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Top Trip Memories
  • Sailing on a felucca on the upper reaches of the nile to watch the sun set over this mighty river
  • Visiting the to great wonder of the world: the Pyramids of Giza
  • Getting lost amongst ancient antiquities and mummies at Cairo’s world famous Egyptian Museum
  • Watching dawn creep in at Abu Simbel on the shores of Lake Nasser
  • Playing hide and seek behind the hundreds of towering columns in the great halls of Karnak’s temple
  • Heading up to the skies in a balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings
  • Scuba diving to catch a glimpse of the sea corals and the sea creatures in Red Sea Reefs
  • Taking a river cruise along the Nile
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Tour Tips
  • Remember to show respect for the local culture by covering shoulders and knees (a scarf can be very handy to cover up for mosques or temple visits)
  • Learn how to read numbers in Arabic to avoid being taken advantage of. As a tourist, you will most likely be quoted a heavily marked up price, so knowing what the actual written price is can help.
  • Tap water is not safe to drink, stick to bottled water - for this reason salads are often best avoided in restaurants too.
  • Going on a guided tour often helps reduce any risk of getting sick from different food, but it is wise to avoid street food.
  • Train trips from Cairo to the south are long and seats can be uncomfortable, so if your trip includes an overnight train, check if your tour company buys sleeper beds or seats if this is important to you.
  • Bus travel within Egypt covers a lot of ground, but stops are infrequent. So take advantage of the pit stops!
  • Swimming in the Nile is not advisable 
  • Enjoy the unique beauty this country, its people and its history have to offer!
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Egypt Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Tour Reviews

Nile Cruise - an amazing trip

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5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This trip far exceeded my expectations. As we stopped at three different
places, including the cruise, it felt like we had been away for longer than 8
days. We saw SO much! The Cairo Museum was amazing. Karnak Temple, Abu
Simbel, the Pyramids at Giza and the Spinx and no crowds. Everywhere we
stopped was clean and comfortable. It was a real privilege.
For me it was being in the Valley of the Kings. To think how Howard Carter
must have felt being there. It was so quiet.
Going down the Nile and watching the sun setting will stay with me.
Learning that Philae Temple and Abu Simbel were moved when the dam was build
- what a feat of engineering.
Visiting the Nubian museum.
Having cocktails at the Old Cataract Hotel- again very quiet and wonderfully

Sayed was a brilliant group leader and guide. He worked tirelessly to make
sure that we saw as much as possible of this incredible place. His english is
impeccable and he was great fun too. He varied our itinerary to ensure that
we were up early to avoid the heat and get the best of the wonderful
archeological sites. We also went out in the evening when it was atmospheric
and cool. He is also an Egyptologist and so very knowledgeable about the
history of the antiquities and sites we visited.

Drink plenty of bottled water; it's hot! Comfortable shoes is a must as you
don't realise how far you walk.

Egypt was very quiet and not many tourists. Go soon! Before everyone else
decides to go..

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Awesome experience

Egypt Luxury Tour Package

5.0 June 2017 Jakada Tours Recommend: Yes My friend and I hired Jakada Tours to plan our overnight trip from Cairo to Luxor. They picked us up from our hotel in Cairo and drove us to the airport to take the flight to Cairo. Arriving in Luxor, we were greeted by our Egyptologist and guide Mr. Ahmed faued and driver. They drove us to our Hotel than informed us about our tour the next morning.
We visit The Valley of Kings, the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Luxor and Karnak temples.
Mr. Ahmed is a very knowledgeable Egyptologist, he showed us all the sites and told us all about the history behind all the historical site we've visited.
Thanks to Jakada Tours and Mr. Ahmed, we had the best trip ever and everything was so perfect from beginning to end!
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Nile Cruise -AENA

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4.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes I had previously booked a very similar trip in 2011, which had been cancelled due to political instability, so I was delighted when I saw this trip which included all the places I had wanted to visit at a very reasonable price! Although the activity level ranked this trip leisurely due to the limited time and so much to see and do - it was very busy. In fact an extra day in Cairo may have made it a little less rushed and given more opportunity to include some more of the optional activities and spend longer at the pyramids and Cairo museum.
There were several wow moments for me on this trip: being inside the burial chamber of the Great Pyramid, visiting Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings and floating down the Nile on a boat looking at the beautiful countryside.

Tarek was an excellent historian who shared his country with us enthusiastically.

Those travelling from the Uk don’t change your money into US dollars, you can change sterling into Egyptian pounds without problem.
Consider packing an Egyptian adapter plug, lightweight long sleeved tops and trousers, a hat, swimsuits, scarves for women to cover their heads in mosques (I was also asked to wear a long skirt) and comfortable cool shoes. Medicine for stomachs - just incase- is a good idea too.

I found the Egyptian people (apart from those selling souvenirs!) warm, friendly and very welcoming. They enjoyed speaking English and made me feel extremely welcome, many stating how pleased and thankful they were to see tourists who they desperately need to boast their economy.

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South Africa Trails of the Garden Route

South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes The tour was excellent. The walks were all different and the planning was fantastic. Our guide Eugene was great and had a huge amount of knowledge to share with us. Toulei our driver was also excellent. Apart from being a great driver he brought a positive spirit to the group every day.
Walking into the Cape Point carpark after 6 hours of hiking with the final destination always in sight, but so far away, was incredibly satisfying.

Excellent. A great guy, with so much knowledge to share and so much patience for us all. Thank you Eugene

Carry extra water on the Alexandria Trail, especially if it is hot. You will need it.

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South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes An energetic hugely enjoyable trip along the southern coast of South Africa. Lots of walking, some quite strenuous, game drive and viewing, with some wine and beer tasting as well. A real insight into this delightful country with its beautiful landscapes and friendly diverse peoples.
There were many, but reaching the top of Table Mountain and walking out onto the very tip of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope probably came top of the list!

Eugene was an amazing resource for us. Every question we asked, be it about the flora, fauna, countryside, food, traditions politics etc. he always had an informed and informative answer which he was delighted to share. He has a genuine love for his country and wanted us to understand why.

Make sure you are fit, there are some long hard walks (interspersed with gentler days on the coach, or tasting wine!)
There is one night when the group hikes to a refuge to spend the night, this involves carrying a sleeping bag, just for that day. When we went it was very warm and a liner with maybe a warm top and leggings would have be perfectly adequate and saved lugging a sleeping bag around for the whole holiday. (All be it in the back of the trailer after the night out)

A super holiday, with better than usual accommodation which was a pleasing surprise. Going to the southern hemisphere in our winter is always a good idea and this trip ticked all the boxes for us: active, interesting, comfortable, safe but with a certain degree of challenge thrown in

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Egypt in 1 Week

Day 1-2, Cairo: Walking tour of the city with an egyptologist. Tour the pyramids and the sphinx. Explore the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

Day 3-4, Aswan: Camel ride to the Monastery of St. Simeon, Nubian Museum, excursion to Elephantine Island, Abu Simbel - one of the most recognizable symbols of Egypt

Day 5-6, Nile River Cruise: Sail along the nile and stay overnight in a Felucca (traditional Egyptian sailboat. Visit Kom Ombo Temple.

Day 7-8, Luxor: Colossi of Memnon, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple Complex, Valley of the Kings, go shopping in a local bazaar.

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Egypt in 2 Weeks

Day 1-2, Cairo: Walking tour of the city with an egyptologist. Tour the pyramids and the sphinx. Explore the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.

Day 3-5, Alexandria: Spend some time learning about this ancient port city. Visit the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs. Alexandria Library,

Day 6-7, Aswan: Temple of Philae, enjoy a meal with a local family, Camel ride to the Monastery of St. Simeon, Nubian Museum, excursion to Elephantine Island, see Abu Simbel - one of the most recognizable symbols of Egypt

Day 8-10, Luxor: Temple of Hatshepsut,Colossi of Memnon, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple Complex, Valley of the Kings, go shopping in a local bazaar, Mummification Museum

Day 11-12, Red Sea: El Gouna resort, go snorkeling, and enjoy fresh local cuisine.

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Egypt and Beyond in 3 Weeks

Day 1-2, Cairo: Walking tour of the city with an egyptologist. Tour the pyramids and the sphinx. Explore the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.

Day 3-5, Aswan: Temple of Philae, enjoy a meal with a local family, Camel ride to the Monastery of St. Simeon, Nubian Museum, excursion to Elephantine Island, see Abu Simbel - one of the most recognizable symbols of Egypt

Day 6-8, Luxor & Nile River Cruise: Edfu, Temple of Sobek, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut,Colossi of Memnon, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple Complex. Sail and stay overnight on a traditionally Felucca.

Day 9-11, Amman: Enjoy street food on Rainbow Street, visit the Roman Amphitheatre in Old Town, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Temple of Hercules, Turkish bath houses. Excursion to Aqaba.

Day 12, Petra: Explore the famous treasury, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. See it by night lit up by thousands of candles.

Day 13, Wadi Rum: Beautiful desert views reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia, take a half day jeep safari to explore this area.

Day 14-15, Tel Aviv: Church of St. Peter, enjoy the cosmopolitan city, explore markets and beaches.

Day 16, Tiberias: Bahai Gardens, views of the Mediterranean, history tour to discover pre and post biblical sites and ancient legends.

Day 17, Bethlehem: Sea of Galilee boat ride, Capernaum, Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

Day 18-21, Jerusalem: Church of the Nativity, Yad Vashem, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, St. Stephen’s Gate, Wailing Wall. Excursion to Ma'aleh Adumim.

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Egypt Trips & Tour Advice

Ancient Egypt is epitomized by two icons, one man-made and one natural. The Pyramids of Giza, at Cairo, are the only remaining wonders of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, burial memorials for pharaohs whose remarkable construction has baffled observers for millennia. The timeless Nile River is now best explored by river cruise ship. Stops along the way include Luxor, site of the ancient Temple of Karnak, and the Valley of Kings, where King Tut is buried. Egypt remains a "must-see" on any bucket list.

Luxor, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings

There are so many treasures for the eyes and mind to feast on here that it may seem a little overwhelming! The Valley of the Kings itself contains hundreds of tombs: fortunately not all of them are open every day so some of the selecting is done for you.

For those looking for adventure a donkey ride in the hills above the valley of the kings is something you won’t forget, or for those seeking even more height there may be an opportunity to enjoy a ride in a hot air balloon ride over the valley.

What a wonderful way to witness the sun rising and look down on the mighty Nile river! 

Karnak Temple, known to some as the temple from the James Bond movie ‘The Spy who Loved Me’ is simply unmissable. The hundreds of tall columns in its grand hall are likely to take your breath away.

A Word about the Pyramids

There’s no denying the Pyramids of Giza will take your breath away and fully deserve their status as a wonder of the world. Don’t be surprised however, when you arrive at the pyramids to find that they appear to be in the middle of a Cairo suburb. This much is true, but the good news is that at least from one side, the Pyramids do back onto desert.

As with all big attractions it’s best to head there early in the morning for your chance to skip some of the crowds and midday heat. And there’s so much more to discover than the ‘headline attraction’!

While in Cairo don’t forget to pay a visit to the Egyptian Museum, whose contents were miraculously kept safe during the uprisings in Cairo in 2011, and if you like to bargain hard while you shop: head to the Khan el Khalili market.

Cruising the Nile: Slow Style

There are hundreds of large cruise ships ploughing the Nile River in Egypt; particularly on the stretch between Luxor and Aswan. Why not travel like a true Nubian in a slow style and in a more environmentally friendly way on the river by taking a traditional Egyptian sailing boat ‘Felucca’ for a ride? Check if your tour includes the option for this, many do. 

Visiting Aswan and Abu Simbel

Aswan marks the south of the navigable Nile river as beyond lies the Aswan Dam and the shores of Lake Nasser.  At the southern end of Lake Nasser lies Abu Simbel, a magnificent temple carved directly into the rock, and whose figures seem to watch over the river themselves.

When Lake Nasser was (somewhat controversially) created by the installation of the Aswan Dam and the flooding of the riverbanks surrounding it, the Abu Simbel temples were physically dismantled and moved, piece by piece, some 65 meters back from the river banks and up the cliffs to save them.  

Beyond the Nile Basin

Egypt offers a wealth of other interesting destinations that are a little more off-the-beaten-path. The red sea is unrivaled for its Scuba Diving, and the desert in the west of the country is famous for its beautiful oasis towns such as Dakhla and Siwa.

Travel Safety and Security in Egypt

Egypt is truly unique in the sights it has to offer, its history, landscape and people. Since 2011 Egypt has been suffering from intermittent but well publicized political turbulence, and visitor numbers has been affected. Much of the area of the country frequented by tourists (Cairo, the Nile basin including Luxor & the Valley of the kings, Aswan, Abu Simbel) are some of the safest parts of the country and do not have travel warnings in place. For full and up to date information about safe travel in Egypt check the travel advisory website of your country’s government.  

In general understanding the culture a little, staying away from large crowds or political gatherings and using your common sense will help make your trip even safer. For women travelers, dressing conservatively in light, non fitted clothing that covers your legs and upper arms will help decrease any unwanted attention from would be admirers. 

One of the best points of going on a guided tour is that you will have local information and support at all times during your trip - therefore providing a bit of extra security.


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