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Wonders of Ancient Egypt

12 Day Ancient Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise

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12 Days
1 Country

Egypt

8 Cities

Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Dendera, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Philae Island, Abu Simbel Temples

25 Meals

11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchs, 7 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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The enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of Ancient Egypt. Cruise down the Nile to Kom-Ombo, past Luxor, and explore the Valley of the Kings.

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Day 1

Welcome to Cairo

Delve into the antiquities of Egypt on this epic journey which begins in the effervescent Egyptian capital. As you transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure, you’ll feel the intoxicating buzz of this lively city – the perfect introduction to an unforgettable opportunity to learn about Egypt’s ancient past and exciting present. You may choose to relax after your trip, or experience the energy of Cairo for yourself at the Khan El-Khalili souk where the sounds and smells are almost overwhelming.

Aerial view of the Mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al-Rifai in Cairo, Egypt
Accommodation Ramses Hilton Cairo
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

Admire the Wonders of Giza

Immerse yourself during a full-day excursion to the old kingdom of Egypt. See the Colossus of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Visit the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, then marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza and the mighty Sphinx.

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.

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Fly to Luxor and Embark on Your Nile Cruise

We fly to Luxor this morning and embark on a guided tour of the Karnak Temple Complex, before boarding our cruise in time for lunch. Later, marvel at Luxor's Temple and visit the Luxor Museum to see an astounding collection of archaeological treasures, including items from Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Food, Mezze on Nile Cruise, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Columns of Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egpyt
Karnak Temple Visit

Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the a...

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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

Day 4

Explore Ancient Dendera

Pay tribute to the Goddess Hathor at Dendera Temple, a soaring structure built around 330 BC.  Beautifully preserved and elaborate in its design, every inch of this impressive sand-colored structure is mesmerizing and you’ll see many of its halls, shrines and unique features such as the sun dial and replica Dendera zodiac, tracing the images of Taurus and Libra.  You’ll learn about Dendera’s role as one of the major capitals of ancient Upper Egypt before sailing to Kom-Ombo for the night.

Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Temple of Hathor Dendera, Eygpt
Dendera Temple of Hathor Visit

At the Temple of Hathor, see a rare depiction of Cleopatra and Caesarian.

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Journey to Aswan

Today, we travel to Aswan, which for centuries held the important strategic role of being Egypt’s southern frontier and gateway to the rest of Africa. Today it is a tranquil, modern city, most known for its High Dam, Nubian villages and Philae Temple, built to honor Egyptian goddess Isis. We arrive in time for dinner, watching the buzz of the city from the comfort of our boat.

Feluccas on Nile Cruise, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

The High Dam and More in Aswan

During your sightseeing in Aswan, you’ll see how the ancient Egyptians chose a stunning place to honor the goddess of love and you’ll learn how the Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Later, meet the wonderful ladies of a local Women owned co-operative on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience. Our final stop today is a visit to the High Dam, the world’s largest embankment dam which ended the cycle of flood and drought along the Nile River.

Temple of Isis in Aswan, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Philae Island Temple of Isis, Aswan, Egypt
Tour Aswan and its Impressive Landmarks

Admire the picturesque setting of Aswan and its iconic sites as you embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Learn about the beautiful Temple of I...

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Day 7

Onwards to Philae and Kitchener’s Island

Today could see you 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, you’ll set sail in a traditional felucca around the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island, a haven for rare exotic birds and unusual plants.

Egyptian Pyramid Statues in Aswan, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Felucca Boat on Nile River, Egypt
Sail Around Kitchener's Island

Sail around Kitchener's Island and its Botanical Gardens in a traditional felucca. 

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Iconic Experience

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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Optional Experiences

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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Day 8

Off to Ancient Kom-Ombo

We visit the roofless Temple of Kom-Ombo, a highlight along the Nile, where we’ll learn how the temple was built to honor two gods, Horus the Elder and Sobek. The Temple has a perfectly symmetrical design, the two sides a mirror of each other with one side dedicated to the crocodile god, the other to the falcon god. You’ll learn all about the mythical link and why the Nile crocodile were of such importance to the ancient Egyptian priests.

Temple of 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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences experience-river-nile-by-boat-aswan-egypt
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 9

Sail to Stunning Luxor

Watch how the river gives life to an arid landscape and the people who live within it as you sail down the Nile towards Luxor, once an ancient Egyptian capital. Head to the Sundeck for the best views and thrilling experience of passing through Esna Lock before continuing your journey. This evening you may choose to marvel at the Sound and Light show display at Karnak Temple.

Temples of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt
Accommodation Nile Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 10

Disembark and Fly to Cairo

We disembark at Luxor, explore the fascinating complex of mortuary temples and tombs, including Queen Hatshepsut's Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings. Connect With Locals as you enjoy a traditional Be My Guest experience with freshly baked bread, honey and mint tea. We take a return flight to Cairo where we'll enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up the buzzing atmosphere for which the city is famous.

Hieroglyph in Cairo, Egypt
Accommodation Ramses Hilton Cairo
Included Meals Breakfast
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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

Day 11

Discover Colorful Cairo

The buzz of Cairo is undeniable, and you’ll get to feel it first-hand as you embark on an unforgettable sightseeing tour through the effervescent Egyptian capital. History buffs will love the visits to the Hanging Church of St. Mary and the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Old Cairo, built 700 years ago as a spiritual hub for the region. You’ll also see the Alabaster Mosque and Citadel of Cairo, a medieval Islamic-era fortification which served as the seat of the Egyptian government for almost seven centuries. Later, you’ll head to the celebrated Egyptian Museum, where you’ll Dive Into Culture and discover the museum’s unbelievable array of artefacts, from mummies and sarcophagi to jewelery and King Tutankhamun’s treasures.

Tutankhamun Mask Museum in Cairo, Egypt
Accommodation Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa 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’.

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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 12

Farewell Cairo

Our expedition at its end, say a fond farewell to your newfound friends.

Market in Khan Al Khalili Bazaar, 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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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
Iconic Experience
Karnak Temple Visit

Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the a...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Luxor Museum

Spend the day discovering the wonders of the Luxor Museum.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dendera Temple of Hathor Visit

At the Temple of Hathor, see a rare depiction of Cleopatra and Caesarian.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Aswan and its Impressive Landmarks

Admire the picturesque setting of Aswan and its iconic sites as you embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Learn about the beautiful Temple of I...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sail Around Kitchener's Island

Sail around Kitchener's Island and its Botanical Gardens in a traditional felucca. 

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 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
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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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
Iconic Experience
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

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)
Return flight from Cairo to Luxor
Seven-night luxury Nile Cruise
Flight from Luxor to Cairo
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Luxor and Cairo with Egyptologist
Visit the temples of Karnak, Luxor Museum, the temple dedicated to Goddess Hathor at Dendera, Luxor Temple, the Temple of Isis on the island of Philae, the Temple at Kom-Ombo, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
View the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo
See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, the Sound and Light show in Giza
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
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
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
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
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...

See More
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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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, December 31, 2023
Service
Easy reservation and all questions answered
Vacation
Great itinerary and fantastic tour Director. We saw every place on our bucket list and enjoyed it very much. Hotel in Cairo was wonderful. Cruise ship on the Nile was less than good. Very old, had no drawers in the cabin, so was necessary to live out of our suitcase for a week. Food on the ship was good and staff were extremely helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We apologize for the shortcomings on the cruise portion of the trip and will report this to the trip operator.
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Carolyn Baker
Review date: Sunday, December 17, 2023
Service
They were very helpful in making arrangements for the trip. However, in the future I would not book an adventure where I had over an 8 hour layover in an airport. Not the Grand European Travel fault, just the airlines.
Vacation
Much to see, early mornings to avoid crowds, lots of sun and sand. Met some great people and it was a small group of 18. Lots and lots of walking. The hot air balloon was great. Visited the El Boerey family and had mint tea and freshly baked bread with honey. Visited a spice shop. Many Pyramids and lots of history.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Service
Would buy again
Vacation
The promised 5 star Luxury cruise on the Nile was at best a 2.5 star on a old boat with very poorly maintained cabins. Also the travel guide did not provide written schedules or options for side trips.
Robert R Tompkins
Review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Service
The booking was ok. It wasn't till we left Egypt, going to Turkey, that I had a problem. I booked and paid for business class seat but got coach seats. I e-mail as soon as I found out, while still in Egypt but never got an answer back.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. In reviewing your reservation, you were booked in business class on all flights except the short flight from Cairo to Istanbul where business class was not offered. We apologize if this was not made clear on your flight itinerary.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Vacation
Some of the hotels were not in the best places. The river boat was old and needed repair. Some people were sent adapter for the electrical current but not all. It is hard to charge a phone that is 110 but 220 is coming out of the wall.
Jeanne Breen
Review date: Monday, February 20, 2023
Service
We had the worlds best guide in Egypt, Akram, was so knowledgeable. He answered every question we all had immediately. He got us to every sight early before the crowds. He knew all the people at the sights and they liked him too. We asked for some local experiences and he did those for us. He even joined us in the lounge to play games with us. We invited him to come visit and we were not the only ones to do that and we meant it.
Vacation
The people handled everything easily for us.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, January 29, 2023
Service
Michelle was very prompt in responding to questions on this sorta last minute reservation
Vacation
While I got to see all the places and things that I wanted to see, the tour itself was awful. Really hope this tour is not typical of Trafalgar.
Denis O Connor
Review date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Service
reliable professional excellent value
Vacation
professional knowledgeable expert guides excellent food and first class accommodation
Robert Anderson
Review date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Service
Missed my transfer from Cairo airport to hotel. No one there though I advised GET of the flight arriving 40 minutes earlier. 'He says,she says' from the Trafalgar rep. No reimbursment for a 35 dollar taxi. I only found out it was Trafalgar after the purchase for which I wasted money as I am a repeat customer of theirs and booking through I you lost that credit. GET failed to take any action or ownership of the problem, from what i can tell.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the rocky start to your trip. Our records show that we did advise the ground team of your early arrival. Please accept our apologies for the driver not being able to arrive at the airport on time. We have processed a refund for your taxi. All of the trips on our website, brochure and invoices indicate who the operating company is. We are sorry if this was not made clear to you when you booked your trip.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Vacation
Nothing additional to say.
Jeane Zorn
Review date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Service
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but he told us numerous times that we were suppose to tip him, the guides and drivers. Next time I think we will take a trip where the tipping is included. Another problem was we had to have money every time we used a public bathroom. It was hard to keep the right change. The merchants wouldn't give it to us. They wouldn't let you use the bathroom it you didn't have it. I would prefer to pay extra and have the guide pay for everyone up front to use the bathroom. The definitely need new linens on the beds and towels on the ship.
Vacation
We took a five star river cruise on the Rhine last year. Comparing the two, food and service was much better on the boat. Off the boat, what we expected in a third world county. But where else in the world can you see the pyramids at Giza, the Spinx, the valley of the kings, Tut's tomb?
Cathy Spiller
Review date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Service
They gave me tips and inside information about the country before I left for my trip.
Vacation
Great tour director. Everyday I felt like I received a history lesson. It was just wonderful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Egypt is so magical and it's so wonderful to se that you had a chance to enjoy it and experience all the beauty and history.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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