John sits down with Egyptian photographer Ahmed Wahba to talk about some of his favorite unspoiled and emerging places to visit in Egypt, including the North Coast, Marsa Alam, Soma Bay, and the White Desert. Ahmed's amazing photography showcasing the best of Egypt and its people can be found on his Instagram account @ProjectWahba. He is also the co-creator of the content … [Read more...] about Interview with Ahmed Wahba of Visit Egypt
When I was in Egypt in early January of 2011, only a few weeks before the outbreak of the Egyptian Revolution, everything seemed perfectly normal. The government seemed as stable as it had been for the past 30 years and there was zero indication that a revolution was about to happen. But just about two weeks after I left Egypt on that trip, a few protests started growing … [Read more...] about Reflections on the Media and the Arab Spring in Egypt
In this long-awaited episode all about the Grand Egyptian Museum, which includes a few surprises, John covers the history of this monumental project and then carefully and thoroughly dissects the latest information about the new museum's expected opening date. He also offers listeners seven important things to consider when planning trips to Egypt in the next 12 months. … [Read more...] about The New Grand Egyptian Museum
Newly discovered undisturbed mummies inside their colorful coffins on display in Luxor, Egypt. (photo credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities) The largest new discovery of ancient Egyptian mummies in over a century has been revealed to the public by Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities at a ceremony in the southern city of Luxor, resting place to hundreds of ancient pharaohs, … [Read more...] about New Major Mummy Discovery Unveiled in Luxor
A brief new episode to update listeners on a few important topics related to travel to Egypt and our ongoing efforts to support special projects in Egypt. … [Read more...] about Egypt Travel Updates
When it is completed, the Grand Egyptian Museum just outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau (and next door to the Pyramids) will not only be the new crown jewel of Egypt, but it will also be one of the largest, most modern, and most renowned museums in the entire world. For those interested in learning more about the project's history and the museum itself, here are a number … [Read more...] about Fun Facts about the new Grand Egyptian Museum
This is a very special episode of the Egypt Travel Podcast in which we're launching a fundraising campaign to help support a remarkable program for blind girls and young women in Egypt. Go to www.EgyptTravelBlog.com/LightAndHope to learn more and make a donation. … [Read more...] about Supporting a School for Blind Girls in Egypt
Contribute to the Egypt Travel Blog's, Egypt Elite's, and the Egypt Travel Podcast's joint fundraiser for the the Al Noor wal Amal Assocation and School and their Light and Hope Orchestra by donating here: I have to confess - my heart always melts for kids in Egypt. Whether it’s at the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum where kids are sometimes trying to sell … [Read more...] about The Orchestra of Light & Hope
Note: This question was posted by a user on the question-and-answer website Quora. The answer below was provided by Egypt Travel Blog there and is re-posted here for our readers' benefit as well. There are several important points to make in answering this question. The first and most important is that the Great Pyramid at Giza was never lost or hidden, so it could never be … [Read more...] about Who “rediscovered” the Great Pyramid at Giza?
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
Note: This question was posted by a user on the question-and-answer website Quora. The answer below was provided by Egypt Travel Blog there and is re-posted here for our readers' benefit as well. 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 … [Read more...] about Was Imhotep an alien or human?
Note: This question was posted by a user on the question-and-answer website Quora. The answer below was provided by Egypt Travel Blog there and is re-posted here for our readers' benefit as well. 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 … [Read more...] about About how tall is the pyramid of Khufu at Giza?