Tourism is immensely important to Egypt and is part of
their history. Indeed, the first tour operator, Thomas Cooke, saw the need
for guided and escorted tours to Egypt well over 100 years ago with his tours on
the Nile for the elite. So Egyptian's value tourism and look after the
tourism business as well as visiting tourists because it is important to the
economy and the person on the street.
Egypt has been a safe destination for tourism for years. Despite the other situations
in Iraq, in Israel and in Palestine, tourism in mainland Egypt (the Egypt of the
Classical tours) remains unaffected. The Egyptian people, the vast majority who
are thoughtful and moderate in their views, like Americans enormously...we're so
very similar when it comes to friendliness, warmth and we share the same,
sometimes silly, sense of humor.
And, of course, the way
the Egypt Magic tours are organized -- private and escorted -- maximizes
personal safety. You travel in a private car, with 2 Egyptians: your private
Egyptologist guide and your driver. You are as inconspicuous as it's possible
for a Westerner to be. Your guide & driver are both in constant cell contact
with our offices throughout Egypt...our staff will know where you are almost
every minute of every day.
The United States
Department of State has issued no new travel warnings, advisories or alerts for
Egypt. The most recent issuance from the State Department concerning Egypt was
as part of the general
US Govt Travel Advice. Under the current world conditions the State
Department's recommendation, and the recommendation of our Embassy in Cairo is:
maintain a discrete profile, avoid large crowds or demonstrations, be alert
about your surroundings and generally exercise prudence...and this is excellent
advice no matter where or when you travel.
Air travel continues to
be safe, both internationally and within Egypt. And the security precautions
the Egyptian government has had in place to protect tourists since 1997 are
impressive. There are metal detectors at the entries to all the sites, and at
the hotel entryways plus you might see sniffer dogs and might be prevented from
driving directly to the hotel entrance unless your vehicle passes a stringent
inspection. You will see the military presence everywhere and over-the-road
travel between certain cities tourists frequent is by army escorted convoy. And,
consequently, there have been no problems in mainland Egypt.
Tourism is one of the
country's most important sources of hard currency, and besides not wanting any
untoward incidents, Egypt is pragmatic and wants in no way to jeopardize a vital
economic benefit. And, quite frankly, I would never want to send guests over to
my favorite destination in the world if I didn't have an excellent expectation
that their time spent would be thoroughly and completely wonderful
We travel to Egypt regularly and are able to offer our
advice and observations. Of course unless we are satisfied that guests
will have a great time then tours are not reccommended.
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