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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 15 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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Perched on an island in the Nile River, Philae Temple is ancient history that’s been saved stone by stone. A relocation effort moved Philae Temple to Agilkia Island when the UNESCO World Heritage Site was threatened. Now, hieroglyphic reliefs abut soaring columns, with sanctuaries dedicated to the ancient gods Horus, Isis, and Hathor.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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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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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 El-Khalili

Khan El-Khalili

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With a history dating back to the 14th century, the Khan El-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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Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

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Ancient architecture goes monumental at this landmark in Luxor, which houses magnificent statues, columns, and the largest place of worship ever constructed—just a stone’s throw from downtown traffic. Construction of Karnak Temple spanned more than 1,000 years, and it shows in the diverse art and architecture of this Egyptian site.More
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Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel Temples

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Built as royal tombs, the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor are some of Egypt’s best known archeological sites. Step past the enormous sandstone statues carved into the temple facades, and explore the interiors, which are decorated with art and hieroglyphics.More
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Aswan High Dam

Aswan High Dam

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Built to control the Nile River’s annual floods, the Aswan High Dam transformed Egypt’s Nile Valley and created the vast Lake Nasser. The sheer scale of the dam is impressive, and at the top, you’ll find sweeping views of the lake and surrounding desert.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
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Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

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An ancient sanctuary surrounded by honking taxis, touts, and strolling families, Luxor Temple’s grandeur has endured more than 3,000 years on the East Bank of the Nile. Linked to Karnak Temple via the Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Temple boasts soaring colonnades, elaborate columns, statues, and images of Amenhotep III and Ramses II.More
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Ras Mohammed National Park

Ras Mohammed National Park

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On the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed National Park is home to Sharm el Sheikh’s best diving, notably Shark Reef, Yolanda Reef, and Jackfish Alley. Besides the pristine coral that awaits offshore, the land delivers empty beaches, rugged cliffs, and desert, plus mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and diverse birdlife.More

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Top activities in Egypt

8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
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5-Day 4-Night - 5 Star Deluxe Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan - Private Tour
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Guided Tour To Alexandria From Cairo

Guided Tour To Alexandria From Cairo

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Day-Tour to the Red Sea from Cairo

Day-Tour to the Red Sea from Cairo

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Recent reviews from experiences in Egypt

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Amazing full day tour
Levi_M, Jul 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
Wonderful way to see the city and know more about the history of Egypt!!!
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Great trip!
Bonita_E, Jul 2022
4 nights Luxor and Aswan Nile cruise with Hot air balloon,Abu simbel from Luxor
Mohammad Wafa was an amazing guide who spoke great English and knowledgeable of Egypts history.
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Cruise up the nile
Timothy_T, Jul 2022
4 nights Luxor and Aswan Nile cruise with Hot air balloon,Abu simbel from Luxor
The itinerary is packed with activities but there is also time to relax on the cruise and soak up the sun.
star-5
An excellent tour overall!!
Steven_S, Jun 2022
Luxor Full Day Tour: Valley of Kings & Queens - Hatchepsut Temples And More
We hope to see him soon next time we return to Egypt
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Great tour!
Jamie_C, Jun 2022
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Dalia spoke perfect English, was patient, attentive and so knowledgeable!
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Fantastic day out
Emily_M, May 2022
Luxor Day Tour from Hurghada, El Gouna, or Makadi
Got to see all the main sights in luxor in one day.
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In one word, Phenomenal!!
Denise_C, May 2022
Sharm El Sheikh Private City Sightseeing Tour
Naveed was an incredible tour guide and his enthusiasm for his city made us fall in love with Sharm.
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Egypt finest
Jason_T, May 2022
4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor including Abu Simbel, Air Balloon
This Nile trip was exquisite, we had the opportunity to see everything that we hoped and discover the finest of Egyptian culture.
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I will recommend others to book this trip.
Rizwanullah_K, May 2022
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
She was fluent in English.
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Perfect for a short break
Gerard_P, May 2022
4-Days Nile Cruise From Aswan To Luxor including Abu Simbel and Hot Air Balloon
Amazing trip, managed to see so much of Ancient Egypt in such a short time.
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Awesome tour. The cave...
Lucas_R, May 2022
Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches
Nice opportunity to see a different side on Egyptian culture.
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Amazing Experience!!!
Ray_M, Apr 2022
Private Half-Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx , lunch and camel ride
With so much to see and learn still, a return trip is a must.
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Best of east Luxor
Marco_G, Apr 2022
Top Half Day Tour To East Bank Visit Karnak And Luxor Temples
Took us to the right places to see everithing
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Highly recommended
Ahmed_E, Apr 2022
Day Tour To The Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Christian Coptic Cairo
Really i have enjoyed this tour although I'm a japanese tourist & my English is not good,but my guide he explained everything thing very simple.
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Egypt trip
Fariba_b, Apr 2022
5 days 4 nights Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan included flight from Cairo
We highly recommend him and hope to visit Egypt again.
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Aswan to Luxor Temples tour - Great
Nabih_B, Apr 2022
5 days 4 nights Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan included flight from Cairo
Spoke English well and very knowledgeable egyptologist.
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Awesome day at the Pyramids!
Morgan_F, Apr 2022
Amamzing Day Tour To Giza Pyramids With Camel Ride & Four Wheeler (ATV)
I would definitely recommend to anyone going to see these Ancient Wonders of the world!
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Fantastic Experience
Terrance_W, Apr 2022
Private Guided Night Tour of Cairo
The sites were amazing to see at night and the locations to see over all of Cairo made for a very memorable experience.
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Excellent trip
Carlicia_A, Apr 2022
private trip Giza pyramids , Egyptian museum Camel ride and quad bike ATV
Best experience ever thanks to my guide for the history of Egypt and got photos to such a nice guide who showed me everything I needed to see and know
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The tour was very...
Christo_S, Apr 2022
4-Days Nile Cruise From Aswan To Luxor including Abu Simbel and Hot Air Balloon
Be prepared for very early-morning activities.
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All about Egypt

Currency
Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Time Zone
EET (UTC +2)
Country Code
+20
Language(s)
Arabic
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