This itinerary has everything you need to know about Egypt, top places to visit, what to eat, what to buy, and many more insights about the ancient Egyptian and today modern Egyptians lifestyles. It also has accommodation on the hotel in Cairo and Hurghada Red Sea. You also got to see how River Nile is like and what are the things to look out for in Cairo and Aswan Airport.
Things cover here:
- Airport Review – Cairo Airport & Aswan Airport
- Hotel Review – Cairo Movenpick & Hurghada Red Sea Continental Hotel
- Cities – Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombu, Aswan, Abu Simbel, and Nubian Village
- River Nile Review
- Food Review
- Hot Air Balloon Review
- Egypt Highway review – Why you can’t drive on your own through the desert?
- Camel Ride Review
- Our experience from Scam in Giza Pyramid
- How to deal with hassle in Egypt
- Egyptian Wedding
Things to know before you visit Egypt and how to prepare and pack
The post will give you all the information on how to prepare and what to pack before you visit Egypt. What to bring and not to bring, what you should be wearing to combat the harsh desert weather. There are also tips on the application on visa on arrival and also currency exchange and toilet facilities.
The oldest pyramid in the world – the Step Pyramid of Saqqara in Egypt
There are more than hundred pyramids in Egypt and one of the oldest pyramids is called the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. This is a very unique pyramid as compared to other smooth-sided pyramids because it was designed in a set of six layers or steps.
The Scam in the Great Pyramids of Giza Egypt
The post has information on the camel ride, scam, and what to look out in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Memphis Museum & The Carpet School in Egypt
Memphis Museum is an open-air museum with one of the highlight, that is the giant statue of Rameses II, lying on its back. The carpet school has children as young as 7 years old. I was somehow shocked to see young children here.
Citadel of Saladin, Cairo
This place is huge so don’t come in the late afternoon as there are more sites to visit within the citadel. You can also see the panoramic view of Cairo City here. The structure is quite unusual as it was built on top of a hill and can be viewed from far.
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo
Things sold in Khan Al-Khalili aren’t too expensive but I think you still need to bargain before you made your purchase. Do not expect to get 5 stars or the highest quality here. What I like about the bazaar here is I get to see so many interesting scenes and get to see how local buy and live.
18 Treasures in the Cairo Museum
The best way to understand a culture or a country is to visit the museum and here we are in the Cairo Museum on the first day of our arrival in Egypt. I think it is a good start of our Egypt tour as it helps us to have a deeper understanding of the authentic culture and history of ancient Egyptians. Check out the top 18 treasures here.
Egyptian Wedding in Mövenpick Hotel Cairo Media City
Glad to be able to see how a traditional Egyptian wedding is like in Movenpick Hotel. The Zaffa entrance performance is really a special moment for the bride and the groom. You will see all the focus is on her when she enters the reception and the lobby. I like how the traditional music was played and it is truly an amazing performance.
About the hotel, it has a great aqua park and I am sure it would be lovely if you are here in the summer.
Cairo Airport Review
Everything you need to know about Cairo Airport, the money changes, and visa on Arrival.
Hurghada Red Sea
Hurghada Red Sea – the Resort Paradise in Egypt
Hurghada is about 6 hours bus journey from Cairo Egypt. Over here you find many beach resorts stretching 40km along with Egypt’s Red Sea coast which was built-in 1980s. Before that, Hurghada is just a humble fishing village.
Hurghada is known for its watersports activities, nightlife, and warm weather. You can wear a bikini here in Hurghada. Rusian and Northern European love to visit the Hurghada Red Sea to escape their cold winter and enjoy the warm weather here.
Nubian Village Aswan Egypt – What you need to know
During my visit to Egypt, we had an optional 3 hours tour to Nubian Village when we are in Aswan. Egypt is not just ruins and temples. Nubian Village has something different and it is unlike anything you see in Egypt. Nubian has its own unique culture. These are the 16 things that are useful before you visit Nubian Village.
What to expect on Luxor Hot Air Balloon in Egypt
If you asked me if you should do a hot air balloon in Luxor Egypt, then my answer is -100 % Yes. If you miss the hot air balloon, it is as if you don’t have chicken in KFC. Hot air balloon is one of the must-do in Luxor and flying up high allow you to see the world’s biggest open-air museum – that is the Valley of the Kings and Queens with bird eyes view.
Temple of Hatshepsut & Alabaster Factory in Luxor, Egypt
Hatshepsut temple viewed from a distance is stunning but not when you are up close. That means you could skip the steps and walking up if you are less mobile or having bad knees. I would suggest you save your energy for other sites in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. There are so many sites here.
You can still view the beautiful architecture of Hatshepsut Temple from the bottom. To be honest, there is nothing much left inside the temple when you are up there. You will be disappointed when you make it to the top. Trust me. As I said, it is nicer to look from a distance.
All you need to know about Valley of the Kings in Luxor Egypt
The Valley of the Kings sites are huge but there are trams to bring you up the mountain. We visited 3 tombs and I think it is more than enough. There are over 60 tombs here but I get tired just after 3 tombs. The queue to enter the tombs is long too. There are combo tickets for 3 tombs.
What you need about Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt
Karnak Temple has several sections to visit, it is big. The temple was built by Ramesses III, one of the important Pharoah who has ruled for about 31 years during the New Kingdom. He built many impressive buildings and has a good military. You will see all these “evidence” in Karnak temple.
In The Great Hypostyle Hall, there are 134 giant columns. A great place for photos.
12 Things about Luxor Temple in Egypt
There are 12 secrets in Luxor Temple, read this before you visit so that you have a better understand and won’t miss anything out from this incredible site.
4 days 3 Nights River Nile Cruise Review in Egypt
When you are planning to travel to Egypt, one of the things you may experience is the River Nile Cruise which brings you from Luxor to Aswan or vise versa. Check out the River Nile Cruise Review here. What we eat, entertainment, and room review.
The city of Edfu is between Luxor and Aswan. If you are traveling on the river Nile cruise, either from Luxor to Aswan or vise versa. The cruise will stop at Edfu city. The horse carriage is quite an experience from the cruise to the temple. The traffic can be a little daunting but this is Edfu Egypt. You will pass by the main street and alley and got to see how daily life is like here.
Discovering Kom Ombo Temple at night
The night visit of Kom Ombo Temple turned out to be rewarding because of the beautiful lit-up. At first, I was worried that my pictures won’t be well-captured because of the insufficient lights at night.
Since it is night time and dark, you have to be very careful when you walk on the uneven path. The temperature cools down so much as compared to day time since it is desert temperature. Always have your thick jacket when you are out of your cruise ship. The walk is only a few minutes from the cruise.
The two temples in Abu Simbel
We arrived in Abu Simbel temple slightly after 5 am, the sky is still dark. I was shocked to see there were already so many big buses lining at the car park. I thought we were the first to arrive as the sky is still dark. There are two temples here and you will enjoy them together with a beautiful lake view in front with sunrise.
Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan
High Dam is important for the people in Egypt and the engineering work is pretty amazing. Philae Temple is relocated to an island so it is something different from what we have seen so far as the temple was surrounded by the water and not by the desert. The Unfinished Obelisk is huge and is lying on the ground, not able to finish due to the crack on the granite, and was abandoned.
Traveling from Aswan to Cairo by Plane and A little bit about Cairo City
This post tells about our journey from Aswan to Cairo by plane, it also has a short review on Aswan Airport and what you should look out for.
Top 13 things you need to know about Egypt
Final read to better-understanding things about Egypt.
Traveling to Egypt has changed my perspectives on life. I have never seen so much poverty in my life. It is heartbroken. It has made me realized how lucky I am. This has taught me to be more grateful for the things that I have and be more appreciative of the thing that I normally take for granted. Most importantly I am able to see everything with my own eyes and experience the moment. In fact, many times, what I hear from the news or read is not the same when I see it with my own eyes here.
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Very informative post! Reading through this article made me want to fly to Egypt the soonest! If I do get the chance, I’d like to start with sampling the local cuisine first! The Hurgada Red Sea is so beautiful!
I love Egypt and its mysteries is in my dreams and hopes to visit it sooner or later.
I always dreamed about wandering there someday. Thanks for the pics. It almost felt like I already did get there.
There are some really beautiful places out there and I need to see more of them. I would love to take my daughter to see it all someday.
I love all of this! I have always loved Ancient Egypt and it has been on my bucket list since before I knew what a bucket list was. Thank you for allowing me to see from a distance!
Ohhhhhh!!! Going to Egypt is one of my dreams in life! I bet it would be an intense cultural experience..I can’t wait to go there…Can’t wait…
Thank goodness for your blog, it’s helping me to travel when I can’t right now. This looks absolutely amazing.
Wow..it was an amazing blog..firstly loved your outfits..you looks gorgeous and stunning in them..after that Egypt is the best place to explore more…
I love Egyptian History in school and would definitely love to visit there one day. The pictures above are absolutely beautiful 🙂
I just can’t wait to start travelling again. Egypt seems like a fun place to visit.
I would love to visit Egypt in the near future. Unfortunately I didn’t considered it as a holiday destination because of the unstable situation in the region from the past years. It’s nice to see that things are changing.
Egypt is PROBABLY # 1 on my bucket list right now. NUMBER ONE. I have always wanted to go there. EVER since I was a little lady. I really hope I make it there soon!
Egypt is on our family travel bucket list! It looks so interesting.
Egypt looks amazing, I have it on my bucket list!!! totally wanna go! Thanks for sharing your experience
Egypt is such a beautiful place to explore. It’s definitely a place I would love to tour through someday!
Great post. Loved your pics so much
I would love to to go to Egypt some day. This is a perfect itinerary!
You blog post is so comprehensive and I do love the youtube video as well, your voice is so soothing and the information you provide helps to tell me more about the pyramids and places in Egypt
Wow. Great photos. Egypt is one of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit. Hoping to be able to some day. Thanks so much for sharing such great photos and about your experience.
I have never been but definitely a great place to visit and wish to see and explore this place someday!
The hot air balloon ride sounds like fun and it is strange and rather troubling to see such young children at a carpet school…
Cairo has always been a place I’ve wanted to go to. It looks beautiful in all these photos.
Egypt is trully a breath taking place to visit ! i really enjoyed your photos kind regards Pati Robins @ style-squeeze.blog
Egypt is one the best places on earth. I must say visit Egypt before you die I already added this to my bucket list. After this pandemic time I am definitely going for sure
This is such a wonderful detailed account of the visit. I think Cairo would be wonderful to see and visit.
I would love to go to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, it looks really interesting with different shops.
Egypt is such a wonderful place full of many interesting things! I’d love to visit there sometime, thanks for sharing this with us 🙂
Egypt is one of my dream places I want to visit. I want to see how beautiful their temples and pyramids are. It seems like you had a great experience there.