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Why should you book with Egypt Joy Travel ?

- There are many reasons to book your trip through Egypt joy travel. We have been in the business of operating high quality tours in Egypt since 2005 and pride ourselves on using this experience to create consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences. Our network extends all over Egypt so we are able to provide a level high of service anywhere you would like to travel in Egypt and even beyond. 

What do I need to book a tour and confirm my reservations?

Booking a tour is simple. All you need to do is contact our representatives via one of the methods listed above in question 4. You will receive a prompt response outlining the options available to you and then you can build a tour that will suit your needs in terms of budget, number of days, and points of interest with the help of one of our travel consultants. Once a plan has been decided, Egypt Joy Travel will send you a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans for your trip. At this point, you will have to confirm your reservation with payment of a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by Egypt Joy Travel. The balance of payment will be due on arrival to begin your tour.

How many days do you need to spend in Egypt ?

If you plan to visit Egypt once during your lifetime or you want to hit most important cities and sightseeing within the same visit, in this case from 7 - 10 days will be the most recommanded for trips to Egypt. During your holiday you must visit Cairo and do a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan at a minimum. If you stay longer, you can do the beautiful city of Alexandria or relax in any of the Red Sea resorts like Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada. But if you want a real desert safari experience, you will need to go farther out into the Western Desert (Dakhla, Kharga, Farafra and the famous Siwa Oasis near the Libyan border), but you’ll have to tack on a few extra days to accommodate the addition.

How to plan perfect trip to Egypt?

We know this is not easy specially for travelers who are visiting Egypt for the first time. So this is our mission in Egypt Joy Travel and we are capable of doing it professionally. Our long experienced consultants will collect from you some information like for how long is your vacation in Egypt, when will be your arrival day and what you are interested in more... ect, and then they will work hard on affording you all the best available options to choose from which can suit your interests and budget. At the same time our consulting team will provide you with all useful advisories which may help to take the best decision concerning your dream holiday to Egypt.

You will feel us not just as service providers but as real friends who are mainly looking for your satisfaction and happiness. As well as you will find us patient, flexible, honest and trustworthy all the time. Egypt Joy Travel applies the highest standards to the offered service and considers the health and safety of our guests as of paramount importance to us. Egypt Joy Travel quality standards guaranteed.

What Languages do Egyptians Speak ?

Arabic language is the official language of Egypt but the colloquial Egyptian (Masry) Arabic is the most widely spoken in the country and it is not much different from the starndard Arabic but it is much easier. English and other languages, like French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German ..ect, are most widely used among people working for the tourism sector. English and French are taught in Egyptian schools but it's not spoken as second languages in Egypt. But Not all people in Egypt are fluent in English.

Is tipping a standerd practice in Egypt ?

The first thing to consider is that baksheesh (tipping) is very much part and parcel of Egyptian culture. Tipping is a way of life in Egypt because most people working have very low wages, so tips are expected in Egypt for almost any high standard of service provided. Service charges and taxes are by default included in any bill. but these fees don't go to people who are serving. So it will be advisable and courteous to directly tip the servers with an additional 10%.

What to wear when visiting Egypt ?

There is no special dress code you need to wear when visiting Egypt. Just in the religious places like mosques or churches it will be required to cover arms and legs for both men and women. In winter in some places it could be very cold so you may need to bring some heavy clothes. Check weather conditions in this time!

Can you use US dollar in Egypt?

USD is widely accepted in Egypt. In some situations as small shops may want LE for small purchases, in this case you can withdraw EGP money from any ATM!

How much do you tip on a Nile cruise?

While you are on the Nile Cruise, you don’t need to tip every one separately, like waiters or housekeeping men. On the last day you are going to put the suggested amount above in an envelope and leave it at the reception, then the cruise crew they are going to divide this amount among themselves all even the people who are working on the cruise and not seen like the sailors,. The Average tipping for the Nile Cruise man is about 5$ per person per night.

What do you wear on an Nile cruise in Egypt?

there is no special code of dresses just Modest dress will be preferred when visiting towns and villages. In winter in some places it could be very cold so you may need to bring some heavy clothes. Check weather conditions in this time!

How do I choose a Nile cruise?

There are two categories in our section of the Nile cruises; five stars Ultra Deluxe and 5 stars slandered both they take 4 nights from Luxor To Aswan which take one night longer than when they starting opposite direction (Aswan/Luxor 3 nights).

What is special about Abu Simbel?

They are two temples. The first one is the Great Temple of Ramesses the great and the small one was built for his wife the beautiful Nefertari. This site has extraordinary phenomena as the ancient architects positioned the temple so that sunlight reached the sanctuary of the great temple on February 22, the day of his ascending the throne and the day of his birthday, October 22. On these two dates, the sun rises early morning and illuminates the temple 60 meters cut inside the mountain, and three of the four statues in the sanctuary. The first three statues are of king Ramses II, Ra (sun god), and Amun (king of all gods). The two temples were submerged by the water of Nasser Lake until last century. Then, UNESCO put extra efforts to rescue the temples and relocate them in this present site

How to Book Nile Cruise in Egypt?

Booking a Nile Cruise is simple. All you need to do is choose one of the Nile cruises you like in our section and contact our representatives via the method of book now. You will receive a prompt response outlining with the help of one of our travel operators. Once a plan has been decided, Egypt Joy Travel will send you a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans for your Nile cruise. At this point, you will have to confirm your reservation with payment of a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by Egypt Joy Travel.

How Long is Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan ?

The Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan takes 5 days and vice versa from Aswan to Luxor 4 days. You also have the option to go on a round Nile cruise from Luxor to Luxor or from Aswan to Aswan. In all these options the sightseeing tours are the same.

What is the best time of year to visit Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt is during its cooler winter months, from October to April. During this period, the weather is mild and pleasant, making it ideal for exploring Egypt's outdoor treasures, such as the pyramids, Luxor's Karnak Temple, and the Valley of the Kings, without the intense heat that characterizes the Egyptian summer.


Why Visit in the Winter Months?

Mild Weather: Temperatures during these months are cooler, ranging from 10°C (50°F) to 26°C (79°F), depending on the location and time of day. This is a stark contrast to the summer months, when temperatures can soar above 40°C (104°F) in many parts of the country.

Comfortable Sightseeing:  The cooler temperatures make it much more comfortable to spend time outdoors, whether you're exploring ancient ruins or taking a Nile cruise. The heat in Egypt can be quite intense, especially in the desert areas near the pyramids and in Upper Egypt (southern regions), making winter visits significantly more pleasant.

Peak Tourist Season:  While this is the peak tourist season, and you can expect more crowds at major attractions, the benefits of the cooler weather generally outweigh the drawbacks of the higher number of visitors. Planning your visits early in the morning can help avoid the largest crowds.

Things to Consider

Nile Cruises: This is also an excellent time for Nile cruises, as the weather is perfect for enjoying the scenery along the banks of the Nile between Luxor and Aswan.

Red Sea Resorts: For those interested in visiting the Red Sea resorts, such as Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh, the winter months offer comfortable weather for snorkeling and diving, though water temperatures may be a bit cooler than in the summer.

Desert Nights: Nights can be cool, especially in the desert, so packing some warmer clothing for the evenings is advisable.

Holiday Seasons: Be aware of major holidays, such as Christmas and New Year, when planning your trip, as these times can be particularly busy and prices may be higher.

In summary, visiting Egypt between October and April allows you to enjoy the country's historical and natural wonders in the most comfortable climatic conditions, though it's always wise to prepare for the specific conditions of the month you choose to visit

What are hieroglyphs and how were they used by ancient Egyptians?

Hieroglyphs are the ancient writing system of Egypt, consisting of symbols that represent objects, concepts, sounds, and ideas. This script was used by the ancient Egyptians for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest writing forms in the history of human civilization. The term "hieroglyph" originates from the Greek words "hieros" (sacred) and "glyphein" (to carve), reflecting the script's initial perception as 'sacred carvings.'


Characteristics and Uses :

Pictographic Origins: Hieroglyphs began as pictographs, where each symbol represented a tangible object. Over time, these symbols evolved to include more abstract concepts, including sounds and ideas.

Complex System: The writing system included over 700 symbols and was quite complex. It combined logographic (a word represented by a single symbol), syllabic (a symbol represents a syllable), and alphabetic elements (a symbol represents a single sound), making it a versatile means of communication.

Writing Surfaces: Hieroglyphs were carved into stone monuments, tombs, and temples, and were also written on papyrus, a paper-like material made from the papyrus plant, for more everyday purposes like record-keeping, storytelling, religious texts, and correspondence.

Purpose and Significance

Religious and Ceremonial Use: Hieroglyphs were considered the language of the gods. They were used extensively in religious texts, magical inscriptions, funerary texts like the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts, and the Book of the Dead. These texts aimed to secure a safe passage and a prosperous afterlife for the deceased.

Administrative and Historical Records: The ancient Egyptians also used hieroglyphs for administrative purposes, including recording census data, agricultural yields, tax information, and military campaigns. They served as a means to document the history, achievements, and everyday life in ancient Egypt.

Decorative and Symbolic: Hieroglyphs adorned the walls of temples and tombs, not just as texts but as part of the overall decorative scheme that had symbolic meanings, often intended to honor the gods or commemorate the deeds of the dead.


The understanding of hieroglyphs was lost around the 4th century AD, after which the symbols became a mystery. The decipherment of hieroglyphs began with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799, which features a decree written in three scripts: Greek, Demotic, and Hieroglyphic. The French scholar Jean-François Champollion made a breakthrough in the early 19th century by translating the hieroglyphs using the Greek script as a comparative guide, thus unlocking the language of ancient Egypt to the modern world.


Hieroglyphs offer invaluable insights into the life, culture, beliefs, and practices of ancient Egypt, providing a direct link to the thoughts and voices of its people across millennia.

What are the top tourist attractions in Egypt?

Egypt, with its millennia-old monuments, the Nile River, and stunning landscapes, holds some of the world's most famous tourist attractions. Here's a list of top sites that encapsulate the essence of Egypt's rich history and natural beauty:

1. The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx :

The only surviving wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid and its companions, are the iconic symbols of Egypt. The Sphinx, with its lion's body and a human head, adds to the mystery and allure of the Giza plateau.

2. Luxor's Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings :

Luxor, often called the world's greatest open-air museum, houses the Karnak Temple complex, which was linked to the Luxor Temple via the Avenue of Sphinxes. Across the Nile lies the Valley of the Kings, a burial ground for pharaohs including Tutankhamun and Ramesses II, among others.

3. Islamic Cairo :

The historic center of Cairo is a treasure trove of Islamic architecture and history, featuring mosques, madrasas, and monuments dating back to the Fatimid through to the Mameluke eras. The Khan El Khalili Bazaar is a must-visit for souvenirs and experiencing the vibrant local culture.

4. Aswan and the Philae Temple :

Situated along the Nile, Aswan is known for its serene scenery and significant archaeological sites, including the Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, relocated to its current location on Agilkia Island as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign project.

5. Abu Simbel :

The two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, dedicated to Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari, are among the most magnificent monuments in Egypt. They were also moved to their current location to save them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

6. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo :

Home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods, including the treasures of Tutankhamun.

7. Siwa Oasis :

Located in the Western Desert, Siwa Oasis is known for its unique culture, beautiful landscapes, and the ancient Oracle Temple of Amun, where Alexander the Great was declared a son of Zeus.

8. Alexandria's Library and Fort Qaitbey :

The modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina is inspired by the ancient Library of Alexandria and stands as a symbol of knowledge and cultural exchange. Nearby, the 15th-century Fort Qaitbey marks the site of the ancient Pharos, the legendary lighthouse of Alexandria.

9. The White Desert :

The White Desert National Park is famous for its surreal chalk formations created by wind erosion. The landscapes here are unlike anywhere else in Egypt, offering unique camping and adventure opportunities.

10. The Red Sea Resorts :

The Red Sea is renowned for its clear blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life, making it a paradise for divers and beach-goers. Popular resort towns include Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Marsa Alam.

These attractions offer a glimpse into Egypt's ancient civilizations, rich history, and diverse natural landscapes, making the country a captivating destination for travelers from around the globe.