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Egypt, Air, 6 Nights, Cruise, From $1,299

Sail past the splendors of an ancient civilization on this weeklong stay and cruise.

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A felucca sails at sunset on the Nile River in Egypt.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Cairo on Egyptair, a four-night Nile cruise aboard King of Thebes cruise ship, two nights in Cairo at the Oasis Hotel, 15 meals, all transfers, a domestic Egyptian flight, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $1,299—plus estimated airport and cruise taxes and fees of $320.

When Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011 ($1,299); add from $100 for Oct. 3, 10, 17, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12; from $300 for Oct. 24, 31; from $500 for Dec. 19, 26.

Gateways New York ($1,299); add from $169 for Boston; from $199 for Miami and Washington, D.C.; from $329 for Detroit; from $399 for L.A.; additional gateways available on request.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $320 in airport and cruise taxes and fees and $15 in required visa fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $399. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No book-by date; based on availability.

Contact Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487, foreign-independent-tours.com.

Why It's a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from New York to Cairo starts from $849 with taxes for travel in mid-September (SWISS). Add to that $375 per person, including tax, for a four-night Nile cruise aboard the King of Thebes and $221 per person for two nights at the Oasis Hotel, and you'd be paying $1,445 for just the airfare and accommodations. For just $174 more, this package covers the flight, two nights' hotel accommodations, a four-night Nile River cruise with sightseeing excursions, a domestic Egyptian flight, 15 meals, round-trip transfers, and all taxes and fees.

More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including shore excursions that visit the Aswan High Dam, the Temple of Horus, the Necropolis of Thebes, and the West Bank, for $299 per person. Extend your stay in Cairo from $65 per person per night, based on double occupancy, plus a $50 air supplement. Upgrade your hotel from $50 per person or your cruise from $27 per person.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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