egypt

After two trips to Egypt, I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of the country.

Below, you’ll find my tips on where to go and how to plan your own trip — plus a few stories from Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada that share what my experience was like. There are a few frustrations, it’s true, but it’s totally worth it for the chance to see pyramids and temples from ancient Egyptian history. On top of that, the city of Cairo is a bewildering hive of activity that I loved and hated at the same time. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Red Sea destination of Hurghada is a pleasant resort break if you need a relaxing vacation or want to spend your days scuba diving.

luxor temple at sunset

13 Egypt Tips to Save First-Time Visitors Time, Money, and Hassle

Before my first trip, I thought I was well-prepared for travel to Egypt. I had read about what to expect, how things worked, and common scams. Turns out, that was just the start. There’s a lot you can only learn by being there in person…or reading the random collection of advice by someone who’s been …

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egyptian day train

Taking the Day Train from Luxor to Aswan

Almost all Egypt itineraries include both cities of Luxor and Aswan. Luxor, the ancient capital, is home to numerous temples, museums, and archaeological sites. Aswan has a different flair, with Nubian hospitality, a picturesque setting, and access to the famous Abu Simbel temple in the south. There are a few options to get between Aswan …

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karnak egyptian temple

Best Egyptian Temples (for Travelers Short on Time)

It’s easy to fall into FOMO when planning your Egypt trip. The city of Luxor alone has more than two dozen ancient Egyptian temples and you’ll find plenty more scattered elsewhere along the Nile. Seeing all of them is hardly necessary — but which do you choose? Below, I’ve summarized my recommendations for which temples …

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