As tourism in Egypt starts picking up again, Ya’lla Tours USA is enticing travelers with new, more affordable tour options that still offer the luxury aspects the brand is known for.
“Since the revolution in Egypt, we’re seeing more budget-minded travelers going to Egypt,” says Ronen Paldi, president of Ya’lla Tours USA, so, “we have introduced two new programs to Egypt for 2012 [that cater to this market]. Both include the must-see sites of Egypt such as the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo, the Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. The programs also use moderate accommodations (four-star as opposed to our usual minimum five-star accommodations in Egypt) and substitute one domestic flight with an overnight train ride (in a sleeper car) between Cairo and Upper Egypt.”
On the company’s new 9-day Around Egypt itinerary, for instance, participants can enjoy visits to the Oasis of Faivum, the Wadi el Ryan Nature Preserve and Alexandria, as well an overnight train trip on a sleeper car from Luxor to Cairo with dinner and breakfast. Rates for this tour start from $1,450 after a 15 percent discount from published rates, valid through September 2012.
Meanwhile, the company is also offer a 12-day Affordable Egypt itinerary with highlights that include a 4-night Nile river cruise with all meals on board, overnight train in a sleeping car from Aswan to Cairo with dinner and breakfast, as well as visits to the Temple of Horus, Temple of Sobek and Temple of Philae, Alexandria, the catacomb and Montazah Gardens. Rates for this tour start at $1,795 pp after a 15 percent discount from published rates, valid through September 2012.
“Despite making some changes to lower prices on our new Egypt programs, we are never going to be the cheapest option,” notes Paldi. “All of our overland touring in Egypt (as opposed to touring from a Nile cruise) is privately escorted, and our published programs always include private transfers, escorted touring by licensed guides, daily breakfast and hotel taxes. Our guides are the best in the business.” He adds, “Travel agents can rest assured that our first concern is the satisfaction of their clients. Throughout the booking process, we work with the agent to develop just the right program for their clients.”
And for any travelers who may still be unsure about traveling to Egypt, Paldi stresses, “Tourists are not in danger in Egypt. Egyptians know very well that their country relies heavily on tourist income, now more than ever.”
For more information on these and other itiernaries offered by Ya’lla Tours, call (800) 644-1595 or visit yallatours.com.