You should plan to fly in and out of Cairo International Airport. A representative from Encounters Travel will be in the immigration hall to meet you, help you through immigration and to collect your luggage before providing a transfer to your hotel on Day 1. A transfer back to the airport is also included on Day 9. Encounters Travel can assist with flight bookings or you can make your own arrangements – the transfers are included either way.
Yes, there is a high season surcharge for the following dates paid directly to Encounters Travel.$250.00 supplement for the following dates:
Dec 16, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Dec 23, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Dec 28, 2017 to Jan 5, 2018
Jan 6, 2018 to Jan 14, 2018
$100.00 supplement for the following dates:Mar 3, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
Mar 10, 2018 to Mar 18, 2018
Mar 17, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018
Apr 7, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018
Apr 14, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018
You will spend six nights in a locally rated five-star hotels with comfortable amenities, including private bath. One of the nights will be spent on-board a train in a twin berth sleeper cabin with fold down beds and bedding provided, and one night on board your traditional felucca boat. Feluccas are very basic traditional Nile sailboats and are a fun and relaxing way to travel down the river. You sleep on the deck of the boat (mattresses are provided, but Encounters Travel suggests that you bring a sleeping sheet, blanket or light sleeping bag during the winter months of November to February). There are no toilet facilities on board, but you will be joined several times each day and at night by a support boat where a toilet and warm showers will be available. Mosquito nets are provided for use while you are sleeping but you should bring mosquito repellent for the evenings and early mornings. Your Nubian boat crew will cook all your meals while on board and entertain you in the evenings. If you would prefer some more comfort, an upgrade to an extra night in the Aswan hotel is available in place of the felucca.
Pricing is based on twin/double/triple occupancy in accommodations. As a solo traveler you can opt to share a room with a person of the same gender, where possible. A supplement is not required in these instances. If this option is not available, or if you would like to guarantee yourself a single room throughout the tour, you will need to pay a single supplement of $419 directly to Encounters Travel.
If you would like to add pre- or post-travel accommodations or activities, please inquire with Encounters Travel.
Encounters Travel will provide a detailed packing list once you have booked, but key items include lightweight clothing, sun protection (hat and sunscreen), and a good daypack.
Travel insurance is required for this adventure. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance recommendations, please email us.
Tipping is very much a part of Egyptian culture and customs. To make make it easier for you to budget and to remove much of the stress and hassle of tipping lots of people as you go along, Encounters Travel collects a ‘Tipping Kitty’ at the start of the tour. Your guide will manage this as the tour goes along and ask one or more of the group members to assist and make some of the payments. The kitty provides tips for a wide range of people you’ll meet along the tour including hotel porters, train and station staff, drivers, local reps etc. You should allow approx. $30 per person for this kitty. Your Egyptologist guide (and Bedouin guides in the desert) is not included in this kitty and you may tip them at the end of your tour subject to your satisfaction with and appreciation of the service they have provided. You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. Encounters is often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. $4-$8 per person per day would be appropriate.
You may cancel reservations up to 72 hours after the booking is made. After that time period all modifications/cancellations will be granted solely at the discretion of Encounters Travel. Cancellation processing fees may apply.