What’s the budget for doing the Lesser Pilgrimage during the Holy Month?
by Dominika Maslikowski
Umrah can only be arranged through an agent authorized by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj, but that does not mean that one trip fits all. Like any type of travel, the cost of an Umrah package can vary widely depending on type of transportation, accommodation, amenities and how many days are spent in Mecca and in Medina. Egypt Today polled local agents for a sample of this year’s deals.
LE 2,400. Misr el Mahrousa offer, bus to Mecca, accommodation not included.
LE 8,400. Misr Travel package (8 nights in Mecca, 3 in Medina) in the first 10 days of Ramadan
LE 19,200. Misr Travel package (10 nights in Mecca, 4 in Medina) in the last 10 days of Ramadan
LE 34,590. Tres Jolie Voyage package w/5 nights in Mecca and 9 nights in Medina
Ehab Kamal, manager at Mahrusa Travel Agent for Umrah and Hajj, says prices for food and other necessities in Saudi Arabia are nearly the same as in Egypt, and recommends that pilgrims budget about LE 300 (around 150 Saudi riyals) as pocket money for each day of their trip.