Egypt is one destination that is on the bucket list of every globetrotter. Although the country is known for its temples and tombs, Egypt tours offer much more, including adventure sports, beaches, relaxation and more. In this article, we will be covering the best places to visit and the best things to do in Egypt apart from pyramids, tombs and temples.
Egypt tours: the best places to visit
Valley Of Kings: an open-air museum
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This is one of the most popular tourist spots in Egypt located on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Although it houses rock-cut tombs as well (something we said we would avoid), we included it on our list because it is also hailed as the world’s largest open-air museum. It is home to famous ancient kings, such as Tutankhamun and Amenhotep. Moreover, if you love adventure and excitement, it also one of the most haunting places to visit in Egypt.
Aswan: a place to relax
This must-see city in Egypt is located on the southern end of the Nile River. The city offers a pristine natural environment with plenty of natural beauty. It could prove to be the most relaxing destinations of your Egypt tours. Aside from scenic views, the city offers many popular destinations and activities, such as Elephantine Island, walking the colorful streets of the Nubian villages, camel rides and much more. However, the best thing to do here is to be lazy, relax in one of the riverboat restaurants, and watch the city change colors.
The White Desert: a snow desert
Located 28 miles north of the town of Farafra, the White Desert is a desert that appears to be made of snow. This desert has high amounts of chalk deposits that give the illusion of snow. Moreover, sandstorms have given these chalk-rock deposits strange structures, which goes in line with Egypt’s mysticism. Another interesting tidbit about this natural wonder is that the faces of the sculptures seem to change as light fades, reflecting colors and shadows animatedly.
Siwa Oasis: a country within a country
Located in the Western Desert, this city has a culture of its own that is different from the rest of the country. The Siwans (local residents) speak their own language, and the city is known for date palm plantations and fresh water springs. Legends connect the city with Cleopatra. It is one of those destinations where you can relax, swim, and bath for days, and also use it as a base to plan adventures into the surrounding desert.
Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula: beaches, mountains and more
It is a dream-come-true destination for those looking for beach fun and water sports, being close to nature and mountains. The South Sinai region offers world-class beaches with luxury hotels, restaurants and many entertainment options. It is also called the diver’s paradise, thanks to the Red Sea with its clear azure water, coral and water life.
Up the coast, between the border town of Taba and the port town of Nuweiba, you will find bamboo hut retreats. These dwellings will give you a chance to escape from everyday life and be much closer to Mother Nature.
Another very popular destination on the Sinai Peninsula is Mount Sinai. It is not just beautiful but holds religious significance as well. Its reference can be found in the book of Exodus in the Bible and the Quran. It is believed to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. You can stay overnight and wake early to witness the sunrise, which has significance in the holy books.
Cairo: the shopper’s paradise
If you are a shopaholic and want to experience street shopping, then Cairo is the place to visit. Although the city has historical significance with stunning mosques and monuments that should be a treat for any art lover, it is also among world’s oldest shopping centers.
Walking the narrow streets filled with shops selling leather bags, itra, textiles, carpets, brass trinkets, aromatic spices and oriental jewelry will make you feel like you’re walking through Aladdin-like movie scenes. Your bargaining skills will be put to the test in this city as it will be almost impossible to determine the actual worth of the items on sale.
The city is also of significance to history lovers, who will find age-old traditions preserved in every nook and cranny of the city.
The Nile: don’t miss it
Egypt and the Nile go hand in hand, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this ancient river defines the country. A multi-day cruise on this world’s most famous river is a highlight for many visitors’ Egypt tours. The river offers interesting flora and fauna and a chance to experience the rural parts of Egypt.
This river trip is also the best way to see the temples near the banks of the rivers and the sunrise and sunset. Moreover, if you don’t want to ride on the cruise ships, you can explore the Nile by felucca (Egypt’s traditional wooden boats).
Aside from the destinations mentioned above, Egypt offers many more tourist spots. Moreover, the experience of traveling to Egypt is something that can’t be truly described in words. To do this, you will have to visit this magnificent country, so what are you waiting for?