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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 2000-year-old Roman amphitheater in Alexandria, Egypt
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.

A safari adventure in the Siwa Desert
Map of Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure Tour - 10 days
Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure Tour - 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.

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.

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.

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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On the beach at Sharm el Sheikh
Nile River Cruise & Red Sea Getaway - 10 Days

If you love boats and beaches, this 10-day adventure around Egypt is tailormade for you! Featuring a multi-day cruise down the Nile River with the chance to tour ancient temples along the way, plus several days in the idyllic coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, this itinerary offers a great mix of outdoor activities and cultural sightseeing. Relax by the Red Sea, enjoy sunset views on the Nile, and tour the best museums of Cairo: this well-rounded trip has it all.

An aerial view of the Wadi Rum desert
Egypt & Jordan Cultural Tour: Cairo, Amman, & Petra - 7 days

Venture to the Great Pyramid of Giza, climb to the top of Petra's largest temple, see Dead Sea Scrolls in person, go for a safari tour in Wadi Rum: these are just a few of the adventures that await you on this thrilling 7-day itinerary around Egypt and Jordan. Start with a few days in Cairo learning about Egyptian culture and history, then cross the border to Amman to begin your journey around deserts and Roman ruins.

Luxor Temple
History & Culture of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, & Aswan - 7 Days

In just a week, this action-packed itinerary takes you to Egypt's top historic and cultural attractions. You'll see the Great Pyramid of Giza, ancient temples at Karnak and Luxor, and fascinating antiquities at Cairo's Egyptian Museum. One particular highlight of the trip is a journey to the iconic temples at Abu Simbel, an ancient site that was dismantled and rebuilt on higher ground in the 1960s to make room for the Aswan High Dam.

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Trip Reviews for Egypt

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Chris

Above & Beyond Excellence! · Egypt - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2021

Traveler: Chris M. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We can’t say enough wonderful things about KimKim’s team and all their personal touches that made our trip to Egypt wonderful! Ibrahim and Amr made our trip to Egypt from the beginning process of designing it, to getting us home safely, seamless and stress free! Amr helped create our dream trip to Egypt from Cairo seeing the Great Pyramid’s to cruising the Nile, visiting all the temples to swimming in the Red Sea in Hurghada. They were patient and very flexible with accommodating our every... read more

We can’t say enough wonderful things about KimKim’s team and all their personal touches that made our trip to Egypt wonderful! Ibrahim and Amr made our trip to Egypt from the beginning process of designing it, to getting us home safely, seamless and stress free! Amr helped create our dream trip to Egypt from Cairo seeing the Great Pyramid’s to cruising the Nile, visiting all the temples to swimming in the Red Sea in Hurghada. They were patient and very flexible with accommodating our every wish (and we changed them several times!).

When our daughter tripped and broke her ankle in the Valley of the Kings, they went above and beyond to get us doctors, x-rays, a cast and of course a wheelchair and crutches for everywhere we went! A special thank you to Mohamed Kamal, our guide during that difficult time taking such good care of us!

When we thought our trip was going to be cut short, KimKim’s team once again seamlessly took care of everything and we were able to finish our cruise of the Nile, visit all the amazing temples, from Edfou all the way to Abu Simbel to swimming in the Red Sea in Hurghada.

Ibrahim and Amr’s handpicked teams were truly excellent in their knowledge of history and their abilities to take care of all our needs. From meeting us at the airport and expediting visas and immigration (thank you Mahmoud!) to navigating doctors for our daughter in Luxor, to teaching us the history of Egypt, and finally getting us home safely with those much-needed COVID tests results in time for our departure! We always felt safe and well taken care of!

The KimKim team was truly excellent! Nour our guide in Cairo; Mohamed Kamal on our cruise and in Aswan; Zain who helped us to Hurghada and a very special thanks to Amr for putting it all together!

Thank you everyone for the wonderful and incredible trip and the lifelong memories and friends we made!

The Maravilla’s

Returned home from an EPIC journey to Egypt. ... · Egypt - May 12 - May 23, 2021

Traveler: Nick R. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Returned home from an EPIC journey to Egypt. Amr & Ibrahim helped plan an amazing trip for me and my wife for our 11th anniversary and it was one of the best trips we have every taken. I rarely use trip planning services as I like to do most of the work myself but with this trip, everything was executed perfectly. No wasted time. Perfect mix of sightseeing and relaxation. Would HIGHLY recommend this service to anybody wanted to visit Egypt and maximize their time in country.

Best Egypt experience possible! · Egypt - Nov 22 - Nov 29, 2020

Traveler: Kelly F. - Local specialist: Sherif Khalil

What can I say? This trip was truly magnificent and everything I dreamed Egypt would be. Safe, secure and incredibly tailor made just for us. The customer service was exemplary and our guide was a master Egyptologist, Mohamed. He has a true passion for his people’s history and an incredible educational background as well. We started in Luxor on a cruise aboard the Senesta St George Nile Cruise boat. It was absolutely magical cruising along the Nile. Very clean, well appointed and lots and... read more

What can I say? This trip was truly magnificent and everything I dreamed Egypt would be. Safe, secure and incredibly tailor made just for us. The customer service was exemplary and our guide was a master Egyptologist, Mohamed. He has a true passion for his people’s history and an incredible educational background as well. We started in Luxor on a cruise aboard the Senesta St George Nile Cruise boat. It was absolutely magical cruising along the Nile. Very clean, well appointed and lots and lots of food! Luxor itself is so jam packed with ruins that it would take months to see them all. We were able to see a few and the highlight for us was Karnak temple. Awe inspiring is the only way to describe it. Mohammed thoughtfully showed us the important aspects of each ruin. We learned how to decipher some hieroglyphics and also speak some Arabic with him. We went to Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Kom Ombo Temple and many more with Mohammed as our guide. It was an absolute pleasure. We have a friend for life in Luxor, Egypt now. Anyone from age 6-96 would love a tour with him. Next we went back to Cairo and visited the pyramids of Giza and it was truly surreal. All of our accommodations were beautiful. We were whisked from destination to destination with a private driver, security and guide. We even had a coordinator at the airport. Our coordinator spoke English and Spanish which was great too! As someone that usually plans their own trips and does everything by themselves it was a breath of fresh air to have EVERYTHING done for us. At the end of our trip, Sherif, the owner, even came by our hotel to meet us. What a gentleman. Loved this trip with all our hearts! ❤️🇪🇬🇺🇸❤️ Thank you Sherif, Dunes and Beyond, Mohamed and all the people that served us with the utmost care in this trip.

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Sherif Khalil, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kelly,
It is really pleasant to know that you and Edgar have enjoyed your Egypt trip with us. We will convey your nice words to everyone.

We are all waiting to see you again in Egypt in the near future.

Best,
Sherif