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What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

Great exploring and history! The pyramids are as amazing as they sound. Abu Simbel was very cool and we plan to do a Nile River Cruise. The Red Sea resorts are amazing. - Jan 3, 2018
Many people rave about Egypt and its wealth of historical treasures. I honestly was let down time after time by what Egypt had to offer. I did enjoy the pyramids and Sphinx but Luxor was a let down. Overall, for me, it boiled down to paying a lot for low quality. Honestly, my best trips were to Europe. Direct flights to the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, etc. are cheap and quick. You pay more but you get what you pay for and without any of the hassles of traveling in Egypt, including people constantly trying to gouge for every little thing. Traveling in Egypt just wore me down and I never truly enjoyed it. - Sep 9, 2017
Traveling through Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) and Alexandria. - May 25, 2017
Hard to single any out. Egyptians are some of the friendliest and open people you will find. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. Great sense of humour. I work with mostly Egyptians and I love it.

It's also, in my view, one of the most culturally rich and diverse countries in the world. There is so much to see and do. You'd need a lifetime. - May 16, 2017

Camping in the desert (currently no longer allowed unfortunately), the friends we made, the cheap/safe/delicious food (none of us had food poisoning even once), going to outdoor balls, time spent at the pool club, really enjoyed our compound housing. And the sunshine (even with the bad air, which wasn't that bad most days). - Jan 30, 2016
Nile cruises, visits to ancient sites - Jan 29, 2016
Nile cruise Luxor-Aswan, Abu Simbel, felucca rides on the Nile, water taxis, Red Sea resorts - Jan 29, 2016
There is a large expat community we enjoy mingling with. We have also enjoyed our Egyptian friends. We have very nice colleagues who have invited us out/over on several occasions. - Oct 8, 2014
Seeing all the sights that I had only seen in movies or read about in books. I also like that we spend a lot more time together as a family here. - Aug 19, 2014
Nile Cruise to Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbal, seeing the Pyramids, Coptic Cairo, The Khan, felucca rides, Nile River Taxi's, Egyptian Museum. - Aug 19, 2014
Highlights - desert camping, Luxor, felucca rides, community feeling, beaches, proximity to Europe for travel... The school CAC is great. - May 28, 2014
Desert exploring, seeing historical sites. - Apr 2, 2014
Egyptian history. - Mar 27, 2014
Desert camping is number one. Felucas on the Nile, snorkeling in the Red Sea, being assaulted by bedouins at the pyramids. - Jul 23, 2013
I've bridged two revolutions; we were on ordered departure when I arrived for this assignment and are on ordered departure as I leave. The highlight has been Cairo's now-chronic instability, which has dramatically changed the face of this tour from people serving in Cairo as late as 2010. - Jul 17, 2013
Getting mugged at the pyramids, having a knife pulled on me by a taxi driver, being on a Felukah that turned over. - Jun 16, 2013
Felucca rides on the Nile, wandering the streets of Islamic Cairo, shopping in Khan el-Khalili, the camel market, traveling all over the country, desert camping. - Jun 7, 2013
Touring the country has been the best part of the tour. Prior to the revolution, my family and I went to Mount Sinai, which is now off limits to US Embassy personnel. However, I have toured extensively since the revolution, including Sharm El Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor, Lake Nassar, the White Desert, Alexandria, Hurghada, and El Gouna -- as well as all over Cairo. I usually drive myself and have no problems. Desert camping in the winter and sand-boarding are definite highlights. - May 22, 2013
Luxor/Aswan was nice. - May 12, 2013
Being able to fly so many places on EgyptAir, biking in the desert and around Cairo, doing a Nile cruise. - May 12, 2013
Diving in the Red Sea, seeing amazing sights, interacting with Egyptians (and living through a revolution - though that may not be a positive highlight!) - Feb 1, 2013
None to date. The security situation has placed a number of locations I'd like to visit---including the bulk of the Sinai---off-limits. I don't dive, don't particularly enjoy touristy seaside resorts, and haven't had a chance to visit Upper Egypt yet (which I'm sure will be worth the trip). But otherwise, the fluid and unpredictable security environment has made me cautious about wandering about. - Feb 14, 2013
RnR - Mar 31, 2013
Resilient Egyptians and traveling out of Cairo with my family to other cities in the region. - Mar 26, 2013
getting to see riots, political violence, and crime scenes up close. - Feb 13, 2013
Nothing; Of the 100 countries I have visited, including many throughout Africa and Asia, Egypt is my least favorite, and I pray that I never have to return. Egypt has about a 10% recidivism rate for tourists, which tells you something. It is awful and just getting worse, as security is becoming a real problem. - Jan 18, 2013
Driving! - Nov 27, 2012
Visiting Sharm El Sheikh, seeing Luxor and Aswan - Sep 20, 2011
The 25 January Revolution, the Great Pyramid, Road 9 in Ma'adi, Alexandria/the Med, Egyptians - Aug 4, 2011
Antiquities, the Red Sea, Siwa. - Aug 4, 2011
I like to go to the Red Sea. There are some big resorts there, but there are also quiet camping places that offer better snorkeling/diving. The coral reef is fantastic. Also, seeing the historical monuments and floating on the Nile are pretty great. Right now, it is amazing to watch the government and the people try to sort things out and form a democracy. It's a pretty incredible time. - Jul 19, 2011
Their are many. Seeing the Great Pyramids at Giza riding around the complex on a camel. Hiking Mt. Sinai and Mt. St. Catherine's. Living through the Egyptian Revolution (part of it) it was both extremely fascinating and scary at times. - Jun 5, 2011
Exploring Egyptian history, learning to dive and taking extended live-aboard dive trips, enjoying the Red Sea resorts. - Sep 22, 2010
In my opinion there are none. Except for the ability for my husband and chidlren to ride their motorcycles in the desert. - Jun 26, 2010