Awesome ancient wonders, endless golden sands and atmospheric local souqs make Egypt the ultimate travel destination.
From the enigmatic aura of the Sphinx to the imposing glory of the Pyramids, step into the Land of the Pharaohs and discover the exotic charms of evocative Egypt.
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Egypt tour reviews
Our Egypt trips score an average of 4.66 out of 5 based on 76 reviews in the last year.
Explore Egypt, December 2016
Amazing trip - an incredible experience in an incredible country! It's really intense and exhausting, but totally worth it!
Review submitted 18 Jan 2017
Explore Egypt, December 2016
Be prepared for cooler weather in Winter. If you're unsure about prices to pay with vendors and markets, or you're worried the quality of the things you buy, ask your tour leader to take you to quality stores that have set prices. For papyrus works these are government backed stores.
Review submitted 12 Jan 2017
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Egypt travel highlights
Sail down the Nile River on an Egyptian felucca
Dive into the warm waters of the Red Sea
Discover the ancient wonders of Alexandria
Experience the bustling energy of Cairo
Visit the massive temples of Karnak in Luxor
Khan al-Khalili bazaar
Shop for souvenirs at Cairo's Khan al-Khalili bazaar
Visit the impressive temples of Abu Simbel
Transport in Egypt
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Egypt, you may find yourself travelling by:
Accommodation in Egypt
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Egypt you may find yourself staying in a:
Be welcomed into the home of a local family and experience the cuisine, culture and customs of Egypt firsthand during your stay. A truly authentic travel experience like no other.
Egypt holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Egypt
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Top 10 ancient wonders of Egypt
Festivals and events in Egypt
Health and safety
Egypt travel FAQs
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Egypt as a tourist. Visas are easily attainable on arrival at Cairo airport for most nationalities for US$15 paid in cash, but please check with your travel agent or embassy before departure. On arrival at Cairo airport you buy your visa at any of the banks before proceeding to immigration. You'll be given a stamp that you then need to put into your passport yourself. A single entry visa is valid for three months from date of issue and entitles the bearer to one month in Egypt. Multiple entry visas are not available at the airport or any border crossings.
Tips are appreciated by Egyptians so if you are satisfied with the services provided, tip as appropriate. Generally, add 5-10% to cafe and restaurant bills, whereas loose change is an acceptable tip for food purchases from street vendors and markets. It's also a good idea to tip local guides and drivers - US$2-4 per day is acceptable.
Internet access in Egypt is growing, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots becoming increasingly more common in large cities, especially Cairo.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Egypt, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas, especially if travelling through the desert. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Egypt.
You will have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Egypt. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to, although western-style toilets can be found in some tourist areas.
Egypt is a relatively cheap place to visit, although visits to monuments and museums - while worthwhile experiences - can be expensive. Here's what you can roughly expect to pay for a:
Pastry = 5 EGP
Cup of coffee = 5 EGP
Beer = 10 EGP
Short taxi ride = 10 EGP
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Egypt. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas and large hotels, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases since credit cards aren't always an option in Egypt.
ATMs are common in large cities such as Cairo and Alexandria and are found in and near shopping centres, tourist areas and 5-star hotels. ATMs are far less common in rural areas and smaller towns so you're advised to be prepared for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 7 Jan Eastern / Coptic Christmas
- 25 Jan 25th of January Revolution - Police Day
- 16 Apr Coptic Easter
- 17 Apr Sham El Nessim
- 25 Apr Sinai Liberation Day
- 1 May Labor Day
- 25 Jun Eid El Fitr *
- 26 Jun Eid El Fitr *
- 23 Jul Revolution Day
- 31 Aug Wakfet Arafat
- 1 Sep Eid El Adha *
- 2 Sep Eid El Adha *
- 21 Sep Islamic New Year
- 6 Oct Armed Force Day
- 30 Nov Prophet Mohamed's Birthday *
* subject to changes
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Egypt go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/egypt/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Egypt
- Be considerate of Egypt's customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
- Ask permission and remove your shoes before entering a place of worship.
- Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month, no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims visiting Egypt aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- If riding an animal, please check that it is healthy, well-fed and cared for.
- Beachwear is fine for when swimming at beaches, in rivers or when sailing - topless sunbathing is not. Ensure to cover up when leaving the beach and before entering towns or villages.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
- Try to avoid using plastic bags and packaging.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Egypt, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Educate-Me operates in Konayyesa, a poor and under-developed neighbourhood close to Cairo. The community has only limited services and basic housing. Families either don’t educate their children at all, or may send one male child to school. Educate-Me provides the schooling that is lacking in the local community.
Photo provided by Educate-me
Animal Care in Egypt (ACE)
This animal hospital on the outskirts of Luxor treats, rehabilitates and feeds thousands of mistreated donkeys, mules, dogs, camels and other animals. Made up of a team of dedicated vets and volunteers, ACE also educates local people on appropriate animal care and welfare.
Image supplied by Julie Hunter.
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org