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Birding Egypt - Private Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 8 people
Destination(s): Egypt  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: October - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5200 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5500 US Dollar (USD)

Egypt has been the world’s most desirable tourist destination since the innovation of tourism several thousand years ago. Of course Egypt’s antiquities are the major reason for this, but on this tour we will concentrate mostly on the birding gems of this unique destination, as our tour is timed to coincide
with the impressive bird migration between Africa and Eurasia. Many thousands of storks, raptors, waders and passerines passing through and resting in any areas of greenery make birding here easy and enjoyable. We can look forward to not just an abundance of migrant birds, but also to some really special residents, including chances for Pharaoh Eagle-Owl, Egyptian Nightjar, Crowned Sandgrouse,Sand Partridge and various other desert-adapted species.

Tour Dates: Birding Egypt 26th October to 12th November (18 days)

Tour Size: Birding Egypt From US$5,200 * £3,330 * €3,850 * ZAR46,700 per person
sharing (See financial arrangements below)
US$350 approximate cost of domestic flights (Tour price fixed in
US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size: Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader

THE ITINERARY

26th October- Arrival in Cairo
27th October- Cairo to Abu Simbel
28th October- Lake Nasser and surrounds
29th October- Abu Simbel to Aswan
30th October- Aswan to Edfu via Kom Ombo
31st October- Edfu to Luxor via Esna
1st November- Luxor
2nd November- Luxor to Qusair
3rd November- Qusair to Marsa Alam
4th November- Marsa Alam, visit offshore islands from Hamata
5th November- Marsa Alam area
6th November- Marsa Alam to El Gouna, with a visit to Fustat Camp
7th November- El Gouna area
8th November- El Gouna to Ain Sukhna via Wadi Feiran
9th November- Ain Sukhna and Suez
10th November- Ain Sukhna to Cairo, via Wadi Hurgal and Abassa
11th November- Day in Cairo
12th November- Departure from Cairo

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Birding Egypt tour is as follows:
4 paying participants – US$6,995 * £4,480 * €5,180 * ZAR62,850 per person sharing.
5 paying participants – US$6,450 * £4,130 * €4,780 * ZAR57,950 per person sharing.
6 paying participants – US$6,050 * £3,880 * €4,480 * ZAR54,350 per person sharing.
7 paying participants – US$5,400 * £3,460 * €4,000 * ZAR48,500 per person sharing.
8 paying participants – US$5,200 * £3,330 * €3,850 * ZAR46,700 per person sharing.
Please note: The price for the Birding Egypt tour does NOT include the domestic flight from Cairo to
Abu Simbel. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$350 per person. RBT can book this flight on your behalf.
The single supplement for the tour is US$ 850.00 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

This tour fee includes:
All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 18;
Bottled drinking water throughout;
All lodgings;
Ground transportation;
Nile cruise as per the itinerary;
boat trips on the Red Sea;
Reserve and other entrance fees;
Gratuities for hotel staff, porters and local guides and
Guiding services and costs of a leader.

The tour fee does not include:
Passport and Visa fees;
ANY flights (see note above);
All beverages other than drinking water;
Extra excursions and activities not included in the itinerary;
Special gratuities;
Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates are in US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Furthermore, these costs are subject to major foreign exchange fluctuations and unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
c) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original
program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, porters and restaurants) are included on this tour.
However, this does not include your leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they and/or any local guide/s or other staff have given you very good service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:

It is important for you to be aware that it can get quite hot in the far south of the country, where temperatures could reach around 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit). Since we do not have any strenuous walks on this tour, it is however manageable.
Most of the historic sites that we will visit on this tour are extremely popular tourist attractions and we will share the area with multitudes of other people and patience will be required at
times.
There will be many times at all historical sites when many tourist police we be clearly visible, we will also be escorted by armed guards during some parts of the tour.
While this is a tour mainly focused on birds, Egypt is of course well known for its antiquities.
We may, however, not be able to provide alternative activities as options for non-birders on some days when the focus is more on birding in remote areas. On other days the focus is very
much on antiquities, with very little birding possible. Furthermore, while we will have specialist bird tour leaders on the tour, we will rely on local leaders for the historical aspects of the tour.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
The tour will depart from Cairo International and, as day 1 is an arrival day, you can arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude in the morning at Cairo International Airport on day 18. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
Cairo is the main port of entry for international flights in Egypt and is well serviced by most of the world’s major airlines. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, we have a full-time in-house travel consultant that will happily help you plan your route. However, please
DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Cost: Birding Egypt From US$5,200 * £3,330 * €3,850 * ZAR46,700 per person sharing (See financial arrangements below)
US$350 approximate cost of domestic flights (Tour price fixed in
US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Please contact our office for more information.

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