If you're planning a trip to Egypt, it can be difficult to decide whether to explore independently or sign up for an organized tour. There are pros and cons to both approaches, as listed below. We have also included recommendations regarding the best itineraries, in case you decide that a tour is the right fit for you.
You can, of course, have the best of both worlds. Arrive a few days before your tour and you will find you have more time to get over jetlag and acclimatize to Egyptian life. You can also stay on after the tour and do some independent sightseeing. Some people choose to book several smaller portions of their holiday with a tour and then intersperse this with some independent traveling.
Classic overland tours include a few days in Cairo to see the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza and more. Since most tours start and end in the capital, you can split the sights between the two visits. The next stop on most classic itineraries is usually Luxor. Luxor is the gateway to some of Egypt's most impressive archaeological sights. These include the Temple of Luxor, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. You'll usually spend at least two days in Luxor to see all the sights.
How your tour gets you from Cairo to Luxor is an important detail. If you are traveling by bus, make sure you have air-conditioning. It can get very hot and uncomfortable on this journey. Some tours choose to fly from Cairo to Luxor; this will save you time but add expense. One of the better ways to make it from Upper to Lower Egypt is to travel by train. There are several tours that include train travel on their itineraries. Overnight trains with berths travel from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan.
From Luxor, many tours include a cruise down the Nile to Aswan, stopping en route at the ancient sights of Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Some tours fly directly to Aswan and then work their way north along the Nile to the same sights. Either way, you'll want to spend at least three to four nights on a cruise. The best time to go on a Nile cruise is between October and April. If you only have a short time in Egypt, some tours offer a short one day cruise from Luxor to Qena with a stop at the Temple of Dendera.
There are many cruises to choose from, depending on your tastes and budget. The more luxurious boats have large, air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and the latest technology. Most cruise ships will have nightly entertainment on board – anything from belly-dancing shows to whirling dervish performances. If a floating hotel doesn't appeal to you, book a cruise on a traditional felucca instead. These ancient sailing vessels are not quite as comfortable as a large cruise ship, but certainly provide more adventure.
There is more to Egypt than Cairo and the ancient sights between Luxor and Aswan, however. If you have time, consider adding a visit to the country's more off-the-beaten track highlights as well. Our favorites include:
Located on the shores of Lake Nasser in southern Egypt, the Abu Simbel temple complex was originally cut into the rock during the reign of Ramesses II. When the Aswan Dam was built, the site was threatened with flooding and the temple was moved block-by-block to higher ground. Tours include transport from Aswan and usually take a full day.
Built by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria was once an important center for Hellenistic culture, with iconic landmarks like the Great Library and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. These have since disappeared but it remains a great place to relax, soak up the atmosphere and sample fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants along the Corniche.
For many tourists, the Red Sea is actually Egypt's biggest attraction. Head to a resort town like Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam and spend lazy days swimming in the sea or lounging on the beach. Above all, the Red Sea is rated as one of the best scuba diving destinations in Africa, with thriving reefs and historic shipwrecks.
Located a two-hour drive from Dahab on the Red Sea coast, Mount Sinai is a place of exceptional beauty. Organized hikes get you to the summit in time to watch the sunrise from an elevation of 7,497 feet / 2,285 meters. The mountain is also spiritually important, as the place where Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments.
If you decide that a tour is right for you, choosing which one to book can be tricky. After all, there are literally hundreds of options. Below, we have listed a few itineraries offered by reputable operators to serve as a helpful starting place. However, it's always a good idea to communicate personally with the company before booking to find out about hidden costs, group sizes, possible add-ons and more.
Q- Is it safe to travel to Egypt 2020? A-Tourists have been visiting Egypt for centuries and Egyptians have well-earned reputation for warmth and kindness toward visitors. Egyptian cities are generally very safe, especially in area where tourists frequenty.
Q-What are Egypt's Visa Requirements? A-If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.
Q-What is the Top Traditional Egyptian Food?A-Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.
Q-What is the Best Time to Visit Egypt?A- The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.
Q-What to Pack for Your Egypt Tour?A-You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
Q-Why Book With "JOURNEY TO EGYPT"? A-We have been creating the finest vacations for more than 10 years around the most majestic destinations in Egypt. Our staff consists of the best operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort make you have the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time consultants to fit your every possible need during your vacation. It doesn't go without saying that your safety and comfort are our main concern priority and all of our resources will be directed to provide the best atmosphere until you return home.
Q-What is the Weather is Like? A-The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts..