Do you want to see the most beautiful sights of Egypt but also relax on the beach? Then this is the ideal Egypt tour for you. In a little over a week you will visit the pyramids of Giza and Saqqara, as well as the medieval markets of Cairo and the great temples of Luxor and Karnak. Go in search of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the contents of which are found in the beautiful National Museum in Cairo. At the end of your group tour you will stay on the beach in a village on the Red Sea. Spend your time snorkelling or diving in the unrivalled underwater world of the Red Sea. With a head full of exotic memories, you fly back home.
Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.
For Egypt, a visa is required for many nationalities. This can usually be obtained on arrival or in advance of travel through your closest Egyptian embassy or through an agency such as CIBT
. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one
Accommodation and transport
During this trip we travel with our own bus and travel from Cairo to Luxor by local air-conditioned train. The train journey will be overnight and will include an adjustable seat in the first class category.
We will stay in two-and three-star hotels in 2-person rooms with private bathroom. Travellers who book alone, share a two and in exceptional cases three person room. We of course keep in mind that you should share the room with a traveller of the same sex. If you prefer a room for yourself, this can be arranged at a surcharge (Please indicate this when booking).
Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.
Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).
This journey is classified as Category A
The difficulty of our trips varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular journey, we have developed a classification system.
Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.
This 8-day trip of Egypt falls into category A. The trip is for any reasonably healthy individual. During the summer the heat makes the journey considerably heavier than the rest of the year. Although we stay in the cities in simple mid-range hotels please remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Hotel rooms can be less comfortable, the electricity can sometimes fail and it could be that you suddenly have a shortage of hot water whilst taking a shower. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.
We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible.
Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here
Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.
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