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Top 6 Must-See Places in Egypt

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Pyramids of Egypt on the Giza Plateau

Pyramids of Egypt on the Giza Plateau

Visiting Egypt is like opening up a storybook where ancient heritage and contemporary history blend into thrilling adventures and cultural treasures.

Whether you want to visit the desert expanse in search of the pyramids or travel to surprisingly famous scuba diving spots, cruise the Nile River or wander through enticing tombs, you will discover Egypt’s endless collections of must-see places.

1. Cairo

Mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al Rifai in Cairo, Egypt

Mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al Rifai in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is a beautiful ballet of movement and activity that hums with an orchestra of calls to prayer, lively cafes, and the active bartering of shops in the marketplace. 19th-century grandeur adds glitz to the layers of ancient alleyways in one of the world’s most fascinating mega-cities with donkey carts and dusty lanes, colossal mosques and the vibrant Nile riverbanks. With rich fine goods and a connection to the heart of Umm al-Dunya, the Mother of the World, where you can see the seemingly endless achievements spelling out Egypt’s vast timeline.

Highlights: Pyramids of Giza | | The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities | Old Cairo | The Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary | Al-Azhar Mosque | Souq QuarterRecommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: January | February | March | October | November | December

2. Luxor

Karnak temple and the Sacred Lake in Luxor, Egypt

Karnak temple and the Sacred Lake in Luxor, Egypt

Luxor is more than a city and has instead become one of the world’s greatest open-air museums that immediately immerses you in the extraordinary presence of the past. Few places in the world meet the grand scale and glamour of the monuments that survive from ancient Thebes, including riches from temples and tombs. Visual and cultural wonders from the Middle Kingdom to the New Kingdom pharaohs hide snuggly around the rocky valley and are enhanced by the power of the stories they tell.

Highlights: Valley of the Kings | Karnak | Luxor Temple | Temple of Deir El-Bahri | Luxor Museum | Medinet HabuRecommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: January | February | March | October | November | December

3. Aswan

Temple complex on the island of Philae in Aswan, Egypt

Temple complex on the island of Philae in Aswan, Egypt

The relaxed and friendly ambiance of Aswan contrasts the endless bustle of Cairo and reveals the tranquil remnants that once acted as Egypt’s gateway to greater Africa. You can experience the gorgeous juxtaposition of culture and heritage emerging from the continued divide between Egpytian heritage and Nubian culture at the southernmost point of Upper Egypt. The river spreads wide, moves lazily, and shines in the desert sun as it reaches down to Lake Nasser. Colorful villages, the Aswan Dam, and the photogenic sunsets only add to allure of the ancient temples and monuments.

Highlights: Elephantine Island | Nubain Museum | Temple of Philae | Nubian Village | Monastery of St. Simeon

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

Best Time to Visit: January | February | March | November | December

4. Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel temples in Egypt

Abu Simbel temples in Egypt

The quiet town of Abu Simbel hides in the shadow of the colossal temples near the shores of Lake Nasser. The region’s spirit is captured by the grandeur of the temples but also stems from the enduring culture of the Nubian town with its distinct cultural music. It’s not hard to immediately see the magnificence of Ramses II’s monuments which will easily immerse you in the pharaoh’s reign through colossal statues and graceful facades.

Highlights: Abu Simbel Temple Complex | Temple of Wadi El-Sebua | Colossi of Ramses II | Hypostyle Hall | The Sanctuary

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

Best Time to Visit: January | February | March | November | December

5. Alexandria

The historic jewel of the Mediterranean remains a fascinating display of life from the ancient world to now, from hosting classical world wonders to a bohemian escape in the 1950s bringing artists from around the world. The city has always possessed a larger-than-life reputation and romantic ambiance in its bygone eras through the ancient alleyways, under the modern city, hiding in the sea, or stretching along the grand waterfront with reminders of the Ancient Library and the mighty Lighthouse.

Highlights: Bibliotheca Alexandrina | Alexandria National Museum | Fort Qaitbey | Corniche | Kom El-Dikka | Catacombs of Kom El ShoqafaRecommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

Best Time to Visit: March | April | May | September | October | November

6. Hurghada

Beach resort on Hurghada, Egypt

Beach resort on Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada represents the beauty of the Red Sea and the luxuries of Egypt’s coastal resorts as it transformed from a traditional village into a collection of contemporary comforts. An inescapable sheen spreads over the water and across the distinct marina giving way to some of the most impressive coral and marine life. White sandy beaches, endless blue skies, and a connection to adventures on both land and sea turn Hurghada into a delightful surprise that gives you a different perspective of Egypt’s beauty.

Highlights: Giftun Islands | Straits of Gubal | Hurghada Marina | Mosque El Mina Masjid | Bedion Communities | Beaches

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

Best Time to Visit: April | May | June | September | October | November

How many days is enough to see Egypt?

Hieroglyphic carvings and paintings on the walls of an ancient Egyptian temple in Dendera

Hieroglyphic carvings and paintings on the walls of an ancient Egyptian temple in Dendera

12 to 14 days will give you the best Egypt experience with plenty of time to witness ancient landmarks, remarkable monuments, and the vestiges of national and classical heritage. The roots of history spread from Alexandria to Abu Simbel with 12 to 14 days giving you the right amount of time to travel the breadth of the country, visit preserved temples, wander captivating tombs, explore breathtaking monuments, and explore the impressive museums. Whether you want to visit the famous destinations or travel to lesser-known tombs, around two weeks in Egypt lets you set your own pace for discovery.

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Early morning at Mount Sinai in Egypt

Early morning at Mount Sinai in Egypt

Egypt represents the depth and allure of Mediterranean culture with a commitment to embracing its history with classic must-see destinations. With countless things to do, Egypt is an unforgettable adventure to ancient pyramids, through once-hidden tombs, and vintage cruises down the Nile River. You can visit our Egypt Travel Guide for more tips and helpful hints on how to create your perfect trip. If you would like to plan a trip, you can speak with an Egypt travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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