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Egypt - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Egypt is epitomized by icons both man-made and natural. The Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining wonders of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 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. 

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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Egypt Experiences and Attractions

Top Egypt Experiences

Sailing on a felucca on the upper reaches of the nile to watch the sun set over this mighty river

Visiting 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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Egypt Trip Reviews

395 Egypt Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 339
Great 50
Average 3
Disappointing 0
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Unreal experience, made our time in Egypt worth it.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Where can I begin? What an amazing trip. And it was so much better thanks to Travelish Tours!

Our trip started every morning with an awesome ride from our Driver Ahmed who was an absolute blast!!

Then we were led through incredible excursions with our awesome tour guides.

Mahmoud did an amazing job of showing us all around Alexandria through the old parts of the city and exposing us to the best part of the culture and food. He was super accommodating to anything we wanted to do and helped us take great pictures.

Fatma showed us around Cairo introducing us the way to take the best photos in front of the pyramids and giving us great explanations in the museums all around making our experience so much better. We learned so much thanks to her and she felt like a real mother taking care of us!

When we moved onto our time with Rama, in Luxor and Aswan, we felt so at home and at ease because we knew that we were in great hands. She helped us plan out our trip right the way that we wanted and made sure that we all enjoyed ourselves. We didn’t feel like tourist without like locals. She had surprise gifts for all of us including a traditional galibea for me so that I could dress like a southern Egyptian man and be completely assimilated. It really made my trip.

Our trip was made infinitely better thanks to this team and they put it all together and made it possible so we could have an amazing trip without worrying.

There are many people and companies that might try to take advantage of you or rip you off, but rest assured with Travelish Tours you are in good hands with people that really care. In fact, they protected us from some cheapskate tour guide companies that tried to rip us off and steal our money. Furthermore, they helped us send our phone back to our country after it was forgotten in a car. True service. Make the right choice with Travelish Tours!

Now we all feel like we have a special place in Egypt thanks to Travis Tours. It’s only a matter of time before we return and when we do we know exactly who we will call first.

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TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

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Zegrahms Expeditions Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

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Operator Zegrahms Expeditions

Splendid Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our 10 days in Egypt with Smartours was amazing. Our tour guide Hanna treated her “Lovely Pharaoh’s” as if they were family. She made sure we were well informed on the day’s events and historical sites. The tour is fast paced and full of activities’ from the beginning to the end. By the way, this was my first guided tour and it was fantastic.

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Operator SmarTours

Simply outstanding

5.0
Lion World Travel Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Simply outstanding. I took my 4 grown children on the Classic Tanzania trip the end of May 2017. We saw every animal over and over and babies everywhere. Lion World through Costco were outstanding to work with. I travel 100,000 plus miles a year and when I say there was not one thing I would change about this trip, I am sincere. Keep in mind all the tour companies go to the same areas where the animals are most likely to be and I guarantee folks paid twice as much as Lion World charges for the same sights. The hotels were outstanding along with the food. 27 countries later, this was our favorite trip as a family. I paid, we showed up and they did the rest.
Thank you Lion World, Cheryl you rock

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Operator Lion World Travel

World Wonder!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Our tour to Egypt was fantastic! I always wanted to travel to Egypt and see the pyramids and finally seeing them in person just took my breath away. Not only did we see the pyramids, but also so many other egyptian sights and artifacts. The cruise we took was great. Everything was taken care of and cruising along the mighty Nile river definitely made it feel like we were back in time to the era of the Pharaohs. I know that Egypt's reputation is not so good now, but if you travel with a tour company like Indus who are specialists in the area, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

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Operator Indus Travels

Visiting Egypt had been a lifelong dream of mine and my trip with On the Go exceeded all of my expectations

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The ancient sites we visited, the felucca ride and all of the other experiences along the way are things I will never forget. Our guide Alam, an Egyptologist, was extremely knowledgeable, organised and above all a great person. He went above and beyond to ensure the trip ran smoothly and everybody in our group was looked after. Alam really made our trip, he is a wonderful tour guide. Overall I felt very safe in Egypt and would encourage everybody to experience this beautiful country.

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Operator On The Go Tours

Egypt Tours and Travel Guide

Egypt Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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. The valley is broken up into two sections called the East Valley and West Valley.

Upon entering the site, you would purchase a general admission ticket which allows you entry into the valley. It also allows you to explore three tombs that are open to the public that day. But tickets to the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramesses VI, and Ayare sold separately. One of the most popular tomb at the site isKing Tut’s which was was found largely intact when it was excavated in 1922.

However, it should be noted that when you visit the tombs most of the artifacts have been taken out, especially the case for King Tut’s crypt. But the intricate detailing and decoration of each room definitely makes the visit worth it. And you can always make a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo which harbors most of the artifacts that were found in the tombs. 

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. Built as a place of worship in ancient Egypt, the Karnak Temple is one of the largest ancient religious site ever built. It dates back to the Middle Kingdom but remained an active place of worship until the Roman succession in 30 BCE. Today, you can walk through its many courts and temples. The hundreds of tall columns and statues 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 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

Geographically, the Nile River is the longest river in the world. It is mentioned throughout history for its physical and metaphorical vigorousness.And today, you can experience its beauty and tranquility like the ancient pharaohs did thousands of years ago. 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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Things to Know Before You Go

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

 As of January, 2018 - a Level 2 Travel Advisory was put into place by the United States Government. This advises "increased caution" traveling to Egypt, as a result of certain terrorist activities and threats, and military activity on the border. 

But what does this mean? It is advised that when you are visiting Egypt to remain cautious and aware of your surroundings at all times. It also means that the specified areas, e.g. the Sinai Peninsula and the borders, should be avoided. However, the Egyptian government emphasizes that all areas with a high concentration of tourism are heavily guarded to ensure your safety.

Yes, you can travel to Egypt, but there are certain precautions that you should take to keep yourself safe. The first is to know your country’s embassy location and number in case of an emergency which can be accessed through your country’s government website. You should also remain within the areas that are deemed safe.

Most government websites also provide a link to a site where you can input your information so you get messages from your embassy about safety conditions in the area. For visitors from the US, you can enroll in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program). Also, it is advised to remain away from any political protests or crowds.

Finally, we at Stride highly recommend booking a guided tour, rather than trying to navigate the foreign country yourself. 

Guided Tours to Egypt

Guided tours are always advised. Because they are always well-informed and know how to avoid, as well as respond to dangerous situations, guided tours are the safest option for foreign travelers. 

Certain areas in Egypt, like the Sinai Peninsula, have a higher risk of danger and most, to all, tours do not visit these places. Before your trip to Egypt, you can always contact your tour company to see what specific precautions they take to ensure everyone’s safety.

What should women wear in Egypt?

Another common question that many people wonder before traveling to Egypt is, generally, what to wear? It is no secret that catcalling and sexual harrassment is common in Egypt -- and while usually not dangerous, it is best avoided.

A general rule of thumb for women should be to dress conservatively. This means covering as much skin as you can -- your shoulders and legs, especially. When surrounded by other tourists, you will likely be able to wear whatever you want, but it is traveling in between these locations, or at night, that you may run into problems. Certain mosques will also require you to cover your entire and arms and hair. 

Here is a list of items every woman should pack when visiting Egypt (or any other conservative Muslim country):

  1. Lightweight scarf: this scarf will be your best friend. You can wrap it over your head and shoulders when you need to enter a mosque, without having to drag around an entirely new outfit. 
  2. Sunglasses: Making eye contact in Egypt is considered to be flirting, so these will help you avoid the gaze of any men who might call out to you. These will also be useful in general, Egypt is a sunny place! 
  3. Maxi skirt: Maxi skirts made of a lightweight, loosely-fitting material are a great way to avoid getting too hot, and avoid any unwanted attention. 
  4. Tunic shirt: Wearing a cotton or linen tunic-style shirt is a great way to beat the heat and make sure you're covering up. This style of shirt will not only be long enough to cover your hips if you are wearing skinny jeans, but they usually have high necklines and longer sleeves.

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