What To Do in Egypt
What To Do in Egypt – Egypt Itinerary
The most popular and best places to visit in Cairo are spread throughout the country. But it shouldn’t scare you away, as there are easy and affordable ways to get everywhere. I would propose this itinerary:
Day 1: (Cairo) Arrival Cairo & transfer to hotel for overnight & Sounds & Light Show at the Pyramids.
Day 2: (Cairo to Hurghada) Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx & Saqqara. Afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum. Flight to Hurghada.
Day 3: (Hurghada) Snorkeling with dolphins (wild, not captive), afternoon desert ATV trip.
Day 4: (Hurghada to Luxor) Morning relax at the hotel. Afternoon transfer to Luxor.
Day 5: (Luxor) A trip to West Bank (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Medinet Habu & more…). Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple. Overnight in Luxor.
Day 6: (Luxor) Early morning hot-air balloon flight. Visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. Afternoon relaxing felucca.
Day 7: Domestic flight to Cairo for those finishing the tour here.
If you’re up for a long visit, you can also head to Aswan and Abu Simbel Temple.
Abu Simbel Temples
Ramesses II built two profoundly captivating temples. They were carved solely out of a mountainside in order to immortalize himself and his much-beloved wife Nefertari. However, it was relocated in 1959 when it got sponsored by international donations in order to save it from being flooded by the Nile river.
Thankfully, the iconic majesty of it was preserved thanks to the careful work overlooked by UNESCO. The four 20 meters high colossal of the Pharaoh himself is dazzling. The inside hall is supported by 8 gigantic Osirid pillars, all 18 meters long – walking down this hall in an enthralling experience itself.
Day 11-12: Tour to the Bahariya Oasis and white sand desert, therapeutic hot and cold springs, Gebel al-Ingleez, Gebel Dist and The Temple of Alexander the Great.
Day 13: Final departure from Cairo. For those leaving in the afternoon a visit to Hanging Church and Saladin Citadel.
More personal tips for visiting Egypt:
- Traffic jam and driving in Egypt, particularly in Cairo, can be quite intimidating. But don’t be afraid to cross the street.
- Egypt gets extremely hot, particularly during the summer, so stay hydrated. If you want to save on bottled water get a LifeStraw Water Bottle . You can fill it anywhere even with water from a puddle!
- Always haggle a bit and never say yes to anything without discussing the price first.
- Bring your own toilet paper. The toilets here have a built-in bidet spray nozzle.