Destination guide

Walk like an Egyptian—and commune with Tutankhamun

Pyramids, pharaohs, hidden tombs, the mighty Nile River—all those and more await you here. A visit to Egypt is like cracking open that old book of myths and legends to revisit your childhood fantasies, except all those iconic sights are set against the backdrop of modern times. There are chaotic, traffic-clogged cities offering lively culture, food, and shopping, while the Red Sea's clear waters are bursting with corals and marine life. Then there are the peaceful farms and villages, where life goes on in many ways as it has done so for centuries.

Things to do

Get involved in a different kind of pyramid scheme

When it comes to crowd-pleasers, Egypt is in the big leagues. The country's most iconic monuments are the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and the fact that they sit on the outskirts of Cairo (and not alone in the desert as some pictures might suggest) doesn't take away from their air of mystery. Then there's Luxor and the nearby Valley of the Kings, a treasure trove of ancient tombs, relics, and palaces. Abu Simbel, meanwhile, is a proud display of 2 massive rock temples near the border with Sudan. In short, Egypt vacation rentals provide plenty of ancient relics for company.


You'll be seeing red—the Red Sea, that is

Let's face it, a visit to Egypt is all about getting to grips with the ancient world, and Egypt vacation rentals will offer you a ton of ways to do so. As well as touring millennia-old sights, you can take a trip down the Nile on a traditional sailing ship called a felucca, make like a Bedouin and cross the desert on a camel, hike across craggy mountains and canyons, or make time for underwater action in the Red Sea Riviera, where the corals and the marine life are plenty to write home about.


Your energy might fizzle under the sizzling Egyptian sun

Weather-wise, the best time to stay in Egypt vacation rentals is from October to April, when temperatures are at their coolest. The only downside is the December and January peak vacation season, when the famous sights swarm with crowds and rates are at their highest. Accommodation and tours are cheaper during the shoulder months of June and September, though the temperatures are higher. July and August are baking hot so unless you like sightseeing in an oven, it can make getting about difficult, though there will be some refreshing breezes in the country's coastal resorts.

Natural features

Sun, sea, and sand in a dry and dusty land

Egypt is perched on Africa's northeast corner on the Mediterranean Sea. It's bordered to the northeast by Palestine and Israel, to the east by the Red Sea, by Sudan to the south, and by Libya to the west. The landscape in southern Egypt features low mountains and desert, while northern Egypt is home to wide valleys near the Nile and desert to the east and west. North of Cairo is the sprawling, triangular Nile River Delta, where most of the population lives as it's the only region with fertile land.

Where to stay around Egypt?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 753 vacation rentals near Egypt. From 88 Villas to 90 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Egypt for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Egypt?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Egypt. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cairo: 241 vacation rentals
  • El Gouna: 83 vacation rentals
  • Hurghada: 281 vacation rentals
  • Sharm El-Sheikh: 57 vacation rentals
  • Alexandria: 34 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Egypt! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Egypt?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Egypt:

  • Cairo: 241 rentals
  • Hurghada: 281 rentals
  • Sharm El-Sheikh: 57 rentals
  • Alexandria: 34 rentals
  • Dahab: 22 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Egypt?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Egypt are:

  • Cairo International Airport (CAI): 227 vacation rentals
  • Hurghada International Airport (HRG): 278 vacation rentals
  • Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH): 56 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Egypt?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Egypt. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • El Gouna Beach: 252 rentals
  • Egyptian Presidential Palace: 234 rentals
  • Nabq Protected Area: 56 rentals
  • Egyptian Museum: 238 rentals
  • Tahrir Square: 240 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Egypt listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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