A Gap Year in Egypt

Why go backpacking in Egypt?

Backpackers will know Egypt is famous for its iconic pyramids and ancient treasures of a once mighty empire. But its medieval bazaars and other man-made wonders have also attracted travellers for centuries. Egypt is also very rich in natural beauty and contemporary culture, making it a great holiday or short gap destination. This is North Africa at its best, and the access point to the continent from the Middle East.

The medieval centre of Cairo is still largely unchanged from its formative years under the influences of Islam and Luxor. It’s lined with extravagantly decorated burial chambers and impressive monuments. Further south, Aswan on the Nile River has temples to ancient gods and pharaohs and is the place to go for an Egyptian sailing experience on the world’s most infamous river.

Modern day Egypt may have an erratic economy, unstable political situation and tough living conditions for the locals, but its people are resilient and anybody backpacking in Egypt will discover a lavish array of truly ancient history and hospitality.

Things to do in Egypt

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Cairo to Cape Town Overland

from £3695

119 days

Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nami...

A trip for those who are happy to rough it and willing to muck in with a group of like-minded...

Jewels Of The Nile

from £219

9 days


Discover the gems that lie along the Nile in luxury and style. Embark on a comfortable journey along the Nile...

In-Class TEFL Course in Alexandria

from £1185

20 days


Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Alexandria and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea

from £274

12 days


Take a journey through Cairo and Dahab which encompasses some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Marvel...

Felucca Odyssey

from £192

9 days


A tour full of history, tradition and the best of the Nile on Felucca! Uncover the jewels of the Nile...

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Land

from £533

15 days

Egypt, Jordan

Journey through Egypt and Jordan, visit some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Discover two of the...

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