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Our Egypt

Famous for…

Incredibly well-preserved artifacts and archaeological sites of one of the oldest and most fascinating civilizations in the history of the world.

Favorite place for a stroll…

Cairo’s medieval Fatimid quarter, where you can marvel at the distinctive and elaborately decorated architecture.

A few of our favorite meals in Cairo…

Traditional Egyptian cuisine at Abou el Sid, a stylish and atmospheric restaurant. We also love breakfast at Zitouni, the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza’s excellent Egyptian restaurant, for an exquisite spread of Western and Egyptian specialties. Their Thursday night Egyptian “fish market” buffet is a treat, as well.

Don’t miss: a Nile cruise…

A multi-day cruise on the Nile River aboard one of our preferred luxury boats is the best way to experience must-see archaeological sites such as Luxor, Karnak, Edfu, Kom Ombo and the Valley of the Kings.

Interesting cultural experience…

Watching a Coptic Orthodox service at Cairo’s Hanging Church.

Favorite local drink…

Fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice is delicious and refreshing, and not nearly as sweet as it sounds. The street stalls in Aswan’s souk are a great place to try it.

Memorable hotel experience…

Enjoying a gin & tonic and the sultry views of the Nile from the terrace of the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel, an atmospheric 19th-century Victorian palace in Aswan.

Iconic site…

The Pyramids are so legendary that walking among them (and inside them, if desired) is an almost surreal experience.

Breathtaking moment…

Seeing the Great Temple of Abu Simbel for the first time. The beautiful monument and its dramatic setting are awe-inspiring.

Unusual art…

The distinctive and beautiful Amarna-period artifacts in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum include slightly androgynous figurative sculptures with elongated necks and pronounced stomachs, hips and thighs.

Interesting cultural experience…

Learning about Nubian culture along the Upper Nile.

Consider…

Having us arrange a private visit to the royal tomb of Nefertari and other archaeological sites generally not open to the public.

Pilgrimage site…

St. Catherine’s Monastery, a sixth-century Greek Orthodox monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s at the foot of Mt. Sinai in an area of biblical significance.

Best way to relax…

Lazing on the private balcony of your Nile cruiser as you sail past Nubian farming villages and dramatic desert landscapes.

Best wildlife…

The Red Sea has an abundance of colorful fish, coral and other marine life—an impressive percentage of which are endemic—making it an excellent destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Favorite shopping…

We love buying gold jewelry, in particular, in Egypt. Our guides know the best shops for high-end jewelry, traditional furniture and antiques.

Touring advantage…

We arrange for an expert Egyptologist to accompany our travelers throughout the country in order to create the most seamless and in-depth touring experience from beginning to end.

Experience Our Egypt.

Contact Artisans of Leisure to start planning a private, customized tour.

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Egypt on Our Blog

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  • A visit to Egypt's magical Abu Simbel

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Testimonials

We recently returned from our trip to the Middle East with your company. From the moment we stepped foot in Egypt, my husband and I felt welcomed and well cared for. You arranged an excellent guide, and his wealth of historical knowledge and Egyptology never ceased to impress us. He had our touring days well-planned and well executed. He also made many suggestions and spontaneous stops which added to the excitement and enjoyment of each and every day. We have traveled to many places in the world and I do not think we have ever had a better guide. In fact, I think by the end of our journey, we felt we had become friends.
~ C.W., Camarillo, CA

Once again, Artisans of Leisure did an outstanding job for us. We had an amazing trip! London was great—our guide was just fantastic, five stars. And Egypt was incredible, we’re very, very happy we went. Your services there are the best. We’ll be in touch soon about our next trip. Thank you!
~ P.R., Laguna Niguel, CA

We had a fantastic time in Egypt. The service from Artisans of Leisure was impeccable and because we didn't have to think of or worry about anything, we were free to just enjoy the scenery and absorb as much history and culture as possible--to say nothing of the fantastic photo opportunities. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, professional and friendly, everything we could want in a guide. I wouldn't hesitate to use Artisans of Leisure again. Thanks again for all your help and thanks to everyone that made our trip possible...
~ G.J., Milan, Italy