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The great Pyramids of Giza.
updated 6/9/2009 11:14:49 AM ET 2009-06-09T15:14:49

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Through September

The deal
From the Red Sea to the Nile, a trip to Egypt is a once-in-lifetime adventure. With the affordable tour options currently available, why not visit the birthplace of one of the world's greatest civilizations? Consider these outstanding editor-vetted specials to the land of the pharaohs, starting from only $399!

Egypt 9-night budget tour from $399
This 9-night tour of Egypt’s ancient wonders is perfectly suited to wallet-conscious travelers. Your itinerary begins in the bustling capital of Cairo, where you’ll have time to explore the world-famous bazaar of Khan el Khalili and chat with locals in the city’s ancient sheesha cafes.

From there, you’ll continue on to the Great Pyramids of Giza, built by the kings in the 4th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. Other tour highlights include visits to the botanical gardens of Elephantine Island, excursions to the twin temples of Abu Simbel, and the chance to view the imposing Colossi of Memnon standing guard over the ancient Theban necropolis near Luxor.

Starting at just $399 per person, this GAP adventures tour includes simple hotels and local transportation, by coach bus and train, as well as daily breakfast and guided tours. The next departure is July 17, with additional tours available throughout 2009.

Egypt 6-Night tour with flight from $1,692
This 6-night journey begins in Cairo, Egypt’s bustling capital. Next, you’ll fly to Aswan, where you will board the M/S Lady Diana Nile Cruise and embark on a 4-day cruise exploring the river basin’s renowned ancient sites. Various departures are available this September at a cost of $1,692, including international airfare; land-only tours are available from $1,071.

Splendors of Egypt 11-night itinerary from $1,799
This 11-night excursion through the ancient land of the Pharoahs includes a 4-night cruise aboard the upscale MS Nile Symphony and guided sightseeing excursions from the Red Sea to Cairo. Tour highlights include visits to the Great Pyramids of Giza and King Tut’s tomb, as well as a relaxing 2-night sojourn at a posh Red Sea beach resort. Book this vacation by June 26 to save up to $1000 per couple. Rates start at just $1,799 and cover airfare, comfortable hotels with private bath, and tours led by a licensed Egyptologist.

The dollars
Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Summer temperatures in Cairo often reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, yet traveling during this season will help you escape the crowds.

Taxes and fees are additional.

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