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9 Days
1 Country

Egypt

7 Cities

Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Abu Simbel Temples, Giza

16 Meals

8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs, 4 Dinners

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Requires 1-2 miles of walking per day to participate in top sites primarily flat surfaces and with some stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Island-hop across the Mediterranean, journey down the Nile, or take an epic voyage to the wild of Alaska. Discover rich local culture and history while traveling inland on tour, paired with cruises along picturesque coastlines, rivers, passages, or bays. Explore your dream destinations stress-free while watching the world float by.

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Awaken your inner explorer on this expedition through the lush river valleys and golden desert landscapes of Egypt. Cruise the Nile past the pharaonic temples of Luxor to the Nubian treasures of Aswan. Your voyage will also take you to the mystical Pyramids of Giza, Tomb of the Nobles and the Sphinx.

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Day 1

Welcome to Cairo

Embark on an expedition to the land of the Pharaohs, starting your journey in Egypt’s effervescent capital, Cairo. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and have time to relax after your journey. Refreshed and ready to embrace the intoxicating energy of this ancient and modern city, you’ll be thrilled with the many treasures that will give you a preview of what’s about to come – an incredible encounter with antiquities you’ll be sharing with friends for years to come.

Aerial view of the Mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al-Rifai in Cairo, Egypt
Accommodation Hilton Cairo Heliopolis
Optional Experiences Visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, Egypt
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Designed for those visitors with extra pre or post trip nights in Cairo Located in Old Cairo, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (N...

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Day 2

Fly to Luxor and Embark on Your Nile Cruise

Fly to Luxor this morning and connect with the remnants of ancient Thebes during a visit to the Temple of Amun and the imposing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your cruise ship in time for lunch, then visit the Luxor Museum before returning to your cruise ship. This evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a welcome drink followed by dinner.

Food, Nile Cruise in Cairo, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience A stone statue in the Luxor Museum​, Egypt
Visit Luxor Museum

Spend the day discovering the wonders of the Luxor Museum.

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Iconic Experience The Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor, Egypt.
Ancient Thebes Tour

Visit the Temple of Amun and the formidable Avenue of the Sphinx where you can discover the remnants of ancient Thebes.

Included in Trip

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Optional Experiences Sound and light show at Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple

Listen to voices of ancient kings, queens and gods as they share stories about the places you’ll see in the Temple during a walking tour, followed ...

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Day 3

A Day to Explore the Valley of the Kings

Journey to the final resting place of Egypt’s Pharaohs, immersing yourself in the ancient history of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Visit the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Grand Temple of Luxor. Connect With Locals as you enjoy a traditional Be My Guest bite to eat of freshly baked bread with honey and mint tea in the archaeological paradise that is Luxor's West Bank.

Tombs of the Pharaohs, Valley of Kings, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Be My Guest Enjoy mint tea and baked bread on the banks of the Nile with the El Boerey family
Enjoy Warm Mint Tea and Freshly Baked Local Bread with The El Boerey Family in a Luxor Village

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest encounter on the banks of the Nile where your hosts, the El Boerey family, will share their stories about family lif...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt
Visit the Valley of the Kings

Discover the ancient history behind the final resting place of Egypt's Pharaohs and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple at the Valley of the Kings.

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Iconic Experience

Day 4

Journey to Ancient Kom-Ombo

Sail upstream to Kom-Ombo, where life remains much as it was a thousand years ago. Standing at the threshold of the imposing Temple of Kom-Ombo on the banks of the Nile, you’ll imagine visitors over the centuries arriving to pay homage to the gods Horus the Elder and Sobek. Tour the Temple, learning all about its ‘double’ and perfectly symmetrical design for the duo of gods – one side dedicated to the crocodile god, the other to the falcon god. After a captivating encounter with the ancients, we enjoy a traditional Egyptian dinner on our cruise boat. Watching the sun set over the shimmering Nile, we’ll don our galabeas and toast to legends of the past and new friends.

Temple in Kom Ombo, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt
Kom-Ombo Tour

Discover the temple of Kom-Ombo and discover the wonders of the duo gods Horus the Elder and Sobek.

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Day 5

Onwards to Aswan

Set sail on a traditional felucca across the mighty Nile to voyage around the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island. On arrival explore the Aswan Dam, built to curb the periodic flooding of the Nile. Our next stop is the Temple of Isis, followed by a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk, lying semi-carved from the solid bedrock.

Felucca Boat in Nile River, Aswan, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Temple of Isis in Aswan, Egypt
Visit the Temple of Isis

Enjoy a day filled of wonder at the Temple of Isis.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Philae Temple Sound And Light Performance

Join us for a short boat ride to Philae Island, located between the old and new Aswan Dams, where you’ll have a short tour. We’ll then seat you in ...

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Optional Experiences

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Life on the Nile

A chance to get up close with the wildlife of the world’s most famous rivers. Learn from your local Nubian expert how the Nile has been the center ...

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Day 6

Disembark and Fly to Cairo

Enjoy a morning at leisure or perhaps join a once in a lifetime Optional Experience to Abu Simbel, carved into a solid rock cliff in Egypt’s Nubian Valley. As you approach the Great Temple, you’ll marvel at the four-seated colossi on either side of the entrance and the elaborate engravings depicting great victories and paying homage to the gods. Later this afternoon fly back to Cairo.

Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan, Egypt
Accommodation Ramses Hilton Cairo
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Abu Simbel in Aswan, Egypt
Abu Simbel Adventure

This four-hour excursion includes a flight to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with his four great statues. You’ll also see statues of Q...

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Day 7

Discover Colorful Cairo

Embark on a sightseeing tour through the cacophony of Cairo’s busy streets. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Old Cairo, see the ancient Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque. Later, you'll Dive Into Culture and discover Tutankhamun's priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum.

Tutankhamun Mask Museum in Cairo, Egypt
Accommodation Ramses Hilton Cairo
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit Cairo's Egyptian Museum, home to the Mask of Tutankhamen
Discover the 'Mask of Tutankhamun' at Cairo's Egyptian Museum

Enjoy a visit to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home to a remarkable collection of Egyptian antiquities including the world-famous ‘Mask of Tutankhamun’.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The Citadel in Cairo, Egypt
Cairo City Tour

Spend your day enjoying the sights of the Hanging Church of St. Mary or embark on a journey to see the ancient Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner and belly dancing on the Nile, Egypt
Dinner, Belly Dancing and Nile Cruise

Join us for a two hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing...

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Day 8

Admire the Wonders of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Giza beckon today and we have an opportunity to embark on a soul-stirring encounter with its treasures – the Colossus of Ramses II, the Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the enigmatic Great Sphinx.  Be mesmerized by the intricate art of Egyptian carpet weaving as you meet the skilled artisans of a local weaving school during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Enjoy some free time this evening or consider joining a Nile dinner cruise.

Camel in Desert and Pyramids in Giza, Egypt
Accommodation Ramses Hilton Cairo
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Vist the Great Pyramid of Giza
Great Pyramids of Giza Tour

Enjoy a day gazing at the Great Pyramids of Giza and its treasures - the Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the Colossus of Rames II.

Included in Trip

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Carpet Weaving Workshop

Be mesmerised by the intricate art of Egyptian carpet weaving as you meet the skilled artisans of a local weaving school. This ancient and traditio...

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Day 9

Farewell Cairo

Our epic journey at its end, we say farewell to newfound friends. 

 

Shops in Khan El-Khalili, Cairo, Egypt
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Full day in Alexandria, Egypt
Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

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Visit Luxor Museum

Spend the day discovering the wonders of the Luxor Museum.

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Ancient Thebes Tour

Visit the Temple of Amun and the formidable Avenue of the Sphinx where you can discover the remnants of ancient Thebes.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy Warm Mint Tea and Freshly Baked Local Bread with The El Boerey Family in a Luxor Village

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest encounter on the banks of the Nile where your hosts, the El Boerey family, will share their stories about family lif...

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Visit the Valley of the Kings

Discover the ancient history behind the final resting place of Egypt's Pharaohs and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple at the Valley of the Kings.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Kom-Ombo Tour

Discover the temple of Kom-Ombo and discover the wonders of the duo gods Horus the Elder and Sobek.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Temple of Isis

Enjoy a day filled of wonder at the Temple of Isis.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the 'Mask of Tutankhamun' at Cairo's Egyptian Museum

Enjoy a visit to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home to a remarkable collection of Egyptian antiquities including the world-famous ‘Mask of Tutankhamun’.

Included in Trip
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Cairo City Tour

Spend your day enjoying the sights of the Hanging Church of St. Mary or embark on a journey to see the ancient Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Great Pyramids of Giza Tour

Enjoy a day gazing at the Great Pyramids of Giza and its treasures - the Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the Colossus of Rames II.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Carpet Weaving Workshop

Be mesmerised by the intricate art of Egyptian carpet weaving as you meet the skilled artisans of a local weaving school. This ancient and traditio...

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About this trip

The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Four-night luxury Nile Cruise
Flight from Aswan to Cairo
Optional Experiences and free time
Flight from Cairo to Luxor
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Luxor and Cairo with an Egyptologist
Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Temple of Kom-Ombo and the temple of Isis on the island of Philae
View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo and the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza
See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis and the Step Pyramid in Saqqara
Sail in a felucca across the Nile

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Designed for those visitors with extra pre or post trip nights in Cairo Located in Old Cairo, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (N...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple

Listen to voices of ancient kings, queens and gods as they share stories about the places you’ll see in the Temple during a walking tour, followed ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Philae Temple Sound And Light Performance

Join us for a short boat ride to Philae Island, located between the old and new Aswan Dams, where you’ll have a short tour. We’ll then seat you in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Life on the Nile

A chance to get up close with the wildlife of the world’s most famous rivers. Learn from your local Nubian expert how the Nile has been the center ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Abu Simbel Adventure

This four-hour excursion includes a flight to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with his four great statues. You’ll also see statues of Q...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner, Belly Dancing and Nile Cruise

Join us for a two hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

Join us for a visit to Egypt's second city, Alexandria. You’ll see its nineteenth-century architecture and stop at the National Museum, the catacom...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Egypt: Arabic is the official language of Egypt.
  • Currency used in Egypt: The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (£).
  • Capital city: The capital of Egypt is Cairo.
  • Time Zone(s) in Egypt: Eastern European Time (EET) zone during standard time, and Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) during daylight saving time.

 

Egypt passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter Egypt. Learn more about obtaining a visa for India.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Egypt's weather and climate vary significantly depending on the region and the time of year. Overall, the country has a desert climate, characterized by hot and dry summers with temperatures exceeding 100°F (38°C) in many areas. Winters are milder, with daytime temperatures ranging from 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C). Coastal areas, especially along the Mediterranean Sea, experience more moderate temperatures. Egypt generally receives very little rainfall, and much of the country is arid, with desert landscapes dominating the majority of the land. The Nile River, flowing through the country, plays a crucial role in providing water and supporting agriculture in an otherwise dry environment.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour of Egypt requires careful consideration due to the country's diverse climate, cultural norms, and the specific activities you'll be participating in. Here's a comprehensive list of packing tips to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable trip:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Egypt can be hot, especially in the summer months. Pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton and linen.
  • Modest attire: Respect local customs by packing modest clothing that covers your shoulders, chest, and knees, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • Scarves or shawls: These can be handy for covering your head and shoulders when entering mosques or other religious sites.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: You'll be exploring a lot, so comfortable walking shoes or sandals are a must.
  • Swimwear: If your tour includes beach or pool visits, pack swimwear.

Keep in Mind Cultural Sensitivity:

  • Respect local customs and traditions by avoiding overly revealing clothing, especially in conservative areas.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Accessories:

  • Power adapter: Egypt uses Type C and Type F electrical outlets. Make sure to bring the appropriate adapter for your devices.
  • Portable charger: Keep your devices charged, especially if taking photos or using social apps.

Health and Hygiene:

  • Prescription medications: Bring any necessary medications along with a copy of your prescription.
  • Basic first aid kit: Include essentials like pain relievers, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and personal medications.
  • Hand sanitizer: Useful for maintaining hand hygiene, especially when water isn't readily available.
  • Insect repellent: Protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially if you'll be in areas prone to malaria or other insect-borne diseases.

Documents:

  • Passport and visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your return date and that you have the necessary visa.
  • Copies of documents: Keep photocopies of your passport, visa, and other important documents in a separate location from the originals.

Electronics:

  • A camera: So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Capture the beauty of Egypt, but be respectful of photography rules at specific sites. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, and be aware that some places may not allow photography at all. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • Small daypack: A lightweight backpack will be handy for carrying essentials during day trips.
  • Travel insurance: It's always a good idea to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!

Remember that the specific requirements of your tour and personal preferences will influence your packing choices. Research the climate, activities, and cultural norms of the regions you'll be visiting to tailor your packing list accordingly.

Electricity

Most African countries, including South Africa, run on 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. This means that the electrical outlets and voltage used in African countries are different from the standard 110 volts at 60 Hz used in the United States.

If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Africa, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in African countries. A voltage converter (also known as a voltage transformer) will step down the voltage to 110 volts, allowing your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in African countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific African country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. In Kenya, Morocco, and South Africa, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. In Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is also 220-240 volts, but it operates at 50 Hz in most areas and at 60 Hz in some regions. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to any of these African countries, you will likely need a voltage converter (transformer) as well as a plug adapter.

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter that comes with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In hotels in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, you will typically find hair dryers available for guests to use. These hotels are accustomed to hosting international travelers, and providing hair dryers in the rooms is a common amenity. Some remote safari camps may not have the infrastructure or resources to support electrical appliances like hairdryers due to their location in more pristine and wilderness-focused areas.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. For example, in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. However, some regions in Namibia may operate at 60 Hz.

You will need a voltage converter (transformer) to safely use your own hair dryer or other 110-volt appliances you bring. Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is important to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in various accommodations and public places in Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa, especially in urban areas and more developed regions. However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. In major cities like Nairobi, Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, many hotels, lodges, and upscale accommodations provide air conditioning. However, in more remote or rustic safari lodges or tented camps, air conditioning might be limited or not available.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as can be. On Africa safaris, you may be on a coach part of the time and a 4 X 4 safari vehicle at other times.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Africa on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Health risks can vary based on the specific countries or regions within Africa you are visiting. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Africa:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date.

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Yellow Fever: Some countries in Africa require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry. Even if not required, it's highly recommended, as yellow fever is a serious disease transmitted by mosquitoes in some regions.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is prevalent in many parts of Africa. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate malaria prevention measures, such as antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention strategies (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets, long-sleeved clothing).

Insect Bite Prevention: Besides malaria, mosquitoes can transmit other diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Vinny Trimingham
Review date: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Service
Travel arrangements were set up perfectly for us. Michelle Gumringer even suggested flying in a day early due get used to the time change and fatigue others have experienced. This was great advice. That's why I will book our future trips internationally with your company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback which we will share with Michelle and the rest of our team. We look forward to helping you plan that next trip in the near future.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Our guide, Hatem A. Abol Ata was funny, very knowledgeable, had added knowledge of Archeology helped a lot. Plus having the added tool of hearing devices so we could hear over the other travel advisors was great. P.S. - only negative was on your website, for Egypt Visa's, a third party company CIBT tried to scam us out of $629 for Egypt Visa. I reported this to Michelle. I called my bank to stop this transaction, but, from our trip it sounded like some fell for it.
Joseph Roman
Review date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Service
Mohamed planned and executed an efficient way to experience the best of ancient Egypt's historical sites. He added his wealth of knowledge which enhanced our understanding of his country!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Egypt is such an amazing country and we're so happy to see that you enjoyed it and your tour. Thank you for your business!
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Vacation
Well planned, terrific people at every location.
Thomas Marshall
Review date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Service
The guides and tour directors were excellent. The tour covered everything we wanted to see in Egypt.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you really enjoyed seeing the Best of Egypt. We are so happy to hear that! Thank you for letting us help you plan and book this amazing trip. We truly appreciate your business and your feedback.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Vacation
The customer service person worked with me to get the most out of our trip.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Service
Had the best tour guide, best service on the Nile Cruise and the size of the group was perfect.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Egypt. We are so glad to hear that! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
Everything was great! Couldn't have been better.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 13, 2022
Service
My first travel experience with GET was fantastic. The itinerary was set up and coordinated very well - time spent in each location and a major Thank you to Hani / our Tour/Guide with the early start times - his expertise in knowing the crowds and times to get the best photos and his knowledge of the history of each site was so impressive it was a life saver and resulted in some great photos and memories for a life time. Hani's knowledgeable, very personable and professional attitude highly reflects the type of representative that will allow GET to set the high standards in the tour industry. Thank you to GET and Hani for the trip and memories of a life time. Sincerely Constance (Konnie) Hansen
Response from Grand European Travel:
Well, it sounds like you had the perfect experience discovering the Best of Egypt. We are thrilled to hear your vacation was so enjoyable. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback and kind words. Happy Travels!
Monday, October 17, 2022
Vacation
My first travel experience with GET was fantastic. The itinerary was set up and coordinated very well - time spent in each location and a major Thank you to Hani / our Tour/Guide with the early start times - his expertise in knowing the crowds and times to get the best photos and his knowledge of the history of each site was so impressive it was a life saver and resulted in some great photos and memories for a life time. Hani's knowledgeable, very personable and professional attitude highly reflects the type of representative that will allow GET to set the high standards in the tour industry. Thank you to GET and Hani for the trip and memories of a life time. Sincerely Constance (Konnie) Hansen
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Service
The tour guide we had was wonderful. His knowledge of Egypt was remarkable. Our drivers were also really good. The river cruise down the Nile was really nice with great food and lots of excursions.
Vacation
I love the sights of Egypt, it was a once in a lifetime vacation
Debera P.
Review date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Service
The booking experience was highly personalized and the agent spent considerable time answering questions and he quickly responded to a follow up email.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier to hear about your experience. Thank you for trusting us to plan your dream vacation and we hope to see you on another trip very soon.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Vacation
We have traveled quite a bit but this vacation was one of the best ever. In spite of the threat of COVID, all of the staff followed CDC guidelines to the tee at all times and even went above and beyond with great sanitation practices. The travel directors were extremely friendly, helpful and provided outstanding historical information. They were very open to educating us about their culture. The ability to walk inside of tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Khafre’s pyramid (the second of the Giza pyramids) was extraordinary. The temples were beautiful and amazing works of architecture and art. Visiting two mosques and a Coptic church was educational and fascinating. A trip not to be missed!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Service
Our guide was excellent!
Vacation
Beautiful country.
Pamela Montgomery
Review date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Service
Very helpful with additional airline information and booking. Also had reasonable insurance coverage
Vacation
Such an interesting culture. The tour guide seemed very forthcoming about his country, it's challenges, it's strengths, it's beauty.
Maureen Armstrong
Review date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Service
Great Travel Specialist!
Vacation
Everything went well & trip was very well planned.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your comments about the fine job Kaitlin did arranging your trip and how much you enjoyed Egypt. Thank you!
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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