Traveler Tips

Public Holidays
Holidays include the Coptic Christmas in January 7, Labour Day in May 1, Revolution Day in July 23, Armed Forces Day in October 6. The Islamic New Year, the Birth of the Prophet and Ramadan, the major religious period of fasting that precedes the Bairam Feast, change every year.

Business Hours
Government, administrative offices and Banks are generally open from 9am to 2pm each day, except for Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays. Most shops are open from 10am to 10pm every day. Please note that all these times may vary in shopping centers and during Ramadan. Most historic sites and museums are open from 9am to 5pm daily, and often until 6pm in the summer.

Usefull Numbers                                                            

·         Tourist Police                     126

·         Fire                                   180

·         Ambulance                         123

·         Telephone guide                 140

General Info

Entry & Departure

Visitors will need a single-visit visa to enter Egypt. The visa is valid for 90 days. If the planned trip involves travel in and out of Egypt over the same period, then the best option is a multiple-visit visa. Obtaining a visa is pretty straightforward. It can simply be arranged in advance through one of the Egyptian consulates dotted around the world or purchased on entry at Cairo or Luxor airports. All visitors will need to have a passport which must have at least six months remaining of its validity on the date of entry. Egypt, like all other countries, apply strict customs rules about bringing items such as alcohol and cigarettes into the country, so to avoid any misunderstandings it is probably advisable to buy at an airport shop. Under no circumstances should you attempt to leave the country with antiquities.

Health

There are no vaccinations needed to visit Egypt. Sunburn and dehydration can be avoided by using plenty of sun cream, wearing light cotton clothing and a hat, and drinking lots of water. The health care facilities in Egypt are generally good and it is advisable to have health insurance.

Egypt Climate

The Nile Valley region stretches nearly 1532 kilometers and as such the weather can differ quite considerably from Alexandria on the coast in the north, along the river to Luxor, Aswan or Abu Simbel further south. Generally, though, the climate in the Nile Valley is moderate with lots of sunshine and very few rainy days, unlike the desert areas that have much hotter temperatures. Between the months of July and August the sun is at its hottest. Average temperatures in Cairo are around 25-35o C (95o F), while in Luxor they are 30-40o C (107.6o F) and in Aswan hotter still at 31-42o C (107.6o F).

Electricity

Egypt’s electricity works on 220v with sockets being of the two-pin European mainland variety. It’s a good idea to pack an adaptor if planning to use personal items like mobile phone chargers.

Language

The official language of Egypt is Arabic and other languages are widely spoken too, especially in tourist areas.

Money & Credit cards

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound, which is divided into 100 piasters. Cash is generally easily obtained from ATMs, which can be found in larger towns and cities. Most of the major hotels and stores accept credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, along with travellers’ cheques and certain foreign currencies like euro, sterling and dollars. If venturing off the beaten track you will find that generally only the Egyptian pound in cash will be accepted.

Time

Egypt is two hours ahead of GMT, except at the start of May and the end of September when it is three hours ahead until the beginning or end of British Summer Time.

4 Nights - Luxor to Aswan (Summer)

Tuesday (Day 1):
Embarkation before lunch in Luxor. Lunch on board. Afternoon visits to the Temples of Karnak & Luxor. Whirling Dervish & Belly Dance show in the lounge bar. Á la carte dinner. Overnight in Luxor. (L, D)

Wednesday (Day 2):
Buffet breakfast. Morning visit the West bank (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple & the Colossi of Memnon). Sail to Esna. Buffet lunch. Tea time on the sun deck. Afternoon passage of the Esna Locks. Welcome cocktail & presentation of the yacht on the lounge bar. Buffet dinner on the sun deck. Overnight in Esna. (B, L, D)

Thursday (Day 3):
Early morning sail to Edfu. Wake up at leisure and buffet breakfast. Morning visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu by coach. Sail to Kom Ombo. Buffet lunch and tea time while sailing to Kom Ombo. Afternoon visit to Kom Ombo (Sobek Temple). Egyptian barbecue buffet dinner on the sun deck. Galabeya party with a chance for guests to dress up in traditional Egyptian costumes. Overnight in Kom Ombo. (B, L, D)

Friday (Day 4):
Early morning sail to Aswan. Buffet breakfast. Morning visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple. Buffet lunch. Afternoon Felucca  ride around the Islands. Á la carte dinner. Overnight aboard in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Saturday (Day 5):
Buffet breakfast and check-out. (B)

The above itineraries include:

  • 4-nights accommodation on board of M/S Alexander the Great on full board basis (starting with lunch ending with breakfast) and including sightseeing with English speaking guide joining other English speaking clients on board as per our above itineraries.
  • All cruise taxes, service charges and governmental sales taxes
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites in the itineraries.

The above itineraries do not include:

  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any extras on board and personal expenses
  • Any kind of personal gratuities
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any transfers to or from the Airport
  • Any increase in entrance fees, taxes or any new taxation which might be implemented by the government later on.
  • Arrival or departure tax if any.

7 Nights - Luxor to Luxor (Winter)

Tuesday (Day 1):
Embarkation before lunch in Luxor. Buffet lunch on board. Afternoon visits to the Temples of Karnak & Luxor. Whirling Dervish & Belly Dance show in the lounge bar. Á la carte dinner. Overnight in Luxor. (L, D)

Wednesday (Day 2):
Buffet breakfast. Morning visit the West bank (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple & the Colossi of Memnon). Sail to Esna. Buffet lunch. Tea time on the sun deck. Afternoon passage of the Esna Locks. Welcome cocktail & presentation of the yacht on the lounge bar. A la carte dinner. Overnight in Esna. (B, L, D)

Thursday (Day 3):
Early morning sail to Edfu. Wake up at leisure and buffet breakfast. Morning visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu by coach. Sail to Kom Ombo. Barbecue lunch on the sun deck while sailing to Kom Ombo. Tea time on the sun deck. Egyptian à la carte dinner. Galabeya party with a chance for guests to dress up in traditional Egyptian costumes. Overnight in Kom Ombo. (B, L, D)

Friday (Day 4):
Early morning sail to Aswan. Buffet breakfast. Morning visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple. Buffet lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Á la carte dinner. Overnight aboard in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Saturday (Day 5):
Buffet breakfast. Morning at leisure or an optional visit to the temple of Abu Simbel. Buffet lunch. Afternoon Felucca (sail boat) ride around the Islands. Cocktail reception on the sun deck accompanied by an Egyptian trio band. Á la carte dinner. Overnight in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Sunday (Day 6):
Early morning sail to Kom Ombo. Wake up at leisure and buffet breakfast while sailing. Morning visit to Kom Ombo (Sobek Temple). Sail to Edfu. Barbecue lunch on the sun deck. Two hours stop in Edfu then sail on to Esna. Tea time on the sun deck.  Á la carte dinner. Overnight in Esna. (B, L, D)

Monday (Day 7):
Wake up at leisure and buffet breakfast. Morning passage of the Esna locks & sail to Luxor. Buffet lunch on the sun deck while sailing. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Denderah by coach from Luxor. Whirling Dervish & Belly Dance show in the lounge bar. Á la carte dinner and overnight aboard in Luxor. (B, L, D)

Tuesday (Day 8):
Buffet breakfast and check-out.

 

The above itineraries include:

 

  • 7-nights accommodation on board of M/S Alexander the Great on full board basis (starting with lunch ending with breakfast) and including sightseeing with English speaking guide joining other English speaking clients on board as per our above itineraries.
  • All cruise taxes, service charges and governmental sales taxes
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites in the itineraries.

 

The above itineraries do not include:

 

  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any extras on board and personal expenses
  • Any kind of personal gratuities
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any transfers to or from the Airport
  • Any increase in entrance fees, taxes or any new taxation which might be implemented by the government later on.
  • Arrival or departure tax if any.

3 Nights - Aswan to Luxor (Winter)

Saturday (Day 1):
Embarkation before lunch in Aswan. Lunch on board. Afternoon visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple. Cocktail reception on the sun deck accompanied by an Egyptian trio band. Á la carte dinner. Overnight aboard in Aswan. (L, D)

Sunday (Day 2):
Early morning sail to Kom Ombo. Wake up at leisure. Buffet breakfast while sailing. Morning visit to Kom Ombo (Sobek Temple). Barbeque lunch on the sun deck on board while sailing to Edfu. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu by coach. Sail to Esna. Tea time on the sun deck. Á la carte dinner. Galabeya party with a chance for guests to dress up in traditional Egyptian costumes. Overnight in Esna. (B, L, D)

Monday (Day 3):
Wake up at leisure. Buffet breakfast. Morning passage of the Esna locks & sail to Luxor. Buffet lunch on the sun deck while sailing to Luxor. Afternoon visits to the Temples of Karnak & Luxor. Á la carte dinner. Whirling Dervish & Belly Dance show in lounge bar. Overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D)

Tuesday (Day 4):
Buffet breakfast. Check-out and departure to visit West bank (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple & the Colossi of Memnon). (B)

 

The above itineraries include:

 

  • 3-nights accommodation on board of M/S Alexander the Great on full board basis (starting with lunch ending with breakfast) and including sightseeing with English speaking guide joining other English speaking clients on board as per our above itineraries.
  • All cruise taxes, service charges and governmental sales taxes
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sites in the itineraries.

 

The above itineraries do not include:

 

  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any extras on board and personal expenses
  • Any kind of personal gratuities
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any transfers to or from the Airport
  • Any increase in entrance fees, taxes or any new taxation which might be implemented by the government later on.
  • Arrival or departure tax if any.
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