Now’s the Time for Timeless Egypt

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If there was ever a better excuse to visit Egypt, NOW is the time to go. Tour pricing today offers the best value in decades, and attractions and historical sites are more accessible than ever with fewer crowds and guides eager to offer you the most exciting vacation experience you’ve ever enjoyed.

Security and safety, too, is unprecedented with Egyptian Tourism focusing on kick-starting North American visitor rates back to pre-revolution numbers and ensuring the traveling public that touring Egypt has never been more secure. That same effort is reflected in the warm and eager welcome you’ll receive from the Egyptians themselves—all eager to show visitors that the “new” Egypt is even more hospitable than it’s been in the past.

And the pricing, ah the pricing. G Adventures (formerly GAP Adventures), for example, has an incredible 8-day Best of Egypt program priced at $869. The program includes entrance and guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, entrance and guided visit of the Egyptian Museum, an overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan, a Nubian village visit where you’ll enjoy a traditional dinner, an overnight sailing excursion on a traditional felucca, entrance and guided visit of Kom Ombo and Edfu temples, a visit to the Colossi of Memnon, entrance fees and guided tour by donkey of Valley of the Kings and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, plus a flight from Luxor to Cairo. For more information, visit gadventures.com.

Uber-luxe tour operator Abercrombie  & Kent has quite a few Egypt offerings, including the new 11-day Egypt: A Moment in History, starting at $1,725 pp dbl, which the company says was created so clients can, “experience Egypt at this unique moment in history at an exceptional value.”

With the same high standard of service but fewer inclusions than a standard A&K journey, Egypt: A Moment in History includes all the iconic sites of Egypt: the Pyramids and Great Sphinx, the temples along the Nile, the Egyptian Museum and Cairo, as well as four nights aboard A&K’s Sun Boat IV. Departure dates are available through October 2012. Additionally, check out select departures of A&K’s small-group escorted Egypt journeys, which are now up to 50 percent off published fares. For more information, visit abercrombiekent.com.

IsramWorld, too, has a luxury offering with a 12-day Beyond the Pyramids itinerary limited to just 14 passengers that includes a 3-night Nile cruise aboard the Sonesta St. George—one of the most luxurious river cruise ships on the Nile—visiting Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu and Luxor. There’s also a full-day tour to Denderah and Abydos, an escorted air tour to Abu Simbel, as well as a visit to the Nubian Museum and Nubian Village. The tour is escorted by an IsramWorld Egyptologist/guide. Prices start at $3,520. A plus when booking with IsramWorld is that the tour operator has its own office and team in Cairo. For more information, visit isram.com.

If your clients have ever had the urge to experience one of the most classic and adventurous vacations that features a one-of-a-kind cultural and historical experience, now is the time for them to visit Egypt with no crowds, high value and the best pricing you’ll ever see.

For more on Egypt, click here for the first in a series of three features covering editor-in-chief Rick Shively’s recent visit to Egypt where he toured Cairo, the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada and Luxor.