There are so many fantastic reasons to visit Egypt, from the rich and intriguing history to stunning serene beaches and cultural hotspots. However, there are some places you have to visit and some sights you must see if you’re heading to Egypt, so be sure to get these on your list.
The first thing most people think of when they hear the word Egypt is the breathtaking pyramids. Shrouded in mystery and legend, these really do have to be seen to be believed. One of the most astonishing things that surprises most tourists is how different it is to the photographs you will have seen. Although on one side you will see the classic desert backdrop, the other side is a typical residential neighborhood, including fast food places! You will also be hustled to grab a camel ride too as soon as you arrive, so be aware of that. Overall, it’s magical and surreal – be sure to stay for the light and sound show around 7-7:30 pm.
Great Sphinx of Giza
Although this is on the same site as the pyramids, it is an entirely different attraction and another absolute must-see when in Egypt! Standing at a colossal 241 feet long, 20 feet wide and 66 feet high, it really is an incredible sight to behold, especially when you consider that it is thought to have been created in around 2500 BC and is still standing (minus the nose!). Booking a guide for both the Sphinx and pyramids is a great way to get the most out of your experience.
Valley of the Kings
As you may already know, the Valley of the Kings (1539BC) is a significant burial ground where some of the pharaohs of Egypt were buried in large tombs (along with various other nobles). Tutankhamun is the most famous of these as his almost-intact tomb was discovered back in 1922. When you book a ticket to this attraction, you are able to go inside three of the tombs (King Tut’s is an extra fee!), and marvel at the artwork on the walls. A humbling experience.
The River Nile
At 4,160 miles, the River Nile is the longest in the world, and as such, it passes through nine countries! It’s the primary water source of Egypt and is a bustle of activity. A walk alongside the river is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, or for a different experience, jump on a boat and check out Egypt from the water.
The Luxor Temple
This center of politics and religion is perhaps not as well-known as some of the other places on this list, but it is certainly worth a visit. There are plenty of things to do in Luxor, but you must head over to the temple for a few hours. It’s particularly hauntingly beautiful either at sunset where the stones look as though they are glowing, or when lit up at night. Walking through the entire thing will take you on a journey of different periods of ancient Egyptian history, and there is so much to discover.
Egypt is a fantastic vacation destination, whether you’re looking for a 5* luxury experience, or to immerse yourself in history and culture. Whatever your reasons for visiting, we feel that you have to make these five things top of your list!