Ancient sites worldwide were constructed well before building codes or the existence of safety and accessibility standards. And in order to maintain the architectural and historical integrity that attracts visitors in the first place, many of the sites have been intentionally left in their natural state. As such, you will encounter uneven terrain, irregular steps, and a lack of handrails, barriers, ramps and cautionary warning signs where you might expect them back home. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to take great care and caution when exploring these sites. Pay attention to all instructions and do not wander away from your guide, especially off designated paths into unmarked terrain. When exploring on your own, heed all regulations, be extra mindful of your surroundings and note any conditions that could increase the risks (poor visibility, wet slippery surfaces, etc).
As in other parts of the world, check-in time for most hotels is around 3:00PM and check-out time is typically 11AM. Should you arrive early to find that your room is not yet ready, the hotel will likely be more than happy to store your luggage securely for a few hours. That leaves you unencumbered to explore a bit at your own pace – or to relax with a cup of tea or coffee either in the lobby or at a nearby cafe.
Similarly, if you have a late departure flight, hotels will store your luggage after you’ve checked-out, leaving you free to explore and relax until it’s time to go to the airport. Depending upon how busy they are, hotels may allow you to occupy your room for another hour or two without charge; check with the front desk to determine if this is possible for your day of departure.
If early check-in or late check-out is required, advance arrangements can usually be confirmed for the cost of an additional night. Please notify us or your travel agent if you wish to confirm either.
Egypt has distinct winter and summer seasons, with short springs and falls. The average high temperature in Cairo for example exceeds 90°F during the months between May and September. Since there is little rain and the air is very dry, the summer heat can be quite bearable, especially with the sharp drop in temperature after sundown. Air conditioning is widespread. Given Egypt’s hot and dry climate, we strongly recommend that you drink plenty of bottled water during the trip. In the winter, daytime temperatures can still approach 80°F, with nighttime lows dipping into the 40s. Although winter brings some rain, most days are bright and sunny.
The Egyptian Pound is the national currency and is easily exchanged for US dollars. There is a 24-hour currency exchange at Cairo International Airport terminals, and money can also be changed at your hotel and banks.
US dollars circulate widely in Egypt so you may wish to bring a small supply of low-denomination bills ($1, $5s, and $10s) for incidental tipping and purchases along the way. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, in some larger shops, in restaurants, at carpet stores and other locations frequented by international visitors. If you do not see your credit card’s logo on the establishment’s door, then be sure to ask if credit cards are accepted! At many smaller shops and at the souks, you will need cash to make your purchase.
here are tipping guidelines in accordance with local practices:
- Upscale restaurants: A service charge of 10% is appropriate.
- Spa Services: Add 10% to 15 %.
- Taxis: Tips are not expected by taxi drivers.
For any gratuities, we suggest you tip in the local currency. But if you only have US Dollars, they will be graciously accepted.
Electric current is 220V at 50 Hz AC and most outlets support two round-pin plugs. An adapter plug and a converter may be necessary to charge your electronic devices, and are usually available from the front desk.