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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

4.8 out of 5

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190 Reviews

  • Excellent 159
  • Great 46
  • Average 2
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
    4.8
  • Transportation
    4.8
  • Meals
    4.8

Tour Reviews

Trails of the Garden Route, South Africa

South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
First trip south of the equator and such a varied and intense experience of South Africa. What a wonderful country with friendly people, beautiful landscapes and magnificent animals.
Each stage was inspirational but to summarise - the beach trek of the Alexandria trail, seeing the elephants in Addo Park, climbing Twelve O'clock Peak, climbing Table Mountain, seeing whales, reaching the Cape of Good Hope (and probably lots of others).

Excellent. Very outgoing, friendly, helpful, informative and knowledgeable. Joe did so much to make our trip a wonderful experience seeking out wonderful treks, pointing out animals and plants of interest, making sure we were well fed and generally looked after.

Go!

Wonder if the cost could have been reduced slightly and we were amazed at the quality of most of the accommodation - or maybe that's just South Africa standards!
Being the first of this particular trip, perhaps a few adjustments to itinerary/timings - as discussed with Joe our guide - but overall everything went very well and we have no complaints at all.

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Great way to experience Egypt.

Felucca Odyssey

5.0
January 2017
Travel Talk
Recommend: Yes
Before heading back home to Australia I wanted to tick off much as possible from my bucket list and Egypt was one of them. Had a great time, our guide name was Sam , he was really good, has a bucket load of knowledge , sailing down the Nile on a Felucca and sleeping under the stars was a great experience. Thank you Travel Talk for an experience of a lifetime.
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Fantastic Experience with Look at Egypt Tours. Egypt is safe!

Egypt Cultural Trip

5.0
January 2017
Look at Egypt
Recommend: Yes
We have no words to express our gratitude to all the wonderful, the most professional and friendly people at Look at Egypt tours. From the very beginning, the planning process with Fayrouz, she was always so patient with us, showing many different options etc... and then came the political unrest, we considered canceling but decided to go ahead anyway.
We love history so we found that Egypt cultural trip is very good for us.
PLEASE COME TO EGYPT, IT'S SAFE.

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The time we spent was amazing.

Egypt Family Adventure

5.0
January 2017
Look at Egypt
Recommend: Yes
The whole 10 days exploring the past civilizations of Egypt with Look at Egypt Tours were all very memorable and I was mind blown with the brilliant condition of the monuments. The time we spent was amazing. The knowledge, professionalism and passion of the Egyptologists will help ensure that the whole holiday experience will live with us for many years to come. As a couple who have travelled extensively around the world, this is one of our most memorable and enjoyable holidays. The organization of our holiday from our landing in Cairo, through trips to enjoy Egypt's wonderful past and an understanding of its current issues, the people, the beautiful scenery and relaxation of cruising on the Nile. The visits to the Pyramids, Temples and Tombs was second to none. For those contemplating a trip to Egypt - just go!! You will not be disappointed.
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We recommend Look at Egypt tours for Egypt holidays

Egypt Family Adventure

5.0
January 2017
Look at Egypt
Recommend: Yes
This is the first holiday in Egypt with the kids and we had a blast of a time there. Most of it thanks to Ahmed in look at Egypt Tours. Took the 10 days private tours, in November 2014, covered most of the historical sites, and amazing Nile cruise.

My husband & I came to Egypt as tourist and left as an honored guest, or part of a family, look at Egypt Tours family. Personal touches abound from the very
moment we touched down at the Cairo Int'l airport. It is harder to fulfill our expectations or wants due to very fact that it was our 2nd time 'covering' Egypt. Not only look at Egypt tours fulfilled our expectations, they exceed them. The staffs' warmth and perpetual sense of humor kept us captivated & engaged all the time. We recommend them for everybody who want to visit Egypt.
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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

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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.

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

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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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