Things to do in Egypt
An adventurer’s cup of tea, there are countless remnants of Ancient Egypt just waiting for you to explore with the must-see Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx on the top of many a traveller’s list. Uncover the legacies left by the immortalised like Ramses, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen, Alexander the Great and Cleopatra, to name but a few, through temples, art and relics (yes, there are tombs and mummies) in the ancient town of Luxor and beyond.
Enjoy desert landscapes, beautiful sunsets and endless starry nights on a desert safari where you can camp in the sand dunes and venture through the mud huts, local markets and ruins of ancient oases mostly found in Western Desert and the Sinai. Popular destinations include the Silica Glass Field, rock art at Gilf El-Kebir’s Swimmers Cave and, for the more adventurous, quad biking and camel riding in the Western Desert and sand boarding in the Great Sand Sea.
Transport yourself to modern Egypt and you will find skyscrapers, resorts, restaurants, Western clothing and museums alongside historic mosques, traditional souks and Coptic churches in the country’s major cities like Cairo. Modern architecture includes the High Dam and Bibliotheca Alexandria, the largest reading space in the world.
A Nile River cruise is a majestic experience for all. Some of the best (and clearest) diving sites in the world are on the Red Sea Riviera, while the barren coastline of the Sinai has many natural wonders. There are plenty of resorts and harbours complete with pool bars and watersports scattering these coasts as well as the White Med. The government boasts of Coptic, Islamic and Jewish spiritual journeys throughout the country for those inclined to do so, and there is sand bathing (from the Red Sea) and therapeutic dips in hot springs found in resort towns and oases.
Unleash your inner archaeologist at the exhaustive Egyptian Museum with over 160,000 artifacts on display in 107 galleries. Here you’ll find priceless pieces like Tutankhamen’s gold mask and more mummies than a Hammer film.
The iconic Egyptian structures of the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx are all conveniently located in a satellite suburb of Cairo. Make like Indiana Jones as you explore the pharaonic tombs and artifacts of the Giza Necropolis.
Check out the world’s first stone monument and Egypt’s earliest pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser or Step Pyramid, at the vast burial grounds of Saqqara south of Cairo. The significant site is a must-see and an insight into ancient Egyptian life.
For some 500 years preceding 11th century BC, tombs were built for the pharaohs and nobles of the New Kingdom. The Valley of the Kings is an archeologist’s dream where tombs and secrets still lay hidden today.
A large Ancient Egyptian temple complex on the east bank of the Nile and built as a tribute to Amon-Re, king of the gods, Luxor was once lost under the city of Luxor for thousands of years and is now a popular tourist destination.