What are Absolutely the Best Things to Do in Egypt?
Egypt is one of the most ancient, mystical and fascinating destinations in the world. Here you will find plenty of ruins and tombs to explore, some of the best historical collections in the world, stunning desert scenery, superb beaches and scuba diving experiences, authentic Islamic architecture, street bazaars and extremely friendly and hospitable locals. Let’s not forget the majestic Nile River and the buzzing capital of Cairo. No matter what your preferences, Egypt has something for everyone – adventure, culture, relaxation and ancient delights.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt in 2019?
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) latest update for travelling to Egypt, in 2019 it is now safe to travel to Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist regions along the Nile and some of the Red Sea resorts. The only area which is regarded as extremely dangerous and the FCO advises against visiting is North Sinai. The wisest thing to do would always be to stay vigilant, follow strictly the guidelines provided by the Egyptian Authorities and the FCO, travel in a group and avoid any conflict areas. You can take a look at our best guided holidays to Egypt here.
Here is our list of the Best Things to do in Egypt:
Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza
Discover the 5,500-year-old Great Pyramids of Giza, the most ancient of the Seven Wonders of the World and the only one still in existence. The mystical triangle-shaped structures, which have so many theories about their origin and construction, are believed to have been built as tombs for the mighty Pharaohs. Once there, don’t forget to take a look at the stunning statue of the Great Sphinx guarding the Pyramids.
Visit Luxor’s fascinating Karnak Temple and the Valley of Kings
One of the most fascinating historical places on earth is the Valley of Kings, the main burial place of the major royal figures of the ancient Egyptian Kingdom. Undoubtedly, the most famous of them all is the tomb of the mighty Tutankhamun, the cursed pharaoh.
Here you will find many colourful murals, traditional art and secret symbols which remain a mystery even today. Not to miss is the intriguing complex of the Temple of Karnak, home to some of the greatest building projects of Ancient Egypt.
Discover buzzing Cairo
Immerse yourself into the vibrant lifestyle of Cairo and explore its marvellous Islamic architecture, lush gardens and street bazaars. The best place to go shopping and experience authentic Egyptian trading is the Khan al-Khalili market selling clothes, spices and jewellery.
Another must-visit place is the fascinating Egyptian Museum, offering an extensive collection of unique artefacts. In order to best feel the spirit and culture of Cairo, head for the massive Cairo Citadel and the Presidential Palace of Cairo.
Marvel at the impressive Abu Simbel temples
The Abu Simbel temples are two huge structures built in the name of Pharaoh Rameses II and his queen Nefertari, after the king’s epic victory at the Battle of Kadesh. An interesting fact about this iconic sight of ancient Egypt is that it was moved from its original location due to the threat of disappearing under the waters of Lake Nasser, an artificially created reservoir built alongside the Aswan Dam during the 1960s.
Cruise the Nile River
No visit to Egypt is complete without cruising the historic waters of the mighty Nile. Enjoy the delightful views from your comfortable ship or try an authentic “felucca”, a traditional lateen-sailed wooden boat. Popular sites along the cruising itinerary between Luxor and Aswan are the Temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu’s Temple of Horus.
Experience picture-perfect Siwa Oasis
A true oasis in the middle of the desert, home to gorgeous palm plantations, water springs and a small picturesque town. It’s the perfect starting point for a variety of adventures into the desert or if you simply fancy a taste of slow tourism and want to spend some time away from the hustle of Cairo.
Discover the quirky landscape of The White Desert
One of the quirkiest places to visit in Egypt is the White Desert, a unique natural wonder resembling snowy mountains situated in the middle of the desert. The unusual landscape of iceberg-like formations looks a lot like you have just landed on the surface of the moon. A recommended experience is spending a night camping in the desert and simply marvelling at the night sky - full of stars and far away from the light pollution of the big cities.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria
Believed to be the most European city of Egypt, Alexandria is famous for being founded by the legendary Alexander the Great. It was also home to the iconic Pharos, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the exquisite Great Library of Alexandria. Be sure to visit the famous Necropolis or the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. The best way to experience modern Alexandria is to simply stroll down its streets, visit some of its authentic cafes, go souk shopping or try the local cuisine.
Take it slow in Aswan
Discover one of the most tranquil and peaceful towns in Egypt, Aswan. It’s an idyllic location where you can spend your days cruising the Nile and simply relaxing on board your ship, marvelling at sand dunes and the river way of life.
Feeling inspired to visit Egypt? Call our experts free on 0800 707 6229 and they will be more than happy to organize your perfect Egypt holiday.
- 11th February 2019
- Martina Gardeva, Digital Marketing Executive