Egypt Travel, Gap Year, Volunteering & Tours
Egypt is one of the world’s most majestic countries, a goldmine of archaeological adventure alongside a carnival of diversity, culture, luxury and adventures available. Egypt seamlessly mixes the ancient with the modern and its intoxicating mix of culture and fun goes a long way to explaining its continued popularity.
Egypt Travel, Gap Year & Volunteer Trips
Egypt Travel Guide
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Egypt. You can also view tips and advice on places to see, the best packages, and information on how to save money and visit Egypt on a budget.
- Capital: Cairo
- Language: Arabic
- Currency: Egyptian Pound (E£)
- Time Zone: GMT+2 / Calling Code: 20
- Population: 82,500,000 approx
- Visa: You can get a tourist visa on arrival in Egypt
Top Reasons to Visit Egypt
- Experience a different culture and see ancient sights like the pyramids
- Visit incredible historical locations like the Nile
- Sample the local food
- So many things to do from adventure sports, sightseeing and beaches
How to Get to Egypt
There are international flights into Cairo and Sharm El Sheik - both tourist hotspots.
Airlines which fly direct to Egypt from the UK include:
- British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, easyJet, EgyptAir and TUI.
Other airlines flying to Egypt from international destinations include:
- Aeroflot flights, Aegean Airlines, Air Algerie, Air France, Air Italy, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Iraqi Airways, Kenya Airways, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, MEA, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Smart Wings, SWISS, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines and Ukraine International
Best Places to Visit in Egypt
It is easy to see why so many people make Egypt their destination of choice, especially with so many activities and when an out of season break can be as affordable as summer breaks in Europe. Egypt is an incredible country to travel in and here are some places you should add to your itinerary Alexandria, Luxor, The Nile, Pyramids, Red Sea, Sahara Desert, Sinai Desert, Abu Simbal, Egyptian Museum, Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Oases towns of Dahkla and Siwa and Sharm El Sheik.
If it’s a Mediterranean atmosphere you prefer then Alexandria will appeal to you. Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria’s architecture is vastly different to Cairo’s yet its history is equally as rich. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, the city will appeal to culture vultures who will appreciate the famous Montazah Palace Gardens. Other highlights include seeing wondering around the souks, seeing the spectacular coast, and visiting the Roman Amphitheatre, Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa, Qaitbay fortress. Head out and about by foot to explore the city and don’t forget to head to Mansheya for real Egyptian food and some of the best falafel you’ll ever taste.
- Seeing is believing and the incredible monuments to the Pharaohs will move even the least sentimental person awestruck.
- The pyramids are just a short journey from Cairo and these wonders of the world are a life experience to be ticked off your travel bucket list
- Group tours along the Nile offer great value and remain one of the best ways to see the country
- Explore the breathtaking temples of Karnak
- Embarking on a journey from Luxor to Aswan
- For an authentic Nile experience, take a Felucca ride and enjoy the relaxation of Egypt’s traditional sailboats
- If you’re after romance then a trip to the dessert by night replaces the buzz of Sharm el Sheikh with tranquil stargazing
- With the incredible marine life available on the East Coast, it’s no surprise that Sharm el Sheikh is a hit with those who want to combine sightseeing with going diving in Egypt
- Coral reef snorkeling can be sampled along with day trips to the stylish Terrazina Beach in Sharm el Sheikh
Egypt Travel Tips
- Safety: The political situation in Egypt is a lot more settled now and there is an air of optimism regarding tourism. Most of the destinations like Sharm El Sheik were unaffected during the height of the Revolution and Egypt really needs the return of the tourism industry which was badly affected by the turmoil. We really recommend to not be put off visiting Egypt but always check latest travel advice for up to date political information. Try to read about local customs before departing and also if you are a female cover your hair. All the historical sites in Egypt are currently open to visitors and the majority of Egyptian people you will encounter will be very friendly and welcoming despite recent political problems.
When booking a tour in Egypt you should try to see the pyramids, explore the ruins of Karnak temple in Luxor & Abu Simbel in Aswan, relax on the Red Sea Coast in Dahab and immerse yourself in the culture of ancient cities like Cairo. The safest way to visit Egypt is on an organised group tour and we have lots recommended small group trips available all year round for solo travelers, groups and families. Most tours start in Cairo and from here you can explore the rest of the country.
Expect a country steeped in history where you can wander around ancient streets, eat different cuisine, see spectacular locations or just relax on beautiful white sandy beaches. Each day holds a different sight in store as well as expeditions to riverside temples and monuments aplenty. Trips are led by experienced tour guides and qualified Egyptologists who will be able to tell you more about the country. View some of the best Egypt tours today.
There are lots of different tours and itineraries to choose from like exploring Cairo, seeing the Pyramids of Giza, cruising down the famous Nile, visiting ancient temples in Luxor or relaxing on beautiful beaches on the East Coast. There are lots of trips on offer too, you could join a 16 week trip from Cairo all the way down to Cape Town in South Africa, this trip is amazing way to see more of the continent. Prices vary depending on the trip and booking in advance is essential to secure a spot.
Tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
Egypt Small Group Tours
- Accommodation: Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location. Some tours also include homestays which allow for a facsinating cultural exchange.
- Group Sizes: Typical group sizes are around 8-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
- Transport: On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport and sometimes use internal flights to allow you to see the highlights as quick as possible.
Gap Year in Egypt
Egypt is a popular gap year destination and on our website you can find a wide selection of trips and programs throughout the country. From seeing ancient pryamids of exploring an ancient city like Cairo - there is something for everyone. Find programs for students, graduates, career breaks and people seeking to discover the country on a budget. We highly recommend you don't let all the recent political turmoil put you off visiting because there are some world class sights to see like the Pyramids and temples at Abu Simbel / Luxor.
Joining a structured experience if you have never been to Egypt before, this is the safest and most fun way to travel and see the country. When visiting this destination there are so many places to see and things to do, we recommend going to explore Cairo and visiting the Red Sea, Luxor and Aswan. By taking a gap year in Egypt you can visit amazing ancient archeological sites like the Pryamids which are one of the world travel highlights and must be seen at least once in your life. You might of seen the Pyramids, Sphinx at Giza and perhaps the legendary Valley of the Kings near Luxor on television but nothing compares to seeing them up close.
If you are planning to backpack on a budget there are lots of destinations to visit but plan ahead and book accommodation in advance. If you only have a short period of time we highly recommend taking a hot air balloon ride in Luxor or taking a felucca ride in Aswan. When visiting Abu Simbel, get there as early as you will avoid the hoardes of tourists, it gets very busy and is also amazing to see early in the morning. Dahab is a place you might want to visit which is less known than the other destinations and you could also learn to scuba dive here. There are also overland trips.
Volunteer in Egypt
As soon as you arrive you will feel the warmth of the local people, there will also be the satisfaction of being able to really making a difference. Whether you are young, old, or in-between, retired or just simply adventurous, we have a holiday or experience which will be just perfect for you!
You will meet lots of new people from all over the world, at any one time there are thousands of international tourists in Egypt which is an increasingly popular destination after all the political and social problems recently. Be prepared to get involved and try to be open minded and fun to be around, on some itineraries you can participate on homestays.
You can do more than just sightseeing by applying to local NGO's and volunteer organisations who help communities, wildlife and the environment. You will get a real feel for the people, culture and country whilst being able to be far more than just a tourist. There are volunteer programs located throughout the country and if you volunteer Cairo in your spare time you can visit world famous sights like Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza.
How You Can Help
Egypt has long been one of the most popular countries in the world with so many historical places of interest located here, you will be able to explore the riches of one of the world’s oldest civilizations and do something beneficial to communities by working as a volunteer.
Types of programs you can apply for include helping communities, archaeology projects or disadvantaged youth - this is a great way to get an authentic experience working alongside local people and learning more about their culture. If you would like to help refugees in Egypt some local charities offer this opportunity.
The Habiba Organic Farm is located in a Bedouin settlement in Nuweiba, South Sinai and need volunteers to help. Meals and lodgings are included and you will be able to help with general farm tasks and sustainable living projects. You will need to be able to stay for at least 2 weeks.
Interested in applying? Search our featured organisations and enquire for more information or apply today. We highlighly recommended applying through a structured organisation who will provide placements, transport and a safe experience. There are some free local volunteering opportunities in Egypt which including helping communities or working on organic farms.