Passports and Visa
Citizens of the United States must possess a valid passport for travel to Egypt and Jordan. Americans, Europeans, and Australians can purchase a tourist visa on arrival at the airport for a $28 fee in Egypt, payable in U.S. Dollars. Jordan’s group visa is free on arrival. Each visa is good for one month. You will need one passport photo for each visa. Citizens of other countries should inquire about requirements for entry.
If you do not have a passport, please APPLY NOW! Make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your travel dates (April 30, 2017), and that you have a minimum of 2 blank facing pages for each visa (4 blank pages total). When you have your passport photographs taken, you should get extra photos: even though you need just one passport-size photo when you apply for each visa, you should always carry 2-3 EXTRA photos, just in case an emergency arises (i.e. in case your passport/visa is stolen).
Health Requirements and Health Insurance
No special vaccinations are required for travel to Egypt or Jordan. However, please consult your personal physician, local health department, travel clinic, or immunization center about any vaccinations you may need to update, or others that may be personally recommended for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history. Hepatitis A and B are present everywhere in the world, so you should talk to your Doctor about this.
You MUST have your own health insurance and be in very good physical condition to participate in this trip. This is an active holiday, and we rate it as Moderate. Trips of this designation offer moderate physical challenges, and for this trip you should be able to walk/hike from 2-5 miles. Visits to temples, museums, and excavations involve a considerable amount of walking, some of which may be in hot weather.
Making Travel Arrangements to Egypt and Jordan
On this AdventureWomen Egypt and Jordan trip, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Cairo, Egypt, and from Amman, Jordan, back to the U.S.A. You are welcome to work with Ciretta Green, at Travel Café in Montana, who knows the best flights to get you to Cairo, Egypt, with return from Amman, Jordan.
3 internal flights within Egypt, plus the international hop-over flight from Cairo, Egypt, to Amman, Jordan, are included in the price of this trip.
You will need to arrive in Cairo, Egypt by 4 p.m. on October 15, 2016. Early morning departure is from Amman, Jordan on October 28, 2016. (As of June 2015, round trip prices are ranging from approximately $1,055 to $1,245 from JFK).
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When calling, please identify yourself as an AdventureWomen traveler. If you leave a message on Ciretta’s voice mail, she will return your call promptly. She will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last minute registrants, we must often relinquish hotel space and air reservations up to 6 – 12 weeks prior to departure!
Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
Liability Form and Final Payment
Part of what AdventureWomen, Inc. hopes to foster is the taking of more self-responsibility for our own lives, health, and safety. Please read the LIABILITY FORM carefully, return it with the remainder of your balance due by JULY 15, 2016.
Egypt’s unit of currency is the Pound. As of June 4, 2015, 1 USD = 7.61 Egyptian Pounds.
Jordan’s unit of currency is the Dinar. As of June 4, 2015, 1 USD = 0.71 Jordan Dinars.
You can find the current rate of exchange at the following website: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Bring U.S. cash, credit cards, and maybe some travelers checks (American Express), which can be exchanged at banks. Most of the large hotels have ATM’s. Major credit cards can be used for cash advances in banks and exchanges and for purchases in many large tourist hotels, stores, and restaurants. In Egypt, you will get a better exchange rate for cash in US Dollars from hotel staff and small shops. The unofficial market exchange rate is usually 15% higher than the official central bank rate. In Jordan, U.S. Dollars are generally accepted all over the country.
Bring smaller bills (not larger than $50) and make sure that they are in very good condition (no tears or wrinkles).
Generally most goods and services in Egypt and Jordan seem to be very good value, but there is a system of bargaining for everything you need. Some of the larger tourist shops have fixed prices, but in the local markets, bargaining is a way of life – so leave plenty of time for shopping.
*Important information about credit cards! Please note: You should bring at least one smart card, usually referred to as a chip card, or chip-and-PIN credit card for travel to Europe and to other overseas destinations. These new cards are more secure and you are more protected from credit card fraud.
These so-called smart cards have embedded microchips in them. You will see the silver or gold microchip on the front of your card. They also have the traditional magnetic stripe, so can be used the same as your regular credit/debit card. You’ll either sign for purchases, or enter a 4 digit PIN into a terminal. (Confirm with your bank that your PIN, or 4 digit number, will be the number that you use the FIRST time that a PIN is required for use with your new card. So just make sure you remember it for all future transactions!)
It is best to have your chip card as a VISA or MasterCard, since American Express is often not accepted in many places. In Europe and in parts of Asia, they simply don’t acknowledge magnetic-strip cards anymore unless they are chip-and-PIN enabled. In addition, in any automated transactions such as train stations and gas stations, ONLY chip-and-PIN cards are accepted.
Chip-and-PIN cards have become standard in many European countries because of their superior fraud-prevention abilities. Now countries in Asia, North America and South America, and Canada are doing the same.
Tipping is, of course, optional and based on your satisfaction with the guides, drivers, wait staff, etc. The following, however, is the recommended amount of tips that are suggested on the trip. You can tip in US Dollars:
Tipping in Egypt is a way of life. Tips are called “baksheesh” and it is an integral part of life in this country—probably more important and emphasized here than in most of the countries that AdventureWomen travels to.
The following is a guideline for the people we will tip, and the suggested amounts:
- $15-$20 per person per day to our specialist-Egyptologist-guide (6 days: $90 – $120);
- $8 per person per day to drivers (drivers will vary and should be tipped each day unless you know they will stay with you for a few days);
- $12-$15 per person per day to the cruise crew on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (4 days: $48 – $60);
- $10 per person per day for the Tour Coordinator. This is the trip facilitator who meets clients at the airport, escorts them to the hotel, and assists clients requirements while in Egypt. (Approximately 5 days: $50);
- $5-$6 per restaurant meal (any meal that is not included).
The following guideline is for tipping our staff in Jordan:
- $50-$60 per person for the main guide;
- $30-$35 per person for the driver;
- $5 per person for the horse boy at Petra;
- $2 per person for the 4X4 drivers at Wadi Rum;
- $2 per meal at restaurants (any meal that is not included).
Food and Water
In both Egypt and Jordan, there are wonderful varieties of dining experiences available, with a very pronounced Middle Eastern accent! You will want to try everything, from the locally-grown fruits and vegetables, to the delicious lamb, beef and veal served in shish kebabs and casseroles and, of course, the incomparable freshly baked breads. You will enjoy such appetizers as smokey, subtle baba ghonooj (seasoned eggplant and sesame) and rich, creamy hummus bi tahini (chick pea and sesame paste) to such sumptuous desserts as flaky om ali (chock full of raisins and nuts.) For a change of fare, you may wish to sample the Continental cuisine that is readily available in our hotels.
By observing reasonable precautions, you should be able to enjoy a healthy, trouble-free stay. ALWAYS drink bottled water (never tap water), and do not eat raw food, undercooked meats and fish, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, and any fruit that you have not peeled yourself. Eating yogurt helps with the introduction of new foods!