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Introducing Egypt

Discover the highlights of Egypt.
A truly legendary destination, Egypt conjures images of pharaohs and kings, sphinxes and pyramids. The nation is a vast, arid desert at the top of Northern Africa, populated mostly around the life-giving Nile River that bisects it.

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 the temples of Luxor and the waterfront fortresses of Alexandria. 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.

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Egypt Tours & Itineraries

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The Great Sphinx of Giza
Map of Egypt Cultural Tour From Cairo - 5 Days
Egypt Cultural Tour From Cairo - 5 Days

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.

Spires on the skyline of Cairo
Map of Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh  - 7 Days
Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Sharm El Sheikh - 7 Days

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.

Views from the Nile River
Map of Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 10 Days
Nile River Cruise & Cultural Tour: Cairo, Luxor & Aswan - 10 Days

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.

A safari adventure in the Siwa Desert
Map of Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days
Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days

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.

Giza Pyramids
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Best of Cairo - 4 Days

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.

Pyramids of Giza
Map of Luxury Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, & More - 9 Days
Luxury Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, & More - 9 Days

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Egypt

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
See the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza no matter how long your visit to Egypt
How Many Days to Spend in Egypt

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...

Temple of Hatshepsut
Map of 7 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week to spend in Egypt, travelers have several great options. Try a highlights tour that takes you to Cairo, Alexandria, and the coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh, or...

Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile River
Map of 10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days is a perfect amount of time to spend in Egypt. With enough time to explore several regions, travelers can choose from a range of itineraries: combine a tour of ancient...

The Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir-al-Bahri) in Luxor
Map of 14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks is a generous amount of time to spend in Egypt. With 14 days, you can focus on Egyptian culture and history, touring the country's pyramids and ancient monuments, or...

Egypt Travel Advice

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The Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza
Best Time of Year to Visit Egypt

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.

See the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza no matter how long your visit to Egypt
How Many Days to Spend in Egypt

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.

Cruise down the Nile River from Luxor to Aswan
Ultimate Egypt: Cairo, Nile River Cruise & the Red Sea - 14 Days

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.

Egypt Travel Maps

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5 Days in Egypt - 3 Unique Itineraries
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7 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
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14 Days in Egypt - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Egypt
Travel specialist Ibrahim Elaref
active 20 hours ago

Ibrahim Elaref

I have been working in the tourism field for more than 15 years. I born in Luxor and now I live and work in Cairo. I established my own travel company in 2009, and we are now one of the leading...

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Travel specialist Sherif Khalil
active 1 day ago

Sherif Khalil

Working in the travel Industry has been always my dream, I studied at the faculty for tourism & Hotels in Cairo and graduated with a Bachelor degree. During my 4 years at the university, I trained...

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Travel specialist Joseph Thuo
active 1 day ago

Joseph Thuo

Born and raised in Kenya, in the land of the Maasai (Narok), I started traveling extensively around the country back in College, exploring unique destinations and cultural experiences one after...

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Travel specialist Amr Abdel Moneim
active 20 hours ago

Amr Abdel Moneim

I like to provide several itinerary initially for travelers to get a sense of the options that are possible. We then iterate till we find the perfect option for each traveler. We are also always...

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Trip Reviews for Egypt

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Excellent tour, very well organised · Egypt - Jun 1 - Jun 5, 2022

Traveler: Claudio B. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Excellent tour, very well organised. Drivers and tour guides very kind and well prepared. read more

Excellent tour, very well organised. Drivers and tour guides very kind and well prepared.

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Day tour to visit Pyramids& Sphinx and Old Egyptian Museum

Cairo

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Great guide, very interesting explanation of Egyptian history

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West & East Bank Luxor

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Amazing visit of the Valley of the Kings, Karnat Temple and Luxor Temple

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Hurghada

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very nice and comfortable hotel

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Our tour of Egypt organized by KimKim exceede... · Egypt - May 26 - Jun 4, 2022

Traveler: John W. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Our tour of Egypt organized by KimKim exceeded my expectations . Our guides weew always available beginning and ending at the airport security scanner, friendly and knowledgeable at every venue . All guides made us feel well attended a with our desired pace and venue preferences. Also the hotels and drivers to travel to venues were first rate. I have zero complaints.

Egypt 2022 · Egypt - May 25 - Jun 4, 2022

Traveler: Lisa W. - Local specialist: Sherif Khalil

I recently used Kimkim to plan a very last minute trip to Egypt. I did have a list of sights to see but not much else. Sharif did the rest! He planned a very detailed itinerary that included everything on our list (and then some!) and did it in less than two weeks, accommodating some even more last minute date changes. What resulted was private door to door service to and from all airports, hotels, and tours, with private escorts and guides throughout the entire trip. The level of... read more

I recently used Kimkim to plan a very last minute trip to Egypt. I did have a list of sights to see but not much else. Sharif did the rest! He planned a very detailed itinerary that included everything on our list (and then some!) and did it in less than two weeks, accommodating some even more last minute date changes. What resulted was private door to door service to and from all airports, hotels, and tours, with private escorts and guides throughout the entire trip. The level of professionalism was extremely impressive. No detail was left undone; 5 stars in every respect. If you are considering travel I highly recommend using Kimkim. Sharif and everyone else involved, and my sincere apologies if I have unintentionally left out anyone, - Ahmed, Mustafa our wonderful Egyptologist in Abu Simbel, Mohammed who was one of our drivers, Mohammad our escort in Aswan, Mohammed our wonderful Egyptologist who accompanied us on our Nile River Cruise, Waleed, Adile, and Nesrine our wonderful Egyptologist in Cairo, along with all of the other incredibly warm and welcoming Egyptian people we met along the way created an amazing experience with memories that my family and I will never forget. We have taken many trips as a couple and a family all over North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe but this just might rank as number 1. Many, many thanks to you all!!

Activity Reviews

Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor-West Bank - Overnight in Luxor

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I believe this was the day we did the Valley of the Kings, another highlight.

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Mohammed again was excellent with his very detailed explanations.
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Fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel via Aswan, visit Abu Simbel Temple then fly back to Aswan

Egypt

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This was an amazing thing to see, a must do if you can.

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Mustafa was excellent!
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Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor-Philae Temple / Unfinished Obelisk/ High Dam - Overnight in Aswan

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The was a favorite of the trip. The Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan was absolutely lovely and steeped in history. The cruise was beautiful and the staff and service were amazing.

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Mohammed was excellent, a definite highlight! Our driver Mohammed was excellent as well. He was with us in Aswan, Luxor, and all the way to Hurghada.
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Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor-Kom Ombo & Edfu Temples - Overnight in Esna

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Tour to Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

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It was amazing to be driven through Cairo, which was very helpful given the traffic. The Egyptian museum was extremely interesting and the mosques were both beautiful. The bazaar was a lot of fun and we had a delicious lunch there, at a restaurant that Nesrine recommended.

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We were in very good hands with Nesrine! And Abile is a wonderful driver and very able to handle the chaotic Cairo traffic.
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Sherif Khalil, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lisa,

What a wonderful feedback to read. We are all very glad that you are leaving Egypt with good memories and we assure you that there are still much more sites that you shout return for once again.

We are looking forward to accommodating your family and your good self again in Egypt in the very near future.

Best,
Sherif