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Camel riding in Giza Egypt  Sailing the Nile  Donkey ride The Valley of the Kings 

We recently spent two weeks traveling throughout Egypt as individual travelers with two children. Egypt is a beautiful country, which is easily visited on your own, if this is what you enjoy. The individual traveler in Egypt can experience real Egyptian life in the West Bank villages, which is exactly what we did.

A personal guide for a visit to the Giza Sakkara pyramid sites is reasonable, and offers you the opportunity to travel in a private mini-van, taking as much time as you'd like for the visit. Visiting the ancient sites of the Valley of the Kings, the Nobles Tombs and the Temple of Hatshepsut in the West Bank desert of Luxour was easily done on bicycle, and a donkey trip up to the ridge of the mountains over the Valley of the Kings is definitely exciting! Our children loved it. Christmas Eve was spent sailing down the Nile from Aswan  to Luxor on a Felucca, a traditional sailing boat, a delightful alternative to the larger cruise ships. We took public transportation whenever possible, including trains, and ferries, and stayed in guest houses in both Luxor and Aswan. We thoroughly enjoyed our trop and were welcomed by the locals wherever we went.  

Before planning your voyage to Egypt, we recommend you visit the websites below. These guesthouses and tours are run by expats who are long-term residents of Egypt and have come to love the country and its people. They would be happy to assist you in your travel plans.

www.tripadvisor.com (a great source for individual travelers)

www.flatsinluxor.co.uk/ (flats in Luxor town and West Bank, as well as organized tours)

/www.aswan-individual.com/ (guesthouse on Aswan's West Bank, and organized sailing tours on the Nile)


Bon Voyage!


Queen Hatshepsut was Egypt's greatest female ruler, more powerful than Cleopatra or Nefertiti.

The High Dam in Aswan is the third largest dam in the world

The Statue of Liberty was originally intended for Egypt, representing the country's progress and modeled after the Goddess Isis, but Egypt was unable to finance the project because of debt.

The Ancient Egyptians had only three seasons (New Year', Flood, Harvest) The fourth was added by the Greeks

Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

We follow these ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.