Traveling to Egypt will provide you with an unforgettable experience. It’s not just about visiting historical sites, which are fascinating in and of themselves, but it’s also about discovering a new world with a new culture and new ways of having fun.

We’ll tell you things you’ve never heard before in this guide. It will make you feel calm, rested, and cheerful. It is a brief list of some of the top things to do in Egypt.

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Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt, Tranquil Scene

 

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Top Things You Can Do in Egypt

1- Learn How Egyptians Use Papyrus to Write Down Their Stories

Place: The Papyrus Institute in Giza
Demonstrate the ancient Egyptian art of creating one-of-a-kind publications, you will feel like you have stepped back in time for the first time. You are about to see how ancient Egyptians made use of natural and raw materials to craft something to record their stories, their victories, and their defeats.

At the Papyrus Institute, what can you do?
  • Listen to the narrative of how paper was invented in Egypt.
  • Purchase papyrus souvenirs, which are the most popular item associated with the Pharaonic civilization.
  • Enjoy seeing Pyramids, one of the world’s Seven Wonders.

Price: Around 5 USD.
How you get there: Located right next to the Great Pyramids of Giza, so if you’re already there, you may walk there. You can also take a taxi or an Uber car from your hotel.
Spending time: At least 1 hour.

A Quick Tip: Don’t miss your chance to visit the Great Pyramids after checking the Papyrus Institute. A trip to Egypt isn’t something that happens every day!

 

2- Visit Cave Church

Place: The Saint Simon Church 

If you have a penchant for more religious attractions, this place should be on your list. Dating back thousands of years in the 1970s, a group of farmers landed right there and began to build the city’s first church, leading to the creation of this masterpiece, The Monastery of St. Simon. With a capacity of 20,000 people, it is also the largest in the Middle East.

At Muhammad Ali Mosque, what can you do?
  • Snap pleasant photos of this gorgeous place literally carved out of the mountainside.
  • Keep yourself at ease by listening to music or an uplifting sermon if one is available during your visit.
  • Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church are two nearby churches worth seeing.

Price: Around 10 USD
How you get there: Situated in Mokattam, Cairo, Ask your hotel’s receptionist whether any tours with a tour guide are available, or arrange an Uber ride.
Spending time: At least 1 hour

A Quick Tip: Before you attend, find out whether there are any performances or events taking place in the church because it could be packed.

Muhammad Ali Mosque
Muhammad Ali Mosque, Citadel of Cairo

3- Have A Tour of Muhammad Ali Mosque

Place: The Citadel of Cairo
We’re still in Cairo, and this time we’re exploring a different era in Egyptian history. It is one of Egypt’s most spectacular Islamic monuments, having been built by order of Egypt’s ruler, Muhammad Ali Pasha, in 1176 AD. You can take in the stunning Arabesque artworks and even lie down to relax in this peaceful environment.

At Muhammad Ali Mosque, what can you do?
  • Explore the historic spot and capture beautiful photos with your companions.
  • Get access to the citadel and learn about Egypt’s power center during the Khedival period.
  • Have Egyptian cuisine at one of the nearby restaurants.

 Price: Around 10 USD.
How you get there: Ask your hotel’s receptionist to arrange a trip to the citadel or book an Uber ride. It’s located in the El-Khalifa district in Cairo.
Spending time: At least 2 hours

A Quick Tip: You can visit the citadel at night as well, but you’ll only be able to enjoy the outdoor hall concerts.

 

4- Buy Terrific Souvenirs

Place: Khan Al-Khalili
Because your trip to Egypt is far beyond anything you’ve ever experienced, you should buy something to remind you of your time there or purchase gifts for your coworkers and family. It is not just a traditional souk but also a historical site dating back to the 14th century.

Like a dream all around, you can find mosaic pieces, handcrafted jewelry, rings and necklaces, incredible traditional architecture, and having a real grasp of Cairo’s culture as much as you might think.

At Khan Al-Khalili, what can you do?
  • An excellent area to experience Egyptian nightlife by loitering in alleyways.
  • Exploring the most beautiful objects that depict Egyptian traditions and culture
  • Having a drink or, if you choose, smoking shisha in one of the famous cafes there.

Price: Free
How you get there: Located in Cairo’s El-Gamaleya, we recommend going to Khan Al-Khalili as a group and hiring a driver, or just ask your hotel to book you a ride there.
Spending time: At least 3 hours

A Quick Tip: It’s best to go with a tour guide to avoid being hassled by pushy salesmen.

Museum of Civilizations
Antiques and utensils on display at Museum of Civilizations

5- Pay Visit to Fascinating Museum 

Place: The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Compiling more than 50,000 artifacts in one place, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which opened in 2021, is a symbol for all different eras of civilization in Egypt, from the first Dynasties of Ancient Egypt to the present day. Inside the museum, you can find monuments back to Phronaics, Coptic, and Islamic -called Khedival- periods.

At the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, what can you do?
  • Visiting the hall of royal mummies and learning about mummification
  • Explore the various exhibitions that will teach you more about history.
  • Overlooking the Nile River, you may relax and enjoy your café while admiring the view.

Price: Around 15 USD
How you get there: Taxis or Uber cars can take you to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. It is close to Cairo’s Citadel. As a result, you can make it a one-day trip.
Spending time: At least 2 hours

A Quick Tip: This Musume should be included in your Cairo plan, as it’s sleek, newly modern, and everything is simply polishing up at the moment.

 

6- Heading to Earth’s Oldest Structure

Place: Saqqara
You’ve probably heard of the Three Pyramids of Giza, but you’ve probably never heard of the Pyramid of Djoser, which is the world’s oldest monument. Because scientists believe that Saqqara still embraces hidden treasures beneath the dunes, this place remains Egypt’s most significant archaeological site.

At Saqqara, what can you do?

  • Exploring the Djoser Pyramid constructed in the 27th century BC.
  • The Imhotep Museum, situated close to the pyramid, is a must-see.
  • Go for Zoser’s funeral complex.

Price: Around 10 USD
How you get there: On the same day, you can see Saqqara and the Great Pyramids. We also recommend hiring a tour guide to help you get access to these incredible insights.
Spending time: At least 2 hours

A Quick Tip: Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen because it’s really hot there.

an aerial shot of the nile that contains the nilometer and cairo
Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian famously said that “Egypt was the gift of the Nile”. (Image Credit: Sherif Moharram)

7- Try Nile Cruise

Location: Cairo
One of the best things to do in Egypt is to take a Nile River cruise, especially if you go to Luxor and Aswan. This trip might begin in Cairo or Aswan, depending on your preference. Believe me when I say that the cruise’s sunset will be breathtaking. Prepare yourself to learn more about Ancient Egypt and its culture while visiting one of its most famous cities, Luxor or Aswan, located on the Nile.

At Nile Cruise, what can you do?
  • Staying in a room with the Nile all around you.
  • Expecting to have a luxurious and unique experience during your stay on the cruise
  • Exploring a plethora of awe-inspiring temples.

Price: Starting from 700 USD
How you get there: Many cruises are available to book online. Pick the best option for you, and don’t forget to read the reviews.
Spending time: At least 4 days

A Quick Tip: plan this trip for the winter, when the weather is most acceptable from November till March. 

 

8- Visit One of Gorgeous Temples

It’s another place that depicts the birthplace of civilization. It has a history dating back to the 6th century BC. Your tour guide will tell you the narrative of Isis and why this temple was built.

When you’re on a Nile island, you can feel the lovely breeze from the lake. As soon as the temple began to appear, you could smell the magic.

At Philae, what can you do?
  • Capturing a lot of incredible shots of this fantastic location
  • Enjoying taking a small boat and sailing across the Nile
  • Find out how well-preserved, relocated, and historically important this place is.

Price: 10 USD
How you get there: You can take a taxi from your hotel or the airport and then take a brief boat journey to get there.
Spending time: At least 2 days

A Quick Tip: Try to reach a deal for the boat trip to the island and back. It’s also better to go in a group.

A view of the harbour with the skyline of Alexandia, Egypt
Alexandria has inspired artists and writers for many years: Photo by Flo P on Unsplash

9- Deeping Down to Explore Lost City of Heracleion

Place: Abu Qir Bay
We’ve taken a break from temples and monuments and are now landing on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This type of activity will appeal to anyone who likes mysteries and adventures. Discovering the submerged Metropolis city in the depths of the sea, which has been hidden for centuries, will be a tremendous chance to enjoy a different type of fun.

At Abu Qir Bay, what can you do?
  • Finding out unbelievable ruins, including 64 ships, 700 anchors, and caskets of gold coins
  • Swimming right next to a fantastic temple belongs to the god Amun-Gereb.
  • Spending a day in Alexandria and visiting Montazah Palace Gardens, one of Egypt’s top attractions.

Price: You have to pay for the diving suit, which varies in price.
How you get there: Located in Alexandria, please don’t go there without a professional driver to stay safe and amazed.
Spending time: At least 2 hours

A Quick Tip: Avoid visiting Alexandria during the summer months (from May to September) and weekends (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays). It’s going to be extremely crowded.

 

10- Snorkeling and Scrub Diving

Place: Sharm El-Sheikh

When it comes to the sea, what do you look for?

Don’t go further. Egypt boasts some of the world’s top diving sites. While swimming with beautiful dolphins, you’ll be able to spot fish schools swimming around you. The Red Sea’s aquatic ecology is vibrant, and it’s no wonder why.

At Sharm El-Sheikh, what can you do?
  • Staying in one of the lavish hotels and resorts and enjoying the best service
  • Visiting the old market, and Naama Bay
  • Enjoying a camel Safari in the Sinai desert and joining the Bedouin for a meal

Price: It depends on the agreement you have with the company that is arranging such an activity.
How you get there: take a direct flight to Sharm El-Sheikh. As soon as you arrive, ask about the availability of boat trips for snorkeling and scrub diving.
Spending time: At least 4 days

A Quick Tip: You should avoid visiting Sharm during the summer months if you want to get the most out of your vacation.

 

Prepared your luggage and are set to leave on your trip? Okay, let’s have a look at our complete Egypt holiday guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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