I spent two weeks in Egypt in June 2023 for a friend’s wedding. It was a life-changing trip sandwiched in the middle of several life changes back home. We spent the first week in Cairo and the second week on a cruise up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Both chapters of the trip were amazing, and I can’t wait to go back.

Week 1: Cairo

We stayed at the Marriott Omar Khayyam in Cairo on Zamalek Island. Built in a former palace, it’s a beautiful hotel with a great pool and a great breakfast buffet.

I’d like to say I spent most of the time sightseeing in Cairo, and we certainly did a lot of that, but I’ll be honest that I spent most of my time napping by the pool.

Notable bites

Week 2: Nile Cruise

Nearly everyone I’ve talked to about traveling to Egypt has mentioned a Nile cruise, and now I know why. Honestly the perfect way to see the country. We took a 5-day cruise from Luxor to Aswan, stopping at temples and towns along the way.