With a history dating back to the time of the pharaohs, Egypt is considered as the oldest travel destination on earth. The country on the Nile River is known for its mysterious, inspiring and historically significant structures. Apart from its ancient monuments and landmarks such as the Ottoman landmarks, Egypt is also home to a number of natural wonders. The Red Sea coast is known for its coral reefs has made a reputation of its own among surfers. You can take a trek through the Sahara and explore the famed White Desert. You can take a Nile River cruise or explore the refreshing freshwater spring oasis. You can find the 10 top destinations on our list of the 10 Best Places To Visit In Egypt.
1. Giza & Giza Necropolis:
Giza is the most famous place to visit in Egypt. Located on the bank of the Nile, the city of Giza is home to the iconic Giza Necropolis. The Giza Necropolis include the most famous and significant structures of Egypt. From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure to the Great Sphinx of Giza. The oldest and largest of the three pyramids and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still existing is the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The pyramid is home to King Khufu’s tomb. The city has museums such as the Solar Boat Museum and the queen pyramids, causeways and temples. From Giza, one can take trips to Memphis and Sakkara. Memphis is a history that was presumably founded by the pharaoh Menes. It’s a World Heritage Site. Saqqara is another attraction near Giza. It serves as the necropolis for Memphis, the Ancient Egyptian capital.
Situated near the mouth of Nile River delta, Cairo is home to museums, citadels, bustling bazaars and ancient locations. Cairo is a popular base to start your journey in Egypt. Taking a cruise in the Nile River is one of the most popular activities to do in Cairo. The Egyptian Museum of Tahrir Square is a must-visit in the city.
The Islamic Cairo around the old walled city is known for hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais, and fortifications. The Cairo Citadel is another must-visit. Also, do visit a bazaar like the Khan el-Khalili. Nearby, Zamalek is a great place to stop by and learn more about the culture. The Cairo Opera House, Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, independent galleries, great restaurants and pretty cafes makes it a great place to visit.
Luxor is one of the top places to explore in Egypt. The pharaohs’ capital, Luxor is on the site of ancient Thebes. The ancient city is home to many significant structures. The Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Queens which is home to the Tomb of Queen Nefertari and the Valley of the Kings home to the tombs of Ramses VI and Ramses III are located in Luxor. The Karnak Open Air Museum is one of the top things to see. In the West Bank of Luxor, you will find the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu. Across the city, Ramesseum is the memorial temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and Deir el-Medina two of its other important attractions.
Located on the Mediterranean sea, Alexandria is a port city and Egypt’s transportation hub. Its lighthouse and a storied library were among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today, you can visit the reincarnated library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and its other top attractions such as the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, its Greco-Roman landmarks, and the Qaitbay Citadel. You can sit back and take a break in the cafes and sandy beaches of the city.
5. Dahab & Sharm el-Sheikh:
Known for its diving destinations, Dahab is one of the prettiest places to visit in Egypt offering incredible views. Once it was a Bedouin fishing village and now one of the most popular places to visit in the country. Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, Dahab is especially known for its laid back lifestyle, the views of the Red Sea and Sinai desert, offering tons of adventure sports and cheap accommodation. Near Dahab, Sharm el-Sheikh is a resort town. Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, Sharm El-Sheikh is known for its sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. The Heavenly Cathedral and Ras Um Sid are its top attractions along with Nabeq, the Coloured Canyon, St Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai.
6. Siwa Oasis:
Located between the Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea, the urban oasis is one of the best places to visit in Egypt. Its many freshwater springs, acres of palm groves, ancient mud-built fortresses and remains of Siwa’s Greco-Roman past, has made it a popular destination among tourists.
The royal necropolis located in the desert, Dahshur is known for its several pyramids. Pyramids of Dahshour include Pyramid of Amenemhat III, Bent Pyramid, Red Pyramid, Sphinx of Memphis, Pyramid of Unas and much more. Dahshur is home to some very large pyramids but it’s way less crowded compared to Giza.
8. Marsa Alam & Aswan:
Egypt’s southernmost city, Aswan is located north of Lake Nasser and it’s home to some of the most significant archaeological sites and landmarks. It is a base for exploring sites such as Philae and the Temple of Philae and Agilkia Island. There are landmarks like the Abu Simbel Temple Complex, Aswan Dam, Philae’s ruins, Temple of Isis and more that are considered some of the top attractions of Egypt. Elephantine Island is home to the Temple of Khnum and more. Temples of Kabasha and Sun Temple of Ramses II, Kom Ombo and Edfu are some of the places to visit here and from here. Marsa Alam is known for its sandy beaches and coral reefs. The Abu Dabab Bay, Sharm El Luli, El Naaba Lagoon and Wadi el-Gemal National Park are some of its top attractions.
9. Hurghada & The Red Sea:
Located on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, Hurghada is a beach resort town. The town is known for being a base to explore the Red Sea. The Red Sea is known for its amazing water sports opportunities such as snorkelling, surfing, diving and much more. You can find many restaurants, bars and nightclubs as well as traditional Egyptian coffee shops and souks in El Dahar. The Thistlegorm Dive Site is a popular diving spot offering opportunities to see the Coral Reef of the Red Sea.
10. Ras Muhammad National Park & The White Desert:
Two of the best places that you absolutely can not miss out on in Egypt. The most famous national park in Egypt, the Ras Muhammad National Park overlooks the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. The Red Sea nature area offers coral reefs for diving & snorkelling, beaches & mangroves. The park also features the inland desert of the Sinai. Along with being home to vertebrate and invertebrate marine species, the park is also home to thousands of White Storks.
The White Desert is one of the prettiest natural wonders of Egypt. Chalk mountains in the middle of the arid sand have created a wonderful whitewashed desert. The blindingly white boulders and iceberg-like pinnacles have made it one of the strangest but best places in the country.