Egypt is an ancient landscape and many people have been there to explore its beauty. It is a land of mysticism, myth, legend, and astonishing historic sites. All sorts of travelers are drawn to its pyramids of Giza and its well-carved structures that have been standing for centuries. Other than that, there are tombs of pharaohs and luxury palaces that can take you back to early times.
Unlike other travel destinations that need you to break your bank, traveling to Egypt is relatively easy on your pockets. Accommodation, food, and taxi fares are not much. So, if you’re planning to travel on a budget or looking to opt for timeshare cancellation to avoid hefty costs, Egypt must top your list of holiday destinations this year.
Here we have created a list of things you should pay attention to before you pack your bags and take a flight to Egypt.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Going
- In case you don’t know, Egypt is pretty hot just like southern California bay. So, whatever you are planning, just make sure you schedule sightseeing in the early hours of the day
- They speak Arabic there
- The Egyptian pound is their currency and ATMs are your best friends when you are in city areas however, you will be needing cash for sightseeing
- You can choose the phone service of either Vodafone, Orange, or Etisalat
- The rule for tip is 10%, so 10 20 EGP is enough
- So many people have asked if Egypt is safe. To be honest, the people here are friendly, and it is pretty safe. The country has indeed had uprisings, protests, and terrorist attacks but now the country is very peaceful. Also, the tourist sites are located in the suburbs of the city, so those places are safe
- Traffic is a real problem so make sure to head out at least an hour early
Places to See in Egypt
Enjoy your Stay with the Views of Pyramids
Pyramids of Giza are the main tourist attractions of Egypt. It can’t be missed. The city where the pyramids are located is called Cairo. From the photographs, it looks like that these pyramids are really big standing structures in the middle of the desert with no building around them. However, they are located in the outskirts of Cairo city and on the west bank of the Nile River.
Their views can be enjoyed from the new properties built in the vicinity. If you don’t have the time to go closer, these views are enough, but we urge you to make time and see this UNESCO Heritage site.
The Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s pretty cool. There are 6 pyramids in total. They were magnificent burial tombs for the kings of the 4th dynasty at least 45000 years ago.
The biggest of them was built for King Khufu and its cloud-grazing 480ft (146m) apex. A mythical hybrid of human and lion called Sphinx is installed there as a loyal guard. You can go inside the chamber but it’s kind of empty as museums took everything.
On the outside, you can take a camel ride and snap a few pictures of the magnificent structure. At night there is a sound and light show but it’s pretty lame so don’t waste time and money there.
Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
Although the Grand Egyptian Museum is still under construction, it is the largest archeological museum in the world. However, the old Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is open to the public.
The building has a red colonial charm. Here, there is a collection of more than 120,000 artifacts that you wanted to see at the chambers of pyramids.
You can see the rarest items that depict the royal glory of pharaohs. It is said that the antiquities displayed in this museum were discovered in The Valley of The Kings. The valley of the kings is the world-renowned Egyptian royal burial ground on the Nile’s west bank.
The museum is divided into sections. The notable section includes the Royal Mummy Room where they have preserved the dead bodies of their pharaohs. Another is the King Tutankhamun collection, where they have so many artifacts made of gold. This section also depicts the Egyptian belief in the afterlife.
There is still plenty to see so it requires a reasonable amount of time and space. Hopefully, the new building will be spacious, but this place is not to be missed.
Get on a Cruise
Cairo is home to 22 million people. Bustling crowds of traffic and narrow roads can be a bit of a headache, but cruising is the best way to explore the culture of Egypt. You just got to book yourself a cabin on a cruise for at least 3 days. The cruise goes along the west bank of the Nile where you can see the Kom Ombo temple, the crocodile-headed Sobek, and falcon-headed Horus the Elder among other things. It is a serene experience for most people.
Roam in Cairo City
If you are looking to get an up-close cultural experience, go to Khan El Khalili bazaar. It is an open-air market that is laced with modern-day accessories but still has a backdrop of old charm. It is pretty colorful and entertaining.
Stay Close to the Water and Enjoy
If you are somebody who enjoys vacations in a resort and close to the water you should head to the Red sea. There are resort cities, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Marsa Alam that can offer beaches, diving, and other water activities
Do a Little Bargaining for Buying Souvenirs
Egypt is now getting back on its feet after having a turbulent time so local vendors might want to sell your goods at high prices since they can guess the tourists pretty easily. The trick is to bargain and pay half of what they ask. Keep a close look at the authenticity of souvenirs though, they are made with camel bones.
Egyptian cuisine is different and characterized as the Eastern Mediterranean. Since the Nile river is significant to Egypt, they grow their vegetables and fruits therefrom its water. You can try camel meat, falafel, and Hibiscus tea there. They are famous.