Travelers, despite the recent political unrest in the destination, may have reasons for wanting to visit Egypt this spring, despite the U.S. State Department not yet lifting its travel advisory on Egypt as of early March. Deep travel discounts, for one reason, will be prevalent as both the country’s receptive travel companies and tour operators in the U.S. try to win back visitors. Lack of crowds that normally flock to see the Sphinx, the Pyramids and the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Nile River valleys is another draw. Finally, for those who feel the dangers of civil conflict are over, there is the attraction of wanting to see sites soon after history happened. Tahrir [“Liberation”] Square, which was the site of popular anti-government demonstrations for weeks earlier this year before the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak, has reportedly already become the most popular tourist site in Cairo after the Pyramids.
Several U.S. operators have decided to resume trips to Egypt starting from mid-March to mid-April, while others are taking wait-and-see attitudes, according to the U.S. Tour Operators Assoc. Grand Circle Travel and its affiliated Overseas Adventure Travel, Sunny Land Tours and Abercrombie & Kent have all announced plans to soon resume trips to Egypt. Tauck Tours has indicated it will continue plans for a few spring trips already scheduled to include Egypt, while not yet scheduling new departures on their schedule. Intrepid travelers considering Egypt can learn more about available tour operators to the destination at the U.S. Tour Operators Assoc. web page here.
While most travel insurance companies, despite the State Dept. travel advisory, will sell a policy to travelers heading to Egypt to cover normal Trip Cancellation, Trip Delay and Emergency Medical Coverage reasons, they normally exclude the same coverage for claims due to wars, whether declared or undeclared and civil conflicts. Some policies, however, including comprehensive plans from Travel Insured International, either include or offer optional Political Evacuation services.