Information and Culture
Meals- Your meals are included in the Journey, meals will be when and where you and the group decides. Your Host will order for the table and the meals will be "family style". If you desire a particular item off the menu just mention it and it will be ordered. Your Host will pay the bill and tip the service staff. Try all the foods for a great experience no matter how unique or odd they are to you.
Snacks and Street Food- As usual any snacks and street food can be purchased if the group desires as a whole and is included in the budget, however sometimes snacks you desire on your own will be out of pocket, if the group isn't eating.
Groceries- As sometimes early mornings and lunches will be on the go, a grocery shopping will be paid for by the meal package and include staples and sandwich makings. This also goes for late night snacks, if you get hungry just ask what snacks the group has available. And if you want something particular while at the store just tell your Host
Water- Drink Plenty of water, between 1-3 liters a day, in addition to tea and other drinks
Alcoholic drinks - are generally not included in the meals unless the Host decides to include them based on how many people are drinking at the time. However, the Host can keep a separate tab and deduct the cost from the rebate at the end of the trip. This also goes for excessive amounts of soft drinks
NOTE: Normally buying each other rounds of drinks is great Nomad etiquette, it works well, and keeps your tab low, for a larger rebate.
Eating Etiquette - do not eat with your left hand, as this is the traditional hand for hygiene. The right hand is used for passing things, greeting, and eating. Do not expect a knife and a fork, eating with your hands is quite acceptable in Egypt, so make sure to wash your hands before.
Etiquette and Culture
TIps- Are included for service staff at restaurants, taxis, ubers, guards at sites, and groundskeepers at Mosques. However several times you will have a hotel porter (3-5 EGP per bag), maids per night (5-10), private driver for the day (50 EGY), a local tour guide(50), or a felucca captain (10 EGY), Camel or horse assistants at stables (5-10), massages (10%), these tips are at your discretion but encouraged, Egypt is a tipping culture and if you feel the service was great please feel free to tip. However do not overtip as this hurts the overall culture and tourism
Markets and Services- Remember to negotiate any price for goods or services before you take them
Things to keep on you -
Copy of passport
Money in different pockets
Bathrooms- Public bathrooms come in all variety of cleanliness and to use them you must generally pay about 1 EGP. Keep in mind to have a pack of tissues on you at all times, and that many toilets are eastern squatter types. As in most countries toilet paper and feminine products is to be thrown in the garbage not in the toilet.
Mosque etiquette-Do not enter a mosque with any form of shoes as this is very disrespectful, however, you can keep socks on. Women should wear a head covering. Some areas are for men only in mosques. Always avoid walking in front of persons in prayer. And women should not touch any religious man.