I’m just back from the 2015 New York Times Travel Show, where Peter Greenberg from CBS News shared many insights into the state of travel in 2015. He talked about a place that he visited just last week, (January 2015), Egypt.
It’s one of his favorite destinations, and the point he made was that there was NO ONE THERE. Tourism in this fantastic destination accounts for up to 90 percent of the country’s economy, yet Americans and some Europeans have been totally scared off. He said he had museums to himself and no lines waiting for taxis, dinner or any other attractions.
If you have ever thought about going to Egypt, this is your year. Greenberg talked about touring the pyramids at a very early hour. If you can rouse yourself out of bed at 4:30 am, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise over the Great Pyramid with no one else besides a few camels beside you. If you wait until 8 or 9 am, you’ll see throngs…but still no where near the number of tourists as you might have seen three or four years ago.
A British company eshores, has many Egypt itineraries that allow their clients to see many different places such as Nile cruises, beach vacations to Sharm el Sheik, and other excursions. You can find seven day tours to Luxor and Cairo starting at about 595 pounds
Even a package spanning 17 nights, the Complete Egypt Experience, will only set you back about 965 pounds, including the flights from the UK and three nights in Cairo, two nights in Alexandria and a 7 night Nile cruise and five additional nights at the beach. WOW! You can even tailor your trip to change cities to suit your taste.
If Egypt has been on your bucket list (and who doesn’t?) then take Peter Greenberg’s advice and book a trip there. The country is legendary for its hospitality and they need your tourist spending now more than ever!