THE 10 BEST Egypt Tours & Excursions

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1. 8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo

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2. Top Rated Private Giza Pyramids,Sakkara, Memphis, Lunch& Camel

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3. 1-day trip to Cairo with flight from Hurghada / Makadi Bay / Soma Bay / El Gouna

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4. Special Private All INC-Pyramids,Camel Ride(1 Hour) Four Wheeler(ATV) & Lunch

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5. Small group Hurghada to Luxor, Valley of the Kings by Van

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6. Hot Air Balloon Ride in Luxor Egypt with Transfers Included

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7. Half Day Tour Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx with Private Tour Guide

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8. Sand City Museum A Masterpiece of Art in Hurghada

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9. 8 hours Cairo day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Memphis City, Sakkara and Dahshur

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10. Swimming with Dolphin VIP Snorkeling Sea Trip With Lunch and Transfer - Hurghada

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11. Alexandria Day Trip From Cairo

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12. Cairo By Big Bus full day From Hurghada (Pyramids-sphinx-Egyptian Museum-Lunch)

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13. 4-Days Nile Cruise From Aswan To Luxor including Abu Simbel and Hot Air Balloon

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14. Private guided tour to Giza Pyramids, and Great Sphinx

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15. Egyptian Museum Entry Tickets

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16. Ras Mohamed & White Island luxury Yacht Trip Sharm el Sheikh

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17. Luxor Day Tour: Valley of Kings & Queens & Hatchepsut Temples

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18. Super Safari ATV, Drive Buggy Car, Camel Ride, Bedouin Dinner, Show-Hurghada

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19. Small Group Excursion to Luxor Valley of the Kings from Hurghada

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20. Safari 5 in 1 Quads, Camels, Show, Dinner & Star Gazing in Sharm El Sheikh

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21. Day trip from Sharm el Sheikh to Cairo by plane

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22. Day trip to Cairo by bus from Sharm el Sheikh

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23. Day Trip to Luxor From Cairo By Flight, King Tut Tomb Included

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24. Private Tour To Giza Pyramids, Memphis City, Dahshur And Sakkara Pyramids

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25. Orange bay full day

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26. Luxury Sunrise Balloon Ride in Luxor with Hotel Pickup

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27. Private tour to Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Egyptian Museum with Local Lunch

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28. 4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor&Abu Simbel+Balloon

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29. Siwa Oasis All inclusive 3 days Tour from Cairo or Giza

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30. Hurghada: Star watching Desert Adventure by Jeep with Dinner

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  • Maha H 1 contribution 0 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great time in Cairo!! Great experience amazing service and guidance.!!!!! The tour guys were very patient and accommodating to our needs. They were flexible to make sure we get the best time. Read more Review of: 8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Written May 3, 2024 This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Fully Guided Tours & Trips in Egypt

Find the right fully guided tour for you in Egypt. There are 1278 trips to choose from, that range from one day in length, up to 30 days. The month with the most departures is May, making it the most popular time to visit Egypt.

250+ Fully Guided tour packages in Egypt with 11,560 reviews

Queen Cleopatra  - 7 days Tour

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Queen Cleopatra - 7 days

Queen Cleopatras is a great tour, highly recommended, Anas is a great guide, he explained everything about Egyptian culture and toke care about our group! I will recommend to head office to deliver schedules with the tours to be able to plan our days. Cruse was amazing, service is great and everyone is very friendly! Also there is laundry available at your room! Ruby II is a great option, the room is very nice! I won’t recommend to take the train from Cairo to Aswan, service is great but services are not good (very old and dirty), washrooms very dirty!

Nile Jewel - 5* Cruise Tour

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Nile Jewel - 5* Cruise

A variety of experiences both day and night, cruise up the Nile was great, gravity resort was superb, pyramids awesome, lots of temples
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Essential Egypt (5 Star Hotels) Tour

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Essential Egypt (5 Star Hotels)

It was amazing trip! Everything was well organised and fun. I definitely recommend this tour.
  • €150 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Felucca Odyssey (5 & 4 Star Hotels) Tour

Felucca Odyssey (5 & 4 Star Hotels)

This was a brilliant trip organised by a more professional tour company. Thank you travel talk for the recent trip/experience that you organised for us. Your service is much more appreciated now that we can compare what you have done for us as compared with other tour operators like GeTS Holidays. Your brochure is far more transparent and accurate. You give your customers a better chance to take ownership of the trip as you highlight immediately what type of accommodation your customer will have and this gives your customer a chance to review and research your offering. By doing this, you show that you value your customers’ preference and satisfaction over making money. Of course every business should make a profit but at least your company do not come across as daylight robbery. We looked at your trips to India but did not choose your trips due to unavailability of Diwali Festival celebration. We went for a more expensive company but gave us very poor service. It’s a shame, we should have just stuck with you. One thing guaranteed, we look forward to booking with you again in the future and we will also be an ambassador to your brilliant service.

Pharaohs Nile Cruise Adventure - Return Flights Included Tour

Pharaohs Nile Cruise Adventure - Return Flights Included

It was good. In the beginning, we had some issues with the lack of communication in El Cairo. We chose the sleeping train option from El Cairo to Luxor (included in the tour) but we spent 3-4 hours sitting in the train station when we could have done anything else. Also, we didn't know that the train didn't have showers and we were supposed to start the tour day in Luxor as soon as we arrived.... so if you are choosing the sleeping train option consider this, also that you share the bathroom with the people in the same wagon. Once we arrived on the cruise, everything went smoothly. The tour guide always took care of us, gave us tips, and explained everything well. The cruise was overall good, they gave you what you paid for. I do recommend the tour!

Best Of Egypt - 5* Cruise Tour

Best Of Egypt - 5* Cruise

Our guided trip through Egypt was good for the first couple of days with 2 different guides and then we meet Mina Malik in Luxor and the entire experience we all had was elevated to a brighter, more fun and fullfilling experience. Mina is a beautiful soul and an outstanding person, his knowledge and calmness and willing to go over and above is very rare in my experience of how people are in today's times. So this being said I highly recommend Mina Malik for everything he endeavours in the future

9 Days Nile Jewel  (Cairo, Cruise, Hurghada) Superior hotels Tour

9 Days Nile Jewel (Cairo, Cruise, Hurghada) Superior hotels

Our vacation was truly enjoyable, largely due to the wonderful company we had. Bassem, our guide, was exceptional.

Goddess Hathor - 8 Days (5 stars) Tour

Goddess Hathor - 8 Days (5 stars)

Amazing, the hotels, the cruise and the transport were all super good quality and the travel agency is always available on whatsapp during the trip to help any issue

10-Day Ancient Egypt Tour (Superior Hotels) Tour

10-Day Ancient Egypt Tour (Superior Hotels)

My trip to Egypt with Vacations To Go Travel was amazing! Bassem, our guide, was awesome. He knew so much about Egypt and made everything interesting. The Nile cruise was fantastic too! Thanks for a great experience! - Hsiao Tan

Egypt Nile Jewel Tour

Egypt Nile Jewel

Our tour guide George was AMAZING! So knowledgeable, organised, fun and accommodating. Highly recommend this tour!

Egypt: Boats & Bazaars Tour

Egypt: Boats & Bazaars

This trip was amazing - it had just the right amount of historical sightseeings and a great taste of the local culture (especially food!). I loved the lunchs and dinners cooked by local families, the temples and all the activities on this trip. Our CEO, Mudi, ensured we had the best possible experience and contributed a lot for this unforgettable week.

Egypt Adventure Tour

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We had Ramy Hawdy as our tour guide. Ramy was very knowledgeable about everything and was such a stand up, professional. I've been on a lot of tours and trips, and he's one of the best I've ever worked with. We also liked eating with the local people and visiting the animal non-profit. All of the meals were tasty, the cars were on time, and the hotels/staff were all very friendly. In all, this was our first time using Intrepid and there's a very strong chance we'll use your service again in the future. Thanks again! It was an amazing experience. Best, Adam

Footsteps Of The Pharaohs - Included Internal Flights Tour

Footsteps Of The Pharaohs - Included Internal Flights

Great experience with great people.
  • €110 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Cairo-Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simbel 9 Days with tour guided - domestic Flight Tour

Cairo-Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simbel 9 Days with tour guided - domestic Flight

We did our web research and selected Egypt Direct for the following reasons: 1. Dates were convenient 2. Pricing was more than excellent 3. Hotel was 4* and Nile Cruise category was 5* 4. Totally Guided Tour Post trip .. 5. Trip met our expectations, 6. They had a Guide and a Security to help the mini van and usher the group 7. The Van’s had water, drinks 8. Guides did not miss any location and adjusted with the situation. 9. Guides helped in taking some beautiful pictures 10. We were in Abu Simbel on Feb 22 and witnessed the unique solar alignment with the sun rays reaching the sanctum sanctorum and lighting the statues. This was amazing!

Best of Egypt Tour

Best of Egypt

I joined the 8 days tour - Best of Egypt with G-adventure on 22 Dec 2019. I had great experience with my tour. We visited the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, then took local train to Aswan, where we visited Philae Temple and Abu Simble. We then sailed to Luxor and visited the Karnak Temple, the Valley of Kings, etc. Our fellow travellers are friendly. Our tour guide Saad Matta is very knowledgeable about Egyptian history. He explained to us about the background of various temples, tombs and arts. The tour was educational and enjoyable. I was very impressed by his rich knowledge about the ancient Egyptian history. In addition, he showed us around the local markets, gave us shopping advice. He was very helpful.

What people love about Fully Guided Tours in Egypt

Myself and my brother travelled to Egypt and joined the Cleopatra tour. We were picked up from the airport and brought to our Hotel in the city centre by Tahrir Square. Hotel was good. Breakfast was nice with plenty of variety. The hotel is very close to the Egyptian Museum. We went for a walk around the area, we felt safe. But the traffic is crazy and you have to be careful crossing the road. People just walk out into the road and dodge the cars to get to the other side. . Following day we were picked up from our hotel in a mini bus and met all our other fellow traveller. They turned out to be a great bunch and we all got along great and made some friends for life I think. We were brought to the Pyramids where we got to go inside the great pyramid. Rides some camels and see the Spinx. Wow. Amazing place. We then went for lunch in the city were we had Kosery, it was really tasty. Then we headed to the Egptian museum. Where Suailla gave us a great tour.. Then we were dropped to the train station for our over night train to Aswan. All I can say is it was an experience. Do it if you are on a budget or just want to experience it. But if you can afford it upgrade to the plane. Not the most comfy ride and fairly noisy. The give you an hot evening meal in your room and a cold breakfast in the morning. The food wasn't all that bad tho. We were picked up in Aswan by our guide Wael. From the second we met him to the time we said goodbye at the end of our tour he had us in stitches, what a lovely caring intelligence guy. He is actually a professor in Egyptology . Not just a tour guide. He looked after us all the time and even upgraded some other members hotels or transfers. We were brought to our boat on the Nile, which I have to say was amazing. The boat was clean, modern
Husband & I enjoyed a 14 night trip to Hurghada & then a Nike Cruise. George was our cruise tour guide. We found him to be considerate & knowledgeable. He spoke excellent English & had a depth & breadth of knowledge on Egyptian history that only a person with a passion for their subject could have. George was an amazing guide & I would recommend him & the tour company 100%
Good times with my group. The tour guides were very helpful and attended to all our needs. Looking forward to more trips.

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The sands of the desert shift underfoot. The sun climbs high into the Egyptian sky. And the great Pyramids of Giza shimmer in the distance. There you stand in awe before the power and ambition of an inspiring civilization. In this legendary place, explore thousands of years of history while experiencing a thriving culture. Look to the past and keep an eye on the future – the great monuments reveal something different to each traveler. Discover the world of the ancient Egyptians as you visit one incomparable site after another.

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Located on the banks of the Nile, Egypt’s capital city of Cairo is one of the largest cities in Africa. Here, visitors find something for everyone: beautiful views, good climate, and welcoming locals that make any activity lots of fun. You can enjoy the arts, go for walks down the Nile promenade, or visit the pyramids.

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This is Egypt’s sunniest southern city. The town is small enough to walk around, and life there is slow and relaxing. Aswan is in a perfect location along the Nile where visitors can watch sailboats passing by or dine in a floating restaurant. Every night, dancers and musicians perform in the cultural center.

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Giza is the third largest city in Egypt. It is located on the west bank of the Nile River southwest of Cairo. The most famous attraction in the city of Giza, located on the Giza plateau, is the pyramids. Also on the Giza plateau you can see the Great Sphinx and perhaps ride a camel.

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Abu Simbel:

The archaeological area of Abu Simbel consists of two temples. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside as a monument to Pharaoh Ramesses II and queen Nefertari. The temples were saved when the rising waters of the Nile threatened, and were raised higher for protection in 1968. In the innermost shrine seats statues of the gods Ptah, Amun-Ra, the deified Ramses II and Re-Horakhte. The temple is so precisely placed that on February 22 and October 22, the first rays of the morning sun shine through the entire temple and illuminate the four gods.

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The pyramids of Egypt are true wonders of the ancient world. They were originally built as tombs for the pharaohs and their queens. Some believe that they had sloped sides so the pharaoh could symbolically climb to the sky and live forever. Today there are over 100 pyramids of all different shapes and sizes in Egypt, as archaeologists continue to uncover and identify previously unknown pyramids.

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The Sphinx has been a symbol of Egypt for thousands of years. With the body of a lion and the head of what is generally believed to be Pharaoh Khafra, the Great Sphinx of Giza symbolizes strength and wisdom. For centuries, visitors have included poets, scholars and adventurers seeking knowledge about its history and the secrets it might hold.

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Today, the boy king is one of the best-known pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Yet, from the time of his mysterious death at 19 until the year 1922, he was relatively unknown until his tomb was finally found. The entrance was covered with debris, but the inside was completely intact along with murals and so many artifacts that it took ten years to catalog them. Many of the artifacts travel the world on exhibit and provide insight into the fascinating ancient Egyptian civilization.

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Camels in the desert:

Humans have used camels for transport for thousands of years. Built for traversing the desert, they can carry about 500 pounds, can go up to six months without food and water, and can easily trek their way through sandstorms. They are herbivores with tough, leathery mouths who can eat prickly desert plants that most animals cannot. When water is available, camels rehydrate faster than any other mammal and can drink up to 30 gallons at a time in just under 15 minutes.

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No one drinks the tap water in Egypt – not even the locals – so be prepared to buy lots of bottled water.

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You should definitely pack comfortable walking shoes, preferably with crepe or rubber soles, as well as a hat for sun protection, and swimwear for free time when on the cruise. Please note that dress in the Egypt is conservative; however casual touring wear such as shorts and tee shirts are acceptable for tourists, though you may feel more comfortable in long pants or long skirts. Linen is recommended so as to protect you from heat and sun.

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When I am traveling here I like to keep some cash on hand. I’ve found that many Egyptians rely on tips for the majority of their income.

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Egypt Tours and Trips 2024/2025

Famous pyramids, sandy deserts and ancient temples and tombs - Egypt has a whole slew of attractions and sightseeing opportunities for travelers, especially those interested in culture and history. Visit Luxor to tour the Karnak temple, head to Cairo to visit some royal mummies, or take a trip to Dahab for an exhilarating diving excursion in the Blue Hole.

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Egypt Experience Tour

  • Starts Cairo, Egypt
  • Ends Cairo, Egypt

Egypt Experience

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  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Local culture
  • Accommodation Hotel & Sleeper Train
  • Transport Boat, Private Vehicle, Flight, Bus, Minibus & Sleeper Train
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,055
  • Special Deal (15%): - US$ 458
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,597
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Beauty Of Egypt Tours – Nile & Abu Simble

Beauty of Egypt Tours – Nile & Abu Simble

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  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Cruise Cultural, religious and historic sites , Cruise & Honeymoon 'data-more-tripid='12423'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Flight, Private Vehicle & Boat
  • Age Range 1-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Essential Egypt (5 Star Hotels) Tour

Essential Egypt (5 Star Hotels)

  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Art and architecture Cultural, religious and historic sites , Art and architecture & Local culture 'data-more-tripid='12800'>+1 more
  • Transport Bus, Coach, Train & Sleeper Train
  • Age Range 18-39 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,219
  • Special Deal (40%): - US$ 888
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,331
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Ultimate Egypt (5 & 4 Star Hotels) Tour

Ultimate Egypt (5 & 4 Star Hotels)

  • Activities Art and architecture
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,680
  • Special Deal (40%): - US$ 1,472
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,208

Discover Egypt: Cairo & Nile Cruise In 8 Days W/Air Tour

Discover Egypt: Cairo & Nile Cruise in 8 Days W/Air

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & River cruise Cultural, religious and historic sites , River cruise & City sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='28209'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Ship Cabin
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Train, Bus, Cruise Ship & Flight
  • Age Range 1-99 yrs
  • Operated in Arabic, English, German
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,140
  • Special Deal (70%): - US$ 2,198
  • Total Price from: US$ 942

8 Days In Egypt: 3 N In Cairo & 4 N In Nile River Cruise Tour

8 Days in Egypt: 3 N in Cairo & 4 N in Nile River Cruise

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  • Transport Private Vehicle, Flight, Bus & Cruise Ship
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs

Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea (5 & 4 Star Hotels) Tour

Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea (5 & 4 Star Hotels)

  • Activities Local culture & Art and architecture Local culture , Art and architecture & Cultural, religious and historic sites 'data-more-tripid='12813'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel, Resort & Sleeper Train
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,877
  • Special Deal (40%): - US$ 1,151
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,726

Egypt Nile Jewel Tour

Egypt Nile Jewel

  • Activities Cruise & Art and architecture Cruise , Art and architecture & Cultural, religious and historic sites 'data-more-tripid='37644'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Coach, Cruise Ship, Flight, Minibus, Boat & Bus
  • Age Range 10-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,360
  • Special Deal (31%): - US$ 424
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Egypt Adventure Tour

Egypt Adventure

  • Activities Active and outdoor & Art and architecture Active and outdoor , Art and architecture , Camping & City sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='3680'>+2 more
  • Accommodation Sleeper Train & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Boat, Bus, Minibus, Sleeper Train & Train
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,410
  • Special Deal (20%): - US$ 282
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,128
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Royal Tour Of Egypt Wonders Of Ancient Egypt

Royal Tour of Egypt Wonders of Ancient Egypt

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Natural landmarks sightseeing Cultural, religious and historic sites , Natural landmarks sightseeing , Cruise , Museum and gallery visits & City sightseeing 'data-more-tripid='15598'>+3 more
  • Transport Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 1-85 yrs

Wonders Of Egypt And The Nile Tour

Wonders of Egypt and the Nile

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Explorer
  • Transport Boat, Flight, Private Vehicle, Cruise Ship & Minibus
  • Age Range 12-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 3,099
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 930
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Jewels Of The Nile (5 & 4 Star Hotels) Tour

Jewels of the Nile (5 & 4 Star Hotels)

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Arctic Circle Cruise Cultural, religious and historic sites , Arctic Circle Cruise , Art and architecture & Local culture 'data-more-tripid='12810'>+2 more
  • Transport Bus, Coach & Sleeper Train
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,292
  • Special Deal (40%): - US$ 917
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,375

King Ramses - 13 Days Tour

King Ramses - 13 days

  • Activities Cultural, religious and historic sites & Art and architecture
  • Accommodation Hotel, Sleeper Train & Resort
  • Transport Train, Boat, Private Vehicle & Sleeper Train
  • Age Range 18-80 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,945
  • Special Deal (30%): - US$ 584
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Best Of Egypt Tour

Best of Egypt

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Egypt - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Marvel at the ancient pyramids of Giza, learn medieval history through the mummies, or visit the plenty churches and monasteries, when on a tour in Egypt

Egypt, located in North East Africa, is one of the most popular African nations. You can marvel at the ancient pyramids of Giza , learn medieval history through the mummies, or visit the plenty churches and monasteries culminating from a rich Jewish and Christian heritage like the Saint Catherine's Monastery. Many people don't know that Egypt also offers great diving opportunities for the traveler interested in aquatic activities.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo , that provides an ideal start when learning about some Egyptian artifacts of antiquity.
  • Cairo in particular offers a wide variety of coffee shops. In fact, going to one is a great way to get acquainted with some of the locals.
  • Check out the Cairo Tower. Why wouldn't you want to eat dinner on the top of the tallest structure in Egypt?
  • Enjoy the nightlife. Egypt has integrated popular current western music surprisingly well into its clubs and bars. After enjoying some Trance, you're liable to hear a few Arabic tunes as well.
  • Go to the Haram District that offers a great variety of outdoor adventures such as horseback rides and tours.
  • Take a tour through the Nile River. Going to Eastern Africa, without at least seeing the longest river in the world, the Nile, would be nothing short of missing out.

Travel Tips

  • While on a holiday in Cairo, Egypt's capital and one of its biggest cities, take precautions to keep your belongings safe. Pickpocketing, in particular, is a recurring crime. Best to leave your valuables at the hotel safe.
  • Drink bottled water. Egyptian tap water is not recommended for regular daily consumption.
  • Tourism offices can be the source of plenty of information for inquiring travelers.
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Get to the heart of egypt on an organised tour, whether you want to walk in the footsteps of pharaohs, take a cruise down the nile or scuba-dive over coral reefs in the red sea.

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T he Great Pyramid, the Valley of the Kings, the Nile, the Red Sea — these very names are redolent of grand adventures and the golden age of travel. Egypt has so many knock-out sights, it’s hard to know where to begin. A tour operator will help you make sense of it all and plan your time most wisely, leaving you free to concentrate on enjoying yourself.

There are myriad options, whatever your time, budget, group size and interests, though almost all will include some sort of sailing trip down the Nile. Most will also provide expert local guides who can bring the ancient history of the country to life and organise day-to-day logistics. Be sure to check what’s included in the itinerary when booking; some will cover everything except gratuities and travel insurance; others will sort out domestic travel and accommodation but otherwise leave you to your own devices.

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Main photo: A camel trek at the pyramids of Giza (Alamy)


Hot air balloons over the Valley of the Kings (Getty Images)

1. Slow boat to Aswan, Wild Frontiers

Allow life to really slow down on this unique ten-day trip along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, with four nights spent on a private houseboat. You’ll visit the big temple complexes, including Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel, but there are a load of attractions included that aren’t on traditional itineraries, including Daraw camel market and the ancient stone quarries at El Silsila. There’s also an emphasis on local life away from historic sites, with stops at small villages on the riverbank likely to be a highlight. The rate doesn’t include flights.

Group size 4-12 Price ££

2. Egyptian family adventure, Exodus

Riding a camel in front of the pyramids, catching a sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan, sailing on a felucca down the Nile, watching a light show at Karnak temple, snorkelling in the Red Sea — what child isn’t going to like that? These are some of the activities on offer as part of this nine-day family tour of Egypt, with tour guide, flights and meals included. The itinerary packs in a lot but there’s still plenty of time for you to explore on your own or to relax; another bonus for families is that all the hotels have swimming pools.

Group size 8-20 Price ££

A mosque built above the Temple of Luxor (Alamy)

3. Explore Egypt, Intrepid

With 15 days at your disposal, you cover a lot of ground on this small group tour run by Intrepid in conjunction with Lonely Planet. You’ll start in Cairo before heading down to Luxor and Aswan for temple visits and a Nile river cruise on a felucca; you’ll also get to relax on the Red Sea, and head to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. One of the highlights is a night spent at a homestay in a Nubian village near Aswan. Note that there is a lot of free time on the itinerary, and you’ll need to pay for entry into any sites you visit on your own; flights are also excluded from the price.

Group size 1-16 Price £

4. Dreams of Egypt, Wendy Wu

Two of the many highlights on this 11-day trip are the means of transport you’ll use to get between locations. There’s the first-class sleeper train you’ll take from Cairo to Luxor, having already visited the pyramids, old Cairo and Alexandria; and there’s the boat you’ll call home for four nights as you cruise between Luxor and Aswan, hopping on and off to visit historic sites along the Nile valley. Before flying home, you’ll get to see the pyramids again — this time at night, to enjoy the Sound and Light show. All guides, meals and flights are included.

Group size 8-18 Price ££

The Sphinx (Getty Images)

5. Family Egyptian Sphinx, pyramids and Nile river, Explore!

This is the sort of family trip that’ll form life-long memories for you and your kids. You’ll visit all the famous sights you’ve heard about, including the pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings, and you get to experience a proper adventure along the way. Likely highlights for your children are spending the night sleeping on the deck of a felucca, playing with local kids in a Nubian village and snorkelling over the reefs at the Red Sea. The pace is geared to family life — not too long spent at historic sights, with time left for your own pursuits or the hotel pool on most days. Flights are not included.

Group size 4-20 Price £

6. Classic Alexandria mini adventure, G Adventures

With only three days, what can you do in Egypt? Quite a lot, as it turns out. G Adventures has a three-day itinerary that whisks you from Cairo to Alexandria and back again. You’ll spend time in Coptic and Islamic Cairo, go on a food tour through the city, take a felucca ride down the Nile, have a seafood lunch by the Mediterranean, and visit a Roman theatre and catacombs in Alexandria. As flights aren’t included in the rate, this could be a good option to tag on to the beginning or end of a longer holiday in Egypt.

Group size maximum 15 Price ££

7. Wonders of the Nile: Cairo to Aswan, Riviera Travel

Home for 14 nights is the MS Mövenpick Darakum, which, with 52 cabins, is one of the larger boats to take to the waters of the Nile. Unlike most tours, you’ll journey on board all the way south to Aswan from Cairo, rather than start from Luxor. You’ll also stop at a number of sites not normally covered on other itineraries, including the temples at Dendera and Abydos and the ruined city of Amarna. There’s plenty of leisure time, too — we recommend spending this lying on a day bed on the sun deck and watching life drift by in front of you.

Group size maximum 50 Price ££

8. Egypt: Ancient wonders of Cairo and the Nile, Cox & Kings

Four of the nights on this eight-day itinerary are spent on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, a supremely comfortable 32-cabin boat complete with swimming pool, sun deck, library and games room. You’ll spend the days drifting down the Nile in the company of expert Egyptologists, who’ll give lectures on board and accompany you on the frequent trips to ancient sites along the river, including the Valley of the Queens, Philae Temple and Karnak. The trip is bookended with time in Cairo, with visits to both the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.

Group size maximum 18 Price ££

9. Felucca odyssey and Dahab explorer, Travel Talk

You’ll visit more sights than you knew existed on this 13-day tour, which takes you from Cairo down the Nile to Luxor and Aswan and on to the Sinai peninsula. The pyramids, Sphinx and the more popular Nile valley attractions are all here, alongside a good number of lesser-visited temples. After such a packed itinerary, you’ll appreciate the three days spent at the laid back Red Sea resort of Dahab. There are options to add extra activities to the tour, including diving, quad-biking and camel treks. You’ll also need to budget for flights and most lunches and dinners.

Group size 12-42 Price £

10. Egypt and the Red Sea for teenagers, On the Go

Covering Cairo, the Nile valley and the Red Sea, this is a family-orientated trip that covers some of Egypt’s best experiences. Throughout, there’s a balance between activities that parents and grandparents might prefer (temple and museum visits) and those more geared towards teenagers, such as snorkelling and water sports. Camel rides and felucca trips are guaranteed to bring all together. There’s free time built into the schedule each day, and all the hotels have pools or beach access, should you just wish to relax. You’ll need to factor in extra money for flights, entrance fees and guide tips.

Group size 4-18 Price £

Khan el-khalili market (Getty Images)

11. Ultimate Egypt: Culture on the Nile, Black Tomato

This tour covers the traditional highlights of the Nile: Cairo, Aswan and Luxor. But it is so much more than that. The magic lies in the small, unique moments experienced along the way. These might be a sunset camel ride along the west bank of the Nile near Aswan; joining a local family for an Egyptian feast at their home in Luxor; meeting master craftsmen in Cairo’s Khan el-khalili market; and taking an after-hours tour of the Egyptian Museum. Black Tomato suggests six days for the tour but can tailor to your requirements; flights are excluded from their rates.

Group size private tour Price £££

12. Taste of the Nile, Original Travel

You’re not going to get much closer to a true Agatha Christie experience in Egypt than by boarding the very same ship that took her down the Nile in the 1930s: the SS Sudan. The 19th-century steam ship has been restored to its original full glory, with teak decks, belle époque decor and period fittings. The five days on board, drifting from Luxor to Aswan, are just one highlight of the ten-day trip, which also includes guided visits to the Great Sphinx and pyramids of Giza, the holy city of Abydos and the temples at Edfu, Kom Ombo and the Valley of the Kings. The tour includes meal, guiding, all flights and the services of a local concierge.

Group size private tour Price ££

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13. Cairo and beach, Audley Travel

If you’ve never thought to combine a city and beach break in Egypt, think again. Audley Travel has an 11-day itinerary that allows you to experience all the cultural highlights of Cairo, including the pyramids and the Khan el-khalili market, with six nights at a Red Sea resort. Here you can do as little or as much as you’d like — taking a day trip into the desert for a camel ride, learning to dive, or simply heading to the spa. There’s plenty of free time in both destinations (though note you’ll pay extra for activities outside those scheduled). Flights are included in the rates.

The pyramids of Giza (Getty Images)

14. Cleopatra’s Egypt, Andante Travel

Andante Travel specialises in creating archaeological, historical and cultural itineraries led by expert guides and lecturers. If you’d like to get a truly in-depth understanding of ancient Egypt, all the while enjoying luxury accommodation, meals and transport, their eight-day Cleopatra’s Egypt trip is the one for you. It covers a truly staggering number of sites between Cairo and Alexandria, and each is brought to life by an expert lecturer. You’ll visit Giza and Old Cairo, of course, but lesser-known attractions are also covered, including the former capital of Memphis and the fourteen pyramids of Abu Sir. Flights are extra.

Group size 18 average Price £££

Hatshepsut temple near Valley of the Kings (Getty Images)

15. Temples and tombs, Untold Story Travel

Untold Story Travel can create a fully customisable tour for you, with expert guiding, top-notch accommodation and atmospheric restaurants included throughout. On this seven-day temples and tombs itinerary, you’ll travel from Cairo to Aswan, staying in venerable hotels including the Old Cataract and the Winter Palace. Your very own personal Egyptologist accompanies you to sites such as the Khan el-khalili market and the Valley of the Kings, as well as more unusual ones including the Saqqara pyramids, the Solar Boat Museum and the Aswan High Dam. Days are full and varied, and you’ll feel completely immersed in Egyptian culture after only a week.

Diving in the Red Sea (Getty Images)

16. Ultimate Red Sea, Blue O Two

Dive specialists Blue O Two aren’t exaggerating when they call this itinerary the “ultimate Red Sea”. For ten days, you’ll live aboard the Blue Melody, a 26-capacity vessel with twin and double cabins. The boat travels from Hurghada around the coast to remote off-shore locations near Sharm El Sheikh, with several dives planned for each day. There’s a chance to see dolphins, sharks and shipwrecks and explore marine parks. Note that this is for experienced divers only; you’ll need to have 30 logged dives under your belt to book. You’ll also need to sort out your own flights.

Group size maximum 26 Price £

17. Luxury Egypt with Oberoi Zahra, Steppes Travel

If you’d like to travel down the Nile on a boat with all the facilities of an international hotel, book this 13-day, customisable itinerary with Steppes Travel. You’ll spend five days on the Oberoi Zahra — a 27-cabin river cruiser complete with pool, spa, fitness centre and cigar lounge. There’s time to enjoy life on the boat in between visits to temples and other on-shore attractions, accompanied by expert Egyptologists. The land-based accommodation is also pretty special, and might include the historic Winter Palace in Luxor and the Old Legend Cataract in Aswan. Rates exclude flights.

Top deck of the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

18. Classic Nile, Abercrombie & Kent

If an Egypt tour to you means the Nile and the ancient pharaonic sites along its banks, the classic Nile itinerary offered by luxury operator Abercrombie & Kent has your name written all over it. The five-night trip takes you between Luxor and Aswan, with most of that time spent on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, a beautifully designed boat with 32 cabins, all with river views. An expert guide will help bring ancient Egypt to life on the many shore excursions to temples and ruins. The tour also includes a night at the Sofitel Winter Palace in Luxor and a felucca sailing trip, but excludes flights.

19. Nile cruise, Nour el Nile

Here’s something really special — the chance to sail down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan on exquisitely designed dahabiyas, or houseboats. There are six to choose from, and each is beautifully decorated with large decks and comfortable social spaces. The five-night itineraries skip the more popular temple complexes in favour of smaller and less-known sights, so you feel like you’re making fresh discoveries every day and don’t have to battle crowds. A staff of 15 is on hand to make your trip as relaxed or as educational as you’d like.

Group size maximum 24 Price £££

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Discover the contrasts of modern and ancient Egypt on a 15-day Premium adventure. Beginning and ending in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, gaze up at the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, take a four-day cruise down the legendary Nile and explore the grand temples of Abu Simbel. Uncover the secrets of the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and the city of Alexandria. Visit the tombs of ancient pharaohs, share meals with local families and stand in awe of gigantic, rock-cut statues. Accompanied by a local Egyptologist leader, learn about the mystery and beauty of these ancient lands.

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  • Discover the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Kom Ombo Temple, Philae Island, Karnak Temple complex, the ancient city of Alexandria, battle site of El Alamein and the many sides of Cairo.
  • Get beneath the surface of this endlessly fascinating country as you travel with a local Egyptologist leader, learn about Nubian life during an evening at a family home and stop in for a traditional dinner with a local family in Cairo.
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Mrhbaan! Welcome to Egypt. Your adventure begins in Cairo – a city just as captivating as it is chaotic. You’ll be met at Cairo International Airport and transferred to your hotel where you can explore the extensive hotel bar and pool area. You’re free until your welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight, where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers. After, get your first taste of Egyptian cuisine with a welcome dinner at a fantastic local restaurant where you can try out some classic dishes like fatta (a dish made with rice, bread and meat in a garlic and vinegar sauce), and kushari (a delicious mix of pasta, rice, lentils and fried onions).

  • Hyatt Regency Cairo West or similar (1 night)
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Cairo - Welcome Dinner
  • Cairo - Islamic Art Museum (entrance fee) - EGP270
  • Urban Adventures - Islamic Cairo in Depth Tour - USD86
  • Urban Adventures - Saqqara and Memphis - USD82
  • Cairo - Urban Adventures Downtown Cairo Tour - USD40

An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if you arrive on Day 1 or have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking or at least 15 days before travel. Once you have provided your details, a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

This morning after breakfast, travel to arguably the most recognisable structures in the world – the Great Pyramids of Giza (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and the Sphinx. Your leader is a trained Egyptologist and will share the fascinating history of these incredible feats of engineering. For an additional charge, you may be able to step inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops). After spending some time here, your adventure continues to the Egyptian Museum – home to one of the world's greatest collections of ancient artefacts. Wander the treasure-filled halls for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. The masses of gleaming artefacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun are an impressive sight – from jewellery to the famous golden death mask and his gilded sarcophagi, this pharaoh was certainly prepared for the afterlife. Gain a special insight by touring with a guide and enjoy time to explore independently. Tonight you might like to take a taxi into town to explore Cairo further or book in for a dinner cruise on the Nile.

  • Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entrance fee) - EGP900

The Egyptian Museum opening has now been postponed. Your tour will still include a visit to the current Egyptian Museum, which holds many of the same treasures due to be moved to the new premises. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is occasionally closed to visitors without notice.

The inside thoroughfares of the Pyramids of Giza are very small and warm, so it is not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Please note that you'll be required to walk around the pyramids complex. It can be very hot in the summer, so pack appropriate clothing, sun protection, and carry lots of water.

Take to the road this morning for a journey to Alexandria, stopping in Wadi El Natron along the way. Your leader will explain how this area became a sanctuary for Christians after Saint Macarius the Great retreated here in AD360. There were once some 60-odd monasteries in the Wadi, though now only four remain. One of these is Anba Bishoy Monastery, named for Saint Bishoi who came to the site to live in solitude. Wander around the gardens and observe the resident monks as they go about their daily lives, then visit the church for expansive views over the desert. Continue to the city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great and often referred to as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.

  • Hotel Helnan Royal Palestine Hotel or similar (1 night)
  • Alexandria - Wadi El Natron monasteries
  • Alexandria - Anba Bishoy Monastery

Your travel time today will be approximately 4 hours.

Enjoy a full day uncovering Alexandria's secrets with your knowledgeable leader's guidance. Visit Pompey’s Pillar and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa – a Roman burial site dating back to the second century that wasn’t discovered until 1900. The fascinating tombs were created during a transitional period in Alexandria’s history and interestingly feature Greek, Egyptian and Roman elements. Continue to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (once the Great Library of Alexandra), where the Library of Ptolemies once stood some 1700 years ago. Finish up with a stop at Fort Qaitbay – a 14th-century complex designed to defend Alexandria from the Ottoman empire, built on the site of the former Alexandria Lighthouse. Spend the evening wandering along the corniche by the water or maybe relax at your hotel.

  • Alexandria - Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Alexandria - Fort Qaitbay

Today, travel south of Alexandria for a more sombre experience at the historic battle site of El Alamein. Here, British and Commonwealth soldiers fought a decisive Allied victory against the German Afrika Korps that defined the North African campaign. Both sides suffered heavy losses, and the memorial commemorates nearly 12,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Western Desert campaigns during the Second World War. Stop to enjoy your late lunch, brought with you from Alexandria – a delicious feteer meshaltet. This layered pastry is an iconic Egyptian dish and can be filled with a range of sweet or savoury ingredients. Return to Cairo in the afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.

  • Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir or similar (1 night)
  • El Alamein - War cemeteries and museum

Your travel time today will be approximately 4.5 hours.

Transfer to Cairo Airport after breakfast this morning and board a short flight to Luxor. Luxor was the pharaohs' capital during the height of their power and is now known as the world’s greatest open-air museum. When you arrive, transfer to your Feature Stay Nile riverboat where you’ll unpack and settle in for the next four nights. There’s no better way to soak in the ancient history of the Nile and the incredible sights along its banks! Enjoy all the comforts of a world-class hotel, including a swimming pool, sundeck, restaurant and cabins with panoramic windows to watch riverside life stream by. This afternoon, visit Karnak – one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes built over approximately 200 years. Some parts date back to 2055 BC and your guided tour will take you to its finest sections. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to relax, take a shopping trip through the bazaar or kick back in a local teahouse.

  • MS Nile Style (Feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple (entrance fee) - EGP400
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport) - USD45

Your travel time today will be approximately 1 hour.

Accommodation aboard the Nile riverboat is full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Drinks are offered from the bar area for an additional cost. An evening program is also available.

Rise early this morning to journey into the Valley of the Kings. There are over 60 pharaoh tombs buried under the hills here, many of which are richly decorated, and your guide will take you through this spectacular place where discoveries are still being made. Learn about the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and the significance of the paintings and hieroglyphics and visit the final resting place of Tutankhamun. The discovery of the young Pharaoh’s tomb is undoubtedly one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time, and here you will have the opportunity to enter it yourself, exploring the painted chamber and admiring his famous sarcophagus. Visit another three royal tombs and continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that once formed part of an impressive colonnade – before returning to the boat for a leisurely lunch. Enjoy some time relaxing either on deck or in your cabin before setting sail upstream to Edfu, where you’ll arrive in the evening.

  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs)
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Valley of the Queens (entrance fee) - EGP180
  • Luxor - Tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens (entrance fee) - EGP2000
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple (entrance fee) - EGP200
  • Luxor - Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings - USD130

You can purchase a photo ticket that will entitle you to take photos in any of the tombs you visit as part of your visit to the Valley of the Kings.

It is possible to do a Valley of the Kings hot air balloon tour, which your leader can reserve for you. Intrepid only uses providers that have been risk assessed. You will be picked up between 4.30 and 5 am from your hotel. The balloon capacity is a maximum of 25 people, and cameras are prohibited in the basket (mobile phones are acceptable). This activity runs subject to weather conditions. Please speak to your leader on Day 1 if you would like to book this activity.

This morning, you’ll be moored near Edfu and may have the option to venture independently into town to see the nearby temple. Continue along the river, relaxing in the sun on deck and taking in the desert hills that form a backdrop over the lush riverbanks. Arrive at Kom Ombo Temple, which sits spectacularly on the river’s edge. Learn from your leader how this temple was built in approximately 181 BC and is dedicated to two gods – Horus (god of protection) and Sobek (god of fertility, linked to the Nile’s water). Each god has a dedicated section – north or south – and there have been recent discoveries of mummified crocodiles in Sobek. After, board your boat and continue to Aswan, arriving in the late evening.

  • Izbat Al Bayyarah - Kom Ombo Temple

The only mode of transport to the Temple of Horus in Edfu is locally managed horses and carriages. As a company committed to responsible travel, animal welfare is extremely important to us. Operators of this service are in breach of our animal welfare guidelines and for this reason, we do not include this visit. In addition to animal welfare concerns, we have had a large amount of feedback suggesting that the visit itself is uncomfortable due to pushy vendors and suppliers at the site.

Spend the morning visiting the temple complex of Philae, including the stunning Temple of Isis, located on Agilkia Island. The temple was reassembled in this location after being saved from rising waters and is a true architectural gem featuring some of Egypt’s finest carvings. Some Egyptologists believe that Philae was the last active site of the ancient Egyptian religion and where the last Egyptian hieroglyph was written. After, get to know the city of Aswan on foot during a walking tour with your leader. Explore the Sharia el Souk – a sprawling and bustling marketplace. Your leader will guide you through a colourful array of stalls selling everything from baked goods to Nubian crafts. Return to the boat for another evening, being rocked to sleep by the calm Nile waters.

  • Aswan - Philae Temple
  • Aswan - Sharia el Souk
  • Aswan - Philae Temple Sound and Light Show (entrance fee) - USD40

Travel by road this morning to Abu Simbel. Your accommodation is located right by Lake Nasser and features lush grounds, two swimming pools and fantastic views over the lake. Spending the night here allows the group a chance to visit the Abu Simbel temples at a more leisurely pace as opposed to a jam-packed half-day trip. Built during the reign of Ramesses II, these mammoth temples took 20 years to complete and feature rock-cut statues of the pharaoh and the queen, some of which are 20 metres tall. Tour the complex with your leader, who will provide historical context on these grand structures. Head back to the temples this evening for an impressive sound and light show.

  • Seti I Resort or similar (1 night)
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel temples
  • Abu Simbel - Abu Simbel Sound and Light Show (entrance fee)

Your travel time today will be approximately 3.5 hours.

Due to limited accommodation options in Abu Simbel, you may stay at Seti I Resort or Nefertari Hotel. Please check with your booking agent 30 days before departure if you would like to confirm which hotel your group will be accommodated in.

Return to Aswan, arriving in time for lunch. Enjoy some downtime to relax at your hotel or explore more of the city, then regroup with your fellow travellers later in the afternoon. Take a step back in time during a visit to the Old Cataract Hotel for afternoon tea. Built in 1899 by Thomas Cook, the hotel has played host to an illustrious roster of guests, including Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie, who lived here while writing her novel Death on the Nile. Soak up old-world glamour while enjoying tiered trays of finger food and a delightful selection of tea. The setting is up there with the best of them, with gorgeous grounds overlooking the Nile. Make the most of a free evening to find a local gem for dinner – your leader can help with recommendations.

  • Movenpick Aswan or similar (1 night)
  • Aswan - Afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel
  • Aswan - Nubian Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300

This morning, visit the Aswan High Dam, a modern example of Egyptian engineering. Located 13 km south, its controversial history required the relocation of many ancient temples and statues, which has, in the end, had a mostly positive impact on the region. After, head to the Unfinished Obelisk – an abandoned structure that would’ve been the largest obelisk ever erected in ancient Egypt had it been finished. Return to Aswan for some time to relax, then meet your leader in the late afternoon to board a traditional felucca and sail to the settlement of Elephantine Island. This island was once thought to be the home of Khnum – the god who guarded and controlled the Nile’s waters. This evening, enjoy stunning sunset drinks on the river on board your Felucca sailing boat. Disembark at a village and join a local family for a traditional Nubian feast. Here you will have the chance to see a different side of Egyptian life, try out some excellent Nubian dishes and swap stories with your welcoming hosts.

  • Aswan - Sunset drinks on a felucca
  • Aswan - Elephantine Island
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner

This morning, fly back to Cairo. Settle into your downtown hotel, then spend the day discovering yet another layer of Egyptian history – Islamic Cairo. Explore the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar – a labyrinthine area with sprawling alleyways packed with shops and cafes. This is a quintessential Cairo experience, home to the gold market, perfume street and spice market. Stop off for an Arabic coffee or mint tea at El Fishawy, Cairo’s oldest café. Run by the same family for seven generations and a favourite with Cairo’s residents, there’s no better snapshot of local life in the city. Stop for lunch at Koshary and then continue to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and the Gayer-Anderson Museum, home to all curious objects, from antique furniture to Islamic artefacts. Share an authentic Egyptian meal with a local family. Be welcomed into their home and chat with the family about life in Egypt and Egyptian cuisine while enjoying a delicious feast of traditional dishes.

  • Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir, Sonesta Cairo, or similar (1 night)
  • Cairo - Home-Cooked Dinner
  • Cairo - Coffee/tea in a local cafe
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - Ibn Tulun Mosque
  • Cairo - Gayer-Anderson Museum (entrance fee)

Your travel time today will be approximately 1.5 hours.

Early this morning, you’ll drive to Fayoum and visit Wadi El Rayan – a natural park home to two lakes that connect Egypt’s only waterfall. Now this is a great photo op! After, hop in a 4WD to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Al-Hitan (or Whales Valley) – a desert home to invaluable fossil remains of the earliest (now extinct) ancestors of whales. Spend a few hours here, learning about one of the most extraordinary evolutionary journeys. Visit the onsite Fossil and Climate Change Museum to see a collection of fossils found nowhere else in the world, including the largest intact Basilosaurus isis whale fossil. Jump in a jeep for a tour of the desert and then enjoy a desert lunch with your group. After, you’ll head back to Cairo for your final night.

  • Cairo - Fayoum Day Trip with Valley of the Whales and the Climate Change Museum

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. If you would like to spend more time in Cairo, just speak to your booking agent.

14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Private vehicle, Plane, Riverboat, Felucca

Comfortable hotel (10 nights), Feature Stay (4 nights)

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support

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Important notes.

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel. 2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.  3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 23kg for check in luggage and 8kg for carry on. You can store excess luggage at the start point hotel. 4. Departures between January and August 2022 will visit the exterior of Fort Qaitbey rather than Al Montazah Palace & Gardens on Day 4, due to renovations.

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Egypt tours: a journey back in time.

The Great Pyramid of Giza and many other treasures have attracted the curious to Egypt for more than two millennia. Today, travelers to Egypt continue to flock to this mysterious destination in search of its iconic ancient wonders: the magnificent royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings , the Pharaonic temples along the Nile, and the world's largest open-air preserve in Luxor. Museum despite the passage of time.

Visit our Egypt luxury tours to delve deeper into the history of this enduring destination and experience Egypt travel like never before—in ultimate comfort and always accompanied by real experts. Slide down the famous Nile in style aboard acclaimed Nile river cruise ships, docking at private piers in Luxor and Aswan for easy access to Egypt's most famous sites . Travel in the company of the region's leading Egyptologists, and rest assured that every aspect of your Egypt holiday is supported around the clock by our experienced global network, including a local office in Egypt.

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The average cost of an Egypt tour varies depending on factors such as duration, accommodation, activities and level of luxury. However, a moderate 7 to 10-day tour typically ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 per person, which includes major attractions such as the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, and Aswan.

The best months for a Nile cruise are usually between October and April when the weather is mild and more comfortable for sightseeing. During these months, temperatures are cooler, and the risk of extreme heat is less, providing ideal conditions to explore Egypt's historical sites along the river.

A four-night cruise affords enough time to see the Nile’s major highlights including the temples of Luxor and Abu Simbel, while a more leisurely paced seven-night cruise reveals a wealth of additional less-frequented sites, such as Dra Abu Nag and the magnificent Medinet Habu, built by Ramses III.

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Aswan and Abu Simbel are can’t-miss sites in Upper Egypt. Fronting the Nile, Aswan boast a wealth of monumental treasures, including the Philae temple complex, the Temple of Isis and the Temple of Khnum. Located southwest of Aswan, the small Nubian village of Abu Simbel is renowned for its two massive rock-cut temples, both built during the reign of King Ramses II (1200 BC).

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Float past the pyramids, temples, and tombs of Egypt atop the Nile’s gentle waters.

Descend into a world of ancient wonders to discover the land behind the legends. Walk past towering stone icons, through avenues of sphinxes, and into royal valleys tucked amid desert sands. Then, cruise down the Nile and anchor at remote islands under the watchful gaze of the Theban Hills. End your adventure in Cairo, where the prayer calls of historic houses of worship echo amidst the modern bustle. Extend your trip across the Sinai Peninsula, to Jordan, to explore the umber-colored remains of Petra and take a dip in the Dead Sea.

Your tour package includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 4 nights aboard a Nile River cruise ship
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 9 dinners with beer or wine

Included highlights

  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Great Sphinx
  • Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Temples of Karnak and Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings

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Board your overnight flight to Cairo today.

Welcome to Egypt, where tales etched in stone await your discovery—and where your own Egyptian story will unfold.

Transfer from Cairo to your hotel in Giza and get settled in. This evening, enjoy dinner at your leisure in the hotel.

Set off on a guided tour of Cairo, where its strategic location in the Nile Valley drew the area’s first settlements 2,000 years ago. You’ll explore labyrinthine alleys and ornate mosques as you learn more about the region’s history from your Egyptologist—who is also your Tour Director.

  • Visit the Cairo Citadel. Built in the 12th century by the mighty Saladin and originally used as a fortress, it remained the seat of the Egyptian government until the 19th century.
  • Stop at the Muhammad Ali Mosque, built in the Ottoman style and known as the Alabaster Mosque for its extensive marble paneling. Its twin minarets make it one of the most striking structures in Cairo’s cityscape.

Gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner with beer or wine at a local restaurant this evening.

Please note: Travelers are required to remove their shoes when entering the Alabaster Mosque, and to dress modestly. Women should cover their heads and shoulders, and men should wear long pants.

Meet up with your Tour Director and set off on a guided tour of Giza, Egypt’s third-largest city and home to some of the world’s most enduring ancient monuments.

  • Stand in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza, the only Wonder of the Ancient World to have survived into the modern era. Standing as tall as 480 feet when it was built, the Great Pyramid of Giza continues to amaze with its size and the precision with which it was constructed.
  • Visit the enigmatic, 4,500-year-old Great Sphinx, the largest monolithic statue in the world. (It was carved from a single limestone bedrock!)
  • Enter the Grand Egyptian Museum, said to be the world’s largest museum, and explore its vast collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts alongside your Tour Director.
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Please note: If the Grand Egyptian Museum is not yet open to the public, travelers will visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum instead.

Dine like an Egyptian by adding an optional home-hosted dinner in Cairo, during which you’ll sample Egypt’s complex flavors, like dukkah and fenugreek.

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Please note: Some cruise departures will follow days 5-9 in reverse.

Fly to Luxor, where you’ll board your cruise ship this afternoon. Enjoy an included lunch before seeing the painstakingly excavated Temple of Karnak and Luxor.

It’s said that 30 pharaohs presided over the building of the temple—a sprawling and vast ancient site. You’ll feel a palpable connection to the ancient world as you walk in the footsteps of priests and worshippers who came here for thousands of years.

  • Venture through the Karnak temple complex with your guide to see the Precinct of Amun-Re, whose mudbrick walls stretch over 1.5 miles around. Gaze over extensive hieroglyphic inscriptions marking moments in history, and end at the Temple of Khonsu—a smaller, more intimate temple dedicated to the god of time and the moon.
  • Take an early evening walking tour through Luxor Temple, located on the banks of the Nile River. As you approach, an avenue of human-headed sphinxes creates a dramatic and awe-inspiring entrance. The temple unfolds with a series of striking architectural elements that include massive columns, colossal statues, and hieroglyphs.
  • Continue your exploration of the complex at the Abu Haggag Mosque. Although the structure itself “only” dates to the 13th century, its site has been used as a place of worship for more than 3,500 years—and is still in use today.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship, served with beer or wine.

Spend the morning relaxing and catching up on sleep, or greet the day with an early start for an optional, but certainly once-in-a-lifetime, hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings and the Nile.

Later, tour the Nile’s West Bank with your Tour Director.

  • Explore the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs nestled between rugged limestone outcroppings and mountains in the Theban Hills. The barren, rocky terrain contrasts with the lush greenery of the Nile’s eastern bank.
  • Enter King Tut’s tomb, famous for containing the treasures a pharaoh would need in the afterlife, such as clothing, food, chariots, games, and ceremonial items. Although these precious artifacts have since been relocated, you’ll observe the tomb resting amidst richly adorned walls.

This afternoon, enjoy an included lunch before sailing toward Edfu. Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

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Spend a free morning while docked in Edfu or add an exploration of one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt—the Temple of Horus. This classic example of Ptolemaic architecture, with massive stone walls and towering pylons, is also one of the few temples in Egypt where inscriptions on its walls describe how it was built and used in ancient times. 

Later, continue uncovering the wonders of Egypt after an included lunch aboard your ship. You’ll visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. Dedicated to the deities Sobek and Horus, it was constructed as two symmetrical temples aligned in parallel. Although they were initially built during the Ptolemaic period, they were expanded after the Roman conquest of Egypt, resulting in a blend of both local and Greco-Roman architectural styles. 

Your day ends when you dock in the busy market city of Aswan, where you’ll sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine, aboard your vessel. 

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Enjoy a free morning aboard your ship or add an optional trek to Abu Simbel. You’ll visit the temples of Ramses II and his wife, Nefertari, originally carved into the mountainside and painstakingly relocated to save them from being submerged by the damming of the Nile.

Please note: Depending on flight schedules, the Abu Simbel excursion may be offered on day 9 instead of day 8.

Later, enjoy an included lunch before climbing aboard a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat, to ride past Elephantine. Sited across from the hubbub of central Aswan, the island is home to two serene Nubian villages and once played an integral role in the ivory trade.

  • Cruise past partially excavated ruins scattered across the island, including the remains of the Temple of Khnum’s granite step pyramid. You may also spot a nilometer carved directly into the river’s rocky shores and marked with Arabic, Roman, and Egyptian numerals. In ancient times, nilometers were used to indicate the Nile’s water levels to predict the harvest and calculate taxes for the coming year.
  • Take in panoramic views of the dusty pink granite stones of the Mausoleum of Aga Khan. The historic site is the final resting place of Aga Khan III, one of Islam’s most important imams, and a testament to enduring love. Khan’s widow left a red rose on his tomb every day until her passing, a tradition still carried on today in the tomb that she commissioned.

Sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine, aboard the ship this evening.

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Disembark your cruise in Aswan and set off on a sightseeing tour of the city led by your Tour Director. Known as the gateway to Nubia, Aswan is surrounded by a unique natural setting where the Nile, dotted with lush islands, meets an arid desert landscape.

  • Board a boat to visit the temples at Philae, an island in the Nile River. Watch in awe as enormous columns and imposing facades rise from the water, emblazoned with hieroglyphics.
  • Walk through the colorful local market where you’ll find perfumes, spices, traditional talismans, and souvenirs.

Spend a free afternoon in Aswan perusing one of the local markets. Or, add an immersive visit to a Nubian village and experience the hospitality of this distinct group that’s indigenous to southern Egypt.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

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Transfer to the airport and fly back to Cairo today.

After sitting down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine, enjoy a free evening in Cairo. Ask your Tour Director for a recommendation or find a cozy cafe on your own. Be sure to order mint tea and kunafa, a spun pastry soaked in sweet syrup and sprinkled with pistachios.

Spend today in the oldest part of Cairo, exploring labyrinthian alleys, entering ancient houses of worship, and learning more about Egypt’s prismatic history.

  • Enter the Hanging Church. Officially known as Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, this third-century sanctuary is adorned with expertly turned wood carvings, colorful frescoes, and ornate marble columns. Its moniker stems from its position atop the gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, giving the impression that it’s suspended in the air.
  • Step inside the Turkish-style Ben Ezra Synagogue, a place of pilgrimage for North African Jews. It’s believed to have been built on the site where, according to biblical accounts, the baby Moses was found in the Nile River.

Then, transfer to the Gayer-Anderson Museum, a former home that now showcases Egyptian art, furniture, and curios.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during tonight’s farewell dinner, served with beer or wine, and raise a glass to an unforgettable trip and new friendships.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your trip to Jordan, where you can keep satisfying your wanderlust at two of our travelers’ favorite bucket list destinations: Petra and the Dead Sea.  

Fly to Amman, Jordan, this morning and transfer to Petra. Then, sit down for an included dinner before settling in for a good night’s sleep. In just a few hours, you’ll be walking the wonders of Petra’s ancient legacy. 

Head to the city of Petra, which was carved into the soft, red rocks of Mount Hor in the third century BC by members of an Arab tribe known as the Nabataeans. Explore the sandstone city alongside your new Tour Director.

  • Learn about Petra’s unique architecture—one of the reasons it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the iconic Al-Khazneh, or Treasury, which served as a tomb and features one of the most famous facades in the world—immortalized in photographs, films, and, now, your very own camera roll.
  • Take in the intricately carved pillars and columns of the Palace Tomb, whose facade towers five stories above the ground.
  • Stroll through the winding, high-walled gorge known as the Siq and learn how tectonic forces formed the giant crack in the rock.

Please note: In order to enter Petra, travelers should be able to walk two miles round-trip in hot weather over uneven terrain. Other modes of transportation may be available for you to book upon your arrival at an additional cost.

So much of Jordanian hospitality revolves around sharing a meal with visitors and guests. Experience it yourself by adding a Levantine cooking class and dinner to your itinerary and round out your day with the authentic flavors of the eastern Mediterranean. You can also continue your evening with free time to explore Petra on your own.

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Levantine Cooking Class & Dinner

Today, delve deeper into the history and culture of Jordan on a pair of guided sightseeing tours before continuing to Amman, the capital city.

  • Tour Madaba, a market town known for its collection of Byzantine-era mosaics.
  • Visit St. George’s Church and view the Madaba Map. Discovered by builders in the 1880s, this sixth-century Byzantine treasure is the oldest surviving mosaic map of Palestine and is said to have originally comprised more than two million pieces.

Spend your last day in Jordan getting to know the city of Amman and relaxing in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. 

  • Stroll through bustling local markets as you make your way to the ruins of the Citadel—a Bronze Age complex sitting on the city’s highest hill and the second-century Roman theater, the city’s most famous archaeological attraction. 
  • Travel to the Dead Sea for a float in its famously salty water, located at the lowest land-based point on Earth, then share a farewell lunch with your fellow travelers. 

Later, return to Amman to board your late-night flight home.

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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  • In order to enter Egypt (and Jordan on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Egypt. U.S. citizens can purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival for $25. The entry authorities require exact change in crisp, new bills. You can also purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral . Additionally, you can opt to purchase an electronic visa on the Egyptian Electronic Visa Portal website (Please note: Canadian citizens may only obtain a visa directly from the Egyptian Embassy or consulate). Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-visa in their systems. However, we advise keeping either a digital or hard copy of your e-visa in case of any system failures.
  • A group visa for entry into Jordan (on the tour extension) will be provided for all travelers whose flights have been arranged through Go Ahead Tours, as well as for travelers who book their own flights and provide Go Ahead Tours with their full passport and flight details.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code ENE.
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Cairo (or from Amman on tour extension).
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost if they are arriving or departing on the standard day.
  • When you arrive in Cairo, a Go Ahead representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a Go Ahead sign or a sign with your name(s). If you don’t see a representative immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler who has also just arrived and will be back shortly.

Physical Activity Level

This is a very high physical activity-level tour. You can expect vigorous activity throughout the course of the tour.

Tour Pacing

This is a very fast-paced tour. The pace of a tour itinerary considers how often you’ll switch hotels, the amount of planned daily activities, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • One 1-night stay
  • Most days and evenings full of included activities (more if you add excursions)
  • Most transportation by motor coach
  • Some transportation by boat and commercial flight
  • Daily bus time varies and can be lengthy

Walking, Terrain & Physical Requirements

  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 3-5 miles per day over varying terrain- this includes city streets, cobblestones, packed sand terrain, uneven stairs, and hills.
  • Travelers should be prepared for a 4 mile round trip walk to visit Petra, if taking the Jordan extension.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
  • Please Note: Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

Climate Considerations

  • In the summer months (June-August) travelers can expect daily temperatures from 80Fs-100Fs with minimal cloud cover. It's strongly recommended that travelers are prepared for hot and dry climate conditions.
  • Travelers should be prepared for sandstorms which typically occur between March-May in Egypt and from February-May in Jordan.
  • Winter months tend to see an increased amount of air pollution in Egypt.

Physical Activity & Tour Pace Questions

  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special mobility or luggage handling assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group enjoys a smooth and informative journey, and they can’t be relied on to provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • This tour moves at a reasonable pace to avoid missing scheduled stops. The rest of the group cannot miss any scheduled activities because of the needs of an individual.
  • Due to the pace and physical activity level of this tour, mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walkers will be difficult to use and are not recommended. Please notify Go Ahead Tours before your departure if you plan to bring these on tour with you.
  • If you have mobility concerns or tour pace questions, please visit our Help Center or send a message to our Customer Experience Team. We’re here to help!
  • This tour includes various modes of transportation, including planes, boat, and motor coaches. Some modes of transportation will have raised platforms or steps and often not provide access to ramps or lifts.
  • Flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo are included in the price of your tour (the tour extension also includes flights from Cairo and Amman).
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and included flights.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must manage their own luggage throughout tour as porters are not guaranteed. This includes at hotels, airports, and boarding the cruise ship.
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. While many places in Egypt have a warm, sunny climate, the desert can be very cold at night and temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour. Therefore, we also recommend packing a few long sleeve shirts and warmer layers to wear at night.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • Travelers on the tour extension may also wish to bring a swimsuit and pair of water shoes or strapped sandals for the included visit to the Dead Sea.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit mosques or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • A sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities.
  • Public restrooms in Egypt can be quite bare. We suggest carrying bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • We recommend packing your Insurance Card (from your primary insurance provider) in your carry on luggage.
  • Go Ahead handpicks every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Accommodations are typically three and four star hotels.
  • All accommodations include a private bathroom.
  • Most rooms will include a safe for valuables.
  • Your hotels will have Wi-Fi, but it may be limited to common areas.
  • Elevators in hotels are not guaranteed.
  • Some hotels on this tour require travelers to walk with their luggage a few blocks as buses cannot drop travelers off right out front.
  • Egypt operates on 220 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two round pins.
  • Jordan, on the tour extension, operates on 220 volts and uses Type C or G plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • We cannot guarantee that your hotel accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. We recommend checking directly with the hotel once they are confirmed about 30 days prior to departure.
  • Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date.
  • Excursions are available for purchase prior to departure, and most excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour directly through your mobile app for an additional $10 USD.
  • We recommend purchasing excursions at least 3 days prior to your tour departure. Please note some excursions have advance booking deadlines. Check your tour itinerary for more information to ensure you don’t miss the deadline to add them.
  • Optional excursions may be canceled on tour due to reasons like low enrollment, weather or unexpected closures. If an excursion you signed up for is canceled by Go Ahead Tours, you will be refunded the full cost of the excursion. Please note it may take up to 60 days for your refund to be processed.
  • Your Tour Director may offer their own optional excursions which can only be purchased on tour via cash (in local currency).
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at .
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • Most of our itineraries include headsets used during certain sightseeing tours so travelers can hear their guides or Tour Director. If you use an assisted listening device, such as a hearing aid or cochlear implant, please visit our Help Center for more information or contact our customer experience team. Please note that at this time not all our destinations offer headsets due to supplier limitations.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
  • Depending on season and weather patterns, air pollution in Cairo may be problematic for travelers with a history of respiratory problems. Based on your health history, please discuss any precautions with your healthcare provider prior to departure.
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications may be banned in one or all of the countries on this tour. Importing these drugs can carry severe consequences, including imprisonment. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to departure to ensure that any drugs you may want to bring with you are legal in all countries you will visit.
  • This tour includes 5 lunches and 9 dinners. Included meals may be plated set menus, buffet or family style depending on the location. Dinners include one glass of beer, wine, or soft drink and water, coffee and tea.
  • Breakfast each morning is also included at the hotel and is typically buffet style with hot and cold options.
  • Meal times vary greatly in Egypt and locals often skip lunch. While on tour, breakfast will be served around 8am and lunch is often served around 3pm. Therefore, we recommended bringing energy bars, crackers, or other packable snacks with you during the day.
  • Egyptian cuisine uses the bountiful harvests of the Nile Valley—corn, eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, and citrus fruits are popular in many dishes. Don’t miss out on Egyptian interpretations of typical Mediterranean staples like baba ghanoush, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves. Tea is the national drink and is offered at breakfast, after lunch, and in most social situations.
  • On the tour extension, Jordanian cuisine resembles that of the rest of the Middle East. Olives, hummus, sesame seeds, and herbs are typical in many meals. Falafel is the main street food and many meals are served with rice. Hummus and salad are also popular and available at many restaurants. You'll find plenty of opportunities to sip mint tea or Turkish coffee.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in US dollars or local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10USD to $12USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend tipping the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • In Egypt, tipping is an important part of the local culture and you will be expected to tip for services including, but not limited to, taking photos in some areas or seeing additional exhibits. Travelers should carry small bills (in USD) for this purpose.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
  • If you are traveling to multiple countries with different currencies and the same Tour Director, ask them what currency they prefer for their tip.
  • The cost of porterage is included in your tour price, and it is not necessary to tip baggage handlers.
  • You will use the Egyptian pound in Egypt (and the Jordanian dinar on the tour extension).
  • You may find it useful to have a supply of U.S. currency in small denominations when bargaining for everything from taxi rides to souvenirs.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available abroad, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • Plan ahead and bring cash to tip your tour director, local guides, and bus drivers.
  • To ensure you feel prepared before traveling on tour, we strongly recommend you download the EF Go Ahead Tours mobile app. The app is free and provides important deadlines, entry requirements, your detailed itinerary, packing tips and more. You can also connect with fellow travelers through the chat feature in the app.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
  • Your Tour Director, who is also an Egyptologist, will be with you throughout your journey in Egypt.
  • There will also be additional staff working alongside your Tour Director to confirm logistics, as well as assist with transfers and on-tour flights. Having these staffers, who are solely focused on ensuring all on-tour logistics go smoothly, allows your Tour Director to dedicate even more one-on-one time to teaching your group about Egyptian history and culture.
  • As dictated by Egyptian Tourism Police, all foreign groups must be accompanied by an armed guard and/or convoy.
  • You will have a different Tour Director in Jordan on the tour extension.
  • The role of the Tour Director is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each days’ activities and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and cannot provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • One of the benefits of traveling with EF Go Ahead Tours is our on tour emergency support team.
  • Our extensive network of offices around the world, and our integration of ISO 31000: Risk Management Guidelines, help our dedicated 24/7 Emergency Service teams anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and iterative way.
  • This team supports travelers and Tour Directors using a combination of extensive training, simulations, incident response planning, and decades of experience to help manage emergencies if they arise, ranging from personal health concerns or injuries to major world events.
  • As needed, On Tour Support can facilitate additional support for travelers on tour, arrange assistance from outside specialists, and liaise with local and international authorities to help solve on-the-ground issues. In addition, the team is dedicated to supporting and facilitating communication between travelers and families in the event of an emergency while on the road or at home.
  • Egypt is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Jordan, on the tour extension, is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it's noon in New York, it's 6pm in Egypt (and 7pm in Jordan).
  • When you travel with EF Go Ahead Tours, you’ll make a positive impact on the places you visit, and the people and animals you meet along the way. That’s because our three core Responsible Travel commitments—protecting the environment, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare—are at the heart of every tour we offer
  • Travel, when done responsibly, can make an enormous socio-economic impact to communities. To maximize your impact, eat at locally owned restaurants and shop at local businesses. Ask your Tour Director to point out restaurants they recommend
  • Prepare for your trip: be aware of the monetary norms such as tipping and negotiating in a market, learn about the destination’s forms of etiquette, and take some time to learn a few words in the local language
  • When interacting with locals, make sure to ask people for permission before you take their picture, and approach cultural differences with empathy and an open mind
  • EF Go Ahead Tours encourages our travelers to limit their waste while on the road, especially single use plastics. You can avoid single use plastics by packing your own toiletries, using electronic documents, and bringing a reusable water bottle and shopping bag. If you need to use plastics or paper, please recycle
  • Animal Welfare: Take the philosophies of World Animal Protection to heart during included tour activities and your free time. Do not touch, do not feed, and maintain a respectful distance from wild animals. Wild animals encountered on tour should be able to exhibit natural forms of behavior. If you feel we are not meeting these commitments, please share your feedback with us.
  • Animal Welfare: Avoid buying any exploitative wildlife products such as tortoise shell or shark fin soup.
  • On this tour you will spend 4 nights on the Nile River cruise.
  • Cabins will feel very similar to a hotel room and will include a private bathroom.
  • While Wifi is available on the ship, it is often available only in common areas and sometimes at an additional cost.
  • Most ships do not have elevators.
  • Ships often dock directly next to each other, which may require travelers to walk through other ships' lobbies and cross the small gap to their own ship.
  • It is recommended travelers get any cash or necessities before boarding the ship.

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Pyramids rise above sun-baked sands. The Sphinx stares, unblinking, into a relentlessly blue sky. Boats wend their way down the waters of the Nile. Traders hawk their wares in the dusty bazaars. In many ways, Egypt seems timeless, unchanging. However, modern politics are very present in this ancient land and our specialists continue to visit Egypt to gauge the atmosphere and levels of service available throughout the country.

In our experience it remains a friendly and hospitable place, and our experts can craft a tailored itinerary to help you explore this dynamic destination. A cruise down the Nile  is still one of the most effective ways to see Egypt, including the archaeological treasures around Aswan and Luxor. But there is more to see on an Egypt vacation than the ancient sites — coral reefs in the clear waters of the Red Sea, afternoon tea at the Victorian-era Old Cataract Hotel, medieval sites in the souqs of Cairo.

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Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of Egypt. However, you’ll mostly hear people speaking the Egyptian dialect, a colloquial variety of Modern Standard Arabic that has some different words and pronunciation. While people in other Arab countries speak different varieties of Arabic, Egyptian Arabic is widely understood because Egyptian cinema and soap operas are popular across the region.

That said, all of the guides we pair you with can speak English to varying degrees, and you should be able to communicate with drivers, market stall vendors, and other service workers in larger cities and towns. However, in Upper Egypt, away from the main visitor sites, souqs, and hotels, people might not speak any English at all.

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE or EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres (PT). Bank notes come in denominations LE5, LE10, LE20, LE50, LE100, and LE200 and coins in denominations of LE1, PT50, and PT25.

You can use credit cards in hotels, as well as larger restaurants and shops, but not in many other places. There are ATMs in most major towns, and foreign currency can be exchanged for the Egyptian pound at many bank branches and Forex outlets.

You’ll find plenty of falafels, hummus, kofta, and flat bread in Egypt. But for something a little different, we recommend trying Nubian food in the south, such as bamia, an okra stew, or kushari, a spicy lentil and chickpea dish, both of which are typically cooked in earthenware pots.

Egypt has a long history of brewing, so you could try one of the local beers, such as Stella, not to be mistaken with Stella Artois, or Saqqara Gold. For something non-alcoholic, try a sweetened tea with mint leaves or a sugarcane juice.

Tipping, known as baksheesh locally, is expected for almost any service given to you, and you should aim to tip 10–15% in restaurants on top of the standard service charge and VAT.

You should also tip guides, drivers, porters, and other service workers, even if the service given is very small. However, the amount depends on various factors, so we can provide you specific guidance before you travel.

That said, some people will request a tip without even offering a service, such as approaching you and giving you advice or information without you requesting it. In these instances, we recommend that you say no to any unsolicited help and walk away.

For the latest travel advice for Egypt, including entry requirements, health information, and the safety and security situation, please refer to the State Department Website .

Most people come to Egypt for its sun-baked pyramids, hieroglyphics-carved tombs, and riverside ruins that date back thousands of years, but while there, you can also unwind on the deck of a luxury ship on the Nile, watch vividly patterned fish dart in and out of coral reefs as you snorkel in the Red Sea, or try your hand at bartering in the spangled souqs of Cairo.

We can pair you with an Egyptologist who will reveal the secrets of pharaohs and ancient peoples as you descend into 4000-year-old tombs that still appear to be freshly painted, attempt to decrypt the symbols etched into towering columns, and walk alongside the ever-watchful mythical creatures carved out of stone.

Egypt offers a wealth of different stays, including luxury beach resorts, classically designed hotels overlooking the pyramids, and Nile cruise ships that range from simple and comfortable to around-the-clock butler service. While there are many international hotels dotted around Egypt, we can help you find more characterful stays too, such as a rustic Nubian-style ecolodge or a 19th-century Victorian hotel  perched on a pink granite cliff overlooking the Nile.

Our specialists can help you find an Egyptian stay to suit your tastes, but, in the meantime, you can take a look at a selection of the hotels we have to offer .

It’s usually best to start your Egypt trip in Cairo where you can take in the towering pyramids of Giza before heading onto Luxor  and Aswan to further unravel the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. In Luxor, you can explore the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, and Temple of Ramesses III, while Aswan  cradles the imposing temple complexes of Edfu and Kom Ombo as well as the Temple of Philae.

If you’d like to unwind after a whirlwind tour of Egypt’s pharaonic lands, you could add on a beach stay at either Hurghada or El Quseir to swim and snorkel in the coral-adorned Red Sea , or head north to Alexandria to learn about the Greco-Roman past of this now-chilled-out city.

Many people also combine Egypt with a trip to Jordan to witness the third-century ruins of Petra .

It takes around 11–15 hours to fly from New York to Egypt’s capital of Cairo and around 22 hours from Los Angeles. We recommend flying with Delta, Air France, and a few other airlines, which we can advise on.

The time zone in Egypt is UTC+2 from October to April and UTC+3 from April to October.

The best way to get around Egypt across longer distances, such as between Cairo and Luxor, is to fly, and then you can take private cars with a guide for shorter distances. Another popular way of seeing Egypt is taking a cruise along the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, discovering the ancient civilizations that flourished on the riverbanks along the way.

US citizens need a 30-day visa to enter Egypt, which you can get on arrival at the airport for $25 per person, which must be paid in US dollars. Our agents will help you get this when you arrive.

You should check with your doctor to see which vaccinations you’ll need for Egypt, but we recommend that you’re at least up to date with the vaccinations recommended for your home country. You can take a look at suggested vaccinations for Egypt on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Your passport must be valid for six months after the date of departure from Egypt and have a minimum of one unstamped double page free.

Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, and while you don’t need to cover up completely, the more you do, the less unwanted attention you’ll get. Men should never be in public without some kind of shirt on, and women are best to cover their shoulders and knees. You should remove shoes if visiting a mosque, no matter your gender, and women will need to cover their hair.

The weather in Egypt is typically hot and dry during the day but can become much cooler in the evening during the winter months (December to March), so we also recommend packing layers, as well as comfortable and sturdy shoes.

During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslim locals will be fasting, and while you won’t be expected to fast too, you shouldn’t eat, drink or smoke in public out of respect. You may find that restaurants and shops change their opening hours to help staff who are fasting and attending the mosque for prayer, but hotels and visitor sites will remain open as normal.

No, it’s forbidden to photograph any military or government buildings in Egypt. Similarly, you should also avoid photographing bridges, canals, or anything that could be construed as having strategic significance. Your guide will be able to help you understand what you can and can’t take photos of during your trip.

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With a population of approximately 90,000,000 people, Egypt is located in the northeast corner of the African continent on the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered to the northeast by Palestine and Israel , the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. The geography of Egypt can be divided into four different regions: the Nile Valley and Delta, the Western Desert, the Eastern Desert and the Sinai Peninsula.

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Egypt, probably the world’s oldest civilization, is a treasure trove for history and archaeology enthusiasts who undertake an Egypt tour. It has borrowed from Greek, Roman, Christian and Arab influences over time. But even the less enthusiastic will marvel at what is on offer. Imagine a country basically a desert totally redeemed by the River Nile which runs through a fertile well-watered lush valley.

What are the top places to see and things to do in Egypt?

This is a very large and sprawling city with an abundance of exciting places to visit on Egypt vacations. Probably your first one will be the Egyptian Museum and the best place to delve into Egypt’s amazing history and past glory.  It contains one of the world’s most important collections of ancient artefacts and the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities.  The Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo are the only remaining one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World. They are 4,000 years old and are amazing because of their extraordinary shape, perfectly made structure, and sheer size. For a true Cairo experience, visit the Khan Al Khalili Bazaar with its mediaeval flavour and shops found in narrow lanes. The Cairo Citadel is a mediaeval Islamic fortification located high on a hill with amazing views of the city. It is now a well-preserved historic site comprising mosques, palaces, and museums. 

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Central Egypt

T his is the heartland of Ancient Egypt and an excellent area on Egypt tours to explore history and marvel at the wonders of a bygone time. 

You can start with the Luxor Temple, a temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes) constructed in approximately 1400 BC. It may have been where many of the kings of Egypt were crowned. Karnak is an outstanding complex of sanctuaries, temples, chapels, and obelisks. The complex is a vast open-air site and includes the Karnak Open Air Museum. It is believed to be the second-most visited historical site in Egypt after the pyramids. The Valley of the Kings is where, from the 16th to the 11th Centuries BC, tombs were constructed for Pharaohs. It has been the site of royal burials since around 2100 BC.  

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Southern Egypt

A bu Simbel is where you will find two enormous rock temples in a village in Nubia only rediscovered at the beginning of the 19th Century. The twin temples of Abu Simbe l were originally carved out of a mountainside in the 13th Century BC during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II. They are a monument to him and his Queen Nefertari. The whole complex was relocated to above the Aswan High Dam as it was in danger of being flooded by the creation of Lake Nasser. The amazing Aswan High Dam was built across the Nile in Aswan between 1960 and 1970 AD and had a significant effect on the economy of Egypt due to its ability to increase water storage.  

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Northern Egypt

Saint Catherine's Monastery, on the Sinai Peninsula where, according to the Old Testament, Moses received the Ten Commandments, lies at the foot of Mount Sinai, near the town of Saint Catherine. The monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. It contains the world's oldest continually operating library and houses priceless works of art including mosaics, The Egyptian city of Alexandria is not only famous for its spectacular location on the Mediterranean Sea but also, for the man who built it to rule the world for thousands of years ago, Alexander the Great Highlights here include the Bibliotheca Alexandrina , a huge library with a unique design and the El Montazah Palace, once a summer getaway for the King. 

What about cruises on the Nile River?

This is certainly the most relaxing way to view Central Egypt’s treasures. Almost all Nile cruises sail between Luxor and Aswan in both directions and usually take a minimum of 4 days one way. There are cruises from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan which last as long as 12 to 13 days one way. Most Nile cruises visit the popular sites of Esna, Edfu, and Kom Ombo before disembarking in either Luxor or Aswan. There are a lot of choices as it has been recorded that there are around 200 Nile River Cruise ships. These range from traditional paddle steamers to luxurious modern cruise ships. Most cruise companies employ the services of an Egyptologist, who will be your guide around the ancient sites you visit along the way. Modern vessels usually have a swimming pool while some provide nightly entertainment in the form of belly dancing shows. At night, many of the temples and monuments are illuminated and the sight of them from the river can be breathtaking on Egypt vacations.

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What about Egyptian resorts?

Hurghada is the main tourist centre on trips to Egypt and is known for the excellent diving and snorkelling available on the Red Sea Coast on an Egypt tour. Visitors choose Hurghada on a trip to Egypt as it offers an excellent beach vacation. The waters here are clear and calm for much of the year making it a popular water sports destination. Located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Sharm El Sheik, once a simple fishing village, present-day Sharm El Sheik is a well-known port and resort town and is regarded as one of the finest diving spots in the world on an Egypt vacation. 

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When is the best time to visit egypt.

Egypt has two seasons. It enjoys a mild winter which lasts from October to April and a hot summer from May to September. It should be borne in mind that in summer, the heat can be uncomfortable. If considering a stay on the Red Sea coast, June to September is a good time to visit the beach resorts. Despite being the peak of summer, temperatures on the coast are much cooler than those of the rest of Egypt.

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What types of tours are available in Egypt?

The ideal itinerary to really enjoy an Egypt tour and discover its charms is to combine a stopover in Cairo followed by a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan. Add on if required an excursion to  Abu Simbel. Cruises are available for all tastes and budgets. Should you wish to relax after all that, consider a few days at a Red Sea resort to complete your Egypt travel. 

What else should I know about travelling in Egypt?

If taking a Nile cruise, both Luxor and Aswan are easily accessible from Cairo with regular flights daily. You can visit Alexandria from Cairo on a short train journey allowing you to see the countryside en route on an Egypt vacation. Regular flights operate between Cairo and the Red Sea resorts. 

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What are the best tours of Egypt?

Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

Why do I book with Your Egypt Tours?

Your Egypt Tours is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

What is the average cost of a tour of Egypt?

It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.

Can i drink tap water in Egypt?

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

What is the best time to visit Egypt 2024 ?

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation. From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

How is the weather in Egypt?

It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

Is Egypt safe to travel to ?

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

What are the best things to do in Egypt?

There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city

Should I visit Egypt during Summer?

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

What is the dress code in Egypt?

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

How to get visa to visit Egypt?

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal:

How many days in Egypt is enough?

Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.

What is the best Nile River cruise?

There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet

When is best time of the year to travel to Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt is generally from October to April where it is suitable for outdoor activities and sightseeing.  

What destinations are included in Egypt travel?

Egypt travel usually have guided tours to archaeological sites, museums, and historical landmarks. Also have optional activities may include hot air balloon rides over Luxor, snorkeling in the Red Sea, or desert safaris.  

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Absolutely mind blowing. A definite must see. We flew from Aswan after I contact them, as I did not want to sit in car for hours with my 10-year-old daughter. Just so much history and ancient love. You cannot miss this one thing if you are in Cairo. The rocks are just HUGE, so special.

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I recently traveled with my wife, daughter, son in law and two grandsons (ages 4 and 2). We had a private tour experience. From the moment we landed at the airport on our arrival to the day we left we were treated with the utmost care and attention

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Our trip to was wonderful. The accommodations and travel was seamlessly arranged by customer service rep, Mona, and we visited so many of the famous Egyptian antiquities. I would not have done the trip without the very knowledgeable guides, Ashraf and Mamdouh

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Picture yourself gazing up from the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza as your personal Egyptologist guide leads you on an exclusive tour apart from the hustling crowds. Zip through bustling Cairo in the comfort of your private vehicle as your dedicated driver escorts your group through an illuminating exploration of Old Cairo’s 6th-century mosques and ancient Coptic churches – by way of a hidden spot serving the best koshari and Egyptian tea in the city.

Luxuriate in your palatial hotel in the evening, once a respite for visiting royalty and dignitaries, and soak in sweeping views of the majestic pyramids, their facades framed by the setting desert sun.

Explore the exalted tombs of the Valley of the Kings and decipher enigmatic hieroglyphics with the help of your knowledgeable guide. Set sail on the glittering Nile aboard the regal Dahabeya , bound for beautiful Aswan and the captivating temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari at Abu Simbel .

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You can’t fully escape the crowds descending on Egypt now. But, as always, there are strategies…

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Egypt gives us what no other country can: the chance to see up close, in situ, the astonishing creative impulses of the world’s most long-lived ancient civilization. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to concentrate on the historic must-sees. They are scattered the length of Egypt, mostly in the narrow band along the banks of the Nile. The classic itinerary is Cairo–Aswan–Nile cruise–Luxor, then back to Cairo. (The order of Aswan and Luxor can be switched, depending on which cruise you take.)

But Egypt has not been standing still. There are new museums. There is a fever of excavations, with new sites opening to visitors and others restored. And there are off-the-beaten-path places to explore, including the newly accessible Sahara oases (the desert makes up about 95 percent of Egypt’s territory and is another world). All that, however, requires that you extend your trip beyond the usual 10 to 12 days—or, unimaginably, skip one of the classic stops. Want a full day at the Old Kingdom necropolis of Sakkara, to see the new finds? You’ll need a third day in Cairo. Ditto if you’re a rider and want to spend an afternoon galloping on an Arabian horse around Sakkara and Giza.

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You need at least two days in Cairo, more if you can. To stay, I recommend the Four Seasons Nile Plaza , the Ritz-Carlton , and, if you don't mind a slightly more four-star place, the Marriott on Cairo's central, formerly chi-chi Zamalek Island, where I always stay; I like its convenient location, its Suez-Canal-related history, and most of all its large back garden and buzzy outdoor cafe, where tout le Caire still seems to congregate over hookahs and mighty strong G&Ts.

Devote the first day to pharaonic Egypt: the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in the morning, followed by the Memphis Museum and a walkabout of the vast funerary complex of Sakkara . On day two you’re in medieval Islamic Cairo: two mosques (the renowned Al-Azhar and the magnificently severe Ibn ­Tulun ), the Citadel (begun by Saladin to defend Cairo from the Crusaders), and an end-of-day meander (with shopping) around the Khan el-­Khalili market —part tourist trap, part real thing. A third day can be some combination of the below:

Two museums: The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization , where the mummies now reside, and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, a.k.a., GEM (which is not officially open but is partially accessible, for a range of high fees—and worth it).

A full day at Sakkara: See the pyramid of Unas and its exceptionally fine carvings of funerary texts; the mind-bending Serapeum , where mummies of the sacred Apis bulls were buried in giant sarcophagi; and the king’s burial chamber tunnels beneath Djoser’s newly stabilized Step Pyramid ; you can now gaze straight down at his sarcophagus. End the day at the rarely visited three main pyramids of Dahshur (the Red, Black, and Bent), seven miles south of Sakkara. This is what you want in Egypt: to see something no one else is seeing, alone with ancientness.

For $3,000 you can spend time alone in Sakkara's colorful, newly discovered tomb of Wahtye, a high-ranking priest from the 25th century BC—who possibly stole the tomb from his brother.

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An early morning flight from Cairo to Aswan and a short connecting flight to Abu Simbel, near Egypt’s border with Sudan, puts you face to face with as great a play for immortality (and ancient geopolitical power) as the pyramids of Giza. Contemplate Ramses II’s two staggering temples , then board the short early after­noon flight back to Aswan and the luxuries of Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel , with its ghosts of Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, and many others—and the most perfect view of the Nile.


Aswan was always a frontier town, the last bastion of pharaonic religion, centered on the powerful cult of Isis worship in the temple of Philae . See the temple (it’s a tourist magnet, so go at dawn if possible), but even early travelers came here less for the antiquities than for the city’s tranquil “Nice of the Nile” beauty. Your next two days should include, between bouts of lounging, St. Simeon’s Monastery , in the desert on the opposite bank (the ancient Christian wreck has an oddly powerful aura); the elegant, eye-opening pink granite Nubian Museum (which presents the history and culture of Egypt’s ancient southern neighbor); Elephantine Island , a nexus of caravan routes from across Africa where you’ll arrive by felucca (an Aswan must); and a walk atop the ­Unfinished Obelisk , a fascinating ancient failure. Reputedly commissioned by the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, it would have been the world’s largest by far, but it developed fatal cracks. Its bottom end is still attached to the rock bed, workers’ marks still visible.

Foodie trove in the Aswan market: This small, manageable bazaar, which has rebounded in recent years, has the freshest, most varied spices procured directly from all over Africa. Stock up.

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This is the mother lode of Egyptian antiquities, the country’s ceremonial capital for millennia. Stay at the grand but tatty Sofitel Winter Palace , overlooking the Nile on the east bank, or the boutiquey, just reno­vated Al Moudira , amid farmland on the west bank. Musts on the east bank, site of the ceremonial temples: the Karnak complex , the largest place of worship in the ancient world, and Luxor Temple . On the west bank, site of mortuary temples and tombs, get advance special entrance tickets (fewer visitors) for a handful of the best pharaonic tombs in the valleys of the kings and queens —especially those of Ramses VI, Nefertari, and Seti I. See the stunning Deir el-Bahri , mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, at dawn, as crowds truly interfere with sightlines. The Tombs of the Nobles offer a glimpse of how nonroyals lived and died. The temples of Medinet Habu and the Ramesseum are much less crowded; the shattered remains of Ramses II’s colossal statue in the latter are a reminder of how man’s best-laid plans can come to naught.

Avenue of the Sphinxes: It took 70 years to restore this ancient road, originally lined with 1,057 sphinxes and ram-headed statues, and you can now walk its entire 1.7 miles, from Karnak to Luxor Temple.

Temple of Khnum, Esna: The long-overlooked temple of the ram-­headed god, 35 miles south of Luxor, where most dahabiya cruises (see below) start, got a pharaonic face-lift; its columns now burst with their original colors.

Luxor Temple is already resplendently lit at night. Now imagine a private dinner amid the forest of giant columns in its Hypostyle Hall. Jim Berkeley of DAI can arrange it for you.

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Do not, under any circumstances, be talked out of a Nile cruise in Upper Egypt. I resisted for a long time, but once I succumbed I found out what I’d been missing. You can cruise on a largish ship, with amenities like a plunge pool and spacious cabins (best choices would be Oberoi’s Zahra and Philae , or Egyptian-owned Historia ). Or, my preference: a traditional, flat-bottomed, two-masted dahabiya, with only eight to 12 cabins. Small cabins and bathrooms don’t matter, because you’re luxuriating on deck most of the time anyway, Agatha Christie–style, your hair blowing in the wind, a G&T in your hand, watching eternal Egypt pass by.

Consider one from chic Nour el Nil , which operates seven dahabiyas (the new Roman is the roomiest), or Zekrayaat , operated by Nile Dahabiya , or one from Lazuli Voyages . If you want total privacy, do a charter-only dahabiya, such as Zein Chateau , operated by A&K offshoot Sanctuary . Most commonly dahabiyas leave from Esna, south of Luxor, and sail four days upstream to Aswan. You can also board in Aswan and sail downstream, north to Esna—a shorter, 3-day voyage because of Nile currents. (How much time you spend on the boat will also determine in which order you visit Aswan and Luxor.) All ships stop at the temples of Kom Ombo and of Horus , at Edfu. But what only a dahabiya can offer is the ability to nose up to a pretty stretch of Nile shoreline and set up an impromptu picnic, after which you can walk to a nearby village where there are absolutely no other tourists.

Kazazian Cruises : It’s the striking new charter-only entrant in the Nile dahabiya competition. Their first boat can sleep 18, has a plunge pool on deck (as few others do), and has sleek all-white interiors.

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Time in the desert gives any trip to Egypt an extra dimension. A vast region from west of the Nile to the Libyan border was closed for five years, because of instability in Libya, and only reopened recently. Fayoum oasis is just 69 miles southwest of Cairo, but it feels a world away: lush vegetation, waterfalls, a blue lake, rich birdlife (it’s on the migratory route between Africa and Europe). Fifty miles farther out is the Valley of Whales : gigantic fossils of whales and sharks from 40 million to 50 million years ago, when the Sahara was beneath the sea. (You will likely be alone.) Stay at the charming 16-suite Lazib Inn Resort & Spa , owned by a former VP of Four Seasons hotels.

Siwa oasis and its 40-room Adrère Amellal ecolodge , the inspired project of Cairo environmentalist and aesthete Mounir Neamatalla, require a 90-minute flight from Cairo or an eight-hour desert drive (which, believe it or not, has its charms). It is Egypt’s remotest oasis, a tropical garden of date palms, olive trees, and donkey carts, more than 200 freshwater springs, some hot, with the Great Sand Sea all around—the mammoth dunes of every Arabian fantasy, into which you can ride or drive. Visit the ruins of the temple of Amun , where Alexander the Great consulted the oracle in 331 BC after assuming the mantle of pharaoh, and the Mountain of the Dead , the startlingly beautiful graves of Siwa’s citizens going back to Greco-Roman times. Or just breathe, bathe, swim, and consume Adrère Amellal’s splendid organic meals—served at night by the light of hundreds of candles.

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Egypt Bucket List: Your Expert Guide to Cairo & The Nile

Table of contents, why egypt should be on your bucket list, egypt bucket list #1-journey to cairo, egypt, egypt bucket list #2-exploring the nile river cruise, best time to visit egypt, planning your trip: visa requirements and travel costs , unique egyptian adventures to experience, is egypt safe to visit , what are the best ways to get around egypt, do you need to book tours in advance, or can you explore on your own, what should you wear when visiting ancient sites and mosques in egypt , are there any health concerns or vaccinations required for traveling to egypt, do you need a visa to visit egypt, your egypt bucket list adventure awaits.

Your Egypt bucket list adventure starts here! Egypt , a land steeped in ancient history and rich culture, is a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list . From the iconic monuments of Cairo to the winding Nile River, this captivating country offers a unique blend of awe-inspiring sights and immersive cultural experiences.

Having personally experienced the magic of Cairo and a mesmerizing Nile river cruise, here’s my expert guide, insider tips, and recommendations to help you plan an unforgettable Egypt vacation to this bucket list-worthy destination.

There are many reasons to visit Egypt and why it should be on your bucket list. Imagine standing in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, or gazing upon the enigmatic Sphinx, a testament to the ingenuity of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Beyond these iconic landmarks, Egypt offers a diverse array of experiences, from exploring bustling cities like Cairo to cruising along the mighty Nile River, witnessing remnants of ancient temples and tombs.

Egypt is also known for its welcoming people, delicious cuisine, and vibrant markets, making it an immersive cultural journey unlike any other.

Whether you’re a history buff, an adventure seeker, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of ancient wonders, Egypt has something to offer every traveler on an Egypt tour or Egypt vacation.

As the vibrant capital of Egypt, Cairo is a bustling metropolis that seamlessly blends ancient wonders with modern life. Here, you’ll find some of the country’s most iconic attractions, along with a lively cultural scene and a rich culinary heritage.

No visit to Cairo is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx . These ancient marvels, dating back over 4,500 years, are a testament to the ingenuity and engineering prowess of the ancient Egyptians.

For a unique experience , consider booking a camel ride to explore the Giza plateau and capture stunning views of the pyramids .

Beyond the pyramids, Cairo offers a wealth of cultural experiences. The Egyptian Museum is a must-visit, housing an unparalleled collection of ancient artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb .

For a taste of local culture, head to the vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaar , where you can haggle for souvenirs, sample delicious street food, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.

For a comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Cairo, check out our article on things to do in Cairo Egypt .

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The mighty Nile River played a crucial role in the development of ancient Egyptian civilization, and today, it offers a unique way to explore the country’s rich history. A Nile River cruise is an unforgettable experience , providing a luxurious and convenient way to witness some of Egypt’s most remarkable ancient sites.

As you glide along the Nile, you’ll have the opportunity to visit iconic temples and tombs that have stood the test of time.

From the awe-inspiring Philae Temple Complex to the intricate carvings of Edfu Temple , each site offers a glimpse into the grandeur and sophistication of ancient Egyptian architecture.

One of the highlights of a Nile cruise is the chance to explore Luxor , known as the “world’s greatest open-air museum.” Here, you can delve into the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were laid to rest, and marvel at the stunning Temple of Queen Hatshepsut , a stunning example of ancient engineering carved into the cliffs.

Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to the comfort and luxury of a modern riverboat, complete with amenities such as spacious cabins, fine dining, and entertainment. It’s a truly immersive way to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt.

Egypt’s ancient history is also brought to life through captivating performances, such as the whirling dervish dance, a mesmerizing spiritual ritual that dates back centuries. Consider attending a show to witness this captivating display of music, movement, and devotion.

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When planning your trip to Egypt, timing is crucial. The best time to visit Egypt is during the cooler months, from October to April, when temperatures are milder and more comfortable for sightseeing. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • The shoulder seasons (spring and fall) offer the best balance of pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
  • Peak season brings more tourists, but if that’s your only option, be prepared for the crowds.
  • Summer months in Egypt can be scorching hot, so consider that if you’re particularly heat sensitive.

When planning your trip to Egypt, consider attending major festivals like Ramadan or national holidays, which can impact opening hours and crowd levels at popular attractions.

To help you, I’ve created a guide covering everything you need to know while Visiting Egypt During Ramadan: Insider Guide to Celebration .

Before embarking on your Egyptian adventure, it’s essential to understand the visa requirements and travel costs. Check the visa requirements for your nationality well in advance. Many countries can obtain a visa upon arrival at Egyptian airports, but it’s best to confirm and be prepared. The visa fee is generally around $25 USD.

As for the trip to Egypt cost is relatively affordable compared to other popular destinations. You can expect to spend around $50-$100 per day for a mid-range traveler, including accommodation, food, transportation, and entry fees to major attractions. Here’s a rough estimate of some common expenses:

  • Airfare: $500-$1,000 roundtrip from major U.S. cities
  • Mid-range hotel: $50-$100 per night
  • Budget hotel: $20-$50 per night
  • Meals: $10-$25 per day (street food and casual restaurants)
  • Transportation: $5-$10 per day (for taxis and public transport)
  • Entrance fees: $10-$25 per site (e.g., pyramids, temples, museums)

To save money, consider staying in budget-friendly accommodations. A wide range of options exist, from budget hostels to luxurious hotels. Eating at local street food stalls and local eateries is incredibly affordable, and you’ll find delicious meals for just a few dollars. When exploring attractions, transportation like local buses and taxis is budget-friendly. Consider a Nile Cruise package for an all-inclusive experience.

Here are some unique adventures that you must experience when traveling to Egypt.

  • Soar over Luxor in a hot air balloon for breathtaking views of temples and the Valley of the Kings at sunrise-a true bucket list moment!
  • Camel rides near the Pyramids are a popular choice, but it’s important to be aware of the ethical concerns. To learn more, check out this article, Why A Camel Ride in Egypt Commands a Conflicting Ethical Decision delves into this complex topic.
  • Immerse yourself in Islamic Cairo. Discover its rich history and architectural beauty at the magnificent Al-Azhar Mosque.
  • No trip to Egypt is complete without sampling the delicious local cuisine! Try  koshari  (a hearty mix of rice, lentils, and pasta),  falafel  (chickpea fritters), and don’t forget stuffed pigeon – an Egyptian delicacy.

Planning a trip to Egypt can raise a lot of questions, so we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your journey.

Egypt is generally safe for tourists, especially when traveling with a reputable tour company or guide. However, it’s always important to exercise caution, be aware of your surroundings, and follow the advice of local authorities.

For long-distance travel, consider taking domestic flights or booking a Nile River cruise. Within cities, taxis and public transportation are affordable and convenient options. Hiring a private driver or tour guide can also make navigating Egypt more comfortable.

While it’s possible to explore some sites independently, booking guided tours in advance can provide invaluable insights and ensure a smoother experience. Guided tours are highly recommended for complex sites like the pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and ancient temples.

It’s important to dress modestly when visiting religious sites or Islamic mosques. Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Women may also want to carry a scarf to cover their heads when entering mosques.

No specific vaccinations are required for most travelers, but it’s always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider before your trip. Ensure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date, and consider getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. Bringing insect repellent and staying hydrated are also recommended.

Yes, most nationalities require a visa to visit Egypt. However, the process is relatively straightforward, and there are a couple of ways to obtain one:

Visa on Arrival: Citizens of many countries can obtain a visa upon arrival at Egypt’s international airports. The process involves filling out a form, paying a fee (typically around $25 USD, payable in cash), and having a passport valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.

E-Visa: For added convenience, many nationalities can apply for an e-Visa in advance through the official Egyptian government portal ([invalid URL removed]). The process is entirely online and typically takes a few days for approval.

Important Notes:

Specific Requirements:  Always double-check the visa requirements for your specific nationality, as there may be variations. Some countries may have additional requirements or longer processing times.

Visa Validity:  The most common tourist visa for Egypt is valid for 30 days. If you plan to stay longer, consider applying for a multiple-entry visa or inquire about visa extensions upon arrival.

Resources:  For official visa information and updates, visit the Egyptian government website or consult your nearest Egyptian embassy or consulate.

By following this expert Egypt travel guide, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and insider tips to plan an extraordinary journey through Cairo and the heart of ancient Egyptian civilization, Nile.

Egypt promises to leave a lasting impression and will surely capture your heart. So, pack your sense of adventure, embrace the rich culture, and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to this bucket list-worthy destination.

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Loudonville museum planning small-group tour to Egypt in 2025

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The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville is organizing a small-group tour to Egypt.

The tour is slated for March 30-April 6, 2025, and will take travelers to Cairo, Giza, Luxor and the ancient cities of Memphis, Saqqara and Thebes. Among the highlights are visiting the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Step Pyramid, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens as well as a sunset cruise on the Nile River and the option to add a hot-air balloon ride over the desert.

Travelers will explore the tombs of King Tut, Ramesses VI, Queen Hatshepsut and nearly a dozen others. Stepping back into the modern day, the group will explore the Khan El-Khalili bazaar and Egypt’s local cuisine.

The tour is offered as part of the CRF Museum’s Heritage Travel series. According to the museum’s curator and travel adviser, the small group atmosphere has been a critical component of the museum’s tours.

“We’ve had an incredible number of repeat travelers, with all of them extolling the benefits of our limited small groups − unlike larger package tours where travelers are shoved on a bus with 50 strangers and only visit tourist restaurants and landmarks," Kenny Libben said. "Our goal is to allow our guests to get a more intimate experience and have opportunities to explore on their own.”

Libben said the museum has been quietly working on the tour for quite some time.

“We knew Egypt was going to be expensive, so we really worked hard to find a reliable tour operator at the best price we could offer," he said.

The result was partnering with Egypt’s highest rated tour operator, employing a professional Egyptologist to be the group’s private guide and managing to put together a package that competes with even the large group package rates. In addition to admission and transportation to all the included sites, the tour includes seven nights in five-star hotels as well as domestic airfare between Cairo and Luxor.

The tour does not include airfare as Libben noted “everyone has different preferences for airlines, economy versus business class, etc. so we let them handle their own flights, though we are certainly happy to help anyone book theirs if needed.”

Those interested in learning more or signing up for the trip are encouraged to visit the museum’s website at and select the Ancient Egypt 2025 listing.

Anyone with questions can email at [email protected] or call 419 994-4050.

This article originally appeared on Ashland Times Gazette: Small-group tour of Egypt offered by Loudonville Museum

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