Information, Guidelines & Terms

COVID-19: Travel restrictions to Egypt – UPDATED 6-23-2022

Egypt lifted ALL entry rules for all travelers. This includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists of all ages.

  • Masks are NO longer required on international flights.
  • Wearing a face mask during the tour in all places we travel and stay at is OPTIONAL in most places.
  • It is NOT required to present a negative result on a COVID test before boarding a flight to Egypt.
  • travel health insurance policy with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19 is recommended.
  • All arriving passengers must fill out a Public Health Card upon arrival to Egypt.
  • Americans and most foreign nationals require a Visa that you will obtain upon your arrival at Egypt airport in Cairo. CLICK HERE
  • PCR swab test is available for all nationalities that require it for their return to their countries and will be offered to our group at our hotel in Cairo on the morning of March 3rd, 2023 with results available within 8-10 hours (Cost is $100.00 USD per test). A laboratory result certificate with the lab stamp and office government seal will be provided. Please contact your airline and government for the COVID-19 requirements for the return to your country.

ITINERARY: February 18 – March 4, 2023

Departure to Egypt – Friday Feb. 17, 2023
Departures traveling from USA and other far away destinations
Depart for Cairo and arriving the next day.

  • Day ONE: Saturday Feb 18, 2020 – ARRIVAL (Check-in from 15:00 / 3:00 PM). The Nile Ritz-Carlton 5-Star Hotel – Overnight in Cairo. (Meals on your own).
  • Day TWO: Sunday Feb 19, 2023 – The Nile Ritz-Carlton 5-Star Hotel – Overnight in Cairo. (BD)
  • Day THREE: Monday Feb 20, 2023 – Flight from Cairo Airport to Luxor on Egypt Air. Cruise nt. 1 – M/S. Sonesta Sun Goddess – Overnight in Luxor. (BLD)
  • Day FOUR: Tuesday Feb 21, 2023 – Cruise nt. 2 – Overnight in Kena. (BLD)
  • Day FIVE: Wednesday Feb 22, 2023 – Cruise nt. 3 – Overnight in Luxor. (BLD)
  • Day SIX: Thursday Feb 23, 2023 – Cruise nt. 4 – Overnight in Edfu. (BLD)
  • Day SEVEN: Friday Feb 24, 2023 – Cruise nt. 5 – Overnight in Aswan. (BLD)
  • Day EIGHT: Saturday Feb 25, 2023 – Cruise nt. 6 – Flight on Egypt Air to Abu Simbel for 2-hour visit; then flight back to Aswan to the Cruise Ship. Overnight in Aswan. (BLD)
  • Day NINE: Sunday Feb 26, 2023 – Cruise nt. 7 – Overnight in Luxor. (BLD)
  • Day TEN: Monday Feb 27, 2023 – Flight to Cairo Airport on Egypt Air, transfer and check into The Nile Ritz-Carlton 5-Star Hotel. Overnight in Cairo. (BL)
  • Day ELEVEN: Tuesday Feb 28, 2023 – Overnight in Cairo. (BL)
  • Day TWELVE: Wednesday March 1, 2023 – Overnight in Cairo. (BL)
  • Day THIRTEEN: Thursday March 2, 2023 – Overnight in Cairo. (BD)
  • Day FOURTEEN: Friday March 3, 2023 – Overnight in Cairo. (BD)
    *PCR Test for nationalities requiring one for returning to their countries
  • Day FIFTEEN: Saturday March 4, 2023 – DEPARTURE (B)

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

View Detailed Itinerary for Egypt Tour

This Tour to Egypt has it All!!

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES (February 18 – March 4, 2023)

  • Sightseeing tours as described and mentioned above.
  • Tours in English language by professional Egyptologist tour guides.
  • All site entrances fees.
  • Most meals as listed in itinerary.
  • 5-Star The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
  • A wonderful program on the Luxury M/S. Sonesta Sun Goddess; sailing on the Lower Nile is an experience to cherish. It is like time is standing still and you feel you are back in an ancient time, sailing again to your favorite Temple. Don’t forget the wonderful meals on board (BLD)!
  • Visits to all the great Temples along the Lower Nile, Sakkara, the Sphinx, the Great Pyramids and the Giza Plateau, and much more as listed in the itinerary.
  • Visit to the New Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • Flight between Cairo/Luxor and Luxor/Cairo.
  • Flight between Aswan/Abu Simbel and Abu Simblel/Aswan.
  • Private visits to the Great Pyramid, King Chamber and The Sphinx.
  • Private visit to the Temple of Isis at Philae.
  • Private visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu.
  • Private visit to the Shrine of Sekhmet.
  • Festive Welcome & Farewell Dinners.
  • Oriental Entertainment Shows (Whirling Dervish, Belly Dancer).

Accommodation & Transportation:

  • 2 Nights in Cairo at the 5-Star The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel – Feb. 18 - 20 (Check-out 20th)
  • 7 Nights/8 Days on board Charter deluxe Nile Cruise ship M/S. Sonesta Sun Goddess – Feb. 20 - 27. Just for our group!
  • 5 Nights in Cairo at the 5-Star The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel – Feb. 27 – Mar. 4. (Check-out 4th)
  • Deluxe coaches on all land portions.

Transfers:

  • Arrival day – Cairo airport to The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • Flights between Cairo/Luxor. Aswan/Abu Simbel – Abu Simbel/Aswan. Luxor/Cairo.
  • Private air-conditioned motor coaches for all transportations.
  • Transfer of all baggage throughout the tour.
  • Departure day – transfer from The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel to airport.

Other Services:

  • Meet, assist and transfer services upon arrival/departure to/from Egyptian Airports.

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to Egypt.
  • Entry visa to Egypt, which will cost approximately $25 USD per person.
  • Passport fees or charges (if any).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry service, mini bar charges, drinks with meals, and health club fees, etc.
  • Additional requests from you that are not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities: Tipping for personal items such as your housekeeper, laundry service, room services, meal gratuities (that are not included), etc.
  • Charges for incidental services (i.e. laundry, drinks, room service, and telephone calls, etc.)
  • Extra meals not included in itinerary. NOTE: Beverages with meals are NOT usually included. Please ask to confirm.
  • Any items that are not specified listed above as being included.
  • Emergency evacuation.

HOTEL, NILE SHIP & RELATED INFO

  • Hotel Check-In: Room available from 15:00 (3pm).

    Hotel & Nile Cruise Ship Amenities

  • The Nile Ritz-Carlton 5-Star Hotel, Cairo carries a rich legacy of tradition and luxury.
    Overlooking the Nile River lies the iconic luxury hotel, offering leisure and business travelers an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo. The hotel marries the “bucket-list” city with world-class services; offering splendid amenities including more than nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a lavish spa, and unprecedented service promising you an unforgettable getaway.
    The elegantly appointed rooms are designed to pamper your senses with the finest amenities. Overlooking either the legendary Nile or the historical Egyptian Museum.

Chartered Luxurious Nile Cruise Ship M/S. Sonesta Sun Goddess. Offers deluxe accommodations that provide comfort, elegance and design. With 28 Deluxe Suites featuring high-quality furnishings and upscale amenities:

Cabins:

  • 28 x Deluxe Suites (40 sq. m)
  • 1 x Royal Suite with Jacuzzi (60 sq. m)
  • 1 x Executive Suite (60 sq. m)

All cabins facilities:

  • Private Terrace with seating area
  • Private direct-dial Telephone
  • Internet access
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Mini-bar
  • Music System
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Television and Movie Program
  • In-room dining available until midnight
  • Bathroom with full-size Bathtub

Note: All Suites are non-smoking. Smoking is allowed only in open areas.

Main Dining Room: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets.
Lounge: Serving a wide range of cocktails and beverages as well as light meals for lunch and dinner.
Sun Deck Bar: Overlooking the Nile, offering refreshing cocktails all day until sunset.
Entertainment: Discotheque, Belly Dance Show, Welcome Cocktail Party, fancy Galabya Party and Nubian Folkloric Show.

Cruise facilities:

  • Main Dining Room, Lounge, Sun Deck Bar
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Fully-purified Water, filtered and softened before distribution
  • Barbecue Area on deck
  • International Telephone Line and Internet Access
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool with Bar Service
  • Billiards

PRE & POST NIGHTS

If you need extra nights before and/or after the tour dates at our hotels, cost with our group rate per room per night with breakfast incl all taxes.

*Costs also include a Private transfer from Cairo International Airport to the hotel with our land operator ‘Travels Key’.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo:
Single or Double (King or Twin beds) $240.00 USD per nt.* with breakfast and taxes.

*Rooms overlooking the Historic Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square

Nile View Room (King or Twin beds) $280.00 USD per nt. with breakfast and taxes.

To book, email: info@shalohaproductions.com

Food

Food in Egypt is healthy with a variety including vegetarian and vegan dishes at all hotels and on the cruise.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Foreign travelers must show proof of a valid private medical health insurance policy, which will cover the cost of treatment for COVID-19.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive Travel Insurance (Cancellation and Medical Insurance) to protect against cancellation fees and additional travel expenses or financial default that may incur before, after, or during the trip.
  • There are 3 types of insurance you should consider under a comprehensive plan: trip cancellation insurance, travel health insurance, and medical evacuation insurance. These will cover different situations and may give you financial peace of mind, as well as allowing for safe and healthy travel.

Please contact your medical provider, airline or travel agent to obtain a policy for this trip. This is important.

Important: It is highly recommended you have your medical insurance policy provider contact information with you, before leaving for Egypt.

Recommended Travel Insurance companies:

For Americans and citizens of other countries

We suggest you call and speak with an agent about all options available

World Nomads
www.worldnomads.com/usa/travel-insurance

HTH Worldwide
Tel: 1-888-243-2358
www.hthtravelinsurance.com/index.cfm

USI AFFINITY Travel Insurance Services
Tel: 1-800-937-1387
www.travelinsure.com/what/wmedhigh.asp?32963

Insure My Trip
Tel: 1-800-487-4722
www.insuremytrip.com

TIC (Travel Insurance Coordinators)
Tel: 1-800-379-9628
www.travelinsurance.ca

For Canadians

TIC (Travel Insurance Coordinators)
Tel: 1-800-379-9628
www.travelinsurance.ca

PASSPORT & VISA

Entry Visa

The entry visa to Egypt is not included. The cost is $25 USD Cash and the visa can be obtained upon arrival. When you depart from your plane and before you go in to claim your luggage, a ‘Travels Key’ staff will greet and help you to get the visa stamp from one of the bank branches inside the arrival hall. Please hand the cash to the ‘Travels Key’ staff. The correct amount is necessary.

You can also apply and obtain the visa to Egypt online here:
Egypt Online Visa (e-Visa)
Egypt e-Visa Application

Valid Passport

  • Be sure that your passport will not expire during your stay in Egypt.
  • All visitors to Egypt must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from their arrival date in Egypt.
  • Visitors are entitled to remain in Egypt up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them.

Passport Safety

Keep your passport in your purse or a secure pocket where it cannot be seen; never pack your passport in your suitcase.

Leave a copy of the front inside information page at home, another copy in your suitcase, 3 more copies for hotel check-in and your original passport with you. The 3 copies are to be handed to Travels Key representative upon first arrival at the hotel. If you use your hotel safe, remember to check your hotel safe before checking out of your room. Total 4 copies to bring with you and your original passport.

AIRFARE

Your flight arrival to Egypt and departure should be to/from Cairo International Airport (Code: CAI).

Most international airlines operate flights to Egypt. You can also book your flights with your travel agent or Internet-based travel agencies companies such as:

Note to Americans: Direct flights to Cairo (CAI) with EgyptAir from New York (JFK) and Washington, D.C. (IADwww.egyptair.com/en

24/7 SERVICE UPON ARRIVAL IN CAIRO AND TRANSFER TO OUR HOTEL

  1. Please send us your arrival and departure to and from Egypt flight details after you purchase your airfare: flight number, airline, dates, times to info@shalohaproductions.com
  2. Upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport a ‘Travels Key’ staff member will be waiting for you inside the arrival hall of Cairo Airport holding a sign with ‘Travels Key’ name and your name.
  3. ‘Travels Key’ staff will greet and help you to get the visa stamp (cost $25.00 cash) from one of the bank branches inside the arrival hall. Please hand the cash to the ‘Travels Key’ staff. The correct amount is necessary.
  4. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you go through immigration.
  5. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you collect your luggage.
  6. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you go through customs with your luggage.
  7. ‘Travels Key’ staff will transfer you from the Airport to the hotel by one of their private tourist buses.
  8. ‘Travels Key’ staff will help you with your hotel room check-in.
  • Flights arriving close in time will be grouped together.

MONEY

  • All participants are requested to write clearly their name in Full (rather than just sign) on all transactions and bills for any extra requests during their stay at hotels and cruises, to avoid any confusion while settling bills upon checking out or departures.
  • Your home currency may be exchanged at the airport, your hotel, one of the local money changers, or at one of the many ATMs throughout Egypt.
  • In Egypt the Egyptian currency is called Egyptian pounds. The exchange rates vary depending on what you use in the exchange: cash, check, traveler’s check or credit card. Be sure to check with your hotel for the exchange rate as it can fluctuate daily. At all larger stores and restaurants you may use either your credit card or debit card.
  • Please check Visa or MasterCard on the web before departure for the current rate of exchange.
  • Major credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard or your ATM card are excellent to have in case of an emergency and for buying more expensive items. They provide a good exchange rate and receipt. Always ask for the carbon, if used, along with your customer copy. Important: before you depart overseas, please notify your bank or credit card provider of your schedule, and that you will be making purchases out of the country.
  • We do not recommend the use of traveler’s checks, as you may experience difficulty using and/or cashing them. In addition, banks usually charge a handling fee when cashing traveler’s checks. Major credit cards are recommended for purchases.

LUGGAGE

  1. Please arrive with up to two (2) suitcases only per person and one (1) carry-on!
  2. On tour buses in Egypt, luggage storage space is limited. Only one suitcase per person will be stored in the luggage compartment of the bus.
  3. Inside the bus, storage space is limited to the under-seat space in front of you and the shallow space above your head.
  4. You are responsible for additional pieces at all times.
  5. Porters are tipped for all group transfers of luggage. For Private porter’s assistance the tip to the porter helping you is on you.
  6. Always pack fewer clothes than you think you need.
  7. Include a closable canvas bag inside your suitcase, in case you need extra luggage for items you have purchased. Be aware that many airlines will charge for overweight bags and more than one checked bag and one carry-on.

PACKING, CLOTHING & THINGS TO TAKE

  • For touring wear loose, comfortable cottons or other lightweight clothing that can be layered.
  • Dress in Egypt is casual, but be prepared at tour sites to cover your shoulders and arms. Please, no tank-tops. It is appropriate to have at least the upper arms covered (T-shirt length), and pants and skirts to at least the knee. Bare midriffs are not appropriate for this tour. At some sites entrance is denied to people wearing shorts or sleeveless tops. It is always good to pack a scarf to cover your arms or your head when it is hot. Pack a light waterproof jacket for cool evenings on the Nile Cruise.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must! Please break them in before you come to Egypt. Include a more formal pair of shoes for dinners at the hotel. High heels are NOT recommended for women. Bring sandals and water shoes for the pools. There will be lots of sand, so on tours open sandals may be hard to walk in.
  • Be sure to include: backpack, swimsuit, water shoes, small flashlight, travel packages of tissues, sleeping mask, earplugs, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, moistened towelettes, washcloth, pocket size tissues (for restrooms), hand & body lotion (dry climate), notebook, pens, highlighter, and notebook, extra film and batteries for camera with a protective case for x-ray machines, compact folding umbrella in case of rain.
  • Money (more than you think you will need, in small bills).
  • Do not pack: valuables, including items of sentimental value. Leave them at home.
  • Important note about visits to sites: all participants are advised to ensure that they are aware that certain sites during the different options may not be suitable to those with claustrophobia, back problems or heart conditions. Please seek advice from your guides and Travels Key accompanying staff during the tour.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES

  • Be sure to pack enough of your prescription medications to last through the tour. Pack your medicine in the original bottle and bring some in your carry-on bag.
  • Bring an extra week’s supply, your doctor’s phone number, and a copy of the generic names for each.
  • Have your doctor write an Egyptian-equivalent prescription for life-dependent medications. Not all prescriptions are interchangeable. Your doctor will be able to advise you.
  • If you are allergic to any medicines, please keep a list of these with your passport.
  • In Egypt you may need a prescription for medicine that is sold over the counter in other countries.
  • You should pack some aspirin, antacids, and similar items you use at home that you feel you might need on the tour.
  • If you suffer from motion sickness, bring along any medication you use to prevent this on the boat, bus, and plane.

BUSES & RESTROOMS

  • The deluxe touring motor coaches are air-conditioned.
  • It is important that every participant adhere to sitting in the same bus seat during the different excursions and visits to sites. Change of bus, for any reason, must be advised to the accompanying guide. This is essential for the efficient use of time, avoid unnecessary waiting and ensuring the safety of all participants.
  • No restrooms on the bus. However, restrooms are available in most sites that we will be visiting, and travel distances between sites are relatively short.

TOUR DATES, DELAYS, ROUTE CHANGES AND CANCELLATION

Organizing the tour has substantial financial commitments, contracts, and conditions with many of the tour suppliers in Egypt (Hotels, Chartered Boats, Chartered Flights, Coaches, Operator, and other services). The schedule is established over one year or more before the tour, so it is possible that route changes, delays, postponements, or new tour dates may become necessary if there are circumstances beyond our control, such as unexpected weather conditions, political turmoil, pandemic and/or similar causes that may require changes to the itinerary. We and our providers reserve the right to cancel or postpone the tour prior to departure, in which case the refund policy is as follows:

  • If the tour is canceled 150 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 10% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 120-149 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 20% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 90-119 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 40% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 60-89 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you have made to us will be refunded minus a 50% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 30-59 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you made to us will be refunded minus a 70% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled 15-29 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you made to us will be refunded minus an 80% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.
  • If the tour is canceled less than 15 days before the first day of the tour, any payment you made to us will be refunded minus a 90% cancellation fee within 30-60 days.

In the unforeseeable event that the tour was to be canceled while the tour is taking place, due to a pandemic or other causes beyond our control, no reimbursement of unutilized days of the tour may be returned to the participants – as these fees would be non reimbursed to Shaloha Productions.

Note: Elan Cohen has been traveling the world for over 20 years and has never missed an event or tour he was scheduled for and committed to. In the unforeseeable situation due to circumstances beyond his control that will prevent him from participating in the tour, we will do everything in our power to reschedule the tour to a different date; however, if we are not able to do so and the tour is cancelled, the same cancellation policy fees above will be applied.

If the tour is postponed to another date, any payments you have made will be applied to the new tour dates. If you are not able to attend the new rescheduled tour dates, the same cancellation policy fees above will be applied.

You waive the right to any further claims for compensation or damages, for any loss, consequential damage, expenses, or loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation. These terms, conditions, and policies may not be challenged nor negotiated. Herein you make a full agreement.

We will always do everything in our power to postpone a tour rather than cancel. Also, we will always strive to refund you as much of your funds as possible, taking everything into consideration at the time of cancelation. It is highly advisable that you obtain comprehensive Travel Insurance to recuperate any losses you may incur.

LOST ITEMS

  • Double check your belongings before leaving the plane, hotels and buses. We cannot assume responsibility for lost items.
  • Put your name and a contact number on your belongings. You can include our company information too.
  • Please check your hotel safe for any valuables before your leave the room.

IMPORTANT NOTE

The services described herein, and in the itinerary, are organized by us and/or our providers. All arrangements made on behalf of you are made on the condition that we and our providers shall not be held responsible for any injury, death, accident, delay, loss or damages which may be caused in all or in part, by the acts or omissions of others. The information contained in this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, but we accept no liability for any inaccuracies herein.

We reserve the right to alter any itinerary or service at any time without penalty. Any additional expense or cancellation costs shall be borne solely by you. We reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any service to any customer in our sole discretion. Your payment of your deposit is your acknowledgment of, and agreement to, the terms herein.