Frequently Asked Questions

Is Egypt considered a safe destination?

No overseas travel is without risk and every major city has petty crime, but you will be in a group and never on your own. Egypt generally has a very low crime rate. You will feel safe in Egypt as the government is taking sensible precautions to protect the tourist industry which is a major source of income for its population. The US government has the same safety ranking for Egypt as the UK, for example. Plus, we’ll have our own local security personnel with us every step of the way. Our local tour company is very experienced and has been in business since 1955.

How much will I have to pay as a deposit?

The deposit required will be 50% of the total price of the tour. See our cancellation policy here.

How can I obtain my visa to visit Egypt?

Visitors to Egypt must have a passport valid for at least six months upon their arrival. Travelers of the following nationalities can purchase a 1-month entry visa without application upon arrival in Egypt: Australia, Canada, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. This only takes a few minutes to do at a bank window before you go through customs.

What is the best currency to take to Egypt?

US dollar, pound sterling, and euro are accepted mainly in tourist areas and major cities. All these three currencies can be exchanged easily into EGP at the official exchange rate at any Egyptian bank, bank desk in airports, foreign exchange counter in most upper hotels, and even at the same place where you buy your entry visa upon arrival in Egypt. Some credit cards or cash cards also can be used to withdraw Egyptian pounds at any ATM in Egypt. Please check with your local banks before departure. But if you are going to barter for souvenirs and trinkets it’s best to pay in Egyptian pounds. The Egyptian pound is the official currency in Egypt and is commonly abbreviated as EGP, LE or E£. It is divided into 100 piastres or 1,000 millimes. Check your current exchange rate from Egyptian pounds.

Do Egyptians speak languages other than Arabic?

Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand at least some English words or phrases. Our local guides, who are Christian, work in the tourism sector, are accustomed to visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak English.

Is it a common practice to give tips in Egypt?

This is a fully inclusive tour. However, it is customary to give your guides and our drivers tips at the end of journey for good service. CMI staff will take a group collection at the end.

Can I take pictures while visiting the monuments in Egypt?

Photography is allowed in most of the historical sites and museums in Egypt, but a few have extra charges for taking in a camera, like the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo. In some historical sites, like inside the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, all photography is prohibited for the protection of the delicate artwork on the walls. As such, visitors are asked to leave their cameras at the reception before entering. We advise buying a good full-colour book while you are there that has pictures of some of these prohibited places.

Are there any health issues that I should worry about in Egypt?

Like most overseas countries, there are issues with drinking tap water. Bottled water will be supplied and available for you at all times. Egypt can be hot, so hats and sunscreen are recommended at all times.

Is there any special dress advice?

In the tourist areas, the locals are used to overseas visitors. Dressing with relative modesty is a way of respecting the local culture. Casual clothing is fine, but women should avoid tight or revealing clothing. Shorts and t-shirts are fine for men.

Are children permitted on the tour?

Children age 12 and older who are traveling with one or both parents (or legal guardians) are welcome on the tour. All tour participants pay the same price, regardless of age. Please note that the maximum room occupancy is three, so if two children are accompanying both parents, it will be necessary to reserve two rooms.

What happens after I submit my registration?

Spaces will be limited on the tour so no reservation is confirmed until payment is received.

Within a few business days of submitting your request for registration, you will receive an invoice in US dollars from Creation Ministries International–US (the tour organizer) for the full cost of the tour for you and any travel companions for which you registered. The link to pay the invoice will take you to PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to pay with a credit card. If you want to pay from your bank account, you will need to set up a PayPal account and link it to your bank account. You will pay in US dollars and PayPal will charge you in your own local currency based upon the exchange rate at that time, plus currency conversion fees.

Places will be designated on a first come, first serve basis, so at least 50% of the total must be paid within seven (7) days of the date of the invoice to confirm your spot. If we do not receive payment within this time frame, your reservation will be cancelled. Full payment is due no later than 1 June 2020. Any balances will be subject to any potential currency rates at the time they are paid.

To take advantage of the 10% discount, the total cost of the tour for you and any travel companions for which you registered must be paid in full within seven (7) days of the receipt of the invoice. The reservation will not be held if it is not paid in full. Please contact us if, after receiving the invoice, you decide to pay a deposit of 50% rather than the full invoice.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

Please note that some parts of the tour, such as internal air travel, are booked and confirmed as soon as you have paid the deposit, and are non-refundable. For this reason, full refunds are not available. Creation Ministries International urges all participants to purchase travel insurance as it is not provided by us nor the tour company. (Note: many credit card companies offer travel insurance if you use their cards to book your trip. Check with your card provider).

  • Once you have paid either the full price of the tour or the 50% deposit, your reservation is confirmed. If you cancel from that date through Feburary 29, 2020, we will retain 25% of the tour cost plus the cost of internal airfares which may or may not be refunded at the discretion of the airlines.
  • If you cancel from March 1 – April 15, 2020, we will retain 50% of the tour cost plus the cost of internal airfares which may or may not be refunded at the discretion of the airlines.
  • If you cancel from April 16 – June 11, 2020,  we will retain 75% of the tour cost plus the cost of internal airfares which may or may not be refunded at the discretion of the airlines.
  • No cancellations after June 11, 2020. If you cancel after this date or fail to arrive in Cairo at the beginning of the tour, no refund will be given.

Note: Travel insurance is not included. Obtain your own coverage before departure.

Registration

Your 10 nights includes all accommodations, all ground transportation and internal airfare while in Egypt, all meals, and all entry fees to the sites listed (international airfares not included).

Price (per person) Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
United States USD $2,690 USD $3,150
As a guide below are the estimated currency conversion rates as of 2019-09-12.
Canada CAD $3,554 CAD $4,162
Australia AUD $3,917 AUD $4,587
New Zealand NZD $4,189 NZD $4,905
United Kingdom GBP £2,189 GBP £2,564
Europe EUR €2,458 EUR €2,878
South Africa ZAR R39,226 ZAR R45,955

Currency Note: U.S. prices are fixed. The posted estimates for international prices will be updated regularly as a guide only. The invoice you receive will be at the US dollar price posted on the website on the day you register.

Note: Early bird booking discounts apply. View discounts or register now.