Information & Guidelines - Terms & Conditions

COVID-19: Travel restrictions to Egypt

Commercial flights and international tourism to Egypt have resumed from 1 July 2020. Americans and most nationalities can enter Egypt without being quarantined, providing the following:

  • Effective from 1st September 2020 and until further notice, ALL passengers traveling to Egypt MUST be in possession of a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before the departure time of the last direct flight to Egypt.
  • Passengers traveling from North America, Canada, South America, London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Thailand are allowed to provide the RT-PCR test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure, due to the long travel and transit period from these airports. (COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice; you should check with your airline to confirm timeframes for undertaking PCR tests before traveling).
  • The submitted PCR test certificate will be accepted if it meets these requirements:
    1. It includes the hour and the date of sampling, which is the date/time from which the 72 hours will be counted.
    2. Issued by an authorized accredited laboratory and stamped with the laboratory’s stamp, and does not contain scraping, cancellation or addition.
    3. Indicating the type of sample taken for the swab.
    4. Indicating that the type of test is an RT-PCR. (RT stands for Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase – PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction)
    5. The certificate is accepted in English or Arabic language.
    6. The RT-PCR certificate must be an original paper certificate. (Copy is NOT accepted. Digital Copy is NOT accepted)
  • If you are vaccinated you do not need to have a PCR test to enter Egypt providing these conditions are met:
    1. Tourists coming with vaccination certificates against the Coronavirus from countries affected by the mutated strains of the Coronavirus – the vaccination certificate is reviewed and the certificates approved in the issuing country are accepted without abrasion, deletion or addition and containing:
      QR Code and accepting these certificates after verifying the authority issuing this certificate and the required data through a QR Code reader. If the certificate is without a QR Code, it must be approved by the Egyptian embassy in the country of the tourist before arrival.
    2. Conducting an ID NOW COVID-19 analysis – and in case the result is positive – a PCR analysis is performed at the arrival airport – and if the result is positive, the tourist is transferred to a fever hospital and the medical protocol established for such cases is applied.
    3. Tourists coming from countries not affected by the mutated strains, on direct or indirect flights, and in possession of vaccination certificates against the Coronavirus during the previous 14 days – the vaccination certificates in the possession of the tourist are reviewed and accepted in accordance with the requirements mentioned above in item No. 1
    4. Vaccines that have obtained approvals from the World Health Organization and the Egyptian Medicines Authority are approved – provided that the time period is taken into account, after 14 days from the date of obtaining the second dose of vaccines, which are given in two doses, which are Pfizer – Astra Zeneca – Moderna – Sino Pharm – Sinovac – Sputnik – or 14 days have passed since receiving the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • All arriving passengers at the airport in Cairo are screened by thermal cameras and/or body temperature measurements.
  • All arriving passengers must fill out a Public Health Card upon arrival to Egypt.
  • Foreign travelers must show proof of a valid private medical health insurance policy, which will cover the cost of treatment for COVID-19. Click Here
  • Americans and most foreign nationals require a Visa that you will obtain upon your arrival at Egypt airport in Cairo. Click Here
  • It is mandatory to wear a face-covering mask, covering the mouth and nose, in enclosed public places (airports, hotels, buses, boats, sites), or you will be denied entry to buildings, vehicles and sites if you are not wearing a mask, and possibly fined.
  • Americans returning back to the U.S.: Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 3 calendar days of travel. A PCR swab test will be offered to our group at our hotel in Cairo on the morning of March 26, 2022, with results available within 8-10 hours (Cost is $100.00 USD per test). The laboratory result certificate with the lab stamp and office government seal will be provided on March 27th. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. The PCR test will also be available for any other nationalities that require it for their return to their countries. Please contact your airline and government for the COVID-19 requirements for the return to your country.
  • Passengers who are suffering from a temperature equal to or above 38°C / 100.4°F or those who are suffering from one of the respiratory symptoms (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, etc.) are not allowed to board an aircraft.
  • Rules and restrictions may be changed at short notice. Check with your airline and your local government for the latest information before departure. Please contact the Egyptian Embassy or the nearest Consulate in your country for updated information concerning Egyptian government policies.

Egypt COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in coordination with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Tourism Federation, has put forward this guide for outlining the hygiene safety regulations in hospitality establishments, tourism activities, archeological sites, museums, airports and on board Egyptian aircraft. Click to read the complete guide:
REGULATIONS FOR THE RESUMPTION OF TOURISM TO EGYPT

BASIC ITINERARY SCHEDULES:


OPTION 1 – FULL TOUR! MARCH 4-28, 2022
OPTION 2 – MARCH 4-11, 2022
OPTION 3 – MARCH 10-28, 2022
OPTION 4 – MARCH 19-28, 2022


OPTION 1 – FULL TOUR! MARCH 4-28, 2022
Saqqara – Giza – Sphinx – Pyramids – Abusir – Dahshur
Lower & Upper Nile Cruise & Temples


DEPARTURE to Egypt – Thu. Mar. 3, 2022
Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Cairo and arriving the next day.

Day ONE: Fri. Mar. 4, 2022 – ARRIVAL (Check-in 15:00 / 3:00 PM). Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel. (Meals on your own)
Day TWO: Sat. Mar. 5, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BD)
Day THREE: Sun. Mar. 6, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BL)
Day FOUR: Mon. Mar. 7, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BL)
Day FIVE: Tue. Mar. 8, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BL)
Day SIX: Wed. Mar. 9, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (B)
Day SEVEN: Thu. Mar. 10, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (B)
Day EIGHT: Fri. Mar. 11, 2022 – Flight to Aswan. Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 1 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day NINE: Sat. Mar. 12, 2022 – Overnight Edfu. Cruise nt. 2 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day TEN: Sun. Mar. 13, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 3 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day ELEVEN: Mon. Mar. 14, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 4 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day TWELVE: Tue. Mar. 15, 2022 – Overnight Kena. Cruise nt. 5 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day THIRTEEN: Wed. Mar. 16, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 6 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day FOURTEEN: Thu. Mar. 17, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 7 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day FIFTEEN: Fri. Mar. 18, 2022 – Overnight Esna. Cruise nt. 8 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day SIXTEEN: Sat. Mar. 19, 2022 – Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 9 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day SEVENTEEN: Sun. Mar. 20, 2022 – Overnight Aswan – Movenpick Aswan Resort (BLD)
Day EIGHTEEN: Mon. Mar. 21, 2022 – Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 10 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day NINETEEN: Tue. Mar. 22, 2022 – Overnight Wadi al-Sebua. Cruise nt. 11 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day TWENTY: Wed. Mar. 23, 2022 – Overnight Amada. Cruise nt. 12 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day TWENTY-ONE: Thu. Mar. 24, 2022 – Overnight Abu Simbel. Cruise nt. 13 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day TWENTY-TWO: Fri. Mar. 25, 2022 – Flight to Cairo. Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
Day TWENTY-THREE: Sat. Mar. 26, 2022 – Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
*PCR Test for Americans and other nationalities requiring a test for returning to their countries
Day TWENTY-FOUR: Sun. Mar. 27, 2022 – Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
Day TWENTY-FIVE: Mon. Mar. 28, 2022 – DEPARTURE (B)

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

OPTION 2 – MARCH 4-11, 2022
Saqqara – Giza – Sphinx – Pyramids – Abusir – Dahshur


DEPARTURE to Egypt – Thu. Mar. 3, 2022
Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Cairo and arriving the next day.

Day ONE: Fri. Mar. 4, 2022 – ARRIVAL (Check-in 15:00 / 3:00 PM). Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel. (Meals on your own)
Day TWO: Sat. Mar. 5, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BD)
Day THREE: Sun. Mar. 6, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BL)
Day FOUR: Mon. Mar. 7, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BL)
Day FIVE: Tue. Mar. 8, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (BL)
Day SIX: Wed. Mar. 9, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (B)
*PCR Test for Americans and other nationalities requiring a test for returning to their countries
Day SEVEN: Thu. Mar. 10, 2022 – Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel (B)
Day EIGHT: Fri. Mar. 11, 2022 – DEPARTURE (B)

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

OPTION 3 – MARCH 10-28, 2022
Lower & Upper Nile Cruise & Temples


DEPARTURE to Egypt – Wed. Mar. 9, 2022
Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Cairo and arriving the next day.

Day ONE: Thu. Mar. 10, 2022 – ARRIVAL (Check-in 15:00 / 3:00 PM). Overnight Giza – Mena House Hotel. (Meals on your own)
Day TWO: Fri. Mar. 11, 2022 – Flight to Aswan. Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 1 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day THREE: Sat. Mar. 12, 2022 – Overnight Edfu. Cruise nt. 2 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day FOUR: Sun. Mar. 13, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 3 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day FIVE: Mon. Mar. 14, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 4 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day SIX: Tue. Mar. 15, 2022 – Overnight Kena. Cruise nt. 5 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day SEVEN: Wed. Mar.16, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 6 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day EIGHT: Thu. Mar. 17, 2022 – Overnight Luxor. Cruise nt. 7 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day NINE: Fri. Mar. 18, 2022 – Overnight Esna. Cruise nt. 8 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day TEN: Sat. Mar. 19, 2022 – Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 9 – Sonesta St. George (BLD)
Day ELEVEN: Sun. Mar. 20, 2022 – Overnight Aswan – Movenpick Aswan Resort (BLD)
Day TWELVE: Mon. Mar. 21, 2022 – Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 10 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day THIRTEEN: Tue. Mar. 22, 2022 – Overnight Wadi al-Sebua. Cruise nt. 11 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day FOURTEEN: Wed. Mar. 23, 2022 – Overnight Amada. Cruise nt. 12 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day FIFTEEN: Thu. Mar. 24, 2022 – Overnight Abu Simbel. Cruise nt. 13 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day SIXTEEN: Fri. Mar. 25, 2022 – Flight to Cairo. Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
Day SEVENTEEN: Sat. Mar. 26, 2022 – Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
*PCR Test for Americans and other nationalities requiring a test for returning to their countries
Day EIGHTEEN: Sun Mar. 27, 202 – Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
Day NINETEEN: Mon Mar. 28, 2022 – DEPARTURE (B)

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

OPTION 4 – MARCH 19-28, 2022
Upper Nile Cruise & Temples


DEPARTURE to Egypt – Fri. Mar. 18, 2022
Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Cairo and arriving the next day.

Day ONE: Sat. Mar. 19, 2022 – ARRIVAL (Check-in 15:00 / 3:00 PM). Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel. (Meals on your own)
Day TWO: Sun. Mar. 20, 2022 – Flight to Aswan. Overnight Aswan – Movenpick Aswan Resort (BLD)
Day THREE: Mon. Mar. 21, 2022 – Overnight Aswan. Cruise nt. 1 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day FOUR: Tue. Mar. 22, 2022 – Overnight Wadi al-Sebua. Cruise nt. 2 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day FIVE: Wed. Mar. 23, 2022 – Overnight Amada. Cruise nt. 3 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day SIX: Thu. Mar. 24, 2022 – Overnight Abu Simbel. Cruise nt. 4 – Prince Abbas (BLD)
Day SEVEN: Fri.  25, 2022 – Flight to Cairo. Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
Day EIGHT: Sat. Mar. 26, 2022 – Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
*PCR Test for Americans and other nationalities requiring a test for returning to their countries
Day NINE: Sun Mar. 27, 2022 – Overnight Cairo – The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel (B)
Day TEN: Mon Mar. 28, 2022 – DEPARTURE (B)

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

View Detailed Itinerary for Egypt Tour

This royal journey to Egypt has it All!!

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES (March 4-28):

  • Kryon channellings every day!
  • Sightseeing tours as described and mentioned above.
  • Tours in English-language by professional Egyptologist tour guides.
  • All site entrances fees.
  • Most meals as listed in Itinerary.
  • World famous Mena House Hotel near the Great Pyramids of Giza.
  • 5-Star The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
  • A wonderful program on two deluxe Nile cruise boats, Upper Nile: 4-Star Mövenpick M/S. Prince Abbas and Lower Nile: 5-Star M/V Sonesta St. George I. Sailing on the Nile is an experience to cherish. It is like time is standing still and you feel you are back in an ancient time, sailing again to your favorite Temple. Don’t forget the wonderful meals on board (BLD)!
  • Visits to all the great Temples along the Upper and Lower Nile, Sakkara, the Sphinx, the Great Pyramids, and the Giza Plateau and much more as listed in itinerary.
  • Visit to the New Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • Visit to Khufu’s Boat Museum.
  • Visit to Nubian Museum.
  • Private charter flight between Cairo/Aswan and Abu Simbel/Cairo.
  • Private visit to the Sun Temple of Userkaf.
  • Private visits to the Great Pyramid, King Chamber and The Sphinx.
  • Private visit to the Temple of Isis at Philae.
  • Private visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu.
  • Private visit to the Shrine of Sekhmet.
  • Festive Welcome & Farewell Dinners.
  • Oriental Entertainment Shows (Nubian Folkloric, Whirling Dervish, Belly Dancer).

Accommodation & Transportation:

  • 7 Nights/8 days in Cairo at the 5-Star Mena House Hotel – Mar. 4-11.
  • 9 Nights/10 Days on board Charter 5-Star deluxe Nile Cruise boat M/V Sonesta St. George I – Mar. 11 – disembarking Mar. 20. Just for our group!
  • 1 Night at the Movenpick Resort Aswan – Mar. 20.
  • 4 Nights/5 Days on board Charter 4-Star deluxe Nile Cruise boat Mövenpick M/S. Prince Abbas – Mar. 21 – disembarking Mar. 25. Just for our group!
  • 3 Nights in Cairo at the 5-Star The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel – Mar. 25-27. (Check-out 28th)
  • Private charter flight between Cairo/Aswan and Abu Simbel/Cairo.
  • Deluxe coaches on all land portions.

Transfers:

  • Arrival day – Cairo airport to Mena House Hotel.
  • Private Egypt Air charter flight between Cairo/Aswan and Abu Simbel/Cairo. Just for our group.
  • Private air-conditioned motor coaches for all transportations.
  • Transfer of all baggage throughout the tour.
  • Departure day – transfer from The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel to airport.

Other Services:

  • Meet, assist and transfer services upon arrival/departure to/from Egyptian Airports.

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to Egypt.
  • Entry visa to Egypt, which will cost approximately $25 USD per person.
  • Passport fees or charges (if any).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry service, mini bar charges, drinks with meals, and health club fees, etc.
  • Additional requests from you that are not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities: Tipping for personal items such as your housekeeper, laundry service, room services, meal gratuities, tour guides, etc.
  • Charges for incidental services (i.e. laundry, drinks, room service, and telephone calls, etc.)
  • Extra meals not included in itinerary. NOTE: Beverages with meals are NOT usually included. Please ask to confirm.
  • Any items that are not specified listed above as being included.
  • Emergency evacuation.

TOUR COSTS

Our itinerary provides information as to the costs of the tour and the accommodations and services that are included. Unless otherwise explained in the tour itinerary, the fee includes: lodging and meals usually drinks on your on your own as indicated per day (other food or beverages may be purchased by you at your own cost). The tour price also includes all transportation during the tour, sightseeing as specified in the itinerary, entrance fees for parks and other areas that are designated in the itinerary, and services of a tour guide. We reserve the right to substitute lodging accommodations if necessary, and will endeavor to provide accommodations of similar quality. Tour costs are based on group rates and no refunds will be given for unutilized services.

HOTELS, BOATS, & RELATED INFO

Hotel Check-In: Room available from 15:00 (3pm).

Hotels Items Amenities

  • World famous 5-Star Mena House Hotel (Garden Section), with buffet breakfast daily.
    • Upgrade to Pyramid View is an additional $245 ($35 per nt.) per Room Single/Double for the total seven nights (Mar. 4-11, 2022). Email info@shalohaproductions.com
    • The Mena House Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Internet access in all rooms and public areas; Unique dining restaurants; Business Centre; Fitness Centre; 24-hour in-room dining; Meeting and conference facilities; Outdoor heated swimming pool; 24-hour laundry service; Electronic in-room safe; Mini-bars; Hair dryer; Complimentary tea/coffee making facility; Thick, terry-cloth bathrobes, and down pillows (Hypoallergenic pillows on request).
  • Chartered 5-Star Deluxe Nile cruise boat M/V Sonesta St. George I. The M/V Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 45 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and 1 Royal Suite, Sonesta St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities. All accommodations feature a Plasma screen TV equipped with the latest technology and a “live” sailing channel. Internet access, direct-dial telephone, individual climate control, electronic door locks, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer and bathrooms with spa unit including steam bath and Jacuzzi and water massage. Double-glass panoramic French windows that open to bring in fresh breezes from the Nile.
  • Chartered 4-Star Deluxe Nile Cruise boat Mövenpick M/S. Prince Abbas, luxurious Nile Cruise. With 43 Deluxe Cabins, 18 Junior Suites and 4 Royal Suite. Cabins are approximately 22 square metres, all tastefully and luxuriously furnished. The cabins have en-suite shower room and benefit from individually controlled air-conditioning and include television, minibar, climate control and Direct-dial telephone. Internet access.
  • 5-Star Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo with buffet breakfast daily.
    The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo carries a rich legacy of tradition and luxury.
    Overlooking the Nile River lies the iconic luxury hotel, offering leisure and business travelers an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo. The hotel marries the “bucket-list” city with world-class services; offering splendid amenities including more than nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a lavish spa, and unprecedented service promising you an unforgettable getaway.
    The elegantly appointed rooms are designed to pamper your senses with the finest amenities. Overlooking either the legendary Nile or the historical Egyptian Museum.

Pre & Post Nights

If you need extra nights before and/or after the tour dates at our hotels, cost with our group rate per room per night with breakfast incl all taxes.
*Costs also include a Private transfer from Cairo International Airport to the hotel with our land operator ‘Travels Key’.

Mena House Marriot Hotel in Giza:
Single (King bed) $230.00 USD per nt.
Double (King or Twin beds) $250.00 USD per nt.
Pyramid View Additional $35.00 USD per nt.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo:
Single or Double (King or Twin beds) $230.00 USD per nt*
*Rooms overlooking the Historic Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square
Nile View Room (King or Twin beds) $275.00 USD per nt.

To book, email: info@shalohaproductions.com

Food

Food in Egypt is healthy with a variety including vegetarian and vegan dishes at all hotels and on the cruise.

ROOM SHARE

When not traveling with a partner or friend, we will pair women with women, men with men. The Divine Spirit typically has a hand in those matters.

TIPS & GRATUITIES

Group tipping is included for waiters, hotel and restaurants, Nile cruise staff, baggage handlers, guides, bus drivers and temple guards etc.

The price does not include tipping for personal items: your room housekeeper, laundry service, drinks, health clubs, tips for personal meals and other personal items.

WIFI

  • Cairo Airport – Terminal buildings 1, 2 and 3 are equipped with Wi-Fi services, covering the departure and transit areas.
  • Mena House Hotel – Garden Section – Internet access in all rooms and public areas without surcharge. F.O.C.
  • Nile Cruise M/V. Sonesta St. George – Internet coverage is not always reliable on the Nile and can be very limited. There is access in the lobby without surcharge, F.O.C.
  • Movenpick Aswan Hotel – Internet access in all rooms and public areas without surcharge. F.O.C.
  • Mövenpick M/S. Prince Abbas – Internet access in Abu Simbel and Aswan only. 3 GB free internet per person. No access during the sailing between the two cities.
  • The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel – wireless internet access without surcharge. F.O.C.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Foreign travelers must show proof of a valid private medical health insurance policy, which will cover the cost of treatment for COVID-19.

We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive Travel Insurance (Cancellation and Medical Insurance) to protect against cancellation fees and additional travel expenses or financial default that may incur before, after, or during the trip.

There are 3 types of insurance you should consider under a comprehensive plan: trip cancellation insurance, travel health insurance, and medical evacuation insurance. These will cover different situations and may give you financial peace of mind, as well as allowing for safe and healthy travel.

Please contact your medical provider, airline or travel agent to obtain a policy for this trip. This is important.

Important: Please make sure you have your medical insurance policy provider contact information with you, before leaving for Egypt.

Recommended Travel Insurance companies:

For Americans and citizens of other countries

We suggest you call and speak with an agent about all options available

World Nomads
www.worldnomads.com/usa/travel-insurance

HTH Worldwide
Tel: 1-888-243-2358
www.hthtravelinsurance.com/index.cfm

USI AFFINITY Travel Insurance Services
Tel: 1-800-937-1387
www.travelinsure.com/what/wmedhigh.asp?32963

Insure My Trip
Tel: 1-800-487-4722
www.insuremytrip.com

TIC (Travel Insurance Coordinators)
Tel: 1-800-379-9628
www.travelinsurance.ca

For Canadians

TIC (Travel Insurance Coordinators)
Tel: 1-800-379-9628
www.travelinsurance.ca

PASSPORT & VISA

Entry Visa

The entry visa to Egypt is not included. The cost is $25 USD Cash and the visa can be obtained upon arrival. When you depart from your plane and before you go in to claim your luggage, a ‘Travels Key’ staff will greet and help you to get the visa stamp from one of the bank branches inside the arrival hall. Please hand the cash to the ‘Travels Key’ staff. The correct amount is necessary.

You can also apply and obtain the visa to Egypt online here:
Egypt Online Visa (e-Visa)
Egypt e-Visa Application

Valid Passport

  • Be sure that your passport will not expire during your stay in Egypt.
  • All visitors to Egypt must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from their arrival date in Egypt.
  • Visitors are entitled to remain in Egypt up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them.

Passport Safety

Keep your passport in your purse or a secure pocket where it cannot be seen; never pack your passport in your suitcase.

Leave a copy of the front inside information page at home, another copy in your suitcase, six more copies for hotel check-in and your original passport with you. The six copies are to be handed to Travels Key representative upon first arrival at the hotel. If you use your hotel safe, remember to check your hotel safe before checking out of your room. Total 7 copies to bring with you and your original passport.

AIRFARE

Your flight arrival to Egypt and departure should be to/from Cairo International Airport (Code: CAI).

Most international airlines operate flights to Egypt. You can also book your flights with your travel agent or Internet-based travel agencies companies such as:
www.orbitz.com www.expedia.com www.cheapoair.com www.travelocity.com www.cheaptickets.com
www.cheapflights.com www.onetravel.com www.travelzoo.com www.Kayak.com (within Kayak get pricing from: Priceline, WebJet, CheapOair, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Airfare, JustFly, FlightHub)
www.flightsfrom.com explores destination through non-stop flights from a specific airport.

TIPS TO REDUCE JET LAG

  • Get ample rest before your flight departure, and drink plenty of water and fluids.
  • Go to bed and get up at normal times for the new time zone. Your body will adjust quicker if you do not stay up all night or sleep during the day.

TIPS FOR THE FLIGHT

  • Wear comfortable clothing on the flight. Dress casually; wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Bring a jacket and inflatable neck pillow for long overseas flight.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while traveling. Avoid coffee and alcohol.
  • Stand up and stretch several times during long flights. Stretch and contract your calf muscles with frequent foot exercises.

24/7 SERVICE UPON ARRIVAL IN CAIRO AND TRANSFER TO OUR HOTEL

  1. Please send us your arrival and departure to and from Egypt flight details after you purchase your airfare: flight number, airline, dates, times to info@shalohaproductions.com
  2. Upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport a ‘Travels Key’ staff member will be waiting for you inside the arrival hall of Cairo Airport holding a sign with ‘Travels Key’ name, Kryon name and your name.
  3. ‘Travels Key’ staff will greet and help you to get the visa stamp (cost $25.00 cash) from one of the bank branches inside the arrival hall. Please hand the cash to the ‘Travels Key’ staff. The correct amount is necessary.
  4. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you go through immigration.
  5. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you collect your luggage.
  6. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you go through customs with your luggage.
  7. ‘Travels Key’ staff will transfer you from the Airport to the hotel by one of their private tourist buses.
  8. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you with your hotel room check-in.
  • Flights arriving close in time will be grouped together.

MONEY

  • All participants are requested to write clearly their name in Full (rather than just sign) on all transactions and bills for any extra requests during their stay at hotels and cruises, to avoid any confusion while settling bills upon checking out or departures.
  • Your home currency may be exchanged at the airport, your hotel, one of the local money changers, or at one of the many ATMs throughout Egypt.
  • In Egypt the Egyptian currency is called Egyptian pounds. The exchange rates vary depending on what you use in the exchange: cash, check, traveler’s check or credit card. Be sure to check with your hotel for the exchange rate as it can fluctuate daily. At all larger stores and restaurants you may use either your credit card or debit card.
  • Please check Visa or MasterCard on the web before departure for the current rate of exchange.
  • Major credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard or your ATM card are excellent to have in case of an emergency and for buying more expensive items. They provide a good exchange rate and receipt. Always ask for the carbon, if used, along with your customer copy. Important: before you depart overseas, please notify your bank or credit card provider of your schedule, and that you will be making purchases out of the country.
  • We do not recommend the use of traveler’s checks, as you may experience difficulty using and/or cashing them. In addition, banks usually charge a handling fee when cashing traveler’s checks. Major credit cards are recommended for purchases.

VAT TAX

Egypt does not have VAT Tax on purchases.

TIPS (Gratuities) & BARGAINING

In Egypt for your personal meals it is customary to tip in restaurants. When the bill does not include service charge, a 12% tip should be added to the payment. In hotels, tip the bellhop or any other service provider who helps you. Taxi drivers are generally NOT tipped. Passengers are advised to ask cab drivers to turn on the meter, thus avoiding unnecessary haggling.

Egyptians love to bargain! You will find vendors at the temple sites before you enter, and on the streets and in street markets. Advice if you want to purchase something: first ask for their best price and then offer 40% off the price. They will counter-offer. If you really want it, take the offer or walk away. They may come down with a better offer. This is a good time to take it or walk away for good. Enjoy the process but do not engage with vendors who are offensive. Also many of them will say “See you later!”, and if you say “Yes” they will find you! So, smile and keep on walking. Also you may want to shop in a group, with others who are good shoppers. Then once you have settled on the best price, any of you can buy the item at that same price. This saves a lot of time.

LUGGAGE

  • Please arrive with up to two (2) suitcases only per person and one (1) carry-on!
  • On tour buses in Egypt, luggage storage space is limited. Only one suitcase per person will be stored in the luggage compartment of the bus.
  • Inside the bus, storage space is limited to the under-seat space in front of you and the shallow space above your head.
  • You are responsible for additional pieces at all times.
  • Porters are tipped for all group transfers of luggage. For Private porter’s assistance the tip to the porter helping you is on you.
  • Always pack fewer clothes than you think you need.
  • Include a closable canvas bag inside your suitcase, in case you need extra luggage for items you have purchased. Be aware that many airlines will charge for overweight bags and more than one checked bag and one carry-on.

PACKING, CLOTHING & THINGS TO TAKE

  • For touring wear loose, comfortable cottons or other lightweight clothing that can be layered.
  • Dress in Egypt is casual, but be prepared at tour sites to cover your shoulders and arms. Please, no tank-tops. It is appropriate to have at least the upper arms covered (T-shirt length), and pants and skirts to at least the knee. Bare midriffs are not appropriate for this tour. At some sites entrance is denied to people wearing shorts or sleeveless tops. It is always good to pack a scarf to cover your arms or your head when it is hot. Pack a light waterproof jacket for cool evenings on the Nile Cruise.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must! Please break them in before you come to Egypt. Include a more formal pair of shoes for dinners at the hotel. High heels are NOT recommended for women. Bring sandals and water shoes for the pools. There will be lots of sand, so on tours open sandals may be hard to walk in.
  • Be sure to include: backpack, swimsuit, water shoes, small flashlight, travel packages of tissues, sleeping mask, earplugs, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, moistened towelettes, washcloth, pocket size tissues (for restrooms), hand & body lotion (dry climate), notebook, pens, highlighter, and notebook, extra film and batteries for camera with a protective case for x-ray machines, compact folding umbrella in case of rain.
  • Money (more than you think you will need, in small bills).
  • Do not pack: valuables, including items of sentimental value. Leave them at home.
  • Important note about visits to sites: all participants are advised to ensure that they are aware that certain sites during the different options may not be suitable to those with claustrophobia, back problems or heart conditions. Please seek advice from your guides and Travels Key accompanying staff during the tour.

VOLTAGE

Electricity in Egypt is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 Hertz. If you travel to Egypt with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter adaptor (220 Volts). Plug adapters and outlets in Egypt generally accept 1 type of plug: (two round pins). We recommend a universal adapter and converter kit.

VACCINATIONS

None are required for entry into Egypt.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES

  • Be sure to pack enough of your prescription medications to last through the tour. Pack your medicine in the original bottle and bring some in your carry-on bag.
  • Bring an extra week’s supply, your doctor’s phone number, and a copy of the generic names for each.
  • Have your doctor write an Egyptian-equivalent prescription for life-dependent medications. Not all prescriptions are interchangeable. Your doctor will be able to advise you.
  • If you are allergic to any medicines, please keep a list of these with your passport.
  • In Egypt you may need a prescription for medicine that is sold over the counter in other countries.
  • You should pack some aspirin, antacids, and similar items you use at home that you feel you might need on the tour.
  • If you suffer from motion sickness, bring along any medication you use to prevent this on the boat, bus and plane.

PREPAID PHONE/SIM CARDSCELL PHONES & SMARTPHONES

  • The system used in Egypt is GSM. You can buy (not rent) a brand new mobile + SIM card for as low as 200 Egyptian Pounds. Or you can bring your own mobile and buy only the SIM for only 20 Egyptian Pounds, valid for 3 months before you have to re-charge! This even includes a few free minutes calls and unlimited incoming calls. If you plan to make many calls out, buy a re-charge card for 25 to 200 Egyptian Pounds, depending on your needs.
  • Mobilnil have booths everywhere, so you can probably get a rental or you can buy a SIM card for use in Egypt when you are there. Everybody in Egypt has cell phones, and Vodaphone and Mobilnil are in Egypt.
  • If you have a cell phone or smartphone, check with your local provider for international service.

COMPUTERS, LAPTOPS, iPADS

  • You can bring your own laptop or iPad, or use the public computer in the lobbies of most hotels in Egypt.
  • To use your own devices, it is best to buy a small adapter plug (220 volts, for Egypt) to put on the end of your electrical cord. This will save your battery life – either in the hotel or elsewhere – and keep you online. Purchase the adapter plug for about $5 USD at a travel store or on-line – it’s easier to buy them beforehand.
  • For some devices to work, you may need a converter with an adapter attached.
  • There is usually a fee of about $10 USD per day for WIFI access in hotel rooms. Some hotels allow you to use your laptop in their lobby or designated areas for wireless connection – either complimentary or for a small fee.

BUSES & RESTROOMS

  • The deluxe touring motor coaches are air-conditioned.
  • It is important that every participant adhere to sitting in the same bus seat during the different excursions and visits to sites. Change of bus, for any reason, must be advised to the accompanying guide. This is essential for the efficient use of time, avoid unnecessary waiting and ensuring the safety of all participants.
  • No restrooms on the bus. However, restrooms are available in most sites that we will be visiting, and travel distances between sites are relatively short.

DAY TOUR DEPARTURE & RETURN

Usually, we will depart the hotel after breakfast between 8:00-9:00AM and return in the afternoon. On a few of the days that we have early private visits to sites we will depart between 4:30-6:30 AM. Your tour guide will announce the sightseeing schedule and a wake-up call for each day’s itinerary.

LOST ITEMS

  • Double check your belongings before leaving the plane, hotels and buses. We cannot assume responsibility for lost items.
  • Put your name and a contact number on your belongings. You can include our company information too.
  • Please check your hotel safe for any valuables before your leave the room.

WEATHER IN EGYPT

March is a wonderful time to visit Egypt. The climate is ideal. The desert is not too hot, and the evening temperatures are refreshingly cool. The average daily temperature during this month in Cairo is 18°C (64°F). This can reach highs of 23°C (73°F) or drop to lows of 12°C (54°F). On the Nile Cruise the temperatures can be cooler. Bring a light jacket for cool Nile breezes. Don’t forget mosquito repellent. We recommend checking the weather forecast before you leave for Egypt.

TIME IN EGYPT

SECURITY CHECK (UPON DEPARTING EGYPT)

Passengers must arrive at the airport 3 hours before departure time.
Passengers arriving at the airport must first undergo a security check before approaching the counter of the airline they are flying. Passengers and their luggage are inspected by airport personnel with modern security equipment. They will then check in their luggage and receive a boarding pass and seat number.

  • Have all travel documents readily available at check-in, placed in your carry-on or purse, NOT in your luggage.
  • Be prepared to submit yourself to a body check by metal detector or by physical means if necessary.
  • Be prepared to open all luggage for inspection at check-in. All packages, including gifts, may be opened at this time.
  • Do not lock your CARRY-ON bag in any way, because they may check the carry-on in front of the passenger.
  • Do not accept anything presented to you unless you have inspected the contents.

TOUR DATES, DELAYS, ROUTE CHANGES AND CANCELLATION

Organizing the tour has substantial financial commitments, contracts, and conditions with many of the tour suppliers in Egypt (Hotels, Chartered Boats, Chartered Flights, Coaches, Operator, and other services). The schedule is established over one year or more before the tour, so it is possible that route changes, delays, postponements, or new tour dates may become necessary if there are circumstances beyond our control, such as unexpected weather conditions, political turmoil, pandemic and/or similar causes that may require changes to the itinerary. We and our providers reserve the right to cancel or postpone the tour prior to departure, in which case the refund policy is as follows:

  • If the tour is canceled 150 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 10% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 120-149 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 20% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 90-119 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 40% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 60-89 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 50% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 30-59 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you made to us will be refunded minus a 70% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 15-29 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you made to us will be refunded minus an 80% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled less than 15 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you made to us will be refunded minus a 90% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.

In the unforeseeable event that the tour was to be canceled while the tour is taking place, due to a pandemic or other causes beyond our control, no reimbursement of unutilized days of the tour may be returned to the participants – as these fees would be non reimbursed to Shaloha Productions.

Note: Lee Carroll has been traveling the world for over 30 years and has never missed an event or tour he was scheduled for and committed to. In the unforeseeable situation due to circumstances beyond his control that will prevent him from participating in the tour, we will do everything in our power to reschedule the tour to a different date; however, if we are not able to do so and the tour is cancelled, the same cancellation policy fees above will be applied.

If the tour is postponed to another date, any payments you have made will be applied to the new tour dates. If you are not able to attend the new rescheduled tour dates, the same cancellation policy fees above will be applied.

You waive the right to any further claims for compensation or damages, for any loss, consequential damage, expenses, or loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation. These terms, conditions, and policies may not be challenged nor negotiated. Herein you make a full agreement.

We will always do everything in our power to postpone a tour rather than cancel. Also, we will always strive to refund you as much of your funds as possible, taking everything into consideration at the time of cancelation. It is highly advisable that you obtain comprehensive Travel Insurance to recuperate any losses you may incur.

IMPORTANT NOTE

The services described herein, and in the itinerary, are organized by us and/or our providers. All arrangements made on behalf of you are made on the condition that we and our providers shall not be held responsible for any injury, death, accident, delay, loss or damages which may be caused in all or in part, by the acts or omissions of others. The information contained in this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, but we accept no liability for any inaccuracies herein.

We reserve the right to alter any itinerary or service at any time without penalty. Any additional expense or cancellation costs shall be borne solely by you. We reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any service to any customer in our sole discretion. Your payment of your deposit is your acknowledgment of, and agreement to, the terms herein.

CONSUMER DISCLOSURE NOTICE

We and our agents act only in capacity as agents for our customers in all matters connected with lodging accommodations, tours and transportation by any means. You hold us free of responsibility or liability for any damages related to the tour, regardless of cause. We and our agents will not be responsible or liable for any damages, expenses, or inconveniences caused by late departures, changes of schedule, strikes or work slowdowns, pandemic, natural catastrophe, hostile acts, or any other events. We will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage to baggage or any of your personal property. We and our affiliates, officers, employees, servants, and agents shall not be responsible for personal injury, illness, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, terrorist acts, natural catastrophe, irregularity, or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or tour participant caused by any delay, cancelation or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence by any person acting for or on behalf of us.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

You understand and agree that during the course of the trip certain risks and dangers may occur, including but not limited to the hazards of traveling in Egypt. You agree to assume all risks associated with the journey and agree that no liability will attach to us or our outfitters, employees or agents, or to any member of the tour group in respect of death, personal injury, illness or delay, or for any loss of or damage to your property during the course of the trip, regardless of cause. You accept all risk of any walking, hikes, cable rides, motorcar, bus and boat trips. You certify that you are not ill or carrying any contagious diseases or illnesses. We reserve the right to withdraw a service or any part of it, to make alterations in the itineraries as we deem necessary or desirable. We reserve the right to decline, to accept, or to retain any person as a member of any party at any time. “Catch-up fees” are the responsibility of you in the event of missed transportation at any leg of the trip. You understand that neither traveler’s insurance nor medical insurance is provided by us, and it is your responsibility to obtain such insurance if it is desired.

SPECIAL NOTE

We place great emphasis on harmony amongst the tour-goers and all other persons involved in the tour. We reserve the right to remove any disruptive attendee from the tour, without reimbursement of any fees. If an attendee chooses to leave the tour for any reason, there will be no reimbursement of any fees.

AUDIO & VIDEO

Audio & Video recording of the lectures and channelling is NOT permitted.

USEFUL PHRASES

Though many Egyptians speak English, knowing just a few words and phrases of Arabic can help you enjoy your experience in Egypt even more.

English Phrase Pronunciation in Arabic
Hello / Goodbye Ahlan/ ma salamah
Good morning Sabah El Kheer.
Good night Mesa El Kheer.
Thank you Shokran
Please / You’re welcome / Excuse me? Mnfadlak/ Ahlan Beek/ Ana Asef.
What is this? Mahaza/ Ayhdaa.
I want this Ana Ayez Dh.
I want to … Ana Ayez …
How much is this? Becam Dah.
I want to go … Ana Ayez …
How can I get to … Azay akdr arouh le …
Where is … Feen mcan …
How are you? Keef Halak.
I don’t know Ana Laarf.
Slower, please Belraha Low Smaht.
What time is it? Elsaa Kaam.
Excuse me, do you speak English? Low Smaht Enta bettkalem Engleezy.
What is your name? Esmak Eeh.
My name is … Esmy …
I don’t speak Arabic Ana La Atakalam Alaraby.
I don’t understand Ana Mesh Fahem.
Do you have … Enta Andak …
Where can I find good food? Feen Momken Alaky Akl Kewayes.
The cheque, please Elsheek Mn Fadlak.
May I have a menu? Momken ashouf El menyo.
What do you suggest? Tektereh eyh.
What are your specialties? Ma Howa Sanfak Almofaddal.
I’m a vegetarian Ana Nabaty.
Yes Naam.
No Laa.
OK OK