We will be adding a number of protocols to ensure the safety and protection of our passengers. While we already have health and safety measures in place on our coaches, travellers can expect the following:

  1. Increased daily cleaning, thereby ensuring optimal coach hygiene. Seat rotation will be put on pause for now and boarding procedures will be adjusted to allow for social distancing. The wearing of facemasks on board the coach and in public spaces will follow the guidance and laws of the local authorities.
  2. In-depth hygiene and health training for all crew members.
  3. While on tour, the comfort and quality of our restaurants and accommodation will still remain, however, these will be vetted to ensure the increased hygiene standards are met.

For more information on our elevated health and safety protocols, please see our How to Travel Safe page.

Testing prior to your return flight

Your tour leader and our local operator in Egypt will assist you with organising a COVID-19 test prior to your return flight home. This can either be taken in Hurghada, or in Cairo if you are extending your stay at the end of the tour. The price for the test ranges from US$50-100.

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of what activities and meals are included, and what is excluded. We would recommend budgeting £15-£25/US$20-$35 per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Hotel Accommodation

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bedrooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Other Accommodation

  • On Day 2 you will take an overnight private bus from Cairo to Aswan. You will be provided with a seat for the journey.
  • On Day 4 you will overnight on the deck of a traditional Nile felucca boat. The covered deck provides shade, and also has comfortable mattresses. At night, the felucca drops anchor. Please note that there are shared toilet facilities on-board. Meals will be cooked and provided by the crew.

On this tour, you will enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Free time gives you the opportunity to see more of a destination. This is a chance to embark on one of Expat Explore’s popular optional excursions or simply see aspects of a destination that interest you but are not included on the tour itinerary.

Optional Excursions
Filling your free time with optional excursions is popular with Expat Explore travellers. Your itinerary will list the excursions on offer and your tour leader will be able to give you more details on the excursion. All of our optional activities have been expertly chosen to ensure they will give travellers a unique, safe, fun and memorable experience. Many travellers opt-in for various optional excursions so you will most likely have the comfort of spending more time with a group you are already familiar with.

Most nationalities can purchase a visa on arrival. Please double check with your foreign office or local Egyptian embassy to confirm.

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have several blank pages as Visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

Your tour starts and finishes in Cairo. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Additional Costs:

Local Payment Your tour guide will collect a local payment of $40 USD per person. This covers tipping for all services provided during the tour by local drivers, waiters and hotel staff etc. Please ensure you have this amount ready for the tour leader to collect at the beginning of the tour.

Tipping Your Egyptologist tour leader is not included in the above tipping. As a general guide, we recommended tipping your tour leader $3-4 USD per person per day at the end of the tour depending on your satisfaction and his/her general attitude.

Entrance Fees Please note that entrance fees for the following experiences on this tour are not included in the tour price. Please keep them in mind as you budget for your trip.

Entrance fees (Egyptian pounds per person):

  • 240 EGP, Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx
  • 200 EGP, Sakara Pyramid
  • 230 EGP, Egyptian Museum
  • 200 EGP, Philae Temple
  • 160 EGP, Kom Ombo
  • 220 EGP, Karnak Temple
  • 180 EGP, Luxor Temple
  • 265 EGP, Valley of the Kings
  • 165 EGP, Hatchepsut Temple
  • Free, Colossi of Memnon

International Flights Travel to the start point and from the end point is not included. We recommend using Sky Scanner to find the best deals on international flights.

Travel Insurance For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance - if you need any assistance with this please contact our Customer Service team who can put you in touch with our preferred travel insurance partners.

Please note: No children under 10 years of age are allowed on Expat Explore tours.

Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion.

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure your comfort and enjoyment, so please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.

Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.

Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach/minibus as we drive to new destinations.

For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Ancient Sites
These generally consist of multiple levels accessible only by steps, with sandy and uneven ground.

Nile Cruise
The traditional felucca boats used on this tour are compact wooden sailing vessels with basic on-board facilities. There is no wheelchair access.

Not all hotels have lifts, so you may be required to carry your own bags up and down stairs to your room.

Last Updated: 2023-3-30 16:46:15