17 Day Classic Jordan & Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise



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17 Day Classic Jordan & Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise



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Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flights Amman-Cairo, Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo.

Luggage restrictions for intra-flights (Amman-Cairo, Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo) have a weight limit of 33 pounds per person for checked baggage. This differs from international flights and should be taken into account when preparing for your trip.

Suites have one queen bed and one sofa bed, additionally an extra bed cannot be added.

During Ramadan (Mar 01 - Mar 30, 2025), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

Egypt's history and culture have not changed but current political and cultural events have left their mark on daily life. Security is of primary importance and you may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence. We encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Many domestic flights from Cairo to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Early morning touring is done when possible in order to avoid mid-day sun and humidity, and to ensure there is ample time to visit the destination highlights. Local dress code, hygiene and diet recommendations are provided. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is fast. You will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This trip includes several different modes of transportation, including motor coach, motorboat, and horse-drawn carriage, which require agility to embark and disembark. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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Flight Details

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Amman, Cairo-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Amman-Cairo, Cairo-Luxor & Aswan-Cairo
  • 15 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Dead Sea
    • 2 nights Petra
    • 1 night Amman
    • 4 nights Cairo
    • 1 night Luxor
    • 4 nights Nile Cruise on the Queen of Hansa
    • 1 night Aswan
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 33 meals: 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Visa to Jordan

Special Features

  • Stand atop Mount Nebo, where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land
  • In Madaba, see the vivid 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land
  • Explore astonishing Petra, the Nabatean city sculpted from rock
  • Take a city tour of Amman, capital of the Kingdom of Jordan
  • Marvel at the oldest structure of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
  • Enjoy a 4-day cruise on the Nile and admire the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
  • Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
  • Tour the stunning Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic period
  • Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Admire the mighty Temples of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam
  • Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location

Is This Trip Right for You?

Egypt's history and culture have not changed but current political and cultural events have left their mark on daily life. Security is of primary importance and you may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence. We encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Many domestic flights from Cairo to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Early morning touring is done when possible in order to avoid mid-day sun and humidity, and to ensure there is ample time to visit the destination highlights. Local dress code, hygiene and diet recommendations are provided. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is fast. You will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This trip includes several different modes of transportation, including motor coach, motorboat, and horse-drawn carriage, which require agility to embark and disembark. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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Many domestic flights within Egypt, and regional flights to Jordan, depart in the early morning, requiring waking up before dawn. Please see the "Is This Trip Right for You?" section for more information.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Jordan
Depart for Jordan

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Amman, Transfer to the Dead Sea
Arrive in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Upon arrival, transfer to the Dead Sea. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Discover the beauty of the Dead Sea before dinner tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ
This morning, visit the archaeological World Heritage Site in Jordan known as the "Bethany Beyond the Jordan." Located on the east bank of the Jordan river, it is considered to be the original location of the Baptism of Jesus. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Mount Nebo, Madaba, Shobak Castle
Today, drive towards Petra. En route, visit Mount Nebo, the reputed burial site of Moses, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Continue to the mosaic city of Madaba, where an ancient map of the Holy Land is set into the floor of Saint George Church. Afterward, stop at Moses Springs and visit a mosaic school and workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn about this incredible craft. After lunch in Madaba, proceed to Shobak Castle. The ruins of this Crusader castle are located just east of Arabah. Arrive in Petra for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Petra City Tour
An astonishing day exploring Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the "rose red" city hand-sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabateans in the 3rd century BC. Begin your walk (or ride) through the "Siq," a winding canyon road. At the end, you'll gaze in total amazement at Petra's most extraordinary monument, the towering Treasury building rising over 140 feet. Beyond, discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theater, burial chambers and water channels, all remnants of a once great Nabatean culture
Overnight: Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Kerak Castle, Amman City Tour
Depart Petra this morning and travel north, towards Amman. En route, visit Kerak, situated on the King's Way. The city is known for its Crusader Kerak Castle, dating back to the 12th century. Tour the imposing fort that consists of stone-vaulted halls and endless passageways. Following lunch at a local restaurant continue north for a city tour of Amman, often referred to as the "White City" because of the white stone used to build the houses. The tour will take you to the museums, the Citadel, the Roman Amphitheater, the souks, and the city's modern district. The balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Amman
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Flight to Cairo
Following a leisurely morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Welcome to Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Arrive in the lively capital city of Cairo, and check into your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with new Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by dinner
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - The Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. These monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Get a close-up view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, as well as the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. Not too far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary statue with the head of a human and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. Spend time at leisure this afternoon, or join the optional tour to Sakkara Pyramids with lunch. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Next, visit a carpet school before heading back to your hotel
Optional: Sakkara Pyramids with Lunch (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Flight to Luxor, Temples of Karnak
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, take a self-guided sightseeing tour of the East Bank. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. After exploring this ancient structure, visit a shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Then, check into your hotel
Overnight: Luxor
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Dendera Temple, Nile Cruise Embarkation, Luxor Temple
This morning, participate in an excursion to Dendera Temple, one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile, approximately 40 miles away from Luxor. Explore the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the wife of god Horus. Marvel at the spectacular ceiling painting in the main hall, displaying stars, planets, and symbols of the Roman zodiac. The colors seen throughout the temple complex are original, and amazingly vibrant. Visit the temple crypt, and climb the staircase up to the roof, learning about Egypt's Ptolemaic period along the way. After, embark on your Nile cruise and have lunch on board. In the afternoon, visit Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Full Day Luxor
View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning's optional excursion. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt's rulers. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's famous female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old-fashioned way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Return to the ship for lunch, and continue sailing onward this afternoon
Optional: Excursion to West Bank (AM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Edfu Temples & Kom Ombo
This morning, visit the stunning Temples of Horus in Edfu, considered one of the best preserved of all the Egyptian Temples. It was built during the Ptolemaic times and was completed over a 180-year period. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. Next, tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Horus, the sky god and Sobek, the crocodile god. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls. Return to the ship for dinner
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Cruise to Aswan, Abu Simbel Temples
An early morning bus ride from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temples of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. Afterwards, drive back to Aswan. Choose to relax the rest of the evening, or take part in the optional Aswan Felucca Ride. Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile
Optional: Aswan Felucca Ride (PM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Disembarkation, Nubian Village
This morning, after disembarking from your cruise ship, visit a Nubian Village. Board a motorboat and cruise along the Nile River to a Nubian village. Upon arrival, visit a traditional village in Aswan. Gain insight into the culture, history, and lifestyle of one of Africa's oldest civilizations. Enjoy a drink at one of the colorful rural houses, nestled amongst the natural scenery and through the local market to get a taste of the unique culture
Overnight: Aswan
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Saturday - Philae Temple, Flight to Cairo
Begin the day with a tour to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Arrive by motorboat and marvel at the Temple's beautiful island location. Stop at a local perfume shop. During your visit, you can watch the creation of perfumes. Select a fragrance and choose from a wide selection of glass bottle containers. Following lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Arrive and check into your hotel
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16, Sunday - Full Day in Cairo
Spend the day at leisure in Cairo, or join the optional Egyptian Museum & Khan el-Khalili bazaar with lunch. Begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located in Tahrir Square that houses one of the world's largest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts. After lunch, continue to Khan el-Khalili bazaar to browse vibrant displays of fabrics, handicrafts, and antiques. Tonight, bid farewell to your Tour Manger at dinner
Optional: Egyptian Museum & Khan el-Khalili with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Monday - Depart Egypt
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Cruise sailing times are subject to change.

At certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.

Order or duration of some visits may be affected during official holidays.

Due to regional laws, hotels and restaurants will not serve alcoholic beverages on certain holidays. On these days, no wine or beer will be included with dinner.

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Sakkara Pyramids with lunch

Travel to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, serving as the necropolis for the ancient capital, Memphis. Here, you can view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a visit to a carpet school before returning to the hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jul 2024 - 30 Jun 2025 $98.00
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Excursion to West Bank

Embark on a tour of the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and uncover the mysteries behind Luxor West Bank. Explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s famous female ruler. Afterward, visit an alabaster factory and observe how this soft mineral is processed. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon. The Colossi are two massive statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III that were built to guard the entrance of Amenhotep’s memorial temple.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #11 01 Jul 2024 - 30 Jun 2025 $78.00
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Aswan Felucca Ride

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile. Glide gently down the river and catch the refreshing breeze while witnessing the beautiful scenery of the Nile Valley. Experience the peace and tranquility of the area during your one hour cruise.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #13 01 Jul 2024 - 30 Jun 2025 $26.00
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Egyptian Museum & Khan el-Khalili with lunch

Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, which houses the world's most extensive collection of Pharaonic antiquities. No visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries. The original collection was established in the late 19th century. Afterward, head to the heart of Islamic Cairo and wander the narrow alleys of El Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's most famous souk. Here, you will find everything from gold and spices to scarabs and antiques. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #16 01 Jul 2024 - 30 Jun 2025 $100.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
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Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Egypt, Jordan
Visas required for Egypt, Jordan
Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/reservations with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555

WiFi Access
WiFi is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable, and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Egypt - It is advised that you see your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. The CDC recommends that all travelers be up to date on their routine vaccinations. The following immunizations are also recommended: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Travelers are encouraged to wear insect repellent. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food, water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website. The World Health Organization (WHO) website is also helpful and provides information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • No Smoking of any kind (medical or recreational) is allowed on any transportation that is exclusively provided by Gate 1. This includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars or any other smoking device. Furthermore, some countries heavily regulate the public use and possession of cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) which could include their complete ban. Please check the regulation for the destinations you plan on traveling to prior to departure.
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Egypt - Spring: 70–90°F; Summer: 80–130°F; Autumn: 70–90°F; Winter: 60–85°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are also recommended. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts.

As Egypt is a very warm country, at certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.

Egypt Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/mediterranean/default.aspx#egypt-weather

Jordan - Spring: 60°F-85°F; Summer: 70°F-90°F; Autumn: 60°F-80°F; Winter: 45°F-70°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. In the heat of summer, bring sunscreen and a hat. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Jordan Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/mediterranean/default.aspx

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or "drone" technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

EGYPT: Books
Palace Walk by Naguib Manfouz
River God by Wilbur Smith
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Vertigo by Ahmed Mourad
Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik
Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi
Playing Cards in Cairo by Hugh Miles

EGYPT: Films
Clash (2016)
Exodus:Gods and Kings (2014)
Cairo Time (2009)
Stargate (1994)
Death on the Nile (1978)
Cleopatra (1963)
The Ten Commandments (1956)

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely receive a mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure, small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food. We suggest simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Egypt Hotels - The hotels in Egypt offer all the amenities & services expected by guests, such as hairdryer, in-room safe, alarm clock, 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, mini-bars and complimentary Wi-Fi. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is at 12 noon.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Nile Cruises
The M/S Queen of Hansa offers elegant, classic 4 star accommodations with exceptional service to ensure the best experience while cruising the Nile between Luxor & Aswan. Our large cabins are fitted with wall to wall sliding windows, satellite TV, minibar, safe, a seating area and a private bathroom. Smoking is prohibited on board except for on the sun deck. However, it is strongly suggested not to smoke while aboard the ship.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Egypt

Tour Manager (acts as Egyptologist guide and coordinator): US $6 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): US $2 per person per day, $1 per half day
Nile River Cruise: Crew: US $5 per person per day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Egypt - It is customary to tip in restaurants (10% is customary for good service) and other places that cater to tourists. Many public bathrooms are staffed, and a small tip is standard when using these facilities.

Jordan - Hotels and restaurants that are frequented mostly by tourists will add a gratuity to your bill and additional tipping is at your discretion. At smaller establishments it is customary to tip according to the level of service received. Taxi drivers do not expect a gratuity and rounding up to the nearest dinar is usually sufficient.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Jordan - It is forbidden by law to bring and use binoculars.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Egypt - The Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt.

Bank opening hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 2pm. Most banks do not offer exchange service. ATM machines can be found within all main towns and tourist destinations. The American Express Card is less commonly accepted. It is best to travel with cash, Mastercard and Visa. Ensure that you have sufficient cash on hand, as ATMs will not always be readily available. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations such as 5 or 10 Egyptian Pounds or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier.

Jordan - The Jordanian Dinar is the currency of Jordan.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The "chip-and-PIN" cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don't accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Egypt - Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Egypt with the exception of American Express which is less commonly accepted. Some of the small shops and local vendors only take cash and do not accept credit cards.

Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Egypt - Egypt offers many fine and unique goods. Some shops feature fixed prices, while at others haggling is expected. Vendors often use high-pressure tactics to encourage customers to buy, even at reputable stores.

Jordan - Shops and bazaars offer a wide array of interesting and beautiful items, including intricate sand art, ornate cotton wares, jewelry, glass, inlaid woodwork, and ceramics goods. With some vendors, you may experience high-pressure sales, and haggling is acceptable.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Egypt - We recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense while traveling to Egypt. You should be vigilant at all times, avoid crowded places and follow the advice of the Egyptian authorities. Stay away from demonstrations, protests and large gatherings. Always use hotel safes and watch out for bag snatchers and pickpockets. While on cruise, you are on a ship with a high safety standard and reliable crew. In case of emergency, we ask you to follow the instructions of your crew. For your safety, the ship is equipped with a lifeboat and your cabin is equipped with life jackets which are located under the bed.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Ambulance/Medical: 0
  • Fire: 03180
  • Police: 0

  • Ambulance/Fire: 193
  • Police: 192

Egypt - Egyptian Arabic is the local language. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Jordan - Arabic is the local language. Limited English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Egypt - The voltage used is 220 volts, including on board Nile cruises.

Jordan - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Code of Conduct
Egypt - Egypt is an Islamic country. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting. Women should dress modestly, especially in non-tourist and rural areas, where traditional mores are more strictly followed. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and poolside. Public display of affection is sometimes regarded as discourteous. Smoking is very common.

Jordan - Jordan is an Islamic country. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting. Women should dress modestly, especially in rural areas where traditional mores are more strictly followed. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and poolside. Alcohol cannot be purchased at stores during the month of Ramadan, though many hotels still serve during this period.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's set menu or buffet and usually represent local cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available in most locations, while vegan, protein-rich or gluten-free menus are rare. Special dietary requests, which must be selected in the passenger details section of your reservation, cannot be guaranteed. We are unable to provide meals in accordance with strict religious requirements, such as Kosher or Halal, nor can we accommodate specifically salt-free, high-protein or low-carb meals.

Egypt - Eating and drinking in Egypt offers the adventurous traveler a multitude of choices from local cuisines of different cultures. However, due to different sanitary conditions in the local environment, there is a risk of food-borne illnesses. Travelers can reduce the risk of illness through thorough washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers, especially before eating. Eat food that is freshly cooked and served hot while avoiding food that has been sitting out on a buffet. Eat raw fruits and vegetables only if you have washed them in clean water or peeled them. Drink beverages from factory-sealed containers. Avoid ice because it may have been made from unclean water. You may also consider packing a small supply of anti-diarrhea pills as a precaution.

Jordan - While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Egypt

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: Coptic Christmas Day
Jan 25: Revolution Day
Apr 10-12: Eid el Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Apr 25: Sinai Liberation Day
May 1: Labor Day
May 5: Coptic Easter Sunday
May 6: Spring Festival
Jun 16: Arafat Day
Jun 17-19: Eid al-Adha
Jun 30: Revolution Day (National Day)
Jul 4: Day off for Revolution Day (National Day)
Jul 8: Muharram (Islamic New Year*)
Jul 23: Revolution Day July 23
Jul 25: Revolution Day July 23 day off
Sep 16: Prophet Mohamed's Birthday
Oct 6: Armed Forces Day
Oct 10: Armed Forces Day (day off)

Holidays 2025

Jan 1: January 1 Bank Holiday
Jan 7: Coptic Christmas
Jan 25: Revolution Day
Apr 20: Coptic Easter Sunday
Apr 21: Spring Festival
Mar 31-Apr 2: Eid el Fitr
Apr 25: Sinai Liberation Day
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 6: Arafat Day
Jun 7-9: Eid al-Adha
Jun 27: Muharram (Islamic New Year*)
Jul 23: Revolution Day (National Day)
Jul 24: Day off for Revolution Day (National Day)
Sep 6: Prophet Mohamed's Birthday
Oct 6: Armed Forces Day
Oct 9: Day off for Armed Forces Day

*Please note that Islamic holidays are based a lunar calendar, and exact dates depend on local sightings of the moon. Because of this, actual dates may vary from the dates given above.

During Ramadan, historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. Consider keeping drinks and snacks in your hotel room that you may consume in private.

During Sham el Nessim, historic and cultural sights may be more crowded than usual. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the overcrowding and traffic conditions.

Holidays - Jordan

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Mar 29: Good Friday
Mar 31:Easter Sunday
Apr 1: Easter Monday
Apr 10-13: Eid al-Fitr* (End of Ramadan)
May 1: Labor Day
May 25: Independence Day
Jun 15: Arafah
Jun 16-19: Eid al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast)*
Jul 7: Islamic New Year*
Sep 15: Mawlid (Celebration of the Prophet's Birthday)*
Dec 25: Christmas

Holidays 2025

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Mar 30-Apr 2: Eid al-Fitr*
Apr 18: Good Friday
Apr 20: Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
May 25: Independence Day
Jun 5: Arafah
Jun 6-9: Eid al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast)*
Jun 26: Islamic New Year*
Sep 4: Mawlid (Celebration of the Prophet's Birthday)*
Dec 25: Christmas

*Please note that Islamic holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and exact dates depend on local sightings of the moon. Because of this, actual dates may vary from the dates given above.

During Ramadan, historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. Consider keeping drinks and snacks in your hotel room that you may consume in private.

Friday and Saturday are the official weekly holiday. Tourist services usually remain open, though banks and some businesses are closed. Christians attend religious services on Sundays.

Internet/Phone Use While Aboard MS Queen of Hansa
Please be advised MS Queen of Hansa has basic WiFi throughout the reception area and at the Lounge bar. Cabins do not have WiFi. Please note the possibility of potential interruptions in satellite signals based on terrain and weather, plus factors such as populated ports where many ships are utilizing the same satellite signal, which may cause slower online connections than you are accustomed to at home.

Egypt -traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. Sightseeing durations include travel time estimates.

11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, March 2024
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This was our first trip booked with Gate 1 and it did not disappoint. The service, tours, and employees were all terrific. Want to give a huge shout out to our tour guy Mohamed. He was very professional and knowledgably. He was the one that made the whole experience worthwhile. Please give him the recognition he needs. He did an awesome job explaining the history of Egypt! Super impressed. We are looking to book our next adventure with Gate 1

Roberto S.
8 Day Classic Jordan, March 2024
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Thank you to our tour guide, Mohammed, for providing us with an unforgettable experience in Jordan. His extensive knowledge and thorough preparation were evident throughout the tour. Mohammed expertly explained the historical background in detail and even demonstrated how people used to collect water in ancient times through simple experiments. We appreciated the ample free time he gave us to explore and take photos, as well as the additional tour points that allowed us to immerse ourselves in the local life of the city. Mohammed's clear communication and adherence to the itinerary ensured a smooth and enjoyable experience for all of us. Despite our tour taking place during Ramadan, Mohammed remained highly professional, walking with us even on hot days without complaint. We are grateful for his dedication and commitment to providing an exceptional tour experience.

Andy C.
13 Day Enchanting Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, March 2024
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We had an exceptional tour guide, Amin. He has a warm heart and a terrific sense of humor. His deep knowledge of Egypt's ancient history brought the ancient times to life for me. His passion and enthusiasm for Egypt was evident and caused me to feel enveloped in the atmosphere of the era. My experience of being within the tombs and temples was deeply moving. As Amin told of the construction Aswan Dam, I learned of the Herculean feat to rescue the Abu Simbel's temples and the displacement of the Nubian people. We interacted with the people in the markets and went to shops with high quality goods. I encourage you to experience many of the optional tours, particularly to the Nubian Village. I could go on and on, but I'll leave something for you! Being on the Esplanade was like being in a jewel box. It's intimate and gorgeous with sparkling polished wood, tasteful furnishings, clean rooms, common areas and deck. The staff was warm, respectful and attentive. The wonderful chefs created amazing food and irresistible pastries and deserts. It was such fun and I loved the colorful activities surrounding the Egyptian culture while on the boat. I felt perfectly safe the entire time. Egypt is an experience to be treasured, especially touring with Gate1.

Judith A.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Hurghada & 7 Day Nile Cruise, February 2024
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We had an absolutely wonderful trip. Everything was taken care of from A to Z. The itinerary, sightseeing, 7-day Nile River cruise, bus and plane travel was very well organized and really good, as was the food. Our tour manager, Dina was the best of all of our 15 Gate 1 trips. We always felt welcome by everyone in Egypt, and always felt safe. This was probably the best of all of our trips

Harvey L.
13 Day Enchanting Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2024
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Our trip to Egypt was fabulous. We would rank it as one of our best trips ever. GATE ONE and it's employees did everything to make our complete trip wonderful and seamless. I especially want to thank our tour guide Walid. He is one of the top 2 tour guides we have ever had. His knowledge of Egypt and the way he shared it with us was amazing, but beyond that he watched out for every single detail to make our trip safe, fun and seamless. He went over and above on a number of occasions to make things wonderful. He was also a true ambassador for his country of Egypt. Thanks again Gate One.

Timothy C.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2024
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Our trip to Egypt was amazing! Hossam, our guide, was beyond fabulous. He was kind, patient, knowledgeable and helpful! We were always informed of our schedule and anything we needed was provided. I can't say enough about Hossam and our trip! Another Gate 1 success!!!

Patricia W.
13 Day Enchanting Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2024
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The trip was awesome. Amr was truly exceptional with his knowledge and passion for Egypt. We felt totally safe and highly recommend this tour.

William B.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2024
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My trip was beyond my expectations. My 2 travel companions and I could not have been happier with the accommodations in both hotels and the river cruise. The food was delicious, the staff courteous and attentive, and our guide, Ossama, was one of the best I have ever encountered. He was knowledgeable , patient, and supportive throughout. He went the extra mile in helping us negotiate our tours, shop, and make sure that we were treated properly everywhere we went. Thank you to Gate 1 for once again providing an excellent touring experience.

Anita L.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2024
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I just returned for the 11 Crown of Egypt excursion. It was fabulous from start to finish! Gate ! does a great job of having everything organized before the guests arrive. All flights, transfers, hotel stays, and daily excursions went seamlessly. The trip was fun and very informative, due largely, to our tour guide Walid. I've been on other Gate 1 trips and the guides were good, but Walid went above and beyond for us! He was the best! By the end of the trip all of us really felt like a family. This was a trip of a lifetime for me, and it turned out to be much more than I could ever have anticipated. Can't wait for my next Gate 1 trip.

Carol K.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, December 2023
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Despite the prevailing fears and concerns surrounding the conflict in the Middle East, I must say that the trip was truly remarkable! We had an exceptional experience learning about the ancient Egyptian civilizations, which laid the foundation for numerous technological advancements that we enjoy today. The people we encountered during our journey were a definite highlight. Gate 1 had an incredible team in Egypt who ensured that every detail was taken care of, providing us with the best possible experience. Our tour director, Medo, was truly exceptional. His extensive knowledge of Egyptian culture and history, along with his kindness and professionalism, made this one of the most memorable experiences for both experienced and first-time travelers. I wholeheartedly recommend that travelers trust Gate 1's judgment regarding the safety of their trips and proceed with their plans, even when others may cancel due to various fears. Gate 1 would never compromise the safety of its travelers. As mentioned earlier, Medo is undoubtedly one of the finest tour directors I have ever encountered.

Luz C.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, November 2023
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The Gate 1 Egypt trip was the best I've ever taken. Egypt Air was fantastic. On time, easy to check in, comfortable seats that became beds and excellent food. The crew was delightful. Gate 1 met us in Cairo, collected our bags and walked us thru customs. The Marriott hotel was great with equally good food and lots of it. Our guide Hossam was brilliant, easy to understand and extremely helpful in so many ways. We learned so much ancient history from him and can't wait to return. I was on the Upper Egypt trip with a 5 day cruise and in 2025 I hope to return to do the Alexandria and 7 day cruise. The Hansa Queen was delightful and again the crew, service attendants and food were excellent. The beds were comfortable and a/c abundant. I tend to be a bit fussy, but honestly, I have no complaints, only compliments. I'm 83 have 2 hip implants and was able to do everything that was offered. I did all the options. Hossam was always there to help me on and off the bus and watched me like I was his mother. Never did I feel threatened or never even a hint of danger. This trip was reasonably priced, and so much more than I expected. There were 18 in our group and we became family. All was perfect. Thank you Gate 1.

Janice A.
13 Day Highlights of Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2023
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We had a wonderful time in Egypt and we were fortunate to have Riham as our Tour Director. She was one of the best Tour Directors we have encountered on our trips. She is always sharing her deep knowledge of ancient and modern Egyptian history. She is always willing to help if you have a question or concern and she provides the group with useful and practical advice daily. She is very well-organized and every tour we had with her was an informative and memorable experience. We really enjoyed all the meals we had on this trip. The chefs on the Queen of Hansa did an excellent job. They introduced us to many Egyptian specialty dishes and we really appreciate that. Everything was delicious and fresh. Hotel Conrad Cairo and Hotel Cairo Hilton Heliopolis are both excellent hotels. Beautifully furnished, spacious and comfortable rooms, great location, great customer service, excellent food. We really appreciate Gate 1's obvious concern for our security. We felt safe at all times. We will tell anyone who asks about the trip that Egypt is a safe country to visit and definitely worth a trip. Gate 1, thank you very much for a wonderful experience in Egypt!

Lyudmila L.
12 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise, November 2023
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Hats off to Gate 1 for crafting an outstanding itinerary and delivering an unforgettable trip to Egypt! Every detail was seamlessly arranged, from exploring ancient wonders to savoring local delights. Your meticulous planning and top-notch service made this adventure truly extraordinary. Thank you for creating memories that will last a lifetime!

Paulo S.
8 Day Classic Jordan, November 2023
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I have traveled extensively with Gate1 and have always been extremely pleased. This trip was no exception! I was met upon arrival and was escorted to get my visa which went quickly. I was taken to the car and driver that would take me to the Marriott Amman. Check in was also quick & easy and the Marriott was absolutely fantastic. I met our guide, Ali and other tour members the next day as I arrived a day earlier. The tour was wonderful and we saw everything promised and more. Ali was very thorough in his explanations of what we were seeing in this beautiful and amazing country. He also had suggestions for our free time and as we were only 6 people on this tour we became quick friends! I couldn't have asked for a better or more inclusive experience. It was wonderful and I am so sorry that people cancelled because we always felt completely safe. Thank you for arranging such great tours and guides.

Amy R.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2023
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Our trip was fantastic! As per usual, and as expected, our accommodations, food, itineraries and travel arrangements were top notch! There was so much to see and do in Egypt - way beyond our expectations - and our tour guide, Sam, made it a fantastic experience. Hossam was incredibly knowledgeable, organized and entertaining. We really enjoyed our time with him! Egypt was safe to travel in and the Egyptian people were truly friendly and welcoming. We can't wait to go on our next Gate 1 Adventure in the near future! Thank you so much!

Peter B.
13 Day Crown of Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, October 2023
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Thank you for your email, our trip was excellent! We almost didn't go because safety issues, but there were tourist police everywhere and security guard on our bus, I never felt unsafe for one moment. And our tour guide Rania was so knowledgeable on Egyptian history which makes this trip so unforgettable. I'm glad we decided to go on this trip.

Yee D.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, October 2023
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My Gate 1 tour of Egypt was one of the best that I have experienced. Out tour guide, Ibrahim, was very friendly and professional, and shared of his wealth of knowledge concerning Egypt and its history. The accommodations were excellent with top level service and amenities. The buses were brand new and the food was great! I was impressed with the attention to security and safety. The pace was rather demanding, especially with the hot conditions, but the effort was well worth it. I would highly recommend this tour.

Michael R.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Alexandria, Hurghada & 3 Day Nile Cruise, October 2023
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OMG! It was the best decision I have ever made!! Egypt was amazing. Ossama, our tour guide, was incredible! I must admit that I had my hesitation about going because of the Israel issues, but I never felt uneasy ever. It was amazing! I am impressed with all the logistical planning that must go on behind the scenes. I will travel with Gate 1 again.

Wanda G.
8 Day Classic Jordan, October 2023
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My recent visit to Jordan was more than perfect. Jordan was peaceful and safe despite the war next door in Israel with Hamas. Omar, our tour manager, is a gem. With his background in biblical studies and archeology, our group of five participants received extensive information about the sites we visited, the culture, and the history of Jordan. Omar was kind, joyful, and attentive to our needs. You could not have a better representative for Gate 1. The three Marriott hotels were comfortable, well situated to the sites visited, the staff kind and hospitable, and the food served absolutely delicious, varied, and plentiful. Our driver, Fatieh, was also kind and hospitable, and a wonderful driver. I do not believe there will ever be such a perfect trip as this was for our group of five. I can't wait for my next trip with Gate 1. I have told a number of my friends about Gate 1.

Merrily H.
8 Day Classic Jordan, October 2023
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We LOVED our trip! While so many canceled because of the war, we felt very secure and safe with Omar, our guide and Fati, our driver. It was a wonderful experience. Hotels were great especially Dead Sea Marriott. If 10 is the highest score, then I give it a 10+! Petra was unbelievable but the forum and other sights were a surprise. Better than Rome. Jordan is such a secret.

Mary J.
9 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, October 2023
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My trip was fabulous. I loved everything. The excursions, the food, the people, the hotels couldn't been better. I had the best tour guide. I went during the crisis where Israel and the Hamas was fighting. I felt very safe. While In Egypt, there were no tension. Everyone was friendly. I would go again. I recommend that everyone should try to travel to Egypt at least once.

Christol R.
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, October 2023
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Hazim is an outstanding tour manager, he clearly has the command of Jordan as a country, the history, the culture, and contacts at the places we toured. This has greatly enhanced our experience in Jordan and gave us a very memorable time. The lunch in Kerak prepared by his mother and family was outstanding, so delicious. His mom, uncle, cousins are very hospitable. This is the best local host we had experienced. The gate1 representatives at the airport who handled our arrival and departure are very efficient and informative. The drivers to and from hotels are also very good, and courteous. The tour bus driver Khalid is an outstanding driver. It took great skill to navigate the narrow streets in the city and town. Khalid is a very safe driver. We sincerely appreciate his driving skill. Overall, this discovery tour to Jordan is a top notch tour. Despite the uncertainty caused by the Israel Gaza situation, we were glad we went forward with the tour. Thanks Hazim, our great tour manager.

Doris C.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, October 2023
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My husband and I had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Sherif was super nice and efficient. The two Cairo hotels we stayed in were lovely. All the staff we met were friendly and couldn't do enough to make our trip pleasant. And of course the sights were magnificent!

Gloria S.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Alexandria, Hurghada & 3 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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Our trip was outstanding, you guys hit it out of the park. Walid is the absolute best tour guide ever. His knowledge of Egypt from antiquity to the present is unbelievable. He should get a pay raise! We look forward to our next Gate 1 tour adventure! Please let Walid know how pleased we were to be members of his tour family.

Thomas B.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, September 2023
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It was wonderful & memorable! Our tour manager Reham was outstanding & did an excellent job explaining all the sites & provided great & interesting talks all through the tour! She was the best tour manager or guide we have ever had! Her personality & knowledge truly made a big difference in how we enjoyed our Egypt trip! Thank you for giving us such an amazing experience in Egypt!

Grace K.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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It was absolutely amazing!!! Egypt is a beautiful country, with beautiful people, and so rich in history and culture you can hardly resist it. Gate 1 staff was so remarkable. Every one of them was great but our tour manager must be by far the best in this industry. We can't say enough great things about her. She made us feel like family, shared her image of Egypt from an emotional and an academic standpoint. She managed all 32 of us with impeccable charisma and grace. The rest of the staff was helpful, so much so we felt like VIP. The choice of hotels/cruise was above our expectations and a big reason why we will travel with you all again. Food was great, buses comfortable and there was plenty of water they gave us since Egypt is such a hot and dry country. So 5 stars all around. Bravo Gate 1!!!

Zoe P.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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The trip was wonderful! Gate 1 was very thorough every step of our tour and our tour guide, Rasha, was fantastic. We were impressed with the high quality and standards of hotels, food, and transportation, etc. It was our first trip as a "tour" and we were very impressed. It is our plan to take more of them in the future.

Arlene J.
13 Day Crown of Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, September 2023
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First....our tour guide, Dina, was fabulous! Dina is extremely knowledgeable, very organized, patient, clever, and has the ability to maneuver her group through schedule challenges smoothly and efficiently. We loved her. Dina is a true asset to Gate1. I was very amazed with the amount of sites we were able to see and in a very efficient manner. This was my second Gate1 trip which included a river cruise and I'm a convert! Although we covered A LOT of ground, cruising allows enough relaxation time in between so I never felt overwhelmed or rushed to the next event. The cruise boat was well appointed, very clean, the food was good, and the crew was delightful and attentive. While on this trip I booked two more Gate1 trips for next year! Love the value of Gate1. Egypt was eye opening and stunning. A great trip!

Michelle R.
8 Day Jordan Walking Tour featuring Petra, September 2023
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The Jordan walking tour was AMAZING!! Our guides were fabulous, they helped immerse us into the culture and show us so much of Jordan! Everyone was incredibly flexible and worked with the group's wants, needs, and abilities. Several things changed during the visit but everyone was flexible and I did not feel like we missed out on anything. I have a food allergy and everyone was very accommodating of my needs at every stop. Abrahim, our one guide, modified plans based on weather, group needs, and contacted the main office as needed based on group feedback. Thankfully we were able to do the back hike to get into Petra which was AMAZING! We were able to see just about the entire place and avoided the crowds due to the trek that we took which worked out fabulously! The only complaint was that I wish we had more time at the Dead Sea. We had enough time to go in for a bit, thankfully. We were at the resort for maybe 5 hours before it was time to leave for the airport. Overall amazing trip!

Gwen T.
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, September 2023
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Our Jordan Discovery tour was exceptional. We enjoyed every bit of it and we Thank Gate1 for making this tour a memorable one. As always Gate1 has the top notch Tour Manager and best choice of hotels. During our trip we felt safe, the people are friendly and welcoming. Thank you Gate1.

Emmanuela B.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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Hope this finds you all safe and well. Elizabeth and I just returned from a two week tour of Egypt. Scratch one off my bucket list. The monuments, tombs, and antiquities are magnificent. We had a combined land tour and Nile cruise. We booked the tour through Gate 1 Travel. I have booked them in the past and they never disappoint. The hotels and restaurants are five star, the itinerary is as advertised, and our guide, Hosam, was incredible. He spoke four languages, is an educated Egyptologist, and injected a great sense of humor into his presentations. We met some very nice and interesting folks in our tour group of 27. Rather than describe what we saw, I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Take care.

Donald A.
14 Day Israel & Jordan, A Journey for the Believer, June 2023
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The trip was quite exhausting, but it was well worth the visit. Our tour manager in Israel Mika and Omar in Jordan were both nice, pleasant and most importantly knowledgeable about the history and culture of their respective countries. Lahdo, the local tour guide in Bethlehem is equally nice, pleasant and knowledgeable as well. Haled in Israel and Sammy in Jordan were both very cautious and careful drivers. Muhannad Tomlieh, Gate1 airport representative helped us all the way for a smooth check in until he can't come with us pass the way going to the boarding gate. My husband and I are very impressed with Gate1 travel just like the other two previous trips we've taken.

Raquel L.
8 Day Jordan Walking Tour featuring Petra, May 2023
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EXCELLENT!! Our guide was the BEST!

John T.
14 Day Israel & Jordan, A Journey for the Believer, May 2023
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Well, all I can say is "Thank You"! Thank you for providing the best accommodations and unforgettable tours on your trips! We are looking forward to our next adventure with gate one, and we highly recommend you. P.S. Omar, and Uri are absolutely an asset to your corporation. They were very knowledgeable, very humble, friendly and full of FUN!! We loved them!!!

Edna M.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, April 2023
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During our recent trip to Egypt, we were fortunate enough to have Rania as our tour guide. It would not be an exaggeration to say that she was the best tour guide in the world. Rania was not only attentive to our needs but also possessed great insight and knowledge about the country. She went above and beyond to ensure that our group had an unforgettable experience. Her guidance and expertise allowed us to appreciate the beauty of every part of Egypt and make the most out of our trip. Rania's exceptional skills as a tour guide made our journey truly special, and we were lucky to have her. Despite her vast knowledge and experience, Rania remained humble and treated us like family. She made sure that we understood every detail and helped us see Egypt from a unique perspective. Her passion for her work and her country was contagious, and we all felt like we were a part of something special. In short, Rania Selim is a remarkable person and an outstanding tour guide. Her knowledge of Egypt is unparalleled, and she has a gift for making everyone feel special. We are grateful for the opportunity to have had her as our guide and highly recommend her to anyone looking for an exceptional travel experience.

Adjoa G.
17 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise & Jordan, April 2023
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This trip was excellent, with active and compressed itinerary, and very well planned. The last minute airline schedule change, 2 weeks before our departure, was a shock with 4 am arrival at Cairo and 4 am departure returning home. Upon arrival, Gate 1 arranged a day room for 6 hours at an airport hotel before we checked in at our scheduled regular hotel. For our return flight we were arranged to spend our long layover at the VIP lounge at the airport. The way Gate 1 handles arrivals, departures, hotel/boat check-in/out procedures and the transfer of luggage is a stress reliever. The success of the Egypt trip in large part can be credited to our tour manager, Rasha. She is extremely knowledgeable of ancient Egyptian history and current day Egyptian culture. From day one, her friendliness and hospitality made all of us feel so welcome to be in her country. She has terrific people skills, caring and yet consistent in her expectations of the group. She did everything to ensure our safety and warned us about uneven surfaces and constantly reminded us to be careful every step of the way. She also knows invaluable insider tips about where to shop, where to eat, and what to do. This was a very active trip with early wake up calls and lots of walking. The early arrivals to the sites certainly had the benefit of smaller crowds and better visitation experience. Jordan, the second part of our trip, was also excellent. Our tour manager, Hazim, is very experienced and has a great sense of humor. He knows the sites very well, seamlessly planned and timed our visits smoothly. He was very entertaining, very knowledgeable and thoroughly explained each site we visited and left no question unanswered. I saw many sites and things, travelled many miles and ate more food than I ever thought during these 17 days but never felt rushed. What makes a tour "best vacation ever" is the tour manager. I was fortunate to have the best two tour managers this time. Thanks to Gate 1 for this wonderful experience which enriched my life. This is one trip I could not accomplish if I was doing on my own.

Helen C.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, March 2023
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The best part of this my GATE 1 tour has to be of our Tour Manager Omar !!! I have never met a tour manager of Omar's quality, qualifications, and dedications to his clients, profession, his tour company (i.e., GATE 1), and his civilization and country -being either associated with GATE 1 or other many tours/cruises I had had, and he is definitely among the best in the world -if not the best !! In fact, Omar has been extremely unique in his own way and as a whole, in terms of his quality in all perspectives and professional qualifications, and he definitely earned by himself more than a few minutes of time from each of us in his tour group. More specifically, Omar had been extremely kind and genuine, caring equally for all of us regardless of individual background and allocating his time and resources based on the specific needs of each individual; extremely passionate for his profession; very proud of his (Egypt) civilization; loving his beautiful country and sharing information about it as factually and accurately as possible; and extremely effective in communicating with all walks of people, leading the tour group, and attending to the specific needs of each individual; ...

Hongyu W.
13 Day Essential Israel & Jordan, March 2023
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Great, we were pleasantly surprised at how things went smoothly. Our tour guides were excellent, Izack, in particular. Although we were expecting the holiness of the place, we were blasted by the extra activities that our guide prepared for us, like the show of King David after the Armenian dinner, the lunch at the market place and of course the float in the Dead Sea. Petra was spectacular!

Emelinda T.
9 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, February 2023
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Where do we begin to tell you how wonderful our tour guide Medo (Mohamed) was? The 9 day classic Egypt with 3 day Nile cruise was our first trip with Gate 1, and we are hooked! All our future vacations will be with Gate 1. From the minute we stepped into the Cairo airport until it was time to leave to go back home, our experience was amazing! The hotels, the food, the excursions and the people were second to none. But what made this our "best vacation ever" was our guide, Medo. Medo's knowledge of ancient Egyptian history and current day Egyptian culture was exceptional; we learned and experienced so much. From day one, Medo's friendliness and hospitality made all of us feel so welcome to be in his country!

Andrea K.
17 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise & Jordan, February 2023
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Our 2nd trip to Egypt with Gate1, but with the addition of Jordan this time. What an amazing trip! Our tour manager in Egypt, Tarek, was absolutely and simply the best tour manager we've EVER had on all our trips. Friendly, funny, incredibly knowledgeable, really cared for our little "family" of 31 and kept us on track and safe, and he imparted SO much knowledge that added greatly to our tour. Thank you soooooooo much, Tarek! Our tour manager in Jordan, Mohammed, was also very good and friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and (as we all warmed up to each other) funny! Both men are incredible assets to Gate1, and anyone who tours with them will have a great time. If you're considering any of the Egypt/Jordan Gate1 tours but are holding off because you're concerned about safety, we always felt safe. Security rode and walked with us every day in Egypt and was unobtrusive but always there keeping an eye on everything. The Egyptian people are friendly and happy to see you. Same with the Jordanian people. Vendors can be a little pushy but a polite "no thank you" (or two), or better yet, a polite "la shokran" (or two) and they'll leave you alone. Be warned, though, this is a VERY active trip. Early wake up calls, lots (and LOTS) of walking, on the go. As Tarek said, "you can sleep when you're home!" This was simply an absolutely amazing trip with wonderful staff in 2 incredible countries. Thank you, Gate1!

Cheryl M.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, February 2023
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I'm writing to let you know that tour manager Rania was the best tour guide we had with your company and with other companies we have traveled in the past. Her in-depth knowledge of Egyptology, the culture and history enhanced our understanding of this ancient civilization. Furthermore, she was able to coordinate and cater to all the different needs of the participants, including some quite elderly with mobility issues. She maintained us all entertained and informed of the schedule and logistics on a timely manner. My husband and I left Egypt with the love she was able to share with us.

Veronika E.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, February 2023
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We just returned from the 13 day trip to Egypt and we are writing to Express how amazing our guide Rania was to travel with. We have traveled extensively with a few different companies, but have found Gate one to be the best. We have had many good and knowledgeable guides, but Rania far surpasses anyone that we've had in the past. Her knowledge of Egyptian history is amazing and her excitement at sharing her pride in the Egyptian culture is absolutely infectious. She is kind and caring and available no matter the time of day to help anyone in the group who is having a problem. She is the most selfless truly kind guide we have ever traveled with. She is a gem!!

Gail S.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2023
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All that I can say is WOW! I had always wanted to go to Egypt (canceled last year because of Omicron) and finally made it! I was amazed how well organized this trip was...the Gate1 team was always waiting to help us at the airports and hotels. Our tour manager, Shaimaa, was an impressive, knowledgeable guide who ably navigated us to all of the sites throughout the tour. Congratulations Gate1, you've provided a trip of a lifetime that I'll never forget!

Linda W.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Hurghada & 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2023
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This was our 12th Gate 1 and a magnificent trip! Fawzy, our Egyptologist/Tour Guide, was able to weave the history into engaging stories that made temples and tombs come to life. The overall pace was good and it was delightful to have a full 7 days on the Queen of Hansa--- a nice floating hotel with high quality and diverse buffet choices. Fawzy gave great tips on local free-time options. I was amazed at how well attended the cities are by Tourist Police and always felt safe, even when exploring on our own. Thanks also for offering the Hurghada option---we really enjoyed relaxing at the Red Sea resort for a couple of days along with visiting the aquarium and learning about Red Sea critters and aquatic history. Loved the trip! High marks across the board!

Marianne V.
12 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2023
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I wanted to tell you that our tour guide Neveen was an absolute gem -- she was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Egypt. I understand she is an Egyptologist, but I can also tell that she absolutely loves Egypt and also loves sharing her knowledge with the people on our tour group. Thank you for arranging such a wonderful tour guide on our trip.

Carol M.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, December 2022
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The trip to Egypt was a dream come true. Gate1 once again outdid themselves providing great costumer care, hotel accommodations, knowledgeable guide, prioritized the safety of all of us travelers by providing body guards and guided us throughout the whole time. Needless to say, I am looking forward to my next trip and for making new friendships and long lasting memories.

Bibiana H.


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