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Monday, July 2, 2012

Money Saving Tips to Travel to Egypt

If you're planning a trip to Egypt, here are some great travel tips and some money saving secrets to help make your Middle East adventure a success.

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When it comes to traveling to a foreign country, it pays to partner with the best in the business, people who know where to go, what to see, and what to do in the region. The licensed travel guides at America Israel Travel (AIT) have years of experience operating escorted tours to Egypt which are second to none. Whether you are traveling alone or as part of a group, AIT offers the best value for your money, allowing you to discover the ancient secrets of Egypt at prices you can afford. So fasten your seatbelt as we take off and get an up-close view of what an AIT trip to Egypt entails.

Your first money saving tip begins even before you set foot in the Land of the Pharaohs. To cut costs on your dream trip to Egypt, book your travel dates early with America Israel Travel or take advantage of AIT's reduced combination rates, all-inclusive packages, and the 5% per-person discount offered when you make reservations for six or more passengers. Traveling during the off-season is another great way to save money.

Next, decide which of AIT's many affordable tour packages to the region best suit your budget. Fortunately, you'll have many options to choose from, including:

  • 4-Day Cairo Extension Tour
  • 8-Day Classical Egypt Tour (including Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan)
  • 7-Day Cairo and 3-Night Nile Cruise Tour
  • 15-Day Into the Promised Land Tour (taking you through Egypt, Jordan, and Israel)
  • 13-Day Egypt Tour including a 7-Night Nile Cruise
So how can you begin to enjoy the best that Egypt has to offer without breaking the bank? A great place to exchange your local currency for Egyptian currency is at the Cairo International Airport where you will be met by an AIT representative. While most major hotels accept credit cards, cash is the preferred mode of payment, and tipping in Egypt is expected by Egyptian waiters, taxi drivers, bellhops, porters, and even the ladies manning the public toilets. If you don't want to be milked for your money on account of looking and sounding like a tourist, it's also a good idea to pick up some basic Egyptian-Arabic language skills. Fortunately, when you travel with AIT you'll be treated not only to first-class accommodations but to first-class transportation, meaning you won't have to worry about hailing a cab or getting lost trying to find your way around the country.

By far one of the greatest benefits of traveling to Egypt with America Israel Travel is that every step of your trip is planned by industry leading experts who are masters at crafting itineraries tailor-made to your interests and needs. No matter which Egyptian attraction you visit, its rich history will be further enhanced by the expert knowledge of your friendly AIT guide, allowing you to intimately connect with the geography, history, and religion of the land. Of course, you'll also receive plenty of personal attention and great tips on where to find the most affordable Egyptian restaurants and where to locate the best Egyptian beaches to work on that beautiful Middle Eastern suntan.

If you are traveling to Egypt alone and are looking for inexpensive ways to experience Egyptian culture, a great money saving ploy is to simply enjoy the sight of the towering Egyptian pyramids from a distance. Fortunately, if you are part of an AIT group, your admission and tour expenses to the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and other famous pyramids are all included.

During your free time, check out Cairo's medieval market, Khan-el-Khalili, where you can find cheap souvenirs, jewelry, spices, and more. Walking through the marketplace is free, and your AIT travel guide is the perfect person to offer you some advice on how to haggle like a local in order to avoid paying exaggerated tourist prices.

For a bite of Middle Eastern cuisine which won't take a bite out of your wallet, try these deliciously inexpensive eating-out options in Egypt:

  • Eat falafel for breakfast, lunch, supper, and as a nutritious snack
  • Buy cheap locally grown fruit such as heavenly mangos, melons, and guavas
  • You can get a great inexpensive seafood meal for the whole family at seafood restaurants located inside the local fish markets
Finally, no trip to Egypt is complete without a cruise down the Nile River, the world's longest river which dates back to Biblical times. For an unforgettable journey into the past while you enjoy all the luxurious amenities of the present and the future, check out AIT Nile cruises today.

This is a sponsored post from America Israel Travel. If an Egyptian vacation is in your future, make sure to check them out. You can also find them on
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