Egypt: If you go

Last modified: Sunday, February 12, 2012
If you're mulling a trip to Egypt, here are some things to keep in mind:

Getting there: Flights out of Boston are about $900 per person round-trip coach, and about $700 out of New York. If you need miles to reach elite status, this is a good deal. If you have reward miles to use, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at availability.

Tours: Tourism is down a good 75-80 percent, so you’ll find sales galore via Google. Abercrombie & Kent (abercrombieandkent.com) is the gold standard, though. Its Splendors of the Nile itinerary is 50 percent off at a base of about $3,700 per person for 11 days – no less than the Four Seasons in Cairo and the Sun Boat IV on the Nile (the best of the cruise ships). Some trip insurance is included. It is simply impossible to do better. Tweak and customize for an additional fee.

Tour alternative: For those averse to organized travel, email Mohamed Ossama at mlkossama@hotmail.com, an independent Egyptologist with great skill and enthusiasm.

Insurance: Visit insuremytrip.com for additional insurance, but read the fine print – understand that most policies don’t cover civil unrest or terrorism. If you’re worried about getting home in such a case, explore a membership in Global Rescue (globalrescue.com) right here in New Hampshire.  They provide a range of medical, transport and security services.

STEP: Register your itinerary in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. The State Department will know exactly how to find you in a crisis (unrest, natural disaster, etc) and emails you any advisories.