Frequently Asked Questions
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When Planning a trip to Egypt, travelers always have many questions. here we give answers to 20 FAQuestions by travelers about thier trip to Egypt and how to plan the trip of a life time.
1-How to travel to Egypt ?
Most Egypt visitors come to Egypt by air, but a huge portion of them use Cruises to visit Egypt together with some other countries in one single expensive tour.
2-How to get the cheapest prices and the best offers?
- You should do some homework to get to see Egypt for very cheap prices:
- search the web for reputable and good travel companies
- contact all of them for qoutes, and services
- negotiate the price
- exchange many e-mails regarding services, what is included, what is not included, and prices again
- ask for a discount, they will give it to you, but just use your common sense not to push hard specially if the price is already low
3-what are the phases of planning a trip?..how long does it take to finalize it?
The longer it takes, the cheaper the price would be.
Start contacting travel agents at least 4 months before your tour starts
4-Should I go with the international travel agencies or the locally-based ones?
Some of the international agencies will give you good low prices, but most of them are very expensive compared to the locally-based agencies as they use them as ground operators, and all what they do is to get you as a customer, then the local company do all the tour for you, so using local travel agents will save you a lot of money
5-Is the cheapest O.K, or better take the higher in price?
Avoid as possible the high prices, that does not mean that the lowest is O.K, most of the travelers in Egypt get the same quality of services regardless how much money they paid in tours, but the very well known is that the cheapest is always with lower quality…The best is to choose the middle offered prices guarantees the highest quality of services still.
6-through whom i book hotels?..how can i book sleeper train in Egypt?
When contacting a travel agent either local or international, ask for hotel booking, but get the hotel price outside the package, and then compare the price with the price of the night at the same hotel online, if the price was lower , you would better take the price offered by the travle agent.
7-Is it better to buy a ready-made package, or tailor making?
Readymade packages are to save you headache and time, so if you found a ready-made package that suits your time table and your desires in a trip, just go a head and book it.
8-Is it better to include all tours, or leave some optional ones?
It is better for you to include all what you want to see in the package, otherwise you will be over charged (by most of the travel agents) when you buy it in Egypt.
9-I want to get inside the Great pyramid of Giza, is it worth the money of the ticket?
To get the feeling of being inside a pyramid, it does not worth the money to go inside the great pyramid of Giza, but to tell that you have been inside it, it worth the money, it depends on you and your interests…In Giza you can see the inside of three pyramids free of charge.
10-How to organize a trip to the desert from Aswan?
That would be hard to organize, as all the desert tips that start in upper Egypt start from Luxor, so you should travel first from Aswan to Luxor, and then start your desert trip.
11- I want to start a tour to the desert from Hurghada, is that possible?
You can do a desert trip in the desert of Hurghada itself, or go to Cairo where most of the tours start to the Western Egyptian desert.
12- Are all Nile cruises clean and good?
Absolutely not, many of them are old, smelly, and in a bad need to renovation
13- What is the difference between Nile cruise and hotel categories in Egypt?
14- I found a lot of all inclusive offers, are they good??
Most of them are designed for the eastern and middle European nationalities as these nationalities care a lot about the quantity and do not give to much care to the quality.
15- Is it better to book the hotel in advance, and then buy the tours from hotel travel agent on spot?
If you have good negotiation skills, then you can do it and book the tours in Egypt in the hotel.
16- Is it easy to do all this online?
Yes, booking your trip online has become too easy just requires being familiar with the Internet itself and aware of network safety and know how to pay money online.
17- What is the importance of having a guide in the package?
A guide is in charge of explaining and providing information to the tourist in the right place at the right time..setting your mind and self free in the tour to enjoy is not guaranteed without a guide.
18- What is the appropriate amount of tipping, and whom to tip and for what?
Tipping in Egypt is a custom that is to say you should tip any body whom you deal with in Egypt and presents a service for you
19- where are the best restaurants, and do i have to care about this point?
In Egypt, in the major cities, you will find all the international famous restaurants everywhere you go.
Having a guide with you insures you know about the Egyptian restaurants and where to find them for Egyptian food.
20- What about safety outside the main cities?
In all the touristy cities, it is safe for the tourist for instance to walk or go out alone at night, the exception is in Minya where the police will patron you all the time for your safety as the place is not very busy with tourist and people are not used to seeing the foreigners.