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
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.
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 post has information on the camel ride, scam, and what to look out in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything you need to know about Cairo Airport, the money changes, and visa on Arrival.
Hurghada Red Sea
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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