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
The Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor can be most accurately summed up for Western audiences as "Downton Abbey meets Egypt." That's because the Downton Abbey cast of characters is precisely the target clientele for which the luxury hotel on the eastern bank of the Nile in archaeology-rich Luxor was built. Today, the Winter Palace in Luxor is managed by Accor Hotels under the … [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 … [Read more...] about All About Visiting the Pyramids
A team of archaeologists work in northern Egypt have discovered the site of an ancient settlement that makes even the Pharaohs and the Pyramids look young, relatively speaking. The discovery was made in the town of Tel el-Samara, which is located north of Cairo in the fertile Nile Delta region. Egypt's most famous pyramids at Giza are thought to be roughly 4,500 years old, … [Read more...] about New Discovery Makes Pharaohs Look Modern, Sort Of
You’re not going to find posh tier-one luxury hotels in most other parts of Egypt, with a few notable exceptions. But you will recognize some major international brands in some of Egypt's other major tourist cities and you'll even find some nice boutiquey properties that you didn't even know to look for. Luxor is the second most popular city in Egypt for its historical … [Read more...] about Hotels Outside of Cairo
There are a LOT of hotel options when visiting Egypt, which is a good thing. The not so good thing about that overabundance of choices is that you usually don't know what you're signing yourself up for until you arrive in Egypt and lay eyes on the property for the first time. If you've done your homework, you'll be pleased. If you blindly trusted the [always flattering, … [Read more...] about Review of Cairo’s Hotel Scene
In this tenth episode of the Egypt Travel Blog Podcast, John takes listeners through a visit to Aswan and Abu Simbel in the far south of Egypt and makes a big announcement relevant to anyone interested in traveling to Egypt in 2018 or 2019. … [Read more...] about Aswan and Abu Simbel
Following up on the success of the wealth of information about traveling to and around Egypt that is now available via the Egypt Travel Blog Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, and the iPhone Podcast App, your fearless leaders at Egypt Travel Blog have decided to make a lot of that same information available in article format here on EgyptTravelBlog.com. As a result, you'll now … [Read more...] about Egypt Travel Blog’s Newest Section
Second episode in a 2-parter on Luxor, Egypt's ancient tomb- and temple-filled capital in the south. This episode continues on to the eastern bank of the Nile River and explores Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, then surveys the hotel and resort scene in Luxor. We wrap up the episode with important tips on Luxor-specific scams or "tricks" to watch out for as well as a few updates … [Read more...] about Luxor, Part 2
Hopefully you’ve pre-arranged your transportation from the airport with your fabulous Western-run tour company and someone will be there at arrivals waiting to greet you and get you on your way. If you’re taking responsibility for your own transit from the airport to your hotel, then you’re going to have to gird your loins and be prepared to get ripped off a little in a … [Read more...] about Getting from the Airport to Your Hotel in Cairo
We’ve covered quite exhaustively the best ways to get to Egypt in this previous blog post, so now let’s talk a little bit about what to expect on arrival at Cairo International Airport, or CAI as it’s known. First, you can get a tourist visa in advance if you want to, but it’s totally not necessary because you can get a “visa” on arrival at the airport. I put visa in quotes … [Read more...] about Arriving in Egypt and Getting Through the Airport
John delivers another meaty brain dump about traveling to Luxor and traipsing around all of the amazing tombs and temples to visit here. Included are expert recommendations on must-see sites and some additional sites to see if you have extra time, which specific tombs are best to spend your time on in the Valley of the Kings, plus some brief history on what makes each tomb, … [Read more...] about Luxor, Part 1
One of the biggest and most common logistical questions that future visitors to Egypt have is how to get there. For nearly all travelers, you'll almost certainly fly into the country, although very few do cross the land border from Israel into Taba, Egypt. But compared to the total number of international visitors to Egypt, those who come in by land are very far and few … [Read more...] about Getting to Egypt
Another topic that I'm often asked about is how long one should plan to stay in Egypt when you visit, and part of that depends on how you get there. If you’re tacking a visit to Egypt on to a trip to somewhere else in the region, you can get away with a shorter stay and be ok. If you’re flying all the way from North America just to go to Egypt, then you won’t want to fly all … [Read more...] about How Long Should You Stay In Egypt?
A trip to Egypt is truly a bucket list trip of a lifetime, so planning the right time to go can ensure that your trip maximized to be as amazing as it can possibly be. That's why planning for and around weather can be critical to making sure you have a great experience when you finally arrive. Egypt is obviously a hot country because, well, it’s Egypt. But the summers can … [Read more...] about When Is the Best Time to Visit Egypt?
You know, I’m sure everyone knows this but it bears repeating because it can be a little shocking at first if you’re not ready for it when you get there, but here goes - Egypt is still a legit developing country. There are some very nice, very luxurious, very modern parts to Egypt, but the overwhelming majority of the country is still developing. Some say Third World, some say … [Read more...] about What’s Egypt Like?
So why Egypt? Why Egypt for me, and why Egypt for so many people all over the world who want to travel there? Well, I’ll tell you that for me it was the sheer volume of sites to see and unique and distinct places to visit within this one country that drew me there originally. When I first moved to Egypt back in 2003, I was there on a language scholarship that required me to … [Read more...] about Why Egypt? And Why Now?