Top 5 Things to Try in Egypt

Top 5 Things to Try in Egypt

By Robert | Updated Aug. 2, 2022

Being the pearl of human civilization in history for over 5,000 years, a lot of things are waiting to be explored in Egypt. Thanks to the diversity of the country, there are various activities that you can do during your trip as well as exploring its remarkable history and also experiencing its modern era prestige.

Our local specialists have inspected every corner of the city and uncovered the best things to experience in Egypt.

Experience the Pyramid Complex

Standing there for about 50 decades, the legendary pyramids are the last remaining wonders of the ancient world, a symbol of Egypt, and a must for sightseeing.

To be more specific, there are three main pyramids (the Great Pyramid of Giza, the smaller Pyramid of Khafre, and the moderately-sized Pyramid of Menkaure), the Sphinx, which is located about 500 meters away on the eastern side, and a lot of smaller ones in the complex.

You can ride a camel or a horse in the complex. It will be just like you are traveling back to ancient times and experiencing the history in person. Standing on the Giza Plateau, you won't be able to fathom how the great pyramids were built without the large engineering machines of today.

If you are not satisfied with simply seeing these attractions on the surface, you can purchase a ticket to visit the interior of a pyramid. You won't be able to take any photos inside and it is quite narrow but it will be challenging and memorable.

Walk in the Desert

The Sahara Desert is another highlight when visiting Egypt. It is the largest hot desert in the world, situated in Africa and stretching from Egypt to Morocco. It divides Africa into two parts: the Sub-Saharan and North Africa.

The Sahara Desert is very large, being about the same size as the USA, which means there are a lot of things you can do, such as sandboarding, sand dune bashing, and camping.

There are also oases located in the desert — relaxing at one of these after a long journey will become a unique moment in your life.

The best times to visit the Sahara Desert in Egypt are May and October.

Cruise on the Nile

As the mother of Egyptian civilization, everyone in Egypt knows that the country is gifted by the Nile. The agriculture was completely based on the river and life was built and prospered because of the Nile.

No matter whether you're visiting Cairo, Luxor, or Aswan on a boat, a cruise, or at least a local sailing boat called a falouka for an hour, try not to miss cruising the Nile during your time in Egypt.

Travelers have a lot of choices for cruises as there are quite a lot of cruise lines offering cruises on the Nile River. Of course, the quality of the experience can vary greatly to meet your needs and budget. The well-known river cruise lines are Viking, Avalon, Abercrombie & Kent, and Uniworld. They are all good companies to consider.

The best time to take a cruise is from October to April.

Fly Above the Valley of the Kings

You can take a hot-air balloon ride in many places to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the scenery. For example, you can take one in Cappadocia in Turkey or in Bagan in Myanmar. One unique advantage of doing this in Egypt (normally in Luxor) is that you can admire the grand Gateway to the Afterlife — the Valley of the Kings. It is well-known as being one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It was built centuries ago and 63 tombs and 23 chambers have been excavated there.

When traveling to Luxor – the city that was built on the ancient city of Thebes and has been described as the “world's greatest open-air museum” – and after visiting the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes, you can cross the Nile to the west bank and take a hot-air balloon ride to have a panoramic view of the Valley of the Kings during the next morning if the weather is good. You will be impressed by the city's scale and the sunrise.

The best time to take a hot-air balloon ride in Egypt is from November to March.

Swim in the Red Sea

For nature lovers and travelers who expect a relaxing vacation, the Red Sea coast should be on the list when visiting Egypt. The amazing Red Sea is brimming with marine life and coral.

Take your swimsuit and go swimming in the Red Sea or a swimming pool at the resort to make your journey more relaxing and unforgettable. The tropical waters also make snorkeling and scuba diving a joy.

For some great photos, pack your camera and take a yacht to Paradise Island near Hurghada. The crystal clear water, lovely dolphins, schools of colorful fish, and white beach will inspire you.

Enjoy sunbathing by the sea as a highlight having just escaped from the hustle and bustle of life in the metropolis.

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