Package - Egyptian Euphoria (6 Nights & 7 Days)

Package - Egyptian Euphoria (6 Nights & 7 Days)

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Egypt or Misr in local language, is a mystical land, probably one of the few which has history and mythology like India. Their ancient culture is very interesting with Pharaos, Mummies and Pyramids – all different from our culture. A planned holiday to Egypt is unlike most holiday experiences around the world, difficult to forget and a must do! Arabs in Egypt can be of different skin colours depending on their origin. So don’t be shocked to see fair ladies with golden hair speaking fluent Arabic and smoking Sheeshahs (hookas) in lobbies of fancy hotels. Their food is familiar to the non vegetarian Indian palate and there is no alcohol available outside 5 star hotel bars. In many ways the culture is Islamic and in many ways it is western. Cairo like New Delhi has a modern part and an old part (like the Walled city of Old Delhi). In the old part one can see tongas (horse drawn carriages) carrying trading wares from one place to another. The weather in many parts is hot and dry like that in semi deserts. There are many hotels and restaurants along the Nile. However, the main attractions are the museum and the Pyramids of Giza, guarded by the Lion headed Sphinx. Over 4,000 years ago, the mummified bodies of Kings Cheops, Kefren and Mykerinos were ferried down the Nile to be buried and prepared for the journey to the afterlife within these massive monuments. They are amazing in terms of size and one must go inside to see the funerary. A sound and light show here is also recommended. For the first time traveler, a short cruise on the Nile by night is relaxing. The cruise normally offers dinner, runs for about 2 hours and has a belly dancer on board. Those of us who have done short boat cruises in other destinations may not find this value for money. However, the recommended way to see Egypt beyond Cairo and the Giza is by a Nile Cruise up the Nile all the way to Aswan. From the sun deck, one can enjoy spectacular views over green fields and palm groves, slow-moving feluccas, picturesque villages and busy cities – the kaleidoscope of Egypt sparkles wherever you look. From Aswan to Luxor, every stopover brings you into close contact with mythological wonders, world-famous temples, the hustle of everyday life and the bustle of the souks (markets). Many Nile cruises are available depending on how much time and money one wants to spend.
Day 1 : Day 1 :- Arrive Cairo 
Arrive Cairo airport where our local representative will be waiting at the immigration area to welcome & assist you for the airport formalities. Transfer to Hotel and check in 
Meals: NA
Optional: Sound and light show at the Pyramids
Day 2 : Day2: : Cairo
Breakfast at Hotel followed by a half day visit to Pyramids of Giza and sphinx, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Continue to the papyrus institute and bazaars where you will have some time for shopping. Evening: Transfer to Cairo Station to Board the train for Aswan 
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 : Day 3: Aswan 
After breakfast, Visit the Egyptian museum where you will have the chance to see the treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun. Overnight at the hotel 
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA
Day 4 : Day 4: – Aswan – Kom Ombo 
10.00 Sail to Kom Ombo 12:30 Visit Kom Ombo Temple 14.00 Sail to Edfu 18:00 Visit Edfu Temple 20:30 Sail to Esna and Overnight 
Meals: Breakfast on Board
Day 5 : Day 5: – Edfu - Luxor
06.00 Sail to Luxor 11:00 Arrive Luxor After Lunch Visit the Karnak and Luxor Temple 
Meals: Lunch
Optional: NA
Day 6 : Day 6: Luxor - Cairo
Disembarkation after breakfast Visit the West Bank (Royal Tombs at the Valley of the Kings, Dier El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon) Evening: Transfer to the Luxor station to Board overnight train to Cairo – Packed Dinner 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7 : Day 7: Cairo 
Arrive Cairo, after the breakfast our representative will meet, assist and transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight and bid Farwell to Egypt and the new friends you have made. Your fascinating journey comes to an end however you must be sure to visit this splendid country at least once again. 
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA
Egypt:Tourism accounts for about 10% of the Egyptian economy. While leisure travel to the mainland, especially the southern city of Luxor, has dropped dramatically since the start of the Arab spring, bookings from Britain to Sharm el-Sheikh and other seaside resorts had dipped but remained relatively solid.The number of British holidaymakers in the Red Sea resorts has actually risen from last year, according to the travel association Abta. It estimates that there are about 40,000 Britons staying there now.
A spokesman said: "However, we'd expect bookings to be significantly impacted by current events specifically in those areas where the Foreign Office is advising against travel, notably Cairo and Luxor, which account for around 10% of British visitors."Thomas Cook confirmed it was largely business as usual in the Red Sea resorts, which are largely removed from the upheaval.
But excursions to Cairo and Luxor were cancelled and customers planning to holiday there were advised to call to discuss their bookings. The Red Sea's recovery has been underscored by a boom in charter flights from Russia and Ukraine, as well as Germany and Italy.
EasyJet said most seats had been sold for flights in the coming weeks despite the worsening unrest, but said passengers generally booked tickets well in advance for Egypt. The airline said it was allowing people who have booked flights to its Egyptian destinations, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, to change their plans if they wished to do. However, the airline said only a handful of passengers had asked to change flights. A spokesperson said: "It takes a lot to stop the British going on their holidays."
British Airways has changed its schedule and operations to land planes in Cairo at times when passengers and crew can observe the 9pm to 6am curfew. It said the route had remained popular, particularly as many bookings originate in Egypt from people trying to leave. The route from Heathrow, primarily business in the summer months, has also been busy with bookings from foreign media crews. Many passengers transfer to or from the route at the London hub airport.
BA said it would credit passengers who wished to change their bookings to any other route on their network, but has not seen significant demand to do so. A spokesman said bookings were so far normal for the winter, when more leisure travellers join the route.
CAIRO (AP) — Heshmat Youssef used to make a decent living sailing foreign tourists down Egypt's Nile River. Since political unrest flared, business has dried up faster than water in the desert.Riots and killings that spiked after the Aug. 14 crackdown against followers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have delivered a severe blow to Egypt's tourism industry, which until recently accounted for more than 11 percent of the country's gross domestic product and nearly 20 percent of its foreign currency revenues.
The chairman of the Egyptian Airports Co., Gad el-Karim Nasr, said arrivals at Egyptian airports have dropped by more than 40 percent from Sunday through Tuesday compared to the same time the previous week. He said that in the same time frame, 13,000 tourists, mostly from Germany and Italy, have left the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada — with only 3,000 new arrivals.
With the U.S. and governments in Europe advising their citizens to avoid Egypt, the impact threatens the livelihood of the one in eight Egyptians who earn their money from tourism."We want to live in stability and for tourism to come back," said Youssef, who hasn't seen holidaymakers in weeks. "Let us eat already. We are extremely tired."View gallery."Mannequins and dresses are seen on an empty street …Mannequins and dresses are seen on an empty street in the Khan El-Khalili market, normally a popular …The latest shock occurred just as Egypt's tourism industry, which injected more than $10 billion into the economy last year, was slowly recovering from the blow suffered from the 2011 uprising against ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
That uprising already had prompted some U.S. operators to pull out of Egypt.But the drop in U.S. visitors, who favor ancient monuments like the Pyramids outside Cairo and the tombs and temples of the Nile Valley, did not affect the resilient European market. Every year millions of sun-starved Europeans swarm the Red Sea beaches far from the chaos of the cities.Now, the European market, too, is drying up.
Major European travel companies have canceled bookings through October after televised scenes of chaos and European governments' warnings to avoid Egypt.View gallery."An Egyptian shopkeeper sweeps outside his souvenir …An Egyptian shopkeeper sweeps outside his souvenir shop in the Khan El-Khalili market, normally a po …Anja Braun, a spokeswoman for TUI, one of Germany's biggest travel operators, said the company has canceled all trips to Egypt until Sept. 15. Customers can either rebook a trip to a different destination free of charge or get their money back, she said.
Costa Crociere SpA, one of Italy's main cruise operators, has canceled all Red Sea cruises and stops in Egypt through the 2013-2014 winter season."Egypt is the No. 1 tourist destination for Italians," said Massimo Broccoli, commercial director of Veratour tour operator. "Clearly there will be an economic impact."In France, the Association of Tour Operators suspended tours to Cairo, the Red Sea and all other cities until further notice.Even the lucrative Russian market, which accounted for the largest share of foreign tourists at 14 percent, is feeling the effects.
View gallery."An Egyptian man walks in front of a souvenir store …An Egyptian man walks in front of a souvenir store in the Khan El-Khalili market, normally a popular …Planes are still leaving Moscow's airports for Egypt, packed with travelers who already paid for their trips and cannot cancel without a penalty payment. But the Association of Tour Operators of Russia reports that about 30 percent of the advance package tours to Egypt have been cancelled.
However, relatively few Russians, Germans, Italians, Serbs and others who were already at their beach resorts when violence escalated this month chose to leave early. Tour operators in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and Norway did fly hundreds of vacationers back home early — sometimes to the dismay of the tourists who said the resorts were quiet and didn't want to leave.
"We have offered individual solutions for tourists who are worried and want to go home early," said Braun of TUI, which had about 6,000 customers at Red Sea resorts last week. "But so far fewer than 100 tourists have taken us up on the offer and cut short their vacations."
Some hardy souls are still traveling to Egypt, either because they believe they can avoid trouble or because they can't cancel without a penalty."We had already reserved in less stormy times," said Giuseppe Giordano as he waited with a friend to check in Tuesday at Rome's airport for an EgyptAir flight to Cairo. "Newspapers and television often exaggerate. Often, only being there can one really understand what's going on."
View gallery."Romi, 26, waits for customers in his souvenir shop …Romi, 26, waits for customers in his souvenir shop in the Khan El-Khalili market, normally a popular …Those who do venture to Egypt will find restaurants and bars closing early due to a curfew in Cairo and many other areas except the Red Sea. Folklore shows and cultural events have been canceled. Museums are open for just a few hours a day.
"There will be losses on all sides, from the souvenir vendors in Egypt to the hotel and bus operators and airlines to the travel agencies in Germany," said Torsten Schaefer of the German Travel Association. "It's too early to say how high the losses will be, but certainly there will be massive cuts for the population in Egypt and livelihoods will be destroyed."The crisis facing Egyptian tourism flared just as the industry was rebounding: Last year, 11.5 million foreigners visited Egypt, a 17 percent increase from the 9.8 million in 2011.
Egyptian officials, tourism employees and foreign travel agents are hopeful this will happen again once stability returns."Egypt is a remarkable destination that many older Americans have on their 'bucket lists' so there will be pent-up demand for travel there when the time comes to return," said Priscilla O'Reilly of the U.S.-based Overseas Adventure Travel.View gallery."An Egyptian vendor hangs his stuff outside his souvenir …An Egyptian vendor hangs his stuff outside his souvenir store in the Khan El-Khalili market, normall …Pamela Lassers of Abercrombie & Kent USA said that over the years "we have seen many ups and downs in the Middle East" and that the U.S. industry believes that eventually Egypt "will once again be welcoming travelers to the country's many World Heritage sites."
That's small comfort to Youssef, the boat operator who is among the millions of Egyptians who rely on tourism for their livelihood.With the tourists gone, Youssef has taken a job as a security guard at a store. The $43 he earns there each month provides for 10 people, including his wife, their four children and his sister and her three."Everyone is borrowing from everyone," he said. "I swear to God, we are not living."View gallery."An Egyptian man walks through an empty alley in the …An Egyptian man walks through an empty alley in the Khan El-Khalili market, normally a popular touri …Grieshaber reported from Berlin. Associated Press writers Robert H. Reid in Berlin, Michele Barbero in Rome, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Matti Huuhtanen in Helsinki, Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow and Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.


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