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Egypt is an exciting mix of history and modernity, felt nowhere as strongly as in the capital city of Cairo. Throughout the ancient Pharaohs’ playground, you’ll experience natural beauty, strong tradition, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality.

Egypt is the most populous country in the Middle East, although you will only feel the hustle and bustle in the biggest cities of Cairo, Alexandria, and along the banks of the Nile and Suez Canal. It’s a country moving quickly towards modernity – with 75% of the population under 25, it’s an adventure to watch her change and grow.

In addition to gazing at the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza from your historic hotel, you can immerse yourself in truly unique experiences. You can enjoy luxury camping in the Sahara, watching the sands shift with sundowner drinks; spend a few days in a desert oasis enjoying a 4x4 desert safari or a visit to a local hot spring; or cruise the Nile River amongst ancient temples. We love Egypt for its variety - a mix of temples, tombs, mummies, luxurious hotels, colorful bazaars, and devout but friendly and open people all make up this ancient country. The seaside, Western Desert, and a river cruise are all at your fingertips for a well-rounded experience. Whatever your taste or interests are, Egypt’s treasures are sure to fascinate and challenge you.

Secrets and Tips

  • A top Egyptologist is crucial to understanding the artifacts, sights, and helping you navigate cultural norms and laws.  
  • To get the best deals when bargaining in the markets, keep your Egyptian pounds separate from your other currencies.
  • Stay an extra night or two in Luxor after the riverboats have departed. 
  • When flying to Abu Simbel, be sure to ask the pilot which side of the plane will give you the best view of the monument. 

Good To Know

Iconic Great Pyramids – Secluded desert camping – Nile River Cruise

Frequently Asked Questions

The Western Sahara offers desert solitude and unique experiences.  A Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan to see the temples and to delve into Egypt’s unique history is unparalleled.  You’ll really savor the quiet of sailing down the Nile, especially if this portion of your trip follows a visit to bustling Cairo.  Luxor is a great place to spend an extra night or two for a more relaxed way to see the city after the riverboats have departed.  We love the hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings in the early morning so you can see it before the crowds roll in.  In Upper Egypt, Abu Simbel is a monumental sight that may awe you more than the pyramids!  Cairo offers great restaurants and nightlife should you wish to explore an energetic Egyptian city.  

Egypt is great for travelers interested in ancient history and intrigued by a nation in the midst of social and political change – it’s a very interesting time in Egypt right now and worth seeing first-hand!  If you enjoy banter with locals, the game of bargaining, and immersing yourself in a perfect juxtaposition of ancient and modern, Egypt is for you. Even sitting in traffic can be a truly exciting cultural experience with automobiles competing with donkeys, pushcarts, and vendors for prime position at a stoplight. 

Egypt is recovering from 2011’s Tahir Square revolution and has been working its way toward stability ever since. Everyone needs to gauge his or her own comfort level, but we believe that Egypt is headed in the direction of being a safe destination again. You will find increased security at the most popular sights, so if the sight of heavily armored security checkpoints makes you uneasy, you might want to pass for now.  

In general, the weather is most pleasant from October thru May when temperatures waver between 60 and 80°F. Nights are cool but days are sunny and dry. Be wary that temperatures will increase as you move south, where it can get quite hot.  When visiting the Western Desert, the best time is October thru February and Nile River Cruise is best enjoyed from October thru April.  

Dust storms can occur from March – May. If you don’t like extreme heat, avoid June – August where temperatures can get up to 100°F with intense humidity. But if this doesn’t deter you, you can get some great pricing on a trip during these months! The month of Ramadan (exact dates vary each year) might be tricky, as visitors are encouraged to respect local customs and not eat, drink, or smoke in public.  

Activities like fully inclusive luxury desert camping will cost roughly $1,000 per night. Luxury hotels can be upwards of $500 per night. And during the high season, the more luxurious Nile River Cruise boats can be up to $1,000 per night. But the cost of your trip will of course depend on your desired level of luxury and what activities you choose. You can always offset the cost by adding some cheaper city hotels in Cairo.

In addition to having a top Egyptologist explaining the historical and modern sights to you, you can also sail down the Nile visiting the numerous temples and tombs along the way.  Or, for those who are more adventurous, head out into the Western Desert in a 4x4 for a desert safari! Take a dip in a hot spring or a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings and then enjoy sundowners while watching the sands shift. Of course, you can always ride a camel in front of the pyramids for the ultimate snapshot.  

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