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1. Posted by NatalieT (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

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I'm 53 and want to book a tour of Egypt with a smaller group (no more than 25 people). Want to include Alexandria and Abu Simbel as well as the usual Cairo, Nile River, Luxor, Aswan, etc.
Mid price range? Any ideas for good tour company??

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3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Egypt has 2 price systems, tourist and local. Mid-price range is pretty much cheapest tourist and highest local price range, it is very difficult to book a custom fit tour in that price range. Travel agencies dealing with foreign tourists on an international level usually only deal with custom-fit tours when the price is high enough (high-end tourist). You can try to contact Travco, which is the real big shot among Egyptian tour companies, but I don't have much hope they will respond.

Your best hope would be IMO a small Egyptian travel agency located in Cairo, Aswan or Luxor. Here the problem is to find somebody reliable. Another option is to organise everything yourself, but for this I would strongly recommend that the person doing it has been to Egypt before - as a backpacker, not a package tourist.

You should also detail what you are willing to put up with - do you want a big modern air-conditioned bus or would a smaller, older with defunct air-con where you are all crammed in arse to cheek work too? How do you feel about cockroaches in your room? Do you need aircon in your room? Is it ok to you if the bathroom is clean, but definitely older than 15 years? Should all entry fees to sights be included or excluded? Do you want a nile cruise on a cruiseship or would sailing on a felucca do?

4. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 7y

Hi Natalie,

There are numerous local and international companies running tours in Egypt that cover the places you have mentioned. It really is going to depend on what style of trip you want ie: backpacker, 3* hotels, nile cruises vs felucca, that kind of thing.

For a good spread of options I would recommend you could look at: Oasis Overland, Imaginative Traveller, On The Go Tours who all run regular 'middle of the road' trips with small groups, hotel accommodation (with air con), good food and local guides and the prices are good too.

At a local level I have used the tour desk at the Havana Hotel in Cairo with much success. The staff there have worked for some of these international companies before starting up their own. Otherwise you can search for 'tour companies egypt' or similar, and find pages and pages of agents.

It is pretty easy to get around Egypt independently, safely and comfortably but not if you are budget conscious. Like t_maia says there is a local price and a tourist price which is very true! (I fall into the 'ex-tour leader who speaks Arabic price which is in the middle of the 2 :) ). Cheaper and less stressful to join a organized tour as such and then you don't have to worry about what you are paying all the time and what you should do when you bump into a ticket seller who speaks no English. Just make sure you compare the included and excluded highlights of the different packages so you compare apples to apples re the price and ask for a list of prices for the excluded activities to help with the budget.

I am heading back up there at the end of the month myself to do some more diving! Yippee!!

Good luck!
Tania