Yes you can pre book transfers (arrival only) and extra nights with Shoestring.You can add these on to your booking form.
This will not be necessary on all trips. If your itinerary includes camping in the desert and a night on a felucca then a sleeping bag is necessary. Except for the summer months, the nights can be cold.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. At present, UK and EU nationals require a visa for entry into Egypt. Please check the embassy if you need a visa for Egypt or check here for info about the current situation. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.
The international access code for Egypt is +20. The outgoing code is 00 followed but the relevant country code. The city code for Cairo is (0)2. There are high surcharges on international calls from hotels; it is cheaper to phone long-distance from the 24-hour Post, Telephone and Telegraph (PTT) offices that are available in the major cities. For international directory phone enquiries dial 120. The local mobile phone operators use GSM 900 networks and have roaming agreements with all major operators. Internet cafes are available in the main tourist areas.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveler ( from the same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
Accommodation will be in twin bedded rooms in low budget hotels.
Pickpocketing is a popular phenomenon in the big cities. So mind your things when walking through crowded streets or riding on a bus.
Since the Islamic calendar is moon-based, religious holidays are on different days every year. Ramadan (the month of fasting) can be annoying for tourists, because many restaurants are closed; eating, dinking and smoking in public are not appreciated. Tourists will be cared and cooked for, however. It goes without saying that you should not provoke people by eating right under their noses. This is however a fascinating time to travel.
In 2014, Ramadan starts on 28th June and concludes on 27th July. This is then followed by 3 days of celebration (Eid al-Fitr) beginning on 28th July.
During the oasis trip, in Luxor or Dahab, you will hardly notice it, but in Cairo you will see that life follows a different pattern. In the morning it is much quieter than usual and many shops are closed. This is the ideal time to visit the pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and the Sphinx. Suddenly, between 3 pm and 5 pm the traffic gets very busy: everybody is on their way home.
The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants. . Banks are usually closed on Friday and Saturday, but private exchange bureaux, called 'Forex', are open daily and banks in major hotels are open 24 hours. Cairo branches of the Egyptian British Bank and Banque Misr now have ATMs available that accept Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus and are quite common in the main tourist areas.
What voltage and plugs are in use in Egypt? Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference
Bring a pair of good worn-in walking shoes and a pair of sandals. That is all your feet will need. Summer clothes, plus a sweater on cool nights, are sufficient for the months of April through October. In the winter the evenings, nights and mornings can be cold, especially in Cairo and in the desert. Bring a warm sweater and a raincoat. Good sunglasses are best bought at home; they are expensive in Egypt. For women it is important to have their shirts cover the shoulders and their trousers reach to the knees. There are tourists who expose more flesh, but out of respect for the local people it is important not to walk the streets too daringly. You would also run the risk of being refused entry to temples. It is recommended to wear various layers of clothing. Your travel items may also include: sunglasses, suntan lotion, toiletries, a basic medical kit, sun hat or scarf, photo or film equipment and an adequate amount of film, spare batteries, torch, pocket knife (not allowed in your handpackage)
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.