Egypt, Air/10 Nights/Cruise, From $2,199
Cruise the Nile, see the Sphinx and the Pyramids, and lounge at a resort on the Red Sea.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Cairo on EgyptAir; three nights at the Fort Arabesque Resort Hotel in Hurghada, on the Red Sea; four nights aboard the Nile Symphony, sailing from Luxor with stops at the Temple of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Edfu, Aswan, and more; three nights in the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Casino; domestic flights within Egypt; 24 meals; sightseeing activities and guided tours, including an excursion to the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and a visit to the Egyptian Museum; ground transportation; English-speaking tour guides; and fuel surcharges; from $2,199 per person—plus about $115 in taxes and fees.
When Apr. 28, 2011; add $100 for Feb. 3, 10, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 24, Apr. 14.
Gateways New York City.
The Fine Print Does not include taxes and fees of about $115 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $450. A visa is required and can be obtained upon arrival for $20. Travelers must pay a $300 deposit and then a final payment by check or money order, or pay an additional $100 per person. Full payment is due 75 days before departure. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Dec. 30, 2010. After Dec. 30, the price goes up by $500 per person.
Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773, SmarTours.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search for multicity airfare (New York City–Cairo–Hurghada, Aswan–Cairo–New York) returned a lowest fare of $1,380 (multiple airlines). For $934 more per person, this package provides 10 nights' accommodations and the cruise, 24 meals, all tours with an English-speaking guide, ground transportation, and all taxes—plus you won't have the hassle of booking all the tours and transports on your own.
More Upgrade to an upper-deck cabin on the cruise for $129 per person or for $249 for a single. Various optional tours are available during the trip.
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