Two Weeks In Egypt At Two Hotels For $2,000
BudgetTravel just posted a special all-inclusive, 13-night package to Egypt - $1,999 per person - courtesy of Foreign Independent Tours. The price buys you airfare out of New York, local flights to your various destinations in Egypt, a four-night cruise, and a bunch of other perks. They're covering most meals, taking you on a bunch of tours that hit a bunch of highlights, and even hooking you up with an English speaking tour guide.
There are hotel stays on each side of the cruise, first at the Oasis Hotel in Cairo and then at the Al Nabila Grand Bay in Hurghada. Both are super-swank establishments and are quite suitable for a trip revolving around pre-planned daily excursions and nighttime spa pampering. The Oasis Hotel, just a few miles from the Pyramids of Giza, is a functional full-scale nine-acre resort in the middle of the desert. However, TripAdvisor reviews warn against staying in a room closer to the hotel's disco. Also, we're not crazy about that room decor (above.)
A couple of things to watch out for. First, this deal isn't as incredible as it sounds. NYC to Europe flights are dirt cheap right now and flights to the Middle East aren't much more. The cruise part of the package also has the feel of "filling up empty space", since cruises are the about only things cheaper than airfare right now. Plus the final cost doesn't include about $200 in airport fees, and there are additional nickle-and-dime excursions that you'll find tempting.
All that said, as all-inclusive trips go you could do far worse. It's not as much of a bargain as we first thought it would be, but it's still a deal. Just remember that this is Egypt, not Europe so you're going to have to arrange for a visa in advance. And, per the State Department fact sheet, you might die. Carpe diem!
[Photo: Oasis Hotel]