Egypt

Considered to be the cradle of civilization, Ancient Egypt saw some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanization and organized religion. These are reflected in the iconic monuments, pyramids, temples and ruins that still exist to this day. A country rich in cultural heritage, Egypt transports you back in time to the world of the pharaohs. From the desert to the Red Sea to the Nile River, Egypt is an explorer’s wonderland.

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What to Expect

Traditionally Egypt was only a destination for those wanting to see the Giza Pyramids or the Sphinx, however this fascinating country has so much more on offer, particularly for that history buff in you.

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In the bustling streets of Cairo one can explore the Citadel, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the old town bazaars or the delightful Cairo Museum with its intriguing Mummies Room and King Tutankhamun’s treasures. Desert explorations include a variety of quaint towns, incredible oases, temples and towering mountains and we can’t forget the crystal-clear waters and scuba diving opportunities of the Red Sea. Road transfers from region to region can be long however the private guiding, 4×4 driving across the desert and intriguing landscape make it well worth it.

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The Essence of Egypt — Egypt’s largest claim to fame and the place that inspires awe on a daily basis is the Giza Pyramids & the Sphynx. Located on the outskirts of Cairo, these massive sites are iconic.

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That means they also attract thousands of people each day. In order to avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting the pyramids as early in the day as possible although the site is large and does not feel crowded. Touring this mesmerizing site is done on camel, horseback or by foot – the choice is yours and your time here will be spent learning about the fascinating history and impact.

Nile River Cruises – Channel your inner Pharaoh or Queen and climb onboard a gorgeous small cruise ship on the Nile. These ships offer the best way to explore the temples built on its shores. Each day you disembark with an Egyptologist, discovering the secrets of ancient Egypt: Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Dendera, Edfu, Aswan and Philae. Between stops, take in a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile and learn why this river has been so integral to the lives of Egyptians for thousands of years. Much of the country’s food has been cultivated in the Nile delta region and today it continues to serve as a source of irrigation as well as an important transportation and trade route.

The “World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum” – Luxor is famously known for housing the tombs of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and today’s city surrounds two huge surviving ancient monuments: the Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lies the Necropolis with its monuments, temples and tombs which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Luxor is teeming with incredible archaeological sites and as recently as April 2019 discoveries of previously unopened sarcophagus and well-preserved mummies are still being unearthed.

Hidden gem— Located in the heart of the Great Sand Sea, the Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements with about 33,000 people, mostly Berbers, who have developed a unique culture and distinct language. Siwa is picture perfect in every way and epitomizes slow-paced oasis life. Brimming with olive trees and palms, mud-brick hamlets are connected by winding dirt lanes and goods-laden donkey carts are still very much a part of life. Expansive salt lakes and springs are scattered across the city providing a welcome respite to the heat.

Need to know

Most international flights fly into Cairo. Egypt Air has direct flights from New York’s JFK otherwise it is easily accessible via several European hubs.

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  • We recommend at least 7 – 10 days in Egypt and more if you wish to include a Nile River cruise.
  • Egypt is an excellent destination for all travelers who are seeking history. Couples, small groups, families, and honeymooners will find wonder and romance here.
  • Visas are required for visitors and can be obtained upon arrival at Egyptian airports. We advise visiting a traveler health clinic to ensure your inoculations are up to date.
  • Getting around Egypt means covering substantial distances from one tourist center to the next. Depending on your chosen itinerary, transfers will be entirely by road in a private vehicle or a combination of driving and flying. Egypt Air has a virtual monopoly on internal flights.
  • Arabic is the official language of Egypt however, English is widely spoken throughout the hospitality industry.
  • Most guides and drivers are trained well, and many individual tours are often led by qualified Egyptologists (those with university-level training in the art, architecture and archaeology of Egypt).
  • Egyptian cuisine shares many similarities to Greek, Turkish, as well as Arabic dishes. It has something for vegetarians and omnivores alike.

When to go

October through February is the best time to travel to Egypt as it is warm and comfortable during the day.

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Nights can be cool, particularly in the desert. You will want to avoid the scorching heat and sun during June through August. Egypt has low annual rainfall and about 315 days of sunshine a year.

Accommodation

Egypt offers accommodation to suite all tastes and budgets and is predominantly hotel-based. Our favorites are those located in converted historical buildings with fabulous views.

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As with the hotels, the Nile cruise boats come in all shapes and sizes with different amenities – the most luxurious of which include swimming pools on their decks allowing you to laze in the sun as you glide past the riverbanks.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

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George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.