Key Tours is offering 16 percent
on land portions to destinations like Luxor.
For clients seeking customized trips to Egypt, Key Tours
International has been providing clients with expert guidance for
16 years. Specializing in FIT and escorted packages, the company
offers personalized service and convenience that extends from
clients to agents. Their level of accommodation and cuisine,
combined with individual attention, makes FIT travel desirable for
first-time or repeat visitors. Currently, agents can take advantage
of an uptick in interest to the area.
Nigel Osborne, executive vice president, Key Tours
International, said customer demand for more tailor-made trips
encouraged the company to expand their brochure with the Discover
“Our new products reflect our commitment to the travel agency
community and the changing travel patterns,” said Osborne.
Recent business to the region has been up over 25 percent, with
group inquiries for 2009 steadily increasing.
Tour guides customize itineraries to help visitors absorb 7,000
years of history while traveling through Cairo, seeing the Pyramids
or embarking on a Nile cruise.
“Our destination experts in Egypt have extensive information on
our clients and can anticipate their needs,” said Osborne.
University-trained experts in Egyptology, Key Tours guides are
selected for each client according to the depth of knowledge
requested. The new, deluxe Discover program excels at cultural
immersion. Three themed customized itineraries give those looking
for a unique and in-depth sightseeing experience a more detailed
journey. To celebrate the company’s anniversary, Key Tours is
offering 16 percent commission for land portions.
On the five-day, four-night Memorable Cairo tour, clients design
their own program, including the famous Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, the
Egyptian museum, the Saladin Citadel and the fascinating El Khalili
Bazaar. Guides recommend local restaurants where clients can sample
authentic cuisine. A tour to Qaroon Lake and the Fayoum oasis
precedes a felucca (boat) ride around the waterfall in Wadi Al
Rian. Osborne recommends clients journey from the Bahariya oasis to
the Black and White deserts, where the striking landscapes provide
The Egyptian Jewels program expands on the attractions in Cairo
and includes two additional nights in Luxor and Aswan. Stunning
sights range from the Sound and Light show at Karnak Temple to
viewing the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the Temple of Queen
Hatshepsut. A private guide leads a tour of the High Dam, the
Temple of Isis and the unfinished Obelisk. A day can also be spent
admiring the monuments of Abu Simbel.
For those wanting to sail the Nile, the nine-day, eight-night
Egyptian Treasures package spends four days on a cruise touring the
West Bank with continuations to Edfu and Kom Ombo. A Galabaya party
and dinner followed by a Nubian show onboard provide nightlife
excitement at sea.
All Discover packages boast accommodations in luxury or boutique
hotels, private transfers, a welcome drink, buffet breakfast daily,
exclusive dining, flexible private touring and expert local guides.
A travel funds protection program, which holds all funds in escrow
until travel is complete, also gives clients peace of mind.
Six additional programs are available, with a selection of Nile
cruises to suit all styles of travel. Osborne suggests lesser-known
destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh, a Red Sea resort and Saint
“It’s a long journey but a private guide and car will make it
worth it,” he said.
Key Tours offers personalized services for agents, including
partnering with destination experts, which gives reassurance that
customers are provided with correct information. Agents are offered
co-op advertising and marketing support, including Web product help
and e-mail marketing. Training and fam trips can help agents become
better acquainted with the area.