When should I arrive into Cairo, Egypt?

Please plan to depart the U.S. on Thursday, February 29, 2024, and arrive into Cairo, Egypt in the afternoon on Friday, March 1, 2024.

When should I depart from Cairo, Egypt?

Please plan to depart from Cairo, Egypt the morning of Saturday, March 9, 2024.

When and from where should I depart if I plan to participate in the Optional Extension?

Please plan to depart from Cairo, Egypt the night of Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

The extension group will fly back to Cairo (from Sharm El Sheikh) in the late afternoon on Tuesday, March 12 (more specific timing will be known approximately 10-11 months prior to departure; this FAQ will be updated at that time).  We recommend to depart out of Cairo International Airport (CAI) after 9:00pm.  If you prefer to depart from Cairo on the morning of March 13, an additional hotel night will be required (not included in tour package) and Morning Star Tours can arrange this for you upon request.

Can I use frequent flyer miles to purchase my airline ticket?

Yes; however, due to airline contract restrictions, MST cannot purchase these tickets for you. Please see above arrival and departure information.

Can Morning Star Tours help me with my flights?

Yes! We are pleased to assist with flight arrangements! Please contact your Tour Manager, Kristi England, at kristi@morningstartours.com.

What is the baggage allowance?

To comply with Egyptian regional airline restrictions, you are allowed one checked bag weighing up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and one carry-on bag weighing up to 5 kilograms (11 pounds). It is important to note that these are airline-imposed restrictions and inflexible, according to their regulations. There will be NO option to pay for overweight or extra luggage.

Please also note that your luggage will need to be stored in your cabin. The rule of thumb from experienced travelers is to pack lightly. Laundry services are available at hotels and onboard the ship (at an additional cost).

What is the payment schedule?

Deposit: $1,500 per person, due with registration
2nd Payment: $2,000 per person, due by May 30, 2023
Balance due by October 27, 2023

If your payment date falls on a weekend or holiday, your payment will be processed on the following business day.

What is the Cancellation Policy for this tour?

To review the Cancellation Policy for this tour, please go to the Terms and Conditions.

What will the weather be like in Egypt during our tour?

Egypt has year-round sun and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures will be pleasantly warm (70s-80s). Cairo is generally 5-10 degrees cooler than more southern areas such as Aswan. Layers, long sleeves, or a light jacket may be preferred for cooler mornings and evenings.

What is the recommended attire for touring and aboard the Historia?

Comfortable “Country Club Casual” is the recommended attire for daytime, and something a little dressier for dinner (no specific requirements). Comfortable shoes are recommended for touring and workout clothing if you plan to use the on board fitness center.  Clothing that can be layered is highly recommended as mornings and evenings may be cooler.

Can I drink the water in Egypt?

The hotels, cruise line, and carefully selected restaurants have their own water filtration systems.  It is ok to drink the water and eat produce, etc. in these venues.

We encourage you to use an abundance of caution when opting to partake of food or drink outside of the hotels, ship, and selected restaurants.

Complimentary bottled water is also provided throughout tour (hotels, ship, touring).

What are the Historia cabin amenities?

Each cabin is equipped with tea/water kettle and coffee machine; mini bar; in-room safe; hair dryer; toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap); robe and slippers; office desk and chair; individually controlled air-conditioning; heat resistant glass; complimentary Wi-Fi; cable TV and LCD screen.

Suites include added enhancements, such as larger sitting areas and expansive bathrooms with both a shower and bathtub.

Can I use my phone while aboard?

Cell phones will work while sailing; however, it is important to contact your cellular carrier for international rate plans.

Is there WI-FI access at hotels and aboard the Historia?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at hotels and throughout the ship.

Note that the strength of the Wi-Fi signal aboard the cruise varies depending on geographical location during sailing.

Are all gratuities included?

Yes! To provide you with worry-free and hassle-free travel, all gratuities have been included (guides, drivers, and all ship and hotel staff). We pray that this provision is a blessing and a testimony to those who serve you.

What out-of-pocket expenses should I expect?

Morning Star Tours strives to take the question marks out of the overall trip cost. Your only out-of-pocket expenses may include beverages (both on and off ship when applicable), snacks, souvenirs, 1 dinner in Cairo, and personal expenses.

Any incidental on board charges will be in Egyptian pounds. Payable by cash or credit card (Amex, Visa, MasterCard). If paying in US Dollars, please note any change will be given in Egyptian pounds as there is no currency stock available.

What payment methods are accepted during the tour?

Most tourist establishments, hotels, and souvenir shops accept US dollars. It is beneficial to have local currency for shopping in smaller shops or markets (souks).

The following credit cards are accepted on board Historia and are generally accepted at hotels and shops: Amex, Visa, and MasterCard.

IMPORTANT:  There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers’ checks entering the country. However, passengers entering Egypt with Egyptian currency exceeding the equivalent of USD 1,000 must declare on arrival.

How much walking will we be doing?

Walking is done in small increments throughout the day and you will have frequent opportunities to rest if needed. To prepare yourself, start walking a little each day. We recommend properly “breaking in” any shoes you plan to wear while touring.

Should I bring my young children on the tour?

Young children may find the pace of the tour and quiet times of teaching challenging. We recommend that guests be age 16 or above at the time of the tour. Any additional questions can be referred to the tour leader.