Date: 2015-06-24 07:06:07
Tags:Money saving ideas
Though Egypt has suffered with a very sharp drop in tourism, which has affected the Nile Valley sites a lot more than the resorts on the Red Sea, those intrepid budget tourists, and/or backpackers, still decide that the Land of the Pharaohs is still somewhere they want to go: even if it means going against their government’s advice. Granted, the amounts that they spend are nowhere close enough to help the Egyptian economy, as tourism used to do, but every little helps.
The one main problem that this type of tourist faces is being ripped off by everyone from the taxi at the airport to the hotel/hostel they are staying in, from the vendors in the streets to the travel company who offer special deals (which never materialise). This is why we have decided to try and help these tourists; these people who are, in their own way, helping our country. We have composed itineraries that are based on what the budget traveller is wanting: cheap hotels/hostels; no Nile cruise; minimal expense; and yet a good deal all-round. Through our network of operatives in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, we have chosen accommodations in hotels that are cheap in price, yet not cheap in quality or service, using feedback from these hotels to find out what guests are really saying. As well as the popular tourist sites that everyone visits, we have also included trips to see the fantastic temples at Kom Ombo and Edfu: usually only seen by cruise boat passengers. Budget tourists normally are “forced” to take the train direct from Luxor to Aswan (or vice versa), missing out on these sites, but we take them by air-conditioned vehicle and they actually get longer at the sites as we do not need to keep to a sailing schedule. This also allows us to include a visit to Abu Simbel in the itinerary as we have saved 3 days by not having a cruise in the package.
The budget packages were designed by listening to what budget tourists wanted, what they did not want, and then incorporating these within a 10 day schedule (the average time for budget travellers to stay in Egypt). This means that we can offer the budget traveller the chance to book his/her whole package before they leave home and that they can be safe in the knowledge that they will be getting a first class service at rock bottom prices.