Tourists are being encouraged to go back to Egypt, even though the political situation is far from settled following the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak. The country’s colorful Minister for State Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, has just begun an intensive promotional tour of the US, in a bid to lure travellers after months of unrest.
Before he left Cairo, Hawass told Ahram Online: “We need visitors to return to this country because without them the funds we need to maintain our sites and museums will disappear and Egypt’s economy will continue to suffer.” He will also argue while in the US that the one million tourists in Egypt at the time of the uprising in January all returned to their home countries safe and sound.
However, stories of foreigners fleeing the violence have not been forgotten, so the charismatic Egyptologist may have to turn on extra charm. Travel companies are anxious to attract travellers back, judging by the cheap prices on the following packages from Tempo Holidays.
Deals on this blog are quoted in Australian dollars. Links for Tempo Holidays worldwide are listed at the bottom of the post. The travel deals are the same. Just the currencies are different.
1. Experience the classic sites of Egypt, savour the flavours of Cairo and cruise the iconic Nile on the seven-day Taste of Egypt tour. Travellers booking for two people before June 30 will receive 40 per cent off the second fare and a free hotel upgrade. This extended offer is for travel until September 25, 2011. Priced from $A1117 per person twin share, the tour includes three nights Cairo accommodation, three nights cruising the Nile, all transfers in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, various meals, porterage and taxes, private and group sightseeing plus internal flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo.
2. The four-day Taste of Cairo adventure includes the great pyramids of Giza, to the mysterious Sphinx and the priceless antique treasures of the Egyptian Museum. A guided private tour brings the destination’s absorbing history to life. Priced from just $A436 per person twin share the package includes three nights hotel accommodation in Cairo, three breakfasts, two lunches, private arrival and departure transfers, two full day private tours and English-speaking guides. The tour is valid for sale and travel to September 28, 2011.
For bookings, contact your local travel agent or Tempo Holidays at www.tempoholidays.com, or www.tempoholidays.co.uk For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For more information, check out Tempo Holidays’ latest specials and promotions.
The average summer temperature in Cairo right now is 37 deg C (99 F).
The US Department of State removed its travel warning for American citizens planning to travel to Egypt on April 28. However it warns that US citizens avoid all demonstrations in Egypt, as even peaceful ones can quickly become violent and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns of frequent demonstrations in Cairo, and also says the situation across Egypt is calm, but unpredictable.
Australia’s government advice is still the following for Australian citizens: A curfew is in place in Egypt between 2am and 5am. These hours are subject to change. You should respect curfew provisions and follow the advice of local authorities. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners. Before heading overseas organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy.
More info on tourism in Egypt: www.egypt.travel/