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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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Blue Hole

Blue Hole

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Perhaps Egypt’s best-known diving and snorkeling site, the Blue Hole is a coral-fringed submarine sinkhole just north of Dahab in the Sinai. Dropping vertiginously to depths reaching 426 feet (130 meters), with a dramatic tunnel at 183 feet (56 meters), it’s popular with submarine enthusiasts, from technical divers to snorkelers.More
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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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Citadel of Qaitbay (Fort Qaitbey)

Citadel of Qaitbay (Fort Qaitbey)

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Built on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the longest surviving Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the 15th-century Citadel of Qaitbay (Fort Qaitbey) is a postcard-pretty sea fort. The battlements offer sweeping city views, the small museum houses maritime relics and aquariums, and three pillars likely date from the lighthouse.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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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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Bahariya Oasis

Bahariya Oasis

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Beckoning like — well, an oasis — in the middle of a harsh, expansive desert, Bahariya is a respite from the dry sands of Egypt. Natural springs dot the oasis floor, shaded by date palms and fruit trees overhead. The black hills surrounding it are filled with quartz, and the lands contain several impressive ruins — including the Temple of Alexander the Great.Once an ancient center of agriculture and commerce (even wine was produced here and exported to the Nile Valley) known as the Northern Oasis, it remains part of an important route and hub for visitors. Excavations have revealed thousands of ancient Egyptian mummies here, with more to be discovered. Painted churches and tombs can also be viewed. Both the lands and the remains of the civilizations that once dwelled here give an incredible sense of time and history.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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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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Hurghada Grand Aquarium

Hurghada Grand Aquarium

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Hurghada’s Marine Biology Museum reveals insights into the aquatic wonderland lying offshore.Whether you’re a keen snorkeler or want to learn more about the world’s rare coral reefs, the museum provides all the answers, focusing on the Red Sea’s ecological environment.You’ll also find out about the critters that live in the Red Sea, including sharks and turtles.More
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St. Catherine's Monastery

St. Catherine's Monastery

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Set beneath a mountain many believe to be the Biblical Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery has a heritage dating back to the fourth century AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still a working monastery, St. Catherine’s has defensive walls that house chapels, a library museum, and what is claimed to be a descendant of the Biblical burning bush.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Hurghada

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Recent reviews from experiences in Egypt

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Aswan
mnortonwv, 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 !
Lea_B, May 2021
3 Nights Cruise Luxor to Aswan including Abu Simbel & Hot Air Balloon from Luxor
there are a multitude of activities, from hot air ballooning to the temple of abou simbel.
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Best of Cairo
Charles_B, Apr. 2021
Cairo City Tour Visit Egyptian Museum Coptic Christian Cairo and old Market
We got to see the collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts before it was all carted away to the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
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Great day with a fantastic guide
Richard_H, Apr. 2021
Private VIP Day trip: 5 temples, lunch,felucca and sound and light
The Egyptologist in particular was extremely pleasant and spoke perfect English.
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Amazing
Charles_B, Mar. 2021
Short Layover Tour to Giza Pyramids and Sphinx
Definitely going to come back to Egypt to see more.
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AMINA - the best tour guide I could ever asked for
Olivia, Jul. 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Her English is perfect.
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Exceptional Tour Guide with Exceptional Knowledge and Abilities
michaelrea7, Jul. 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
Egypt can be pretty overwhelming and intimidating to English speakers and foreigners.
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Unforgettable trip!
Elisa_H, Jul. 2021
Egypt Tour 8 nights Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Abu Simbel, Nile Cruise, Air Balloon
Incredible, beautiful, left me filled with awe and really blessed and appreciative to have the opportunity to visit ancient history that you hear and learn about in books in school.
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A long but amazing day!
Rachel_P, Jul. 2021
Day Tour To Abu Simble From Cairo By Flight
It’s a long day because of all the travel required, but I was able to see everything I wanted to making it worth it.
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A+ Tour
Pamela_D, Jul. 2021
Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo
His English was very good and you could tell he was well educated.
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Excellent
E_A, Jul. 2021
3 nights Nile Cruise, Aswan & Luxor,Tours& Hot Air Balloon,Abu Simbel From Aswan
We are so happy that we did this cruise, we got to see all the sites mentioned on the advertised itinerary.
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Just great
Ruxandra_C, Jun. 2021
Visit Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & Saqqara Pyramids
After booking this trip I realized we also want to visit Dahshur Pyramids.
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Unforgettable Hike With Great Guides
Dan, Jun. 2021
Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour
They may warn you it gets cold at the peak; we went in June and it was no worse than a cool summer’s night in the Midwest, we were in jeans and short sleeves the whole time.
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Take this tour!
Dara_G, Jun. 2021
Top Rated Private Trip to Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Camel-Ride,Lunch
We only had the afternoon in Cairo and wanted to visit as much as possible in such a short time.
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Great Ride
John_F, Jun. 2021
Luxor: Egy Hot Air Balloon Ride /((sunrise flight)) over valley of the kings
It was nice to see that safety was a big priority.
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Decent trip
Kaylin, Jun. 2021
Half Day Tour To Memphis Sakkara And Dahshur Pyramids
I enjoyed seeing these pyramids out of Cairo a lot, although I felt my guide Ahmed struggled a little bit in his English.
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Hands down, the best thing we did in Egypt!
Michael, Jun. 2021
3 Nights Cruise Luxor to Aswan including Abu Simbel & Hot Air Balloon from Luxor
His English is very good and he really knew his stuff.
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Beautiful night in Cairo
Jane_S, Jun. 2021
Private Guided Night Tour of Cairo
We were able to see the highlights of the city in an efficient fashion and especially enjoyed the traditional felucca ride down the Nile under the many beautiful lights.
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A great time
Catalin_F, Jun. 2021
Horse Riding 3 Hours (Beach, Desert, Swimming By horse ) - Hurghada
Our guide really knew horses and was fluent in English, we had a great time together.
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Well worth it!
Rochelle, Jun. 2021
King Tut Full Day Historical Tour in Luxor
And with temperatures up to 115 F in the Summer, try to visit closer to winter.

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