Central Holidays reports that it is expanding its Egypt travel programs, as well as reaffirming its commitment to the destination with a marketing campaign that launched back in February.
The company said that it expanded its range of travel programs throughout Egypt as demand for the destination has risen, with more requests for new group and independent bookings in Egypt over the past few months.
“The outlook for travel to Egypt looks bright with pent-up demand from many who have been yearning to visit the destination,” said Board Member Tewfik Ghattas in a written statement.
In 2018, Central Holidays is launching two new itineraries in Egypt. The nine-day Journey to Antiquity tour (from $2,169) explores Cairo; visits Tutankhamen’s tomb at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; and includes a three-night Nile cruise through Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Guests are also able to visit the temples in Karnak and Luxor; sail onboard a traditional “felucca” for a view of Kitchner’s Island Botanical Garden and the Agha Khan Mausoleum; and visit Giza’s Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, the temples of Kom-Ombo and of Edfu.
The other new itinerary, the 10-day Egypt: Crossroads of Cultures and Faiths (from $1,099), likewise visits the Great Pyramid; Sphinx; and Tutankhamen’s tomb at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Guests will also see the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world and visit Sainte Mary Church in Maadi, as well as cruise the Nile and visit the High Dam, the Granite Alexandria Quarries with the Unfinished Obelisk, and the Temple of Isis at Philae. There will also be chances to sail on board a traditional Egyptian sailing felucca; visit the West Bank necropolis including the Valley of the Kings, the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon; explore Alexandria, and admire the Roman catacombs and Pompey’s Pillar.
Central Holidays is also spotlighting its most popular itineraries in Egypt, returning for 2018:
Stars of Egypt -- Seven Days from $769: Guests on “Stars of Egypt” will see the pyramids in Giza and the treasures of Tutankhamen, as well as Cairo. There will also be a Nile cruise to see Aswan High Dam and the Colossi of Memnon.
Pyramids, Pharaohs & Paradise -- 11 Days from $1,600: This 11-day adventure includes both land excursions and a three-night cruise on the Nile River where explorers will visit The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, and temples devoted to Ramses II, Nefertiti, Horus and more. In Cairo, travelers can shop Egypt's largest bazaar or dine at cafes along the Nile River. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities showcases replicas of Pharaonic Era treasures and items from King Tutankhamen's tomb. There will also be a chance to relax with a four-night stay at El Gouna/Soma Bay.
Navigating the Nile -- 12 Days from $3,199: Travelers on “Navigating the Nile” will journey to Cairo and head out to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx; fly to Luxor and board a modernized Dahabeya for a relaxing week of sailing the Nile River; explore The Valley of the Kings where the treasures of King Tutankhamen were first discovered in 1922; and the Valley of the Queens with the Temple of Ramesses III and the Colossi of Memnon; delve into the city of Edfu and its Temple of Horus built between 237 and 57 BC; venture on to the double temple of Kom Ombo, constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty of 180-47 BC and then get to know Aswan; visit Cairo, shop Egypt's largest bazaar, or dine at cafes along the Nile River.