Whether you're exploring "the world's largest open-air museum," or the back of your eyelids on a sunny, powdery soft sand beach, Egypt offers an embarrassment of natural and archeological riches for the international traveler to enjoy.
It's hard to imagine a trip to this ancient country without a visit to the pyramids at Giza, where you'll discover the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and, of course, the monolithic and mesmerizing Sphinx. Other must-dos include Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Luxor.
And when you're done seeing the sites, the pleasures of the Red Sea await. Crystal clear waters make it easy to explore the spectacular coral reefs by scuba or snorkel. Lionfish, whale sharks and dolphins are among the sea's many inhabitants.
If getting spoiled is more your style, claim your spot along the miles and miles of coastal sandy beaches, sip a drink and enjoy the panoramic views. Or head out for an amazing meal at one of Cairo's many highly regarded restaurants. Endless Vacation Rentals resorts make it easy to relax, regardless of what each day brings. Discover our list of popular resorts, and book your Egypt vacation today.
Koshary. For authentic Egyptian fare, try this dish of rice, lentils, chickpeas, onions, pasta and spicy tomato sauce. Koshary is plentiful and inexpensive, sold both in restaurants and by street vendors.
Fares (Sharm El Sheikh). No frills here, just great seafood prepared any way you like it.
Quad biking. Touring the Egyptian desert on a four-wheeler definitely qualifies as a memory to last a lifetime. Sunrise and sunset cruises are understandably the most popular.
Scuba and snorkel the Red Sea Coral (Hurghada). Dive in and explore the coral reefs around Hurghada, or, if you'd rather, see the natural wonders by glass bottom boat or submarine.
The Nile. Glide down the Nile in an authentic Felucca sailboat. Take a short sunset cruise, or a much longer adventure spanning several days.
Valley of the Kings. Enter the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as many larger tombs throughout the ancient site of Thebes. For a look at King Tut's treasures, however, you'll need to visit the Egyptian Museum of Cairo.
The Egyptian Museum of Cairo. Once you've seen his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, see the treasures of Tutankhamun here, as well as thousands of other ancient artifacts.
The Pyramids of Giza. Explore the Great Pyramid, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and the Sphinx. Time your visit with the Abu Simbel Festival, if you can.
Cairo's mosques. Ibn Tulun is one of the largest mosques in the world. In Al-Azharmosque resides the world's oldest university.
Khan Al-Khalili bazaar (Cairo). A good place to find those souvenirs for your friends you left at home.