Travel Tips

Travelling with children

Bringing your children to Egypt can be an adventure for all the family. There is so much to see, and most of the sites are so big, famous and impressive, that most children get a lot out of a holiday here, and are not quickly bored.

Travelling in a group

Travelling solo


Food, drink and dietary requirements

Egyptian Food is essentially similar to Turkish, Lebanese, and Persian food, with a big accent on a legume, locally called foul medames. Foul medames are basically fava beans, and they are served in a variety of ways including fried in the form of falafel- and served with houmous and fresh pitta bread. This is an Egyptian staple. Another local dish- Kushari is a mixture of macaroni, rice and black lentils, seasoned and served with a generous dollop of spiced tomato sauce and fried onion. Dressed with a little lemon juice, this is a true winner. Very wholesome and very inexpensive. Kofta- a seasoned char-grilled beef torpedo shaped morsel is also very tasty, as is fiteer, a kind of Egyptian style pizza.

Vegetarians are well catered for. Rice, pulses and breads are served in abundance, as are fresh fruits and vegetables. The local fruit juices- especially fresh squeezed mango juice is a true winner. Western  soft-drinks are widely available.  McDonalds, KFC and the like have also made inroads, so if missing the comforts of ‘home’ cuisine, these are also an option! Sometimes we are not always able to break at appropriate times for brunch or lunch, so is suggested that you carry a few snacks. Snack food,  Western or traditional, is widely available at the many shops dotted in and around the towns we visit. Peanuts, crisps, sweet cookies, pitta bread, soft drinks and other portable foodstuffs are readily available.

Alcoholic beverages are available in most hotels, cruises, and select restaurants. Both local and international wine and beer can be purchased. The international brands tend to be more expensive.


Most people find that Egypt is a very friendly and hospitable country and feel quite comfortable wandering around alone during the day. However, as with any country you are not familiar with (and in particular in large cities such as Cairo), it is recommended that you exercise more caution at night and generally take taxis rather than walk through unknown areas.


Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend and advise that you obtain travel insurance. Policies are available to cover loss or damage to luggage, medical emergencies that your regular insurance might not cover when you are overseas, travel interruption, trip cancellation and unforeseen expenses if you have to cancel your Trip.

Visa Information

Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt are required to have a valid passport. Entry visa may be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic Bodies abroad or from the Entry Visa Department at the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA). It is, however, possible for most tourists and visitors to obtain an entry visa at any of the Major Entry Ports of Egypt upon arrival (Canadian, American and European community passport holders) for USD 15.oo per passport. Please check with the nearest Egyptian Consulate for specific details and regulations relevant to your nationality.
Citizens of the following countries are required to have a pre-arrival visa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Chinese, Croatia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri-Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and all African countries.
N.B:. In the event of visa refusal at the port of entry, Egypt Unexpected will not be held responsible for passenger not holding the correct entry visa

Currency information

Sufficient funds are required to cover your personal expenses such as the meals which are not included in your tour package, beverages, and entrance fees if it is not included in your package, laundry, phone calls, and souvenirs and shopping.
Visa and MasterCard can be used for cash withdrawal from ATM of the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr and others. Outside the main cities cash advances are often impossible, so keep some cash handy suits your expenses.
The unit of currency is the Egyptian pound (L.E.), which is divided into 100 piasters. Pound are issued in notes 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and coins of one pound.

What should I bring?

– Hat.
– Sunglasses.
– Scarf for head and shoulders for the ladies.
– Comfortable clothing.
– Sweater, jackets, coats and umbrella for the winter travel (Alexandria, Cairo and night time desert can be quite cold and rainy in winter months such as December, January, February).
– A torch for the tombs and temples.
– Your prescription medications.
– Good walking shoes.
– Swimsuits if you are planning to swim.
– A sleeping bag is required for the Felucca between Aswan and Luxor – White desert if those are included in your tour.

N.B:. Do not wear shorts and sleeves attire to the religious places in Egypt. Dress quite conservatively at your visits to mosques, churches, synagogues and bazaars. Especially women should be more careful about that. In places less used to tourists, you should even more careful.


Arabic is the official language spoken by all Egyptians. When Arabic spoken in the streets, it’s like a dialect & differs great deal from classical Arabic. Although English is very widespread, people will appreciate your taking time to learn a few words and phrases. In Sharm and Hurghada many other European language are spoken such as French, German, Italian and Russian.



Arrival information

If your program includes airport arrival transfers, you will be met by our local representative at the baggage claim area or outside the arrival hall. Look for someone holding Egypt Unexpected sign or your names. Travelers arriving by train will be met at the platform.

Tipping information

Tipping (baksheesh) is a way of life in Egypt and is often an essential way to supplement very low wages. Tipping is usually expected in restaurants and should be around 10% of the meal. Tipping for a service is dependant on the service provided, and how well it is performed .and also you usually tip the housekeeping, porters, helpful site guards, the tour guide & the representatives. Remember; if you are not happy with the service provided to you don’t tip.

Keeping in touch with home

Most of the hotels are offering free wifi and they have an executive floor and even if you don’t have a direct internet access from your room, you can use the internet facilities at the executive floors and pay for this. There are also internet cafes in big cities.


Accommodation levels & hotel ratings are slightly different in Egypt to general Western standards. We regularly inspect all the hotels we use to ensure that the service is as close as possible to your expectations.

All the rooms in our packages are standard rooms (if any other type of rooms is required by the client such as Nile View , Pyramids View, Superior or Executive room …….etc , a supplement will be added).

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