Another notable tour operator is looking to bring travelers back to Egypt: Goway Travel is promoting the country's attractions after a year of relative peace.
Egypt's tourism industry, which employs 12 percent of Egyptians, has been "devastated" by three years of revolutions, the operator said in a statement, during which time demand for travel to the country has plummeted. Hotel and tour occupancy rates have hovered at 15 percent.
Protests however, fell in the lead-up to May’s election, and there have been some positive effects for those still willing to make the trip. Visitors have seen an unusually crowd-free Egypt through much of 2014. Attractions such as the Giza Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings are no longer surrounded by a "sea" of tour buses and snapping cameras. Goway believes that Egypt has been a safe and stable destination for most of 2014, and looks set to remain so for the foreseeable future.
Many of Goway's classic Egypt tours include Cairo, the Giza Necropolis, and a visit into Upper Egypt including the Luxor and Karnak Temples. Goway also sells extensions to Abu Simbel to see the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari. The company also sends clients to Egypt’s Red Sea resort towns, along with Alexandria, ancient home of the famed Royal Library, survived today by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Another ancient tradition to have made a comeback is the Dahabiya, a traditional Nile river boat. With only six to eight cabins, these vessels are often dubbed ‘seven stars on the Nile.’ The country can also be done on a tighter budget, with nine-day classic itineraries starting at just under $1400.