Custom Trip Planning

Road to Egypt works with you to organize your Egypt vacation at a pace and taste that suits your wish list and your budget. MORE

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Private Tour FAQ

We have assembled answers to frequently asked questions. If your questions still remain unanswered after browsing this page, please contact one of our friendly tour design representatives. We are always happy to assist with your travel to Egypt. Call us at 1-800-848-8163 or email reservations@roadtoegypt.com.

1) Questions about our company

Where are you located? Our sales office is located in Toronto, Canada. We also have associate offices in Egypt for the coordination of all services related to the clients visit; hotels, cruises, land and air transportation. Our Egyptian representatives are available on a 24 hour basis to handle any emergency that may arise and resolve any issues that the client might face during the visit.

How long have you been in business? Are you a licensed travel company? We are proud to say that we have been in business since 1979. We are registered with TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) which is the governing body for travel agents, and through its compensation fund, our clients are protected in the event that we are unable to deliver our services as contracted. We are an appointed agency of IATA (International Air Transport Association). We are also members of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), and CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).

2) Questions about our programs

What is the difference between your private suggested tours and a group motor coach tour?Though both "private tours" and "motorcoach tours" include pre-arranged accommodation and services, there are major differences.

The private tours are flexible fully customized for those people that do not want to be governed by motorcoach schedules and tours that cater to large groups of people, sometimes upward of 45 people per bus.

The private tours offer you the luxury and comfort of designing your trip, with the guidance of one of our expert tour designers, in accordance with your wishes, time frame, budgetary concerns and flexibility in structure. Most importantly, your itinerary will be organized for your own private party of family and friends. Private tours offer the most flexibility and free time as well as ease of mind.

Escorted tours are for those who want to travel without the hassles of planning the trip on their own, taking advantage of traveling with a group throughout, which also allows them to save on costs. There are several packages offered by a variety of motorcoach operators to select destinations, departing on specific dates, and pre-set durations of time.

Can I change an option on one of your suggested private tours? Yes you can! These tours are suggested itineraries that are selected for their popularity over the years. Those programs can be altered and customized to your wishes. We will work with you on a variety of options until such time that the tour is fine tuned to your satisfaction.

What is Custom Trip Planning? Custom trip planning is what we specialize in. Our tour designers will work with you to create the ideal trip for you based on your interests and budget. We have the knowledge and impressive well informed representatives in Egypt ready to plan a well customized trip. We handle all details, from the basic to the most personalized request, making your trip a great experience that will live with you for years to come.

How does the booking process work? Once you contact us, your tour designer will listen carefully and attentively to your expectations on the proposed trip, and will work with you to create an itinerary that suits your needs and budget. A preliminary itinerary will be sent to you for review, and if there are any modifications to be made; our tour designers will implement and confirm such changes. Once you approve the program and confirm your dates, we will book the services and send you the authorization forms (if paying by credit card) along with the terms and conditions as agreed upon... A 25% non-refundable deposit would be required in return to hold the accommodation and services required.

The final payment is due 45 days prior to your departure. Fully detailed final travel documents and vouchers will be sent to you approximately two to three weeks prior to your departure. All the necessary contact information will be clearly identified in your booklet.

Are your private guides and drivers licensed and do they speak English? Our guides are well informed and licensed English speaking Egyptologists. We have an array of multilingual Egyptologist guides as well. The drivers are licensed and are very familiar with the roads and routes on your tour. Both guides and drivers are very accommodating and will try their utmost to make your visit a memorable experience.

What kinds of vehicles are used for Private tours? The vehicles we use for our tours in Egypt vary in accordance with the number in your party and level of services requested; the transportation range is from mid-size sedans to luxury stretch limousines. All the vehicles are air conditioned and licensed by the tourism authority.

For groups over 8 people minibuses or buses are used depending on the size of the group.

3) Questions about Egypt

Is it safe to travel in Egypt? Egypt is a very safe country, known for its warm hospitality and friendly people. Having said that, you must use caution in large cities, the same as you would when traveling through European or North American cities. The tourist areas can become magnets for pick pockets. Common sense precautions will help you to avoid unpleasant situations.

Do I need a VISA to visit Egypt? If you are a Canadian, US, or Euro passport holder, you will need a valid passport and entry visa. The passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Egypt.

We have a reserve of prepaid entry visas to Egypt exclusively reserved for our clients. The visas will be sent to our clients as part of their final documents that are couriered to them; booklets, receipts, vouchers and any other information necessary for their trip.

One alternative is to deal with the Embassies visa section directly. In this option, you will need to download the visa application form from their website, fill out the form in duplicate, provide 2 passport photos, a bank draft for the exact amount and send all the documents along with your passport in a secure prepaid registered mail or courier service.

The other option is line up for the visa upon arrival at the point of entry in Egypt and purchase the necessary stamps before you proceed through passport control.

By providing the visas directly to our clients will eliminate all the hassles and anxieties associated with obtaining the visas either form the embassies or upon entry into Egypt.

This will streamline the arrival procedures and eliminate any anxiety of lining up at the airport to exchange funds and purchase the necessary stamps for the visas. You can also obtain your visa from your nearest consular office in North America.

Other nationalities should check with the Egyptian Embassy or consular office for Visa requirements from their countries. Residency cards do not constitute citizenship. The country of issuance of the passport determines the citizenship.

When is the best time to visit Egypt? Although Egypt is year round destination, the best time to visit will be from October to March. There are still plenty of visitors in the summer, but one must be careful to be well prepared with comfortable light weight clothing and the appropriate sunblock.

What are the must see cities and sights in Egypt? Egypt has a wealth of cultural, historical and archaeological sites. Whatever you choose to see in Egypt will be worth while and a wonderful experience. Each city provides its own charm, history and archaeological wonders; The Pyramids of Giza near Cairo, the temples along the Nile and Lake Nasser, the library in Alexandria, the beautiful beaches along the shores of the Mediterranean and Red Seas, just to mention a few of the many possibilities.

Can I use my hairdryer, shaver or curling iron, etc in Egypt? In Egypt the voltage – 220 - differs from that in North American - 110. The electrical sockets are round not flat. So in order to use your personal appliance you need a conversion plug and if the appliance is not dual voltage, a converter. You can purchase a kit with everything you need from your local travel shop or in the luggage section of your local department store or at most airports.

Can I use my ATM card in Egypt? Yes you can.

Our suggestion would be to try and change your money at a bank, get a receipt and keep it handy. The only way you can exchange Egyptian Pounds back to foreign currencies is with the official bank receipt obtained with the initial exchange.

There are plenty of banks conveniently located in hotels and on cruise ships. Try and exchange small amounts at a time.

4) Questions about Accommodation

What should I expect from your hotels and cruise ships? Road to Egypt offers a varied selection of hotels and cruise ships. We only use first class and luxury hotels, often exceeding North American standards. Many of the selected hotels and cruise ships belong to International chains; Four Seasons, Hyatt, Movenpick, Hilton International, Oberoi, and others.

The hotels are chosen based on location, cleanliness, friendliness, helpfulness of the staff and best value for the dollar. They are personally inspected on a regular basis for updated information and classification.

The various classification and level of hotels (first class or luxury) will depend on the level of accommodation, service, government classification and amenities available at each venue.

Even at the hotels, there are various categories ranging from standard (least expensive) to Royal Suites that can be very pricy. There are also supplements for a variety of upgrades; like higher floors, specific views (e.g. Nile View or Pyramid view) superior or deluxe etc… When in doubt, it is always advisable to check with your designer who would recommend to you the proper accommodation with your expectations and desires.

As for the cruise ships that we have contracted along the Nile, the same categorization applies. However, all our fleet is with outside cabins (no interior cabins), inclusive of all meals, shore excursions and applicable transportation and entrance fees.

We have points with a hotel chain; can we use your services if we book hotels with our points? We will be happy to work with clients who secure their own accommodation directly with the hotels on frequent traveler points or vouchers. However, we will not be responsible for any issues arising at the hotels or venues that were not booked directly by Road to Egypt.

5) Questions about Guiding on cruise ships.

All cruise ships offer complete shore excursions as part of their cruise program cost that includes transportation, entrance fees and guiding.

There are 2 types of guiding options from the cruise ships along the Nile; the normal shore excursions are carried out in groups of up to 40 people depending on the vessel and its capacity. As a rule, the maximum number is seldom reached.

For an extra nominal supplement, you can have your own privately arranged shore excursions that will include your own private guide and transportation. The guide will stay with you throughout the cruise portion of the trip. It is more flexible and relaxing.

6) Travel Insurance

Do you offer travel insurance? Is it important to have it? We offer excellent travel insurance with many coverage options from basic trip cancellation to full coverage which includes emergency medical assistance. Ask our tour designers about the various options.

We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment, which for a trip to Egypt can be substantial. Travel Insurance gives you peace of mind in safeguarding your investment in the event of a cancellation prior to or during your trip.

7) Categories of hotels and cruise ships.

All cruise ships offer complete shore excursions as part of their cruise program cost that includes transportation, entrance fees and guiding.