How much is the airfare?
Depending on where you are flying from. Many people have favorite airlines,
frequent flyer miles, side trips to other places, special deals that they
prefer to use so we leave airfare as an option. We'll be happy to arrange
airfare for you if you let us know where you want to fly from and the
dates of your departure and arrival (if they are different from the tour
When will we know the class schedule
for the "Ahlan wa Sahlan" Festival so we can select classes?
How does it work and how much do they cost?
On the first day of the Ahlan wa Sahlan festival, June 27, we get the
schedule, select classes and pay for them. They are $60 for master classes
(3 hrs each) and $30 for folkloric classes (2 hrs each). They only accept
cash (dollars & euros). There is a requirement to register for at
least 3 classes total if you want to attend the festival evening shows.
The closing gala is $60. Some teachers sell videos and CDs. These are
anywhere from $10 to $30 each.
How much should I budget for food/tips/extras?
Meals & tips:
Food is very cheap in Egypt and the exchange rate is currently $1 = L.E.
5.5. Breakfast is included and it's a full breakfast buffet with LOTS
of food (so you can easily skip lunch). You can get a very good filling
meal for the equivalent of $3 - $10. Tipping is not required and it's
typically to round up the numbers.
Side trips & excursions:
We typically include optional side trips and excursions depending on the
group dynamics and what people want to do. They range anywhere from $10 to $100
depending on the duration and what's involved (dance shows, extra desert
safaris, extra shopping trips,...etc)
Completely up to your budget. With the exchange rate, you'll find LOTS
of cheap good quality goods to buy. From costumes to jewelry to spices
to everything else you can imagine. It's good to make a budget and stick
Will there be construction at Mena House during the
The Mena House hotel will NOT be undergoing construction
during the festival. Mme Raqia Hassan just confirmed that with me on Feb
3rd, 2005. There was a rumor that she said is not true.
What if I arrive in Cairo at an inconvenient time?
do I have to find my way to the hotel?
No matter when you arrive, you'll be met at the Cairo
airport. That's why we need to know your flight details.
What airlines fly into Egypt?
Almost ALL major European and Asian airlines fly into Egypt.
What airline will we be flying on when we are
We fly Egypt Air for internal travel Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh and back.
Once paid and if I have to cancel,
how much will I forfeit and what would be the final date to withdraw?
Final date to withdraw completely: April 20th.
After April 20th and before June 1st, you may find a replacement (someone
else to go in your place and pay you the money). If an emergency happens
and you absolutely have to cancel and cannot find any replacements, you
forfeit $700 of the $1750. As for the airline ticket portion, most travel
agents will give you the option of purchasing travel insurance. You pay
an extra $50 and if you cannot go for medical reasons, you forfeit $250
(exact amounts may vary depending on the airline).
Will my family be able to reach
me when I'm in Egypt?
Yes, we provide you with the phone numbers of the places we are staying
once they are booked. Internet email can be accessed in all the places
we go to in Egypt so they can keep in touch with you by email as well.
What's the weather like in Egypt
Very hot! It's best to bring light colored, cotton, baggy and loose clothes
for the outdoors. Suncscreen and hats are highly recommended. The nights
are cool and comfortable. Most Egyptians start going out after dark in
the summer time and shops are open till 2:00am and later.
Because the summer is hot in Egypt, we spend the last part of the trip
on the beach. The Red Sea is snorkling and scuba diving heaven and we
stay at one of the best resorts there right on the beach. In Cairo, all
the dance activities are indoors in air-conditioned rooms. When we're
outdoors, a hat, sunshades and sunscreen will do the trick. With all the
new things to see and absorb, you won't have time to worry about the weather
What kind of clothes should I bring
with me? do women have to cover up?
You can dress pretty much the same way you would dress in public in the
USA. You want to bring light cotton baggy clothes for the hot outdoors,
fancy evening wear for the dance shows and parties at night, dance class
attire for classes (all classes are in air-conditioned rooms), swim wear
for the beach and the pool, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes
and/or sandals (the streets are not always evenly paved) and only a very
light jacket just in case. Very casual wear during the day and outdoors
but you can get very fancy for the parties and dance shows if you so choose.
Will I be able to drink the water
and eat Egyptian food?
Yes, all the hotels we stay at are top 5-star quality so their food and
water are safe to eat and drink. You can buy bottled water and almost
all western consumer goods everywhere in Egypt. When you eat outside tourist
establishments, you might want to avoid raw vegetables and fruit that
cannot be peeled. Our guides will be happy to assist you if you have any
What other options are there besides
a double room?
If you want a single room, it cost extra as follows:
In Cairo before and during the festival: $131 extra
Throughout the whole tour: $191 extra.
If you can find people to share a triple room with you, then the price
drops by $25 per person.
When are lunch and dinner included?
Dinner is included in the Opening & Closing Galas of the festival
and on our Nile Cruise on the last day. The Opening Gala is included but
the Closing gala costs an extra $60.
How much does it cost to get a visa
The Egyptian visa costs anywhere from $15 to $20. It is highly recommended
to get the visa BEFORE you leave the USA to avoid delays in the Cairo
airport. It can take up to 1 month to get the visa so you want to apply
ahead of time. Expediting it is possible but it will cost more. The Egyptian
Consulate's website has detailed information about obtaining a visa.