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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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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

Anchored in Cairo, this five-day trip 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
Map of Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor, & Aswan - 10 Days
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.

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 significant intellectual centers in the ancient world. Then move on to Siwa for outdoor adventures, including a safari tour.

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
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.

Pyramids of Giza
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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Egypt

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
The Great Pyramid of Giza
Map of 5 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
5 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries

With five days to spend in Egypt, you have a few choices to make. Most travelers want to spend some time in Cairo, visiting the famous Egyptian Museum and detouring to nearby...

Temple of Hatshepsut
Map of 7 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
7 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries

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 Itineraries
10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries

Ten days is an excellent 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...

The Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir-al-Bahri) in Luxor
Map of 14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries

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

Egypt Travel Advice

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The Temple of Hercules on Amman's Citadel
Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Amman to Cairo - 11 Days

Combining cultural landmarks and natural wonders, this whirlwind 11-day itinerary introduces you to the unmissable highlights of Jordan and Egypt. Discover the archaeological hotspots of Amman and Jerash, relax on the shores of the Dead Sea, wander through the ancient city of Petra, and camp under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert. Once in Egypt, you'll check the Great Pyramids off your bucket list before boarding a scenic river cruise up the Nile River to Luxor—stopping to explore the secrets of Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings along the way.

Spend three nights crusing up the Nile River
Cairo & Nile River Cruise: Aswan, Edfu & Luxor - 7 Days

Egypt's ancient wonders await on this unforgettable week-long itinerary. After touring the Great Pyramids in Cairo, fly to Aswan to board a three-night river cruise up the mighty Nile. Visit the famed temples of Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, and Edfu along the way—then disembark at Luxor to discover the Valley of the Kings. Your journey comes to a close back in Cairo, where you'll spend a final morning browsing the treasures of the Egyptian Museum.

Tour the Temple of Karnak in Luxor
Treasures of Egypt & Jordan - 8 Days

From the Valley of the Kings to the lost city of Petra, the ancient wonders of Egypt and Jordan beckon on this 8-day itinerary. Start in Cairo to stand in the shadow of the Sphinx and discover the dazzling antiquities of the Egyptian Museum. After a day trip through the temples and tombs of Luxor, you'll delve deeper into the history of Old Cairo with visits to the Salah El-din Citadel and Khan El Khalili Market. Then it's on to Jordan to discover the Roman ruins of Amman, the red canyons of Petra, and the breathtaking desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

Egypt Travel Maps

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Egypt map: 5 Days in Egypt - 3 Unique Itineraries
5 Days in Egypt - 3 Unique Itineraries
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Egypt map: 14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Egypt map: 10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Egypt
Travel specialist Ibrahim Elaref
active 21 hours ago

Ibrahim Elaref

I have been working in the tourism field for more than 14 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...

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Travel specialist Sherif Khalil
active 19 hours ago

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 Amr Abdel Moneim
active 23 hours ago

Amr Abdel Moneim

I like to provide several itinerary initially for travelers to get a sense of the options that are possible. We then iterate till we find the perfect option for each traveler. We are also always...

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Trip Reviews for Egypt

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Trip of a Lifetime · Egypt - Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2022

Traveler: Pavitra R. - Local specialist: Sherif Khalil

Planning our trip with Mr. Sherif and Dunes and Beyond was very easy. We had planned this trip per-Covid and finally were able to go to Egypt this winter. Mr.Sherif and Kimkim let us postpone our trip for close to two years due to Covid lockdowns. When we landed in Egypt D&B and it’s entire team took extremely good care of us. Ahmed was our airport aide and was always there to help us with luggage and visas. Our drivers: Adil in Cairo and Yasser in Luxor drive us around to the various sites... read more

Planning our trip with Mr. Sherif and Dunes and Beyond was very easy. We had planned this trip per-Covid and finally were able to go to Egypt this winter. Mr.Sherif and Kimkim let us postpone our trip for close to two years due to Covid lockdowns. When we landed in Egypt D&B and it’s entire team took extremely good care of us. Ahmed was our airport aide and was always there to help us with luggage and visas. Our drivers: Adil in Cairo and Yasser in Luxor drive us around to the various sites in very clean air conditioned cars. The cars were also in very good condition. Our tour guides: Sagy in Cairo and Alexandria, and Mohammed in Luxor made our trip. They were both very knowledgeable in Egyptology and helped us understand Pharaonic history. We truly enjoyed our experience with our tour guides. Sagy was just amazing. We felt we were touring Egypt with a friend and not a tour guide, and that made all the difference. We had an amazing trip of a lifetime in Egypt, thanks to D&B and its entire team. Cheers.

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Sherif Khalil, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pavitra,
What a wonderful review to read, I am very pleased you have enjoyed your postponed family trip to Egypt and I will convey your nice words to everyone.
Still there is much more to see in Egypt, make sure you comeback soon 🙂
I enjoyed meeting your family and you in person and very much looking forward to accommodating you in Egypt again in the near future.

Best,
Sherif

George

We would be happy to travel with KimKim again... · Egypt - Dec 10 - Dec 17, 2021

Traveler: George S. - Local specialist: Sherif Khalil

We would be happy to travel with KimKim again, and recommend them to our friends and family. I have had tours from Cambodia and India to Ghana and Mexico, but none better than this.
Sherif was helpful with advance advice and scheduling, as well as printing the necessary documents such as COVID tests for reentry to the UK and USA.
Our Egyptologists (Lina in Cairo and Abdo in Luxor) went above and beyond in every way. They spoke very good English, were knowledgable, warm and enthusiastic, and... read more

We would be happy to travel with KimKim again, and recommend them to our friends and family. I have had tours from Cambodia and India to Ghana and Mexico, but none better than this.
Sherif was helpful with advance advice and scheduling, as well as printing the necessary documents such as COVID tests for reentry to the UK and USA.
Our Egyptologists (Lina in Cairo and Abdo in Luxor) went above and beyond in every way. They spoke very good English, were knowledgable, warm and enthusiastic, and overcame all the challenges resulting from my wife being confined to a wheelchair. If we have the opportunity to return to Egypt, we would be very happy to see them again.
Highlights: The Museum of Egyptian Civilizations builds a narrative of the pharoahs through their mummies while putting pyramids and pharoahs into the context of Egypt's rich and varied cultural history.
Nothing I had read or seen in museums prepared me for the overwhelming artisstic experience inside the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

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Sherif Khalil, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi George,
What a wonderful feedback.
We are very happy you enjoyed your trip, we will convey your nice words to everyone one, they will be very happy to know you left Egypt with great memories.
We look forward to your next visit to Egypt.
Best,
Sherif

Sherif's tour company was EXCELLENT from star... · Egypt - Dec 1 - Dec 3, 2021

Traveler: Kelsey W. - Local specialist: Sherif Khalil

Sherif's tour company was EXCELLENT from start to finish. Extremely well organized, responsive and we learned so much from our Egyptologist guide. We joked that we had the nicest tour van in Cairo and I will absolutely recommend Sherif and his team to anyone planning a trip to Egypt.

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Sherif Khalil, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Kelsey for such a wonderful feedback, It was a great pleasure meeting you in Cairo and hope to see you again in the near future with more trips to Egypt.
Best,
Sherif