How safe Egypt is?
For the past couple of years the number of tourists in Egypt increased significantly. According to tourists’ experiences, Egypt is a very safe destination either you’re travelling solo or in a group. The police and the military have several accessible checkpoints wherever you go, giving you a feel of being in secure surroundings. Besides, people are friendly and helpful. To make your trip safer for you, Tour Operators are required to represent your whole travel itinerary in Egypt to the authorities with all your personal information as name, passport number and nationality. This allows the police to secure the areas that will be visited beforehand
Is Egypt safe for Solo female travelers?
Your trip to Egypt can be perfectly safe if you take some sensible precautions. In Cities that are occupied by a high number of tourists (as the Red Sea cities) clothing is not a concern. But in other places especially in major cities like Cairo where you can find more locals, it is advisable to wear modestly when going on excursions and avoid revealing clothes for your own safety and also as a sign of showing your respect towards the local culture./p>
Why Should I book my trip with Discovery Tours?
Discovery Tours is a Local travel agency with 30 years of expertise in the field of tourism, and so it is able to offer you unbeatable prices for your tour package compared to those offered by international agencies, hence saving you a lot of money
Does Discovery Tours provide trips to people with special needs?
Discovery Tours believes that everyone has the right to discover the beauty of Egypt. Our company is able to provide accessible trips for travelers with disabilities
How can I book with Discovery Tours?
You can contact us via our phone number or e-mail and we will instantly reply with our available options that suit your needs. Your booking will be confirmed after receiving a deposit payment from your side
Can I customize a trip?
Yes our tours are customizable at no extra cost. You can either customize an existing tour itinerary or build an itinerary from scratch that suits your budget and needs.
Is it better to book a ready-made package or a tailor-made one?
Readymade packages are designed to save you headache and time, so if you find a ready-made package that fits in your budget and suits your desires, then go for it!
What types of transportation are included in your packages?
Air-conditioned private vehicles, sleeper train and domestic flights
Can I include my international flights in the package?
Our packages do not include international airfare but we will be glad to book them for you upon your request through our aviation department
Will my trip be private or shall I accompany a group?
Our travel packages are privately guided or you may join a group upon availability, but anyway when you are on board of a Nile cruise you will be a part of a group.
Is there a special rate offered for group tours?
Discovery Tours provides special discounted rates for groups that varies according to the number of individuals, nature of the trip and its duration
How much budget shall I put for Tipping?
The amount of tips varies depending on the situation. A few Egyptian pounds would be appropriate to gratify a waiter in a restaurant or for a small favor like carrying luggage or parking a car
When I book will you charge me any extra fees?
There are no hidden fees. The price listed is what you pay, inclusive of all service charges and tax
Do I need an entry visa to Egypt?
For most travelers an entry visa to Egypt will be needed. The visa is processed at the airport upon your arrival and is paid for in cash. It’s easy, cheap and the process takes a few minutes. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after your arrival date.
The following countries can get a 1 month visa upon arrival. Other countries need to check with their nearest Egyptian Embassy
• EU Nationals
• New Zealand
• Republic of Korea
• Russian Federation
• South Korea
Citizens of the following countries are visa exempted:
• Hong Kong
• Lebanon (In case of arrival on a charter flight
• Saudi Arabia
• United Arab Emirates
Is a visa required if I enter the country from Sharm El Sheikh?
If you arrive and depart from Sharm El Sheikh, a 14 days visa is issued without a charge that allows you to visit Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and St. Catherine. However, if you want to visit another part of Egypt like Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor or Aswan, you will need to obtain a full paid visa
Can I get Egypt Visa if I am living away from my home country?
If you have a residency permit in the country you are currently resign in, you will be able to head to the Egyptian Embassy in your that country to apply for Visa (or get the visa upon arrival if that country is one of the mentioned countries in question 3)
If you do not have a residency permit, you should get it from the Egyptian Embassy that issued your passport
I am going to visit Jordan and/or Israel; will I require a visa when coming back to Egypt?
A multiple-visit visa will be necessary in case that your trip will include travelling outside Egypt and back
What happens if my visa becomes expired and I wish to extend my stay in the country?
Extending your visa is possible by heading to a government authority in Tahrir Square in Cairo, or if you go to similar offices in Alexandria, Luxor or Sharm El-Sheikh. You are granted a two-week grace period after your visa expires during which you can purchase a visa extension without being subject to a fine.
Is Egypt expensive?
No not at all. Egypt is a very budget-friendly destination with affordable hotels, meals and transportation.
How is the weather in Egypt?
Egypt has a stable climate with a consistent sunshine. Temperatures average between 80 °F (27 °C) and 90 °F (32 °C) in summer. Winter temperatures average between 55 °F (13 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C)
When is the best time to travel to Egypt?
The best time to visit Egypt is between November to April (winter), when the weather is mild, and this is the best duration to include a Nile cruise from Aswan or Luxor in your trip.
Moreover, December and January are peak periods where hotel and cruise prices increase significantly due to Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve
May to September (summer) is the best time to visit the Red Sea coasts. Weather is hot but the sea breeze makes it bearable and the sea temperature in this period is perfect for diving. This period is the low season when prices are at their lowest.
What clothes are suitable to wear when doing the excursions?
If you’re visiting the site at noon, then you should wear Light clothing, preferably made of cotton. And it’s better to cover most of your body parts to protect your skin from sunrays.
Your footwear must be as comfortable as possible to ease your movement. For ladies, open toed sandals and high heels are not advisable.
Is there a dress code I should adhere to when visiting a mosque or monasteries?
There is no certain dress code when visiting the religious sights but you should wear conservatively. For ladies, when visiting a mosque it is not obligatory to cover hair but most tourists do so as a sign of respect. You should remember to remove your footwear upon stepping into a mosque.
Should I pack smart outfits?
Smart outfits may be required for some special evenings. It is advisable to pack at least one outfit
What should I wear on the Nile cruise?
There is no certain dress code however there will be a Galabeya party on board. Galabeya is a long gown worn by men and women and can be purchased from local stores.
Can I drink alcohol in Egypt?
Yes you can. Alcohol is easily obtainable in places like the red sea resorts and it’s not a concern to walk around with beer, while in more conservative cities like Cairo, alcohol is available in major hotels and restaurants that cater to foreigners
Is it permitted to take photographs in touristic sights?
Photography is allowed in many sites, however some historical sites (famous example is the Valley of the Kings in Luxor) will not allow you to take your camera in and you will have to leave it at the entrance. If it is allowed, it must be set to museum mode as it will not allow regular flash. Regular flash damages the artifacts.
Is it acceptable to take photos of streets and people?
You should always ask one’s permission before taking a photograph of them. Photos of Anything related to the military, airports or government buildings are forbidden. You will find a (No Photo) sign to be notified.
What are the opening hours for monuments in Egypt?
Most of the monuments, historical sites and museums open from 9 AM until 5 PM. Some museums have morning opening hours, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and evening opening hours, from 5 PM to 9 or 10 PM. During the holy month of Ramadan time schedules are subject to change
Which currency is acceptable to pay in?
The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound. However, many touristic shops, restaurants, and bars will accept dollars or Euros at rates that are relatively close to the official ones.
You will be able to exchange Currencies such as Sterling, Euros and US Dollars in local banks or Exchange offices. But it’s always advisable to carry local currency as it will make your life easier especially when paying for groceries and taxis
Will I be able to use my Credit card and traveler’s checks in Egypt?
Credit cards, including VISA, MasterCard, American Express, are widely accepted in major hotels, restaurants and stores. In markets like Khan El Khalili and the Luxor touristic market accept credit cards. However you should carry enough cash if you are going to remote areas.
ATMs are available on many street sidewalks and are found in some of the major hotels
Travelers’ checks are not widely accepted. They can usually only be cashed in main bank branches, which may be some distance from your accommodation
Should I take vaccines before travelling to Egypt?
Vaccines are not obligatory, and there is no concern about malaria as it doesn’t exist in Egypt. However, before travelling you should consult a travel health specialist who will give you an accurate, up to date advice
How can I avoid health problems during my visit?
You will need to carefully choose where you eat. Your hotel restaurant and those that your tour guide suggests are the best options. Because of the hot climate, consuming more water is necessary. However it is preferred to make sure water is filtered or purchase bottled water.
Not to forget the sun lotion, a hat and sunglasses when you’re doing the excursions as the sun is more intense, and there might be a possibility of sunburn
Anti-bacterial hand hygiene gel or wet wipes are very useful when there is not water available for washing your hands
You can bring your prescribed medicine as well as a copy of your prescription
What language is commonly used by people?
Arabic is the native language. However English is the foreign language that is commonly used when people deal with Non-Egyptians. It will also ease communication if you know some Arabic words or phrases
What voltage does Egypt have and what kind of plugs?
Egypt has a voltage supply of 220V and the plugs are the 2 round pin type that are commonly found in shops selling luggage or other travel goods.
Should I get an Egyptian SIM card?
Yes. SIM cards are affordable and you can purchase from the airport or official stores