US dollars are widely accepted in major tourist establishments, hotels and souvenir shops. It is useful to have local currency for tipping or for shopping in smaller souks or local restaurants. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travellers cheques which may be brought into the country. However, passengers entering Egypt with Egyptian currency exceeding the equivalent of USD$1,000 must declare this on arrival.
The following credit cards are accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard. Please note that all charges on board are in Egyptian pounds. Guests can pay in US Dollars, Euros or Sterling but please note any change will be paid in Egyptian pounds as there is no currency stock available.
The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE), which is divided into 100 piasters. Notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 pounds. Coins are issued in denominations of LE1, and 25, and 50 piasters.
Tips for drivers, tour coordinators, guides, staff on board Nile cruise vessels and Egyptologists are usually not included in your tour price.
We hope that the following guidelines will be helpful to you:
- Tour Coordinators: $7-8 per person per day.
- Staff on board river vessels: Approximately $10-12 per person per day is suggested as a total tip to be divided among all the staff on Nile Cruise vessels.
- Egyptologist/Guide: Approximately $10 per person per day is suggested.