Thank you for visiting the Egypt section of our website. All tours are not created equal, nor are all travel companies. In true luxury travel there is no 'One Size Fits All' and some travelers will not find us to be a good fit for their needs. Explorers who repeatedly travel with us all seem to share the following attributes -
1. You cherish learning about other cultures.
2. You value your time and don't want it wasted because of poor planning and/or execution.
3. You appreciate guides with real expertise, intelligence, and passion for their nation.
4. Your most treasured travel memories include genuine interactions with locals.
5. You like large rooms (or suites) with views at luxury hotels with great dining options.
We use the word 'Tours' for want of a better term. Since 2004 the Easy Tours family, both at the destinations we offer and in the U.S., has worked tirelessly to design and facilitate authentic luxury experiences for our guests. About 70% of our guests today are Repeats and Referrals.
Egypt's amazing monuments date back over 5000 years and the incredible wealth of awe-inspiring ancient structures and other creations is not found anywhere else on our planet. Life in Egypt has always resolved on the iconic Nile River which has supported Egyptian civilization from time immemorial.
Vibrant Cairo with its teeming souks and mosques, the awe-inspiring structures in Luxor, Abu Simbel, and Aswan, the crystal-clear Red Sea with its incredible corals and marine life, world-class museums, unique national parks, and a lot more combine to make Egypt a premier destination for all explorers.
No other land has seen so many cultures influence its history. After the roughly 2000-year glorious rule and amazing achievements of the native Pharaonic dynasties who created most of what you will experience, the land was conquered by a quick succession of foreigners including the Libyans, Nubians, Assyrians, and Persians. This was followed by Alexander the Great's conquest, and the creation of Hellenic sites such as those in Alexandria.
After this the Roman's took over and Egypt became one of the most important parts of the Roman Empire, further adding to the diversity of its monuments and culture. Christianity started spreading in Egypt almost 2000 years ago and soon after the Coptic Church was born, giving Egypt wonderful Churches and Monasteries such as those found in Coptic Cairo today. There is a lot of unique relevant information on Egypt throughout this long webpage.
Easy Tours was born in 2004 with two guiding principles - to provide the best small group and private luxury tours for explorers from North America, and to always value our guest's time. We have not sacrificed these principles on the altar of growth - we still guide just a couple of thousand guests a year total in all the countries we now call home.
Please take the time to review one or more of our detailed itineraries, which are different from other tours, to determine whether we are a good fit for you. The best tour of Egypt for you is one that touches your heart - your itinerary should make you really want it to start right now!
We know that the best Egypt Tours should include experiences that delight and amaze you every day of your exploration. This can only be achieved by a boutique agency with local expertise and focus on the following:
1. Genuine interactions with locals, including options to visit village schools, rural homes, and more.
2. Great rooms at the best luxury hotels with excellent cuisine and service.
3. Egypt's best Accompanying Egyptologist Guides (Tour Directors).
4. USA and Egypt based Specialists with expert local knowledge.
Egypt offers some great luxury lodging, including very upscale modern establishments and restored historical resorts. Easy Tours not only uses the best of these hotels, we offer only their larger rooms or suites, and only those with excellent views. We also make sure that our selected hotels offer great local and western dining options. Easy Tours is a preferred Egypt tour operator partner of organizations such as the Oberoi Group with its two Oberoi Nile Cruisers and the Oberoi Beach Resort at Sahl Hasheesh on the Red Sea, Sofitel hotels with their historic Old Cataract in Aswan and Winter Palace in Luxor, and Four Seasons with the Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo and Four Seasons in Alexandria.
Our local insider knowledge keeps us aware of facts that most are nor privy too. We do not currently recommend the Marriott Mina House in Giza, even for part of your time in Cairo. The historic hotel's Palace Wing rooms and suites have been closed for renovation for a few years. The later added mid-level wing is not luxurious, and even its best suites and rooms do not have great pyramid views. Also, until the oft-delayed new Museum opens, besides the couple of hours you will spend at the 3 Giza Pyramids, there is nothing you can do outside your hotel in crowded and polluted Giza.
Giza is a very long drive from the airport, and quite a distance from the rest of Cairo's attractions, including Islamic Cairo and Coptic Cairo. Although work on the Palace Wing is now finally ongoing, history tells us that this luxury section of the hotel will not open as a JW Marriott until late 2022 at best. Guests who still want to stay at the Mina House can ask us to change their lodging at Cairo.
A list of Egypt's most fascinating destinations where you can experience unique local culture, amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites, spectacular scenery, and Egypt's incredible history.
Home to the Great Pyramid, Khafre's Pyramid and other Pharaonic Structures
Karnak and Luxor Temples, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
Quite possibly the most impressive of all of Ancient Egypt's Great Temples
The magnificent Philae Temple, felucca rides on the Nile, base for visits to Abu Simbel
World's most iconic River Cruises. Amazing temples at Edfu, Esna and Kom Ombo
Multiple awe-inspiring exhibits at some of the world's greatest archeological museums.
Crystal-clear waters. World-class diving and snorkeling. Amazing corals and marine life
Cairo's most interesting part. Impressive historical structures. Large colorful souks
Original capital of the Pharaohs. Saqqara & Dahshur have the original pyramids
Queen of the Mediterranean. Built by Alexander the Great. Greek & Roman Structures
Most of our guests say that, besides the amazing ancient cities and monuments, the highlights of their exploration included the wonderful local cuisine, the charming old towns of Islamic and Coptic Cairo, cruising on the Nile, and walking through the fascinating souks.
Egypt has the most awe-inspiring ancient sites on this planet, all accompanied by a historical narrative that is similarly impressive. With Easy Tours you get to experience these with Egypt's best Egyptologist guides and support staff.
But ancient sites do not often become lifetime memories for true explorers. The memories you will cherish are interactions with humans that you encounter as you explore. Your Tour Director will be happy to facilitate and interpret such interactions.
Nature offers amazing land and seascapes in Egypt. The fertile Nile Valley runs through some of the world's most arid desert, with the river cultivating the lands near its banks. Life revolves around the Nile and 95% of the nation's population lives within a few miles of its waters. The Red Sea offers some of the world's best diving and snorkeling, as well as crystal-clear waters and wonderful beaches.
Most American explorers start their journey in Cairo and spend a few days exploring the region's wealth of attractions. Those who want to visit Alexandria will then be driven about 3 hours north to the coastal Mediterranean city.
The next destinations are almost always Luxor and Aswan, in whatever order you prefer. Whether you are departing from Alexandria or Cairo, your journey south will be a flight from Cairo airport - Alexandria's airport does not offer any nonstop flights to either destination.
The journey between Aswan and Luxor is often done on a Luxury Nile Cruise. For our guests who do not want a Nile Cruise we offer driving options that are a much shorter duration. During the drive you have the option to stop at the incredible temples at Edfu, Esna and Kom Ombo, all of which are part of cruise itineraries. Most of our guests usually end their luxury Egypt tour at the Oberoi Beach Resort on the Red Sea, which is a fairly short drive from Luxor. Other resorts are available, and we are happy to arrange world-class diving and/or snorkeling for our guests.
As the best tour company for Egypt, we offer the option to add destinations and experiences. You can experience upscale tents in the White and/or Black Deserts, and on the banks of either of the two oases near ancient Fayoum. 4X4 desert safaris and sandboarding are common experiences to be found in Egypt.
If your goal is to avoid higher temperatures, October to March is the best time to visit Egypt, although December and January can be slightly cold in the Cairo region. Except for the Nile Valley and the coasts, Egypt is a desert and the Luxor and Aswan region is extremely hot in summer. There is very little, if any, precipitation throughout the year.
Talk to us if you would like expert suggestions on what we would recommend based on your individual travel preferences. Our guest's tolerance of heat varies and so our escorted private tours operate throughout the year. For example, most guests from the Southern United States can explore whenever they please.
The information given below is correct as of June 1st, 2021, but is subject to change. Easy Tours accepts no responsibility for its accuracy at the time of your visa application or your travel dates.
Egypt requires that your United States passport have at least 6 months validity remaining when you arrive in their country. We recommend the single entry 30-Day Egypt visa which a has 90-day validity from the date of issue. The visa is usually granted withing a couple of days of your applying, but we recommend applying about 6 weeks before your arrival in Egypt. It is a simple online process that you will want to do at the appropriate time. There is also a multiple entry visa that is valid for 180 days from the date of issue.
Egypt Visa Application Link
Although they tend not to ask for it, we recommend that you take a copy of your itinerary with you as they officially can ask about your arrangements while in Egypt.
Having facilitated the top-rated escorted tours of Southeast Asia for North American travelers for well over a decade, Easy Tours knows what makes for a truly memorable exploration. We believe that the three most important parts of the best Southeast Asia tours are well planned itineraries, great guides, and boutique luxury hotels.
We are able to offer the best small group and private tours of Southeast Asia for upscale explorers because we understand what our guests enjoy. Our guests like a diverse mix of culture, nature, local colors, history, and insights into the everyday lives of the locals. Easy Tours focuses on providing such experiences.
Because we know great food and a good night's sleep are an integral part of the best Southeast Asia tours, we offer options between gourmet regional cuisine and fine western fare. We use upgraded rooms and suites in the best hotels in Southeast Asia as we don't like small base rooms.
We feel that the most important facet of the best tour packages in Southeast Asia is your guide's passion for, and knowledge of, their homeland. It is human interactions that make up a discerning explorers' fondest memories, not how many sights, or cities, they visited while touring. Our guests tend to wax poetic about our colleagues, and write many paragraphs about them in their reviews!
Passion leads to excellence, and our guests interact with people deeply committed to your satisfaction all through the reservation and travel experience. This is a key reason why about 70% of our guests are repeat and referral travelers today, and our reviewers consistently state that we are not just the best tour operator in Southeast Asia, we are unmatched in the world! Please take a minute or two to read some of our guest reviews. You will notice that almost all our guests, during their exploration, develop relationships with Easy Tours' Tour Director Guides. We have many guests from over a decade ago that, even today, maintain relationships with our Southeast Asia based colleagues.