IT’S BEEN A WHILE, NILE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET EGYPT - CE­LESTE MITCHELL

The veil of un­cer­tainty has lifted from Egypt and trav­ellers are re­turn­ing to the cra­dle of civil­i­sa­tion in num­bers higher than in 2010, the year be­fore the “Arab Spring” re­sulted in a com­plete shut­down of tourism.

G Ad­ven­tures has seen num­bers to Egypt and Jor­dan more than dou­ble over the past two years while 2018 saw Scenic re­turn to Egypt af­ter a five-year hia­tus, with for­ward book­ings strong through to 2020. Cater­ing to the de­mand, Emi­rates re­cently un­veiled a new lounge at Cairo In­ter­na­tional Air­port, open to Emi­rates first­class and busi­ness-class cus­tomers as well as plat­inum and gold mem­bers of Sky­wards, the air­line’s loy­alty pro­gram.

“Trav­ellers are in­creas­ingly seek­ing des­ti­na­tions that can of­fer some new el­e­ment, whether it be new cul­tures, an­cient his­tory or nat­u­ral won­ders, and Egypt has them all in spades,” Scenic jour­ney de­signer An­gela Fer­res says.

With lux­u­ri­ous ships and itin­er­ar­ies tak­ing in ma­jor sites in­clud­ing Val­ley of the Kings, the pyra­mids and Sphinx, a cruise is one of the best ways to ac­quaint your­self with the mythol­ogy, his­tory and wonder of Egypt. Sail away on one of these Nile cruises.

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