Preparing for your trip

Package: Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise, 2020

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Printed 11/22/2019. Please visit https://www.friendlyplanet.com/before-you-go/?tourId=1457 for the latest updates.

Checklist

Item Due
Ensure you have a current passport valid for at least six months after your return date. Immediately
Complete your registration. You'll receive a link to the registration form after you complete your booking. Within 24 hours of booking
Request any additions or changes you may still want to make to your trip. (Fees and/or additional charges may apply.) 75 days prior to travel
Make your final payment, if any balance is due.
75 days prior to travel
Book connecting flights to your departure city, if necessary. (Please confirm your international flight schedule first!) 75 days prior to travel
Make advance seat reservations for your international flight, if you have a preference. After receiving your e‑tickets
Obtain required travel visas and review any requirements for entry. See below
Print your itinerary and other final documents, which we will send you via email by 14 days prior to travel. Prior to travel
Print your policy documents, if you purchased travel insurance, and carry them with you. Prior to travel
Enroll in The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), if you're a U.S. citizen or national, so the State Dept. can locate and assist you in case of an emergency. Prior to travel
Confirm your flight times and any special meal requests with the airline, and print and carry a copy of your e-ticket. 72 hours prior to travel
Check in for your flights online and download/print your boarding passes (if available). 24 hours prior to travel
Arrive at the airport, ready for the trip of a lifetime! 3½ hours prior to departure

Documents

Visa Required

U.S. citizens must have a visa for entry into Egypt. Egypt visas will be granted upon arrival. U.S. citizens must have a visa for entry into Jordan. Jordan visas will be granted upon arrival. See below for more information.

Passport, Visa & Entry Requirements for Egypt

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. In addition, your passport must have at least 2 blank visa pages. A visa is required to enter Egypt. Visas for U.S. citizens have been pre-arranged. Our representative will meet you at the passport control area to assist and have your pre-approved visa available.

We will pre-arrange your travel visa, which will be stamped upon arrival.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for determining all entry requirements and obtaining any necessary visas. Consider using an expedited visa service.

Passport, Visa & Entry Requirements for Jordan

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Jordan, which will be issued upon arrival. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

General Requirements & Guidelines

  • We provide visa & entry requirement information for the convenience of our travelers, and we try to keep it up-to-date. Ultimately, however, it is your responsibility to determine the passport and visa requirements that apply to you and to comply with them, including securing proper travel documents by the required deadlines and carrying them with you. Requirements are subject to change, sometimes without notice, and we suggest you verify them with the relevant embassy or consulate, the U.S. State Dept (if you're a U.S. passport holder), and/or with an expedited visa service such as VisaHQ. Airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding, your trip may be disrupted, and travel insurance may not cover your losses if your passport and visa are not in order.
  • To travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport. In general, it should be valid for at least six months after your return date, and passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible. We recommend that passports contain at least 2 blank pages for each country visited. If your passport does not have this many pages, you should obtain a new passport as soon as possible.
  • Any changes in names or passport information should be reported to us immediately. Airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding if the name on your passport does not match your tickets.
  • Minors (age 17 or younger) departing and/or returning to the U.S. without parents or with only one parent may be required by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to present a notarized parental consent letter and/or unabridged birth certificate (more information). Many other countries have similar entry requirements, especially for minors traveling with a parent/guardian with a different surname; check with the consulates of all countries you'll be visiting to learn more.

Final Documents

Your final travel documents will be sent to you via email by 14 days prior to departure. These will include your daily itinerary, hotel and emergency contact information, and other relevant information. Please print your documents and take them with you. If you're departing in less than a week and haven't received your documents, let us know immediately!

Travel Insurance Documents

If you purchased travel insurance, please print your policy documents. If you purchased our protection plan, you can find a link to the full policy on our travel protection page. Carry this document with you when you travel, as it includes contact information for emergency travel assistance and instructions on how to make a claim.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

We encourage all U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service allows you to receive important updates about safety and security issues in your destination, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy, as well as family & friends, to contact you in case of an emergency. To enroll or get more information, please visit the STEP website or any U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Flights, Transfers & Arrival

Questions about your flights before you depart? Read the information below first. If you still have questions, contact our air specialists at 800-555-5765 ext. 2 or air@friendlyplanet.com.

Flights & tickets: For this package, we generally book your flights and issue tickets after we receive your final payment.

Once we have issued your tickets, we'll send you an "e-ticket receipt" which contains all of your flight information, including times, carriers, an airline booking reference number, and an e-ticket number. If you have not received this, or have questions about the flights we booked for you, please contact our air department. You will not receive paper tickets. We recommend you print and carry a copy of your flight details, including the airline booking reference number and e-ticket number, as some airports require this to enter the terminal. You do not need to reconfirm your flights with the airline prior to your departure, as we will handle this for you.

Egypt Air will allow advanced seat selection for a fee after tickets have been issued. You may contact Egypt Air directly for your preferred seating once you receive your electronic tickets via email and no later than 48 hours prior departure. If you are not happy with your seat assignment, you may be able to change your seats, subject to availability, at the airport when you check-in for your flight.

Please Note: Egypt Air is a dry airline; they do not serve alcoholic beverages on their flights.

Want to reserve specific seats?

That depends on the airline. You can usually request a window or aisle seat, and sometimes specific seat numbers (but not exit row and bulkhead seats) ahead of time. Many airlines now charge a fee for this, and such fees are not included in your package price. If you have a seat preference, let us know when you book, in the special requests section, or email us at air@friendlyplanet.com after you book. Then:

If your airline does not charge a fee to pre-assign seats: We'll happily pass along your seat request to the airline and confirm they received it (though we cannot guarantee it will be honored).

If your airline does charge a fee to pre-assign seats: We'll let you know. You'll need to contact the airline directly to request your seats after we have issued your flight tickets, and fees are payable directly to the airline.

If you do not request specific seats: The airline typically assigns them within 24 hours of departure. If you do not like your assigned seats, you may be able to change them, subject to availability, when you check in online or at the counter. Learn more about Advance Seat Reservations.

Want to request a special meal?

You can enter special meal requests when you book with an agent or complete your online registration, shortly after booking. We will relay your requests to the airlines and our representatives abroad, but we cannot guarantee they will be honored. Please double check meal requests with your airline 72 hours before departure, and with our representatives upon arrival.

Looking to earn frequent flyer miles?

You may be able to earn frequent flyer points for your flights on this package. Contact the airline directly once you receive your tickets to enter your frequent flyer number in your flight record, or enter it when you check in. As you travel, check your tickets or ask the check-in or gate agent prior to boarding each flight to ensure the number has been entered properly. And just to be safe, keep your boarding passes and passenger receipt as proof that you have actually flown the miles you want credited to your account.

Interested in upgrading to business class or premium economy?

Cabin upgrades may be available on this package. Ask us about price and availability when you book online, in the special requests section, or contact our air department after you book. Please note that our special contracted airfare rates generally do not permit upgrading with frequent flyer points, and that upgrade requests may incur change fees if tickets have already been issued.

Flight Schedule

You may review the sample flight schedule(s) below. This information is for general planning puposes. You will receive your your actual flight schedule and details by email once we issue your tickets.

Airlines may change schedules at any time, even after flights have been confirmed, and we are not responsible for such changes. Please confirm your flight schedule prior to booking any connecting flights and again 72 hours prior to departure.

EgyptAir's (MS) toll-free number is (800) 334-6787.

 Sample Flight Schedule for Main Tour 

DEPARTURE
Flight From To Depart Arrive Flight Time
MS 986 New York (JFK) Cairo (CAI) 6:30 PM 11:00 AM (next day) 10.35 hrs
RETURN
Flight From To Depart Arrive Flight Time
MS 985 CAI JFK 9:35 AM 3:15 PM 11.40  hrs

Sample Flight Schedule with Jordan Extension

DEPARTURE
Flight From To Depart Arrive Flight Time
MS 986 New York (JFK) Cairo (CAI) 6:30 PM 11:00 AM (next day) 10.35 hrs
TO JORDAN
Flight From To Depart Arrive Flight Time
MS 719 CAI Amman (AMM) 6:45 AM 9:05 AM 1.20 hrs
RETURN
Flight From To Depart Arrive Flight Time
MS 740 AMM CAI 6:00 AM 6:30 AM 1.30 hrs
MS 985 CAI JFK 9:35 AM 3:15 PM 11.40 hrs

 

Connecting Flights

If you plan to purchase connecting flights to your departure city, we strongly suggest waiting until 75 days prior to departure (and after you make your final payment) to ensure materialization and to reduce the chances that your international flight times might change—since airlines sometimes change schedules even after flights have been booked. Before purchasing connecting flights, always confirm the times for your international flights first. Leave at least 3½ hours connecting time between flights, and if you're traveling within a few weeks of Daylight Savings Time changes (in March and November, when flight schedules may change even more dramatically), allow 5–5½ hours between flights. Nobody likes waiting around the airport, but missing your flight is far worse!

Airport Transfers

Please make sure to arrive at the Egypt Air’s check-in counter in JFK International Airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Advise the check-in agent that you would like to check your luggage through to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, our local representative will meet you before the passport control holding a “Friendly Planet Travel” sign. He/She will escort you to the hotel.

Arrival Complications

We make every effort to ensure our tours run smoothly and trouble-free. We don't expect any problems, and nor should you. But when things don't go as planned, here's what to do:

  • You miss your flights, or your flights are cancelled: Please call us immediately. If it's outside our normal business hours, leave a message in our emergency mailbox, with a phone number at which to reach you, and we'll get right back to you.
  • Your flights are delayed and you're worried about missing your included transfers: Please contact us to let us know about the delay, and we will notify our partners in destination. They will be tracking your arrival and will plan accordingly.
  • Your package includes transfers, but you can't find our representative at your destination: Don't panic—they may have been unexpectedly delayed. Wait up to 30 minutes. Then contact our local partners in destination, listed on the emergency contact page of your final documents. If you can't reach them, call us. If it's outside our normal business hours, leave a message in our emergency mailbox. If all else fails, make your own way to the starting hotel (or cruise port), and we'll refund you the cost of your transfer.

Packing & Luggage

Baggage allowance: Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Your checked-in luggage should weigh no more than 50 pounds, and each piece may not exceed 62 inches as a sum of all three dimensions (length, height and width). Your carry-on luggage should fit under your seat or in the overhead compartment. Most airlines do not consider roll-aboards as hand luggage. Kindly ensure to pack you medications and other essentials in your carry-on luggage.

While the airline may permit two checked-in bags per person, we strongly suggest to bring only one checked-in luggage with a maximum weight of 50 lbs. We recommend a lighter weight and smaller dimension for both the checked-in and carry-on luggage than what airlines typically allow in order to fit in the overhead compartments on the motor coaches used for transfers and touring. Kindly note that these limitations facilitate an easier, faster, and smoother approach towards the collection and transport of your luggage throughout the tour. In the interest of comfort and convenience for you and your fellow travelers, we recommend that you do not over-pack and to take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind. We appreciate your understanding and your cooperation regarding these limitations.

Learn more about Baggage Allowances on your international flights. Note that our baggage allowances may be less than those for your international flights. If you exceed the baggage limits, you may be subject to excess baggage charges levied by the airlines and/or by Friendly Planet.

Regardless of the limits—we recommend a smaller size and weight for both your checked and carry-on bags. It's so much easier and faster for you to get around when you have fewer, lighter bags! For your carry-on, consider a soft-sided bag such as a duffel rather than a hard clamshell-type case, which may not fit as easily into overhead compartments or under your seat, especially on buses. For your protection, we suggest your checked luggage have a TSA-approved lock.

Luggage tags: We will mail you Friendly Planet luggage tags with your invoice. Fill in the luggage tags with your name and contact information and attach to each bag, including carry-ons and camera cases, so that your luggage can be identified should it get misplaced during your trip. However, we are not responsible for lost or damaged luggage.

What to pack: Check out our blog post on our Top 10 Must-Haves for International Travel. Pack smart: put your travel documents, medications, one change of clothing, and other essentials in your carry-on, in case your checked baggage is misplaced. And pack light, for your own comfort and convenience. For clothing, we suggest packing a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

What not to pack: U.S. law forbids you to carry hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your checked or carry-on baggage or on your person, including explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids & solids, loaded firearms, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Common examples include paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, mace/tear gas and oxygen bottles. Restricted materials may vary by airline and destination. Some items, in quantities of no more than 70 ounces total, may be carried within baggage, including medicinal or toilet articles such as hairspray, perfume and certain medicines that are necessary during your journey. Please check with the airline and/or visit the FAA website prior to travel if you have any questions.

While on Tour

What to Expect

This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Expect early wake up times and very long days in order to fit in all included visits. The Nile cruise portion of this tour can total up to 100 passengers.

Please remember that you are traveling as part of a group, and your personal cooperation will make the trip better for everyone. Please arrive on time for group activities, and please note that smoking is not permitted on our tour buses. Be sensitive to the local customs, as many activities may be conducted differently than in our own country. You will find a polite, gentle approach and a friendly, positive demeanor will help you achieve the best results as you travel.

In General: While we have made every effort to secure comfortable accommodations and transportation, we ask you to keep in mind that the standards you will encounter may be different from those you are used to at home. This is primarily due to the fact that the tourism infrastructure, while extensive, is still in the development stages, and therefore somewhat limited in some areas. On touring days, you may encounter some delays due to the tremendous congestion and traffic in and around the city. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Please remember that you are visiting countries where customs are not the same as in the USA. Many people speak English, and you may assume you are being understood, but it is often the case that the person you are speaking to does not clearly comprehend. Be sure to ask your guide, the hotel clerk, the waiter or any other service providers to confirm that what you have asked or said has been understood. This is very important when shopping.

Remember that you're a guest in someone else's homeland, and that you're traveling to experience their country and culture. Be sensitive to local customs and manners, as many things may be done differently than what you're used to. And while we have made every effort to secure modern and comfortable accommodations and transportation, please note that the standards in other countries may be different from those you are accustomed to at home. Overall, you will find a polite, positive, patient, and open-minded approach generally yields the best travel experience!

Please keep in mind that you'll be traveling with a group. Sharing your explorations with like-minded folks can often be a source of joy, and some of our travelers become lifelong friends. But traveling with strangers can also sometimes be challenging, especially in a foreign country. We ask that you be patient and respectful with your fellow travelers, including their needs and preferences. Also remember that you have responsibilities to the group—please be prompt for group activities so you don't keep everyone else waiting. Lastly, please defer to your tour leader, guide or manager. They are there for your safety and wellbeing, and to ensure the journey goes smoothly for everyone. If you have a problem with one of our tour guides or managers, please let us know, either while you're on tour or after you return, and we'll make sure your concerns are addressed.

Accommodations

Our hotels are all Western-style, and your room includes a private bathroom. Please be aware that the water in the hotel tap system is not potable. Hotels will normally provide bottled water at a small fee. On occasion, a first bottle will be in your room upon check in. If not, you will have plenty of opportunities to purchase bottled water in and around the hotel. However, any water that you consume from the hotel mini-bar will be charged to your room, and you will be responsible for payment.

Eating & Drinking

The meals included with your package are listed in the itinerary.

Non-included Meals: Your hotels while on tour will have several dining choices, from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. Average cost for lunch (not including drinks) in the shops will average about $15 - $20 per person, per meal, while the average dinner cost (not including drinks) in the shops will average around $40 - $55 per person per meal. Your hotels accept credit card payments for not-included meals.

As noted above under Accommodations, the water in your hotel (from the tap) is not potable. Even if the hotel posts a sign that it is safe to drink tap water, please do not drink it. Make sure to only drink water and other beverages from sealed bottles or cans. The rule for water also pertains to ice, as it is commonly made from unfiltered, tap water. At included meals, you may enjoy the cooked fruits and vegetables, but stay away from raw items unless you can peel them. Most of our intestinal systems are not accustomed to the micro-organisms in the raw foods and water of other countries. Please do not hesitate to enjoy some of the very fine restaurants in the locations you will be traveling. There will be many, and if you exercise caution, you will avoid getting sick.

Please see above for special meal requests.

Tipping

If your professional guide, driver and others with whom you are traveling are doing a good job, please take our suggestions for tipping seriously. While we have already prepaid porterage, you may find that porters will ask for additional tips. If you wish to give porters an extra tip, a dollar bill will be considered generous. Dollar bills are handy for tipping in other situations as well, so we suggest taking a supply of single dollars with you so that you can be prepared for such situations.

Naturally, tipping is personal and completely voluntary. If you have not received good service, your tip should reflect this fact. (You should also let us know without delay.) Just as you would never think of having dinner at a restaurant without leaving an appropriate tip, you should apply the same thinking to tipping as you travel.

Optional Excursions

To enhance your visit, your local guide will offer optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. Payments for these tours should be made directly to your guide. Payment must be made by cash or by credit cards (Visa & MasterCard) for Egypt excursion tours while payment for Jordan excursion tours must be made by Cash only. Rates quoted below are in US dollars and may be subject to a minimum number of passengers.

Egypt

  • Mummies Room inside the Egyptian Museum, $15 per person – Day 3 Have an in-depth view of the well-preserved Royal mummies at the Egyptian Museum.
  • *Cairo’s Old City, Citadel of Saladin & Khan El Khalili Bazaars, $51 per person – Day 3 Optional guided tour of Cairo's Old City, including the Citadel of Saladin. Continue to the Khan El Khalili Bazaars, where treasures await your deft bargaining to win them at astounding prices.
  • *Sound & Light Show at Giza, $41 per person – Day 3 Experience the famous Sound & Light Show at Giza. See the luminary display of the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Price includes escort and transportation.
  • *Panoramic Tour of Downtown Cairo and Dinner, $46 per person – Day 4 Take a panoramic tour by bus to Downtown Cairo including the culturally rich Zamalek Island, Cairo Opera House, Maspero television building, Cairo Marriott Hotel, and the historic Qasr El Nil Bridge. End your tour with dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the Nile River.
  • Inner Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza, $25 per person (purchased locally) – Day 4 Explore the interior of the pyramids. This 30-minute visit of the interior is unguided and will take place during free time. Disclaimer: You must be in good physical condition to fully enjoy this excursion, which involves traversing narrow passages and steep stairways. Some areas have very low ceilings preventing visitors from standing upright. This excursion is not recommended to anyone suffering from heart conditions, back problems, asthma, or claustrophobia.
  • Hot Air Balloon, $120 per person (purchased locally) – Day 6 Embark on a Hot Air Balloon ride for a bird's eye view over the Nile. This excursion is subject to weather conditions. Please Note: While mobile phones are permitted, camera equipment is not allowed on this optional tour.
  • Abu Simbel, $313 paid locally or $298 if pre-booked, per person – Day 9 Fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel, the site of the Great Temple of Ramses II, one of the most magnificent of all temples in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After exploring the temple complex, return to Aswan. Note: On occasion, Egypt Air cannot provide a flight on the scheduled day of the excursion. In this case, you may instead visit Abu Simbel by land in a private air-conditioned vehicle, a journey of approximately 4 hours each way, with a box lunch provided. The land version is $199 if paid locally and requires a minimum of 2 passengers. If you pre-booked the excursion for $298, you will receive a refund of $100 if you choose the land version, or a full refund if you decline.

Excursions mark with an asterisk (*) are included in the Discounted Egypt Optional Excursions package.

If you prepaid for the Egypt optional excursions package in the U.S., there will be no additional payment needed to join these tours.

Please Note: There are no refunds for unused optional excursions.

Independent Activities

You can leave the group and explore on your own at any time; however, should the group have planned activities for that day, please make sure to inform your Tour Escort, National Guide, and/or Local Guide in advance. There is NO refund for unused group arrangements. We recommend that you ask the front desk for a business card of the hotel with the address and local phone number in both local script and English. Or take the name of the hotel and phone number - written in the local language and in English - with you so that you can communicate with taxi drivers. The hotel staff will gladly assist you with these translations.

Special Needs & Requests

Please see above for special meal requests and seat requests. If you have any other special requests, including wheelchair or electric cart assistance, please mention your request when you book with an agent, or in the special requests section when you book online. We will do our best to accommodate them!

Country FAQs

Fast Facts about Egypt

Overview

Capital: Cairo
Population:  95.69 million
Currency: Egyption pound (LE)
Languages: Egyptian Arabic
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: EET (UTC +2)

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease Control, “A limited risk of malaria exists in parts of Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco. Taking an antimalarial drug is not recommended as the risk for travelers is considered to be extremely low. However, travelers should use insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites.”

Do not swim in fresh water or ocean water, as parasites are prevalent. Skin infections are common; even the smallest wound should be disinfected and covered with a bandage.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

Egypt generally has a warm and hot weather with cooler nights. There are 2 seasons in Egypt, winter which is from November to April and summer from May to October. Average temperature during winter ranges from 60’s to 80’s while in summer, average temperature will be from 80’s to 90’s. During the months of March & April, there will be periods of sand storms blowing in different places due to the Khamsin.

What to wear

Since Egypt is primarily a Muslim country, customs will be different from what you are accustomed to in the USA. When visiting mosques and for touring, you should plan to dress modestly. Despite the heat, it is still preferred that women do not wear shorts or halter-style tops. Slacks or skirts are recommended. T-shirts are also considered appropriate.

Note: If visiting mosques and other sacred sites, kindly ensure to dress appropriately – long sleeves, long, loose fitting, ankle length trousers or skirts for women and men. No light colored and transparent or see through clothing for women.

We recommend that you bring along hat, sunscreen and a light sweater as the day and nighttime temperatures vary dramatically. Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs. Finally, remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel.

Tipping

A small gratuity to your guides and drivers will be greatly appreciated by them. For Cairo, the recommended amount is $5 per person per day for the local guide; $3 per person per day for the drivers and $2 per person per day for the tour manager in Cairo.

For the cruise portion, we recommend a total tip of $15 per person per day allocated to the following: $7 per person per day for the cruise ship staff; $4 per person per day for the guide, $2 per person per day for the driver and $2 for the tour manager in Luxor and Aswan.

Please Note: It is customary for the Cairo guide or Tour Manager to collect on arrival the minimal amount as mentioned above for tips to be distributed on your behalf amongst all service personnel who will assist the group in different aspects of the tour.

It is also customary to tip the hotel staff. Our recommended amount is $1 per person per day for housekeeping. The same amount is recommended for restaurant staff. Tips to porters and luggage handlers is included in the package. However, a modest tip of an extra US$1-2 per luggage to the hotel porters who bring your luggage to the room is recommended. As always, gratuities are an individual expression of thanks and should be based on the level of service provided. It is also customary to tip the hotel staff. Our recommended amount is $1 per person per day for housekeeping. The same amount is recommended for restaurant staff. As always, gratuities are an individual expression of thanks and should be based on the level of service provided.

Money & Credit Cards

The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. Hotels and some stores accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard only). However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Hotels, banks and foreign exchange bureaus will be able to exchange cash to local currency. We highly recommend that you bring along crisp, new bills. Old, torn, crumpled bills may not be accepted. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection. For small purchases, we recommend that you use the ATM machines to get cash in local currency so that you can avoid using your credit card in unknown shops where there is a higher risk of having your credit card numbers “borrowed” for unauthorized purchases. Traveler’s checks are no longer widely accepted. If you intend to use traveler’s checks, please be sure to verify that they are still accepted in the places visited on this tour.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

You will have ample opportunity during your visit to Egypt to shop for souvenirs, including artwork, handicrafts and even jewelry. If you purchase such items, do so with the understanding that these items may not have the same high value you were led to believe. A good rule of thumb when shopping abroad is to choose items that you love and that will remind you of the destination. If you want to shop for high value items, better do so from a trusted merchant at home unless the pleasure of the happy memory of your trip will keep you from regretting your purchase.

While we take great care in arranging the components of your tour, we have no relationship with the shopping venues you’ll encounter, and we cannot be liable for any purchases you make. Your guides will no doubt have some favorite shopping places, where the vendors are known, provide good quality merchandise and probably pay some sort of commission from sales to the guide. This should not surprise or offend you, as this is how business is done throughout the Middle East and other regions around the world. Please keep in mind that many, if not most stores outside the U.S., will not allow exchanges or refunds for your purchased items.

Tips for Bargaining: Bargaining is a way of life in the Middle East. If you want to purchase something, whether in a shop or a souk (or bazaar) and you think the price you’ve been quoted is too high, thank the vendor and walk away. Generally, he/she will come after you with a lower price. It is usually considered good bargaining policy to offer half the asking price, and negotiate from there. Negotiations should be done in a respectful way.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220 volts. Plug C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are permitted, and photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will be available in major cities.

Fast Facts about Jordan

Overview

Capital: Amman
Population:  7.595 million
Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)
Languages: Arabic
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: EET (UTC +2)

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements to enter Jordan. See your doctor about possible typhoid medication. Take along bug repellant as mosquitoes are prevalent, but do not transmit malaria.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

In Jordan, the months of May and October are the most pleasant, with temperatures ranging in the 70’s and 80’s during the day and from the mid 50’s through the 60’s at night. During the rest of the year, the temperatures vary from a daytime high in the 40’s through the 60’s to lows at night from the 30’s through the 50’s. Typically, some rain can fall during the December through February period, while May through October is virtually rain free. The contrast between night and day is dramatic, so take a sweater for chilly nights, even in summer.

Tipping

A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel and restaurant bills; if service is very special, tip an extra amount. Tip 8% to taxi drivers and porters.

Money & Credit Cards

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

In Jordan, shop for pottery, bronze, baskets, wood inlay, straw goods, embroidery, glass, leather, Madaba rugs, spices, and etchings. Bargain only in markets, not in fine shops. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C, D, E, F, G, & J. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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