The Pyramids of Giza are considered the first of the 7 Wonders of the World, which means they must be pretty fantastic.
But, for most serious travelers, the crowds, scams and impersonal experience far outweigh the photo opportunity. We believe Egypt has greater things to offer and our latest offerings reimagine this mystifying country in ways few have ever experienced.
Discover the secrets of Egypt. No archeology degree necessary.
In regions near and far to Cairo, there are multitudes of places to experience that are significantly less crowded and much more enjoyable.
We begin with one of our favorite places: Fayoum Oasis. This mystical paradise was once the exclusive vacation place of the pharaohs. So yeah, it’s pretty fantastic, too. 60 miles southwest of Cairo, It’s one of the only places in Egypt that has a waterfall, with the reputation of being one of the greenest areas in the country.
Within the Fayoum Oasis, there is a small village of Tunis. Near the village, lie many archeological sites from the time of the pharaohs, once called “pleasure palaces,” from where they enjoyed this pristine oasis. There are also historical sites like the Medinet el Fayum (formerly Crocodilopolis, or “Crocodile City”), Hawara and the Lahun pyramids. Many of these sites expand the mind, represent true Egyptian culture, and yet, are far less crowded than Cairo.
Egypt is safe, except for maybe the sandboarding.
We’ve been watching Egypt for some time and believe that they are fully ready for tourism once again. Their people eagerly await visitors with open arms to share their culture and unique experiences. This welcoming spirit lives beyond the history of the museums and architecture, in untraditional activities like horseback riding, bird watching, and for the brave, sandboarding.
And with every great adventure comes the need for great sleep. For that, we look to the Lazib Inn. Here you will find a pure, Egyptian paradise, with authentic luxury from the moment you enter through the gates. The food boasts local pride, with their chefs teaming up with women from the area to provide pure farm-to-table meals. And in every room, on every bed, visitors enjoy, of course, Egyptian cotton sheets.
It is hard to imagine why anyone would travel to Egypt without experiencing the Fayoum Oasis. It might not have the Pyramids as a backdrop, but there are certainly other great activities that you will enjoy, without the hustle and bustle (literally).