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Welcome to Egypt

An ancient land of towering pyramids and endless stretches of desert, Egypt is often referred to as the cradle of civilization. On the lush banks of the Nile River, papyrus reeds sway alongside pharaonic temples, and sandblasted tombs reside beneath the mysterious gaze of the Sphinx. With so much to see, a popular way to explore the Gift of the Nile is by cruise ship, with options ranging from week-long luxury jaunts to shorter, budget-friendly trips. Popular stopovers include Aswan, home to the Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple; Luxor, where temple complexes in the Valley of the Kings pay testament to pharaohs including King Tutankhamun; and, of course, Cairo, capital city and gateway to the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (and a perfect opportunity for a desert camel ride). Alternatively, make Cairo your base, exploring the enormous Egyptian Museum and doing some shopping in the vast Khan el Khalili Bazaar. From the city, you can take day trips to many of the essential sites, including the ancient capital of Memphis—home to Egypt's oldest pyramid. Following a healthy dose of history, head to the Red Sea coast to relax on the golden sands of Hurghada and experience the country's best scuba diving in Marsa Alam, where unspoiled coral reefs teem with marine life.

Top 10 attractions in Egypt

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Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

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Valley of the Kings is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, containing dozens of tombs filled with art and hieroglyphics. See King Tutankhamun’s tomb—the most famous sight in the valley—then tour the temples of the sons of Ramses II and of Amenhotep III and others to marvel at the centuries’ old art and artifacts.More
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Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities)

Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities)

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A centerpiece of Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities) has been a mecca for Egyptologists since it opened and houses some of the world’s greatest ancient relics. While some collections are moving to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, it remains a must-see for anyone interested in ancient Egypt.More
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Philae Temple (Temple of Isis)

Philae Temple (Temple of Isis)

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The Philae Temple (Temple of Isis) was once set on a holy island in the Nile River, the site of many pilgrimages. Although projects to dam the Nile once threatened the existence of both the island and the temple, UNESCO worked to rescue and preserve the ancient monument, damming the island itself with a high surrounding wall until the Philae Temple could be moved in sections to a new location: the higher, nearby Agilka Island.Visit the temple to learn about the temple's history, as well as Isis, who was a very important goddess in ancient times. She was known as the Mother of God, giver of life, and protector and healer of kings.More
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Saqqara (Sakkara)

Saqqara (Sakkara)

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Set about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Cairo, Saqqara (Sakkara) was the burial place for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, now in ruins. The site features a small sphinx and several pyramids—the most famous of which is the Step Pyramid of Djoser, which represented a major advance in building techniques.More
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Giftun Islands

Giftun Islands

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The two Giftun Islands—Giftun Kebir and Giftun Sughayer—are some of the closest to Egypt’s resort town of Hurghada and comprise part of a marine reserve in the Red Sea with spectacular coral reefs and drop-offs teeming with life. Day-trippers come for snorkeling, diving, and sunbathing on the pair of islands’ pristine, protected beaches.More
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Nile River

Nile River

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Measuring a mighty 4,150 miles (6,680 kilometers) from end to end, the Nile is the world’s longest river. It’s also the lifeblood of Egypt, flowing through the heart of the Sahara desert, and passing through cities, including Khartoum, Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo, before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria.More
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Giza Pyramids

Giza Pyramids

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One of the most mysterious Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (and the only one still standing), the Pyramids of Giza—the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Khafre, and Pyramid of Menkaure—still live up to more than 4,000 years of hype. Seeing these 4th-dynasty pyramids and their guardian Great Sphinx rising from the Giza Plateau is a must on any trip to Cairo (and the reason many travelers find themselves in Egypt).More
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Khan Al-Khalili

Khan Al-Khalili

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With a history dating back to the 14th century, the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar is Cairo’s signature shopping destination. It’s an intoxicating warren of streets, houses, and merchants selling everything from gold and spices to shisha pipes and toy camels, not to mention the inevitable scarabs, pyramids, and belly-dancer costumes.More
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Hurghada Marina

Hurghada Marina

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Opened in 2008, Hurghada Marina is the recreational hub of the Red Sea resort. Centered on a 200-berth harbour and bordered by the Marina Boulevard—a walkway flanked by palms, parks, and ochre-painted shops and residential blocks—the marina boasts an abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.More
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Memphis

Memphis

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During Egypt’s Old Kingdom period, Memphis, located near Cairo, was home to the pharaohs who built the pyramids. But domestic architecture didn’t last like the pyramids did, so most all that remains of Memphis today is the Mit Rahina open-air sculpture museum.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Hurghada

How to Spend 2 Days in Hurghada

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How to Spend 3 Days in Cairo

How to Choose a Giza Pyramids Tour

How to Choose a Giza Pyramids Tour

Top activities in Egypt

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Recent reviews from experiences in Egypt

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Our guide was excellent...
Gregory_B, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Cairo Day Trip from Hurghada ( all inclusive )
Our guide was excellent and knowledgeable, he took us to the most important parts of the Egyptian museum and it was amazing to see the pyramids and sphinx!
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Full day tour of Cairo
Taneisha_L, Nov 2021
All inclusive trip Giza Pyramids,Egyptian Museum,Sphinx,Bazar,Camel Ride,Lunch
This tour made it possible for us to see as much as we could in a short amount of time.
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Cruise Review
Gabriel_C, Nov 2021
4-Days 3-Nights Cruise From Aswan To Luxor including Abu Simbel Hot Air Balloon
Best way to visit Egypt’s most relevant temples in a confortable fashion.
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We have a memorable day...
DIEGOFERNANDO_D, Nov 2021
Alexandria full day trip
We have a memorable day in Alexandria beautiful place amazing history Mohamed our guide has a knowledge of the Egyptian history well explain his English was very good overall was a great day Mohamed 10 out of ten
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Pyramids Trip
Angelos_Vardakis, Nov 2021
All inclusive Private Trip Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Camel-Ride,Lunch,Entrance fees
Youssef Nabil is the best, his is english are 10/10, he explained us so many things about the Pyramids and the history of Egypt, cant ask for more.
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Explore Cairo
Christopher_B, Oct 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Zeinab was excellent and the perfect guide to see Cairo.
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Wonderful day trip to Alexandria
Uzo, Oct 2021
Day-Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Private Car
He took me to the Catacombs, amphitheater, Citadel of Qaitbay and many other attractions in Alexandria.
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Best way to see Egypt
londiepemberton, Oct 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
By far the best way to see Egypt.
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Great sites, even better guide!
Kwok_N, Oct 2021
Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
Great trip to see some of the lesser known sites in Egypt.
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Ramzy best Egyptologist
Jude_F, Oct 2021
2 nights Nile cruise includes tours from Aswan to luxor
We were able to see multiple key sites and travel up the Nile river.
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All day pyramids and Egyptian museum
Robert_J, Sep 2021
Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum and Bazaar
Had a great day I spent a lot of time at the pyramids got to see the inside of one also saw how paper was made from papyrus then spent a lot of time at the Egyptian museum saw the best exhibits even a couple of mummies
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Aswan
Mike_N, Jun 2021
Aswan Day Tour Visiting Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk And High Dam
He constantly is talking history, reason for historical events and recommendations of what to do next.
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Amazing tour!!
Randi_S, Dec 2021
Egypt Tour 8 nights Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Air Balloon
I definitely recommend this tour to see the highlights of Egypt without the hassle of trying you get there yourself and with knowledgeable guides.
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Great tour
Peter_M, Dec 2021
Sailing Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor for 2 Nights
This cruise was the perfect way to see the amazing sites between Aswan and Luxor while still enjoying a little time to relax by the pool with a cocktail as we chugged down the Nile.
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Memorable day with EMO Tours Egypt
tasyabuckels, Nov 2021
Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
They were still excavating on site and you are able to see many spots where they will eventually find additional tombs, mummies, etc.
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Amazing Experience
tasyabuckels, Nov 2021
4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor - Private Tour
Wasn’t really worth the time to see (about 30 minutes) and would’ve rather have spent more time exploring the Philae Temple.
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Great tour in Alexandria
Leonor_D, Nov 2021
Alexandria Walking Tour-Walk Like Egyptian
It was lovely to see the skyline by the Corniche too!
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A Night to Remember at The Pharoahs Diner Cruise.
Erlyn_M, Nov 2021
Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo with Belly Dancing and Hotel Transfer
he speaks very good english and i felt safe from start to finish of the itinerary.
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Great alternative to flying from Aswan!
Emily_A, Nov 2021
Private Day Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan
5 hours or more), I honestly enjoyed getting to see the landscape on the way south to Abu Simbel.
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Positive:...
Nikita_M, Nov 2021
3 Nights Cruise Luxor to Aswan including Abu Simbel & Hot Air Balloon from Luxor
Both were fluent in english (without accent) and made the trip very enjoyable.
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