10 Things to do in Egypt on your Vacation

Things to Do in Egypt - Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor

Visiting Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor is one important thing to do when in Egypt

When it comes time to choose your next vacation destination, you have quite a few things to consider. You likely want to find a location where you can experience things that simply aren’t possible where you live. You might want to experience a new culture, history, and some new food. Perhaps you want to spend some time on the beach. If you are traveling to Egypt, there is good news. These are all things to do in Egypt, and our range of quality Egypt travel packages make everything possible.

1. Spend Time in Cairo

Cairo is the capital of Egypt, and it is one of the best destinations you will find in the entire country. It should be on your list of things to do in Egypt. You can experience the culture and visit with locals, and you can check out the markets to shop for a range of souvenirs and items that you can only find in Egypt.

You will also find that the Egyptian Museum, perhaps the most famous museum in the country, is located in Cairo, but this is only one of many fantastic tourist attractions in Cairo. It is one of the destinations that you will surely want to make time for when you are in the country. If you don’t, you are missing out on some of the best things to do in Egypt.

2. Explore Alexandria

When you head to beautiful Alexandria, the second largest city in the country, you will find quite a few interesting things to see and do, as well. This city, which was founded by Alexander the Great, has a wealth of history surrounding it. You can visit the Temple of Serapeum, which was descried in 391 by the Romans. Today, one of the only pieces that remains intact is Pompey’s Pillar. Some of the other locations that you may want to visit include Bibliotheca Alexandria, the Alexandria National Museum, and the Royal Jewelry Museum.

3. Check Out Luxor for Things to Do in Egypt

Luxor is another famous location in Egypt, and it is one that you should definitely consider visiting, as well. Luxor is home to several of the best attractions in Egypt. Some of the attractions that are a must-see include places like the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of Kings, Luxor Temple, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Valley of the Queens. These are some of the best places to visit and things to do in Egypt. You will find several of these ancient wonders featured in our tour packages that include time in Luxor, and also in all of our Nile cruise packages.

4. What to Do When You Are in Aswan

In recent years, Aswan has become a popular destination for tourists, and it features a large and thriving market. This town also has some great places to visit. You can check out the Temple of Philae, which features some amazing carvings and works of art. Check out a nearby Nubian village, visit the ruins and temples of Elephantine Island, located in the middle of the Nile, take a boat out onto Lake Nasser and visit the Temple of Abu Simbel. Nile cruises from Aswan to Luxor are also immensely popular. 

5. Visit the Siwa Oasis

Another one of the fantastic places that you will likely want to see is the Siwa Oasis. It is 350 miles to the southwest of Cairo, and it is an amazing location. The oasis measures about six miles long and between four and five miles wide. The oasis offers around 200 springs, and you can find some remnants of old settlements there, as well as the Temple of Amun. It is a fascinating place to visit.

6. The Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza

If you are visiting or staying in the Cairo area, then you will love the fact that the Great Pyramids and the sphinx of Giza are just a short distance away. Located right near the city, these are easily some of the most famous locations in Egypt, and they are likely going to be one of the top destinations for most travelers, at least when on their first trip to Egypt. Private guided Giza pyramid tours are a great way to get the most out of a visit to these iconic ancient monuments.

7. Take a Cruise on the Nile

Another one of the great things to do in Egypt is to visit the Nile. Not only can you visit the Nile, but you can actually get out there on a beautifully appointed river boat with one of our Nile River cruises that will take you up and down the river. This is one of the most famous rivers in the world, and it is certainly worth spending the time exploring it, even if it is for just a few hours. If you want a more traditional river experience, be sure to check out our range of amazing Dahabiya cruises.

8. Visit the Sahara Desert

Quite a bit of Egypt is made up of desert. These are locations that can be fun and interesting to visit. This is true whether you are looking for some ruins, you want to explore some smaller villages, or you want to take a ride on horseback or camel. There are also 4×4 vehicles that can be taken out into the desert. You will never be at a loss for things to do in Egypt.

9. Visit the Beaches

While the desert might be what comes to most peoples’ mind when they are thinking about Egypt, there are some great beaches and locations to experience. Egypt has coastlines with the Mediterranean sea, as well as the Red Sea. Therefore, you can find some fantastic beaches around the country that could be perfect for those who are looking for a relaxing beach vacation and those who might want to enjoy some snorkeling. It’s perfect for those looking for more things to do in Egypt.

10. Try Some Delicious Egyptian Cuisine

One of the other things to do in Egypt is to explore with your taste buds. You will find a wealth of options when it comes to Egyptian cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes include kushari, shawarma, besarah, and Egyptian falafel, also called ta’meya. You will probably find your own favorites, as well.

These are just ten of the great things to do in Egypt on your vacation. There are countless other places to visit and spend your time.

Of course, if you want to enjoy as many different types of activities as possible, you will need to plan your vacation accordingly. Instead of attempting to do it all on your own, you might instead want to consider booking one of our Egypt tour packages, all of which include experienced tour guides, modern air-conditioned transport, and comfortable 4 and 5 star hotels.


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Last Updated on March 27, 2024