If you are considering a trip to Egypt, there may be someone you that will express a concern about the political situation. It has now been two years since the second and final uprising of the Egyptian people. Egypt has been occupied for over 5,000 years and finally the Government is taking care of the essential info-structure for the people of Egypt. I have interviewed Dr. Erin Nell, egyptologist and resident of Egypt, since my return from Egypt in 2012. Things are settled and calm and there is a secure atmosphere present in Egypt. If you would like to listen to that interview discussing the uprising and eventual stabilization of Egypt you can CLICK HERE
Egypt is now open and welcoming visitors into a safe and stable environment. There are many tourists from all over the world that are coming to Egypt. Throughout our Sacred Journey Egypt tour, we will have a security guard along with us. If, for any reason, unexpected unrest prevents us from traveling, the trip will be rescheduled. I fully expect that we will have a successful journey amongst the Egyptian people who are a beautiful, caring and fun.
Sincerely, Sierra Neblina
Visas, Customs, and Meeting the Group
Tourist visas are not included in the package. They can be purchased at the Cairo Airport with cash for $20 USD. Peel the sticker and put the Visa in your passport. Proceed to Customs. After your passport is stamped in customs, hospitality personnel from our Egyptian travel agency will welcome you with a sign with you name on it. They will assist you with your luggage. Next, you will board our coach and be driven to the Hotel. The following morning we will have an orientation in the area that your egyptian driver indicates to you when dropping you off at the Hotel. Be sure to have had breakfast and have your bags packed and with you for the orientation.
The weather in Egypt in September-October is ideal and ranges from 62-84F (17-29C). The sun in the heat of the day is bright and strong, even more so in Luxor and Aswan, so you'll need a hat and summer attire. It is cooler at night in September so you'll need a jacket. Rain is unusual.
No inoculations are necessary for travel to Egypt. It is recommended that you drink and brush your teeth with bottled water. Bottled water is included in the tour package. While there are drug stores and decent medical services, the selection of medications are very limited and you won't recognize the brands. It is very important to understand: If you need it, bring it with you. Be sure to anticipate all your medical needs and take the time to pack it just in case. i.e.: aspirin, cold medicine, etc.
Cell Phone Access and Internet
Be sure to check with your carrier if your phone can be used internationally. There is a plan associated with it. Be sure to set that up before traveling. We will be traveling with a Satellite phone at all times for emergencies only. Most of our hotels will have free WiFi in the lobby and public areas. But WiFi is available in the Guest Rooms for a fee. To be sure you will have the access you need for the trip make sure to click on the link for all the hotels and check on the availability of WIFI. We suggest for the purity of the trip, that you unplug as much as possible while on the tour.
The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). The current exchange rate as of December 2014 is 7.1 EGP for $1 US. Here is a currency converter to check rates with your country's currency. Travelers Checks are not recommended. Converting to EGP at home is more expensive. Using credit cards for extras at the hotels and on the cruise is fine. It is recommended that you pay cash at the markets. It is easy to get a cash advance on your credit card in hotels. ATM machines work well in Egypt especially if there is a chip on your card. There are reliable ATMs in airport, at our Marsa Martrouh hotel, Aswan Hotel, Cairo hotel and the Luxor hotel.
Hotels and cruise boats do an excellent job on laundry returned in 24 hours for a reasonable fee, that is not covered in the Tour.
What to Bring:
Luggage - You will have help with your bags throughout the trip, so pack what you need. When we change venues, you will bring your bags to the lobby. You'll identify your luggage and it will be put on the bus for you. When we arrive, you'll get your new room keys, identify your luggage, and it will be delivered to your room. It is helpful to have bags on rollers to better handle on the trip and in the airport.
Clothing - In Egypt, tourists can wear whatever they like, however, in Muslim tradition, women show as little skin as possible. For men, shorts and t-shirts are fine. While you may want to change for dinner, there is no need for formality. For women, light pants and long light skirts, or cool summer dresses with sleeves are suggested. A windproof jacket will prove invaluable at night. You can easily acquire large cotton scarves that are helpful for covering up when need be, to protect you from the sun or the wind, or to de-emphasize a short-sleeved garment. Jeans may be a bit hot during the day but are fine at night and leggings work well for the horse and camel ride the night on the desert. On the cruise and in hotels, we are in our own company so lighter attire is appropriate and you can wear bathing suits by the pool. When exploring the temple sites and the inside the pyramids, it is dusty. Hats, sunglasses and sunblock are recommended.
Shoes - Footwear is an important subject. It can spoil the day if you are unprepared. we suggest you bring at least 2 pairs of comfortable shoes. You can change from one pair to the other as we will be doing lots of walking about and the change will save your feet. Be prepared for the heat and for extensive walking on sand.
Personal Items - If you need it, bring it with you! Don't expect to 'pick up' clothes or toiletries. Hair dryers are provided throughout the trip. Electrical current is 220 so if you bring electronics, you'll need a converter. Most computers and digital cameras will adjust for 110/220 current. You'll need an adaptor if you want to get the plug in the wall. We suggest that you also bring a lot of ziplock bags for cameras and personal items to keep the sand out. We also suggest that you bring a headlamp or flashlight.
Why would you need trip Insurance?
Here are a few things to consider when choosing your travel insurance plan to make sure it's right for you and covers all the things you want:
- 1. Cancellation: It's no fun if you're seriously sick or injured and cannot go on your trip. To claim though, you should buy your insurance policy when you book your trip. Not all insurance policies cover cancellation and may only cover it for certain reasons or at certain times, so please read the policy wording carefully before you buy it.
- 2. Medical expenses over and above evacuation: Check that your cover includes emergency medical treatment for serious injuries, illnesses and accidents while overseas. There may not be cover for pre-existing medical conditions you (or others) have before you buy the insurance, so check this carefully. Be aware: travel insurance doesn't replace health insurance at home and won't cover you for general checkups, major dental work which can wait until your return or other medical treatment at home.
- 3. Medical evacuation & repatriation Check the cover for emergency medical transport to get you to an appropriate hospital or to bring you home if you're unable to continue your trip. Remember, insurance providers may insist on getting you home as soon as you are fit enough to travel and you need ongoing medical treatment, which you can receive at home.
- 4. Stolen Gear: Most travel insurance policies have a per-item value limit. Make sure it's high enough to cover your gear. You may be able to choose a policy that allows you to increase this limit for individual high value items like laptops, cameras and mobile phones. Either way, always carry your valuables on you and never leave your gear in a place where they can be easily stolen. This includes shared dorm rooms and other public places like cafes. All policies will explain the items that are covered and the situations when you can make a claim, so read the baggage section carefully.
- 5. Adventurous Activities: Look carefully at what your policy covers - you may find that some adventurous activities are automatically included and some excluded. You might have to upgrade the cover when you buy it to include all of the activities you're planning to do.
- 6. Work, volunteer & study experiences: Be sure to check if you're covered to work or do certain activities while studying or volunteering or if you can upgrade your cover when you buy it. Certain higher risk experiences and personal liability while working may be excluded. If in doubt, ask.
- 7. Personal Liability: Accidents happen. If it's found to be your fault and someone decides to sue you, you want to be covered. Not all policies cover this, so if that's important to you, read the policy wording carefully.
- 8. Is it safe to go there? Also check the policy carefully to see how the cover works if your trip gets interrupted by an environmental disaster (like volcanoes, earthquakes, floods), some policies cover this, others don't.
- 9. Important things you need to know: Travel insurance is not designed to cover everything, so please read the full description of coverage (policy wording) carefully when you get a quote, to make sure this travel insurance is right for you, your trip and all of the adventurous activities you'll be doing. What's covered (the policy benefits, limits, terms and conditions) and what's not covered (policy exclusions) will vary depending on your country of residence, the plan you choose, how many people are traveling on the policy and any applicable upgrades or options you buy. Never assume you're covered, simply read the terms and conditions carefully so there are no surprises if you do need to use it.Here are a few things to consider when choosing your travel insurance plan to make sure it's right for you and covers all the things you want:
- 10. Stolen Gear: Most travel insurance policies have a per-item value limit. Make sure it's high enough to cover your gear. You may be able to choose a policy that allows you to increase this limit for individual high value items like laptops, cameras and mobile phones. Either way, always carry your valuables on you and never leave your gear in a place where they can be easily stolen. This includes shared dorm rooms and other public places like cafes. All policies will explain the items that are covered and the situations when you can make a claim, so read the baggage section carefully.
Email Sierra if you would like to recieve a pdf copy of the terms and conditions to be signed by you and sent in with your deposit.