I went to Egypt for the first time in 1983. Since then I returned again in 1995 and 2000 and starting in 2004, I’ve taken groups there every year (the last time was February 2016). Since 1995, I’ve always traveled with Guardian Travel, and they take excellent care of us.
Once you book the trip we’ll send you my 20 page “Travel Tips for Egypt” which I’ve produced over the years. It answers every question you might have about Egypt (indexed by topic so you can find answers very quickly), but here are some of the basics you will want to know.
The Egyptian People
The Egyptian people are some of the warmest and friendliest people I’ve ever met anywhere in the world. Whenever Egyptians ask me where I’m from and I say “The U.S.”, they always say “we love Americans!”
You will need a passport that is valid for 6 months after the end of your trip (August 27, 2017).
You need a visa to travel in Egypt, but Guardian Travel handles all that for us.
Vaccinations – None needed.
Traveling to Egypt and within Egypt
We will meet in New York (JFK) on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and fly directly to Cairo. We’ll have 3 flights within Egypt (Cairo to Luxor, Aswan to Abu Simbel, and Abu Simbel to Cairo). Our 5 day Nile Cruise travels from Luxor to Aswan.
Since 2010, we’ve always gone to Egypt the last 2 weeks of February, because the weather is perfect! I’ve been to Egypt in May (too hot!), October (nice in Cairo, but too hot in Southern Egypt) and discovered that February is perfect, because it’s warm in Cairo (usually 65-70 degrees F) and nice and warm in Southern Egypt (75-80 F) for our 5-day Nile Cruise.
What to Wear in Egypt – You Don’t Have to Wear a Scarf
When we are on our cruise ship or at the hotels we can wear whatever we want, including shorts. When we go out, it’s important for women to not expose their shoulders or knees. Most people who travel with me wear slacks or capri pants and short sleeved t-shirts (as long as they cover the upper arm). The women in the picture (from one of my previous groups) are dressed perfectly. Shorts are not appropriate in public places for either men or women. It is not necessary for women to wear a head scarf in public. Good walking shoes and a hat are a must. Bring a swimming suit for the hotels (our pool in Cairo has the most incredible view of the Pyramids!) and for our Nile cruise ship!
Food in Egypt
The food in Egypt is wonderful and it’s especially fun to sample the local cuisine. We’ll have lots of chicken, fish, beef, lamb and lots of fresh vegetables. The bread that is baked fresh in wood ovens is fantastic! Vegetarian options are available at all meals. We recommend eating cooked vegetables until your tummy is acclimated.
Shopping, Money and Bargaining
The exchange rate for the US dollar is an extraordinary 8 to 1, meaning 8 Egyptian pounds per American dollar (8.87 specifically as I revise this in May, 2016). This is a major difference from the past few years when the exchange rate was 3 to 1.
This will make the amazing shopping even more amazing. Egypt is well known for its oils, hand-made carpets, gold and silver jewelry, alabaster and papyrus and we’ll be taking you to shops that are of the highest quality.
ATMs are available everywhere we go.
Bargaining and haggling are always part of the fun in Egypt. We usually recommend that if you are with a street vendor, start at ½ of the asking price! Of course, our guardians from Guardian Travel will always be with us to make sure we’re not paying too much! Again, it’s part of the fun!
WiFi is available in all the hotels and on the Nile Cruise.
We take care of everything
One of the things that is so wonderful about this trip is that we take care of everything for you. I’ve been taking groups to Egypt every year since 2004 and this trip is perfect! We see all the must see places, we see places the average tourist doesn’t go to, staying in 5 star hotels, our fabulous Nile cruise, wonderful food, traveling with other like-minded adventurers, amazing ceremonies and everyday beautifully planned.
DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions and would like to speak with your Tour Leader, Debra Stangl, please call Debra toll-free at 877/204-3664. Debra loves talking about Egypt!
For our friends outside the US and Canada, call our direct line, 928/204-5988.
You can also reach Debra by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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