This five-day trip is anchored in Cairo and takes you to Egypt's top cultural highlights. Begin with major attractions in the capital city, touring the Egyptian Museum to see the King Tut exhibit. Then, detour to Giza to visit the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx and day-trip to Alexandria to explore ancient Roman ruins. Finish the trip back in Cairo, where you'll learn about Islamic traditions and go for a dinner cruise on the Nile River.
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You'll feel Egypt’s history in the labyrinthine street markets of Cairo and the towering minarets of its mosques. You'll see it in Luxor's temples and Alexandria's waterfront fortresses. It’s further exemplified in Abu Simbel, the site of two great temples built 3,000 years ago as monuments to Pharaoh Ramses II. And of course, you see it in Giza, where ancient Egyptians built their famed pyramidal tombs to inter their monarchs for eternity.
When is the best time to visit?
You’ll find the most pleasant weather in Egypt between October and April. This being a desert nation, the summer months (June through September) can be oppressively hot, especially if you venture down to Luxor and further south to the temples of Abu Simbel near the border with Sudan. Know that December and January are peak tourist months and the Easter period is popular too—try to book your trip as far in advance as possible, no matter when you plan to visit.
Where should you go?
It wouldn’t be a visit to Egypt without spending time in Cairo—and not just to see the Great Pyramid of Giza. Egypt’s capital is massive in scope (it’s home to about 20 million people), and there’s a cultural experience every corner. For incredible views head to the top of Mokattam Hill, where the Saladin Citadel fortress overlooks the city. If you want to experience more of the country—and you should—it’s a straight shot north to the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, while in the south you’ll find impressive archeological sites at Luxor and Abu Simbel.
How many days do you need?
To really experience Cairo and make an excursion to the Great Pyramids of Giza, you'll want to spend a minimum of four or five days in the area. In a week, you can see the pyramids, explore Cairo, and make a side trip to Luxor and/or Alexandria. Spend longer than a week and you can see all of the above plus make an excursion to the southern border and see the impressive Abu Simbel temples. If you solely plan to visit Giza's pyramids, you could technically do so in two or three quick days—this is a whirlwind experience, and we highly recommend spending more time.
Enjoy Egypt by land and sea on this lively 10-day tour. Start in Cairo and visit the pyramids of Giza, then fly to Luxor and board a boat for a cruise down the Nile River, stopping to tour temples and ancient sites along the way. Several days later, you'll circle back to the capital city to spend more time learning about Cairo's Islamic heritage, exploring mosques and museums, and shopping for souvenirs in the old market of Khan el-Khalili.
On this weeklong tour of Egypt, you'll enjoy a mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures. Tour ancient Egyptian landmarks in Cairo, behold the grand pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, and see Roman ruins in Alexandria. Then you'll fly to the coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, venture out on a grand safari around Dahab, and relax by the Red Sea before circling back to the capital city.
Venture to some of Egypt's most intriguing destinations as you travel from Cairo to Alexandria to the western oasis of Siwa. In the first part of the trip, you'll marvel at pyramids and temples, see pharaohs' treasures in the Egyptian Museum, and visit one of the largest and most important intellectual centers in the ancient world. Then move on to Siwa for outdoor adventures, including a safari tour.
On this quick, eventful journey, experience the best of Cairo. Tour the Egyptian Museum, which includes antiques that date back 5,000 years, followed by a visit to the famous Cairo Tower. Then, enjoy a concert in Giza surrounded by the pyramids and the Sphinx. Next, tour the Old Cairo churches, mosques, and market stalls, and enjoy delicious Egyptian fare.
Experience some of the most popular sites of the ancient world in style on this nine-day Egyptian luxury tour. You'll start off in Cairo, then cruise down the Nile to visit towering temples, elaborate tombs, and other monuments as you travel in style.
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April is still considered shoulder season in Egypt, however, the weather is considerably hotter than it is in May and toward the end of the month the crowds begin clearing out...
The best weather in Egypt falls between October and March, and the peak tourist season occurs from December to February. While the off-season may be lighter on your wallet—and light on the crowds—the trade-off is high heat, which can be unbearable in the summer months of June through August. Read on to find the season that's best for you.
Spanning thousands of years of ancient history, how can you see it all when visiting Egypt? Because Egypt is such a high-traffic tourist destination, there are plenty of strategic trips to book to make the most of your time. While the shorter, five-day tours incorporate the top historical highlights, from the Pyramids of Giza to cruising along the Nile River, with more time, you can also explore beaches, deserts, and even cross over into a second country.
Cultural highlights, river cruising, and a beach vacation combine on this unforgettable two-week Egyptian adventure. Starting in Cairo, you'll marvel at the Great Pyramids and explore the city's world-class museums before flying south to Luxor, capital of the ancient pharaohs. Shift gears and board a scenic cruise down the Nile River to Aswan, exploring temples and tombs along the way, then head to the coast to end your journey on the gorgeous Red Sea beaches of Sharm El Sheikh.
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Egypt is a fantastic place
Dec 15 - Dec 28, 2022
We had a wonderful experience in Egypt. The planning went smoothly, and my specialist certainly accommodated all our requests. Once we arrived in Egypt we had a very pleasant trip, we were warmly received by Mohamed, we had great guides (Shaima, Mohamed, Zacharias) that went out of their way for us to have a wonderful experience. We absolutely loved the Hyatt Regency at Giza Heights and the resort in Hurghada. The Nile cruise was beautiful and we ate deliciously every day. The camping along... read more
Nov 12 - Nov 28, 2022
Words cannot adequately describe the positive experience we had with Sherif and his team. From the planning stages to the actual trip, no detail was overlooked. He offered excursions that he felt might fit our family; the Fayoum safari and sand boarding adventure was a HUGE hit! This was our first time traveling to Egypt, and it was extremely comforting to know he was behind the scenes making sure everything went according to plan. We truly cannot thank him enough!
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Nov 12 - Nov 28, 2022
The sincerest thank you to Sherif, who created an amazing trip for our family. We traveled to Egypt for 16 days in November 2022 and were amazed at everything we were able to experience, all because of his flawless planning. He listened to our hopes for the trip and made them a reality, while also showing us some options that we didn't even know were possible...Desert
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