There are so many great things to do on a trip to Egypt. So when you visit, you need a bucket list! Famous for it’s croc-filled Nile, Pharaohs, pyramids, temples and tombs, Egypt has a booming tourist industry and is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Middle-East. Whether you prefer to explore Cairo or top up your tan in the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt has something for everyone, especially the foodies among us (hello Egyptian Fatta and mint tea). So here is what we consider to be the top things to do on a trip to Egypt, certainly worthy of a place on your Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do on a trip to Egypt
Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering what is now El Giza in Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and possibly Egypt’s most popular tourist attraction. Fun Fact: The Great Pyramid of Giza “LrzXr kno-fv” was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years until a spire was built on the Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1300.
Valley of the Kings
Once called the Great Necropolis of Millions of Years of Pharaoh, or the Place of Truth, the Valley of the Kings has 63 magnificent royal tombs. The Valley of the Kings is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. The journey to the area is a hot and tiring one and not all the tombs are open for the visitors at all times but it’s still well worth the trip.
Abu Simbel Temples
The Abu Simbel temples are two huge rock temples at Abu Simbel, a village in Aswan Governorate. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan. These temples are enormous rocks carved to depict Egyptian Pharaohs. They were built initially to set the boundaries between Egypt and Nubia and demonstrate the strength and power of the Egyptian rulers to their neighbors. Here you’ll also find the burial site of Abu Simbel, which was rediscovered in 1813 by a Swiss explorer, and is now open to visitors.
Cruise the River Nile
The best way to see the river Nile in all its glory is by taking a boat cruise. You can go on a historic steamship or modern cruise and see the river and various Egyptian cities such as Memphis, Luxor, and Cairo situated along its shores. The cruise will also take you to some of the famous historical monuments of the country on the way such as the Temple of Luxor and the Pyramids of Giza.
Red Sea Scuba Diving
The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. The Marsa Alam, Dhaba, Sharm el Sheik or Hurghada are the best places to go Scuba diving in Egypt’s Red Sea. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden. To the north lies the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez.
The temple of Luxor is situated on the east bank of the River Nile in the town of Luxor (Thebes). Witness the temples vast statues, thick columns, and high stone walls. The construction of the temple took place in 1500 BC, and the annual Opet festival was held here in which Thebans celebrated the royal renewal. It is also a belief that the Luxor temple was the original location of the obelisk now situated in Paris in the Place de la Concorde.
Some of the highlights of the Siwa Oasis are Cleopatra’s bath where you can take a dip, Temple of Oracle Amun, and the olives and dates groves around the oasis. Siwa Oasis lies in Egypt’s Western region, about 30 miles from the Libyan border. The best time to visit this remote and isolated place is during the winter season, even then its very warm. Siwa has centuries of history attached to it, and this stunning paradise is a must-see for travelers to Egypt.
White Desert National Park
Just a few hours from the bursting metropolis of Cairo lies a desert that will make you feel like you’ve landed on the surface of the moon. Towards the north east of Farafra lies a 300-sq-km national park called the White Desert National Park. The bright white rocks pop out from the ground in a very supernatural manner giving the entire area a surreal Alice in Wonderland vibe. Many visitors choose to spend a night camping in the desert with Bedouin guides too.
The Mummification Museum is an archaeological museum in Luxor, Upper Egypt that is dedicated to the art of Ancient Egyptian mummification. Mummification was the funerary process in Egypt in which the dead were wrapped in strips of linen cloth after having their internal organs removed. Ancient Egyptians believed that the process was necessary to ensure their immortality after death and in the afterlife. At the Mummification museum visitors can witness human as well as animal mummies, the tools used to mummify the dead and also a few items that got buried with the dead.
Desert Quad Biking
A unique way to explore the desert at your own pace is on a quad bike. Head to the eastern Sahara Desert and start your excursion at sunrise, so you have plenty of time before it gets too hot. Revel in the vast openness of the desert while exploring dunes and crags as your bike zooms along the sand. You will love this unique experience away from the bustling crowds of the city.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do on a trip to Egypt.
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