Embark on a camel safari
We guarantee that riding through a desert on the back of a camel will be one of the most mesmerizing experiences of your life. Nicknamed the “ships of the deserts” hundreds of years ago, these beautiful animals have lived alongside the Bedouins for hundreds of years, making life in the dessert possible. Crossing the dunes, feeling the air and the sights the desert provides will bring you a little closer to nature.
Camel ride; source: travelblog.org
Find the lost temples of Abu Simbel
In the far south of the country lie the two twin temples, the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Small Temple of Nefetari. Originally built in the 13th century BC, they were covered with sand and eventually lost until 1813. The legend states that Abu Simbel was actually a local boy who guided the archeologists to the lost temples. Discover them on your own by exploring their halls and walls, an amazing monument to the victory of Ramesses II at the battle of Kadesh. The temples were actually entirely relocated in 1968, to protect them from being submerged in an artificial Lake Nasser which was formed at the time.
Temple of Ramesses II; source: whc.unesco.org
Explore the Pyramids of Giza
The epitome of the culture of ancient Egypt lies in Giza, just a ride away from the capital of Cairo. It’s the place where three of the most spectacular Egyptian pyramids are located: the largest one, the Pyramid of Khufu, and the two smaller ones – the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. There are many smaller “satellite” pyramids between them as well. But there’s more: the Great Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum (hosting artifacts from Tutankhamen’s tomb) are also in Giza, making it a center of Egyptian tourism and a destination you absolutely have to visit.
Pyramids of Giza; source: wikimedia.org
Travel the Nile in a felucca
The mighty river Nile makes life in Egypt possible and it has a special status in Egyptian mythology; sacrifices had to be made so the Nile wouldn’t dry up or flood – a situation resulting in famine and hardship for the people of Egypt. Cities and villages were built on its banks, whole temples dedicated to the gods who protected it. Traveling down the river in a traditional sailing boat – the felucca – will teach you a lot about life in Egypt; enjoy the spectacular sunsets, idyllic landscapes and the canvas of your boat in the breeze. Away from the crowds of Cairo, this is the very essence of Egypt.
Sailing on Nile; source: runawayguide.com
Snorkel in the Red Sea
Spectacular schools of colorful exotic fish and coral reef structures are definitely worth exploring: usual snorkeling tours consist of a few dives and a day of chill and relaxation in Egypt on the Red Sea, with a warm breeze in your hair. Not quite the Egypt you would expect, but spectacular nonetheless, as the ecosystem in the Red Sea is both visually and biologically attractive, so put on your mask and just dive in! Also, the Sinai mountains are not far away, and giving them a visit is a viable option as well.
Red Sea diving scenery; source: thecopenhagentraveler.com
Of course, there’s plenty more to see when it comes to both history and nature: you can always visit Karnak or the Valley of the Kings (and literally dozens of other destinations) if you’re really interested into history, or enjoy the tourists resorts on the Red Sea if you’re more of a R&R type of person. That’s the beauty of Egypt – everyone can find something for themselves.