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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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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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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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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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Sphinx (Great Sphinx of Giza)

Sphinx (Great Sphinx of Giza)

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The 66-foot-tall (20-meter-tall) Sphinx of Giza is an icon of ancient Egypt, and the subject of continued debate regarding its meaning, age, and original builder. With the head of a human and the body of a lion, the Sphinx—one of the world’s largest and oldest statues—is said to symbolize strength, power, and wisdom.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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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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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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Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple

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The enormous Luxor Temple was one of the great constructions of the New Kingdom (dating from the 14th century BC) dedicated to the god Amun. It was known as the “Southern Sanctuary” and was the site of ceremonies aimed at encouraging the life-giving Nile floods.Once through the processional Avenue of Sphinxes you come to the First Pylon, which announces the phenomenal scale of the stonework here: statues, columns and obelisks all compete with each other in a race to the sky.Ensuing civilizations have also left their marks: there’s a shrine erected by Alexander the Great, Roman wall frescoes as well as a 14th century AD mosque, ensuring this remains a place of worship in the present day.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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Mt. Sinai

Mt. Sinai

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Mt. Sinai rises a lofty 7,497 feet (2,285 meters) above sea level and is an important religious pilgrimage site, where the prophet Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments directly from God. Visit the site’s ancient monastery or hike to the summit for panoramic views of Egypt’s mountainous Sinai Peninsula.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Egypt

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Awesome Half Day Trip to Giza Pyramids
James_Z, Jan 2022
Half-Day Cairo Private Guided Tour to Giza Pyramids &Sphinx included Area ticket
Gabri & Summer with Egyptian Scribe Tours were excellent guides, professional, knowledgeable & entertaining.
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Half Day Tour to the Great Pyramid & the Sphinx.
James_Z, Jan 2022
Half Day Tour to Memphis,Saqqara & Dahshour Pyramids
Gabri, Summer with Egyptian Tours were very personable, professional, & informative.
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This tour shows real Egypt
Aare_U, Jan 2022
4 Days Nile Cruise Aswan & Luxor Hot Air Balloon and Abu Simbel From Aswan
Really great tour to see Egypt.
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Top notch tour and guide
Jacob_S, Dec 2021
4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor &Abu Simbel
Excellent English and very professional.
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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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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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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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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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Stargazing and Egyptian experience
Debra_I, Jan 2022
Hurghada: Star watching Desert Adventure by Jeep with Dinner
We has a group could not have asked for any more the perfect way to see and learn about Egyptian culture and history it's gives you so much more than just stargazing A++++++++
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Nile Cruise is one of the things that are must to do in Egypt!
Danail_B, Jan 2022
4 Days Nile Cruise Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel with Train Tickets from Cairo
This could not be happened without the professionalism of the guide - Ismail Haroun (Egyptologist English tour guide) organizing the entire logistics during the cruise and tours, while giving comprehensive explanations presented in understandable way as fairy-tales.
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A must do tour!
Maria_S, Jan 2022
Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Private Tour
The whole tour was well organized, and catered to what we wanted to see and experience.
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Best tourguide & drivers, couldnt have made my stay better!
Demet_Y, Jan 2022
Dendara and Abydos Temples Day Tour from Luxor
His english is amazing (better than I had before in Cairo) so you can just easily talk and understand him.
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Perfect adventure for those who want something a bit different
Wendy_G, Jan 2022
Valley of Whales and Wadi El Rayan Water Falls Day Tour from Cairo
We hit up the waterfall next -- it was nice, but not the focus of the tour.
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