The #2 property on the Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019 is the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. This is a wonderful new hotel property that makes a very solid option for visitors looking for a very central base to explore bustling downtown Cairo but also escape into a calm upscale retreat at the end of the day. Tahrir Squre is the heart of downtown Cairo, and in many ways it is … [Read more...] about The Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
The Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa ranked #1 in Luxor among Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019. The only property in Luxor to make the Egypt Travel Blog’s and the Egypt Travel Podcast’s list of Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019 is the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa. This property is exquisite from the moment you step into its lobby and I am 100% confident that you’ll be thoroughly … [Read more...] about The Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa
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THE newly renovated, newly reopened, absolutely remarkable Cairo Sheraton! The undisputed #1 property on the Egypt Travel Blog’s and the Egypt Travel Podcast’s list of Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019 in Cairo and Giza is the Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino, also known simply as the Cairo Sheraton. This hotel has been closed for quite a few years for extensive renovations and … [Read more...] about The Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
Introduction The hotel scene in Egypt, especially in Cairo, has undergone some major changes in the past few years. Some hotels that were new-ish the last time we did a comprehensive review of hotels in Egypt have more recently proven themselves to be a bit of a disappointment in not living up to the standards of their brands or in slipping in standards after an initial run … [Read more...] about The Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019
The Red Sea is the long and relatively narrow body of water that lies between the northeast coast of Africa and the Arabian peninsula that is bordered by Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Djbouti, Eritrea, and Sudan. Despite some of those countries being red flags for war and conflict, the Red Sea is a remarkably peaceful and conflict-free body of water. Here, … [Read more...] about Where to Go on the Red Sea in Egypt
Southern Egypt, also known as Upper Egypt, is most famous for the scores of majestic ancient temples that still line the shores of the Nile River for hundreds of miles. Of all the towns and villages in this region, Aswan is the largest in the far south of Egypt and a favorite base from which travelers have set out to visit and explore these ruins for thousands of years. And of … [Read more...] about Exploring Aswan and Abu Simbel
Luxor is Egypt’s number two destination for visitors after the greater Cairo/Giza area further north. Luxor is the area I call the land of tombs and temples because, while there are certainly tombs and temples all over Egypt, Luxor is where the most magnificent ones are located. Most notably in Luxor we have the Valley of the Kings with the splendid underground tombs of … [Read more...] about What to See and Do in Luxor
There are lots of museums in Egypt and in Cairo and lots of museums around world with Egyptian artifacts, but no other museum in the world contains such an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts as does this one in Cairo, Egypt. And perhaps more remarkably, nowhere else in the world can you get so close and intimate with Egyptian history as you can in this … [Read more...] about All About Visiting the Egyptian Museum
While this may seem like a funny question at first, it actually brings up some very good points about Imhotep that many people don’t know. And some of those points do make him seem almost god-like or other-worldly in a way. For starters, for those who don’t know who Imhotep was, he was basically the right-hand man to the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh named Djoser, who founded … [Read more...] about Was Imhotep an alien or human?
So the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza (also known as THE Great Pyramid) was initially built to a height of 280 royal cubits (an ancient Egyptian measurement), which equates today to slightly less than 481 feet or 147 meters tall. The Great Pyramid of Khufu was and remained the tallest man-made structure on earth until only about 700 years ago, meaning it reigned supreme as the … [Read more...] about About how tall is the pyramid of Khufu at Giza?
Nope, the Great Pyramid is not just filled with rubble. Neither are the other pyramids alongside it on the Giza Plateau, nor the slightly older pyramids further south at Saqqara and Dashur. It’s not at all unreasonable to suspect that, though, as it would have made building them much easier. But when you’re there in person you can actually see evidence of the structure, … [Read more...] about Is the Great Pyramid filled with rubble?
Nearly everyone is fascinated with ancient Egyptian history and culture. Yet despite the plethora of information out there about Egypt, most of us still have lots of questions about this seemingly exotic country and its mysterious long history. While many of us just let these questions linger in our minds until we someday stumble across the answers, tens of millions of others … [Read more...] about Sharing Egypt Travel Blog’s Answers to Questions on Quora
It has been over 2 years since we've done a review of the hotel scene in Egypt, and a LOT has changed. New hotels have opened, nice hotels have gone downhill, and the Egypt Travel Podcast has inaugurated a new annual review and ranking of the Best Hotels and Resorts of Egypt. This is an episode you're going to want to listen to all the way through for sure. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about MAJOR Egypt Hotel Scene Updates
Many people rely on Trip Advisor for doing their due diligence before a big international trip. While it may be fantastic for many other destinations, Trip Advisor is notoriously horrendous for planning travel to and around Egypt. In this episode, you'll hear all about precisely why relying on Trip Advisor would be a huge mistake for planning trips to Egypt and you'll learn … [Read more...] about The Real Tea on Trip Advisor for Egypt
Travelers beware! AirBnB and similar platforms have been wonderful additions to the accommodations scene in many places, but not in Egypt - at least not yet. This episode reveals the results of our undercover evaluation of the AirBnB scene in Cairo. And spoiler alert - we strongly recommend AGAINST using AirBnB and similar platforms in Egypt for now, and we tell you all about … [Read more...] about Critical Advice on AirBnB in Egypt
This 12th episode is dedicated to sharing and answering some of the Egypt Travel Podcast listeners' most frequently asked questions about travel to and visiting Egypt. … [Read more...] about Frequently Asked Questions
In the 11th episode of the Egypt Travel Blog Podcast, John delivers another info-packed download all about Egypt's Red Sea coast, including where to go, how to get there, what's great, what sucks, and what to look out for. He also talks in depth about the coastal cities of Marsa Alam, Hurghada, El Gouna, Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Neweiba, and Taba and discusses security issues in … [Read more...] about The Red Sea
NOTE: The hotel scene in Egypt can change drastically within a few years as some hotels improve, others decline, and some close unexpectedly for renovations. The Egypt Travel Blog has an updated and more current review of this property in our Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019 feature, which can be found here. The Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor can be most accurately summed up for … [Read more...] about Luxor’s Winter Palace Hotel
The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt are the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to survive into the modern era. Everything else has vanished or crumbled or been destroyed by man or nature, yet these massive monuments have stood the test of time and are still standing today. And take my word on this - these structures are truly awe-inspiring when you’re actually there … [Read more...] about All About Visiting the Pyramids