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Egypt is back with a bang: Read why and where to go

Recently updated on July 27th, 2023 at 10:16 am

Visit ancient pyramids. Enter tombs of Great Pharaohs. Explore the Sahara Desert. Enjoy the turquoise waters of the Red Sea. Meet the locals and learn about their traditions. Egypt, the ancient heart of civilisation and recent host of world leaders at COP27, is back with a bang. We want to know why more and more travellers are visiting Egypt every year, so we spoke to Travel Directors Assem and Hazem. They share why Egypt is back and why people should choose to travel to Egypt in 2023 and beyond.

Egypt is the experience of a lifetime

“More and more people are traveling to Egypt because no other country in the world can compare. Egypt has a rich culture and many amazing activities and historical sites that you can visit and explore, including the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World, the Great Pyramids.” – Travel Director Hazem

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What’s special about Egypt?

When you travel to Egypt with Trafalgar, you’ll experience non-stop adventure as you explore ornate madrassas and the Mosques of Cairo, through to the archaeological wonderland of the Valley of the Kings, and the priceless treasures found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum. That’s not to mention cruising down the iconic Nile River, passing great ancient wonders. 

“I have been working with Trafalgar for 22 years. The best thing about touring Egypt with Trafalgar is that we connect our dear guests to the real Egypt in a way like no other. We will take you back in time to one of the world’s first civilisations. You will explore and enjoy more than five thousand years of humanity.” – Hazem 

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“An Egypt tour with Trafalgar will take you on a cruise down the iconic Nile River, where you will  visit some of the greatest ancient wonders. We will cross the Nile in a Felucca, see temple hieroglyphics and marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.” – Hazem

Giza Pyramids & the Great Sphinx

Best of all, visit the greatest of the Great Pyramids of Egypt: the Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one remaining largely intact. It was built in the 4th dynasty for the second king.

“Stroll out in the desert to enjoy an amazing view of the pyramids from a distance. Then, stand in front of the imposing Sphinx, the combination of human intelligence and the strength of a lion.” – Travel Director Assem 

Abu Simbel temples

This historic site comprises two massive rock-cut temples in the village of Abu Simbel, Aswan Governorate upper Egypt. Both were built by the great Pharoah Ramses the second and are dedicated to the gods Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ptah, as well as to the deified Ramesses and his wife Nefertari. This special spot is considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples.

“See the gigantic statues of the pharaoh standing for over 3,200 years, flanking the entrance to one of the most impressive temples in Egypt.” – Assem

The Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is famous for its beautifully painted royal tombs and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over a period of nearly 500 years, from the 16th to the 11th Century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the new Kingdom. These ornate and secretive burial chambers are a great curiosity to explore on our tours. 

Karnak Temple 

“This is the largest religious complex that was ever built for a god. The temple is dedicated to the god Amon Ra, the chief creator god in Ancient Egypt. It accommodates the tallest Obelisk in Egypt, besides the Grand gallery with its forest of 134 giant columns.” – Assem

Egyptian Museum

“See statues of the Kings who built the greatest pyramids in the world. You will stand face-to-face with the Golden Mask of the boy King Tutankhamun. You will be dazzled with the amount of treasures and artifacts that this museum holds.” – Assem   

This museum in Cairo is the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East, housing over 100,000 artifacts. It has the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. Other great museums to explore include the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the ancient city of Fustat. Here you can view an exceptional collection of 20 royal mummies and learn about burial rituals, religion and mummification in ancient Egypt. 

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What’s unique about Egypt’s culture?

Today, the culture and traditions of Egypt are a melting pot, explains Travel Director Hazem. He says modern Egyptians have a wonderful mentality that embraces new ideas and innovations and they have a liberal attitude making them friendly and welcoming towards foreigners and tourists.  

“In Egypt, besides its marvelous attractions and cultural ambience, the smiling faces of the Egyptians are an added charm. Egyptians are quite adjustable in nature and they love to help people. If you ask them any question, they will answer it happily.

“Whenever you will ask something to an Egyptian, they will call other people to discuss the question and will try their best to offer you the correct answer.” – Hazem

Hazem says that family relationships and family values are very important. The head of the family is responsible for the behaviour and manners of the entire family and for maintaining the integrity of their name.

One thing Trafalgar guests might struggle to adapt to is the traffic in Cairo. Travel Director Hazem says it is extremely congested, so it takes time to get used to how people drive and how pedestrians cross the streets in Cairo.  

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“Trafalgar guests visit the village of Qurna and get connected with the community. Here we share hot tea with mint and freshly baked authentic sun bread with a local family at their countryside residence whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life.” – Assem

Best memories from Trafalagr’s Egypt tours

“Once I had a wonderful family from the USA. Their dream was to visit the pyramids, and you can’t imagine their feelings when they arrived at the great pyramid of Giza. One of them cried happily and said: it’s a dream come true!” – Hazem 

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Are you ready to travel to Egypt in 2023 and make your dreams come true? Tell us in the comments where you want to visit…

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