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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

The most fantastic journey!

Israel, Jordan and Egypt 13 Days Luxury Tour

5.0
November 2016
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Not long ago I visited a tourist tour in Israel and Jordan. It was just the most fantastic journey of my life. I saw unforgettable places and met many interesting people.The guide who led the tour told a very interesting and emotional. I'm glad of the offered tours,chose this one.
5.0
November 2016
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We went on the extreme tour in Israel and Jordan . On arrival we waited for the driver at the airport . Jeep tour in the desert just super! In General very much .
5.0
November 2016
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Excellent program. Very interesting. Many learned about this amazing country. Thank you. This tour is for the fit and healthy.
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November 2016
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Extreme Tour of Israel and Jordan on 13 day - It's 13 days of extreme relaxation.
You will see a lot many attractions Israel pobyvava in extreme mustache. Go up to a height of 3,000 feet, to see all of Wadi Rum and will see beautiful scenery and views of the Sea of Galilee! This wonderful holiday that will leave lot of experience for many years!
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5.0
November 2016
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Not only was the tour to Jordan amazing with beautiful scenery but the room I rented on City apartments was better than a hotel room. Great place, great host, great location. I recommend booking - tours and city apartments to everyone. Thankyou Artium for this magical experience we will back!!!

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Classic Itineraries

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.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Best of Egypt with G Adventures - 8 Days, value trip

Egypt Adventure with Intrepid - 8 Days, value trip

Egypt Highlights with Ada Vegas Travel - 8 Days, value trip

Or see All Egypt in One Week Trips

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.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Egypt Experience with Peregrine Adventures - 12 Days, premium trip

Egyptian Discoverer with Exodus - 13 Days, value trip

Egypt Explorer with G Adventures - 12 Days, premium trip

Ultimate Egypt with Travel Talk Tours - 15 Days, value trip

Or see All Egypt in Two Weeks Trips

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.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Epic Egypt to Israel with Geckos Adventures - 22 Days, value trip

Discover Egypt, Jordan, & Israel with Peregrine Adventures - 22 Days, value trip

Jordan & Egypt Uncovered with Intrepid - 22 Days, basic trip

Or see All Egypt in Three Weeks Trips

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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