Egypt Travel Guide

Egypt Travel Guide

Egypt is one of the world’s most majestic countries, a goldmine of archaeological adventure alongside a carnival of diversity, culture, luxury and adventures available. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!

 
 

Activities & Things to Do in Egypt

Travel to Egypt

Egypt seamlessly mixes the ancient with the modern and its intoxicating mix of culture and fun goes a long way to explaining its continued popularity. 

Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.

Get inspired to visit Egypt today!

  • Capital: Cairo
  • Language: Arabic
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound (E£)
  • Time Zone: GMT+2 / Calling Code: 20
  • Population: 82,500,000 approx
  • Visa: You can get a visa on arrival

 

Things to Do in Egypt

Get travel ideas and inspiration for what to do in Egypt.

 

Top Reasons to Visit Egypt

  • Experience a different culture
  • See ancient sights like the pyramids
  • Visit incredible historical locations like the Nile
  • Sample the local food
  • So many things to do from adventure sports, sightseeing and beaches

 

How to Get to Egypt

There are international flights into Cairo and Sharm El Sheik - both popular hotspots.

Airlines which fly direct to Egypt from the UK include:

  • British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, easyJet, EgyptAir and TUI.

Other airlines flying to Egypt from international destinations include:

  • Aeroflot flights, Aegean Airlines, Air Algerie, Air France, Air Italy, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Iraqi Airways, Kenya Airways, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, MEA, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Smart Wings, SWISS, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines and Ukraine International

 

Best Places to Visit in Egypt

It is easy to see why so many people make Egypt their destination of choice, especially with so many activities and when an out of season break can be as affordable as summer breaks in Europe. Egypt is an incredible country to travel in and here are some places you should add to your itinerary Alexandria, Luxor, The Nile, Pyramids, Red Sea, Sahara Desert, Sinai Desert, Abu Simbal, Egyptian Museum, Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Oases towns of Dahkla and Siwa and Sharm El Sheik.

If it’s a Mediterranean atmosphere you prefer then Alexandria will appeal to you. Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria’s architecture is vastly different to Cairo’s yet its history is equally as rich. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, the city will appeal to culture vultures who will appreciate the famous Montazah Palace Gardens.

Other highlights include seeing wondering around the souks, seeing the spectacular coast, and visiting the Roman Amphitheatre, Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa, Qaitbay fortress. Head out and about by foot to explore the city and don’t forget to head to Mansheya for real Egyptian food and some of the best falafel you’ll ever taste. 

 

Highlights

  • Seeing is believing and the incredible monuments to the Pharaohs will move even the least sentimental person awestruck.
  • The pyramids are just a short journey from Cairo and these wonders of the world are a life experience to be ticked off your travel bucket list
  • The Nile is one of the best places to see the country
  • Explore the breathtaking temples of Karnak
  • Embarking on a journey from Luxor to Aswan
  • For an authentic Nile experience, take a Felucca ride and enjoy the relaxation of Egypt’s traditional sailboats
  • If you’re after romance then a trip to the dessert by night replaces the buzz of Sharm el Sheikh with tranquil stargazing
  • With the incredible marine life available on the East Coast, it’s no surprise that Sharm el Sheikh is a hit with those who want to combine sightseeing with going diving in Egypt
  • Coral reef snorkeling can be sampled along with day trips to the stylish Terrazina Beach in Sharm el Sheikh

 

Egypt Travel Safety Tips

The political situation in Egypt is a lot more settled now and there is an air of optimism regarding increasing international visitor numbers.

Most of the popular destinations like Sharm El Sheik were unaffected during the height of the Revolution but Egypt really needs the return of internationals. We really recommend to not be put off visiting Egypt but always check latest travel advice for up to date political information.

Try to read about local customs before departing and also if you are a female cover your hair. All the historical sites in Egypt are currently open to visitors and the majority of Egyptian people you will encounter will be very friendly and welcoming despite recent political problems.