12 TOP Things to Do in Egypt

The abundant cultural heritage in Egypt does not end with the pyramids and the Nile! The country of the Pharaohs is popular among almost every thrill seeking traveler. The history of ancient civilization is in this country. There are plenty of pyramids, museums and adventure spots in Egypt for all lovers.

Egypt is the cradle of civilization and the home of the biggest and the holiest religious sites on the plant that dates back across three thousand years. Egypt is a heavenly place surrounded by a magical atmosphere composed of the three holy religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The fascinating places of Egypt are Siva Vesis, Egyptian Museum, Valley of Kings, Nile River, Red Sea, Carnac, and Giza Necropolis. Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and world’s most famous monuments which include Giza Pyramid, Great Sphinx, and Luxor Temples. There are some incredible constructions like the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Ibn Tulan Mosque, Mousa Mountain, Al Azher Mosque, Saint Catherine monastery and many more.

Explore these wonderful destinations. The experience of absorbing the essence of culture and history will seem different.

Now it's time to explore the world, so pack your luggage and here you go. Everybody knows about the iconic sights that Egypt has to offer. You can travel to Egypt at the cheapest prices.

When in Egypt, there are many mysteries and surprises lying in wait. A ritual vessel carrying resurrected pharaohs. An artefact considered to be the first historical document in the world. The city of the dead, where people live and work alongside their dead ancestors. Or the very secrets that go into making papyrus.

The tourist attractions in Egypt also includes camel trips in the eastern deserts. There is some compelling reason that does not stop people from traveling let us find them out!

1. Giza

If you move ahead from the noise and crowd here, the scenes will leave some such memories in your heart that you will remember every moment. There is nothing that does not exist in this city - beautiful sights, magnificent mosques, majestic palaces, all with the background of the mysterious pyramid of Giza. And Cairo is a great deal for the budget traveler.

The pyramids aren’t as remote as the pictures would lead you to believe. Much like Nairobi National Park in Kenya where photographers and documentary cameras conveniently avoid the skyline situated right behind the wildlife, parts of the city of Giza can be seen from the pyramids as well. That said, the sheer size of the three most famous pyramids, and the fact that they’ve stood the test of time for 5000 years, makes them quite stunning!

2 million blocks of stone. Some moved across 1000 km, weighing close to 50,000 kg. Colossal wonders that took tens of thousands of men and over 20 years to reach completion. And the unbelievable part? It didn't happen in recent years, rather 3000 years ago! Welcome to Egypt. Get ready to travel back in time, as you explore this magical place, where the impossible seems possible.

The magnificent Pyramids of Giza are well worth a trip at some point in your life, and seeing them is definitely a serene experience. These structures might be overwhelmingly large, but they are set in such a beautiful location that you will find visiting them to be quite a peaceful experience. The Pyramids of Giza comes under top tourist places to visit in Egypt.

Standing proudly in the sparse nothingness of the desert, they are quite extraordinary and baffling marvels. Learning their history will fascinate you. Being unable to definitively credit their creators is intriguing. It adds to the mystery of the place. You can also visit Karnak Temple and Hypostyle Hall, which has 134 columns in 16 rows. These structures are not only reminders of history, but they serve as great works of art and architectural designs.

It could be shocking to discover that a dreary area located in the Middle East has now become one of the top tourist destinations around the globe -- unless you take into account the sheer number of tourists who want to see Great Pyramid of Giza! It is one among the official Seven Wonders of the Ancient World the Great Pyramid is a bucket-list place to many. It was built around 2500 BC. The world-renowned monument is now home to an astounding 14.7 million people who visit each year.

Located near the city of Cairo, the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as pyramid of Khufu) is actually the oldest and largest of three pyramids which form a collection of pyramids within what is known as the Giza pyramid complex. The pyramid is believed to have been constructed over a 20 year period, and is believed to weigh about 6 million tonnes.

The pyramid was built as a tomb,and is regarded as the only structure from the ancient wonders of the world to remain intact yet. The pyramid complex attracts about 14 million visitors every year and is a living testament to the great Egyptian culture and civilization of by gone times.For lovers of history and culture, definitely a place not to be missed.

In the Great Pyramid, you nowadays enter through a horizontal tunnel dug out by robbers millennia later and from its end, it's only a short climb by a relatively comfortable ascending passage before you get to the Grand Gallery where you can stand completely upright. You could only go straight up to the burial chamber and then back.

2. Esna

The main attraction of Esna, a city where the sacred Lates fish was worshiped, is the temple of Khnum, built in the Greco-Roman era. The temple is dedicated mainly to two deities: Neith, goddess of war and hunting, and her husband, the god Khnum. Everywhere you turn, there is a historical artifact that could've been seen by Rameses I, Napoleon Bonaparte, and everyone in between.

3. Taba

Egypt is more than just ancient monuments and the pyramids. Taba, located in the Gulf of Aqaba of the Red Sea in the union between Egypt and Israel, is one step away from a really incredible variety of tourist places in Egypt. Excursions to nearby Zaman Castle provide a unique view of four countries at the same time and the Colorful Canyon is an ideal obstacle course for exploration.

There are churches everywhere. The fact that Coptic Christianity could still flourish after more than a thousand years since the end of the Byzantine Empire speaks volumes about the strength of their culture.

4. Taste the Egyptian cuisine in Alexandria

Alexandria is a city at the north side of Egypt at the cost of the Mediterranean sea so obviously that's what it's good at, not only the sea but it's a metropolitan city that has lots of things you can do.

Alexandria is the biggest city in Egypt, and it breathes an atmosphere that is more of the Mediterranean than of the Middle East. It is famous for its Roman ruins. Alexander the Great founded Alexandria and was the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt. Visit the catacombs of Komash-Shuqqafa and the Caracalla Hall. And back to the surface, reach the Pilar de Pompeyo, a granite column 25 meters high built in honor of the Emperor Diocletian.

Alexandria is a charming coastal city with a lovely oceanfront and great food. The Roman amphitheater is probably the best preserved Roman monument in all of Egypt. Visit the famous Library of Alexandria, which contrasts with the ancient architecture common to all of Egypt. This building of Norwegian creation is a spectacular example of modern design.

Head to the Eastern Harbour, dive no more than 20 metres and you'll reach the ancient sunken cities of Heracleion and Canopus. Afterwards you can enjoy a late afternoon stroll through Fouad Street where the sidewalks are lined with European-style old buildings that dates back to the time when Egypt was a monarchy. Finally, you can end your day by visiting nightclub where you can enjoy the nightlife in Alexandria.

The Egyptian cuisine isn't, in general, extremely extravagant or detailed as the Italian cuisine, but it will undoubtedly give you a very simple yet very tasty experience. For breakfast, sometimes for lunch and dinner too, poor and rich students have the delicious Egyptian fava beans. The dish is literally loaded with energy and is just the right way to start any day.

Another classic and Middle Eastern dish, Falafel is the second most popular street food on this list behind Kebabs. Not only is it a great option for vegetarians, but it’s tasty, pretty cheap, can be eaten with Lavash, Pita or by itself and has several health benefits.

As a side dish, Falafel is an unequaled, most-loved food. Try falafel in any country and then try it in Egypt. There seems to be a lot of theories regarding its history, but it was a dish created by Egypt’s Christians to help when they fast. Both come served with the delicious, very healthy balady bread.

For lunch, they may have Koshary, which is arguably the Egyptian national dish. It’s ingredients are rice, lentils, macaroni, tomato sauce, vegetable oil, onions, cumin, and coriander with an option to add chickpeas, hot sauce, garlic juice, vinegar, short spaghetti. Sounds like a mess? Indeed but it bursts with flavor. Or Hawawshi (minced meat sandwich).

A more costly option would be feteer, a mega, monstrous, wholesome, juicy, appetizing, savory, flavorsome, heaven-sent Pizza. It will make the normal Italian pizza unable to compete. They can also have a shawrerma bun, which is not so costly and not very Egyptian but the bun and its simple toppings make it different.

The smell of Balal (roasted corn) during the winter season is heavenly. This is not only an inexpensive meal option, but it’s also healthy and quick to prepare.

When you enter the world of Egyptian street food, the options seem endless (with different price ranges of course), and it soon becomes an addiction. As a matter of fact, the ancient Egyptians were among the first civilizations to brew beer. They still do a mean brew.

5. Sharm El-Sheikh

You can go for diving in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. The Red Sea is a home to many sea creatures and if you are lucky you can see a few of them. Red Sea is one of the planet's best diving sites.

6. Aswan

The Nile River has been Egypt's lifeline since ancient times. You can sail across the Nile river and experience the beauty of nature. Apart from spending time on the shores, a cruise on the Nile will provide you with the opportunity to go on a pleasure trip.

Cross the Nile River aboard a traditional felucca to discover the most authentic village in Egypt, Gharb Soheil in Aswan, and share daily life with the Nubians inside a house, enjoy motorboat trip on the Nile, ride on a dromedary, river bath on the Nile river and tour inside of the Nubian village in Aswan. Nubia was the region of Africa located between the south of Egypt and the north of Sudan.

Sandwiched between the ruins of Abu, there are two colorful Nubian villages, Siou and Koti. A path from north to south through the center of Elephantine Island links the two villages and approximately halfway there is the Nubian Café, with a shady garden next to a traditional Nubian house.

Near the wall that separates the Siou village is where the owner serves tea, sells Nubian handicrafts, and organizes live music and dancing or henna tattoos with local women.

7. Stroll through the Siwa Oasis

The most mysterious and most remote oasis, located far from the center of the country, 600 km west of Cairo and only 50 km from the border with Libya. Until recently, Siwa was the most inaccessible of the Egypt oasis. It is also one of the most unusual oasis. In 331 BC here, to the oracle of the god Amon, Alexander of Macedon came.

The inhabitants of Siwa have their own culture and customs. They speak the Berber language, which is different from Arabic. Most women wear traditional clothes and silver jewelry. It is one of those places where you can buy unique jewelry, carpets, dresses decorated with ancient monists.

The city of Siwa is the center of the oasis, where locals moved from the Agurmi fortress at the beginning of this century. In the town, on a hill surrounded by ancient adobe dwellings, is the Shali fortress. The ruins of the temple of Amon-Ra locates on the top of the Agurmi cliff. There the oracle, which confirmed that Alexander the Great was a deity, once lived.

In palm groves, at the base of the cliff, there was a second temple, unfortunately, destroyed by an explosion in 1887. Another historic site is locates in Jebel al-Mawta, about 1.5 km northeast of Agurmi. Here, in the mountain range, tombs were cut down - this is the so-called Mountain of the Dead. In some of the tombs, ancient murals have been preserved.

The oasis of Siwa went down in history by the fact that in the local temple of Amon, Alexander the Great sought confirmation that he was a demigod. Among other things, there is reason to believe that Alexander the Great was buried in Bilad El Rum (a village 15 km from Siwa).

8. El Alamein

If you have some time you can drive 100 km to the Western coast or as it's called north coast or in Arabic el sahel el shamaly because it's water is more clear plus it won't be over crowded just like Alexandria's sea.

9. Luxor

If you are fascinated by the ancient times and the old civilizations Luxor can be your best choice. All of the temples and the monuments can be visited in 4 days unless you're with a touristic group. Don't even think to come at the summer.

10. Dahshur

Being an older and more archaic piece of architecture means that the Red Pyramid's layout is simpler, its corridors smaller, and the descent to the burial chambers located at its very bottom considerably longer and more excruciating.

Now, the passage by which one descends into the Red Pyramid is less than a meter (3 feet) tall, and it goes down for more than 60 meters, at the slope of almost 30°.

11. Hurghada

El Gouna is a modern town on Egypt’s Red Sea. It’s well known for its lagoons, coral reefs, and sandy beaches. Among these is a long, wide beach, popular with kitesurfers. The nightlife thrives there with restaurants and party cruises. You can choose between plenty of hotels with four or 5-star hotels that will make your trip joyful.

Discover the raw beauty of El Gouna with a luxurious stay between serving a variety of cuisines, excellent services (room service, housekeeping, and concierge), and superb recreational services (spa, sauna, and Fitness center).

12. Faiyum

Wadi El Hitan, (Whale Valley), in Egypt contains the fossilized remains of an extinct sub-order of whales. Evidently, the valley was part of a shallow marine basin 40–50 million years ago. The desertification helped both preserve and reveal a tremendous hoard of fossils.
Kalyan Panja