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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.

Egypt Travel Insights

The Sphinx
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
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
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.

Cairo
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.

The Nile river
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.

Alexandria, Egypt
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.

Egypt Travel Maps

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Egypt By Land and Sea: Cairo, Luxor, & the Nile - 10 Days
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Egypt Culture Tour: Cairo, Giza, & Alexandria - 5 Days
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The Best of Cairo - 4 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Egypt
Travel specialist Ibrahim Elaref
active 5 hours ago

Ibrahim Elaref

I have been working in the tourism field for more than 11 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 Lena Sluga
active 7 hours ago

Lena Sluga

When I was 18, I decided to leave Germany for Australia. After a few years of globetrotting, I moved to Jordan. During my first time in this beautiful country, I lived and worked in Aqaba. But as...

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Travel specialist Sherif Khalil
active 46 mins 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 Carmen Scholten
active 6 hours ago

Carmen Scholten

My passion are the local people of Jordan and I love to share this with you. The Jordanian culture is a very welcoming and peaceful, which makes that I love to live in this beautiful country....

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Trip Reviews for Egypt

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Patrick

A great experience with people dedicated to making your experience anxiety free. · Egypt - Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: Patrick R. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We were very pleased with our experience in Egypt and would recommend your firm without any hesitation. It was reassuring to us as first-time visitors to know there was always someone to meet us and help us navigate our transition from plane to hotel, particularly at the Cairo airport, which lacks adequate signage for wayfarers. The accommodations were first rate, and we received a double upgrade at the Four Seasons at Sharm el Sheikh. Dalia was our favorite guide. The Egyptian Museum is... read more

We were very pleased with our experience in Egypt and would recommend your firm without any hesitation. It was reassuring to us as first-time visitors to know there was always someone to meet us and help us navigate our transition from plane to hotel, particularly at the Cairo airport, which lacks adequate signage for wayfarers. The accommodations were first rate, and we received a double upgrade at the Four Seasons at Sharm el Sheikh. Dalia was our favorite guide. The Egyptian Museum is probably incomprehensible without a knowledgeable guide like her, and we really appreciated her efforts to face us as she spoke instead of speaking to the windshield of the vehicle as at least one of our greeters did. It was also nice that she was very attentive to us and minimized conversations on the phone while she was with us. Our trip was a great value and a great experience.

We had a fantastic trip. Everyone was excelle... · Egypt - Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2019

Traveler: Sara I. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

We had a fantastic trip. Everyone was excellentl. Our tour guides Shimaa and Saladino were amazing and very knowledgeable and friendly. Zein was great and very organised. Our drivers were excellent. Everyone we interacted with was polite and helpful and very friendly. They all tried to deliver our dream trip. No request was too hard. We loved every crazy minute of it. But Egypt was the star. What an amazing place. Thank you to Ibrahim and all your people for a fabulous experience xxx Fred and Sara Iezzi

Egypt · Egypt - Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2019

Traveler: Derek W. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

The trip was great. Everything was well organized, and the guides were very knowledgable and flexible. Highly recommended.