Cairo, Egypt and airport experiences

I will be going on my first Egyptian adventure in the next few months and traveling to Cairo alone (I am female) and I was wondering if there were difficulties at the airport in getting a travel visa and transportation to the hotel.

  • In reply to swood65362022708:

    We just got back this week. It was an awesome trip.
  • In reply to swood65362022708:

    Good to know! I am going October 24. Very excited! Any problem with tipping with $1 bills?
  • In reply to rockystonecat53051544:

    I'll preface my remark by saying I've not been to Egypt but why would you tip someone in what to them is a foreign currency? They'll lose money by having to convert it to Egyptian Pounds.
  • In reply to PamInIdaho:

    All expenses and tips are included in the program fee. For example, at regular restroom stops, the Egyptian tour guide tipped the individual standing outside the water closet asking for money and selling toilet paper. (Take your own tissues and hand sanitizers.) If someone still tried to stop us, he would say something in Egyptian Arabic and they would back off. That said, you can tip if you wish. We did not go anyplace that didn's take American dollars. They were thrilled to have them. It seemed like standard operating procedure. The hotels had currency change machines and most people kept a small amount for EPon hand. Often the vendors would sell back their American dollars to a tourist--20 $1.00 for a twenty dollar bill. The guide will tell you if you may want to give an optional tip (and more importantly, when to tip). The carriage and camel rides were paid for including a tip by RS. He instructed us that we mght want to give an additional tip, but NOT until the trip back.
  • In reply to PamInIdaho:

    I have read that they like $1 bills on another site. Just saying
  • In reply to rockystonecat53051544:

    Of course they'll take $1 bills: they want to make a sale of any kind. But where are they going to spend those dollars? Banks won't take such small denominations in foreign currency. I think it's impolite to offer $1 bills, when Egyptian currency is readily available to tourists from ATM machines. How would you like it if foreign visitors came here and wanted to spend their local currency in our store? Especially in small denominations? Rude.