Tahrir Complex in Cairo or to the equivalent governmental offices in the other cities in the country. There is a two-week grace period after your visa expires during which you may purchase an extension without being subject to a fine.

 

3. Should I get a re-entry visa if I coming back to Egypt after visiting another country?

When you leave Egypt your visa will be stamped and so you will require another one when you re-enter Egypt. If you are from North America, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Brazil/Argentina or Hong Kong/Japan/Macau/Malaysia or Singapore, you can obtain the new one when you re-enter the country but if you require a pre-entry visa you should get the two visas from the Egyptian embassy or consulate around the world before your visit.

 

4. Can I visit other cities in Egypt with Sinai visa?

The entry visa for Sinai allows you to travel anywhere in the Sinai Peninsula; if you want to visit any place in Egypt that lies to outside Sinai like Cairo, Luxor, and Hurghada, a new full tourist visa is required.

Currency & Banking information

1. What is the official currency of Egypt?
The Egyptian pound. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 LE and there are coins of 25 piastres, 50 piastres, and 1 pound. It can sometimes be difficult to find change for large bills so it is always advisable to carry small money in your bag for taxis and tips.

 

2. Can I use my credit/debit cards in Egypt?
Yes, Credit cards are broadly used in Egypt nowadays. Hotels, Nile cruises, restaurants, cafes accept credit cards but You are advised to carry cash when shopping in the many street markets.

 

The most common types of credit cards used in Egypt are Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

 

You can withdraw your many via ATM machines. Every bank has an ATM outside it, or just inside the front doors, and you will normally find that they are guarded by a policeman. It can also be found at malls, Airports, railway stations and streets.

 

3. Can I exchange any currency in Egypt?
Yes, it’s easy to exchange any currency in banks and exchange office that you can find anywhere in Egypt. Besides, most touristic stores, restaurants accept dollars or Euros at rates closely near to the official rates. Makes sure you know the current exchange rate of your currency to Egyptian pounds.

Clothes

1. How should I dress for entering a mosque?
Men should wear long trousers and women should cover shoulders and legs. Heads do not need to be covered, despite what some tourist books say, though it is a sign of respect if you do this.

 

2. What clothes should I wear on the cruise?
You may wear whatever you want onboard the cruise at day time also you can wear swimwear to enjoy the pool and sundeck but you are asked to dress neatly for dinner.

 

3. What clothes should I wear walking around towns?
When walking around the towns, dress as you would for a hot summer’s day back home. Shorts and t-shirts are actually worn by many locals.

 

4. What clothes should I wear when visiting sites?
Comfortable cotton fabrics clothes and shoes are highly recommended at day time. You should ensure that you do not have too much skin available for the sun to burn. For ladies, Sandals and high heels are not suitable for tours.

Language

1. Do Egyptians speak English and other languages?

English is the first language in all schools in Egypt. The most of Egyptians can speak English. Fewer Egyptians can speak other languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and German; however, professionals, who work in the tourism sector can speak English well and other languages to fulfill the customer satisfaction and needs.

 

2. Should I learn some Arabic words in order to enjoy my trip to Egypt?

Many travelers enjoy their visit without learning a single word of Arabic; however, it is always good to learn a few Arabic greetings or thanks.

ON YOUR TRIP

Travel To Egypt

By Air

Egypt is well-connected to many places by well-served international airlines which have regular and direct flights from across the globe. British Airways, Air France, and KLM along with low-cost carrier easyJet are among regular airlines. The international airports in Egypt are located at Alexandria, Luxor, Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh, Marsa Alam and Aswan.

 

By Train

The rail International lines are not available in Egypt. The only two railheads at Wadi Halfa and Aswan to Sudan are connected by a boat across Lake Nasser.

 

By Road

Egypt, bordered by Libya in the west, Sudan in the south and Israel and Gaza strip in the west.

Egypt now is not easily accessible by road especially after the events that have occurred after the revolution in 2011. The border can prevent entry of cars and coaches.

For foreigners, they can easily move to and from Israel via Taba border.

 

By Sea

  • No ferry routes connecting Egypt with Europe are currently available. but there are sea cruises like MSC Cruises and Princess, that dock at several different ports around Egypt for 2 or 3 days coming from Europe.
  • Cyprus & Greece: Ferries available from Limassol in Cyprus and Rhodes in Greece to Alexandria, only during the summer.
  • Jordan: Ferries available from Aqaba in Jordan to Nuweiba in Egypt.
  • Turkey and Lebanon: Ferries available from Antalya in Turkey, Beirut in Lebanon to Alexandria.

Accommodation

1. What are the check-in and check-out time in the hotels in Egypt?
The same as all hotels around the world.Check-in time is around 14:00 P.M. and check-out is around 12:00 P.M. Early check-in or late check-out available with extra fees and it depends on the hotel availability.

 

2. What are different types of the Accommodations in Egypt?
In Egypt everything available from world class luxury hotels to the simple hostel. Nile cruises available from luxury to 3 stars cruise. There is a world chain in Egypt in hotels and Nile cruises like Movenpick, Sonesta, and Hilton. The Egyptian hotels rating system is different from the international standards used elsewhere.

 

3. What is the difference between a 5 star and a 5-star deluxe hotel/cruise?
The star ratings get higher as the facilities and overall standard of the accommodation gets better and so it is easier to imagine 5 star deluxe (or any suffix added to 5 stars) as being 6 stars; something that those who fix the star ratings seem feared to utilize.

Tipping Information

1. Is it obligatory to tip in Egypt?

Tipping is a customary in Egypt but it’s totally optional. It should be in your consideration especially if you’re provided with great service. The salaries of the most professional who works in the tourism industry in Egypt are too low, so they are depending on tips as a major source of income.

 

2. How much should I tip?
It will be better for you to pay in Egyptian pounds. The amount depends on your satisfaction and the service you received. In a restaurant, it is good to give a tip directly to the waiter even when there is service added to the bill. The service tax does not go to the waiter. For a small service, like carrying luggage, it deserves not more than five pounds. Feel free to tip your tour guide and driver and give them what you think your experience was worth. It’s optional.

Opening Hours

1. What are the opening hours for tourist attractions in Egypt?

  • Museums, Temples, and Historical Sites: From 9 AM To 5 PM.
  • Egyptian Museum: Morning opening hours, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and evening opening hours, from 5 PM to 9 or 10 PM.
  • Open-Air Museums & Pyramids of Giza: From 8 AM To sunset.
  • During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.

2. What are the opening hours for shops, stores, and malls in Egypt?
Most shops, cafes, and restaurants in Egypt open from 10 AM to 12 PM and some facilities and shops stay open 24 hours a day. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, opening hours may change significantly.

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