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MyStyle Cairo 3-Day - Standard

Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2013 Last Updated:
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Introduction

Do Cairo your way! Choose from various MyStyle optional activities and create an itinerary that's perfect for you. Some of the many options include: a day trip to Alexandria, one of the greatest cities of the Hellenic world; an exploration of Islamic Cairo's medieval citadel, markets and mosques; tours of Coptic Cairo, the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramids of Giza or other lesser-known ruins; camel rides, Nile cruises and more. There's even a camel market!

  • Cairo
Duration: 3 days
Start/Finish City: Cairo to Cairo
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Physical Grading: 1
You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Travel Style: Classic
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Itinerary

Route map for MyStyle Cairo 3-Day (TDPCM3N)

Day 1 Arrive in Cairo

You will be met at the Airport by your G Adventures Experience Officer and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Cairo. The G Adventures Experience Officer will go over the details of your stay and arrange your choice of tours. Enjoy the rest of the day in Cairo at leisure.

Day 2 Cairo (B)

The choice is yours today. From ancient ruins and camel rides, to shopping and scenery, MyStyle travel allows you to choose the tours and activities that are of most interest to you. Tours you can choose from include:


Tours you can choose from include:

Day tour to Alexandria:
Your guide will pick you up and travel with you across 220km of desert to the city of Alexandria (approx 3 hours). Highlights of the day include a visit to the Montazah Summer Palace, where you can enjoy the gardens. It was originally built in 1892 and was the summer home of the Egyptian Royal family. Lunch is taken en-route at a popular seafood district (at your own expense). Next, visit the fort and Citadel of Qaitbay which was built around 1480 by the Mamluk Sultan Qaitbay. It is believed to have been built from the stones of the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Next is a visit to the Pompey's Pillar which was built in 297 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The tour ends with a visit to the Catacomb of Komel-Shokafa. These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine emperors (2nd Century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion. These tombs represent the last existing major construction for the sake of the old Egyptian religion. The day ends with your return transfer to Cairo.
Approximate length of the excursion: 12 hours


Tour of Citadel, Islamic Cairo and Khan El khalili Bazaar:
You will be picked up by your guide to enjoy a tour through Islamic Cairo. Visit Citadel of Salah el-Din with Alabaster Mosque, one of Cairo's most popular tourist attractions. The Citadel is one of the world's greatest monuments to medieval warfare, as well as a highly visible landmark on Cairo's eastern skyline. Then head to the amazing Khan al-Khalili markets to try out your bargaining skills. Known as the Turkish Bazaar in the Ottoman period, it's now simply called 'Khan'.
The Mosque and Madrassa (school) of Sultan Hassan, were built between 1356 and 1363, and is believed to be one of the finest examples of Mamluk architecture in Cairo. The mosque is also considered one of the largest, not only in Cairo but in the whole Islamic world. It is a massive structure measuring some 150m (492 ft) long and 36m (118 ft) high. The tallest minaret is 68m (223 ft) tall.
End the day with a trip to the amazing Khan al-Khalili markets to try out your bargaining skills. Known as the Turkish Bazaar in the Ottoman period, it's now simply called 'Khan'.

Approximate length of the excursion: 5 hours




Tour of Coptoc Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga and Ben Ezra:
The main entrance to Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo) is through perhaps one of the two oldest structures in Cairo, the rounded towers of the western gate of the Roman fortress of Babylon built in 98 AD by Emperor Trajan. The Southern gate is the other oldest structure.
The Hanging Church (The Church of the Virgin Mary) is built into the walls of the Water Gate of the Roman fortress. It is possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt, dating from around the 4th Century. From here head up Mar Girgis into the Monastery and Church of St George. Outside the door to St George the path leads to the Church of St Sergius (Abu Serga), which, according to legend, is built atop one of the sites where the Holy Family rested on their flight from Herod. Continuing along this path brings you to the Ben Ezra Synagogue which is Egypt's oldest, dating back to the 9th Century.

Approximate length of the excursion: 5 hours




Tour of The Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx:
The Great Pyramids of Giza, dating back to 2500 BC, are some of the most famous manmade objects in the world. While there are actually over one hundred Pyramids in Egypt the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the only "Wonder of the Ancient World" that still survives. Many Egyptologists have somewhat different views on exactly why the ancient Egyptian kings built Pyramids as their tombs, but all of them seem to agree that it had to do with their worship of the sun god, Re (Ra). During your time at The Great Pyramids of Giza, there is no escaping the mysterious Sphinx, a symbol which has come to represent the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. With the body of a lion and the head of a king, there is much mystery surrounding who built it and why.

Approximate length of the excursion: 5 hours


Tour of the Egyptian Museum:
A very popular attraction amongst visitors to Cairo is The Egyptian Museum. With 107 halls you can explore the history of Pharaonic Egypt through the 120,000 artifacts exhibited, from Narmer to Akhnaton and Ramses. On the upper floor you will find the famous collection of King Tutankhamon treasures. The pharaoh is indeed gone, but his treasures and life still fascinate us today.

Approximate length of the excursion: 4 hours


Birqash Camel Market (Fridays Only)
Cairo's infamous Camel Market is held every Friday in Birqash, north of the city. Hundreds of animals make the trek from as far away as north-western Sudan and the atmosphere of frenzied bargaining makes an unusual spectacle. Should you wish to take a camel home remember to check their legs, chest, eyes and ears to ascertain strength, speed, meatiness and other worthy features. Lovers of animals should note that while the market can be eventful and enjoyable for buyers, sellers and spectators, the same cannot be said for the stars of the show - some visitors may be concerned about the standards of animal welfare. Goats and other animals are also exchanged here, while a furniture and bric-a-brac market takes place in a nearby compound.

Approximate length of the excursion: 4 hour


Dinner & Show Cruise on the Nile River at night:
You will be picked up and taken to the cruise ship located on the Nile River in downtown Cairo. Enjoy a 3 hour cruise on the Nile River with a magnificent view of the city. Following dinner you will be treated to a folklore show including belly dancing. Towards the end of the cruise there is time for you to go up on the top deck to enjoy some fresh air and the beautiful city lights. At the end of the trip you will be driven back to your hotel.

Approximate length of the excursion: 4 hours


Camel or Horse ride in the Desert near the Great Pyramids:
Experience what was once a common mode of transportation in ancient times, and is still popular today in some parts of Egypt. Your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the horse stables in Giza to select your camel or horse ready to start your 4-hour ride from Giza to Sakkara. On arrival in Sakkara you will be met by your driver for your return transfer to your hotel.

Approximate length of the excursion.: 5 hours


Tour of Memphis, Saqqara, Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx:
After being collected by your guide you will head 20kms south of Cairo. Memphis was the Egypt’s first capital, city of the legendary Menes,the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt over 5,000 years ago. Older than the pyramids, Memphis was at one time the largest city in the world with over 30,000 inhabitants and remained the second city of Egypt after Alexandria until the establishment of Old Cairo in 641 when it was largely abandoned.
We continue our excursion to nearby Saqqara which was part of the large necropolis connected to the city of Memphis. Many pharaohs, their families, important nobles and even sacred animals were buried here.
The site is covered with many tombs and pyramids, many of which are still of interest to archaeologists. It is well known for its Step Pyramid, the oldest known of Egypt's 97 pyramids.
Journey to Giza, now a suburb of greater Cairo, to visit the legendary, majestic Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus - also known as the Great Pyramids. No matter how many photos you have seen, it is only by viewing them firsthand that you will see why these spectacular man-made monuments are one of the Seven Wonders of the World. While visiting the Pyramids, why not ride a camel and capture your experience in a photograph.
Our excursion would not be complete without visiting the mysterious Sphinx guarding the royal burial chambers and temple of Cheops. With the body of a lion and the head of a king, there is as much mystery surrounding who built it as there is determining why it was built.
After your tour, you will be transferred back to your Cairo hotel.

Approximate length of the excursion: 9 hours


Tour of Memphis, Dahshur, Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx :
After being collected by your guide you will head 20kms south of Cairo. Memphis was the Egypt’s first capital, city of the legendaryMenes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt over 5,000 years ago. Older than the pyramids, Memphis was at one time the largest city in the world with over 30,000 inhabitants and remained the second city of Egypt after Alexandria until the establishment of Old Cairo in 641 when it was largely abandoned.
We continue our excursion to Dahshur. Forming the southern area of the Memphis Necropolis, this area contains a number of pyramid complexes and monuments and has only recently been opened to the public, having been a military zone until 1996. As a result, the area is not as developed commercially as Giza, and there is a certain peace and tranquility at the site. It is at Dahshur that the change from the "step" pyramid to the pyramid as we know it today occurred. Here you may choose to enter the Red Pyramid, and explore the interior of the oldest “true” pyramid in Egypt.
It is time for the undoubted highlight of the day - the Great Pyramids of Giza. Dating back to 2500 BC the Pyramids are without doubt some of the most famous man made objects in the world. While there are actually almost one hundred pyramids in Egypt, including at least eight more at Giza, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the only "Wonder of the Ancient World" which still survives. During your time at the Great Pyramids , there is no escaping the mysterious Sphinx, a symbol which has come to represent the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. With the body of a lion and the head of a king, there is as much mystery surrounding who built it as there is determining why it was built.
At the end of your program we will transfer you back to your hotel

Approximate length of the excursion: 9 hours


Tour of Egyptian Museum, Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Bazaars:
We journey to Giza, now a suburb of greater Cairo to visit the legendary majestic Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus - also known as the Great Pyramids of Giza. No matter how many photos you have seen, it is only by viewing them that you will see firsthand why these spectacular man-made monuments are known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. While visiting the Pyramids, why not ride a camel and capture your experience in a photograph.

Our excursion would not be complete without visiting the mysterious Sphinx guarding the royal burial chambers and temple of Cheops. With the body of a lion and the head of a king, there is as much mystery surrounding who built it as there is determining why it was built.
Next stop is a visit the Egyptian museum, an absolute must on any visit to Cairo. Built in 1897, and opened in 1902 with 107 huge halls you can explore the history of Pharaonic Egypt through the 120,000 artifacts exhibited, from Narmer to Akhnaton and Ramses. On the upper floor is the famous collection of King Tutankhamun treasures. The pharaoh is indeed gone, but his treasures and life still fascinate us today.

In the afternoon we will visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaars that dates back to 1382. Shops in this district are legendary for fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques and more! Everything for sale in these shops is negotiable, be prepared to bargain hard for everything sold in this exciting maze of shops! After you have “shopped till you drop”, why not take the chance to experience one of the bazaar’s many traditional cafes for a coffee and baklava treat. At the end of your excursion we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Approximate length of the excursion: 9 hours

Day 3 Depart Cairo (B)

Departure transfer.

What's Included

1 MyStyle tour of your choice, Arrival and Departure transfer.

Highlights

Cairo

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

You have a choice of one included tour on this trip, while we will do our best to secure the tours you are interested in, all tours are subject to availability in destination.

A valid passport for at least 6 months is required for entry into Egypt but the visa can be arranged at Cairo airport upon arrival (please check with your local Egyptian Embassy for specific instructions).

In Egypt, it is advisable to drink bottled water.

Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between July 10 to August 10, 2013. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day.

Group Leader Description

The tour that you have selected is an independent MyStyle tour. You will receive information about your tour upon arrival and will have a local G Adventures Experience Officer to assist you with settling in and choosing which of the icluded tours you would like to take.

Group Size Notes

No Minimum

Meals Included

2 Breakfasts.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Meal Budget

Allow USD $55-75 for meals not included.

Transport

Transfers in car, van or shuttle

About our Transportation

Land Transfers & Included Tours/activities: Many of the land transfers and included tours will be by private van, car or taxi, while others may be shared with other travellers depending on availability, nature of the activity and destination. For transfers, you may have a local non English-speaking driver only, for included tours, you will be accompanied by an English speaking local guide.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (2 nts)

About Accommodation

On this trip we will stay in comfortable local hotels. Rooms will be on a twin-share basis unless you have booked our My Own Room service. You can expect the rooms to have air-conditioning, private bathrooms and breakfast will be included daily. Some hotels may also have swimming pools and/or other recreational facilities.

Joining Hotel

Please see your tour voucher for specific name and address of your joining hotel for day 1 of this tour.

Joining Instructions

Meet and Greet at International arrival gate at Cairo Airport. Our local G Adventures representative will meet passengers at the main corridor. Please look for the G Adventures representative, who will be holding a G Adventures sign at the arrival halls.

Unfortunately there have been cases of people mis representing themselves as G Adventures representatives. Please check that your driver knows your name and the hotel you are going to. If in doubt ask them to ring their manager to confirm your transfer. The local representative will also deliver to the passengers any corresponding vouchers, as well as any additional information required for the tour.

If the G Adventures representative is not there at first, please wait up to 30 minutes, and then proceed to take a taxi, or call our local staff at the numbers mentioned in the Emergency contact section of this dossier.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (Cairo, Egypt)
During office hours (Sun-Thu,10am to 6pm local time): +20 233 77 88 30 or +20 233 77 88 31
After hours Emergency number: +20 122 221 16 99 (Mohammed)

G Adventures Middle East Manager
Emergency number: : +20 122 221 16 99 -Mohammed (Cairo, Egypt)

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one backpack, soft compact suitcase, or sports bag (maximum 15kg) plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm to hot days and cool evenings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.

Checklist

Suggested Items:
•Light fleece top
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather (See also "What to Take" and "Local Dress" sections of this dossier)
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Sport sandals
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries
•Watch or alarm clock
•Money belt
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine,
Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect
repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Optional Items:
•Camera and film
•Reading/writing material
•Binoculars
•Pocketknife
•Water bottle
•Cover for backpacks

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•USD/EUR cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your CEO where the closest laundromat is. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Detailed Trip Notes

REGIONAL INFORMATION

Climate
Egypt is renowned for its excellent outdoor living climate. The winter months are from October to March and are characterized by cold nights and pleasant days. Summer is from April to September and starts off with increasing dry heat and dust. It rains generally only for short time shots in the period from beginning of November and until March.

Local Currency
The official unit of currency in Egypt is Egyptian pounds (L.E.).


Electricity
Egypt uses 220V, 50Hz. and plugs are two prong rounded.

Language
Arabic (in Egyptian dialect) is the only official language of Egypt even some troops speaks Nubian or barbarian language throughout certain parts in the south or the west of the country.

RAMADAN 2012:
Depending on the lunar cycles, around July 21st for a month. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non muslims throughout the day.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

The currency used in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).

ATMs are found within main cities in Egypt and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible as while there is no hard and fast rule, some banks seem to only work with one brand of card. Please note, your bank will change a fee for overseas withdrawals.

Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars are all easy to exchange to the Local currency. Please note that you should bring some cash with you for emergency situations but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix.

If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 1996, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

No departure tax

Tipping

Egypt has a very strong tipping culture - it is customary and even expected to tip small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, taxis and van drivers. Tips are regarded as an essential means of supplementing income for those working in the tourism industry. Even though this might not be customary to you, nor such common practice in your home country, it is generally expected and of great significance to the people who will be assisting you during your travels. A recommendation for tipping small service providers is about 3-10 USD per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. To assist you with your tipping, On Day 1 of your tour Your G Adventures Experience officer will be handing out to you a tipping kitty Sheet with suggestions for whom to tip and how much to tip .

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

Nothing compulsory but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt but it is not normally found in the areas where we travel.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit, hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Trip Specific Safety

Like anywhere in the world, major cities have areas safer than others, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings and mind your personal belongings.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

Both men and women should always dress modestly. This means that skirts/trousers should be at least below the knee, and shoulders and the tops of arms should be covered.

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