Egypt — Things to Do
Egypt is certainly not short of things to do and offers travelers a wide range of activities. Whether you’re looking for adventure, historical sites, relaxation, or are interested in having an authentic Arabian experience, there’s something for everyone here.
Whether it’s a cruise on the Nile River or exploring the ocean on a scuba diving or snorkeling trip, Egypt’s mystical waters are mesmerizing. On dry land, camel rides and exciting shopping excursions beckon you.
One of the most popular activities in Egypt is embarking on a River Nile cruise. Choose from a number of vessels including a luxurious dahabiya, a furnished wooden boat or the more popular felucca, a small simple boat with white sails. Travelers can sail all the way from Luxor to Aswan, gazing at the river’s majestic banks along the way. From ancient sites to unique Egyptian flora and fauna, the trip will not disappoint. Baobab Travel offers excursions up to eight days.
Another splendid outing sure to get the heart racing is diving in the Red Sea. Offering one of the most stunning underwater adventures in the world, the region around Ras Mohamed National Park provides one of the best viewing opportunities for impressive marine life and breath-taking coral displays. The reputable Emperor Divers has many Red Sea dives for all experience levels.
Those who are a little less adventurous, but would still like a taste of ancient Egypt’s waters should try snorkeling in Sharm el-Sheik. You can either don your own mask and wade into the area’s shallow waters on your own or, as a more luxurious option, hire a glass-bottomed boat to view all sorts of colorful and interesting creatures without getting wet. Emperor Divers organizes snorkeling trips and Red Sea dives.
If you’d rather stay on dry land, how about scaling new heights to watch the sunset from Mount Sinai? This biblical mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, aside from being an important religious site, also has one of the most spectacular views in the country. Pilgrims can either trek to the top, which usually takes about three hours, or hire a camel. Tours can be arranged through Sharm Excursions.
Camel rides through the desert are a perfect way to feel like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh on an authentic Arabian adventure. Many places offer camels for hire including Nobi’s Arabian Horse Stables in Luxor. Enjoy snaking your way through the pyramids to week-long camping treks. Camel trips over Egypt’s golden dunes can also be organized through Desert Eco Tours
Egypt is famous for its great shopping and no trip would be complete without a trip to Khan-el Khalili bazaar. Located in the heart of Cairo, this labyrinth has become famous for its wide range of goods on offer. Everything from spices and perfume to silver and trinkets are available, but be sure to drive a hard bargain when bartering. Whenever you need a break, stop by the tea houses dotted throughout the market for refreshments.
Egypt’s golf courses are on the way up, making hitting the greens a nice alternative for those who are tired of seeing the sights. From courses overlooking the pyramids to those near the shores of the Red Sea, there is a par for every taste. Memphis Tours Egypt has several golf packages for those wanting to experience more than one range.