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Introducing Egypt

Discover the highlights of Egypt.
A truly legendary destination, Egypt conjures images of pharaohs and kings, sphinxes and pyramids. The nation is a vast, arid desert at the top of Northern Africa, populated mostly around the life-giving Nile River that bisects it.

You'll feel Egypt’s history in the labyrinthine street markets of Cairo and the towering minarets of its mosques. You'll see it in the temples of Luxor and the waterfront fortresses of Alexandria. It’s further exemplified in Abu Simbel, the site of two great temples built 3,000 years ago as monuments to Pharaoh Ramses II. And of course, you see it in Giza, where ancient Egyptians built their famed pyramidal tombs to inter their monarchs for eternity.

When is the best time to visit?
You’ll find the most pleasant weather in Egypt between October and April. This being a desert nation, the summer months (June through September) can be oppressively hot, especially if you venture down to Luxor and further south to the temples of Abu Simbel near the border with Sudan. Know that December and January are peak tourist months and the Easter period is popular too—try to book your trip as far in advance as possible, no matter when you plan to visit.

Where should you go?
It wouldn’t be a visit to Egypt without spending time in Cairo—and not just to see the Great Pyramid of Giza. Egypt’s capital is massive in scope (it’s home to about 20 million people), and there’s a cultural experience every corner. For incredible views head to the top of Mokattam Hill, where the Saladin Citadel fortress overlooks the city. If you want to experience more of the country—and you should—it’s a straight shot north to the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, while in the south you’ll find impressive archeological sites at Luxor and Abu Simbel.

How many days do you need?
To really experience Cairo and make an excursion to the Great Pyramids of Giza, you'll want to spend a minimum of four or five days in the area. In a week, you can see the pyramids, explore Cairo, and make a side trip to Luxor and/or Alexandria. Spend longer than a week and you can see all of the above plus make an excursion to the southern border and see the impressive Abu Simbel temples. If you solely plan to visit Giza's pyramids, you could technically do so in two or three quick days—this is a whirlwind experience, and we highly recommend spending more time.

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The Sphinx
Map of Egypt by Land and Sea: Cairo, Luxor, & the Nile - 10 Days
Egypt by Land and Sea: Cairo, Luxor, & the Nile - 10 Days

On this 10-day tour of Egypt, enjoy the sites by land and sea. Begin in Cairo to visit the pyramids and the Sphinx. Then, fly to Luxor for some sightseeing, before boarding a multiday cruise along the Nile, with stops in Edfu and Aswan. Then, disembark and fly back to Cairo to tour more of ancient Egypt, including the churches and mosques of Old Cairo, along with the old market of Khan El Khalili.

Cairo
Map of Explore Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days
Explore Egypt: Cairo, Alexandria, & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days

On this weeklong tour of Egypt, explore two regions: Cario and Sharm El Sheikh. Begin by visiting the ancient pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza. Then, take a day trip to Alexandria to tour the catacombs, citadel, and more. Next, fly to Sharm El Sheikh for a grand safari to Dahab and a beach day at the Red Sea, before returning to Cairo for a final tour of ancient Egyptian landmarks.

Alexandria, Egypt
Map of Discover Cairo, Alexandria, and Siwa - 10 days
Discover Cairo, Alexandria, and Siwa - 10 days

Venture to some of Egypt's most intriguing destinations as you travel from Cairo to Alexandria and then to the western oasis of Siwa.  You'll marvel at the great pyramids in Giza and the treasures of ancient rulers in The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo.  For a further exploration through history, you will visit Greco-Roman sights in Alexandria and its library — which was one of the largest and most significant intellectual centers in the ancient world. In Siwa, you can continue your adventure with a safari or sandboarding.

Cairo
Map of Egypt Culture Tour: Cairo, Giza, & Alexandria - 5 Days
Egypt Culture Tour: Cairo, Giza, & Alexandria - 5 Days

Anchored in Cairo, this five-day trip offers exploration of all the best parts of the Egyptian capital city, and beyond. Begin with a tour of the Egyptian Museum to discover ancient antiques and an extensive King Tut exhibit. Then, visit the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza. Take a day trip to Alexandria to discover the catacombs, citadel and library, before returning back to stroll Old Cairo.

Giza Pyramids
Map of Best of Cairo - 4 Days
Best of Cairo - 4 Days

On this quick, eventful journey, experience the best of Cairo. Tour the Egyptian Museum, which includes antiques that date back 5,000 years, followed by a visit to the famous Cairo Tower. Then, enjoy a concert in Giza surrounded by the pyramids and the Sphinx. Next, tour the Old Cairo churches, mosques, and market stalls, and enjoy delicious Egyptian fare.

Market street
Map of Luxury Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, & More - 9 Days
Luxury Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, & More - 9 Days

Experience some of the most popular sites of the ancient world in style on this nine-day Egyptian luxury tour. You'll start off in Cairo, then cruise down the Nile to visit towering temples, elaborate tombs, and other monuments as you travel in style.

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Fortified walls and towers around the medina in Fes
Map of Egypt & Morocco Highlights: Cairo, Nile River, Fes, Marrakech, & More - 15 Days
Egypt & Morocco Highlights: Cairo, Nile River, Fes, Marrakech, & More - 15 Days

You will arrive in Cairo, where you'll explore the pyramids and Egyptian Museum, before enjoying a three-day cruise along the Nile River with stops at various temples and tombs including the Valley of Kings, Karnak Temple, and more. You'll also sail along the Nile to Aswan and then return to Cairo for your transfer to Casablanca and then Fes, where you'll have two days to discover the bustling medina and picturesque architecture in Fes. After spending one night at Agafay Desert Camp, you'll travel to the red city, Marrakech, where you'll have a few days to visit the city's medina, enjoy a hot air balloon, visit the famous Majorelle Gardens, and much more.

An aerial view of the Wadi Rum desert
Map of Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Nile River Cruise, Amman, Petra, & more - 11 days
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Nile River Cruise, Amman, Petra, & more - 11 days

You'll start your trip in Cairo—where you'll visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum—before departing for a three-day cruise along the Nile to many of Egypt's most famous temples in Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo. You'll also set sail along the Nile River to Aswan and then return to Cairo in time for your flight to Amman in Jordan. After one day in Amman, you'll travel to the ancient rose-colored city of Petra for one night before enjoying a desert tour through Wadi Rum and then returning to Amman for your final night.

A sailboat on the Nile River at Aswan
Map of Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Nile River Cruise, Amman, Petra, The Dead Sea, & more - 12 Days
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Nile River Cruise, Amman, Petra, The Dead Sea, & more - 12 Days

This cultural tour will start in Cairo, where you'll explore the bustling city and visit the Pyramids of Giza, before embarking on a three-day cruise on the Nile River during which you'll visit Egypt's most famous temples including Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Horus Temple, and others. You'll then set sail on the Nile River to Aswan before returning to Cairo in time for your flight to Amman in Jordan. In Amman, you'll do a tour of this historic city and visit the Jerash Ruins, and then travel to the ancient city Petra for one night before enjoying a desert drive through Wadi Rum and spending your final night at the Dead Sea.

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Egypt By Land and Sea: Cairo, Luxor, & the Nile - 10 Days
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Trip Reviews for Egypt

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Trip of a Lifetime to Egypt and Jordan and # 1 Bucket Item Destination, Petra · Egypt - Feb 2 - Feb 11, 2020

Traveler: Sara P. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

I had pretty much planned out my trip to Egypt and Jordan on my own, when I decided to contact kimkim to see what assistance might be available. I had used kimkim to help plan a trip to Myanmar which was incredible -far beyond my expectations - and so I decided to use kimkim again for on the ground support in Egypt and Jordan.

I am so glad I did - everything went like clockwork. From the moment we were picked up at the airport in Luxor until we were deposited at the airport in Amman at... read more

I had pretty much planned out my trip to Egypt and Jordan on my own, when I decided to contact kimkim to see what assistance might be available. I had used kimkim to help plan a trip to Myanmar which was incredible -far beyond my expectations - and so I decided to use kimkim again for on the ground support in Egypt and Jordan.

I am so glad I did - everything went like clockwork. From the moment we were picked up at the airport in Luxor until we were deposited at the airport in Amman at the end of the trip, it was an incredible journey. Our guide for the Luxor to Aswan portion of the trip, Mahmoud, was terrific. His vast knowledge of Egyptian mythology and history was inspiring and we very much appreciated his guidance and willingness to share with us what life in Egypt is like today for the people who live here.

Likewise with our guide Hisham in Cairo - and here I would like to put in special thanks for Hisham and the other support staff in Cairo. I managed to contract the dreaded TD for a couple of days in Cairo and the support I received was fantastic, from constant checking in to make sure I was okay, help in obtaining antibiotics and the like. Egypt was far more interesting and exciting with the support of Ibrahim and his colleagues than it would have been on our own.

We then flew to Amman, also with the help of Ibrahim. We were met at the Amman airport and whisked through border control like celebrities. The next morning, we met our guide and driver, Abou, whose support was priceless. We talked about what we wanted to do and he strongly suggested that we alter our plans to include an overnight stay in Petra, which we were able to do and which greatly enhanced that experience. Again, Abou's willingness to share with us his life, and what it is like to be Jordanian, greatly enhanced our experience.

Thanks to everyone who helped us along our two weeks in Egypt and Jordan - it was exactly what we wanted, and more.

James

Really enjoyed our week in Egypt our guide on... · Egypt - Feb 7 - Feb 14, 2020

Traveler: James D. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Really enjoyed our week in Egypt our guide on the cruise was Mahmoud and we had Achmed in Cairo. Both did an exceptional job with their explanations and organisation. Can highly recommend the program Ibrahim put together for us , I just now wish we had had more time.
Thanks to everyone involved.

Loved our trip to Egypt · Egypt - Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2020

Traveler: laura y. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

My family and I went to Egypt for around 10 days and visited Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada. We visited a lot of Temples and historical sites, went on a Nile cruise on an incredible vessel, and stayed in incredible hotels throughout the holiday. Everything from transport to the itinerary was scheduled and planned very well by Kimkim. Communication from the staff was very professional and we always felt taken care of.
Our guides Mohammad Samir and Mahmud Kamal were extremely... read more

My family and I went to Egypt for around 10 days and visited Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada. We visited a lot of Temples and historical sites, went on a Nile cruise on an incredible vessel, and stayed in incredible hotels throughout the holiday. Everything from transport to the itinerary was scheduled and planned very well by Kimkim. Communication from the staff was very professional and we always felt taken care of.
Our guides Mohammad Samir and Mahmud Kamal were extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly, and we learnt so much from them. We're very thankful to them for making our trip so enjoyable and one we will never forget!