Hi, this year is my turn to organize a family vacation. I’ve decided on either Greece or Egypt because we all seem to want to go there. We’re a canadian family of two parents and two daughters (15 and 19)
Here is my problem. I’m usually pretty good at finding trips on the internet but I can’t seem to do it this time. I want to take us away for 15ish days but I can’t seem to do that without spending thousands and thousands of dollars per person.
Is it better to purchase a tour or organize a visit myself? Does anyone have any credible websites that can help me out? I didn’t think it was unrealistic to spend less than 5 grand per person going to either one of those countries but apparently I was wrong. Help please?

Family vacations in Greece or Egypt?
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  • October 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    My husband and I went to Egypt for 10 days in 2007. We’ve never been to Greece, so I can’t comment on that, but can give you a few tips on Egypt. We found that the big expense was airfare to get there. Once you are there, as long as you book reasonably priced hotels, the rest was cheap. Meals are relatively cheap compared with the US and you can bargin with everyone — taxi drivers, souvenir shops, etc.

    – Check Expedia or Travelocity for the best airfare into Cairo. Then go to that airline’s website and buy — it should be a bit cheaper.

    – You don’t need a tour if you are reasonably comfortable as a traveler. We found that English-speaking taxi drivers were plentiful, and they all want to be your driver for the day and take you to major sites. Hiring a taxi driver for the day if much, much cheaper than taking a tour. And you’d have essentially the same experience. We hired local guides for 2 days, and found that they gave us a simple overview and then gave us free time to wander the sites. We could have made do with a guide book and a driver. Tip: Get a driver from a good hotel, and they will speak good English. It cost around $35-40 / day for the 2 of us, and they were willing to take us anywhere. If you get a random taxi off the street, they will be at least $10 cheaper per day, but probably won’t speak good English.

    – We spent 3 nights at Le Meridien Pyramids in Giza. It was $109 a night for the upgrade for pyramid views. We loved the hotel and found it a good base to see the Giza Pyramids as well as take a day trip to see the pyramids at Saqqara and Dahshur. The Giza Pyramids and Sphinx were the highlight of our trip!!!

    – We bought internal airfare tickets from Egypt Air to go from Cairo to Luxor for around 150 USD. It’s easy to find taxis to take you from the airport to you hotel.

    – You can spend 2 days in Luxor. One day on the east bank visiting Luxor temple and Karnak. The ther day on the west bank visiting the temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of Kings, and the Valley of Queens. Again, use a taxi to save on the cost.

    – We got tickets from Luxor to Abu Simbel via Aswan also from Egypt Air, and then used a local taxi to take us to the Abu Simbel temple. We also hired a local driver to take us around Aswan for the afternoon, as Egypt Air forces a long stopover.

    – We stayed at the Sofitel Karnak for about $110 a night. Decent hotel by the Nile with a great pool, but the service left something to be desired. Check http://www.tripadvisor.com/ for a full review.

    – If you don’t want to spend the money on the trip to Abu Simbel (which was cool), then substitute a day trip from Cairo to Alexandria, which should be nice.

    – We spent a few nights in downtown Cairo, and splurged on the Grand Hyatt. You can definitely find cheaper accommodations than that, although it was a nice hotel. Cairo downtown has good sights as well — the Egyptian Museum, Citadel, several large mosques, and the bazaar.

    – Note that the locals around the tour sites can be aggressive in trying to take your picure for a fee, or selling you their guide services. Be forceful / confident in saying NO.

    Good luck!

  • October 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    i am not saying this because i am Greek but Greece is much more beautiful than Egypt. Santorini island was considered last year by Travel Channel the 2nd top destination in the world. Also Greece has the most blue flag beaches in all of Europe. Blue flags are given to beaches that are clean, beautiful and organized. Also we have sooo many islands here that you will never get bored of them. Each island looks different than the other and has a whole different character to it.

    My advice is spend 15 days in the islands of Greece, and about the money, it cant definetely not be above $5,000 — a ferry from one island to the next doesnt cost more than 30 Euros a person. The only thing you have to do is plan the islands you want to visit and book hotels rooms. Because in the summer seasons many hotel rooms can be packed with tourists.

    Islands i would suggest:

    Santorini
    Aegina
    Mykonos
    Paros
    Milos
    Rhodes
    Crete
    Zante
    Corfu
    Cephalonia

    However Egypt is much cheaper than Greece so if you want to save money, go to Egypt then. But if you are asking if you can go to Greece with less than 5,000 then the answer is that you can if you find the right islands and hotels at reasonable prices.

  • October 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    Why don’t you visit your local travel agent. Well $5000 that will be about RM14K – RM15K that will be enough for 2 people to spend 15 days in Egypt if you are from here – without shopping – just the airfare and hotel.

    Honestly I have never use any website to travel further than Thailand – I used it just to book hotels. I normally stay with people I know outside Thailand – once I book through internet my stays in the US of A (what I did -browsed and compared the prizes and that was good, nothing went wrong with it). I guess to book hotels you can use the service I get my tickets from my local travel agents – easier.

    Anyone near you has ever travel to either one? You could talk to them about it – they migh give you some ideas. Anyway most travel agents will draw a decent plan for your trip –
    this is sort of package for them – good for their business.

    Good luck.

  • October 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    It is better to purchase a tour from a tour agency.
    Visiting Egypt is a must if you have not visited it before cause you will see things that are unlike anything else in any other place.
    A tourist agency will take care of all the details and all bookings of transportations, hotels, Nile cruises etc.
    Enjoy your trip.

  • October 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    i think being Canadians you Will have more fun in Egypt as it will seem SO different (i have been to both countries b4)

  • October 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm
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    WELCOME

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