Places to visit in Egypt

The Arab Republic of Egypt or as commonly referred to as Egypt is located in North Africa and is a transcontinental nation. The Capital of Egypt in Cairo, and it's also the largest in Egypt. Although the country is located on the African continent, it extends into Asia as the Sinai Peninsula, located in Asia is a part of the greater region of Egypt. Egypt shares its north-eastern border with the Gaza Strip and Israel, its southern borders with Sudan and its western borders with Libya. The country is surrounded by two seas. The Red Sea in the east and the Mediterranean Sea on the north. Egypt is also home to the world's longest and one of the oldest river, i.e., the Nile and is blessed with an extremely fertile valley thanks to this water source. Also, Egypt's geography is dominated by the Western and Eastern Deserts.

The most notable aspect of Egypt is that it was once home to one the oldest and grandest civilizations, i.e., the Egyptian Civilization. 

There are numerous Rembrandts of the great Egyptian Civilization still intact such as the famous Pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs, and temples. In addition to this great Rembrandts of Egypt's Ancient History, there are many churches, monasteries, and mosques that are a testimony to Egypt's medieval history that you can visit when traveling to this historically significant and mysterious country. Travelling to Egypt is a visually stimulating experience hard to find anywhere else in the world. That is why despite the civil unrest in the country and its neighboring countries Egypt is one of the most famous tourist destination in world and hundreds and thousands of tourist's flocks to it each year.

There are numerous attractions in Egypt, but the best among them have to be the Pyramid of Giza, which are among the Seven Wonders of the World. In fact, there are the only survivors from the original seven wonders list drafted by the ancient Greeks. So far only 138 pyramids have been located, and much more are believed to be in existence. The pyramids served as tombs for the Pharos of Egypt and were mostly built under the Ola and Middle Kingdom Reign. The pyramids are all located on the western bank of the Nile River. Each pyramid holds it many mysterious and secrets such as intricate passageways and treasures.

Location:Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Known For: There are numerous attractions in Egypt, but the best among them have to be the Pyramid of Giza, which are among the Seven Wonders of the World.

How to reach: The best way to reach is by cab, you can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers. 

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 2400/- per person

Operating hours: 9 am to 6:45 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing. 

Type: Monument

 

These are perhaps the most inspiring and admirable temples built during ancient Egyptian times. Among the many temples here, the most beautiful and grand is the Sun Temple built to honor the great Egyptian pharaoh King Ramses II. There are four giant statues of King Ramses II built on the entrance of the temple, to guard its gateways. Many call it precious, but others think it was just plain old ego that the great King has the structure of the temple designed in such a manner that the rays of the sun would perfectly align with the temple, twice a year. Once on his birthday, i.e., 2nd October and on 21st February, the day he was crowned King. This natural and incredible phenomenon results in some spectacular visual delight for the spectators and the famous Sun Festival of King Ramses II is celebrated on both these days.   

Location: Aswan Governorate, Egypt

Known For: These are perhaps the most inspiring and admirable temples built during ancient Egyptian times. Among the many temples here, the most beautiful and grand is the Sun Temple built to honor the great Egyptian pharaoh King Ramses II

How to reach: The best way to reach is by cab, you can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers.

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 3800/- per person

Operating hours: 5 am to 6 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc. Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing.

Type: Temples

The valley of Kings is located in the city of Luxor that dates back nearly 4000 years. The Valley is laced with many intricately designed tombs that were built to house the mummies of the great Pharos of Egypt as they waited for their passage into the afterlife, some of the popular Kings buried here are Amenhotep II, King Tutankhamen, Seti I and Ramses II. Till date, 60 tombs have been discovered. It is believed an additional 75 tombs in the Valles of Queens or else known as Bilban al-Harim. Four of these tombs are open.

 

Location: Luxor, New Valley Governorate, Egypt

Known For: The Valley of Kings is located in the city of Luxor that dates back nearly 4000 years. The Valley is laced with many intricately designed tombs that were built to house the mummies of the great Pharos of Egypt as they waited for their passage into the afterlife, some of the popular Kings buried here are Amenhotep II, King Tutankhamen, Seti I and Ramses II.

How to reach: The best way to reach is by cab, you can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers.

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 2000/- per person.

Operating hours: 6 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing.

Type: Monument

These temples are the second most popular tourist attraction in all of Egypt and are an excellent example of the architectural genius of the ancient Egyptians. There are four main sections in the temple complex. However only one is on display to the public. Tourists can view the Amun-Re precinct; all others are off limits. There are many temples, obelisk, and columns in the Amun-Re part of the complex.

The Luxor temples date back to 1400 BC and are at par with the Konark Temples. However, they have greater historical significance as they were the crowning site of many Egyptian Kings.  There are many sandstone structures such as friezes, magnificent murals, and statues of Pharos and Gods in the temple complex. A trip to Egypt is incomplete without a visit to these temples.

Location: El-Karnak, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt

Known For: These temples are the second most popular tourist attraction in all of Egypt and are an excellent example of the architectural genius of the ancient Egyptians

How to reach: The best way to reach is by cab, you can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 2000/- per person.

Operating hours: 6 am to 5:30 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing

Type: Temple

Thanks to a significant growth if Tourism in Egypt in the 1980’s, Hurghada has become a popular tourist destination today. In the olden days, the city was s small fishing village, located next to the Red Sea. However, in modern days it's one of the most visited cities in Egypt and no price for guessing why. Since the city is located next to the Red Sea, it attracts numerous tourists each year. Tourists come here to relax on the beaches, swim, snorkel, and scuba. The most famous resort on in the city is the resort of Hurghada, although there are nearly hundred hotels along the shoreline.

Location: Hurghada, QesmHurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

Known For: Tourists come here to relax in the beaches, swim, snorkel, and scuba. The most famous resort on in the city is the resort of Hurghada, although there are nearly hundred hotels along the shoreline.

How to reach: The best way to reach is by cab, you can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers

Approximate Cost: City Tours start at approx. INR 1300/- per person. Red Sea Full-Day Introduction to Scuba Diving starts at approx. INR 4600/- per person

Operating hours: Depending on what tour you take

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing

Type: Tourist Destination 

 

The Tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in an intact condition by Howard Carter in 1922. It is quite possibly among the most significant archaeological finds ever. Tutankhamun rules during the New Kingdom Period in Egypt nearly 3300 years ago. Following the untimely death of his father Akhenaten, Tutankhamun was crowned king at an early age of just nine years. His reign was short-lived, and he passes away in 1325 BC, the circumstances of his death are unknown and rather mysterious ones. Within 70 days of this death, his mummy was sealed and forgotten in time until Howard Carter stumbled upon it in 1922, thousands of years later. His gold encased mask, and priceless treasures are now on display at the famous Cairo Museum.

Location:15 MeretBasha, Ismailia, Qasr a Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Known For: The Tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in an intact condition by Howard Carter in 1922. It is quite possibly among the most significant archaeological finds ever. Tutankhamun rules during the New Kingdom Period in Egypt nearly 3300 years ago. His gold encased mask, and priceless treasures are now on display at the famous Cairo Museum.

How to reach: The best way to reach is by cab, you can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are approx. INR 350 per person.

Operating hours: 9 am to 7 pm  

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing

Type: Exhibition

 

Aswan is located in southern Egypt and is a small city with a population of just 275,000 people. The city has a very relaxed atmosphere, especially in comparison to Cairo and Luxor. People travel here to have a chilled-out vacation, and there are many beautiful sights here to go on amazing sightseeing tours. The temple of Philae is among its most famous tourist attractions. 

Location: Island of Agilika, Aswan, Egypt

Known For: The temple of Philae is among its most famous tourist attractions in Aswan. Its architectural wonder and you can enjoy an amazing light and sound show in the evenings. 

How to reach: You can book a private guided tour that will include all your transfers

Approximate Cost: Tours cost approx. INR 1700/- per person. 

Operating hours: 7 am to 4 pm, light and sound show starts after sunset and usually finishes around 9:45 pm.  

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing

Type: Temple

Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and has a total population of 4.5 million people. The city has the largest port in the country and is referred to as "Egypt's Window to the Mediterranean." Alexandria was once a thriving cosmopolitan city, which has since faded away, none the less the city is worth a visit, especially if you want a glimpse of the countries glorious past.  

 

Location: Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Known For: The city has the largest port in the country and is referred to as "Egypt's Window to the Mediterranean." Alexandria was once a thriving cosmopolitan city, which has since faded away, none the less the city is worth a visit, especially if you want a glimpse of the countries glorious past.

How to reach: The city is a 2.5 hours road trip from Cairo, and there is a direct train from Luxor to Alexandria. The best way to tour the city is to book a tour from with Cairo or Luxor that will include all your transfers.

Cost (if relevant- e.g., cost of tickets for two in case of a museum)

Operating hours: Cost of tours from Cairo cost approx. INR 4100/- per person

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing

Type: City

This is a full day all-inclusive tour of the city of Cairo and all its wonders. You visit the magnificent pyramids, the Cairo Museum, Souks (traditional markets). Your guide gives you a detailed history of Egypt history, and you get to learn about its culture. The tours also include lunch and a camel ride.

 

Location: Cairo, Egypt

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Easy 

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 3000/- per person. 

Why you should do it: This is a full day all-inclusive tour of the city of Cairo and all its wonders. Its hassle free and great fun for the whole family.

Tips: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing.

This is a full day all-inclusive tour of the city of Luxor and all its wonders. It includes a visit to all the major tourist attractions in Luxor. The cost includes all entry fees, transportation. The tour is guided by a trained Egyptologist. The tour is six hours long, and you visit temples of Luxor, and Karnak, the Colossi of Memnon, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and Valley of the Kings

 

Location: Luxor, Egypt

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Easy 

Approximate Cost: Tour cost starts at approx. INR 2800/- per person 

Why you should do it: This is a full day all-inclusive tour of the city of Luxor and all its wonders. It includes a visit to all the major tourist attractions in Luxor

Tips: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing

 

The show is narrated in English and includes tonnes of information on the history of the temples, Luxor and Egypt. The show includes a delightful light show, and it's amongst the best shows of its kind in Egypt.

 

Location: Luxor, Egypt

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 1600/- per person. 

Why you should do it: The show is narrated in English and includes tonnes of information on the history of the temples, Luxor and Egypt. The show includes a delightful light show, and it's amongst the best shows of its kind in Egypt.

Tips: Comfortable clothing, cameras, and water bottles.

This is a two-hour cruise in the magnificent Nile. The cruise includes a delicious Egyptian dinner with a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. There is live entertainment on the boat that includes music and dance performances. 

 

Location: Cairo, Egypt

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Tour cost starts at INR 4800/- per person. 

Why you should do it: This is a two-hour cruise in the magnificent Nile. There is live entertainment on the boat that includes music and dance performances. 

Tips: Comfortable clothing and your cameras.

 

This is an extensive two-day tour of Cairo. It includes a visit to Sakkara and Memphis, Great Sphinx and Valley Temple at Giza, Tutankhamun’s mummies and treasures, Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili bazaar in Old Cairo, Alabaster Mosque and Citadel of Saladin. The tour is led by a trained Egyptologist. Daily lunch and air-conditioned transfers are included in the cost. All entry fees and taxes are also included. 

 

Location: Cairo, Egypt

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Tours start at approx. INR 3600/- per person 

Why you should do it: This is an extensive two-day tour of Cairo. The tour is led by a trained Egyptologist. Daily lunch and air-conditioned transfers are included in the cost. All entry fees and taxes are also included.

Tips: Camera, water bottles, sunscreen, shades. Hat, weather appropriate clothing.

This is a full day tour that includes a boat trip, scuba diving training and of course scuba diving in the red sea at Hurghada. The dive sites are beautiful, and the underwater views are breath-taking. All scuba diving gear is provided. The tour also includes drinks and lunch on board.

 

Location: Red Sea, Hurghada

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Hard

Approximate Cost: Tour cost start at approx. INR 4600/- per person

Why you should do it: This is a full day tour that includes a boat trip, scuba diving training and of course scuba diving in the red sea at Hurghada.

Tips: Swimming is not essential, without benefits. Leave all your electronics at home as you can pay extra for photos and videos.

 

The tour includes a desert safari in the Egyptian deserts. Camel ride in the Gulf of Aqaba and snorkelling at the Blu Hole sinkhole. The sinkhole is 13 meters deep and has an abundance of reef fish and beautiful corals. It’s a fun day trip for the whole family. All gear is included, and there is a buffet lunch as well.

Location: Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty Level: Easy to hard

Approximate Cost: Tour costs start at INR 2800/- per person 

Why you should do it: The tour includes a desert safari in the Egyptian deserts. Camel ride in the Gulf of Aqaba and snorkelling at the Blu Hole sinkhole. The sinkhole is 13 meters deep and has an abundance of reef fish and beautiful corals. It's a fun day trip for the whole family

Tips: Swimming is not essential, without benefits. Leave all your electronics at home as you can pay extra for photos and videos.

 

 

This place is manned by FasahetSoumeya, who opened it in 2012. She is the head chef and the only chef here. She server traditional Egyptian comfort food such as chickpeas served in chicken broth with vinegar and tomato sauce, dried bread, a casserole of rice, Fattah and roast duck.

Must eat: Egyptian comfort food such as chickpeas served in chicken broth with vinegar and tomato sauce, dried bread, casserole of rice, Fattah and roast duck

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 600/- for two people 

Address: Youssef El-Gendi, Cairo 11511, Egypt

Contact: 01008470614

Opening hours: 5 pm to 9 pm 

 

This is a rooftop cafe and a popular meeting point for locals and intellectuals alike. The cafe serves delicious classic Greek dishes, Arabic grills and Mezzes and cold beers.

Must eat: The cafe serves delicious classic Greek dishes, Arabic grills and Mezzes and cold beers. 

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 600/- for two people

Address: 28 Mahmoud Bassiouni St

Contact: 0225750822

Opening hours: NA

 

The looks from outside can be quite deceiving but thus us an amazing place to try some seafood pasta that the locals and tourist flock here to eat.

Must eat: Seafood Pasta

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 100/- for two people 

Address: 197 Tahrir St

Contact: 0227956848

Opening hours: 1 am to 1 pm

 

This is a double storeyed 63-year-old restaurant and is famous for just one thing, and that is Koshary. The dish is a hot pasta salad served with chickpeas, lentils and topped who fried onion and rice. Another local favorite here is the rice pudding with rose water.

Must eat: Koshary and rice pudding

Approximate Cost for two: approx. INR 600/- for two 

Address:16 Champollion St

Contact: 0225775935

Opening hours: 7 am to 11 pm

 

This restaurant was established in 1952 and is the very spot where the Egyptian revolution of 1952 was plotted by some Free Officers of Egypt. The place is still frequented by the activist and artistic crowds of Egypt. The waiters are traditional dresses in galiniya, i.e., floor-length dresses and wear turbans. The restaurant serves authentic Levantine dishes. A menu favorite is the shish taouk served with cold beer.

Must eat: shish taouk served with cold beer

Approximate Cost for two: approx. INR 1000/- for two

Address:17 TalaatHarb St

Contact: 0223918873

Opening hours: 7 am to 12 pm 

 

Every Monday the club hosts a Jazz night by Ahmed Harfoush. Other days of the week there are different singers and DJ's performing here. You can even interact with them on the lower floors. The club overlooks the beautiful Nile, so you can enjoy stunning views while dancing the night away. The club is located in the famous Zamalek District. The club also hosts events such as ladies' nights, tango nights, etc.

Must try: NA

Opening hours: 8AM–3AM

Location: St. 16 Kamal Al Tawil, Mohammed Mazhar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt.

If you want to have the best cocktails in Cairo, then you must visit Amici Bar. The bar has two location first in Heliopolis, the other in Zamalek. Every Sunday they have a Karaoke night in Zamalek and the same on Mondays in Heliopolis.

Must try: Any of their signature cocktails 

Opening hours: NA

Location: Mohammed Maraashly, Abu Al Feda, Zamalek, Giza Governorate, Egypt

 

This pub is located on the Le Pacha boat and hosts a Karaoke night every Sunday. The pub is located in the famous Zamalek district but has another branch in the Arkan Mall in town. You can have danced the night away while the boats quietly sail the stunning Nile.

Must try: International Menu

Opening hours: 7 pm to 2 am 

Location: Le Pacha 1901, 4 Saray El Gezirah Street 

 

This is a very old, charming and extremely popular pun in Cairo. You will meet a lot of locals here and its mixed crowd of youngsters and middle/old aged adults. Since it's been around forever, don't expect fancy food or drinks, they play regular music none of that hip-hop kind nor do they host events or fancy performances by singers and DJ's. Go there for a quiet drink, tasty food made with old family recopies and perhaps meet some locals. 

Must try: Anything on the menu

Opening hours: 12 pm to 2 am

Location: 28 Shagarat el Dor St, Egypt

This is an amazing souk (traditional market) in Cairo. You can get your hand on some amazing Traditional Handicrafts, Flea items, carpets, tents, etc. Make sure you bargain as everything is marked up. Shopping here can be a hassle as the vendors tend to crowd you, but it will be the most chaotic and stressful fun you have.

 

Location: Al-Azhar Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt

Timing: NA

Known For: Traditional Handicrafts, Flea items, carpets, tents, etc

Bargaining: Absolutely, make you bargain as everything is marked up.

 

Unlike the busy souks of Cairo, the traditional Egyptian markets of Luxor offer a more peaceful and stress shopping experience. You can have spent an entire day walking the intricate alleys and exploring the hundreds of shops in the souks. You can get your hand on some amazing Traditional Handicrafts, Flea items, carpets, tents, etc. Make sure you bargain as everything is marked up.

 

Location: Luxor Center, Luxor, Egypt

Timing: NA

Known For: Traditional Handicrafts, Flea items, carpets, tents, etc

Bargaining: Absolutely, make you bargain as everything is marked up.

 

Although the market as famous amongst tourists, local too can buy a lot of their everyday stuff here. You can get your hands on some amazing spices, traditional clothing, footwear, handicrafts, accessories, etc. There are many cafes here where you can enjoy delicious coffees and Egyptian snacks.

 

Location: Aswan, Egypt

Timing: NA

Known For: amazing spices, traditional clothing, footwear, handicrafts, accessories, etc

Bargaining: Absolutely, make you bargain as everything is marked up.

 

This market is known for expensive jewelry such as gold, diamonds, and silver as well as precious stones. Shopping here is relatively hassle-free, and the vendors are very nice and friendly. The market is not crowded like the souks so that you can stroll around casually popping into stores or just do window shopping. There are many cafes and restaurants here.

 

Location: Downtown Kafr El Gouna, El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt

Timing: NA

Known For: Expensive jewelry such as gold, diamonds, and silver as well as semi-precious stones. 

Bargaining: Absolutely, make you bargain as everything is marked up.

 

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