- Your Private Tour of Egypt. See what you want at your pace
- Start and finish when you want
- No waiting for buses
- Make the best use of your valuable time
- Qualified Egyptologist brings history to life for all
- Local knowledge enables a smooth tour
- Insight and access to culture and activities
How to Best See Egypt.
Egypt has just so much to offer! It is also varied, what appeals to one person doesn’t do a thing for the next. One could spend anything from a week to a lifetime in Egypt and still be fascinated. But let us concentrate here on how to make the most of a limited amount of time, one week, and let it go without saying that any of the sights and activities could be extended indefinitely should one choose.
The history of Egypt, ancient and modern(even now in 2011 Egyptian’s are making history again) is so rich, abundant and complex that without explanation it can be overwhelming and impossible to find and understand the key elements, main stories and participants. That’s why early on we decided that the only way to see Egypt, understand it and enjoy it is with a Private Guide.
At a minimum you will want to spend two or three days in Cairo. One of those days should be spent on the west bank of the Nile playing amateur archaeologist at Memphis (once ancient capital), Saqqara and the Pyramids and Sphinxx in Giza. Back in town, at least half a day is needed to see the Egyptian Museum which in itself should be one of the wonders of the world. And you will want to get to The Citadel, shop in the bazaars of Khan el Khalili and maybe visit Coptic Cairo.
In the far south, Aswan is near the monumental High Dam and other interesting sites such as the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple (which was moved in its entirety for a site flooded by the Dam), and views of the tomb of the Agha Khan which sits in glowing splendor as a marker for the felucca sail, probably the most graceful sailing experience in the world. And, of course, just about 150 miles south is Abu Simbel, Ramses’ monument to himself intended to warn the Nubians that they were entering Egypt, which was also relocated because of the rising waters from the creation of Lake Nasser. In fact, that relocation was a massive cooperative engineering effort by dozens of nations under the guidance of the United Nations, which is still considered one of the largest engineering projects in history.
Luxor. It doesn’t seem possible that there can be so many sights to see concentrated in one place but in Luxor there are. How is this for a couple of days: start by visiting the Luxor Temple right in the middle of the city and then take a calesche (horse drawn buggy) to the complex at Karnak. That’s just your warm up. The next day cross early to the West Bank where your donkeys will be waiting for a dawn ride to the Valley of the Kings where you will explore selected tombs of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs. After lunch, wander around the area taking in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a stunning construction that would grace any of today’s cities with its design, and the Ramesseum and Deir Al-Medina are particular favorites of mine. And there still are the Colossi of Memnon and a visit to one of the many alabaster factories and maybe a journey deep into one of the mines. In the evening, the bazaars are pulsating with life and it’s a good place to gather up the souvenirs as prices are much lower than in Cairo and the people seem genuinely happy to see you.
Often overlooked the Sinai Peninsula is a remarkable excursion. The stark mountains, the wind scultured desert rock and home to Mt Sinai is well worth the effort if you can add on 2-3 days. A climb up Mt Sinai for sunrise is one of those events in life you will always remember and refer back to …as well as being proud of the achievement!
Why Choose Egypt Magic?
Because we can offer the best value, quality experience. It is why we specialize in private and escorted tours. Any “Classical” tour will take you to the important Antiquities… in a large group. But that’s not the experience we offer. Our tours take your private group (the other guests in your party with whom you booked) in your own private transportation with your own private, certified Egyptologist. You spend quality time with a top notch professional who is warm, open and welcomes your comments, questions and conversation about the country, both ancient and modern. People always make the difference in a travel experience – from your first contact with us via e-mail or telephone through your solicited comments at the close of the tour – you will know that your lifetime dream of Seeing Egypt is in the hands of capable people you can trust.
You’ll find that Private Tours of Egypt can be incredibly cost effective too!
Because we make it easy and convenient. Our daily departure guarantee means when you’ve decided on the ideal time frame, we fit our itineraries to your schedule. If you’d like to spend an extra day in Luxor, or add on a few days to discover the Sinai, or modify the program, we are at your service. And we will be pleased to help you find the best value in air roundtrip from your U.S. gateway city.
Because individual travel is our specialty, we do get to know our guests a bit before they leave and frequently they have special requests, off-the-beaten track quests, interests beyond the mainstream…we are uniquely qualified to make sure all expectations are met, and usually exceeded. And because we know the country and its people so very well we are up-to-date on information the traveler needs and wants.
You’ll find many of your questions about Egypt answered right here at Egypt Magic. And for any that aren’t, we are truly looking forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your own private, escorted Adventure in Egypt !