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Rick Steves' Egypt

In 2013, Rick traveled to Egypt. Here is a collection of blog posts and videos he took while on this trip.

Rick's 2013 Egypt Trip: Blog Posts & Videos

Egypt — Something Different for a Change

I just flew from Seattle to Cairo. After being here for just a day, it seems like a week.


Welcome to Cairo — Capital of the Arab World

Vast as Cairo is, it's a small world for the traveler when it comes to sights and tourist-friendly stops. 


Shopping, Cairo-Style

Khan el-Khalili, one of the largest markets in the Arab world, is a tourist magnet. And even today — with almost no tourism — it still feels touristy.


Muslim Brotherhood Rules?

With the power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, I can't help but wonder about changes creeping into public life here.


Life these days in Cairo

Whether you're wandering aimlessly through the market streets of its Islamic quarter or driving out of town through towering canyons of high-rise apartment flats, you can't shake the sense that this city goes on forever.


Egypt's Revolution from a Tourist's Perspective

The revolution here is barely two years old, and any visitor to Cairo with an interest in peoples' struggles (like me) will find plenty of opportunities to learn more.


Pyramids — Blockbuster Egypt

The cultural tourist circuit of its great ancient sites (Giza pyramids, monuments and temples of Luxor, Abu Simbel, and so on) is a must on anyone's lifetime bucket list. But all of those travelers are staying away.


Party Poolside Back at the Hotel

While I like to think I'm a rugged traveler, to be honest, I'm able to thoroughly enjoy Cairo only because I have the refuge of a towering international-class hotel. 


Cairo Social Club

How does an Egyptian rise above the insanity of the streets? Get an education, hope you can marry into a good family, move into the suburbs, and join a social club.


Open Letter to Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi

A burden I bear all my life is what's called the "Protestant work ethic." I was just in your wonderful capital city, and my work ethic drives me to make a suggestion.


Alexandria, Egypt's "Pearl of the Mediterranean"

Most tourists in Egypt visit only Cairo and Luxor. Few visit Alexandria, the country's second city, and one of the great cities of the Mediterranean.


Anfoushi, Alex, and the Market

While Alexandria, or "Alex" for short, has its ancient sites and its striking modern library, the highlight of the city for me was exploring its crusty old town.


I'm in Egypt, but am I in Denial?

The alarming plight of Christians and women in Egypt can't be ignored. That's one reason why I'm traveling here.


Women, Religion and Politics in Egypt

By Trish Feaster: Here in Egypt, many women are finding ways to express themselves religiously and politically loud and clear.


Luxor–The City of Palaces

Luxor, with the ambiance of a city much smaller than its population of half a million, has none of the intensity of Cairo.


Nile Cruise

We hopped a cruise ship for five hours from Luxor to Esna. The manager, eager to please this American journalist, gave us the ship's best suite for the afternoon.


West Bank Necropolis

Across the Nile from Luxor is a valley with more ancient treasures than any place I've seen. With the help of an excellent guide, I enjoyed Egyptian art and history more than I ever have. 


A Single Day in Luxor

When you're a curious American on the street of an Egyptian village that sees no tourists, it's easy to get invited in.


Al Gawahra Village: 30 Minutes by Horse Carriage and a World Away from Luxor

The cultural tourist circuit of its great ancient sites (Giza pyramids, monuments and temples of Luxor, Abu Simbel, and so on) is a must on anyone's lifetime bucket list. But all of those travelers are staying away.


Luxor Museum: Easily Egypt's Best

Egypt's Luxor Museum, made possible and designed by the people who brought us the Louvre in Paris, is the finest museum in the country.