In the past I have always booked my vacations myself, purchasing the flight and hotels separately and directly. My guidebook suggests it is often cheaper in Egypt to book air and hotel together through a travel agent- is this really the case? Can a travel agent really get lower airfare than me booking directly on the EgyptAir website? I assume the savings must come from the hotel booking.
For example I am interested in flying direct from NY to Cairo, staying at either Longchamps or Oberoi in Cairo, then flying to Luxor and staying at the Jolie Ville. Does anyone think I can do better than booking these things directly myself with the airlines and hotels?
On a related note, I tried getting prices from Orbitz, Travelocity etc, for the Jolie Ville, but the websites never show availability for rooms with 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 6 and 9) . Maybe there are no such rooms, and we need instead to get two rooms? Normally we just get one room with two beds and add a fold-up bed.