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Introducing 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 Luxor's temples and Alexandria's waterfront fortresses. 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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Egypt Tours & Itineraries

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Views from the Nile River
Map of Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 10 Days
Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 10 Days

See Egypt by land, sea, and air on this unforgettable 10-day adventure. Start in Cairo and the legendary pyramids of Giza, then fly to Luxor and take a ride down the Nile River, stopping to tour ancient temples along the way. Circle back to the capital and immerse yourself in Cairo's Islamic heritage as you visit mosques and museums and browse for souvenirs at the 14th-century market, Khan el-Khalili.

The Great Sphinx of Giza
Map of Egypt Cultural Tour From Cairo - 5 Days
Egypt Cultural Tour From Cairo - 5 Days

This five-day trip is anchored in Cairo and takes you to Egypt's top cultural highlights. Begin with major attractions in the capital city, touring the Egyptian Museum to see the King Tut exhibit. Then, detour to Giza to visit the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx and day-trip to Alexandria to explore ancient Roman ruins. Finish the trip back in Cairo, where you'll learn about Islamic traditions and go for a dinner cruise on the Nile River.

Spires on the skyline of Cairo
Map of Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh  - 7 Days
Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days

On this weeklong tour of Egypt, you'll enjoy a mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures. Tour ancient Egyptian landmarks in Cairo, behold the grand pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, and see Roman ruins in Alexandria. Then you'll fly to the coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, venture out on a grand safari around Dahab, and relax by the Red Sea before circling back to the capital city.

Giza Pyramids
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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.

A safari adventure in the Siwa Desert
Map of Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days
Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days

Discover some of Egypt's most historic and exotic locales as you travel from Cairo across the country to the western oasis of Siwa. First, marvel at the great pyramids of Giza, see pharaohs' treasures in the Egyptian Museum, and tour one of the finest libraries of the ancient world in Alexandria. Then continue west to the Siwa Oasis to visit archaeological sites and enjoy a desert safari.

The Nile river
Map of Jewels of The Nile: Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan - 8 days
Jewels of The Nile: Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan - 8 days

Explore Egypt on a luxurious Nile River cruise as you visit Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. Highlights will include visiting the Pyramids of Giza, seeing art and artifacts at the Egyptian Museum, and Karnak Temple in Luxor. As you cruise down The Nile, you will also have time to relax and take in the scenery.

Make the Most of Your Time in Egypt

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
See the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza no matter how long your visit to Egypt
How Many Days to Spend in Egypt

Spanning thousands of years of ancient history, how can you see it all when visiting Egypt? Because Egypt is such a high-traffic tourist destination, there are plenty of...

The Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir-al-Bahri) in Luxor
Map of 1 Week in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week to spend in Egypt, travelers have several great options. Try a highlights tour that takes you to Cairo, Alexandria, and the coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, or...

Ride a camel along the coast of Dahab famous for its sunsets and Blue Hole
Map of 10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days is a perfect amount of time to spend in Egypt. With enough time to explore several regions, you can combine an extended stay in Cairo with a multi-day cruise down the...

The temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt's ancient Nubia
Map of 2 Weeks in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks is a generous amount of time to spend in Egypt. With 14 days, you can focus on Egyptian culture and history, touring the country's pyramids and ancient monuments, or...

Egypt Travel Advice

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Browse the colorful stalls at Cairo's Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Map of Cairo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo: Best Itinerary Ideas

Seven to nine days is the most popular trip length for Egypt travelers interested in visiting Cairo, especially when also including another location like Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, Esna, or Kom Ombo. If you're only headed to Cairo, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in four to five days. For the best itineraries including Cairo, keep reading below.

Combine ancient Egyptian sites with relaxing beach time along the Red Sea
Map of Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that seven to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Egypt trip with stops in both Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop, or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo. Get inspired with our Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh trip ideas below.

Walk around Egypt's massive Luxor Temple, located on the east bank of the Nile
Map of Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna & Kom Ombo: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Egypt and Jordan typically plan a trip for 14 to 15 days when combining Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo with Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and Umm Qais. If you're not interested in Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and Umm Qais, 11 to 12 days is enough for your Amman, Petra, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Esna, and Kom Ombo trip. For the best itineraries, keep reading below.

Egypt Travel Maps

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7 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
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5 Days in Egypt - 3 Unique Itineraries
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10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Ibrahim Elaref
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Ibrahim Elaref

I have been working in the tourism field for 18 years. I born in Luxor and now I live and work in Cairo. I established my own travel company in 2009, and we are now one of the leading tour...

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Travel specialist Sherif Khalil

Sherif Khalil

Working in the travel Industry has been always my dream, I studied at the faculty for tourism & Hotels in Cairo and graduated with a Bachelor degree. During my 4 years at the university, I trained...

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Travel specialist Mohamed Nabil
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Mohamed Nabil

Hi, I'm Mohamed in the travel industry for more than 3years with the aim to provide the perfect holiday to our valued customers as we are specialist in organizing individual tours, groups, Tailor...

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Travel specialist Lareine El Dakhly
active 10 hours ago

Lareine El Dakhly

I'm a native Egyptian and I have lived in Cairo my entire life. I love everything about my country! it's culture, great pharaonic civilization, interesting history, versatile geography and weather...

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Trip Reviews for Egypt

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

First but not last Kimkim trip
Egypt | Feb 7 - Feb 19, 2024

William
William B.
Durham, NC | Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024
This was our first time booking through Kimkim so we didn’t know what to expect. The trip was complicated because it included three countries each with different local specialists: Egypt, UAE, Jordan. Mohamed did an amazing job working with me to get us the tour we wanted. For example, we added the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza and the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi. Our Cairo tour was excellent. Our tour guide Dalia was both knowledgeable and compassionate. She took time to take pictures... Read more

This was our first time booking through Kimkim so we didn’t know what to expect. The trip was complicated because it included three countries each with different local specialists: Egypt, UAE, Jordan. Mohamed did an amazing job working with me to get us the tour we wanted. For example, we added the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza and the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.

Our Cairo tour was excellent. Our tour guide Dalia was both knowledgeable and compassionate. She took time to take pictures of us as we visited the different sites. She even captured the pyramids from the Citadel. Dalia also organized the visit so we avoided most of the crowds and traffic. The driver was highly skilled and helpful.

The sunset on the rooftop restaurant before the sound and light show at the pyramids was magical. The felucca boat trip on the Nile was unforgettable. The Grand Egyptian Museum was well worth adding to our tour. Finally, I appreciated the SIM card which made communication seamless.

Another Mohamed did an excellent job guiding us around the sites in Luxor. We were able to see the important sites in a packed 24 hours.

In UAE, our tour of Dubai was very comprehensive. The driver had a comfortable van and was very punctual. He kindly provided water and even gave us 10 AED so we could take the boat to the Old Souq at our first stop since we hadn’t converted any money yet. The best part was that Navas worked with us to customize our tour so that we didn’t have to spend more time than we wanted at any one site.

We visited in high season so there was plenty of traffic and a long line at the Burj Khalifa. Unfortunately, we were also booked for a visit at 10 PM which made for a long day. The Palm monorail tickets were not included so be prepared for 30 AED round trip if you want to go to Atlantis.

We also did a day tour of Abu Dhabi. The highlight for us was the Louvre Museum and the Qasar al Watan palace. It was great that we could customize our visit so we didn’t spend time in places we didn’t want to visit.
In Jordan, we were only able to visit Petra. Both Oqba who drove us to Petra and Ali who guided us around were highly knowledgeable. We learned more about the history of Jordan than any other country we visited. The natural beauty of Petra was amazing. Ali took us off the normal tourist path to show us the colorful rock formations. He is also an expert photographer and took outstanding pictures.

In conclusion we would definitely use Kimkim again for another trip.

Hotel Reviews
Revier Dubai Hotel
Dubai

Great location and funky decoration.

Authenticity & Character
Very unique decoration.
Location
Near an excellent restaurant and two supermarkets.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Excellent cleaning staff.
Steigenberger El Tahrir
Cairo

The location of the hotel next to El Tahrir square means the rooms are noisy. On the quiet side away from the square we were woken up by barking dogs in the middle of the night. On the noisy front side it was difficult to sleep because of the honking of the cars. The breakfast was excellent as was the cleanliness of the room. The staff was also very helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It is in the center of the city. The down side is the noise.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Mohamed Nabil

Egypt is full of amazing people and history.
Egypt | Feb 6 - Feb 14, 2024

Julie
Julie S.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

We had such an amazing time in Egypt. Egypt has so much history and the people were great.
We were so lucky to have our own private driver - Ahmed - you were amazing!
And all of our guides were extremely friendly and helpful. Mohad, Sayad, Ezzart and Mohamed. They made the culture come alive and made us feel like family. Thank you for a wonderful anniversary trip!

Local specialist: Mohamed Nabil

Amazing trip with Kimkim and Mohamed
Egypt | Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2023

Shweta
Shweta K.
India | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024
We had a very well planned trip with Kimkim and specially our local trip specialist, Mohamed. He patiently worked with us to customize the trip according to our needs and was available on call or message whenever we needed. He put together a great itinerary that included Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Sharm el Sheikh. The guides he arranged for us in all of these places were also very good and knowledgeable, which made the experience richer. We had a minor issue with flights which also... Read more

We had a very well planned trip with Kimkim and specially our local trip specialist, Mohamed. He patiently worked with us to customize the trip according to our needs and was available on call or message whenever we needed. He put together a great itinerary that included Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Sharm el Sheikh. The guides he arranged for us in all of these places were also very good and knowledgeable, which made the experience richer. We had a minor issue with flights which also was sorted out eventually. Definitely a trip that will stay as a cherished memory, Egypt is a wonderland. Thanks to Mohamed, Sun Pyramids team and Kimkim for making it a great experience!

Activity Reviews
Mount Sinai & St. Catherine Monastery
Mount Sinai & St. Catherine Monastery
Sharm el-Sheikh

A difficult trek, but well worth it. The sunrise views from the top of the hill are stunning, and make the hike up worthwhile.

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Trip to Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara with riding a camel
Trip to Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara with riding a camel
Egypt
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Tour to The East & West Bank of the Nile
Tour to The East & West Bank of the Nile
Luxor

The best day of the entire trip for us. Luxor is breathtaking, and the only thing that was a negative was that we just had one day to spend here. Our guide Ahmed Ameen, was the best guide of the entire trip. He made the day what it was with his knowledge, patience and wit. Starting with Valley of Kings and Hatshepsut temple to the beautiful Karnak and Luxor temples, this was easily the busiest and the best day of our trip.

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Trip Hot Air Balloon Ride in Luxor, Egypt
Trip Hot Air Balloon Ride in Luxor, Egypt
Luxor

An early morning balloon ride that lasts for about 45min - 1 hour. It was amazing to watch the Valley of Kings and the temple from above. Totally recommend!

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Edfu, and Kom Ombo Temples
Edfu, and Kom Ombo Temples
Aswan
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Abu Simbel Temple
Abu Simbel Temple
Aswan

An outstanding experience and so worth the 3 hour drive from Aswan. Our guide in Abu Simbel was extremely knowledgeable and patiently explained the history and significance of the temple along with the key things to look for, since guides are not allowed inside. He was amazing!

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Tour to High Dam, Philae Temple, and Obelisk
Tour to High Dam, Philae Temple, and Obelisk
Aswan

Aswan Dam was interesting, and Philae temple was outstanding and so worth it! Unfinished Obelisk was okay

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Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel, and Coptic Cairo
Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel, and Coptic Cairo
Cairo
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Local specialist: Mohamed Nabil