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YET prides itself on the extensive network of ground operations, tour leaders, and local contacts in Egypt, which keep us informed and up-to-date on all local situations in which we operate. Our passengers’ safety is of the utmost priority and we rely on these networks to allow us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our trips running safely. We often know of situations on the ground before the media and we are in constant contact with our local offices, tour leaders, local operators, and colleagues to closely monitor and inform you of the most current information affecting any destination where we operate.

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Introduction
A YET tour opens up a world of excitement, wonder, and opportunity. With that, there are inherent risks and rewards beyond which you could reasonably expect by staying at home. Some of the

reasons you may be exposed to different and broader experiences and risks include:

• Egypt has different laws and regulations governing transport, infrastructure, safety, etc, and
maybe lacking when compared to laws you may have at home.
• The itineraries we operate often include strenuous activities and physical demands beyond which you
may usually partake at home. In addition, these activities are on occasion undertaken in remote and isolated
areas.
• The political stability of Egypt in which we operate can be at times changeful.
• Natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, storms, flooding, etc can happen the world over. Sometimes they strike in locations in which we operate a tour. The remote location of some of our tours may compound the impacts beyond the natural event itself.
• Most of the people you meet on your travels will be genuine, welcoming, and honest. However, anywhere, there is a small element preying on the unsuspecting tourist.
• The remote locations of some of our tours mean support and assistance are not always readily available.
• The infrastructure (hospitals, transport, emergency services, etc) of Egypt may be lacking when compared to the ones you may have at home.

YET takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while traveling with us. This document aims to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your safety while abroad.

“The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense”

There are several things that you may do before even leaving home that will help you to have a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

• Take copies of your passport and other important documents with you. This way, if you lose your documents, you can at least present a copy to your embassy or consulate while abroad and have a replacement or temporary travel documents issued. A tip we received from one of our seasoned travelers was to scan the documents and send them to your e-mail. That way you have additional access to them online.
• We suggest registering your travel plans with your embassy or consulate before leaving home. Should a serious event occur, your Government will be able to make contact and account for you.
• Take out appropriate insurance. No one ever expects an injury or accident to happen. However, we have several unfortunate stories from travelers and they usually start with: “I never expected…”
• Leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family.

Our travel to some exciting and far-off places. With that, comes exposure to new and unfamiliar bugs, viruses, and infections. Consult your local medical professional well before leaving home. You may need injections to prevent common diseasesʼ, and they may need some time to incubate before they are effective. Your medical professional or travel clinic will advise on what is needed. We also ask you to advise us of your medical conditions. This will help us to give you the facilities you need while with us, and allow us to give special attention to those who need it.

The travel experience will expose you to many different types and forms of transport, and many risks and rewards. Some of these may be familiar to you and just a matter of commonsense, and some may not. Take note of the top 5 below tips received from experienced YET travelers:

Air travel
• Pay attention to the in-flight briefing. It may seem monotonous or boring to those who travel often, but in the event of an emergency, you will need to know it instantly.
• Count the rows to the emergency exit. In an emergency, lighting may be reduced.
• Donʼt drinks too much alcohol. Cabins are pressurized so the effect of alcohol is stronger than normal.
• Listen to the flight attendants. They are primarily there for your safety.
• Keep your seatbelt fastened. Turbulence can occur at any time.

Buses and trains
• Keep your personal belongings in your sight, or preferably on you.
• A lock placed on zippers is a good deterrent to a would-be thief.
• Watch for uneven, slippery surfaces or other obstacles as you enter and exit the vehicle.
• Remain alert to surroundings. Be aware of distractions, as they may be opportunities for pickpockets.
• Know your stop.

Taxies
• If you are staying at a hotel, have them call you a taxi, rather than wave one down on the street.
• Use taxis from a taxi stand where possible. Typically only registered operators may use a taxi stand.
• Keep your belongings at your side or feet. If you need to exit quickly they will be easily accessible.
• If in an emergency, leave the bags. You can run faster without it and items can be replaced.
• Check the Identification of the driver before getting in. It should be prominently displayed in the vehicle if it is a legitimate taxi.

Water transport
• Listen to the safety briefing. You will need to know what to do in an emergency.
• If lifejackets are supplied – use them.
• Always have at least one hand free to hold onto something to help with your balance.
• The sun reflects up off the water. Ensure you have adequate sunscreen protection.
• Take medication for seasickness before boarding – it may take some time to become effective.

Accommodation is generally considered a haven for weary travelers. However, the reality is it is often the most likely place that accidents and thefts occur. The following things can be done to increase your safety as told to us by fellow travelers:
• When arriving, stay with your bags until they are transferred from the taxi or bus to the Lobby.
• Lobbyʼs can be chaotic places with many people coming and going. Keep an eye on your bags at all times when checking in and out. The busy atmosphere is a welcome distraction to opportunists.
• When you enter your hotel room, make sure the door closes firmly behind you and locks.
• When in your room lock the door, use the security latch, lock windows, and connect room doors.
• Always use the ʻspy holeʼ to see who is at the door before opening it.
• Know the emergency assistance number, and how to operate the phone system.
• Store all unneeded personal items, cash, valuables, and travel documents in the in-room safe.
• Take note of the emergency plan on the back of the hotel door. You will need to know it in an emergency.
• Place your room key in the same place each time. It avoids losing it, and you will know where it is in an emergency.
• Use the non-slip mats in the showers if provided.

One of the great ways to experience a new destination is to simply immerse yourself in it! However, as with anywhere, there are select elements of the local community who prey on the vulnerable.

We have received many tips and advice from our travelers on the best way to reduce vulnerability and protect safety while at the same time enjoying the amazing sights. Some of these ideas may be simple commonsense, while others you may not have thought about.

These are the top 10 ways to enhance your safety while out and about:

• Blend in as much as possible, especially in your dress and appearance. Try to avoid an obvious tourist appearance.
• View maps discreetly. A map identifies you as a tourist, and unfortunately, a target.
• If disorientated, only ask for directions from uniformed officers or persons of obvious authority.
• Stay on well-lit or well-trafficked areas and roads. Danger often lurks in dark and less populated areas.
• Photos are a must when traveling. However, keep the camera discrete. Many ʻpoint-and-shootʼ cameras will fit in your pocket out of sight when not in use. Do not leave larger ones dangling around your neck, or other places in plain view.
• When withdrawing money from ATMʼs try to do so during daylight, in well-trafficked areas, and use machines that are associated with a recognized bank where possible. As with anywhere, protect your PIN by covering the keypad from prying eyes with your other hand. Once the cash is withdrawn, take time to ensure it is stashed away safely. Do not do so while walking down the street advertising the fact you are carrying amounts of cash with you.
• Leave excess cash, travel documents, and jewelry in the hotel safe, or better yet at home if you donʼt need it while away.
• An experienced pickpocket can usually pick a tourist out in a crowd. Wear your purse over one shoulder with the opening flap against your stomach so that it's impossible to get into. If you're carrying a daypack wear it in front, kangaroo-style.
• Where possible avoid walking alone – especially at night. Traveling with friends makes you much less of a target.
• Take something with the hotel name and address on it with you like a notepad or matchbox. This way, even if you do not speak the language, a taxi will be able to take you back to the hotel.

On your YET tour, you will have many included activities. All of the included activities are properly vetted and regularly checked by us. However, there will also be some free time for you to set off on your own. We ask you to use your discretion when considering optional activities. Safety should always be your key consideration, as it is ours. Ask about their safety practices, history, insurance, and emergency plans. Particular attention should be paid when water activities are involved, and always insist on traveling with a guide.

“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent”

How can we help?

It sounds like you are interested in organizing a personalized tour of Egypt. Planning a tailor-made Egypt tour can be a great way to see the sights and attractions that are most interesting to you, and to experience the country in a way that is customized to your preferences and needs. Here are a few things to consider when planning your tour:

  1. Determine your budget: This will help you narrow down your options and plan a trip that is within your means.

  2. Decide on your travel style: Do you prefer a more structured, guided tour or a more independent, self-guided trip? This will help you decide what type of tour operator to work with.

  3. Determine your travel dates: Consider the weather and peak tourist seasons when deciding when to visit.

  4. Choose your destinations: Egypt is a large country with a lot to see, so you'll want to focus on a few key destinations rather than trying to see everything. Some of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt include Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and the Red Sea.

  5. Book your transportation and accommodations: Consider how you will get around the country, and book your flights, train tickets, or car rentals in advance. You'll also need to decide where you will stay, whether that's in a hotel, hostel, or vacation rental.

  6. Research and book activities and tours: Your Egypt Tours offers guided tours of Egypt's top attractions, such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Karnak. Look for reputable companies and read our reviews to find the best options for your trip.

I hope these tips are helpful as you plan your tailor-made tour of Egypt. Let us know if you have any other questions!

"Your Egypt Tours" is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers’ safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

The cost of a tour of Egypt can vary significantly depending on a number of factors such as the length of the tour, the time of year you go, the type of accommodation you prefer, and the mode of transportation you choose. Some tours may be as inexpensive as $500 per person for a budget group tour, while others can cost $5000 or more for a luxury private tour. On average, you can expect to pay around $1500 to $3000 per person for a tour of Egypt that includes flights, accommodation, and most meals.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation.

From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

The weather in Egypt is generally warm and dry, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The country is located in the northern hemisphere and its climate is influenced by its location in the tropics and its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea.

In the summer, temperatures can reach up to 40°C (104°F) or higher, especially in the desert areas of the country. The humidity is also quite low, which makes the heat more bearable.

In the winter, the weather is mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). The humidity is higher during the winter months, and there is also a chance of rain, especially in the coastal areas.

Overall, the best time to visit Egypt is from October to April, when the weather is cooler and more comfortable.

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

There are many interesting and exciting things to do in Egypt. Some popular activities include:

  1. Visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza: The pyramids are one of the most famous landmarks in Egypt and a must-see for any visitor.

  2. Exploring the ancient city of Luxor: Luxor is home to several important ancient Egyptian sites, including the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.

  3. Cruising down the Nile: A cruise down the Nile River is a great way to see the country and visit some of the smaller towns and villages along the way.

  4. Visiting the Abu Simbel temples: These temples are located in southern Egypt and are known for their impressive size and intricate carvings.

  5. Going on a desert safari: Egypt has a large desert region, and going on a safari is a great way to experience the unique landscape and culture of the area.

  6. Visiting Cairo: Cairo is the capital of Egypt and is home to many interesting museums, markets, and other cultural attractions.

  7. Snorkeling or diving in the Red Sea: The Red Sea is known for its clear waters and abundant marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving.

  8. Visiting the Siwa Oasis: The Siwa Oasis is a beautiful desert oasis located in western Egypt. It's a great place to relax and escape the heat of the desert.

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby.

So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it’s really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

The amount of time you will need to spend in Egypt depends on your interests and the specific activities you want to do while you are there. Here are some factors to consider when determining how many days you should spend in Egypt:

  1. What you want to see: Egypt has a lot of cultural and historical attractions, and the more you want to see, the more time you will need. For example, if you want to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the other ancient sites in the Cairo area, you may want to spend at least a few days in the city. If you also want to visit Luxor and the Nile Valley, you will need even more time.

  2. Your travel style: If you prefer to take things at a slower pace and spend more time exploring each place in depth, you will need more time in Egypt. On the other hand, if you like to pack a lot of activities into each day and move quickly from place to place, you may be able to see a lot in a shorter amount of time.

  3. Your budget: The longer you stay in Egypt, the more it will cost. If you have a limited budget, you may need to be more selective about what you see and do, and plan your trip accordingly.

As a general rule, I would recommend at least a week in Egypt to get a good sense of the country and see some of the major attractions. If you have more time, you can explore more of the country and see some of the smaller towns and villages as well.

There are many companies that offer Nile River cruises in Egypt, and the best one for you will depend on your specific preferences and needs. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a Nile River cruise:

  1. Length of the cruise: Nile River cruises range from a few days to a week or more. Consider how much time you have available and what you want to see on your trip.

  2. Type of vessel: Nile River cruises are offered on a variety of vessels, including traditional feluccas, modern riverboats, and luxury cruise ships. Choose the type of vessel that best fits your budget and desired level of comfort.

  3. Itinerary: Different Nile River cruises have different itineraries, with some focusing on ancient sites and others on more modern attractions. Consider what you want to see and do on your trip and choose a cruise that matches your interests.

  4. Price: Nile River cruises vary in price, and you should choose one that fits your budget. Keep in mind that you may be able to find discounts or special offers if you book in advance or travel during the low season.

It can be helpful to compare the features and prices of several different Nile River cruises before making a decision.

reviews of your egypt tours clients

Your Egypt tours have established in 2001 to be the basis of a leading Egyptian tourism company in the field of tourism in Egypt

Absolutely mind blowing. A definite must see. We flew from Aswan after I contact Your Egypt Tours, as I did not want to sit in car for hours with my 10-year-old daughter. Just so much history and ancient love. You cannot miss this one thing if you are in Egypt. The rocks are just HUGE, so special.

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Peter Hamilton

USA

I recently traveled with my wife, daughter, son in law and two grandsons (ages 4 and 2) to Egypt with Your Egypt Tours. We had a private tour experience. From the moment we landed at the airport on our arrival to the day we left we were treated with the utmost care and attention

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Brent Sclafani

USA

Our trip to Egypt was wonderful. The accommodations and travel was seamlessly arranged by customer service rep, Mona, and we visited so many of the famous Egyptian antiquities. I would not have done the trip without the very knowledgeable guides, Ashraf and Mamdouh

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