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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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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.

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

Enjoy Egypt by land and sea on this lively 10-day tour. Start in Cairo and visit the pyramids of Giza, then fly to Luxor and board a boat for a cruise down the Nile River, stopping to tour temples and ancient sites along the way. Several days later, you'll circle back to the capital city to spend more time learning about Cairo's Islamic heritage, exploring mosques and museums, and shopping for souvenirs in the old market of Khan el-Khalili.

Spires on the skyline of Cairo
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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.

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

Venture to some of Egypt's most intriguing destinations as you travel from Cairo to Alexandria to the western oasis of Siwa. In the first part of the trip, you'll marvel at pyramids and temples, see pharaohs' treasures in the Egyptian Museum, and visit one of the largest and most important intellectual centers in the ancient world. Then move on to Siwa for outdoor adventures, including a safari tour.

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.

The Nile river
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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

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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...

Temple of Hatshepsut
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7 Days 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...

Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile River
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, travelers can choose from a range of itineraries: combine a tour of ancient...

The Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir-al-Bahri) in Luxor
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14 Days 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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The Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza
Best Time of Year to Visit Egypt

The best weather in Egypt falls between October and March, and the peak tourist season occurs from December to February. While the off-season may be lighter on your wallet—and light on the crowds—the trade-off is high heat, which can be unbearable in the summer months of June through August. Read on to find the season that's best for you.

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 strategic trips to book to make the most of your time. While the shorter, five-day tours incorporate the top historical highlights, from the Pyramids of Giza to cruising along the Nile River, with more time, you can also explore beaches, deserts, and even cross over into a second country.

Cruise down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan
Ultimate Egypt: Cairo, Nile River Cruise & the Red Sea - 14 Days

Cultural highlights, river cruising, and a beach vacation combine on this unforgettable two-week Egyptian adventure. Starting in Cairo, you'll marvel at the Great Pyramids and explore the city's world-class museums before flying south to Luxor, capital of the ancient pharaohs. Shift gears and board a scenic cruise down the Nile River to Aswan, exploring temples and tombs along the way, then head to the coast to end your journey on the gorgeous Red Sea beaches of Sharm El Sheikh.

Egypt Travel Maps

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5 Days in Egypt - 3 Unique Itineraries
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Trip Reviews for Egypt

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Egypt & Jordan Adventure
Egypt | Jan 16 - Jan 28, 2023

Violet
Violet T.
South Salt Lake, UT | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2023

My husband and I booked a 12-day trip to Egypt through KimKim/contracted with Egypt Promotions and it was the best trip we could’ve ever imagined. Ibrahim helped plan the itinerary and I took most of his recommendations since I was unfamiliar with the best places to visit. From the moment we landed in Cairo & throughout the trip there was always a representative waiting to take us to our hotel/destination. We never had to wait for anyone and we never felt lost or confused. Our tour guide in... read more

My husband and I booked a 12-day trip to Egypt through KimKim/contracted with Egypt Promotions and it was the best trip we could’ve ever imagined. Ibrahim helped plan the itinerary and I took most of his recommendations since I was unfamiliar with the best places to visit. From the moment we landed in Cairo & throughout the trip there was always a representative waiting to take us to our hotel/destination. We never had to wait for anyone and we never felt lost or confused. Our tour guide in Cairo, Mostafa, was so cool, informative, patient, friendly, and knew the best spots for photos. The Farah Nile Cruise was absolutely amazing and I can’t say enough great things about the boat, staff, food, service. Abanob was our tour guide in Aswan and Luxor and he made us feel safe and was extremely informative. He was well educated and provided great facts and insights and I know we wouldn’t have had the same experience if we visited the sites alone. There was one night that my husband and I ventured off alone in Luxor city and it was overwhelming with the aggressive street vendors. This brief experience gave us a bigger appreciation for the tour guides and drivers. Yazeed was our driver and guide in Jordan and we loved his calm and friendly demeanor. He provided the needed information and gave us the time we needed to enjoy each stop. We never felt rushed with him. Despite the numerous destinations, cities and hotels, moving through each one was seamless and there’s no way we could’ve planned this kind of adventure on our own. Everything was absolutely wonderful and the only things I’d mention is that I would’ve liked to have more time and opportunity to visit the small street vendors. We were always told to avoid them and their cheap souvenirs but then we were taken to specialty shops that charge much higher prices and it’s obvious the guides received commission for our purchases. Also, at the end of the cruise our tour guide had us give him the envelope with the boat crews tips instead of putting it in the box at the front desk which is standard protocol. I would like to think that the money was given to the boat crew but not sure why I couldn’t give it directly to them.

Hotel Reviews
Hyatt Regency Cairo west
cairo

Perfect hotel to start our trip. The room was nice, the bed was comfortable, the staff, gym, bar, restaurant, and coffee shop were great.

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Farah Nile Cruise
cairo

A wonderful three days on the Farah Nile Cruise. The beds were comfortable, food was great, and I can't say enough great things about the entire staff. They were extremely professional and courteous and attentive.

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Top notch staff!
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Le Méridien Cairo Airport
Cairo

Bed was comfortable and the Lebanese restaurant was good. I wish I could remember the name of the waiter at the lunch Buffett because he was so nice and even hand-picked an array of desserts since my husband couldn't decide.

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Movenpick Petra Resort
Wadi Musa

Perfect location. Right across from Petra's entrance. Nice and quaint and the bed was comfortable (always the most important thing).

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Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
Wadi Rum

This camp is so dreamy. I give the location, atmosphere, and restaurant 5 stars. The only downside is the that the bed was hard and uncomfortable and the top blankets smelled that they hadn't been washed for a while.

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Khaled was great on our 4x4 tour!
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Beds were hard and top blankets smelled
Fairmont Amman
Amman

Perfect hotel to end the trip. It felt very upscale and grand and I appreciated the huge tub to soak in before the long flight home. Also, very comfortable bed and professional staff.

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Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Unforgettable Adventure of Egypt &Jordan
Egypt | Jan 18 - Jan 31, 2023

parisa
parisa y.
Burbank, CA | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2023

The trip to Egypt and Jordan was organized for us very nicely. Mr. Ibrahim planned an itinerary based on my requests and gave me options for hotel and cruise boat options and then booked the ones as I chose. The team on the ground, tour leaders and drivers were all great and well organized. I highly recommend using them as Egypt and Jordan require guides to be explored and enjoyed. This team made it unforgettable. read more

The trip to Egypt and Jordan was organized for us very nicely. Mr. Ibrahim planned an itinerary based on my requests and gave me options for hotel and cruise boat options and then booked the ones as I chose. The team on the ground, tour leaders and drivers were all great and well organized. I highly recommend using them as Egypt and Jordan require guides to be explored and enjoyed. This team made it unforgettable.

Hotel Reviews
Mazayen Rum Camp
Al Dissi

Great accommodation in the dessert. Nice, clean with great food and great staff. Highly recommend

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Petra Guest House
Wadi Musa

Fantastic, clean and modern hotel right by trail to Petra. Amazing staff and great food.

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Novotel El Borg
cairo

Great hotel and great location. Other than hotel restaurants, there were not many other food options around but it is on the Nile with walking distance to museums so very centrally located.

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Farah Nile Cruise
cairo

This is absolutely beautiful boat with an amazing staff. Choose this one. You won’t be disappointed.

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KaiSol Romance Sahl Hasheesh
Hurghada

Hotel is beautiful and on a perfect stretch of the sea

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The hotel was located 20 min by car to city so nothing around it.
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Concorde El Salam
cairo

Hotel had a nice lobby area but rooms are old and mattress was sagging so uncomfortable. Close to airport for convenience. There are no food options around hotel other than it’s own restaurants.

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Activity Reviews
Abu Simbel - Kom Ombo
Egypt

Even though it was a long drive to get to it was one of the most amazing temples we saw. Definitely worth it

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West & East Bank Luxor
Luxor

Luxor was amazing

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Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Egypt is amazing but it's worth understanding what you get
Egypt | Jan 8 - Jan 19, 2023

Tom
Tom F.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

I think KimKim as a platform is quite good - we had good responsiveness from the local agency.

Egypt is a truly amazing place and I think, overall, the trip was a good success. I would not really hesitate to recommend KimKim or Egypt Promotions (EP) to work with.

There were, however, a few glitches and recommendations I can offer. EP does a nice job of having a lot of people interact with us in terms of transportation - we had a glitch on the initial meeting at the airport and needed... read more

I think KimKim as a platform is quite good - we had good responsiveness from the local agency.

Egypt is a truly amazing place and I think, overall, the trip was a good success. I would not really hesitate to recommend KimKim or Egypt Promotions (EP) to work with.

There were, however, a few glitches and recommendations I can offer. EP does a nice job of having a lot of people interact with us in terms of transportation - we had a glitch on the initial meeting at the airport and needed to have data and phone working to communicate with them. In our trip from Luxor, the rep was totally unaware of us not having tickets (booked by EP) and was completely unprepared to do anything about it - that was a bit of a shit show. Otherwise, the trip managers were cordial and helpful.

The guides we had were quite good. We had a private trip and the guides let us adjust as needed. Shahenda in Cairo and Muhammad in Aswan/Luxor were very knowledgeable with good English and good energy. Sha in particular know just what pictures to take and was really delightful to work with.

We did a driving trip to Alexandria - not sure that was entirely worth the extra time. The driver was almost falling asleep at the wheel at some points which was, obviously, disconcerting. We could definitely spent more time at the library in Alexandria visiting the planetarium, seeing the movie and visiting the exhibits.

Definitely do the dhabiya - it's a nice way to break up the trip between being inundated with facts and incredible sites and just relaxing and chilling along the beautiful Nile river. It would behoove EP to offer upgrades - we definitely had a luxury experience (the hotels were simply amazing) but one of our party would have liked the opportunity to book the "suite" room on the dahabiya and paid a bit extra.

We'd also suggest to EP to offer more details and options for the difference locations and let the guide work with the travelers to plan the day out. It seemed several days were pretty much planned out and then ended fairly early.

Tipping is always a bit of a mystery and, while EP gave us guidance for drivers/guides, we were less clear on who and how much to tip the trip managers and various other people. The tipping guidelines seemed quite a bit higher than what we read on the internet but I did not think they were unreasonable (e.g. $25/couple/day for the guide).

Lastly, I'd be suspect of the"government stores" and other places the guides take you - I don't really know what "government store" means and at least in Luxor, we bypassed the "cheap merchandise on the street" to go to a "reputable store with high quality goods" and I think that ended up being inaccurate - I believe we got the exact same goods on the street for about 1/2 the price as in the store. We bought an Egyptian cotton red sweatshirt that pills so bad it's unwearable.

So it may sound like we were not happy with the trip but that is NOT accurate. We DEFINITELY think you need to use a guide company to do this trip unless you speak fluent Arabic. EP was quite good, on time, provided good vehicles and very good guides, so I really do not hesitate in recommending them.

Hotel Reviews
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at First Residence
Giza

Really nice hotel but in a neighborhood where there's not a lot you can really do. The breakfast buffet is really nice but with ANY buffet, it gets really old really fast - no more than 2 days... Rooms were great, view was great but I'd take an Uber to go out to eat and skip the restaurants associated with the hotel.

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Great soap, large room, nice bed.
Steigenberger Cecil Alexandria hotel
Alexandria

Great location next to the water. The hotel was very nice, breakfast adequate, not great. Try to get to Delices pastry shot nearby - outstanding.

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Elevator was classic.
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Lots of things to see right in the neighborhood.
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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
Aswan

OMG is this place incredible. The grounds - gorgeous, the rooms - spacious and lovely. The overall experience was really excellent. Lots of good options in the hotel but, frankly, food was mediocre.

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Dahabiya
Luxor

This was definitely a highlight of the trip. The boat is well appointed, the staff attentive, the food very good.

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Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa
Luxor, Luxor Governorate

Another outstanding hotel. Good location close to the temples and really luxurious accommodations. Loved the pools, rooms was spacious - just a lovely place. The food at the hote, which seems to be a theme for us, was pricey and very mediocre.

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Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref