Egypt Holidays Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why book with Delta Tours Egypt ?
There are many reasons to book your trip through Delta Egypt . We have been Travel business operating high quality tours in Egypt since 1974 and pride ourselves on using this experience to create consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences. Our network extends all over Egypt so we are able to provide a level high of service anywhere you would like to travel in Egypt and even beyond
2. What do I need to do to book a tour and confirm my reservation?
- Booking a tour is simple. All you need to do is contact our representatives You will receive a prompt response outlining the options available to you and then you can build a tour that will suit your needs in terms of budget, number of days, and points of interest with the help of one of our travel consultants. Once a plan has been decided, Delta Tours will send you a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans for your trip. At this point, you will have to confirm your reservation with payment of a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by Delta Tours Egypt. The balance of payment will be due on arrival to begin your tour.
3. How much will I have to pay as a deposit? How will I pay it?
- The deposit required will be 25% of the total price of the tour, except during peak travel times around Christmas and New Year’s, when the deposit will be 50% of the total price. You can pay the deposit using a credit card (Visa and Mastercard are accepted) Or Western Union Money Transfer or a bank order directly to Delta Tours Egypt. Our representatives will be willing to provide any additional information or support you need to complete this payment.
4. If I am forced to cancel my trip with Delta Tours will I receive a refund?
-Delta Tours Egypt’s refund policy is detailed in our Terms and Conditions. The amount refunded depends on how far in advance we are notified about the cancellation. - in case of force majeure full refund is guaranteed and it will be delivered to you by same manner you paid
1. Is Egypt safe to visit, especially after the political events that took place after the Egyptian Revolution?
-Tourists have been visiting Egypt for centuries and Egyptians have well-earned reputation for warmth and kindness toward visitors. Egyptian cities are generally very safe, especially in area where tourists frequent. -Since the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, there has been intermittent unrest and political violence in Egypt, but even the most intense episodes have occurred in a relatively small area of Cairo and other cities. Tourist sites, mostly located far from these areas, have not been affected and there is no negative feeling toward foreign visitors among Egyptians. While Egypt is certainly still dealing with a political transition, it has not significantly affected the experience of tourists in the country.
-Delta Tours has only rarely had to even slightly adjust tour itineraries to avoid protests and there has never been an instance when our clients were in danger. Most of our clients rave these days about how safe they felt during their trip.
2. Is Egypt considered a safe destination in comparison to other countries in the world?
- Egypt generally has a very low crime rate. Travelers will be safe in Egypt if they take sensible precautions that would apply to any tourist destination around the world.
-There are many touristic areas in Egypt where special concerns are not necessary; however, in less touristic places, relatively modest dress is recommended. Women should avoid very tight clothing, keep their shoulders and knees covered, and avoid very revealing necklines. Men should also avoid particularly revealing clothing as all Egyptians generally dress more modestly than in many parts of Europe and America. For instance, wearing shorts is not very common among Egyptians. Dressing with relative modesty is a way of respecting the local culture. Please Note that Women should cover their arms and legs while visiting mosques and churches. .
- Visitors to Egypt must obtain a entry visa to Egypt.
You can apply for a tourist visa at any Egyptian embassy or consulate around the world.
- The allowance for cigarettes or alcohol brought to Egypt from another other country is 1 liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes.
- It is always recommended for travelers who wish to have their own supply of cigarettes and alcohol with them in Egypt to purchase them upon arrival. There are duty free shops in the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh. Tourists are allowed to purchase up to 3 liters of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes on arrival.
- you have 48 hours after arrival to buy these products from any duty free shop in Egypt. Duty free locations are in the airports in Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh. There are also several other locations in Cairo and in hotels in Sharm El Sheikh, El Gouna and Hurghada. Your will be able to purchase up to 3 liters of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes. .
Arabic is the mother tongue in Egypt
English is studied in school all over Egypt. This is why most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand at least some English words or phrases and they will do their best to help you ven if there is a language barrier.
Many travelers enjoy their stay in Egypt without learning a single word of Arabic but it is always good to learn a few Arabic words to expressing greetings or thanks. .
- Most of the monuments, historical sites, and museums in Egypt open from 9 AM until 5 PM. Open-air historical sites, like the Pyramids of Giza for example, are open from 8 AM until sunset. Some museums have morning opening hours, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and evening opening hours, from 5 PM to 9 or 10 PM.During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.
- Most of the shops in Egypt open from around 10 AM and stay open until 10 PM; however, many shops, cafes, and restaurants especially in major cities like Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, and Alexandria stay open much later and some facilities and shops are open 24 hours a day in touristic areas like Khan El Khalili and inside the hotels. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, opening hours may change significantly with shops closed during the middle of the day and staying open much later. .
Photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt, but some of them have extra charges for taking in a camera. However, in some museums, like the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, and some historical sites, like the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, photography is prohibited and visitors are asked to leave their cameras at the reception before entering.
- Egyptians are well known all over the world for their tolerance and hospitality; however, it is always polite to ask permission before taking a photograph of people, especially women, and stores or products. Photography is non-permitted around army bases, airports, dams, bridges, and in metro. In most places where photography is prohibited there will be signs to notify you. .
- Tourists face few unique health problems in Egypt, but occasionally travelers experience some gastric disturbance resulting from drinking tap water or eating from a local restaurant not recommended by their tour guides or the receptionist in hotel. Some travelers might suffer sunburn or heatstroke from the heat and sun during the summer if they are not careful; however, taking the proper precautions and drinking bottled water can eliminate any health risks.
- There are no obligatory vaccinations that should be taken before being granted with the visa of Egypt. However, it would be recommended for the senior people and for young children to take vaccinations against Hepatitis C, Typhoid, and an oral dosage of Tetanus. .
The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound, or “Geneh�?in Arabic, and commonly abbreviated as LE.
There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 LE and there are coins of 25 piastres, 50 piastres, and 1 pound.
you can exchange Money in Banks or Exchage Bureaux
the rate vareis according to international exchange rate
ATM machines are available all over Egypt to withdrow from in Egyptian pounds
all Hotels and Shops even Restaurants accept Credit Cards
It is always advisable to have change on hand for taxis and tips. .
Due to the low salaries of many professionals in Egypt, many people depend on tips, or baksheesh as it is called in Egypt, as a major part of their income. Therefore, tipping is considered customary in Egypt.
- The amount depends on the Services provided . In a restaurant, it is good to give between 5 and 10% tip directly to the waiter even when there is service added to the bill.
For a small favor, like carrying luggage or parking a car, a few Egyptian pounds would be appropriate. Not more than five. Often times in Egypt you will find someone tending to the bathroom to keep it clean. Giving them one Egyptian pound is an appropriate amount. - Tour guides also usually accept tips. Fifty to 100 Egyptian pounds per day
Drivers of the vehicles during your tours in Egypt expect tips as well. .
Taxis and Limousines are widely available in all major cities in Egypt; however, there are many less expensive alternatives in most cities, e.g. Subway, Metros, Trains, and Buses. It is not advisable to use taxis in traveling between cities, as Planes, Buses, and trains are accessible for a modest fee. Buses: Street buses are a basic, but a cheap means of getting around. Buses between cities are of a higher standard, and have bathroom, Videos, central air-condition and a waitress service onboard for longer trips. Trains: On day trains it is well worth paying the extra for First Class, still very reasonably priced. The seats are comfortable, reclining, almost like flying first class on a plane. There is a trolley wait service for snacks, sandwiches and drinks. The night sleeper trains are owned by Carlson Wagon lit and are quite comfortable. Beds are one up and one down bunk beds. Adjoining carriages are available for families. An adequate dinner and breakfast are served directly to the cabin as part of the price. Drinks with the meals are not included other than coffee with breakfast. There is a wash sink in each cabin, toilets at the end of each carriage. Luggage is stored overhead in your cabin. Metro: In Cairo: Efficient, well organized, and runs to a strict timetable, well worth using if the train goes to areas where you want to travel. Nile Water Buses: Fast and cheap for crossing the Nile or going to the areas covered by the bus. .