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Terms and Conditions For Your Spiritual Tour to Egypt
For holders of Australian, British and US Passports, Visas can be obtained at the Cairo Airport for US$15. If you hold another Passport, please check with us for Visa requirements. Currency can also be exchanged at the same point. Currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound
Tour costs are printed well in advance of our actual travel dates. In exceptional circumstances, the cost of your international trip may be subject to increases which we cannot absorb, due to reasons such as currency fluctuations, fuel costs, tariffs, dues, taxes and fees overseas, the costs of services overseas, additions/adjustments to the tour program, or developments beyond our control. We regret this situation and we do everything possible to avoid surcharges, but sometimes it is unavoidable. We reserve the right to adjust prices before the tour as these changes are made known to us. An increase in tour prices shall not be grounds for refund of all or any part of payments made towards a tour, and completing the tour registration form constitutes your acceptance of this provision.
Spiritual Egypt Tours.com and The Coaching Muse reserves the right to cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-ups that make the trip economically infeasible to operate. While we make every effort to fill each trip to the point of maximum economy for everyone and do everything possible to avoid cancelling trips with low sign-up; we can adjust the price of our journeys in order to guarantee departure with a smaller number of participants. The price adjustments imposed by a smaller number of participants are kept as low as possible, normally as little as 5%, and not more than 15% increase over the stated price. If trip cancellation becomes necessary, we will transfer you to another trip, offer you future trip credit, or refund your payment in full. The refund of all payments received shall release SpiritualEgyptTours.com and The Coaching Muse from any further liability. SpiritualEgyptTours.com and The Coaching Muse are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip, such as non-refundable advance purchase airline tickets, visa and passport fees, equipment or medical costs. In circumstances where trip cancellations resulting from the inability for trip to depart as scheduled, such as cancellations due to acts of war and/or terrorism, war, God, or nature takes place, SpiritualEgyptTours.com and The Coaching Muse is not liable for restitution.
SpiritualEgyptTours.com and The Coaching Muse act only as an agent for the Tour Operator(s). The various hotels, airlines, bus companies, railroads, ship lines, and sightseeing companies are called Travel Suppliers. They are independent agents who supply the accommodation, transportation, and other services described in this brochure. All coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts, tickets, etc. are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the Suppliers. Acceptance of SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse travel program, issue of coupons, receipts etc acknowledges that SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse and the travelling member are subject to any and all tariffs, terms and conditions under which any such Travel Suppliers, their owners or contractors or any persons in their employ may have established.
By utilizing the service of the Suppliers you agree that neither SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse nor any of their agents or employees shall be liable for any delay or change in flight or itinerary schedule, strikes, loss, damage, or injury to your property or person or that of those travelling with you including death caused by reason of others’ negligence, wrongful or intentional acts, acts of God, terrorist acts, governmental or political actions, civil unrest or hostilities, fires, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantine, medical or customs regulations, accidents not withstanding any travel advisories or warnings, or for defects of equipment of any Travel Supplier, for any expense or inconvenience caused by late arrivals of any conveyances of such Travel Suppliers or any changes of schedules, conveyances or accommodation determined by any Tour Operator, or for any cancellation or disruption of any such services provided by any such Travel Suppliers; or for any failure on the part of any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier to perform by reason of financial difficulty or default, suspension of operation, or other reason; or for any refunds for Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or not paid over by SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse to any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier.
Neither SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse nor any of their associates, agents, or employees shall be financially responsible to any tour member in the event of cancellation of all or part of any tour due to acts of war, nature, governmental action; civil unrest or hostilities, or acts of terrorism, or for the default of any Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or for any reason beyond control of SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse.
Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) provide the travel services identified with this travel program, and the travel program member agrees to look solely to such Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) for the provision to such travel services; the Tour Operator or Tour Director/Manager/Escort shall have the right to decline to accept or to retain any person as a travel program member should such travel program member’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the travel program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other travel program members, and no refund can be given in such cases. The right is reserved to substitute tours or alter itineraries, and either the Tour Operator or SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse shall have the right to cancel any travel program prior to departure or to increase prices where the costs shall rise.
SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse is not responsible for any refunds should a presenter advertised as attending or leading a tour or conference cancel for any reason whatsoever. SpiritualEgyptTours and The Coaching Muse is not responsible for any physical, mental, emotional, or other reaction, trauma, or ailment during the trip or occurring afterwards, that participants may experience at the sites or from any leaders, workshops, or sessions of any kind, including private sessions with presenters. Attendance on the trip indicates acceptance of this and all other provisions of this responsibility clause.
SpiritualEgyptTours andThe Coaching Muse has recommended the purchase of appropriate travel accident insurance, baggage insurance, tour operation carrier default protection insurance, and trip cancellation insurance, and has made available explanatory information and policies, and the travel program member has had the opportunity to purchase such insurance as protection against certain risks of travel to the planned destination. Travel program members are advised that travel insurance covers only what is included as stated as covered in the travel insurance brochure you receive from your personal agent.
Neither SpiritualEgyptTours andThe Coaching Muse nor the airlines or transportation companies concerned are to be held responsible for the late arrival of passengers at airports or resorts due to inclement weather, nor are they to be held liable for payment of, or any refund for, transfers or unused hotel accommodations or meals occasioned by such late arrival at the hotels holding rooms as confirmed itineraries. The airlines or transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible any acts, omissions or events during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines or transportation companies and the purchaser of this travel program and/or passengers.
Travel Information and Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it safe to Travel in Egypt?
A: Despite recent issues in Egypt, travelling to Egypt is extremely safe. Once you are in Egypt, the Egyptian people are warm, hospitable and genuinely delighted to interact with us. Beyond that, tourism is the mainstay of the Egyptian economy, and the security precautions the Egyptian government has put in place to protect tourists for the last five years are impressive. In addition to this Quest Travel, our ground operators in Egypt are the best in Egypt and pride themselves on providing a high standard of service for their guests. Security of their guests is of the utmost importance to them. If seeing Egypt has always been your dream, this is a good time to turn the dream into reality because now more than ever the Egyptian people are welcoming tourists to their country to share in their celebrations.
Q: Can cameras and video equipment be used at all sites?
A: A new policy has recently been put into effect by the SCA. This policy allows for cameras to be used at most sites without charge. However, both regular and video cameras cannot be used in the museum or at the Valley of the Kings. Arrangements have been put in place to keep them safe while you are visiting these sites.
Q: Is there internet access in Egypt?
A: Egypt is a progressive country and internet is available in most of the hotels we use. There are also internet cafes.
Q: Will I require vaccinations before travelling to Egypt?
A: Generally you don’t require vaccinations prior to going to Egypt however it is a good idea to check with your local GP.
Q: Are ATMs available and are credit cards widely accepted?
A: Credit cards are widely accepted in major shops but you will need to use cash in any markets we visit. ATMs are available but not always easy to find. There are banks in the hotels we stay in where you can exchange money.
Some Tips to Make Your Spiritual Tour to Egypt More Enjoyable…
Travel with an open mind. The cultural differences that you will experience are part of the adventure. You will find the Egyptian people welcoming and eager to help make your journey everything you hoped for. Embrace the exuberant quality of Egyptian life, smile and relax, and soon you will feel comfortable and at home as you move through our magical mystery tour.
DOCUMENTS: All participants are required to have a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the return date, to be carried on your person or stored safely at all times. It is a good idea to photocopy the picture page to carry in a separate place in case of loss and to also keep a copy at home. A visa is required for entry into Egypt. If you are an Australian, US, Canadian or British citizen or a member of the EU, you can get your Visa on arrival at the airport in Cairo (no picture is necessary). You can get one from your nearest Egyptian embassy, however it is much more of a hassle, costs more, and requires relinquishing your passport for some time. Other countries qualify for visas at the Cairo airport, so check with us or your embassy to be sure.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SEPARATE FROM THE GROUP: If your international travel is not booked with the group, we can arrange for you to be picked up and delivered to your hotel, and back for your return. Our transfer agent will greet you, affix your visa to your passport, and assist you through customs and with your bags. We can also arrange for extra days at our hotel at either end of the tour. Please let us know in plenty of time if you wish longer accommodation, as our hotels are often booked to capacity.
**TRIP INSURANCE: A journey of this nature is a financial investment. Therefore, we strongly recommend that all participants obtain short-term travellers insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance covers your losses on non refundable air and land costs on trips cancelled due to personal or family illnesses or unforeseen documented emergencies. It also covers the cost of emergency evacuation from remote areas.
PREPARATIONS / PRECAUTIONS: Doctors and medical facilities are available in most places, however we recommend each participant bring their own personal supplies plus any medication needed. Your good health and good physical condition will enhance the experience for you as well as the group. The most common health issue is diarrhoea. Do not drink the tap water in Egypt! Drink only bottled water, and use bottled water to brush your teeth. Bottled water is readily available everywhere. The food in Egypt is very good but it is not recommended that you eat food purchased from street vendors or some fast food outlets.
CLIMATE / CLOTHING: The climate in Egypt is dry year around. In September, the temperatures can still be warm but the evenings can get quite cool, especially on the river, and you will need a wrap at night. Occasionally it is cool in Cairo as well.
Whatever the activity, women should remember that Egypt remains a conservative country and we wish to be respectful. Shoulders should always be covered outside the hotels and boat (there are beautiful shawls and scarves available everywhere in Egypt). Keeping this in mind, pack comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for layers in the daytime. A light jacket or sweater for early morning and evening and also for the air conditioning in the hotels is advised. Wear comfortable walking shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking. Pants are certainly acceptable for the women and are definitely recommended for camel or horseback riding. In the evenings, as everyone will be dining in very pleasant surroundings at our hotels or local restaurants, somewhat nicer attire would be appropriate. Casual is acceptable, though you might plan for one or two dress up evenings. We certainly have opportunities here to be festive, and we will have a chance to shop where wonderful, fun clothing can be purchased.
Remember to wear a hat as there is very little shade covering.
BAGGAGE: Check with the airline you travel to Egypt with as to the weight you can carry in your suitcase and the weight for your carry-on bag. Emirates has a 30 kilo maximum when travelling from Australia. We highly suggest that you only bring one piece of luggage with you to Egypt and bring or buy an empty bag for shopping goodies for your return. We highly recommend that you pack light. Remember to bring an extra set of clothes and your valuables in your carry-on just in case! A daypack is often useful. Although you will never be required to carry your luggage, you will appreciate travelling light particularly on the return journey when we can guarantee you will have more to take home with you than you arrived with!
COMMUNICATIONS: Most of our hotels have business centres, and some now have data port connections for computers in the rooms. You can hook up your laptop directly to the phone if you have an ISP service that has an access number in Cairo. There are some internet cafes available in Luxor and Aswan. International telephone calls from Egypt are easy to make, and can be dialled directly from most of our hotel rooms. Calling from Egypt particularly from your hotel room is very expensive so we recommend that you get an international calling card for your mobile phone. There are a number of economical providers in the marketplace. You will be given a list of hotel numbers where you will be staying prior to your departure.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Remember to bring extra batteries and memory cards for your camera equipment as these can be very expensive in Egypt and not particularly easy to locate. Don’t forget your detachable flash and extra batteries. This, along with your wide-angle lens, will produce the best results when photographing inside temples, pyramids and tombs. Since electric current in Egypt is 220 volts, special adapters and plugs will be needed for rechargeable units. There is very limited access to download your images while you are in Egypt unless you bring your own computer.
MONEY AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE: The currency in Egypt is the pound. As of December 2010, $1.00 USD = $5.57 Egypt pounds. It is about the same for the Aussie dollar. You will have no difficulty exchanging U.S. dollars or Aussie dollars into Egyptian pounds. Many banks in Egyptian hotels are open around the clock. Traveller’s cheques are more of a hassle because you are required to show your passport in order to cash them, and many shops will not accept them. Hotels and some larger shops will take VISA (not as many take MasterCard). ATM’s are not always convenient, although they can be found. It is recommended that you carry your cash in large denominations, although some smaller denominations can be convenient, as well. A money belt or other safe, secure means of carrying money and documents is advisable. Once currency is exchanged, it helps to carry many five pound notes and 1 pound coins for gifting, tipping and for rest rooms.
THINGS TO BRING: PLEASE DO NOT OVERPACK! There is nothing less fun or more annoying than carting around extra baggage. Keep in mind there is a wide range of things to buy at the markets.
- Daypack or shoulderbag for daily outings— helps to keep hands free
- Notebook for journal writing and pens
- Sunglasses and hat
- Swimsuit for pools in hotels and for the Spa on the Afandina.
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Toiletries (must be packed in checked luggage in accordance with airline regulations)
- Medications such as band aids, headache tables, nausea and diahhorea tablets
- Washcloth (sometimes not available at hotels)
- Tissues — many public toilets lack paper
- Wash n’ Dry towelettes are refreshing
- Small flashlight
- Camera, mobile phone, phone cards and charges for equipment
- Clothes that are comfortable and loose-fitting, keeping in mind Egypt’s conservative culture - it also helps to keep you cooler if your arms are not exposed.
- Good walking shoes, cotton socks, and good sandals
- Adaptor plugs are the standard European type with two round pins. An adaptor is adequate for most appliances. A converter is optional but required for certain appliances.
- Personal reading material as space allows
- Intention, focus, and especially your sense of humor and your sense of adventure
What Will You Do With Your Free Time on the Trip?
Now of course on every trip there will be times when there will be no organised activities. We have ensured that there is plenty of time for you to relax and soak up the atmosphere that is Egypt. However, if you want something to do in your free time we have got that covered for you as well.
Whenever there is free time during the trip, you will always be given some options of what you can do, one of which will always be relaxing and doing nothing.
Some options might be going to a jewellery shop to shop for Nubian gold, local markets, visiting a papyrus gallery to discover how papyrus is made, visiting an aromatherapy factory to learn about essential oils, watching local kids weaving or seeing craftsmen sculpt beautiful artefacts from alabaster or maybe shopping for leather.
From the options given you will have a personal tour guide take you to and from where you want to go. So even though it is your free time, you are still totally taken care of and well looked after.
Anytime you have free time, if you want to see something, our Co-ordinator and Tour Guide will endeavour to make it happen for you. That is one of the benefits of travelling with Quest Travel. They go that little bit extra to make every tour something incredibly special for everybody.
Egypt is the original place of bartering and bartering is very much part of the buying process. So we will teach you the art of bartering and whenever you are shopping we will assist you to buy what you want at the best price. But be assured, prices in Egypt are already very low.